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

One 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.

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?

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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Shaun November 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Hi, I’d like to know if the ‘Investor visa’ is the only option for over 45 years of age. I just turned 45 and I work for a multi-national company with an office in Australia. We do engineering/construction.

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BobinOz November 22, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Hi Shaun

No, it’s not the only option. If you can get a job sponsorship or even better, get a transfer with your multi-national company to one of their offices in Australia, I think that will do the trick. Your age doesn’t matter if you are sponsored.

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johnny December 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

hi bob

the websites a great help

Im 19 years old and from ireland. Im looking to move to austraila september/october 2011, im a quilifed chef with a few years experence and i will be moving myself. what would be the best visa to get and what would be a comfortable amount of money to have in the bank for when i arrive, il be looking to rent, any advice would be great!

cheers, johnny

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jeani p August 26, 2011 at 12:45 am

Hi Johnny

We are moving to Oz from Ireland also and round about the same time as you. What part of Oz are you heading to, we are heading Brisbane way for a while and then heading to Mount Isa.

drop us a line sure, goodluck with the move

JP

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BobinOz December 8, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Hi Johnny, thanks for the compliment.

Being so young, you could come over here on a 12 month work play Visa which would be easy for you to get. I think you need to prove you have $2000 in the bank to get it, but it means you can come here for a year and work. Once here, you could see if you can find an employer to sponsor you for permanent work and that would be your quickest way in.

Also, check out my post called Questions About Moving to Australia and make sure you click on the link that says Visa Wizard. That will take you to the government site where you can explore all of these options.

What’s a comfortable amount of money to have in the bank when you get here? Who knows, it depends where you are going to live and how quickly you’re going to start earning money. Just bring as much as you can. You’ll probably need a minimum of $4000 a month (maybe more if you have some heavy vices) just to survive.

Good luck!

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hani October 6, 2012 at 3:00 am

all is well but process should be immediate with my family plz. am eagerly wait for its

thanking you
regards
md ali hani
9620297305
india

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BobinOz October 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I have no idea what you are trying to say hani.

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kyle March 20, 2013 at 9:57 am

LOL

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Liam December 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Hi bob,

My wife and I would love to move from Ireland to australia as perm residents. She is a qualified teacher of 2 years and me a construction company director, We may need ivf to have kids an were wondering will this take long to set up once arrived, we are both in our late twenties, what isthe best way to seek residency for us both,

great website and any help would be greatly appreciated

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BobinOz December 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Hi Liam

It’s good to hear you are considering a move to Australia. As for IVF, yes, we have plenty of clinics set up for that. I think I read somewhere that much of the early pioneering work for IVF treatment did actually take place here in Australia. I’d be guessing, but I would think you could set that up pretty quickly, there are plenty of private hospitals to choose from.

As for your best way in, you could apply straight off for a permanent residency, this would take the longest but when you get here you can pick and choose who you want to work for.

Or you could come over on a job sponsorship, this is much quicker usually, depending on getting a sponsorship offer. But I’ve known it to be as quick as within a month or two! After working for the employer for a couple of years, you are usually able to then apply for permanent residency.

Or you could start a business here, I think you need to employ a minimum number of Australians if you do that. So there’s three ways.

You probably need to speak to a MARA a registered agent, they should be able to tell you your best option after just one, hopefully inexpensive, consultation.

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Kev December 19, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Hi Bob,

I am contacting you from a wintery freezing England.
What would be your best suggestion for acquiring Job Sponsorship to enable a move to Oz.
Is it better to go on a 12 months work visa & try to find someone once in OZ.
I have tried for a so long via internet.
My Family & i are sooo dissheartened with the lack of progress & dearly want to re-settle in Oz,
I also have family who are Australian Citizens, but would be extremely uncomfertable regards asking them to sponsor me.
I have just turned 46 hence my Sponsorship question.

Please help us.

P.S i work as a Peer support worker on behalf of males 18-65yrs, who have connexions within criminal Justice system.

Regards

Kev.

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BobinOz December 20, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Hi Kev

If you want to get into Australia, given your age, it’s not going to be easy but it’s also not impossible. Some good news is that I have recently heard that the age limit of 45 for skilled workers is going to be or maybe has already been changed to 50. Although if you do get a job sponsorship, the age limit does not apply.

That can only help but you are obviously going to have to act fast to get here. If you can afford the time to come here for 12 months looking for a job, I’d say that would be your best option.

Good luck, I hope you find a way in.

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Anthony January 11, 2011 at 6:18 am

Hi, I am a support worker in england and I really want to move to Australia but apparently I am not skilled for Australia?
Most of my Family live in Australia and i am finding it so hard to live in england at this present time, is there any hope for me to be with me family where i belong?

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BobinOz January 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Well the skills list is always changing, so there is a chance with that. But sounds to me like as though you need to be trying to get a sponsorship so that you can come in on a employer sponsored workers visa. How easy, or difficult that might be depends on how many vacancies there are in your field.

Check out my post on finding a job in Australia and maybe even contact a few prospective employers to see if they’re interested in sponsoring you. But yes, there is always hope :-)

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anton October 26, 2013 at 3:38 am

Dear Sir,
I am Anton, hopefully to migrate to Australia I need your fullest support to complete the process.

Thanks

+9477341069

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BobinOz October 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I don’t personally help people Anton, all the help I offer is through the pages of this website. If you need a professional assistance though, please see my Visa Assessment Service.

Thanks, Bob

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samuel odame January 13, 2011 at 7:53 am

i have my fiance being an oz citizen am in GHana i wanna meet her how do i gp abt it

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Pippa January 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Hi Bob

My younger son has just left to live with his Dad in Perth and my older son has until the end of October before he moves over. How can I apply now that 2/3 of my family are in Perth. I heard that there was a way and I just cannot handle the fact that I am separated from them.

Thanks

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Gordon January 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Hi Pippa , I’m sure Bob will be back when he can , until then have a look here – http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/family/parent-outside.htm and perhaps contact your nearest Australian embassy / consulate and get some guidance from them.

cheers , Gordon

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BobinOz January 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

samuel, I don’t know your fiance, so I can’t help. Can’t you just call and ask to meet up?

Pippa, that’s the place, Gordon is spot on, thanks Gordon.

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Drew January 22, 2011 at 12:25 am

Bob,

Excellent website! Thanks for sharing your experience. One quick question…my wife and I are considering immigrating from the USA. I’m a top real estate agent in a large city, and my wife works in communications and marketing for a large hospital system. We are both 32, with 2 children and 1 on the way. Would a real estate agent be a job I could immigrate with?

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Dave January 22, 2011 at 6:38 am

Hi Bob, (that reminds me of an old drinking game while watching the “Bob Newhart Show”)

Anyways, I am a Yank and I have a job offer in Mackay, QLD. I understand all my visa requirements, but what about my wife and kids? She will work eventually and also my 19 year old. Do they need some type of visa right now for the move or are they covered in my visa when we leave the states.

Love your site and thanks for all the info
Cheers!
Dave

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Dave January 22, 2011 at 6:58 am

Hi Drew, Check the AUS immigration site or google “SOL AUSTRALIA”. This is a list that states what occupations they need. Then do like I did, get a resume together and send it to every job opening in your field (I am a Master Auto Tech). Look on SEEK.COM.AU, JOOBLE and CAREERONE. I had a job offer within a week. Now we are negotiating relocation assistance.

Good luck.

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BobinOz January 23, 2011 at 12:48 am

Drew

Dave’s answer to you above is spot on. By searching for SOL Australia, you are searching for the “skilled occupations list” which is a list of the jobs Australia has a shortage for.

It changes all the time, at least once a year and often more. I’d be really surprised if a real estate agent is on it, but hopefully you’ve checked it out and you will know by now. But if it’s not there, do as Dave has done, start applying for jobs.

Good luck.

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BobinOz January 23, 2011 at 12:53 am

Dave

I am pretty certain that your wife will be included automatically within your visa. She will then be allowed to enter the country at the same time as you do, but she couldn’t get in without you. On the other hand, you could turn up on your own and get in. I am just pointing out the technical differences here, I’m sure you are very happy together :-) Your son is different though, he’s 19, he is classed as an independent adult. For him to come in as part of your application I think you need to prove he is fully dependent upon you.

So I think you need to seek expert advice on this from a MARA registered migration agent or simply ask the people who are sponsoring you.

Cheers

Bob

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Dave January 23, 2011 at 1:42 am

Thanks Bob, i will check it out.

20 degrees below zero here last night

nuff said

Dave

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BobinOz January 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

20° above here :-)

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Yosef January 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Dear Bobin, I think that your website is very good and it has a lot of information. I am a 20 year old male from Sweden and I really want to move to Australia, I dont have any higher education from any university or such but I can speak good english. What would your advice be for me?

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BobinOz January 31, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Yosef, my advice….

1) sell your ski’s
2) buy a surf board
3) get a one year work/play visa and come over here and work your way around Australia to see if you really want to live here.

Then if you decide you do, apply to extend you visa another 12 months and go looking for a job sponsorship. If that proves impossible, find out what skill you can learn to get a job here.

That’s what I’d do anyway, but I’m no MARA agent. Hope it helps tho’ and good luck.

Bob

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Kirsty February 2, 2011 at 8:48 am

Hi there..

My boyfriend and i have been talking for a while now about moving to Aus for a year (possibly longer if we fall even more in love with the place!)

Just wondering the best way to go about it is. I am 21 (will be 22 when we plan on leaving U.K) and i know i am able to get a working holiday visa. My boyfriend however is 31 (32 when we travel) What, if any, is the best route to go down. We have been dreaming of this for so long now!

We both have family in Brisbane and have heard about family sponser but dont really understand how it works and if it would allow him to work?

If it makes any difference .. i am a fully qualified hairdresser and he has worked as a mortgage administrator for the past 4 1/2 years and a fully trained bar manager.

Any help would be much appreciated. Ive looked through website after website and its all just getting a tad confusing now!
x

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BobinOz February 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Hi Kirsty

That’s a really tough one. Australia isn’t easy to get into. And as you are not married, you will each have to be assessed separately. By that I mean if you get in, your boyfriend can’t automatically come along with you, whereas a husband could.

Not that I’m suggesting you get married or anything :-)

Having family that can sponsor you helps, but only by giving you some extra points. You still have to reach the total number of points needed and to do that, your occupations would probably need to be on the shortage list.

I wish I could help more, but I think you need to seek the advice of a MARA registered migration agent. See if you can find one that will do a preliminary consultation for a low fee, say £100. It might be money well spent.

Cheers

Bob

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Dale February 5, 2011 at 3:24 am

Hi Bob

My wife and I are thinking about coming over before year end for a year or so. I’m a 26 yo bricklayer from Scotland and my wife is an accountant. What area of Oz would you recommend and what is the jobs market in these areas, wages, normal working hours etc?

Thanks
Dale

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BobinOz February 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Hi Dale

Checkout my post on looking for work in Australia and also my post on salaries in Australia.

Hope they help.

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steve February 7, 2011 at 7:11 am

Hi Bob, just wanted to say that your site is just brill, loads of question to ask,
Myself and my wife has just started check visas to live down under,
my wifes a nurse and iam a locksmith we were thinking of adelaide,do you think this is a good choice or which state would be better for jobs in our skills.

Could you also tell me any websites for jobs and real easte

Many thanks steve

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BobinOz February 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Hi Steve

We visited Adelaide just a few weeks ago and were very impressed. So I think it would be a pretty good choice, I’m hoping to upload a video about it soon. But for what it’s like to get work there, I don’t know. To find out, click on the first link in my answer to Dale above.

Good luck

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Jinan February 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

Hi Bob,
I must say that your website is really amazing. Thanks for sharing your experience with everyone it is so helpful. Me and my husband realy want to move to Aus and get a Pr. It does not matter that much for my husband cos he has nz citizenship but it matters for me cos I hav only a NZ Pr. I want to study in Aus so I must hav a Pr. What do u think we should do?
I am 22 years old, just finished my first year oral health at AUT university. My husband is a computer and electronics engineer. And he has some years of experience as well. I just feel like we won’t hav many points cos I don’t hav a degree yet. And Computer engineer is not on that skilled list. Do we still hav a hope?

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BobinOz February 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hi Jinan

Thanks for the compliments, much appreciated. Now I am no migration expert so you do need to check with somebody who knows. But my understanding is that if your husband qualifies for Australian PR, I think you do to automatically.

