I’ve Never Once Regretted My Decision to Migrate to Perth
Moving to a new country can be a daunting experience, especially if you have to adjust to a new culture and way of life.
However, some of our clients find the transition easier than others. That was the case for Sue-Ann who is from Singapore. She came to us for a partner visa and then permanent residency after falling in love with Aaron, an Australian living in Perth, who is now her husband.
“Life was busy with a one-year-old, so I wanted someone else to do it for me. I didn’t want it to be long and drawn out. I knew Home of Visas had a really good success rate.”
Aaron’s family has always made her feel very welcome. She also has an auntie living in Perth, who was the one that brought the two of them together and did the initial matchmaking. Sue-Ann and Aaron had their first child, a daughter, a year ago. With extended family here and a close relationship with her in-laws, she is very settled. This is her journey from Singapore to Perth.
Finding Romance from Afar
Sue-Ann’s mother is a regular visitor to Perth because her sister, also Sue-Ann’s auntie, lives there. One day her auntie decided to play cupid. She knew of Aaron through her church. He was a chef and single and she thought he’d be a good match for Sue-Ann.
‘’My mother and auntie told me about Aaron who had Malaysian heritage. He seemed keen to get to know me and connected with me via Facebook, and we started messaging each other,” she explains.
‘’He was going to the Philippines and suggested meeting me at Singapore Airport while he was in transit. We instantly clicked, so much so, that on the way home to Perth, he spent five days in Singapore and we got to know each other even more.’’
Perth v Singapore
It was April 2016, and a long-distance relationship followed. Fourteen months later after lots of visits between the two of them, Sue-Ann moved to Perth on a tourist visa.
‘’I never for one moment thought I’d rather stay in Singapore. I knew Perth offered a better lifestyle. What many people don’t realise is that the work-life balance in Singapore is hard to come by,” explains Sue-Ann.
When she met Aaron, Sue-Ann was employed as a senior officer in a Singaporean agency. She was working incredibly long days and even weekends.
‘’It’s a very fast-paced life. You basically work, eat and fall asleep, and then repeat it all over again. It’s quite pressurised and you can suffer burn out easily, plus the humidity in Singapore can get you down.’’
Securing a Permanent Visa
Sue-Ann contacted us to secure her partner visa. She knew Fizah, who’s also originally from Singapore, through connections.
Fizah lodged Sue-Ann’s permanent residency application soon after she’d had her daughter Mikayla.
Fizah gave her guidance and direction on what documents were needed in order to progress the application.
‘’It really was a smooth process and went without a glitch and I gave her the paperwork she required. I’ve no hesitation in recommending them to others.’’
No Looking Back – Just to the Future
But what about leaving family behind? Singaporeans are quite close-knit with some extended families all living in the same house.
‘’While I am very close to my family, they’re only a five hour flight away and I ring them every day. My dad understands why I love Australia. He was a tour guide on the east coast of Australia many years ago, so he already knew that it’s a great place for families.’’
She’s now spent three years living in Perth and has no regrets about the move.
‘’I feel a sense of belonging here; this is where I am supposed to be. I have lots of friends, especially since I became a mother and Aaron’s family treat me as though I was their own daughter.’’
We can advise you on pathways, so you can secure your goal of settling permanently in Australia. Our Google reviews speak highly of the personalised service we offer at Home of Visas, so why not book a free, no obligation half-hour discovery call now?
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