I am so depressed about this whole emigrating from UK to SA thing! I have been told by the SA Embassy in London that my husband's Permanent resident permit can take up to 18 months to process and before even phoning to make an appointment with them to approve his application we have to obtain the chest xray, doctors report and police clearance. This is after phaffing about and great expenditure getting apostille stamps on our wedding cert and processing my SA Passport renewal application (which I was initially told we could do this application with my husband's PR premit application then subsequently told that we have to do a separate application as passport office doesn't allow appointments to be made - you have to sit and wait which isn't good with a 6 month old and 18 month old childminded children) We have had his CV posted on websites and sent to goodness knows how many recruitment consultants (Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Prince2 Programme manager so not underqualified or underskilled) and there hasn't been a glimmer of interest from anyone. Friends in SA who were so pushy about us coming back to Cape Town and promised to help have subsequently dropped off the face of the earth and the private school I wanted to send my daughter to wants a R36,000 deposit before we even set foot in the door!!!!!! Really beginning to think that this perhaps was not the wisest decision to make and it is really depressing to think I may never be able to come home to Cape Town. Has anyone reading this done the move within a year and not felt at some point that it was going to be futile.... really love to hear some experiences (with happy endings!) please.