But don’t take my word for it, check it out with a MARA registered migration agent. You’d possibly be able to simply ask one on the phone, probably it won’t cost you anything.

good luck!

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james February 18, 2011 at 6:27 am

hi bob,
im interested in moving to australia i work as an security alarm technician. i also have 1 child 2 years old and a partner. what visa would be best and what would be the best way to get my family over.
thanks

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BobinOz February 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Hi James

First stop is to go through the Australian government’s visa wizard form, you can find out more about that on my post called Questions About Moving to Australia. That’ll give you an idea of what types of visa may be available. The other important thing I would like to mention is that partner is not the same as wife. So if you’re not married, as I understand it, you will both have to apply separately in your own right. Whereas if you are married, if one of you is accepted the other is automatically accepted too. You may need to check that out with a registered MARA migration agent. Good luck!

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Evan March 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

Hi Bob,

I am currently a full time in Canada, but I have been accepted to start my last year of Uni in Aus. I am a Canadian/Australian dual citizen. I am working part time, and I would like to sponsor my wife from Canada on a spouse visa. I am unsure if I am eligible to because of my financial situation. (Being a student and all)

Any advice or knowledge would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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BobinOz March 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Hi Evan

Thanks for the question but, and not for the first time, I don’t really know. If anyone else does, please do chime in.

But, as you have Australian citizenship, and I don’t think it matters whatsoever that it is dual, then I think sponsoring your wife should be straight forward. I can’t possible think they would need you to have a certain amount of money.

But as I said, if anyone knows the real answer, please join in.

Cheers

Bob

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linda March 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Hi Bob,

I’ll be going to australia in Jan with my husband and kids on my student visa. Once I have finished my course, my aunt will sponsor me as a skilled worker. My husband and I are selling our house in the UK, how would I transfer the money?

Kind regards,

Linda

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BobinOz March 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Hi Linda

Transferring money to Australia isn’t that difficult. But before you can do it, you have to have opened a bank account here in Australia. But as you are coming over here, that won’t be a problem. You just have to show them enough ID to prove you’re not a money-launderer.

Once you have an account open, you have to find a company who will change your currency into Australian dollars. Again, that’s not hard to do but the trick is to find someone who will give you the best exchange rate. Why not try my sponsors, World First, their banner should be towards the top of this page on the right-hand side. At this point you can also start watching the GBP/AUS exchange rate and playing like a dealer.

Then all you need to do is ask them to send your Australian dollars to your new bank account by giving them your BSB and account number.

Hope that helps.

Cheers

Bob

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Linda March 26, 2011 at 12:40 am

Thanks so much for the advice, it was a great help!

Have a great day! =)

linda

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DOwen March 30, 2011 at 5:38 am

Hi Bob!

Hope things are great down in Oz. I’m currently a Graphic Designer in the UK (born here/home country of course), but am extremely interested, or rather, I’m adamant to move to Australia and find a design job there. I’d like to live permanently and further my career and the rest of my life there.

Unfortunately, Graphic Designer is not on the skilled occupations list that allows me to apply for a skilled visa as far as I’m aware. So the only visa I can use is perhaps a sponsored visa, again as far as I’m aware.

However, I’m a little concerned about applying for jobs. Most, almost all, job advertisements for Graphic Designers on Oz job site like Seek.com.au for example specifically require you to have the ‘right to live and work’ in Australia. So I’m worried no one will be interested in my application as I don’t live there, despite willing to, as I’m sure they would prefer to employ someone who already resides in Oz. I could always do a working holiday and take my design portfolio around and see if they like it and want to sponsor me, however, a working holiday is a long break away from my career which I’m sure future employers will not appreciate!

Can you give me any possible advice or tips or anything to help me out at all? The only other thing I would say is that I have aunties and uncles already living in Australia which are willing to help with accommodation.

Thanks Bob!

DOwen

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BobinOz March 31, 2011 at 2:05 am

Hi DOwen

I recognise the problem and I’m afraid I can’t give you a lot hope, but this is what I think is happening here.

Some jobs are on the skilled list, and when they are, is okay for an Australian employer to offer sponsorship. By the very nature of it being on the skilled list, it means there’s a shortage here in Australia and therefore it’s good to import that skill from abroad.

If the job isn’t on the list, they can’t advertise that they are willing to sponsor someone, why should they? There is not a shortage of Australian labour to cover the post.

But there is another list, I’m sure I read it somewhere, and that’s the list of skills that aren’t on the shortage list but it’s easy to justify sponsoring someone because it is hard filling those positions from the Australian workforce. Then, I think there is a third list of occupations where there is no chance of getting sponsorship.

What you need to do is find out whether your skill sits in the middle. If it does, you’ve got a chance. And if that’s the case, you need to get an Australian resume and start punting that around. A professional resume will open doors, without it you’ll have no chance. I spoke with the guy who runs Red Star Resume and he talked a lot of sense about this. You can see their banner, it’s on my website somewhere, maybe you should get in touch with them.

If they do a resume for you, it’ll cost you $100 or maybe $200, but may be a way in and sure is better than taking a year out of work.

It won’t be easy to get in here, but it’s worth giving it everything you’ve got.

Good luck

Bob

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Jerick April 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Hello Bob, my name is Jerick. I’m 18 and about to finish highschool. I was just wondering on how I can migrate to Australia with my mother. We both live in Canada at the moment and we have some relatives that live in Australia. Do you think that can help us get a visa and migrate there? I would also would like to go to school there, like college. I also would need to get a job too. How about my mother? She is 52 and works for one of the biggest companies here in Canada, which is Canada post. Any advice?

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BobinOz April 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Hi Jerick

It sounds to me as though it’s going to be very difficult for you and your mother to emigrate to Australia. There is no gentle way to put this, but your mother is too old and you are too young. To apply for PR, Australia looks at applications from people under the age of 45, although that is soon to be raised to 50. Or they are looking for young people with four years work experience in a skill for which there is a shortage here in Australia.

So as you can see, neither you or your mother easily fits in to the normal criteria that Australia likes to see. But that doesn’t mean you should give up.

For example, if what your mother does for work is on the skilled occupations list and she can get a job sponsorship, the upper age limit does not apply to job sponsorships, then she could qualify and you could come with her as a wholly dependent child. But given your situation, I would seek the advice and help of a MARA registered migration agent, you should be able to find someone who offers that service in Canada.

Ask for an initial consultation which should be at low cost so that you can assess the choices you might have.

Good luck!

Bob

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N May 9, 2011 at 9:32 am

Hi Bob,

Do you know if I was to come to Australia on a skilled worker’s visa, would I be able to go to apply for university admission as a domestic student once I get there? I would like to go to Med school in Australia, but don’t want to do it as an international student as there are difficulties getting residency in Australia afterward.

I’m 26 and have qualifications for two of the skills on the list. Although I only have working experience in one of the fields.

Thanks in advance,

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BobinOz May 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm

If you come here on a permanent residency visa, I think you can pretty much do what you like. But there’s a huge emphasis on the word “think”, so I would verify that with someone who definitely knows. For example, I have no idea what you would need to do to get into Med school.

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Clair June 26, 2011 at 6:38 am

Hi Bob

I currently work for a worldwide IT company. I know that they have vacancies in Australia that I could apply for (we are particularly interested in Adelaide or Forest Hills/Melbourne) so I woud hope to be able to do an internal transfer – would this then be classed as an employer sponsored visa? My husband and 4 yr old son would also move with me but what visa would they need to apply for or would it be part of the one application?

Thanks

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BobinOz June 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hi Clair

Yes, I am pretty sure that an internal transfer would be the same as an employer sponsored visa. If it is and you manage to arrange a transfer, then assuming the government accept the employer sponsored visa application your husband and son would automatically be included Within that application.

I am not a MARA migration agent as I am sure you understand, so it is only my opinion. But I am pretty sure that is how it works.

Good luck!

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Taffy July 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm

hi

im a 19 year old male. i am a level 2 elctrcian and i have just qualified to be a holstic massues, i know abit strange…

i want to move to australia on my own or maby with a friend in january 2012. i wanted to know if i could do any courses over there and how hard would it be to do one also. do i get a student visa or a work one because i would have to try and get some bar work to afford a flat out there. also how much money should i need to get there and have for a year say. i live in wales at the moment.

if you could give me some advise it would be brillieant

thanks Taff

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sarah July 9, 2011 at 1:36 am

Hi Bob,
I’m 27 years old and from New York. I recently got my masters degree in library and information science. I am seeing lot of job opportunities in library/info sciences in Australia compared to the US. I’d really like to try and find employment and move. My father was born and raised in Australia but became a US citizen in the 90s. I’m wondering if I stood a good chance of being able to get a visa? Also, should I start applying for jobs first, or get a visa first?
Thank you

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BobinOz July 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Taffy and Sarah

Hi

I think you both need to watch my video about the visa wizard and then head over to the Australian Governments website and have a play around with it for yourselves. It knows far more than I do :-)

I wish I could help more, but that’s the job of registered MARA migration agents, it requires a depth of knowledge I just don’t have.

So check out the two pages linked here and good luck!

Cheers

Bob

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Sean July 18, 2011 at 8:57 am

Thanks Bob for your guide, I’ve spent a whole evening reading it and the first thing I’m going to do in the morning is ring a few visa agents to get things going (I need to get my application in before March as I’m 40 then and get an extra 10 points for being under 40!)
Just a quick note which I’m sure you’re aware of, as of 1st July 2011, the age limit had been raised from 45 to 50 for a 175 or 176 visa, plus you can get an extra 20 points for being able to speak ‘expert’ English (65 points required for a 175 or 176 visa now).

Thanks for your website, it’s really inspired me to get off my backside and go for it!

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BobinOz July 19, 2011 at 12:17 am

Hi Sean

I’m glad you have enjoyed my book and that it has helped to convince you to make the move. I hope it goes well.

Yes, I am aware that the maximum age is now “under 50″ as they put it, so don’t wait until your 50th birthday. My book does need updating, I’m hoping to do it within the next few months.

Cheers and good luck!

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Sean July 19, 2011 at 12:28 am

I’ve actually started today!
I need to get my application in before March 2012 to get the points for being under 40 (it doesn’t half make you feel old!) so I’m appointing an agent to get things rolling!

Once again, thanks for your site, I probably wouldn’t have started things without it!

Sean

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BobinOz July 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Yeah! Long road ahead, much work, but worth it if you get in. Good luck Sean.

Bob

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Jordayn!! July 28, 2011 at 9:05 am

Hey bob!

So I am 16 and i live in the US, and I’m still in high school. When I graduate, I want to go to college in Brisbane at UQ and study arts, and an English minor. and I plan on staying in AU for about 15 years.

Any advice for me?

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BobinOz July 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Be good to your mum, say no to drugs and learn how to surf.

Seriously Jordayn, it sounds like you already have a good plan, I say stick to it and make sure you have plenty of fun along the way.

I hope it all goes well.

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Rob M August 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Hi Bob

Great site. I’m from and currently living in the UK and have a girfriend who I met last December, she is a kiwi but has recently moved to Australia. I work in IT and have over 12 years experience.

What would be the best and quickest way for us to start living together in Oz. I’m 37 years old. Is sponsorship the way or skilled migrants visa or would the best option be to apply for a partner visa?

Many thanks

Rob

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BobinOz August 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Hi Rob

If your skill is in demand, then probably the quickest way would be sponsorship. It is usually faster than the skilled migrants visa. As for partner visa, I have no idea how long they take, I also thought you would need to be married, not just partners. But I’m not sure about that one.

But all that is just guesswork based on limited information. I think the only way you would really find out the quickest way in would be to run through all of your details with a MARA registered migration agent first. They should then be able to tell you which visas you can apply for and which would be fastest. But of course, you would have to pay for that.

Good luck!

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Errol Oz August 9, 2011 at 9:06 am

hey man i just got my visa granted 12 month holiday working visa im moving mid october this year to brizzzyy. i want to get a place whiloe im down there sooo what steps am i going to hahve to take because im just hopping on a plane getting there and figuring it out. i got money passport visa and ticket just need some edvice on grabbing a p^lace… and what do u mean sponsorship for a job can i not just go looking for one apply and get hired do i need to set up a bank account when i get there. sorry just somethings id like to know and u said 4grand a month thats insane man u must of meant 400 maybe my guess is its not going to be to hard to find a place and a job but plz shoot me some edvice brotha
thx

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BobinOz August 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Hey Errol

For accommodation, check out backpacking, it’s what everyone does. Cheap and easy to find, also gives you the freedom to move around. No, you do not need a sponsorship, you have a working holiday visa. This allows you to work (under specific rules) and yes, just go looking. You will pick up tips for that in the backpackers.

