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

Waiting

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. And here’s more help with planning…

The countdown to your move

Moving house is, apparently, one of the more stressful things you will do in your life. It certainly takes a fair bit of reparation and planning, and if you are like me, you will want to make a list of things to do.

If you want help with that, I now have such a list. Please visit…

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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  • April November 18, 2016, 11:56 pm | Link

    Hey bob!
    I have looked into different visas and options to move myself, partner and little girl over to Australia. I am currently on the skilled list and have looked into applying to the government for a state sponsorship but need to convert my certificates for them to qualify in Australia, can you recommend anyone? Also if we was to go over for a long holiday and set up interviews and explain that we are looking for a sponsorship and apply whilst out there would we be able to go on a bridging visa to be able to stay longer and would that include my family. I am a hairdresser and my partner is a primary school teacher.
    Many thanks
    April

    • BobinOz November 21, 2016, 4:35 pm | Link

      These are the sorts of questions I just cannot answer April, please see my important messages above. Good luck though, Bob

  • Heather Mitchell November 18, 2016, 11:22 am | Link

    Hi! I really want to move to Australia. I already know which VISA I need to apply for but I don’t have it yet, nor have I applied. However, I have been applying for jobs in Australia but haven’t been hearing back from them. Is it possible to receive an offer for employment before actually moving there? I’m scared to go without a job already secured. Any advice?

    • Mark November 18, 2016, 12:44 pm | Link

      Hi Heather Its chicken and egg so to speak…If you have no Visa they cant really employ you without going down another path of sponsorship etc etc Eg Forgive me for saying so but you are at the bottom of the Resume pile as even if they thought you was the best person for the job (and I speak with an employer head on now) how on earth if I said start Monday or Monday xx of March 2017 A. you may not come and B you may not get a Visa even to come and actually likely would not in that time…We where a long way along the Visa process my job was sorted my wife applied for about 5 jobs all thanks you but no or get in touch when you have your VISA We got our Visa 29th October a Friday I remember it well She email emails all five and applied for another job that weekend ..the new application she got an email for an interview Tuesday Morning had the interview skype on The Thursday evening got an email for another one of teh 5 for an interview that day…The one she had already had the interview offered her a job on the Friday she had the other interview just before being offered and was offered that job the following Monday but she had to explain she had accepted another position It showed a massive difference as she had a Visa

      • BobinOz November 18, 2016, 5:25 pm | Link

        Heather, the Australian job market at the moment isn’t that strong either, depending on what you do. Many people here with visas and even Australians born and bred are not getting replies to their job applications. It’s tough at the moment, see…

        http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/17033/whats-it-really-like-trying-to-find-a-job-in-australia-2015/

        And be sure to also read the comments. So, as Mark has pointed out, I think it will be almost impossible for you to secure a job whilst you’re not here in this country and don’t yet even have a visa.

        Good luck though, Bob

        • Heather November 18, 2016, 9:05 pm | Link

          You and Mark make a lot of valid points and some stuff that I have considered. But it sounds like then the only way to go is to apply for a visa and start moving and hope to get a job once I get there or shortly before the move when I already have the Visa.

          • BobinOz November 21, 2016, 4:24 pm | Link

            Maybe, but of course that is quite risky because there would be no guarantees that you would actually land a job when you get here. It would pay to spend a good deal of time researching your industry to see how likely it would be for you to get a job when you get here.

