There are literally a thousand reasons why moving to Australia is the most amazing idea, including the 300 days of gorgeous barbecue weather, the endless sandy beaches, the language, the sense of humor, the economy (by that we mean the amount you’re going to get paid to work), the wildlife and, of course, the fact they have epic place names, like Eggs and Bacon Bay in Tasmania.
However, this isn’t just a travel holiday you’re packing for. This is leaving your country of residence and moving to the more exotic realm of Australia, which isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Moving country is one of the biggest things you can ever do in your life, it’s an adventure like no other, a decision that will affect you and your family for generations and, what’s more, you’re moving to a country at the bottom of the world. As such, fantastic planning is order.
So, the three big areas you’ll need to think about:
This is the very first thing you need to do. Before you even think about looking at flights, or even brushing your teeth, you should be researching your visa options; there’s a lot of them. Luckily, Australia has an extremely transparent system. They have this thing called a “skilled occupations list” which will let you see what they are looking for in terms of workers. Check it out, if you think you match one of the occupations on the list, well then, you’re ready to make an expression of interest. Woohoo.
A seriously common way to win this visa is to get yourself a temporary skilled visa, which is basically a visa that allows Aussie companies to sponsor foreign employees for a few years, if they match an in-demand occupation that is. As a rule, nursing and engineering are always pretty high on the list. Anyway, it is worth doing your research; who knows you could find yourself doing an evening course and up-skilling yourself as a result.
Let’s say all went gorgeously with the visa, and you got sponsorship, and found some cheap flights; a pretty crucial thing you are going to need is money. It can be rather expensive moving country. There are so many outgoings that need to be accounted for. There are visas and legal clearances, the cost of getting there, having somewhere to live, the long-distance shipping of your prize possessions, possibly storage costs of your slightly bigger prize-possessions, a cross-over period on taxes, maybe even the chance that you get bad news and you need to fly back to your home country. There is a lot to pay for. So, if you haven’t got available cash then you need to sell or rent your house. If you haven’t got a house to sell or rent, you’ll need to start saving. Start saving right away.
Right here is where you’ll need to consider how you are going to move your entire life to Australia. This typically means the long-distance shipping of your prize possessions, as mentioned above.The best place to start is researching international removals companies based in either Australia or your home country; this will not only make life easier but it will prove to be a little more friendly on the pocket. Once you’ve found yourself the right deal, well, it’s time you started packing your life into boxes and bought a generous supply of suncream because Australia is hot.
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