Relocating to Australia can be an exciting prospect. If you are searching for the experience of a lifetime or a great job opportunity then it could be a great option.
Moving the family (including the dog) and all your possessions requires a lot of planning. Once you get your head around the idea of moving, then you need to think about the actual logistics – when, where, why and how?
Australia is a vast continent with varied climates throughout its eight states and territories. New arrivals have a diverse range of choices from the beautiful beach towns and rural landscapes to the cosmopolitan cities.
When considering a move down under, expat forums such as Poms in OZ are a great place to speak to others who have been through the same experience.
The thought of packing up your life and placing it in a new country, effectively starting again can be daunting. Often it is hard to know where to start, with what will possibly be one of the most stressful and exciting times of your life.
Here are a few things that will help you plan your move:
Check your passport details
Ensure you and all family members have valid passports that are in date for the full duration of the visa you are applying for. for example, If you are applying for a 4 year visa, you should have at least 4 years of validity on your passport. If it needs replacing, then do so.
Create a budget
Research the costs involved with living in, and relocating to Australia. Make sure that you will be able to achieve the standard of living you are hoping for. Without doing this unexpected delays or surprises could crop up.
Look at your job options
Once you’ve decided which visa you are most suitable for, you will want to look at job opportunities. A great place to start is on Australian recruitment sites.
Update your CV
Ensure you have all your qualifications and work experience listed and up to date. This will allow you to apply for jobs before you arrive.
Get your trade or qualification recognised
If you have a trade or qualification it’s advisable to have your qualifications formally recognised by the relevant authority in Australia. This may improve your chance of gaining employment in your profession or trade.
Consider your living arrangements
Do you have property? Will you want to sell it, or rent it out while you are in Australia? Once you are in Australia will you want to stay in temporary accommodation, or move straight into a rental? Will you eventually want to buy, and how much is your budget?
Relocating to Australia can be an exciting time in your life but it can also be a scary time if you haven’t prepared properly.
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