Visa Bureau Testimonial - The Read Family

Whether it’s because of the struggling economy, the dissatisfaction with schools or work or simply the rain, plenty of people dream of upping sticks and moving to Australia. Months of sunshine, a booming economy and ample opportunity are just some of the reasons thousands of Brits are dreaming of greener pastures Down Under.

While moving to Australia can be a long and often tiring process, we’ve recently heard from another happy family who have just had their Australia visa granted which proves the effort makes the reward all that much better.

Paul and Zoe Read, along with children William, and Alex, aged 5 and 2, from Surrey have just returned from a holiday to Australia to look for a new home. Their State Sponsored (subclass 176) visa was granted in August.

Leonie Cotton was their caseworker and this is what the Read family had to say about their Visa Bureau experience:

The Read family have just returned from checking
out the beautiful beaches of Victoria.

The idea of getting a visa to Oz has been a dream for over 15 years and when my skills as a fully qualified gas plumber came in demand, we started the application process and we had our State Sponsored Residents visa granted in August 2011.

I would like to give a massive thank you to Leonie Cotton who guided us though the many hoops that we've had to jump through. In my opinion, (and with the benefit of hindsight) her advice has been accurate, timely and constructive and I would thoroughly recommend Leonie and Visa Bureau to anyone considering using an Agent.

She has always been a phone call away and has promptly returned calls when not immediately available, even to answer my stupid questions. As with any professional service, there are fees to pay but I consider these small in the knowledge that we couldn't have done it on our own after a hard day at work, considering the level of service provided.

We have just returned from a trip to activate our visas, staying on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, checking out the area where the beaches are fantastic. The weather made us feel right at home! We hope to make the move in about 2 years’ time.

Thank you

Paul, Zoe, William and Alex.

If you’ve used the Australian Visa Bureau to move to Australia and would like to let us know about your experience, please get in touch by either emailing your caseworker or by using the contact form and we’ll get back to you to sort out your testimonial! 

- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.