How to Move to Australia

The Process.

For those of you who want to know the best way to do this without doing all of this reading stuff, then I suggest you take a look at my Visa Assessment Service.

It’s not free, but my professional MARA registered migration agent does spend a good deal of time looking over all of your information before making a thorough recommendation to you on how to proceed.

I thoroughly recommend his service, it is worth every cent, I guarantee it.

How I moved to Australia

movingOne of the most common questions I am asked is “I want to move to Australia, where do I start?” And I suppose the answer for everyone is slightly different.

But I do know what the answer was for me was and I have documented the process that we went through to move to Australia, from the initial idea right the way through to finally arriving in Australia with permanent residency status.

But I have realised of late that most of these articles have disappeared into the archives and if you can find them, the titles aren’t very descriptive. Titles like Moving to Australia Part Three and Moving to Australia Part Four.

Yes, very helpful…..

So I have now created this dedicated page called “How to Move to Australia” describing each step I went through along the way to secure my move. Hopefully the short descriptions under each title will make it easier for you to navigate around this category and find what you are looking for more easily.

To read any of the articles in full, just click on the title above it. So, let’s start at the beginning……..

Moving to Australia – An Idea

13 March 2009

The Idea

This is where it has to start for everyone, with an idea. That idea is simply “I think I’d like to move to Australia”.

6 Ways to Emigrate to Australia

19 March 2009

Types of Visa

Here I take a look at six of the most popular kinds of visas to get you into Australia.

Moving to Australia – Part Three

27 March 2009

The Application Form

Now it’s time to take a look at the dreaded paperwork and some of the costs involved in moving to Australia.

Moving to Australia – Part Four

2 April 2009

The Points System

Deciding on which kind of visa you will apply for and a look at the Australian Skilled Immigration points calculator.

Moving to Australia – Part Five

16 April 2009

Backing Up Your Application

More dreaded paperwork. Gathering together the proofs you will need for your Australian migration assessment depending upon the type of visa you are going for.

Moving to Australia – Part Six

23 April 2009

Bringing Your Dog or Cat

You’ll probably want to read this if you are hoping to bring your dog (or cat).

Moving to Australia – Part Seven

30 April 2009

Finalising the Application

Now it’s time to fill in the application form and provide even more proofs.

Moving to Australia – Part Eight

7 May 2009


Finally your application is complete and it is in the post. What next? I’ll tell you, waiting! Is there anything you can do?

Moving to Australia – Part Nine

14 May 2009

And More Waiting

This is waiting part two if you like. Here I explain stasis and exactly what you are waiting for.

Moving to Australia – Part Ten

21 May 2009

The Medical

Nudging ever closer, it’s time to take your medical examination.

Moving to Australia – Part Eleven

28 May 2009

Nervous Waiting

The results of your medical examination have now been sent off but you really don’t know if you have passed or failed. More nervous waiting.

Moving to Australia – Part Twelve

4 June 2009

Selling Up and Planning Your Move

With your visa now granted, how do you validate it? Also, selling your house and planning your departure.

Moving to Australia – Part Thirteen

11 June 2009

The Removal Company

With the house now sold, it’s time to call in the removal company. It’s also time to start saying goodbye to people and places and book your flight to Australia. But where are you going to live when you get there?

Moving to Australia – Part Fourteen

18 June 2009

The One-Way Flight

Finally, it’s time to board the plane on a one-way ticket to Australia! This is when your visa gets validated.

Moving to Australia – Part Fifteen

25 June

Where’s My Furniture?

More waiting, this time for your furniture to show up. Also, what’s it like settling in?

Talking of furniture, you might like to read my post about what to bring with you. It’s called, rather excitingly…

The End. Almost…..

And that does conclude our story of how we moved to Australia.

But there are many more posts in the Moving to Australia category, please do check them out. Clicking that link you will see the most recent posts at the top of the page. But I just want to bring your attention to a few more articles that may be very relevant to you if you are seriously concidering moving to Australia.

Moving to Australia: Baggy’s Story

2 July 2009

Collecting your dog (or cat) if you brought one. What can possibly go wrong!

What About My Friends?

And finally I have three articles about missing your family and friends and making new ones……

Goodbye Sam, Goodbye Samantha

17 July

First I look at who out of your friends and family are likely to come and visit you in Australia.

Leaving All Your Friends Behind

23 July 2009

Second, making new friends, a radical new approach.

The Rules of Making New Friends

30 July 2009

And third, the simple rules of making new friends.

And Finally….

It’s a long process, I know. Sometimes you will get frustrated with it, I know we did. But I can assure you that from our experience it is well worth the effort. The time it takes is not so important as the “Yes” at the end. As long as you get in, it’s all worth it.

If you are begining or going through this process now, I wish you well. Maybe I’ll see you here in Australia soon.

