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I pledge my loyalty…even during the cricket?!

It’s been a quiet few months on the blog, but Mum is still very much in Aus and still committed to helping families moving to Australia.

A very belated Happy New Year to all our readers, new and old, we hope 2014 brings you everything you wish for, especially if it’s a move to Aus!

We have recently returned from a great overseas trip, stopping over in Kuala Lumpur. We haven’t yet covered … Read more


Australians all let us rejoice!

When Mr Mum’s gone 2 Aus recently announced that it won’t be long before we can apply for our Australian citizenship, do you know what I responded? “Far out!”

It only seems like yesterday that we were arriving to our temporary accommodation in Sydney, and stressing about preschools and where to live long term; and phrases like “Far out!” sounded very odd.

It was during the recent school holidays that I first realised I’d ramped … Read more


If you’d like to relocate to Australia and want to do this by getting a skilled migration visa, the Australian Department of Immigration recently uploaded a video describing the requirements for obtaining a visa and providing useful links and other information.

In Getting a visa to live and work in Australia Mum describes how Family Mum’s gone 2 Aus obtained visas through the skilled migration program. We used a visa agent to assist with our application.

If you’re arranging … Read more

Have visa will travel

In Getting a visa to live and work in Australia, Mum explains that we received our Permanent Resident Visa (PRV) to live and work in Australia several years before we took the plunge and moved over. By the time we arrived in Australia we only had eight months left on the PRV in our passports.

Moving to Australia: Permanent residency about to run out

Once our initial PRV expired, we knew that if we wanted … Read more

Passport not enough...

Earlier this year two of Mum’s best mates visited us in Australia; they live in the UK and are married (to each other, how convenient is that?!) with children similar in age to ours. We’d been looking forward to their visit for months and had a real blast. We were pretty shocked though when they arrived and told us they nearly had to cancel their trip.

Our very bright, very organised friends didn’t realise they needed tourist … Read more

Watch ImmiTV

Throughout our dealings with the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, in London and in Sydney, we’ve always found the department well run, and staffed by professional people. Given the levels of immigration to Australia, the Department ought to be good at what they do, but it makes a pleasant surprise for immigrants when staff are friendly and procedures clearly followed.

It’s no wonder that such a slick Department has embraced the use of social media and … Read more


Mum isn’t a visa specialist and it was never our intention with this site to provide comprehensive advice on how to get a visa to live and work in Australia. There are many different types of visa, different family situations, and the requirements set by the Australian government change regularly. Mum thinks we have visa specialists for a reason, not least because all the documentation is so brain numbing…

Mum’s visa story

Regular readers might be interested to know … Read more