It’s official, he has Super Powers – My son’s diagnosis (Hydrocephalus and ADHD!)

My son was born on 24 February 2009 after 2 years of trying for a baby. My perfect and much longed for baby boy was here, he was perfect, still is and always will be! He is our second child, his clever, artistic and funny sister was born when we were just 18 years old [...]

Last Days in London – Packing for Australia in 16 Boxes and 30 Bin Bags (RJ)

Boxes, boxes and more boxes We started packing slowly; We decided to take it in stages. This helped us to remember bits and bobs, as we went, and to think about what we did not need to take with us. Packing Stage 1: The first stage was to sort through our belongings. Throw out anything [...]

Ruth: Telling friends and family the good news (S190 Visa granted)

Telling friends and family in the UK didn't go as planned. In fact, I was surprised as to how some people took the news, which broadly fell into four categories. Category One: People that were genuinely happy for us. This was the reaction I was expecting the most. Some friends, family and colleagues were happy [...]

Ahmed: Telling Family and Friends and Informing Colleagues (AJ)

Visa GRANTED: read the email on that seemingly ordinary Tuesday after my wife had called me to deliver the news. Who do we tell first? we thought. How do we tell them? What do we say? When do we say it? When do we go? What do we take? It felt like the game 21 [...]

We’re off – Finding out our Australian Permanent Residency (S190) Visas are granted (RJ) 🇦🇺

Land of new opportunities On 16 October 2018, at 08.25, we received notification from George that our visas had been granted... I knew exactly what was in the email. Titled. Subject: VISAS GRANTED! Every morning, my husband wakes up before me, around 5am and he will check our family email to see if there had [...]

Moving to Australia? 🇦🇺 Our Experience of the Expression of Interest and visa application.

Photography by Ruth Jalloh, August 2015 the Gold-coast. With the skills assessment sent off and approved by the ACWA, we had no time to waste. Diligently, we moved on to the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage with a hop, skip and a jump! The sun was peering from behind the clouds and we can see [...]

Moving To Australia – What Was the Process Like? Migration Foxtrotting (AJ) – Part 2

Slow, Slow, Quick Quick, Slow - Part 2 Click here for Part 1 The decision to move to Australia was not taken lightly, but we knew it was the right choice for us. Our application journey was like the Foxtrot, which was made popular by Harry Fox, a migrant to the Americas. Just like the [...]

What to Know Before Moving to Australia 🇦🇺- Skills Assessment!

Photography by Ruth Jalloh, August 2015, Gold-coast Australia. August 2015 was a memorable time for us; not only was it our 7 year wedding anniversary, but we had also just returned from a month long holiday in Australia and started the process of applying for a 190 visa. The first step in our process was [...]

Moving To Australia – What Was the Process Like? Migration Foxtrotting (AJ) – Part 1 –

Image by Ruth Jalloh shows signage on Beaudesert Road (such a long road).   Slow, Slow, Quick Quick, Slow Our application journey was like the Foxtrot, which was made popular by Harry Fox, a migrant to the Americas. Just like the “Foxtrot, the application process began smooth and progressive with long, continuous flowing movements across the [...]

England Vs Australia – Why We Made The Decision To Move From London To Canberra (Ahmed’s Version)

The decision to move from the UK to Australia was not easy! The Jallohs quad biking in Cornwall! With the first 9 years of my life spent moving from village to city, I was well travelled by the time I was 9 (not by choice). I was born in West Africa and joined my parents, [...]