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Sam September 27, 2015 at 5:39 am

Hi can you advise my son’s ex wants to emigrate to Australia with their one year old daughter. However she is currently a single parent on benefits in the UK. However her mum is emigrating to Australia with her two brothers that have disabilities but are able to work her mum is a nurse. Will my son’s ex who is 19 with a criminal record be allowed to emigrate? They have joint parental rights.


BobinOz September 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm

These are not questions I can help you with, see Would I Qualify?

You should also have your son speak to a solicitor, my understanding is that his ex cannot take his daughter out of the country without signed permission from your son, but as I say, your son should speak to a solicitor to get that confirmed.

Good luck, Bob


Alex September 20, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Hi Bob,

First off a massive thumbs up for all the help you’re giving everyone, top man!

Moving on to my query, I am 21 years old and have qualified from university with a Teaching Degree, I am half way through my first year of teaching, and by July 2016 I will be a fully qualified teacher.
My girlfriend is 25 and has worked in retail as a manager for the past 6 years.
I am looking at moving out to Australia at the end of 2016/start of 2017, my brother is out there at the moment so I’m quite jealous haha!
What visa would suit my current situation?
Also, are the requirements to teach out in Australia the same as England? Ie. Could I teach in Australia with my qualification?

Cheers, Alex.


BobinOz September 21, 2015 at 1:50 pm

These are not questions I can answer Alex, please see Would I Qualify?.

Good luck, Bob


George September 17, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Hi BobinOz,
My family (myself, wife and 1 kid) got AU PR (189 Visa). We are planning to move to AU by December, 2015. My wife will be 7 months pregnant by then. I would like to know if she will get medicare in this condition. Thanks in advance.


BobinOz September 17, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Sorry George, I have no idea how that works, you would probably need to speak to Centrelink or, as I think they are called these days, Human Services. Good luck, Bob


Mohamed Firdaus September 9, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Hi Bob,

Im 33 yrs old, married with 1 daughter. I was thinking to move to and work in Australia. I thought if I could leave my family behind and work there first, and when I earned enough $$$ I could then bring my family along. Is it a right move? What kind of visa should I apply?


BobinOz September 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm

I think you should have a good look around this website, all the information you need is here.


Abdul August 26, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Hi Bob,

I work for the airline industry for over 3 years and i would like to move to Australia..

I would like to know what is the requirements for a Canadian citizen to immigrate to Australia permanently.

Thank you,


lehuuphuoc August 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Can you help me to move Australia, I like living there and more…


Emily August 5, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Hi I was just wondering if you could help. I have family in Australia my mother niece and nephew are all Australian citizens from birth and my brother and sister who also live out there are citizens by decent. I have just applied for my citizenship by decent. I also have a partner not married but we have been together now 3 years and we are expecting a new born next month we are wanting to move to Australia in the next 3-4 years and wondered if this is possible and what is the best way to do this thanks in advance.


BobinOz August 6, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Hi Emily

This isn’t a question I can answer Emily, only MARA registered migration agents are allowed to advise on how to get a visa. So you would need to speak to a MARA agent about this or, if you prefer, go through my Visa Assessment Service which is done on my behalf by a registered MARA migration agent based here in Australia.

Good luck, Bob


mark August 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

Hi bobinoz I was just wondering my wife 2 young kids and I would love to move to oz but am not in a skilled job I am a straddle carrier on the container terminal and my wife has been out of work looking after our 2 kids for the last 5 year she was previously a child career what are the chance of us getting a visa or is there any chance do you know thanks very much mark


BobinOz August 5, 2015 at 4:53 pm
Mark August 2, 2015 at 11:22 pm

Hi Bob. I am 42 and a very qualified individual. (electrician and hgv mechanic amounts other qualifications) we (my wife and I and two young daughters started the immigration process a few years back.)
We were out off once I found out that I was type 1 diabetic! And that that austrailia wouldn’t entertain me??? (this was a migration agents view and wasn’t backed up by any fact or data, just a vague email)
As you are probably aware England is and is fast becoming a place that is not the greatest place to work and live! So we are again thinking of emmigrating….

My question to you is this:

How does diabetes affect the emmigrating candidate…(cost and potential success in gaining residency)

Who can I contact with regards ongoing care (insulin cost and availability etc)

Thank you in advance of your reply and help.

Mark & family. (Sally-42, Alice-9 and Eleanor-6)


BobinOz August 3, 2015 at 9:31 pm

If you Google “Fact Sheet 22—The Health Requirement” you will see the government’s advice regarding health issues. Health is assessed individually by Australian authorised doctors and whether or not you would pass the medical isn’t something a MARA agent can decide. It is for the examining doctor to provide a medical report to the immigration department and the immigration department decide from that whether you pass the medical or not.

