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Aussie Aussie Aussie!

This is the first post on A Pair of Boots and a Backpack that’s being brought to you by a true blue Australian. And no, it’s not a guest post — I became a true blue Australian on Australia Day! After being approved for citizenship on August 28, I had to wait over five months…

Australian Citizenship: I Passed the Test!

Normally 10am would find me sitting in front of my computer at work, sipping a cup of tea and digging in to my work for the day. Yesterday at 10am, I was sitting in the waiting room of the Immigration Office in Brisbane, waiting for my citizenship interview. What did I expect from this interview? Well,…

Now That You Have Your Australian 457 Visa…

After seven years, a student visa, a ‘special programs’ visa, three temporary work visas, and a permanent residency visa, I’ve learned a lot about Australian immigration. I’ve previously shared everything you need to know to apply for the 457 temporary work visa, but it doesn’t end there.  Even once you are granted your 457 visa…

Australian Citizenship: Why I Applied

As of last Wednesday, I have officially been a permanent resident of Australia for one year.   While it may seem that I’m celebrating yet another milestone because I can, this one actually has a pretty special significance. Australian citizenship rules require that you live in the country continuously for four years and that you…

What My Mom Taught Me About Expat Life

I know that Mother’s Day is another holiday made up by the greeting card companies to get more money, but I think it’s good to have a day where you show your appreciation for everything your mom has done (and why limit it to one?). That said, I haven’t seen my mother on the second…

My Four-Year Oziversary

I apologise — I know I said this blog would be updated while I was in New Zealand, but unfortunately, while I had already written the posts, I didn’t even have time to sort the photos and get the posts online while I was over there. So without further ado… Recently I hit yet another…

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