I don’t think you’ll need an Australian bank account, leave your money in your usual account and just make sure your card works in Australian ATMs.

Have a great time!

Cheers

Bob

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Errol Oz August 10, 2011 at 11:33 pm

i wont need a bank account…. i would like a cell phone and would like to rent my own place for the year is that the best thing to do im pretty sure ill backpack around untill i find something has anyone done this am i allowed to get or rent a place

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BobinOz August 13, 2011 at 12:11 am

Renting a place here isn’t easy, there is a lot of competition for rentals. You will have to supply references, bank accounts, details of employment, so I think you will find it hard.

Also, you really don’t want to spend all your time in one place, that’s why backpacking is the answer. Give it a try. The cellphone is easy, $50 will buy you a cheap phone with a sim card.

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TJ August 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm

This is a really great site Bob, thanks for putting all this information online. We often get people asking questions we can’t answer (as our site is only aimed at Kiwis) so we direct them here. Just wanted to say thanks :)

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BobinOz August 26, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Hi TJ

Thanks for that, I appreciate it! I just checked out your website, looks pretty good too. If anyone wants to check it out, click on TJ above left of this comment.

But mate, can you stop sending those Kiwi’s over! They’re driving us nuts!!

(I’m practising for my citizenship.)

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Surya August 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Hi,

I am Surya, qualified chartered Accountant (equivalent to CPA in Australia) having experience in Oracle ERP as a business analyst. came to Australia on a 457 Work visa. I am working in client location from the past 10 months. I like this country. Want to become permanent resident in Australia. Can you please let me know the best possible way to achieve this?

Regards,
Surya.

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BobinOz August 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Start by reading my page called visas, the link’s under Migration Advice.

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Mr. Beebs August 29, 2011 at 5:17 am

Hi Bob,

Have you ever heard of anyone going over on a Tourist VISA, applying for jobs and getting a job offer while there, and then converting to a Employer Sponsored VISA or State Sponsored VISA?

Thanks,
Beebs

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BobinOz August 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Hi Mr. Beebs

No, I haven’t, but I’m sure it has happened. Probably more likely to happen for those coming over on a 12 month working holiday visa.

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Errol Oz September 2, 2011 at 2:18 am

hey so im from toronto and going there sooo sooon for a year.. just wondering how health insurance works am i still covered there fropm here..

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BobinOz September 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Not sure, I believe Australia has some reciprocal health arrangements with certain countries, I’m pretty sure there is one with the UK, for example. To be safe, maybe you should check with your travel agent? To get private cover, you would probably need to take out some kind of travel insurance.

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Eric September 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Bob,

I am a 46 year old male, who has been a free lance writer, and a staff writer for a daily newspaper. I am 41 credits short of my four year degree, but I was able to work in the media here in the States. I really want to move to Sydney permanently, and work for a local newspaper/magazine. I want to do so in March of 2012. How can I get in?

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mike September 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm

ciao sono un 23 enne italiano e l’idea di cambiare completamente vita mi stuzzica molto. Secondo te con un diploma di terza superiore all’istituto alberghiero e un esperienza di cinque anni da da salumiere qui in italia,. potrei avere qualche possibilità di rifarmi una vita in australia?

Complimenti per il tuo blog.

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BobinOz September 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Complimenti per il tuo aswell, other than that, I have no idea!

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Tochi Okoma September 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Please I am a Nigeria and would want come to Australia please is there any way you can help?.

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BobinOz September 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Only with the advice given on these pages. Have a good look around, you might find it helpful.

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nic October 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

i am form northern ireland in the uk. i am getting married next year and we are strongly considering moving. we also have a baby son. however my partner is not skilled and is out of work. would there be any chance of getting a visa?

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Graham October 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

Hi Bob,

I work within Sports Development in the UK and notice that ‘Sports Admin’ is on the desirable skills list. I’m quite keen on moving to australia through a skilled imigration visa and have seen that positions such as mine are readily advertised. My mother also wants to join me, she’s a retired widow and i wouldn’t want to leave her behind, although I believe the waiting list for parents is quite long and she would only be able to come over on a 12 month tourist visa. I’m trying to find a reputable agency who might be able to help us with our applications as i’ve not been overly convinced with the ones i’ve already been in contact with, could you recommend one? Congratulations on a very informative site! Graham

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BobinOz November 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Hi Graham

I’m working on it, but right now I don’t have an agent I can recommend. You can read more here Migration agents.

But I am meeting with a MARA registered migration agent, hopefully next week, although he is based here in Brisbane. If you want, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Cheers

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Sarah November 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Hi Bob,
This site is brilliant first one iv found where you can have real questions answered, excellent.

My boyfriend is currently working and living in Oz on a working visa, he’s a construction worker and currently seeking sponsorship. If he was successful in obtaining sponsorship i would be considering moving over to whom. However i have a dependant child which is not my boyfriends, also we have never lived together even though we are a 1yr and a half together. I was wondering what visas are available to myself and my son in order to join my boyfriend,as i would not qualify as a skilled migrant as i work in administration. We would be travelling from Ireland. All advice and help gratefully received. Thanks a million

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BobinOz November 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Ha ha, yes, I do give answers, there are not guaranteed to be correct though :-)

The answer here, of course, is I really don’t know. I think you will struggle, I think it is possible to get into this country as boyfriend and girlfriend, but I think you will also have to prove your relationship and I think that means living together. I think it will also be difficult as your son is not your boyfriends.

I think you need to ask somebody else.

Sorry I can’t be more help.

Cheers

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Sean November 9, 2011 at 7:35 am

An update on my visa – I have had a positive assessment for my skills assessment, that was the only hurdle I was concerned about, so can now go ahead and get my application in!
So no stopping me now!

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BobinOz November 10, 2011 at 1:05 am

Yo! That’s a major hurdle, I remember my wife getting a positive assessment. Big relief!

I hope the rest goes smoothly and we get to see you out here soon. Congratulations!

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Gillain November 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Hi
Myself and my friend are thinking of headin to Oz in June 2012. We are from Ireland. We only want to go for 6 months or so… can you get a visa for 6 months or has it to be for 12 months… I am a qualified Child care assistant.. will it easy to get that kind of job… Today is the first day we started looking up info on Oz…. We will be looking into all ur info… looks to be great and great to see real answers….

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BobinOz November 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I think you need to look into the 12 month working holiday visa, assuming you are under 30 years old. With that visa you can work, you would not be able to with a holiday visa. That’s your best bet for having a good look around and also finding out how easy or not it would be together job.

Good luck!

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Amanda November 12, 2011 at 6:19 am

Hi my names amanda I’m 23yr old am currently renting a house in England with my husband and our 2 yr old daughter were wanting to immigrate to australia my husbands a floor layer and I have a national diploma in travel and tourism but currently a stay at home mum for time being were tryin to save up to get on the property ladder but wanting to buy somewhere in Australia just wondering how easy it is to just up and go and get jobs and get my daughter into a school over in oz and how much money we’ll need to immigrate my dad has 5 sisters and one brother n my nanna and grandad living in oz but they were all older and had property’s to sell to immigrate will my age go against me ? Any advise will be much appreciated x

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BobinOz November 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Well, it’s not easy at all, you can’t just turn up and look for work. It’s a long process and it starts by visiting this page….

Visas

Watching the video and taking it from there. Good luck, I hope you find a way in. It’s worth all the effort.

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Kel R November 28, 2011 at 6:01 am

Hello! I would like some information about a few things. I am a freelance writer, I make my living doing columns on infertility, childbirth/labor, and child psychology. I have a degree in psychology as well. My husband is going to school for graphic design but currently stays at home with our 3 year old son. Anyways we have wanted to move to Australia for 8 years, and finally have the money to do so. We want to be permanent residents eventually, so would like information on how to do so. Some of my concerns are 1. we have 4 pets, a chihuahua and 3 cats. All in excellent health. What is the quarantine period from US to Australia for each of our pets? Can I trust they will be safe? 2. I am 26, my husband is 25, we as well as our son are all in excellent health. No crime record. Financially very stable and independent. Is there anything that could potentially prevent us from qualifying? And finally 3. I have PCOS and endometriosis and had to have fertility treatments to have my son. Once we are settled we want to continue treatments for baby #2. Is it true that Australia has an excellent health care system? Do I have to be re-diagnosed once in Australia to pursue treatments or can they just access my medical records? Thank you for your info.

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BobinOz November 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I’ll start with the easy one first. The quarantine period is currently 30 days for dogs and cats coming from the US. But you will have to do some work your end before your pets depart for that to happen.

It’s a pretty safe process, my wife knows a lot about it, she runs a company, you can read more about them through this link, called dogwalks, which also offers cat cuddles and helps pets during their stay in Australian quarantine.

Being financially stable, of good health and with no criminal record is only a very small percentage of the requirement and there are potentially hundreds of things that could prevent you from qualifying. See

Would I Qualify?

and then….

Visas

Finally, I really don’t know if you would need to be re-diagnosed for your condition, but I would doubt it. I’m not sure if the Australian health care system is good or bad here compared with others, but I have heard that IVF treatment was initially pioneered in this country.

I hope that helps.

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Dina December 24, 2011 at 4:47 am

HI……Bob,
I am Dina , from Bangladesh . we got married nearly 2 years.My husband lives in Sydney last 6 years.He works there.he complete his bachelor on Hospitality Management. He applied for permanent visa at 2008.But still now he is on bridging visa.here,I am complete my bachelor degree on Physiotherapy in my country.Now I keenly want to stay with my husband at Aus.It is too much painful for me to live without my husband anymore.plz plz tell me how can I move Aus quickly…

waiting for your reply….
Thank you .

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BobinOz December 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm

That’s one of the Questions I can’t answer…

You really need to be getting help from a registered MARA migration agent.

Good luck!

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Dan January 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Hi Bob. Great site man. I have also put a site together aimed only towards kiwis. I have had so many friends and family making the move over I was incredible the amount of questions you got asked. Great work mate. Keep it up.

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BobinOz January 21, 2012 at 12:37 am

We’ve already got enough Kiwis!

Sorry mate, just practising my Aussie humour. Thanks for the thumbs up man!

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William Mc Donough December 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Iam 56 years old in good health and would like to emigrate to OZ Iam a familly support worker, would I have any entitlements to say free health service a in England? and if I had a job in Oz but after a few years became unemployed would I be entitled to any state benifit

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BobinOz December 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I think what you should really be looking into is would you qualify for an Australian visa. Not what kind of benefits Australia would give you if you got here.

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Carla Shearer January 3, 2012 at 1:07 am

My dad is 50 and has a skilled trade job, he is in good health so has my mum, she too works but it is not classed as a skilled job, she too is in good health and is 42, they want to move to australia with my sisters aged 13 and 18, is my dad too old to move?? Many Thanks
Carla

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BobinOz January 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Hi Carla

I’ve already answered this question over at the other post where you asked it.

Cheers

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paddy January 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

hey mate , my partner and i decided we want to move to sydney in august. the only thing is im turning 31 that month and ill have a bachelor of arts degree and a telf course under my belt by then. shes got an enviromental science masters and 3 yrs exp. i cant tell if my qualifications fall under the SOL list as ill have no experience before i go.and im worried because of my age if ill get a second yr visa if im successful with the first, but she thinks if she gets sponsored i could get a partner visa. is there any way u could advise. thanks

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BobinOz January 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Sorry Paddy, can’t help you with that one. Only a qualified MARA agent could advise you there, but I have one of those joining me on this website soon. Stay tuned!

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kath January 4, 2012 at 7:19 am

Hiya Bob
So im a qualified midwife age 37 and want to realistically permanently move myself and three children to the wonderful Oz.. So three questions.. Considering everything else is ok and acceptable.. Am i penalized for being a single parent? Also will my daughters health be a negative factor although currently under no treatment and she is fit and well? (She is 5 years in remission from treatment for Leukemia)? Thanks for you time Kathleen

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kath January 4, 2012 at 7:21 am

Obviously i cant count as only two questions were asked !!!! opps!!!

