Aussies in the UK
Would you like to live in the UK for five years or longer with full work rights? How would you like to obtain permanent UK residency? How about UK citizenship? If you have a grandparent who was born in the UK, consider applying for a UK Ancestry Visa.
We’re a family of four (mum, dad and two teenage kids) who relocated from one side of the world to the other. We moved from the Gold Coast, Australia to Glasgow, Scotland on a UK Ancestry Visa. We gave up our jobs, applied for a visa, sold 99% of our possessions, bought one-way plane tickets and said our goodbyes to our loved ones.
We arrived in Scotland in September 2016 with nothing more than two suitcases each. And, although we only had limited savings and no jobs lined up – we did have a grand plan (and many back-up plans) based on internet research, word-of-mouth recommendations and a whole lot of faith in our future.
In our first month, we established ourselves in a beautiful neighbourhood, secured full-time employment and enrolled our children into one of Scotland’s best high schools.
We achieved so much in our first 3 months in the UK.
We’re now living our dream. A dream we’ve shared for nearly 20 years. We’re well on our way to giving our children an amazing start to their lives. It is our belief that the relocation will open their eyes, hearts and minds to experiences and opportunities that may not have been available to them otherwise.
Do you dream of moving overseas? Or have you emigrated yourself? Or, do you shake your head and wonder why anybody would throw caution to the wind and give up a well-established lifestyle only to start out again from scratch? Does this sound like something you’d like to do? Or, does the thought of doing something like this scare the shit out of you? Either way, we think you’ll enjoy reading about our adventures.
We love Australia but we also love the idea of being global citizens in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Dare to Done is where we share information and our experiences while on our quest to become dual UK-Australian citizens. If you’re looking at doing the same thing then we’ll do our best to make your experience a little bit easier by sharing our ups and downs and our learnings along the way.