Well guys, I have finally succeeded in taking the first step to leave NYC.  I do this with a bit of sadness but excitement at the same time:    Last year, I had applied for permanent residency in Australia, and just yesterday evening, after massive paperwork, health and police checks, I was approved and received the grant!  I am now the equivalent of a US "green card" holder (this is so funny - what me, a green card holder? lol).  Anyway, I still can't believe that my application was successful.  Now when or where in Oz I will move to I have absolutely no idea, but I do have to make a trip over there within a year to validate my visa.   During my visit, I will be scoping out the place and seeing if this is something that I really want.  If I like it, I will start looking for work and making serious plans to bye bye New York Cityyyy! :)

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Comment by Mari Brown on May 31, 2012 at 12:09pm

congrats! huge moment!

Comment by Anna on June 25, 2013 at 9:51pm

Hi Stormgal - just wanted to check in and see if you had any update. Did you leave New York?

Comment by stormgal on July 19, 2013 at 9:26am

Hey Anna - I haven't left yet because I'm finishing up a masters degree in IT security.  I think it'll do me some good when I part.  (I'm milking everything out NY before I finally leave lolol).  One thing has changed though - I may or may not stay in Oz permanently, as I have some very good business opportunities here in the US, believe it or not.  

And how are you doing?  :-)

Comment by Anna on July 19, 2013 at 10:15am

Ah, that seems like a good idea. Now that I'm in a place with fewer educational opportunities, I definitely miss the myriad of schools available in NYC. 

I'm doing well! We added a new deck to our home a couple months ago and have really been enjoying having more outdoor space for enjoying our garden, grill, neighbors, and friends. 

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