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BobinOz January 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm

The answer for both is I don’t think so. But I don’t really know for sure on either of them. See my answer to Paddy above as well.

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Andrew January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Hey Bob,

I am really loving all the information and I am constantly trying to get my friends back home in the US to start considering Australia and other options abroad. I have been living here off and on for around a year now and I can’t say enough good things about OZ. My wife is Australian and I am in the process of getting my residency. I have just started a blog, similar to yours, where I am hoping people can follow my journey and receive in-depth answers to questions about Australia (downunderdiscovery.blogspot.com). I am hoping you can help me with this question that has continued to confuse me: what does the saying “Bob’s your uncle” really mean??

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BobinOz January 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I’m glad to hear you are enjoying your life down under Andrew, I think Australia compares very favourably to the US. Welcome to the world of blogging too, I hope you have as much fun with it as I do.

And Bob’s your uncle, nobody really knows for sure where it comes from, but it sort of means “job done” or “sorted” or “there you have it”. As in “how do you get to the beach?”

“Go to the end of this road, turn left, go straight for 200 yards and Bob’s your uncle!”

Not to be confused with BobinOz is your uncle. That’s different.

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Dominic January 11, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Hi Bob, Did you use workpermit.com as your agency? can you recommend one if not??

Cheers, Dom

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BobinOz January 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Hi Dom

No, I didn’t use workpermit, but I will be putting the details of a MARA registered migration agent who I will be working with soon. Hopefully it will go up next week, but email me if you are in a hurry.

Cheers, Bob

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gillian mckenna January 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

Hi bob, i am from scotland and hopefully myself, partner and 2 boys aged 7 and 2 will be coming to oz in the near future, my question to you would be ” could i get a job in a nursing home in oz with an HNC healthcare qualification, would you no the yearly salary i would recieve for that kind of work, and would i get a visa to work and live in oz only with a HNC or do you need to have a degree?? hope you can help and i can get the ball rolling. thanks

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BobinOz January 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Hi Gillian

I can’t answer questions like that, only a MARA registered migration agent can.

I’m about to set up the exact help you need on my website, it should be ready before the end of the month. Stay tuned!

Cheers

Bob

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BobinOz February 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

All set up now, take a look at my Visa Assessment Service page.

Good luck!

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lyn January 15, 2012 at 3:20 am

Hiya,

Two quick questions if you don’t mind… My partner has sponsorship for a job in Australia and he wants me to go with him, (1) could I go or do we need to be married for me to go on his visa and also I have been bankrupct will that make any difference.

Thanks
lyn

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BobinOz January 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Hi Lyn

I think it is possible you can go with your partner, but you would have to prove that you have been together, kind of as husband and wife. Not sure how the bankruptcy will affect it though, does anyone else know?

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Sean January 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I’m pretty sure that Bankruptcy is not a problem when emmigrating, as you start in Oz with a ‘blank’ credit file. The only problem you may have is that as there ius no credit history for banks, landlords etc to go on, they usually require a bank reference from your original country.

The best source for info on specific topics like this is to look at forums such as Poms in Oz http://www.pomsinoz.com/ or British Ex Pats http://britishexpats.com and do a search.

Although Bob does a fantastic job of gathering lots of essential information for moving to Oz, these forums are great for very specific questions.

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BobinOz January 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

But don’t forget to come back here when you’re done :-)

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lyn January 28, 2012 at 6:43 am

Thanks chaps very helpful. and love your site bob.

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Ryan January 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Hi Bob, I’ve currently just got back from Australia just yesterday, and I’m dying to get back, but this time I want to make it permanent, I’ve been 3 times in the past with my mum and step dad & brother and sisters, my step dad has loads of family over there (don’t think this would help me though as they’re not my blood related family) correct me if I’m wrong?

What wold happen if I was to go there & couldn’t find work? What do I do then?

I’m not quite sure how to go on about moving over there but I definitely want to do it, what type of visa do I go for? How much money would I need? I’m 18 years old & dont really have any work experience? Does this matter? This is something I’ve really wanted to do & being back in England where it’s so hard to find work & with the crappy weather it’s made me more determined to option for a move to Australia, I know I’d have a way better life living over there….thanks for you time & hope you can help me wit my questions.

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BobinOz January 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Hi Ryan

The bad news is that I can’t really advise you, I’m not qualified to do so. But the good news is that you are only young, so you have plenty of time to work out how to get here.

Yes, I think you will need a skill, although I don’t know that for sure. As I say, I’m not qualified. But what ever it is you do need to get here, you have enough time to do it.

My best advice would be to look into it, but don’t be in too much of a hurry to leave the UK, I assume that’s where you live now. Europe is a fascinating continent, plenty to see and do. Enjoy some of that whilst you explore how to get to Australia.

Good luck!

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Beanie January 19, 2012 at 9:43 am

Hi my husband has worked with is present employer for 18 years and they have a plant in Melbourne. He emailed them to see if they had any vacancies and was hoping to transfer. We are unsure as to what they would expect. They have asked for his CV but also asked if he has visas in place etc which we dont? We also have a daughter who is in full time education here in the UK and is 17, but someone has told me she will not be allowed entry once she turns 18 if we do get to go? Is this true. Im very confused. BTW my husband is 40. Any advice would be useful :)

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BobinOz January 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm

All I “think” I know is that once someone is 18 years or over they have to apply for a visa in their own right, so therefore have to qualify by gaining enough points on their own.

That said, if you can prove your daughter is “wholly dependent” upon you, then she can be (I think) included in your application even after she turns 18.

But as I said to Ryan above, I’m not qualified and I can’t answer Specific questions about visas.

Good luck though!

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Ryan January 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Thanks bob, well my cousin, uncle and grandad all work in a plumbing business over there so hopefully I’d be able to get an apprenticeship in that business, I’ve made my mind up and I’m going to emigrate to Australia in January 2013… What’s the best type of visa for me to get & what would be the best plane ticket? One way or an open ticket? Thanks bob.

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BobinOz January 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

One way if you’re staying, open ticket if you’re thinking of going back :-)

Good luck with your plans Ryan, I hope we all get to see you here in Australia sometime soon. By the way, plumbers here earn really good money at the moment, so it’s a good choice.

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Ryan January 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Didn’t mean to ask the visa question again, ignore that.

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BobinOz January 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Ok.

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Hailey till January 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

Hello I’m a 20year old Canadian and haven’t started university, but itching to do so. There’s a dilemma I have been dating an Australian and we plan to get married and live in Australia….my question is what canandian degrees are transferable? And accepted in Australia ?

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hi January 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm

ÙHi there. My close friend from the philippines I have been her sponsor for 2 visits here to australia she wants to move here she was in an abusive relationship which nearly cost her life and I stepped into help her after her old relationship finished finished 9 years ago and what a great opportunity for my friend to come here to start a new life in australia my friend has work skills work trying to convince australian immigration myself being an australian I’m stepping out to help my friend so she can have her peace of mind and be accepted here in australia no one deserves to live in fear so I’m asking what do we do to get the right visa if you can help us wonderful. Thank you

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BobinOz January 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Hailey til – The best way to approach that one is decide what degrees you are thinking of taking and then find out if any of them are accepted here in Australia.

Every subject has a recognised body here, and every recognised body probably has a website which will list which degrees from which countries are accepted.

Good luck!

Hi – I have no idea, how possibly could I? I know nothing of your friend in the Philippines. You need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent and also check out my page about visas.

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Bobbie Gallacher January 26, 2012 at 6:27 am

Hi Bob

Myself and my husband have recently passed the online skilled visa assessment form to emigrate to Australia. I also have 2 Aunts & Uncles in Victoria, Melbourne. My mum and dad are looking to emigrate with us along with my mother in law also. However, my mum currenty does not work although she used to be an Auxiliary Nurse and my dad is currently a labourer for a bricklayer – what type of visas should they be applying for? As for my mother in law, she is looking to emigrate to retire in Australia, she is 68 and is diabetic (diet controlled) – what’s the chances of her getting into Australia?

Any help will be greatly appreciated

Thanks again, Bobbie

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issa January 28, 2012 at 2:38 am

hi Bob
im 33 years old and im a hairdresser……… married and have 2 daughters 3 years and the2nd 1 month and we would like to immigrate to australia…..
i had about 10 years experience and i have my own salon too
so can we make it ??????

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BobinOz January 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Bobby, issa, see Would I Qualify?

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george January 30, 2012 at 4:28 am

Hi Bob my name is George

My Wife and 1 year old boy are wanting to move to aus but we dont know how as im just a gym instuctor and she is a hairdresser im 27 and she is 25. We looked at visa but we cant get a working holiday as we have a dependant child and none of our jobs are on SOL so cant get permenatany help would be great

Thanks

George

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BobinOz January 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

George, I’ve already answered this elsewhere, you’ve posted the same question twice.

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Mandy February 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Dear Bob, I have a sister who emigrated 5 years ago to Australia with her husband and daughter. My brother-in-law runs his own franchise business with the Australian Post Office and has offered my own husband who is 47 employment within his business (currently he is a painter and decorator over here in the UK). We currently have two children, a son aged 22 and a daughter aged 15 who are both in full time education. I, myself run my own business decorating weddings (see website) with a background of being a Personal Assistant for over 15 years. We do not have much funds and currently only rent our property in the UK. Can my sister be a sponsor even though she has not yet applied for full citizenship in Australia. They do however own their own home over there and my sister currently works as a real estate officer. Thanks xx

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Shamima Rahman February 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

We are looking to move to aus, I am 37 years old, I have a shop in Italy and it goes very well. I have one daughter 20 years old and two smaller kids, four and two years old, My partner is 42 but he will like to go later. I am Venezuelan and Italian citizen. I will like to rent a shop in aus and live there like I do here. I will like my big daugther start superior Studies in there. and a different prospective of life for my kids, Do you think it is possible for me and my big family o get visa to live in australia?

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BobinOz February 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Mandy and Shamima,

I can’t answer your questions, read Would I Qualify?

But within the next few days will be putting up the details of a MARA registered agent who can help, so I’ll let you know when that’s ready.

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BobinOz February 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

A bit later than I expected, but page is now up. Have a look at Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck!

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kris February 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Hi! I am an italian Psychologist and I am eligible to immigrate in Australia as a skilled worker. I would like to know if I have to provide proof that I have enough money to support myself in Australia and if so if I have to do it when I submit my application for immigration in my country (Italy).
Thanks.
Cristian

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kris February 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I have another question: how long does skilled migration visa last if I don’t move to Australia? For example: if I get permanent visa in Canada I have to stay there 2 years in the following 5 years otherwise I have to apply for visa.
Thanks

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BobinOz February 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

kris, these aren’t questions I would want to answer here, because the rules are always changing and what might be correct today, could be incorrect tomorrow.

All I can tell you is that when I applied five years ago or so, I was not asked to prove how much money I had, although I was asked how much money I intended to bring into the country.

And when I was granted a permanent residency visa, I had about seven months during which I had to come to Australia to validate it and then I had five years in which to take up the option to move to Australia as a permanent resident.

Whether that information is valid now, I don’t know.

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Diane February 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

Hi bob my partner and I are looking 2 move 2 austrailia at sum point after we get married we have 5 kids together and are waitin on me qualifying as a midwife but we don’t know where 2 start on planning and the average cost of rentin and if austrailia is a place in need of midwifes could u help out please

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BobinOz February 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

You can research the information you want through my pages Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia
and Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

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Adam Newton February 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Hi, My partner and I are looking at moving to Australia in the next few years, she is currently training to become a nursery nurse and I work in logisitcs. We are both 26 and have our first child currently on the way. I have family in Qld and want to ask your advice on the easiest/fastest route to becoming citizens. Will having a child effect us? Also what are the requirements in terms on money ie do we need a minimum amount in the bank? Your reply will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Adam

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BobinOz February 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Having a child will not affect your application and I don’t think you need a minimum amount in the bank either. What you do need are points to qualify for a visa.

Start here – Visas

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Shauni February 7, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Hi There,

My partner of 5 year (stayed together for 3) has been offered a job in Oz starting in may with his work. He wants me to come over with him the jobs only for 1 year. Whats the best visa to get and when should I start this process?

Thanks

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BobinOz February 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

You may actually qualify as his long-standing partner, see if you can find out through his employer.

