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Randy Barnhart

Columnists > Randy Barnhart

Randy Barnhart

Is This Move Right?

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday March 05, 2014 (04:45:23)   (1999 Reads)
Randy Barnhart
The FBI has approved my fingerprints. This nearly final step in immigrating to Australia is bringing reality into focus. Is this move to the other side of the world really what we want? We certainly have mixed feelings.

Without question, the hardest will be saying goodbye to friends. Even leaving this old house we’ve inhabited for 30 years will be difficult. Our home feels very cozy and pleasantly lived in.

We’ve just remodeled a lot of the house in order to sell it and now are enjoying the remodel. I love my new stainless steel refrigerator, microwave, and oven. The new porcelain floors, carpets and updated bathrooms spruce the house up significantly.    more ...


Columnists > Randy Barnhart

Randy Barnhart

Moving To Australia From The USA, Hopefully!

Posted by: Carole on Monday January 27, 2014 (00:24:58)   (3824 Reads)
Randy Barnhart
Australia! The name has a magical sound. The Outback. Down Under. They have the flavor of adventure and the Old American West.

Now we might actually live there. That will depend upon the progress of this protracted visa process. After submitting the many required forms, we are at the last step, we hope, in a tortuous endeavor. We need to get the FBI’s ok.

As you U.S. expats in Australia already know, we are required to have a criminal background check by the FBI, partly based upon their review of our fingerprints. We mailed our fingerprints last September, just a few days before the U.S. government shutdown. That set us back at least two weeks.    more ...