            I do refer to this dilemma a bit in the following article as well, might be worth you having a read…

            http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/14410/job-hunting-in-australia-and-the-uk-compared-2014/

  • Rachelle October 24, 2016, 9:44 pm | Link

    Hi there!
    I currently live in Florida and work as a registered nurse. If I was to make the move to Australia, where should I set my sights on in terms of comparable temperature climate as Florida?
    Thank you

    • BobinOz October 25, 2016, 7:57 pm | Link

      Brisbane I would think; average temperatures during summer are around 32° and in winter around 20° during daytime. Lowest I have ever known it yet during daytime in winter is around 15°C. Humid for about five weeks or so each year. Crazy rainfalls now and then. Does that sound like Florida? Other than it not being in Fahrenheit 🙂

  • Oli October 23, 2016, 10:58 pm | Link

    Been thinking about moving to Australia for a few years now. Started all the visa application forms last year and sent them off but didn’t follow through with it as my wife fell pregnant with our second child.
    Just had a mate message me out the blue. Telling me to get out to Sydney because his company are desperate for bricklayers (that’s my occupation).
    How long would a visa 189 take? I need to stop thinking about moving and start doing!

    • BobinOz October 24, 2016, 5:45 pm | Link

      I don’t know how long it takes, that’s one of those questions I need to leave to the professionals, MARA registered migration agents. Just get the ball rolling as quickly as you can and if you do need professional help, my page about Migration agents will help you find one. Good luck, Bob

  • Sandra jones October 15, 2016, 6:20 pm | Link

    Hi, I am a single mother with a 18months old son. I want to migrate to Melbourne because my brother lives there and I can give my son a better future there. Please help me with the procedure to migrate with such a small baby. I know it would be tough but I have to do it for my baby.

    • Donna November 1, 2016, 10:11 am | Link

      Me too! I’m a single mum and my baby is 2! Id love to here how we can do it!

    • Mark November 1, 2016, 10:35 am | Link

      Hi Sandra. Im not sure the age of the little person is relevant save it makes it a bit more harder to look after. I don’t mean that in any rude way to explain if Australia will take/want you then the little one comes as a package. They dont frown because your a single mom! You may have to gain a skill Australia want. We were lucky, school teacher (specific sort) and lawyer both on the list but even as a mom and dad we could only have one applicant. Like everyone else who set out on this path you have to start and look, do you have a skill to offer Australia, one that it is actively seeking. or as I said get one, it may take you four years doing that but determination will suceed. Does your brother who after all went through some or all of the process I assume, have any employee that would require you and can make a great case for a visa. Speak to one of the MARA agents. if you are in the UK there are events on (we attended one at Birmingham motorcycle museum) Hope this helps for now and yes in my opinion for what its worth it is a better future.

  • Janelle October 8, 2016, 9:53 pm | Link

    My husband and I are moving from UK to Aus 2nd Jan 2017. I am trying to find out if our Samsung Smart TV will definitely work in Australia but the information and advice online and on forums varies. Do you know if it will work once we get a new set top box in Aus?

    • BobinOz October 10, 2016, 5:20 pm | Link

      No I don’t, I’m afraid. All I can suggest to you is that you try going through the setup menu in your Samsung Smart TV to see if it allows you to change the country options. Your TV will currently be set to the UK, can you change it to Australia?

      If you can, then it would be reasonable to expect that it would work when you get here, so it’s probably worth bringing out. Remember you can always attach a set-top box to it if it doesn’t work with its own tuner here. It will work with a set-top box, but it’s not ideal, it makes operating it and changing channels a little clunky but it will get you by.

    • Mark October 25, 2016, 10:07 am | Link

      This piece of advice was given to me by a guy from Pickfords who lets face it have been involved in more moves than game of chess. We had a Sony Internet enabled not smart TV. He said to take it. I said I didn’t think it would work, he said do a factory reset when you get there and if you have Australia as a country option select then re setting up and if not select Germany for Europe only TVs. must be Germany I tried at first as was, nothing, then did the factory reset as found on the internet and sure no Australia only Europe countries and Selected Germany and it found every channel going. Since connected to net and all A1 This info I have passed into several including a guy I had met here had stored a TV for 4 years not working, we tried on his and hey presto channels. if any TV wont work a set top box will be fine as the TV just becomes a monitor and if not grab a Kudo box or similar. enjoy your move we did it nearly 12 months ago.