If you read that fact sheet, I think you will conclude, as I did, that it is highly contagious diseases and also conditions that cannot be cured and are rather expensive in terms of ongoing treatment that seem to cause the most problems. I know your diabetes isn’t contagious, but I don’t know what’s involved with your treatment. Either way, I can’t advise and I’m not sure a MARA agent could give you a 100% sure answer either.

If you go through my Visa Assessment Service then my agent could assess your options based on your qualifications and you can always ask him his opinion about whether your diabetes might affect your application in a covering email or the follow-up telephone discussion.

I’m sure he will be able to give you some strong guidelines, but as I say, he could not tell you for sure whether you would pass the medical or not.

Hope that helps, Bob


Mark Bishop August 4, 2015 at 6:11 am

Thank you Bob for the reply…an I just add “my wife and I LOVE your web site!” what a breath of fresh air, to find a site full of facts and advice that’s so topical and informative….keep up the great work!
We will be filling in an assessment form once again I think…. Because the urge and draw to Australia is still alive and kicking in our hearts.
Mark & Sally.


BobinOz August 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Thanks to both of you for your kind words, I hope your assessment goes well and you find yourself living in Australia soon. Good luck, Bob


BobinOz August 2, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Emma and Verna, you both need to speak to MARA migration agents about any possible options you might have. Please read my important notices above.


Verna August 2, 2015 at 5:11 am

Hi bob,
Hope you are well..

I’m 21 yrs old and will be finishing my bachelors degree in commerce by June 2016.
I have work experience in a travel agency for almost 3 yrs ..
I would like to know if it’s better to apply for a skilled visa or a Permanent residence.
Also please advise how long does the visa process take and what would you suggest as I would like to move to Australia ( sydney) at the earliest.

Appreciate your feedback

Best regards



Emma August 2, 2015 at 4:59 am

Hi myself, husband and 9month old son would love to move to oz. my husband is a warehouse supervisor and I am a customer service manager for a window company so I don’t know if them skills would count? My husbands nan and grandad live there so could stay with them for a while! Could we have a chance or would it be to hard? Thanks


lynn De La Mare July 26, 2015 at 7:56 pm

can you recommend a good agent to help us make the move?


BobinOz July 27, 2015 at 12:00 am

Yes, of course, my agent. You can read about how you can engage him to help you on my page about my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob


Rajeev July 22, 2015 at 8:47 am

Amazing blog…and thank you Bob,
I have a situation, where I am in the verge of getting my Canadian citizenship, but my PR (as per grant letter) is expiring next month. I wish to move to Australia but do not want to forego the Canadian citizenship. As I have not been much in Australia in the past 5 years, I am not eligible for RRV as no close ties.
So is it possible to travel on Canadian passport (ETA) and then start living there as a permanent resident. Please advise


BobinOz July 22, 2015 at 7:56 pm

That would be a question for a MARA migration agent or maybe even by trying to ask whoever was your case officer within DIBP. I’m afraid I simply don’t know all the rules and only MARA migration agents are legally allowed to answer these kinds of questions under Australian law.


Debra Burton July 20, 2015 at 11:51 pm

Hi Bob and everyone.
Has anyone got any tips, suggestions or recommendations for short term rentals (with a very small, well behaved dog) in Adelaide please?


BobinOz July 21, 2015 at 9:09 pm

You might be better off asking that one on my page about Adelaide Deb, I have no idea, being a Brisbane lad. Good luck, Bob


Debra Burton July 21, 2015 at 10:52 pm

Thanks Bob. Will do x


Phil June 28, 2015 at 5:52 am

Hi Bob my wife and I with our two children ( 9 and 14) want out of the UK and really like the sound of the values that oz has to offer motto mention the people and of course weather.
I run a small 3d Animation studio from home which does really well. I create content for TV commercials and corporates.
I have heard odd hearsay that you need thousands in the bank to be allowed to move over. How true is this? How might I be able to transfer my skills and my knowledge over in oz? I imagine my clients in the UK would quickly fade away with time zone issues.
I have looked through the skilled jobs sections of various websites regarding what is needed in Australia but found nothing in my field .
Surely it must be used over there as much as it is here ? I think it would be best if I went in to work within some kind of creative agency not just for the money but also for the social aspect as coming over and working from home immediately would probably make it difficult at first to find clients and make friends. Any ideas welcome as I know it’s s bit of a unique and niche area. Thanks for all of you hard work helping people out. Top man. Phil


BobinOz June 28, 2015 at 11:52 pm

Hi Phil

Yes, it is a rather unique a niche area, I would not have a clue how to advise you on this. All I would suggest is that Australia isn’t really that much different from the UK in terms of TV, media and advertising, so however you got your business off the ground over there would probably work just as well over here.

