Moving to Australia – Part Fourteen

Validating Your Visa.

Last week, you will recall, our worldly goods were loaded onto a container to begin their seaward journey toward the Port of Brisbane. I had my last pint(s) in an English pub and on Monday 12th of November 2007 we boarded our plane.

At 6:30 in the morning on Wednesday the 14th, local time of course, we set foot on Australian soil. Entering the country is the final act of your emigration process. The date stamp that customs enter onto your passport effectively validate your Visa.

That validation meant we were allowed to live and stay in Australia indefinitely. After four years here, we can apply for Australian citizenship. Wonderful.

And if arriving in a different country to live isn’t exciting enough, we were also about to see our brand new house for the very first time.

back-garden
That’s the view from the back garden. Beautiful isn’t it? In fact the land it is on, the frontage and the location were all fantastic. Time to go inside and take a look. Had our gamble to buy our house on the Internet paid off?

18 sets of pink curtains, 14 sets of fluorescent lights, brown smoked glass stuck to the walls in three locations. Our first impression wasn’t good. Neither was our second and third impressions. In fact I believe my wife had gone into some kind of shock. I wanted to join her but I had a ton of decorating to do.

18 months ago if you had asked if buying a house on the Internet was a wise thing to do, you would probably have got an answer filled with ifs and buts. But today, with every wall and ceiling painted, every curtain removed, every light fitting replaced, a new bathroom suite and ensuite fitted and the kitchen fully refurbished, we love our home.

For us, the gamble has paid off.

So we were now living in Australia and we were in our new home. That must surely mark the end of the “Moving to Australia” series. Well, not quite. There’s one more episode to go and I’ll wrap that up next week.

To read this entire series from the start, please go to part one

For a full chronological list and brief description of all the posts in this series about how I moved to Australia, please visit my page How to Move to Australia.

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  • Kristen November 13, 2016, 10:41 am | Link

    Hello there! As you said above, you were on a permanent living visa. I was wondering just which one because the ones that I was looking at, I had to be skilled or have a sponsor and I was wondering if you were on one like that! Thank you!

    • BobinOz November 14, 2016, 1:18 am | Link

      It was the skilled independent visa, so still required a skill which luckily my wife had, I didn’t 🙂

  • Martin July 30, 2016, 11:56 am | Link

    Hi Bob! I have been in Sydney almost 3 weeks now and my wife and 2 kids will be joining me in another 3 weeks. I went first and gave myself 6 weeks to set up home before they arrive. I am happy to report that I have sorted the house, car, childcare and landed my dream job which I start on Monday so all the big to do items are done and I’m enjoying exploring and finding things to do with the kids when they arrive. I’m writing this sitting beside our pool and looking at our new home and it almost doesn’t seem real! Our lives have certainly taken a big step in the right direction. I can’t tell you how happy and excited I am that my kids are going to grow up living this lifestyle. Worth every penny ?

    • BobinOz August 1, 2016, 12:00 am | Link

      Fantastic news Martin, sounds like you have settled in really quickly and got everything sorted out. I hope you and your family get to love this country is much as I do, you are certainly off to a good start.

      I’m sure your kids will love it when they get here, what’s not to love?

      Anyway, I won’t keep you, you’ve got work in the morning 🙂

  • josef May 25, 2016, 6:06 pm | Link

    Dear Bob, thank you for this valuable website that contains priceless information on moving to australia. i applied for the skilled immigration visa 189 with my family. i would be thankful if you could answer this question
    I heard that after i get the visa for Permanent residency it will be valid for 6 months only. my concern is that my children would not have finished school …
    so 1- could the australian immigration bureau give extension times in such cases ?
    or 2- could i go alone for a week or so to activate my PR on behalf of the whole family ?

    thank you again for your time

    • BobinOz May 26, 2016, 12:39 am | Link

      Thanks Josef, glad to hear my website has been useful to you.

      I’m legally not allowed to answer these kinds of questions, but I strongly suggest you speak to your case officer about this and ask the question “can I validate (same as activate) this visa on behalf of my whole family by visiting Australia on my own and if so how long after that do we have as a whole family to turn up to live here on a permanent basis?”

      If you used a MARA registered migration agent to assist you with this application, you can ask the same question of them instead of your case officer.

      Good luck, Bob

    • Martin May 26, 2016, 4:53 pm | Link

      Hi Josef
      We recently went through the same dilemma after being granted the same visa. I can’t say that this is the case for everyone but this is what happened to us. I had read we would have 1 year to activate the visa. After submitting everything the case officer requested additional information. After 3 months we submitted the requested information and when we got the grant notice we were given 9 months to arrive. Now that may have meant the 12 months started when the additional information was requested or it was actually 9 months. I asked at the time the same 2 questions you have here. So:
      1: They said we could request an extension but I got the impression that you would need a very good reason.
      2: Everyone on the application has an individual visa grant notice and number and everyone has to arrive before the date but they don’t have to arrive together.

