This is how we had to fight for our expat dream in Australia, as we almost got deported!

It has been amazing since we migrated to Australia and we truly love our Oz lifestyle. However, it hasn’t always been easy, not exactly rainbows and fairies all the way. We have gone through a process to actually be where we are now.

My thoughts in sharing this story with you are for a motivational purpose. Perhaps you are currently in a bad situation where things are just spinning out of control so fast and getting nastier by the day. I hope you will find strength in our story and soon make it through to the brighter side of your adventure. Here is how we almost got deported out of Australia!

We came to Australia with a temporary visa, so we needed to have a work sponsor.

Yan had secured a job with sponsorship out of Switzerland. We honestly thought we had the situation under control and we moved all the way to Adelaide, South Australia. Leaving our life in Switzerland behind us. The euphoria was short lived as we soon realised Yan’s employer hasn’t been totally honest and wasn’t paying him as he should. Not good huh?

Yes, here we are in a new country with kids and not making enough money. The fight for our expat dream was real!

Obviously, feeding and taking care of our family is our priority, but we were in a dilemma. Yan losing his employer would also mean losing our temporary visa and Australia is quite serious about its visa policy. If you lose your visa, you have to leave the country within twenty-eight days. Boom, no joking around!
And it happened! I clearly remember Yan’s face as he came back from work that night. Because of his determination to be paid and not being taken advantage off (I am so proud of him for that!) Yan had lost the job and the visa. In fact, the employer got scared Yan would take legal action to be paid.

You can imagine the pressure on us, no income and no visa!

and our container with all our belongings was on its way to Australia. Our kids had just started school and we had just moved into a new rental house. It wasn’t a fun experience for us, at all. Desperately, we put in a lot of hours in search of an employer who would sponsor us. Relentlessly, searching all over Australia and not just Adelaide where we were at the time. We just didn’t want to restrict and limit our chances. Five-hundred! Yes, we sent out about five hundred job applications  (talk about determination!) and we kept hope alive, focusing on our goal! I am not going to lie, it was a very tough situation to be in and we were living day by day, not knowing what our future would be. The fight for our expat dream was oppressing at that time as cancellation of visa is not a joke.

We kept on trying, hoping to get just that one positive response we needed

It took really long before that one response came. Remember we had only twenty-eight days and not one more. We were approaching the last week before deportation when Yan finally got a job offer and he flew to Sydney to meet the potential employer. It worked out that he was willing to employ him and sponsor us. So, we started processing the paperwork and got a bridging visa which allowed us to stay legally in Australia after the expiration of the twenty-eight days pending the determination and processing of our papers.

We left Adelaide without knowing the final response

from the Department of immigration concerning our visa and went on an adventure to Sydney. It was a difficult time for us, we were waiting on the response and Yan wasn’t allowed to work. We also had no source of income during that time but hell a lot of expenses, as you can only imagine.
After another 2 weeks, finally we got the good news and the visa was approved! What a relieve that was. I can assure you that we did celebrate this milestone!

Yes, it is tricky, difficult times will come,

but you have to hold on and never give up. We never gave up, we held on and things worked out well for us and we will forever be grateful about this employer ready to sponsor us back then.  The way to permanent residency was still very long at this stage but we had our temporary visa back, allowing us a 4-year stay in Australia. If it worked for us, it can work for you too.

This hard time and other hardship situations of our migration story made us stronger!

A few years later, we can now laugh about it and see how far we have come and the life lessons we have learned. But the reality is other people are still in such a tricky situation in the pursuit of their dreams. This is why I turned all the tests this adventure has given us into a testimony. To inspire others to keep going and to fight for their dreams. I wrote a book about our story, I became an author thanks to the struggles we went through, how cool right!

Also, life always makes sense in reverse.

And now, years later, I know why life did bring us to Adelaide. Although it seemed so unfair at that time, there was a reason why we had to fight for our expat dream.

During our 3 months in Adelaide, we’ve found a new world. A world of natural health and a way to help our oldest son to naturally manage his ADHD. Something that would, later on, lead to a new career for me and a world of possibilities. But I am not going to reveal it all here! Download the first 2 chapters of my book here!

Don’t only dream your life, live your dream.

Yours in inspiration, Nat


About the Author:
Natascha is firstly a wife and mum of 3, originally Swiss and a French native speaker, she lives in Queensland Australia. She also is a passionate online entrepreneur and author.
Natascha’s passion is to share the message of Living a Life of Purpose.
Her mission is to help other mums create more freedom to live their dream life while becoming healthier and happier!


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13 replies
  1. Loren
    Loren says:

    Wow, I read “deported” and I got nervous. Migration is a very difficult experience. I am glad everything worked out OK and your kids have done well. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Yan and Nat Carrel
      Yan and Nat Carrel says:

      Same here, it’s a stressful word and situation to be in. But I love how life makes always sense in reverse and I now know why we had to go through this. So happy life made us go through this so we ended up finding our new health path and a new career for me.
      Thanks very much Loren

    • Yan and Nat Carrel
      Yan and Nat Carrel says:

      Exactly Jeremy and that’s nowadays one of my messages. If you want to make it happen, then push through in the hard moments. Never give up! You’ll grow stronger! Thanks a lot

  2. Gabe Cox
    Gabe Cox says:

    Perseverance at its finest! Thank you for sharing your story, it is truly powerful. I love watching others fight for their dream, and there always is a fight to be had before it comes to fruition!

    • Yan and Nat Carrel
      Yan and Nat Carrel says:

      Yes absolutely, there always is!
      Maybe so we enjoy it even more after the fight? So we can feel grateful and be proud of the achievement and realize how far we have come and grown from the struggles?
      I like to think so.
      Thanks Gabe!

  3. Heather Evans
    Heather Evans says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Your dedication to your path paid off and it is such an inspiration. We dream of living abroad again and it is journeys like yours that bring that vision to life!

    • Yan and Nat Carrel
      Yan and Nat Carrel says:

      Oh thank you for your comment, Heather. It means a lot. As it is exactly what I want to achieve by sharing.
      I remember when we were dreaming about our big move, and also when we were fighting for it. I would read stories of people who had made it and it would always help me go through adversity and imagine the other side and keep the vision alive!
      Best of luck with your move!


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