As for having thousands in the bank to be allowed to move here, it really doesn’t work like that. Moving to Australia is an expensive business, so you will need thousands, but as far as I’m aware there isn’t a monetary minimum that you need to have in the bank before you got issued with some kind of visa.

That said, there are many criteria you will need to meet to be granted a visa to allow you to move here and work, you can read a bit about that on my page called Would I Qualify?

Hope that helps a bit, good luck, Bob


Phil June 30, 2015 at 12:14 am

Thank’s so much Bob !


Ammad June 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Hi Bob
I m ammad. I m from Pakistan & I want to come to Australia I have done my engineering in electrical and having 4 years experience . I m 24 and want to be the permanent residential of australia. Tell me some thing about procedure


BobinOz June 23, 2015 at 1:05 am

This website documents the procedure in excruciating detail, just keep reading :-) especially pages like Visas.


jun June 13, 2015 at 4:34 am

hi bob! I am a filipino living and permanently residing in Canada, I would like to know if there is any chance I could move in Australia together with my family for good?


BobinOz June 14, 2015 at 11:24 pm
Louise June 11, 2015 at 4:39 am

Hi Bob great website! I have been interested in Australia for a year now and really want to make a full move there if I can, I have 2 small children and run an online business, would I be accepted a move across there with an online business? I receive good income from my business and have already done some research to see if it would be as successful over there as it is in the UK and have no doubts it will do fine :) my mum is very supportive and has offered me £20,000 from her house sale if I would like to start a new life in Australia so I would have a nice sum of money to live off while I find my feet and get my business up and running across there.

Kind regards



BobinOz June 11, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Hi Louise

Glad you like my website :-)

I’m afraid moving to Australia is a little more complicated than that, there are something like 130 different types of visa available and what you need to know is would you qualify for one that would allow you to live here on a permanent basis and work while you are here.

For more information on this, see my page Would I Qualify?.

The only people who can really tell you with any accuracy if you would be able to qualify for a visa would be a MARA registered migration agent, so I suggest you speak to one of those. Or you can go through my assessment service which is mentioned on the page I’ve suggested you take a look at.

Good luck with your plans, hope it works out. Cheers, Bob


Tarun Kumar June 8, 2015 at 5:45 am

Dear Bob

My Name is Tarun Kumar. My age is 25 years old and I am a Canadian Citizen. I have done my Bachelors Degree in Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Tourism from India

I want to move to Australia on a Permanent basis and settle over there. Please let me know what options are available for me other than student visa. Awaiting your reply thanks


BobinOz June 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm
Tushar June 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Hi Bobin,

This question is basically for my sister. She is a single mother and wants to make a fresh start abroad with Australia being her preference. I am aware of the fact that the process isnt that or simple or easy. However, she is a Ph.D in Psychology and has been a lecturer for the past 5-6 years. As she has a Pd.D, so automatically it makes her a Doctor also. You had mentioned in your post that Doctors and Nurses are required in Australia. So a Ph.D in Psychology with decent amount of work experience in a reputed profession and also being a Dr. professionally, does it work in her favour or not? I know that she isn’t the real doctor as you have mentioned in doctors and nurses.



BobinOz June 2, 2015 at 9:34 pm

You need to successfully register to operate as a doctor in Australia, whether your sister can do that or not depends largely on where she received her training. I can’t help you any more, but I can point you to my page about Doctors in Australia, it has some helpful links and information about it.

Good luck, Bob


dhar May 31, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Hi Bob,
I work in the outsourcing industry here in India. Iam planning to migrate to Australia. Would I be able to get a job there? I am not a skilled immigrant as am not a professional All I have is a bacelors degree with 12 years of experience in the outsourcing sector and iam currently working at Amazon in India.

Do let me know


BobinOz June 1, 2015 at 5:11 pm
caz2oz May 26, 2015 at 11:44 pm

Hi Bob,

Just like to say a great thanks for putting all your advice on this website for us all.
You’re and inspiration and as a result I’ve started a blog to document this process for my partner and myself and what its like to go ‘Agent-free’ ( I’m hoping that I can share my mistakes, learned lessons and experiences with like-minded people – and it will be a lasting memory of the life-changing process.

Thanks, Caz (notquiteinoz) 😉


BobinOz May 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Hi Caz

I like being an inspiration :-)

Good luck with your planned move to Australia, agent free, and also with your website, I hope both go very well.

I now sit in the camp that always advises using a MARA agent, simply because the fees to government for these visas are extremely high and if you put forward an application that fails, you lose that money. Using an agent acts as a kind of insurance against that, because they are very good at putting forward successful applications.

That said, some visas are easier to get than others, depending on your circumstances, so using an agent is not always necessary. I hope it works out for you.

Good luck, Bob


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