      Again this is just what happened to us. I can’t say if this is the case for everyone. Hope this helps! And good luck!

      • BobinOz May 26, 2016, 6:57 pm | Link

        Just to try and help clear up the arrival date time, my understanding is that either the police check or the medical, or more likely both, only last for 12 months. So I believe you need to validate your visas before one of those expires. That would explain why your one-year became nine months Martin.

        Again, check this information with your case officer or MARA migration agent.

  • Mirza Raihan Ferdous May 23, 2016, 2:14 pm | Link

    Mr. BobinOz,

    I are from Bangladesh. Me and my wife wants to go to Australia but can’t find the perfect procedure and way of going, can you please help us?

    Yours

    Raihan Mirza.

    • BobinOz May 23, 2016, 7:09 pm | Link

      Well, you can try and work it out for yourself, you’ll find help on my page about Visas, or you can get a MARA registered migration agent to find the perfect procedure for you. See Migration agents.

  • Martin April 24, 2016, 2:04 am | Link

    Hey Bob! Me again with a progress update and as it’s in this section of your site you’ve probably guessed already that we have booked the flights!! I will be landing in Sydney in July to get things set up and the rest of the family will arrive in August hopefully to a nice secure house and job situation :s

    • BobinOz April 25, 2016, 4:43 pm | Link

      Congratulations Martin! Exciting times. I hope it works out as well for you as it did for me and my family. Good luck, Bob

  • Kayla June 23, 2015, 9:49 pm | Link

    I am currently in college, I have about 25 weeks left and am wanting to move to Australia after that 25 weeks, would it be better to start the process now or wait till my schooling is over?

    • BobinOz June 24, 2015, 11:28 pm | Link

      I would start it now if you want to move immediately after college finishes, getting a visa for Australia does take some time. What you should really do is speak to a MARA registered migration agent, they will advise you how best to proceed. Good luck, Bob

  • Amanda March 25, 2015, 3:15 am | Link

    Hi Bob

    We received are visa yesterday and I am very excited that we should be on the Gold Coast in June. We will be bringing our two children aged 7 and 5. I think I remember reading one of your posts that you got extra luggage allowance on your one way flights, is this right and how did you get it?

    Thanks
    Amanda

    • BobinOz March 26, 2015, 12:21 am | Link

      Yes, we did, double allowance if I remember correctly. I think it is just automatically given to you when you book a one-way flight. You’re not really getting that extra baggage for free though, because a one-way flight isn’t half the price of a return, they always get you in the end 🙂

  • Hal December 19, 2014, 10:35 pm | Link

    Hello Bob.

    I am planning to move to Australia on a temporary work visa within the next few months. I have 2 external hard drives and a laptop which I’ll be bringing with me. I wanted to know if the immigration authorities will be verifying the contents of the hard drives during the immigration process. Could you please clarify this for me?

    Thank you.

    Hal

    • BobinOz December 22, 2014, 5:50 pm | Link

      Nobody knows for sure what they will or won’t check through, although I’m pretty certain they didn’t go through any of my hard drives when I came here. Maybe like most customs operations though, they just pick someone out at random every now and again and then go through everything very closely.

      So the only answer I can really give you is ‘probably not, but who knows?’

  • Reham April 13, 2014, 8:02 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    My name is Reham, my husband and I got the PR, so we are moving by the end of June, we will be arriving in Melbourne, so I was wondering where can we stay once we arrive with our luggage?

    • BobinOz April 14, 2014, 6:03 pm | Link

      Well, in a nutshell, you will need to arrange some accommodation for when you arrive.

      I did write an article called Relocating to Brisbane: Tips on your Arrival which you might like to read, the tips apply as much for Melbourne or any city as they do from Brisbane.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Slava November 23, 2013, 7:10 am | Link

    Hi,Bob! My name is Slava,you know is pretty similar as a Canadian immigration process but it was different a bit for me,I came to Canada with working visa without family,had only $600 hundred in my pocket,but I had The Work Permit and company to work for,now we applyed for a citizenship in Canada,and you know what I’m thinking now – to create the same advices to thous who wishing to come to Canada,first want to say about the climate in Canada in winter time.What do you think???
    Please,reply via e-mail,and keep it touch!
    Thank you,all the bast!
    Slava

    • BobinOz November 25, 2013, 12:45 pm | Link

      SlavinCanada? Why not? As for Winters over there, I’m guessing, cold and snowy?

      Good luck with your website, you don’t know you’re letting yourself in for 🙂

      Bob

      • Abubakar Abdul Salam June 24, 2015, 3:06 am | Link

        Dear sir / madam l wish to apply for employment in your respected company as a cleaning, l am hard working and a dedicated young man 35 years of age.

        • BobinOz June 24, 2015, 11:34 pm | Link

          Thanks for your offer, but we don’t need a cleaner in my company at the moment, it’s all sorted. I do it. Well, I wipe my computer screen once in a blue moon maybe blow on my keyboard 🙂

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