  • Mo October 6, 2016, 6:50 am | Link

    Hi there,
    I’ve been wanting to move to Melbourne for about a year now, but it’s proving to be quite difficult. I have a strong hotel background, and currently work for an Australian airline and still can’t find a fit for my skills to apply for a workers visa. I found one of the best MARA agents who came and visited me in Los Angeles, and we sat for over two hours just for me to be told there are no available openings for my skill set.

    All I want to do is take my life that I have here in the US, and live it in Fitzroy! Why is it so freakin difficult? I have no pets, no husband, and qualify for tons of job postings that I see in Melbourne. Can you think of of any ideas to assist? Thank you so much in advance. 🙂

    • BobinOz October 6, 2016, 8:42 pm | Link

      Australia isn’t an easy country to migrate to, they have very strict rules about who they will and who they will not let into the country. If a top MARA migration agent can’t find a way for you, then I certainly can’t.

      In fact it would be illegal for me to advise you, because only MARA migration agents can give this kind of advice. All you can do is get a second opinion from another MARA agent, but it’s not looking good for you.

      If you are young enough, maybe you have time to train in a different skill set, but that in itself is no guarantee. That’s something you might like to discuss with your MARA migration agent though. Good luck, Bob

  • Shahbuddin September 30, 2016, 4:49 pm | Link

    I would like to go australia from malaydia. I have working visa in malaysia. Any one can advise? Thank you. Best regards.

    • BobinOz October 2, 2016, 10:32 pm | Link

      No I can’t, as I stated above, you would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent.

  • Abby September 14, 2016, 9:11 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    Moving to QLD 28th September (eeek can’t wait) with my husband and 2 children (aged 16 & 20). How do we go about getting id for house rentals etc etc

    • BobinOz September 15, 2016, 12:29 am | Link

      Exciting times, I hope the move goes well for you and your family. I’ve got news for you though, your 20-year-old is not a child anymore 🙂

      I think it’s called a 100 point check, but Wikipedia knows more than I do about this…

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_point_check

      But, of course, you’re after a rental, so it may be in your interest to offer further documentation, like proof of income if you have secured a job here here, bank statements, proof of previous good standing with a mortgage or rent. Often rentals have more than one applicant, they sometimes have several, so it’s down to you to prove why they should choose you as a tenant ahead of the others. So throw everything you them!

      Good luck, Bob

  • Belinda August 7, 2016, 8:26 am | Link

    Are you moving to Australia?

    Please be aware TVs and DVDs form the UK do not work over there and like wise visa versa. Unfortunately I didn’t know and seeing as Audio visual equipment is so expensive in Australia, when I moved back foolishly brought it all with me!

    I have 2x Panasonic PVRs and 3x TVs to sell or do like for like exchange

    1x Panasonic DMR-XW450 – £ 250

    1x Panasonic DMR-PWT635 – £ 400

    1x LG 55″ 3D LED LCD Smart TV – £ 800

    1x Samsung 42″ LCD TV – £ 200

    1x Hisense 42″ LCD TV – £ 150

    Please email me if you are interested. I am in Somerset.
    Thanks
    Belinda
    [email protected]

    • Mark October 25, 2016, 10:20 am | Link

      Many do work you just have to perhaps .beat the system’ I learnt as a tip to get a UK TV to work do a factory reset and select Germany They then work fine as did my Sony PVR. Now I am not sure about going the other way as when buying a UK TV it will likely be Europe enabled so Germany will be there Australia TV.s may not be as beatable. As regards DVDs Many DVD players PVR and the like are hack able to be region free All you do is google Region free Hack for XXXX XXX model and there is someone who has done it. It means all your DVD;s will play. Even on ebay for the more advanced players including Blue ray you can buy a multi-region hack remote, I’ve just bought one for a new Sony Blue ray player bought here, would not play my UK and US dvds £13.99 one press aimed at the player on Saturday and now it plays anything

  • lino rodrigues August 5, 2016, 9:34 am | Link

    I am portuguese and I am leaving in uk working as a security officer in tesco .l want to apply for work visa .and I don’t no whom to go and speak too I mean agent .pls need your help

  • Donny Naoshekoam August 4, 2016, 10:14 am | Link

    Hi Bob – This is such a great help and guidance all well documented. I felt You showed me the light on the other side of the tunnel..

