After two months of talking, researching, filling in forms, spending hundreds of pounds and writing more lists than I’ve ever written before (and I’m a keen writer of lists!), we’re finally submitting our visa application to live in the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands! We, the simple Jervis family of Northumberland, are going to live on a Caribbean Island, 4700 miles away.
When Ste was first approached by the recruiter we thought it was a mad idea and dismissed it as something we could never do; our little girl was born with a hearing loss and has lots of appointments at the hospital for hearing tests and hearing aid moulds etc.
A few days later he came across the email again and just out of curiosity he replied. In the meantime, whilst researching the islands, just for fun, we came across the Cayman Hearing Centre. We couldn’t believe it when we found out the audiologist had previously worked at the Freeman Hospital where we currently take Aeris. It felt like fate.
So after lots of discussions about the positives and negatives, working out our finances and speaking to family, we decided to go for it and Ste submitted his CV. A month later he was offered an amazing opportunity and we started planning the adventure of a lifetime, which brings us to now…
We’ve spent the last four weeks applying for passports, police clearance certificates, having medicals, ordering copies of birth and marriage certificates, filling in work permit forms, researching shipping, arranging to rent our house out and buying the children summer clothes for the winter, months which is harder than you’d think in August. We’ve also read caymanresident.com inside out. It’s been invaluable.
Aeris was much more excited about her passport photo than Isaac…
FedEx collected Ste’s work permit application yesterday and I’ve been furiously tracking it ever since. Four times to be exact…rather excessive considering its been gone less than 24 hours. Fingers crossed, in two weeks time we’ll get a big fat yes from Cayman immigration and we can book our flights.
In the meantime I’m going to continue packing, selling off what we can take with us and won’t need when we finally return to England and updating our trello board (we’ve progressed from lists to a full on project board).
If you want all the exciting details about how to ship your belongings to the Caribbean, arrange a storage unit and packing suitcases for a one way trip, (plus family days out, my recipe experimentation and the odd random rambling) then this is the blog for you.