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Chris G February 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Hi Bob, great website. I’ve been wanting to emigrate to Australia for a few years now, Im 19 but dont have a professional trade. I am a semi professional footballer and work for a removals company, my dream is to move there, what would you suggest?
Thanks for your help.

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BobinOz February 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm

It’s hard to get permanent residency in Australia, usually you would need a skill that is in demand, maybe a degree and certainly some good qualifications.

But you are young, why don’t you come out here for 12 months on a working holiday visa which is easy to obtain and allows you to work during your stay. Then you could find out if you really do like Australia.

Have a look at this page – Visas

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kim twohig February 9, 2012 at 4:45 am

Hi Bob,
My name is Kim,I’m 25 and my boyfriend is 26 and both from Ireland.We both lived in Oz for over a year on a working visa in 2008,we are currently in Canada on a work visa but really want to return to Oz for good.We wanted to apply for PR visa,we were both told that It would be possible but in the time its being processed to get a job offer/ sponsorship.I’m a qualified hair dresser and have being doing my job over 10years now.I done my four year apprenticeship in Ireland.
My boyfriend is a qualified carpenter,he done his four year apprenticeship in Ireland also.He has about 10years experience.
Where would we start if we wanted to get sponsored,and do you think it’s possible?
I would like to start the process as soon as I could but I don’t how to get sponsored.Any advice would be fantastic.

Thank you,
Kim.

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BobinOz February 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Everything I know about that is on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

Good luck!

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Glenn Scott February 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Hi Bob
I am computing you from the cold country of canada…Looking for some info on getting a job and possible moving to Assuie land a some point in the future…. what would be the first thing to do? Is there a step by step procedure for this…..without costing a fortune?

Thank you
Glenn

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BobinOz February 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Best place to start is on my page about Visas. You could also look at Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

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tisha February 11, 2012 at 3:51 am

hiii Bob im tisha,from sri lanka. i hv got a problem. my husband moving to australia for his studies in march as a student & one of his family members sponsoring him on that. so i want to ask from you will i also be able to get a sponsorship from one of his blood relatives as a student to continue my MBA there..?? ( we are recently married) please be kind enough to answer my question.

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BobinOz February 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I can’t really answer Specific questions about visas., you should ask the person who is organising your husband’s visa if you can be included as his spouse.

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kris February 11, 2012 at 5:00 am

Hi Bob! ? I’ve got another question.
Do you know how much time do you have to wait for a response if your apply for visa as skilled worker has been accepted or refused?
Thanks
Kris

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BobinOz February 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Sorry Kris, I don’t understand the question.

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Nina February 12, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I am from Nigeria, i really want to much to australia, i am a sylist and also interior decorator, can you help me to get sponsor

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BobinOz February 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

All I know about that is here – Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

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bex February 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

Hi Bob,
I’m 21 and a student at University, in the UK and i graduate in 2 years. I’m studying Advertising/Graphic design and i wish to become a graphic design teacher. After i graduate i hope to work in the UK for a few years. Then hopefully migrate. I understand that design is not on the job wish list but education is? What’s your advice?
Thanks

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BobinOz February 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm

It’s not really possible to give any advice bex, the skills list changes every year and skills shortages change constantly also.

I know that makes it very difficult, but unfortunately that’s how it is.

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Lauren February 23, 2012 at 5:01 am

I have recently graduated from university with a quantity surveying degree. I have struggled to get a graduate job in this arena in the UK and wondered if it is the same situation in Australia. I am looking to move to Sydney in May, for initially one year, and although I have tried to contact companies I have been advised that it is difficult to make any job progress whilst not living in Australia. I am anxious about whether I would struggle to get a job once I have moved over.

Can you please offer any advice?
Thanks

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BobinOz February 25, 2012 at 12:15 am

I wouldn’t know how easy/hard it would be for you to find a job in your line of work. All I can suggest is that you check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and using the links on that page to search the latest available jobs. Hopefully it will give you an idea of how many vacancies there are for someone with your qualifications.

Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

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Sean February 23, 2012 at 5:32 am

Lauren,
I’m a Project Manager in the UK and as you are aware the construction industry in this country is in a bad state (always the first hit by a recession and the longest industry to recover.

I’m applying for my visa at the moment, I’ve done a fair amount of research and the construction industry is still doing very well in Oz.
I personally don’t think you’d have a problem finding a job in Oz, and in any case it will be 100 times easier finding a job there than here.

You can go on a one year work visa if you’re under 30, so I would go for the year, see what you can find (make sure you have enough money to keep yourself for at least a couple of months just in case).
If and when you do get a job, I would have thought you would be offered a 457 visa by your employer to stay on after the first year.

There’s loads of info around so look into it, do your research, and go for it!

Sean

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BobinOz February 25, 2012 at 12:17 am

Sorry Sean, I didn’t see your answer to Lauren before I added mine.

Your answer is also better than mine, dang it!

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Vicky February 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

Hello bob!!
My aunty and cousin moved to australia 9 years ago and since I have always wanted to follow. But at the time was 15 and couldn’, since then events has put it on hold.
I am 24 now and would love to start a fresh near to my family in feelong. I haven’t found anything on the skills list that is close to my job. I work for a company GE aviation as an assemberly operator and have done for 6 years. Do you know of any manufacturing in aviation. I am willing to learn new skills but a bit disheartened with the knowledge of needing the years of experience in work.
I am coming over for a month at the end of the year, as a holiday but also to suss out options. But I was wondering do I start the application process now (didn’t realise until I read your website how long it can take) as I am hoping if I can to move the end of next year.
I am sure my aunty or cousin will sponser me though I’m not sure if that is acceptable as they aren’t immediate family.
Gained alot from your website thank you! I too have a lab but hes black, called sirius and I will be taking him with me.
Hope things are well out there!! :-D

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BobinOz February 25, 2012 at 12:22 am

Hi Vicky

Getting into Australia is all about points, and having enough of them. You get points for your age, qualifications, skills and ability to speak English. There are other things as well.

It’s not easy to get enough points, so I think you need to start by finding out how many points you have got. Go to my page about Visas to find out how to do that.

If you don’t have enough points, the next stage is to work out how or what you need to do to get enough points. I hope you make it here soon.

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Jimmy Rodriguez February 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Hey bob! My names Jimmy and I’m from California, US. I’ve always had the idea of moving to another country and would love if I could move to Oz. I did a little research and I think it’s only possible for me to get a work/holiday visa for 4 months. I’m 21 and have only had a little bit of school outside of high school so I have no degree. I have about 6000 cash and figured right now is the time to do it while I have no major responsibilities. I plan on going to sydney or another major city, working, enjoying myself and maybe even getting back into school unless I find a job I really love. Do you think it’s possible for me to get a work sponsorship being there only 4 months? Or is there any other way I can extend my stay?

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BobinOz February 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Hi Jimmy

As far as I am aware the working holiday visa lasts for 12 months and isn’t that difficult to get. If you need help, check out my Visa Assessment Service, it’s not free but it does offer exceptional value.

And you’re right, now is the time to come, there is no time like the present.

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Carrie Lockyer March 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Hi Bob, thank you so much for your website, it’s like a bible for My Boyfirend and I!
We’re heading off to WA in August this year (2nd visit) for a reckkie before we start our Skill visa application in September. We’ve got a little list of things to find out while we’re there; banking, housing, motoring, utilites etc (Please let me know if there’s anything especially that we should looking into!)
My boyfriend is Self-Employed here in the UK and I’d be grateful for any info / direction to info on how he’d let the UK Tax man know and how the Aussie tax systems works please?
Thanks once again and best wishes!

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BobinOz March 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Unfortunately leaving the country does not mean the UK taxman will leave you alone. All you can do is give him your new address and he will still pester you to do tax returns, and I believe he can continue to do so for about seven years after you’ve left the country. It’s a real pain.

Last year I did finally get the taxman to stop sending me returns to fill in, but he has given me a list of circumstances that would require me to write to him and ask for a text form.

Here’s my rough guide to tax in Australia.

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Michael March 23, 2012 at 2:54 am

ok here’s my situation.
I have a master in metallurgy and a bachelor in chemical engineering but my work experience is less than a year. I’m not sure but just guessing that my best bet is to get a work and come to Au. so what’s the main engineering job data base in Au? another relevant question would be “is it common place for Au employers to hire from abroad?” I’m in Sweden now, 27 and single.
thanks

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BobinOz March 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

You need to look at my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship

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Dominic Anderson March 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

Hi Bob,
I would love to move to oz, i spent a year there a while ago and experienced enough to know it’s for me. I am currently training to be a mental health nurse, i finish in two years. I have heard that i may need to work in the UK for at least two years after qualifying before i can apply to emigrate. How true is this? I would like to move over as soon as possible.
Thanks,
Dominic.

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BobinOz March 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Yes, I’ve heard that too. Most prospective employers do expect you to have a couple years or so of postgraduate experience. But there’s nothing to stop you applying as far as I’m aware, it’s just less likely that you’d be successful whilst other applicants do have the work experience.

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alethea March 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Hi Bob, I found your articles very useful. Thank you! however I am finding that as a US citizen it has been really trying to get my visa on my own. I have found a migration agent but its such a risk spending 2500$ for jus the visa fee, and no real guarantee that it will get approved. Is it this difficult for everybody?

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BobinOz March 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Hi alethea

Well, there is no way around paying for the visa fee, that has to be sent in with your application. I assume you are at the stage with your migration agent where he is confident you have a very good chance of getting approved?

If you do not feel comfortable with your migration agent, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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daniel March 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

hi Bob,
firstly i would like to congradulate you on what your doing here… its awesome!
My girlfriend is a qualified accountant with 2 years experience and i am hopeing to study for my career in Aus. we are both 25 and have a 3 year old son. we would love to move from ireland to australia but are unsure of the best way to go about it and the amount of money it will cost! any info you can give me would be greatly appreciated :)

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BobinOz March 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Hi Daniel

Read part three, the link is above in this post. It’ll give you some ideas about costs and also there is a link on that page to my page about visas which is the best place to start.

Good luck!

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mercedes April 3, 2012 at 3:51 am

hi there,
i am moving to Joondaloop in Perth on 18th April 2012. ive been trying to get as much information as possible from various websites but cannot find the info i need. im 17 and finished secondary school in may last year with 11 GCSEs. i really want to know what type of school/college i need to attend in Perth, weather they have colleges/sixth form or do i resit year 11 etc. i was wondering if it was like education in the UK. i have been looking at school websites but neither of these tell me how old i need to be, what grades i need etc.this would be so much help if you know, thankyou!
mercedes

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BobinOz April 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Hi mercedes

Sorry, I really can’t help you with this one, although I believe the answer as to whether you start college or resit your final year depends on whether your birthday is before June 30th or after. As you say you are 17 now, I “think” that you will need to finish your final year when you get here and start college in the New Year which will begin in January 2013.

But as I say, I only “think” that to be the case. That’s based on my own post about the Australian school system.

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Joe April 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

Hello there Bob, Firstly I’d like to compliment you on your website it’s amazing!, secondly I’d like to ask for your advice on me making the move! I’m a 18 year old living in the UK at college studying; Advanced diploma in Manufacture engineering (level3). I want to move to Australia and start my working life out there. At present I am thinking about applying for a Working holiday Visa, coming out and experiencing it out there (working 88 days picking) granting me a second year. Would I be able to get residence after the WHV expires, such as a sponsored job or could I get an apprenticeship?

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BobinOz April 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Hi Jo

There would be no guarantees that you would get permanent residency after your WHV expires, only the possibility that it might happen. But I still believe your plan to come out here on a WHV is sound, as is doing the agricultural work to get yourself a second year.

This will give you the chance to find out first hand if Australia really is for you. If you decide it is, then regard getting PR has staged two.

Above all, enjoy your visit to this wonderful country.

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Joe April 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Thank’s Bob!, I have friends in Aus, They’ve already offered to help me out, my only worry is actually being able to get residence after the WVH+Extension. Do you know anyone who has gone through this route, without having a Degree or having the work experience. Thanks, once again!
Joe.

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BobinOz April 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I don’t know anybody personally Joe, but I’m sure it does happen, there are just no guarantees. Good luck!

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chrisielle Grobker August 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Hi Bob

I have a friend and my mom is moving to Australie and I’m going with her, I live in Afrika at the moment and finding a job is hard with the color of my skin I am 16 and I am not ready to say goodbye to my friend… do you maybe know how a 16 can move to Australue without any family there, to study and have a better future. What can he do to move there with us he is only a friend and we are not related*?