    Thank you and God bless and love the humour about the skill list 😀😀😂😂

    Donny

    • BobinOz August 4, 2016, 8:21 pm | Link

      Glad to have helped Donny, and thanks for noticing the humour 🙂 Good luck with your plans, I hope it all works out. Bob

  • Mo bolton August 2, 2016, 9:19 am | Link

    Hi Bob thanks for the useful information am from UK am fully qualified electrician but sadly I have not been working as electrician now for 3 years due to taking time travelling to africa and middle east, do youthink I could still apply skilled work visa as electrician? I would love working in warm weather country. Thanks mo

    • BobinOz August 2, 2016, 6:00 pm | Link

      I really couldn’t tell you, you would need to speak to a MARA migration agent to see what your chances might be on that one.

      • Mo bolton August 2, 2016, 7:28 pm | Link

        Cool thanks

  • faisal July 24, 2016, 1:35 am | Link

    hi bob. i am faisal working in uae. i am from pakistan and i want to come in australia pls help me how i can come in australia thanks

  • Deon July 19, 2016, 5:41 am | Link

    Hi Bob, moving from UK to Melbourne January 2017. Already sleepless nights. After the stress of making sure that it is the right decision, now the reality of the planning of the move lies ahead. Small things like at which stage to sell our cars and get a rental, what day to ship your stuff , making sure all accounts are closed etc. Your blog is full of valuable info, and when I feel like it’s getting to much, I read the comments on your blog and your response and realise, a lot of people are doing this and have the same worries.

    • BobinOz July 19, 2016, 8:34 pm | Link

      Yes, moving home can be a stressful time, moving home and country even more so. Lots of people have done it before though, and people will continue to do it. They all get through it eventually and you will too.

      Glad to hear that my website is helping you in some way to deal with this, and I’m sure it will all work out okay in the end. As long as you don’t forget something.

      Doh, sorry, I shouldn’t have said that, my bad 🙂

    • Mark October 25, 2016, 10:33 am | Link

      Happy moving We did it last December, if you need any help shout out we were helped by complete strangers when we got here, its kind of the Aussie way though they were English Been there done that so to speak I am happy to pass on that help. We shipped a car, dont be put off I shipped a 2012 volvo C70 and dont regret, it found far cheaper ways than suggested Sold a 2006 v70 not worth as much, and then had the shipped car to drive till we left, It cost around £2500 to ship and get on road Id have lost that on selling and rental.. keep a UK bank account and card Its easy buying presents for folk back home, far cheaper than shipping from here. Ship your stuff at the last minute it takes ages to get here. If you need something urgent bring it or leave with a friend boxed up and then use Ipost parcels say to collect it and ship it. You’ll need an address when you get here for Driving lionesses if you have a friend here great if not one of the people we met helped us, happy to do the same for you. once you have a license then you can rent easier and then you have your own address Bob’s site is invaluable.

      • Yazzy November 16, 2016, 4:23 am | Link

        I am looking to seriously move to Melbourne. Me and my wife. I need help! I have moved before and understand the pressure of it all. But an Australian move may deem difficult. Please email me with any suggestions.

        • BobinOz November 16, 2016, 5:46 pm | Link

          There is just one suggestion; speak to a MARA registered migration agent.

  • Lax July 18, 2016, 2:34 pm | Link

    Does anyone know how Canadian Citizen apply for a PR in Australia?

    Looking forward to hearing from you all.

    Regards, Lax

    • BobinOz July 18, 2016, 8:29 pm | Link

      It’s the same process for Canadians as it is for most other countries, see my page about Visas for more information.

