John’s Story - 457 Visa to Permanent Residency

John, Electrical Maintenance Planner from Papua New Guinea.

Arriving in Australia…

John arrived in Australia with his wife and their three children in April 2012 on a Subclass 457 Visa.

Like many migrants, John made the decision to move to Australia because of better job opportunities and improved access to education for his children. He’d heard great things about the country from family and friends, and already had a good idea of what Australia was like prior to arriving.

John and his family moved to Cobar, New South Wales, which he describes as a great place to live, despite its remoteness “Though it’s far away from the main cities and is one of the outback towns of NSW, Cobar has some very nice people who are very friendly and are very willing to assist. It is a multicultural little town.”

After a year in Australia, John and his family decided they wanted to make the country their permanent home. He contacted True Blue Migration to discuss his options for Australian Permanent Residency.

“We couldn’t believe that it wasn’t long before we got the PR, unlike some of our friends."

Our agents assessed John and determined that he was indeed eligible for PR… so we got the ball rolling!

John says he was amazed at how quickly his PR was granted, especially when compared to some of his friends who waited much longer for a decision.

“We engaged True Blue Migration to assist us in obtaining Permanent Residency Visa.

“When the final lodgement of documents required by Immigration & Border Protection, we waited for just 5 weeks before we got the news from Ian Lattimore (Migration Agent) at True Blue that our 186 ENS Permanent Residency Visa was granted.

“As long as you get your paperwork and documentation submitted on time, it won’t take long for True Blue (to lodge). Thank you to Ian and Maryanne for such a wonderful job!

For John, the only downside of the visa application process was collecting the necessary paperwork and supporting documentation. It’s true, that part can be a pain, but we’re here to guide you every step of the way!

John and his family were granted PR on 12 August 2014. John says they have no plans to return to Papua New Guinea and will remain in Australia for the foreseeable future

True Blue Migration wishes John and his family all the best for the future.

If you’re currently on a 457 Visa and want to apply for Permanent Residency, get in touch for a free eligibility assessment.

“The process was stressful at times. We were so glad to have contact with Maryanne to get updated.”
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