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BobinOz August 17, 2014 at 9:42 pm

I think it would be extremely difficult, maybe even impossible, but I don’t know, your friend would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent to explain the full situation to see if anything can be done. Good luck, Bob

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Dam April 5, 2012 at 1:39 am

Hi bob could you please advise me..my son has sponsorship in Perth has he got to have residency before he can claim his parents?? Also my other son is coming to oz to work in sept 2012 many thanks dam..

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BobinOz April 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I have no idea what you mean by “claim his parents”. As far as I am aware, (not knowing your full situation) if you are hoping to join your son living in Australia, you will have to apply in your own right, irrespective of whether your son has sponsorship, permanent residency or even citizenship.

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Saad Ali Khan April 5, 2012 at 6:34 am

I am a Canadian citizen and want to move to Australia. I am thinking of travelling to Australia on Working Holiday Visa. The issue is that my wife and child are Pakistani citizens and I want them to accompany me on a Visitor visa. My plan is to go to Australia and find an Employer sponsorship. But the website says that I cannot accompany my child at any time during my stay to Australia. Please recommend me what can I do?

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BobinOz April 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I’m not sure, I’m not qualified to give advice on which type of visa is best. I do have a Visa Assessment Service though, maybe you like to give it a try.

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Harbs April 8, 2012 at 7:42 am

Hi BobinOz
I’ve been thinking about migrating to Oz from the UK. I’d like to get casual work in the mining industry. I understand that there are shortages in that field?!
From reading articles on the net, I gather the best way is to just turn up at the labour offices and ask. As well as network with any people you can find who works in the industry.
As a 34yo UK citizen what visa options are available to me? i cant get WHV as i’m too old; I cant get ‘highly skilled visa’ as I dont have any required skills.
Any advice much appreciated.
Cheers

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BobinOz April 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Same answer as Saad above I’m afraid Harbs, being properly assessed is really the only way to find out if and how you can get.

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Louise Connelly April 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Hi Bob,
My husband is a joiner/carpenter & I’m a hairdresser we have been told we will have no problem getting approved for visa’s but it’s the cost you have to go through first, we were wondering if it’s possible to sell up buy one way tickets & arrange jobs & visas once we get out there ???
Please get back to me we really really want to get out there but the only way to fund it is to sell up as all our money is tied up in our house.

Thanks Louise & Craig

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BobinOz April 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Well you will need some kind of visa or other before you can come here and I’m not even sure it’s possible to buy a one-way ticket without having a visa to support it. So I’m not sure it’s a good plan, or even a workable one. But I don’t know for sure, I’m only guessing, I’m not an expert on visas.

Hope things work out though.

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Rumi April 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Hi bob,
I am 39 years old married male from Pakistan, i want to move to Australia permanently. I do an olnine business with USA clients. What should i do to move and what would be the cost of moving with my family of 4 persons. (me, my spouse and 2 kids.

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BobinOz April 19, 2012 at 12:46 am

Rumi, you have asked me impossible questions, surely you know that?

Please read my pages Visas and
Questions I can’t answer… and follow all of the useful links within those pages. If you still have any questions after that, take a look at my Visa Assessment Service.

Then if you still have any questions, do come back to me.

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Swathi April 22, 2012 at 12:04 am

I have worked for westpac and st george banks at australia which was being outsourced to one of top indian MNC i would like to work at austalia for few years atleast plz help me .. as how to go about it

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BobinOz April 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Help is all around you on the hundreds of pages of this website, you should take a read. Start at Visas

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Albe April 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

i have to say that your story is just as good as a good movie :)
you give us so many good advises and explanations.
personnaly, i spent 2 years in australia with a working holiday visas and would never go back home ( france ) if i had had the possibility.
oz is the best country in the world and you definitely made the right choice. i guess the whole family is in heaven.
good on you mate :)
enjoy, cheers!

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BobinOz April 24, 2012 at 12:23 am

Hey Albe

Thanks for that, much appreciated. Yes, I do think we made the right decision. It’s not exactly heaven here, no angels playing harps or anything like that, but it’s pretty close to paradise.

Cheers!

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Elias April 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I am from Sweden and visited OZ many times. I liked the country and the friendly people, but I am still cant´t understand why all the papper-work to get a Residence-visa!!!!!!!!!!
Alot of work to do and alot of money to pay. I think that OZ should make it a little bit easier for high skilled people who do really good things for the Au economy.
Australia without high skilled immigrant will go under, oh it is already down under.
Chears!!!!

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BobinOz April 27, 2012 at 12:26 am

Yes a lot of paperwork and a lot of money. But still Australia has a lot of people who want to come here and who are prepared to do all the paperwork and pay all the money.

Maybe it’s Australia’s way of weeding out the time wasters and the tyre kickers. Look on the bright side, you only have to fill in the paperwork and pay once, then it can last a lifetime.

Worth the effort in my view.

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Jo McCormack April 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Hi Bob,

I actually have a permanent resident visa which expires in September. I am currently in the UK and had originally planned to come back on May 7th of this year. I was also pregnant, my dute date was 18th June 2012 meaning my baby would have been born in Oz.

Unfortunately I developed a really rare and potentially fatal pregnancy complication 2 weeks ago and I had to have an emergency cesaerean section in the UK and my baby was born 10 weeks premature and extremely ill. He is in Neonatal intensive care and we are both still in hospital. We obviously cannot come to Australia on the date originally planned and it is unlikely either of us will be fit
and well enough to even make it in time for the deadline in September.

I really don’t want to lose my Visa and was wondering if immi would under these extenuation circumstances be able to grant me an extension of around 6 months to a year in order to get my baby’s health taken care of before we return?

I want to contact Sydney Lee St office directly instead of the Australian High Commission office in London because previously they have given me a lot of wrong and conflicting information compared to the actual office in Sydney.

The issue I have is that immi.gov.au only has national contact telephone numbers available to people calling from inside Australia (13 numbers) there are no advertised numbers that I can contact them from the UK. Would you happen to know of any international telephone numbers that I can contact the Sydney office on, or indeed if you could offer any advice or tips as to how I may be able to obtain this visa deadline extension I would be so extremely grateful.

Many, many thanks for your time and all the wonderful information on your site. I have given yourlink to many friends who have asked me about living in Australia as you have so much quality info on there.

With kind regards,

Jo McCormack

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BobinOz April 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Hi Jo

Wow! Sounds like a nightmare. I hope you and your baby are well and recover fully.

I believe it is possible to telephone 1300 numbers in Australia from overseas. Have you tried dialling the overseas code for the UK + Australia’s country code (61) + the 1300 number? Give it a try, as I understand it, it works from some countries but not others.

Or have you tried contacting them electronically?

If none of that works, maybe my MARA agent could act on your behalf, although I am sure he would need to charge you a fee. Let me know. I assume you didn’t use an agent?

Under the circumstances, I’d be surprised if the immigration department did not grant you an extension, but obviously I can’t speak for them. You really do not want to lose it.

Oh, and thanks for spreading the word about BobinOz :-)

Cheers

Bob

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Saad Ali Khan April 28, 2012 at 1:50 am

Dear Bob,

I am a Canadian passport holder and want to immigrate to Australia. I have done my BBA (4 years program) and I have 4 years work experience in Sales / Marketing. I have 2 questions:

1) Can I apply for Skilled – Sponsor visa? I have my uncle living in Sydney. who can sponsor me. I have doubt that being an unskilled worker I might not be eligible to apply for this visa.

2) After applying for this visa if I go to Australia on working visa and if I am able to find an employer who can sponsor me as well, can I apply for Employer Sponsorship visa as well? Meanwhile, my skilled – sponsor visa remains in process.

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BobinOz April 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I’m afraid to admit I don’t even know what a BBA is, but I do know that my wife applied for and was successful in getting a permanent residency visa thanks to her skill as a marketer.

She had to be assessed, as she had no recognisable qualifications, so on that basis you probably do have a chance.

If you get some other kind of work visa, then, again, it is possible you could be successful with your plan 2 as well. But of course, there are no guarantees and this is only my opinion. If you want a more valid view, you’d really need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent.

Good luck!

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SANJIB KUMAR DWIVEDY April 29, 2012 at 3:36 am

DEAR SIR,
GOOD DAY
I AM A INDIAN WORKING AS A MIDDLE EXECUTIVE IN A KRAFT PAPER MFG. INDS. ARROUND NIGERIA, WEST AFFRICA, WITH MY FAMILY.
I WANT TO SWITCHOVER MY JOB TO AUSTRELIA, WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES BE FOLLOWED TO GET A EMPLOYER, VISA etc. AS PER AUSTRALIA GOVT. LAWS.
KINDLY ADVICE.

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BobinOz April 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm

All procedures are documented well on the pages of this website, maybe you should read some of it? Start here …
Migration Advice

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jacqueline May 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Hi Bob, Thank you for an informative website! Could you help us pls? Situation-my husband and i are planning to move to OZ, with 4 children aged 6-12. I have a BA HONs in education, but no experience as yet as a teacher, my husband is a singer. We don’t have any skills on the skill shortage list. What are our chances of getting a visa? What way in would you suggest we try? Thank you xxx

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BobinOz May 3, 2012 at 12:15 am

All I can suggest is that you try my Visa Assessment Service which is offered at very low rates by my MARA registered migration agent.

I think it might be difficult for you to qualify, but if it is possible, my guy will find a way. Good luck!

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John May 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Bob,

Great website, has been very useful and enjoyable! So just a quick thanks, that’s all!

Seems like I have gone from The Idea (part 1) to Selling up (Part 12) in a matter of weeks. Been offered a job on 457 visa, visa was submitted last week and I received info that it was granted today, YIPEE! :) That’s right a whole week worth of waiting!

I know now it’s going to be 100 mph (or should that be 100 kmph?) to get everything sorted so that i can be starting work in Brisbane in July. Hopefully all goes smooth!

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BobinOz May 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Congratulations John!

Yes, coming here on a 457 visa can be so much faster than applying for permanent residency straight off. Even so, one week is pretty fast!

I hope everything goes smoothly, yes it is going to be 100 mph. You can’t use kilometres per hour until you get here, you are still in the UK :-)

Hope you get to love Brisbane as much as I do. Cheers

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alethea May 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Whoa??!! a 457 visa? I am trying to get a more permanent visa and I have a visa agent too and he never gave me this visa as an option. Can I get this visa and work on getting my permanent visa while there? or even citizenship? Seriously, paying 250$ and getting it quicker and then paying up the 2500$ to get the permanent would get us moving lots quicker.

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BobinOz May 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Maybe you can, it depends on whether you can find a company who want you to work for them and are happy to sponsor you. That’s the tricky part.

Then you would normally have to continue working for them for at least two years and after that, yes, it can lead to a more permanent visa and possibly even citizenship.

But you have to get a job sponsorship first.

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Mike May 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Hi Bob, Couldn’t leave without saying Thanks for all the info you have provided on this site… and I’ve probably only read 10% of it so far… it certainly is saving me (and many others) the headache of going from one random website to the next.
Spent a year in Oz (Darwin) back when I was 19 and always wanted to come back for good, but, you know… life kinda gets in the way and before you know it… BOOM… your in your late 30s!! Anyway, I’ve never completely given up on the idea and hopefully 2012 will be the year that I get passed the “idea” and onto Step 2. Thanks again ;)

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BobinOz May 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Glad it’s been useful to you Mike, I hope your plans to move here goes smoothly. It’d be a good time in your life to move, always nice to get a few years of Europe under your belt before coming out here.

Good luck!

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naushad May 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

hi thanks

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BobinOz May 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm

My pleasure.

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jess May 30, 2012 at 7:40 am

Bob, you have had such great exposure on this web site, i would love to speak to Mrs in OZ. It’s a big move and I am sure us ladies feel the same!
Please let me know if anything is avaliable?

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BobinOz May 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Hi jess

Good idea, maybe I get Mrs BobinOz to write a post or two, just to give the perspective from a woman’s point of view.

I will have a word with her.

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Louise Connelly June 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

Hi bob I contacted you a few weeks ago regarding selling up and arranging to do the visas when we get to oz, we have decided to take your advice and start the process over here just one question can you or do you know of any lawyers that can do the process for us or is there a way of searching for a lawyer that we won’t get ripped off by ??
Louise

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BobinOz June 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I don’t know of a lawyer, but I do have a fully qualified MARA registered migration agent here on BobinOz who can process the papers for you.