  • Dr.Pooja July 14, 2016, 6:57 pm | Link

    Hello Bob
    I am Dr.Pooja from India. I am searching for a job in
    Canberra on urgent basis. It would be greatful if you could help me
    out.
    Thanks and Regards
    Dr.Pooja

  • Paul July 11, 2016, 3:52 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, my wife and I are at the beginning of the long road ahead to get ourselves and our children to Oz, I think i have the skillset to get there as I’m an electrician but if granted a visa do they have a time limit on them and how long would that be? Thanks and great site by the way

    • BobinOz July 11, 2016, 9:53 pm | Link

      I’m not sure I understand your question Paul, but if you apply for a visa based on your skill and get accepted, it is usual for you to include your wife and it ended children on the same application. That means they can come with you.

      If your question is more complicated than that, then you really should consult with a MARA registered migration agent. Good luck, Bob

      • Paul July 12, 2016, 1:26 am | Link

        Hi Bob, sorry, I’ve just read it back and it doesn’t make sense does it 😉
        What I meant to ask is once your visa has been granted how long does it last? 1 year, 2 years ect or does that depend on the type of visa you get?

        • BobinOz July 12, 2016, 5:56 pm | Link

          Yes, I believe it does vary depending on the visa type, but when you get granted your visa the period of time will be stipulated in the conditions. My advice though would be to consult with a MARA migration agent as they can tell you the different types of visas you could potentially apply for and how long they last.

  • Vaki Sayyed June 30, 2016, 6:24 pm | Link

    Hi Bob This Is Vaki Sayyed I m frm India
    i M llokin for a Job in aus cn u help Out on That

    it is My frst And last Desire plz Help Me

  • Ben Smallwood June 29, 2016, 7:40 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Myself and fiancée are trying to plan/get our heads around moving to OZ, but there’s so many different things that you read that need doing we don’t know where to start.

    I think the visa would be 189 as I’m a qualified plumber, gas fitter and AC. Do I need to get a plumbing license before moving, my qualifications translated, have skills assessments?

    I have previously worked in Queensland 2009/2010 whilst traveling as a plumbers laborer.

    Can you point us in the right direction??

    Cheers
    Ben

    • BobinOz June 29, 2016, 11:27 pm | Link

      Yes, of course, in fact I already have done. Please read the two special notices towards the bottom of the above article, the ones within the orange borders, they will point you in the right direction. Good luck, Bob

  • Hema June 23, 2016, 10:35 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    You’re 20 reason to move to Australia was awesome. It helps and Thanks!.

    I much appreciate your effort in pen down everything you come across.

    Regards,
    Hema.S

    • BobinOz June 24, 2016, 1:14 am | Link

      Thank you Hema, really pleased to hear you enjoyed my book. I’m even more pleased that you described it as ‘awesome’. Makes me smile 🙂

      Cheers, Bob

  • vikas nandwana June 15, 2016, 10:05 pm | Link

    I am from India (Jaipur) I want to shift Australia. . But I don’t know hot? What I am doing their,how I shift my family .
    How I search a Job or doing my business.
    Right now I am in Mumbai doing my own jewellery bussiness.

    • BobinOz June 16, 2016, 9:36 pm | Link

      I think you probably should have a good look around my Migration Advice section, you will find answers to your questions.

  • Khamala June 15, 2016, 2:27 am | Link

    Hello,
    My name is Khamala and I’m a ‘BobinOz-aholic’. Our ‘ pie in the sky’ idea of moving the family over to Australia in a few years time is starting to slowly transform into an actual thing that we are actually going to do. This website is amazing, so much information and I already feel like my heart belongs over there. On the downside, it’s hard to stop reading every single page….
    Thank you Bob!

    • BobinOz June 15, 2016, 11:13 pm | Link

      Maybe I need to open a Bobinoz rehab clinic? 🙂 Look on the bright side, there’s only 1300 pages or so. Good luck with your plans, Bob

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