This stack of papers was a complete pain in the ass to put together. It took weeks of gathering, printing, questioning and writing.
This stack of papers is official. There are medical records, police records and certified copies of passports and birth certificates thrown into the mix.
This stack of papers is personal. Conversations I never thought anyone else would read are included; essays on love and the future have been written.
This stack of papers is worth nearly $2575 AUD. This is the price it costs to just hand it in to be processed.
This stack of papers is the partner visa application for Australia. We have officially applied and are just waiting on my FBI checks from the USA to make it complete. Once that happens, it could take 3 to 6 months to process, but in the meantime I will have a bridging visa to remain in Oz.
I’m really excited for this opportunity because there has just been so much anxiety over the question of, “What happens next?” It’ll be a huge weight off our shoulders, plus just give us both more flexibility in our relationship. And, there’s the chance of being on Aussie Medicare for me that will be nice. Fingers crossed!
So, what’s next for me? Well, tomorrow I’m heading to Magnetic Island with Pat for a long weekend of relaxing at the beach. There has been talk of me going to Malaysia in May to visit Patrick’s extended family there, which is both awesome and terrifying at the same time. And, America – you are TOTALLY on this list. I NEED to go home and 2011 is the year I do it. Heck, I might even go TWICE (hear that, Mom?).