Clients' Emigration Stories

Enjoy some of our clients' emigration stories & experiences

Read more about our clients' experiences of emigrating and their stories after emigrating.

Teacher Alison Dunbar, 28, and her husband John, 33, emigrated in 2003 from Lauder in Scotland to Brisbane. Here, Alison tells of the highs and lows of the process, and how Overseas Emigration Visas was able to help.


We are sitting in the living room of the house we have just built. It’s raining outside as usual, and we have just come home from a holiday with a friend who lives in Majorca. We are talking about all the different things our friend has done, places he has seen and the people he has met, and we can’t help feeling that somewhere along the road we have missed something. John and I have been so focused on getting job security, a house and a mortgage that we have somehow missed out on the life-changing experiences.

Suddenly John turns to me and says: “You know Queensland police are recruiting overseas officers?” My response is: “Let’s do it,” even though I’ve never been to Australia! It’s Saturday night and we decide to go and see OE Visas on Monday to see if we are eligible to apply. I’ve seen OE’s website while browsing on the Net and I like the sound of them. OE seems more honest and down-to-earth than the rest.

It’s Monday now and after the longest day at work we go for our meeting with OE. Turns out that as a teacher and a policeman we meet all the criteria for skilled migrants. After about 30 minutes with the consultant we decide to just do it! I am so nervous that I try to sign the cheque for the first instalment three times – in the end John has to write it and I sign it. We are asked to go and get all our documents as listed in the information pack from OE – very easy to follow as it’s just a tick list. OE will do all the other nasty paper work. Just as well as we later find out that if you do it yourself and make a mistake, you have to start all over again!

OE Visas get our visa documents in order

Ross, our OE consultant, tells us that it’s up to us how quickly we get our stuff together – once they have it all, it will take about three months until we hear anything. It take me two weeks to get references from employers, birth certificates, marriage certificates etc. Ross tells us he is always happy to chat if we need him. Each time we call he says the same thing – no news yet – but we need to hear that it’s still being worked on.


A visit to the OE office to make a payment to the Australian immigration department, and the next payment to OE. We are invited to a seminar in Edinburgh about support services for people who are emigrating – it’s a help as it makes us feel we are doing something towards our goal. The waiting is hard; you have to get on with your daily routine but inside your stomach is doing somersaults every time you think about it. We haven’t told anyone yet so we have to keep all this emotion to ourselves.


I’m suffering from homesickness and we haven’t even left yet! I’ve been…
– The Dunbars, Brisbane, Australia

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