It starts with a visa assessment that costs $100, but if you go on to use him to submit your application, your hundred dollars is credited to your account.

I highly recommend him, and you can read more about it on my Visa Assessment Service page.

His fees are very reasonable too, he certainly won’t rip you off. Good luck Louise!

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Louise Connelly June 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Thank you so much Bob for replying and sorry for being a pain x

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BobinOz June 2, 2012 at 12:37 am

No pain at all :-)

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Jm June 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Hello Bob,hope you can help me! I aM an international student here in Australia,taking up
Aged Care. My husband and my daughter is still in Philippines and i want to bring them here. How much will it cost for them for their passport and health cover? And also what are the requirements needed for them to have a visa? Many thanks and Godbless always =)

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BobinOz June 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

It’s way more complicated than what’s the price of a passport and health cover. First you need to qualify, check out my page about Visas, it’s a good place to start.

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Jovan June 12, 2012 at 5:02 am

Bob, what about job, in what stage you apply for job? where to apply for job?

thx a milion

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BobinOz June 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm
Marcy Sheck June 13, 2012 at 6:59 am

I am considering retiring in Australia. I have view your website and found it to be very informative. Can you tell me a little more about the medical insurance? I am currently on a medicare supplement insurance through United Health Care and was wondering if this would be valid in Australia or would I have to reapply in Australia for their medicare(if they have one) program

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BobinOz June 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I’m pretty sure you will have to take out a new policy here, but check with your insurers first. Do make sure though that you arrange your insurance here in Australia immediately, because if you leave it (I think) more than 12 months they put the loading of (I think again) 1% for every year you are over the age of something like 30.

There may even be stricter rules if you are over 60 or something, so I would make sure you look into it before settling for Australia as a place to retire, especially if health cover is a major issue for you. I have anecdotally heard of UK migrants having lived here many years, but are going back to the UK as pensioners because they cannot afford the healthcare here.

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Pratik June 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Hi bob, world needs helping hands like you…thpusand thanks for ur help!!
I m doing engineering in last year. i will get my degree in aug 2013. I m from india and want to settle in australia. actually my plan is to come australia for MBA (post graduation) and settle there.
So,for going smoothly, what should be my next step. I heard that getting a work permit in australia is very difficult?? is that so?? guide me plz.

Thanks.
pratik

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BobinOz July 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Hi Pratik

You are right, it is very difficult to get a work permit in Australia. It’s all about points and to get enough points, you need to be the right age and have recognised qualifications and then answer a ton of questions.

Your first task would probably be to find out whether your qualification is recognised here, the best place to start to look into that is my page about Visas.

Cheers

Bob

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lucie July 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm

hi bob i want to move to oz with my partner and little boy i have looked at visa but don’t under which one we can get for all of us? my partner is a paint and decorator he’s been doing this for 11 years he has only has a nvq level 2 in painting. is there work in this profession in oz? i have also just finished hairdressing at collage i done my level 2 and 3 but have no salon experience how can i make our dreams happen i dont really know where to to start with it all. we r both young im 22 my partner 29 and son 4. any answers would really be helpfull xx

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lucie July 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

i live in the uk

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BobinOz July 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Hi lucie

Yes, it is a minefield looking at the visas and at the beginning of this month, (July 2012) the rules all changed again. Looking at your work experiences and qualifications, I think you might find it difficult, but I am not qualified to help you and I may also be wrong about your chances.

The only way to find out is to play around with the visa wizard, see more details about that on my page about Visas or, if you want professional assistance, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck

Bob

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Anthea July 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Hi Bob,
I’m a single mum of 2 and fully qualified hairdresser and really want to move to austrailia, was wondering how much you need moneywise to make the move, looking at adelaide, and gold coast. also what type of visa will i need because they are really confusing but need one for me and children. the plan is when we get there for me and a friend to run our own business do you have any advice on how to achieve this? thanks, Anthea x

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Anthea July 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm

sorry forgot to add we currently live in uk. x

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BobinOz July 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Hi Anthea

Same answer for you as it is for lucie above, so please check out what I have advised for her. As well as that, you can see how much it cost me to move here on my page about moving to Australia.

As for starting up a new business, I’d work out how you qualify for a visa to get here first before looking at that, although you may wish to look into how to get a business visa.

And if this answer doesn’t seem quite complete, it’s because it’s very complicated indeed and not something that can be dealt with without finding out reams of information about you. That’s why many people decide to use a professional MARA registered migration agent.

Good luck!

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Joyce Stephenson July 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Hi Bob my husband and i have applied for a retierment visa in june 2011 we are still waiting for our medical do you no how long it will take from start to finish.Thankyou Joyce xx

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dunia August 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

hello bob
my name is dunia and i live in Ethiopia. i like your site and everything u wrote you make me exited about Australia. my question is is it possible to fine a sponsorship there? i have a bachelor degree in management and i am working as a vise manager at an international hotel. but i really want to move to Australia. but to try it alone it is so expensive to me. can i get a sponsorship who can pay my visa and pay them by working with them. but additionally i love to work in photo-shot as a model. and again thank you a lot
dunia

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BobinOz August 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I’m afraid to say it’s very difficult to get a job sponsorship here unless you have good experience and qualifications in a skill that is in high demand.

Even if you have, it’s even harder to find somebody who will pay all of the expenses to get your visa for that sponsorship. So you will find it very difficult, but if you want to look into it further, check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

Good luck!

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adeel khilji August 24, 2012 at 12:54 am

Hi Bob,
I m adeel and ve question if I get tourist visa, then can I apply for residence or what are the best ways to get PR or if I invest somewhere in Australia then any possibility?
Best regards,
Adeel.

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BobinOz August 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Hi adeel

Well, it’s just not as simple as that I’m afraid, way more complicated. Start with my page about Visas.

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LMlady August 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Hi Bob, I’m being sponsored on a 457 visa by my employer. In terms of relocation, I am offered AU$19,000, which is detailed as follows:

Some elements of relocation assistance must be taken up (your work visa, health insurance, and mobility support). These are not itemised in the contract but are valued in excess of AU$10,000. Of the remaining AU$9,000 additional support, you are free to choose the relocation support options which best suit your needs, such as flights, shipping, and temporary accommodation.

Bob, does this sound generous? I am a single person who currently lives in a one-bedroom apartment in the US, no dependents or pets.

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BobinOz August 30, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Sounds pretty generous to me, most people have to foot their own expenses. Happy days I say!

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LMlady August 31, 2012 at 7:30 am

Bob or others visiting this site, based on your experiences, I’m having to work within the AU $9,000 for shipping my belongings and getting myself to Australia. Does this sound doable? I’ve been doing a lot of searching and can’t find recent information to provide context of what the shipping costs. Obviously it depends on the amount of belongings I bring, but has anyone moved recently from the US and can offer their experiences? Thanks.

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BobinOz August 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Sounds doable to me, but I’ve never moved from the US. Can anyone help LMlady with this?

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dominic September 2, 2012 at 3:03 am

Hi Bob,
My plan was to visit on a years long work and holiday visa and if fell in love with the place try to emigrate as am a qualified wall and floor tiler. They have taken this trade off the list this year. Is it likely to come back on in the next few years or is my only chance to try and get sponsored when over on my work and holiday visa??
Kind regards,
Dom

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BobinOz September 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Trying to get a sponsorship whilst you’re over here is probably your best chance, I have no idea whether your trade will reappear back on the list or not. Only the government knows that one. Good luck!

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shazzy September 7, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Hi bob me and my partner are think and looking into moving to OZ with 2 teenagers for a better life and to be around friend. We have no savings or anything is it still poss if we wanted to go to live there with no money but if we had a job lined up for us. If not how much will we need to get set up.
kind regards sharon

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BobinOz September 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Moving to Australia is an expensive process, so you will need money. Visas cost money, flights costs money, moving your furniture costs money, it all adds up to a tidy sum.

It isn’t just money you’ll need though, you will also need to qualify and for that you’ll need enough points. Maybe you should check out my page about Visas first and then take it from there. Good luck!

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Joel Rebello September 8, 2012 at 1:38 am

I am a newspaper journalist based in Mumbai, India. Journalists are on the employment list of Australia. Does that make it easier to find a sponsorship? Also, the OZ migraton website says degrees have to assessed by a ‘assessing authority’ in Australia. Where will I find information on what is the assessing authority for journalists? Also, is it necessary to take a IELTS test before applying?

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BobinOz September 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

These are questions you really need to be asking a MARA migration agent, I’m not really qualified to answer this sort of thing. If you are interested, I can recommend my agent, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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Danny September 16, 2012 at 5:29 am

Hi bob, fantastic website and I have scoured it with enjoyment. My situation in a nut shell:
37 – married two kids ( 3 & 5 ) very close to my parents (see kids weekly and have done since birth). I want to leave the UK as I am a nurse and the NHS is going down the pan along with frontline jobs….plus as I/we may need care in the long term future I worry as to how it will be – its pretty bad now. so…………how on earth do I leave my parents(56 & 66yrs old ) and if I do is it in your /site’s experience easier or harder than I imagine. To be honest it is the onlyn thing at the moment stopping me from moving….also – wife is from EU – would she be covered on my visa?

looking forward to some opinions and experiences and advice!

Big thanks, Danny

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BobinOz September 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Yes, I believe your wife would be covered by your visa, but I’m afraid I can’t help you with leaving your parents behind. Of those who return back to where they came from after moving to Australia, I would think missing family and friends is very high up the list of reasons why they couldn’t stay in Australia.

Everybody handles it differently, there are no secret tips on how to cope. Sorry.

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luciana ortega-garcia September 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

Hi ! My name is Luciana Ortega-Garcia
I am an american citizen .
I wanted to relocate in Australia. I was wondering if I have any possibilities of being accepted to live and work there.
I ‘m about to graduate at the University of Kansas, here in the US.
next May. Should I apply for the skilled visa or do you have a better idea?
My degree is in Strategic Communication,which is basically Marketing and Advertising.
let me know .
thanks for your help
luciana ortega-garcia

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BobinOz September 20, 2012 at 12:53 am

Well, here’s the thing, I can’t tell you for sure which is the best way for you to go. You would need to supply more information, and be properly assessed by a skilled and registered MARA migration agent. If you’re interested, I recommend my resident expert, but he will charge you a fee.

Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

My suspicion though is that graduating won’t be enough, I think you will need work experience, maybe three or four years before you’ll be able to successfully apply.

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Mark Bratley September 20, 2012 at 2:56 am

Hi Bob,

My name is Mark (18) and im almost about to finish my engineering apprenticeship in electrical engineering after which i would have an NVQ Lvl 3 and HND in the subject as well as many more electrical trade qualifications. I have been wanting to move to Australia for many reasons, after a few years experience with my present company.

What i was wondering is how far in advance of the date you want to fly would you start looking at companies to work for and also getting everything sorted like the medicals, visas and stuff?

Thank you

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BobinOz September 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Hello Mark, and thanks for your question. I think more important than thinking how far in advance you need to plan, is to find out how likely you would be able to find a sponsorship and if you have the right qualifications to be attractive to prospective Australian employer.

NVQs, as I understand it, aren’t highly regarded here, not sure about HNDs. What they do like here though are degrees, and four years solid work experience doesn’t do you any harm either.

It’s not easy getting a sponsorship, but the more qualifications and experience you have, and the more desirable your skill is, the better your chance. So I’d be looking into that if I were you.

Good luck!

Bob

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PeachArchers September 21, 2012 at 1:11 am

G’day Bob,
Just a quick note to say we really love your blogs, they have been an immense help to us and I must say you have the patience of a saint dealing with all the questions people throw at you. We are currently waiting on Vetassess and, guess what…we have absolutely no questions for you!!!!We just wanted to compliment you on your website, funny and informative at the same time(especially the rules for making friends!!)Glad you love Oz and can’t wait to get down there!!!

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BobinOz September 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Thank you PeachArchers, glad you are enjoying my website. I’ll tell Mrs BobinOz you think I have the patience of a saint, she’ll like that :-) When she’s finished laughing that is.

I really appreciate your comments too, thank you for those and I do hope your assessment goes well, and I hope to see you here in Australia soon.

