The waiting is finally over…
Dear Ms Howard
I am writing to you about your application for a permanent Partner (Residence) visa . . . I am pleased to advise that the following persons were granted a permanent visa on 13 April 2004: Kristine Michelle Howard . . .
It took two and a half years, but I am now a fully-fledged permanent resident of Australia! Thanks to everyone who helped us out, especially Ma Snook, Steve, and Major (who all made statutory declarations that our relationship was legit). Residency basically gives me all the same rights as citizens (with the exception of voting). I can finally get a credit card, and if I want to go back to university I’ll be able to get government aid. I can even collect unemployment! When I IMed the Snook to let him know, his first response was: “Does that mean you’re going to leave me?” Silly boy. As if I’d go through all this just for a green card. 🙂