Cheers

Bob

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Karen Austwick September 21, 2012 at 1:59 am

Hi, just a quick one- Im thinking that the 12 month vis will be perfect for us so we can try and find work when we get there and then come home if we dont settle or stay if we do…but Im almost 30 now so do I need to do this before I turn 31?

Let me know!

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BobinOz September 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Yes, you definitely need to do it before you get to 31. 30 is okay, 31 isn’t. The day you become 31, it’s too late. Don’t miss out and I hope you enjoy your visit.

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Karen Austwick September 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Bob,
As long as I am out there before im 31 then Im ok!, this gives me 16 months to get organised and go!
Thanks for that

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BobinOz September 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

That’s right, although I wouldn’t leave it to the last minute.

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Matty September 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Stay in England.

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BobinOz October 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Travel is obviously not your thing then Matty.

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Michelle Watson October 11, 2012 at 5:30 am

Hi, just wondering if you could point me in the right direction my husband, son and I are wishing to move to Australia, my husband has been in the army as a chef for 24 years and recently retired he now works as a chef manager on an oil rig, he has managerial qualifications also BBQ assessor etc, I work as a care coordinator/ supervisor for a care agency I have been in the care field for 20 years, my son is 14 but has type 1 diabetes this is well controlled as he does a lot of fitness etc, I was just wondering what would be the best route to take with visas/ sponsorship etc
Many thanks Michelle

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BobinOz October 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I’m not qualified to answer that, but you may be interested in my Visa Assessment Service, that will give you all the answers you need. Good luck!

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kcs.fernando October 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

hi,i live in iran.now in here very bad situation of all place in iran.dollar getting very high price also the price of everything getting everyday increase ,so i like to move to australia.i am sri lankn,my wife is an iraniyan.i have a doughtier 3years old,i got married now around 6 years.but i don’t have eny visa,they don’t give visa for people who married out of their country.also my doughtier have sri lankn passport.

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Laura De Jaegher October 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

Hey bob, I will be 19 by the time im hoping to be in australia. I’m going to apply for the working/holiday visa good for one year I believe. I was planning on applying in the new year and going over there end of summer 2013-beginning of september. My biggest concern is that in high school I was charged with assault because of a stupid high school ‘cat’ fight, to put it into perspective of how miniscule it was. I’ve looked over the requirements for being granted that work visa and I’m just wondering if even though i’ve had that criminal offence and the charge is gone off of my public record, will it be slim chances of me getting the visa? or are they lenient with offences like that that were solved by community service? There was no jail time or anything like that. It was quickly resolved through alternative measures. Thanks for your help

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BobinOz October 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm

My understanding is you will be fine, I do not believe this minor offence will affect your application and I hope you have a fantastic time here on your WHV.

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Sarah October 14, 2012 at 12:07 am

Hi Bob, I’m 18 and want to be a vet in Australia. Can I go to school in Australia and be a permanent resident as well?

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BobinOz October 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Hi Sarah

Anything is possible, but you’ll almost certainly have to pay for your education and qualify to go to vet training school, competition is fierce and education standards will be high. If you want to find out more about whether you might qualify for a visa, check out my page about Visas. Good luck!

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Haniye October 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

Hi Bob
Why you didn’t answer me ? And always clear my questions , why ?
Please Answer me .
Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeers

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BobinOz October 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Haniye

I did answer the first question you sent me even though it was quite a silly question…..

Hi Bob
I’ m Iranian girl , and I haven’ t got enough money for buying home in Australia and I don’t know what am I to do for buying and living in there ? con you give me information ?
Thanks

Since then you have posted more basic questions all over my website and you haven’t responded to the initial question which I did answer.

Please stop posting these questions on my website. If you were to take the time to read some pages you will find all the information you need. I can’t help you any further.

Bob

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Giuseppe October 29, 2012 at 8:13 am

Hi Bob!
I am Giuseppe, an italian 35 years old man. Since I have a family these 3 last years I find life in italy very hard to go on. I would like to move to Australia. I have a long experience of work as painter, intern decorator and working with stucco.
I don’t know anyone who lives there and so I can’t have any sponsor for work.
Could you tell me if I have any chance to move in Australia?
Thank you
Giuseppe

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Giuseppe October 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

p.s. my english is poor. My wife wrote the message. She has the teacher degree, but she is Albanian so as I know there are other difficulties for her to apply for a job in Australia.

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BobinOz October 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Hi Giuseppe

From the small amount of information you have given I think you will find it very difficult to qualify for a move to Australia, but I really can’t tell you for sure. I do offer a Visa Assessment Service, that would tell you your chances, but it’s not a free service. To try to look into it for yourself, see my page about Visas.

Bob

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Giuseppe November 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

Hi Bob!
I would like to know, if it’s a MUST to have the sponsorship for moving in Australia?
Thank you

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BobinOz November 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

No, there are many other ways to move to Australia, too many to list, there are around 130 different types of visa to enter Australia.

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Giuseppe November 12, 2012 at 12:02 am

Hi BobinOz
I am now trying to find a job on mining. I have been accepted in on of these mining company but I don’t know how can I move to Australia for starting this job. Could I just book the ticket and go to Australia!?

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BobinOz November 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

No, you will need a working visa.

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sara November 15, 2012 at 1:11 am

Hi Bob,
We are planning to get a PR to Australia. Currently our medicals for PR is planned in 2 weeks from now.
We are currently undergoing fertility treatment to concieve a baby. I would like to know,
1. if we can mention that we are undergoing fertility treatments during our Medical Examinations
2. If undergoing fertility treatments in any way impact the outcome of the medical examination results and the visa.

Thanks for your help.

-Sara

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BobinOz November 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Hi Sara

I don’t think it will have any impact at all on your medical, I believe they are only looking for conditions that might be contagious or expensive to treat. So I can’t see any problems with it, but please do understand I am not an Australian authorised doctor or a MARA migration agent, so this is just my opinion.

Think of it this way, if it did cause a problem, that would be Australian immigration discriminating against people undergoing fertility treatment, and I really can’t see that happening.

Good luck with your application and your treatment.

Cheers

Bob

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Sara November 17, 2012 at 12:08 am

HI Bob,

Thanks a ton for your response.

-Sara

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Lucy December 6, 2012 at 8:17 am

Hey Bob I’m thinking about moving to Australia. I’m 26 and I’m Polish but I lived in UK for past 6 years and I currently work as a vet nurse. Is that truth that because I’m Polish it will be difficult for me? What kind of visa would be best and do you have any idea is it very hard to find job which includes working with animals? Any advice will be very helpful

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BobinOz December 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Hi Lucy

No, I don’t think it will be any different for you being Polish as it is for anybody else and yes, I would think there is work available for what you do, although I haven’t checked it out.

You could look at my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship to see what’s available in your line of work there and as for which visa is best, to get the proper answer you need to speak to a professional MARA registered migration agent.

I highly recommend my man, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Cheers

Bob

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Kev December 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Hopefully you can help. I’m 31 and my partner 32 we are thinking of coming to australia. I have done about 7years as a chef but this has not been continuous employment. Although never got my qualifications. I went to college to become a painter and decorater and got the qualifications but no work around for that. So decided to join the British army but broke my foot during training so got discharged. So all in all not a brilliant last few years. My partner works as a care assistant in a nursing home although again no qualifications but 4 years experience and still there now. My question would be is there any way in emigrating without the certificates but just on experience. Many thanks

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BobinOz December 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

It is possible Kev, but whether it’s possible for you and your partner I couldn’t tell you. People with skills but no qualifications can often have their skills independently assessed and if they pass the assessment, they then move to the next stage of applying for a visa.

If you want to see if either you or your partner have a chance of qualifying this way, you may be interested in looking at my Visa Assessment Service. My professional MARA registered migration agent can look at your full details and let you know if there is any kind of successful path you might follow that will lead to permanent residency here in Australia.

Good luck!

Bob

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Brooke December 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

Hello, I’m jut wondering if its possible to move to australia after I graduate highschool and continue my education in Australia and hopefully apply for permenent residency?

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BobinOz December 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Yes, I suspect it is possible, but a good deal depends on you and your circumstances. You would probably have to pay for that continued education when you get here as well. If you are serious about it and need help, my MARA agent would be able to show you the way, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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jasmine December 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Hi

your website is the best i really love it great and helpful
hi im 16 year old and i live in the united state, i have 3 brothers the older one is 28 and he have retail pharmacy degree and the other brother is 22 and he also have retail pharmacy degree and my mom is divorced and we don’t have anybody here , all my uncles, cousins and relatives are in Australia, so were looking forward to move to Australia in 2013 also were not american citizen were refuges and have green card , but we don’t know the rules there because we wanna live for permanently and stay there for our hole life so can you please what would be the best visa to get and what would be a comfortable amount of money to have in the bank for when we arrive and how can we go to Australia without going back to USA like we wanna live permanently residence because all my family there, can you please reply i’d really like to talk to you and get your advice and information thanks(:

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jasmine December 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm

im really sorry i forgot to mention that i have little brother he’s 12
your the best(: thanks

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BobinOz January 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Hi Jasmine, I have answered your comment elsewhere but basically, all I can suggest to you is that you talk over your situation with my professional resident MARA agent, if there is a way in for you he will find it. The service isn’t free, but the cost is absolutely minimal. Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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Amber December 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Hi
I am a qualified vet and I would love to come and work and live in Australia it has been a dream ever since I was a youngster! I was wondering what visa would be best for me and will my vetinary skills be a advantage?? Thanks
Amber x

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BobinOz January 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Hi Amber

That’s another one that can only be properly answered by my migration agent, check the link in my answer above to Jasmine. Good luck.

Bob

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Dave Jenkins January 4, 2013 at 12:18 am

Hi Bob,

Thank you for a very informative site. I am 33 years old and have a strong background in 2nd line PC support. Do sponsorship employers look out for this skill set at all or is it just the specific skill sets listed?

Kind Regards
Dave

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BobinOz January 4, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I don’t know Dave, sorry. I suspect if you search the employment agencies here in Australia and find there are lots of vacancies what you do, then maybe you do have a good chance. That’s only a guess. Good luck!

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Ashleigh Stone January 4, 2013 at 5:59 am

Hi Bob,

I’ve enjoyed spending the evening reading through your blogs, made me realise how hard it actually is to get over there!

I am a 20 year old student graduating in June with a degree in sports development, after looking at all the comments and replies, im thinking the best route is to get a 12 month working visa and then hopefully find a job sponsor within that time which will mean i am able to stay longer on a different visa am i correct? Its all awfully confusing, i just want to be over there in the sunshine and away from rainy old England haha!

Would appreciate the help a lot!

Thanks,

Ashleigh.

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BobinOz January 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Yes, it’s a good plan, not guaranteed to work, but on the other hand it could work. You would not be the first to find your way into Australia using this route. Apart from anything, the 12 month stay here will help you decide if Australia really is for you or not.

I say go for it!

Cheers

Bob

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elizabeth morrison January 10, 2013 at 9:15 pm

hi bob i have always wanted to live in austrailia i am 63 my husband is 60 both retired is it poss we can rent a place there without work .

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BobinOz January 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Yes, it is possible, but you would still need to apply for and be accepted for the relevant visa. As I understand it, there are retirement visas available, but I think you need to have children living here and quite a bit of money to qualify.

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Nicola pollitt January 12, 2013 at 12:58 am

Hi bob
We are considering a move to Australia (early days re where etc) I am 38 and my husband 46 in march this year. I am a Senior Manager within a large uk bank (21 years experience across all aspects of Retail Banking and call centre) my husband is self emp and has 28 years experience as a plasterer / wall and floor tiler. I have the opportunity to take redundancy which will give us approx £30k to take with us. Could you give me any tips/advice on if we are likely to get a visa (skilled)? Thanks

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BobinOz January 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Hi Nicola

No, I couldn’t, but with much more information about you my MARA agent could give you a very detailed response about your chances, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck

Bob

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Louise January 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Hi Bob
We’re hoping to move to Australia this yr we have not arranged visas but have the money to keep ourselves while we are there. My husband is a carpenter / joiner & is just about to qualify as a site manager, would this be possible to arrange visas and sponsorship for him while we are living there ? He has just turned 40 & if we do the process over here it’s gonna take 12-18 months, any info would be fantastic thanks :).

Louise & Craig

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BobinOz January 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Hi Louise

As far as I am aware, no, there isn’t a way to do this. If you were aged 18 to 30, you could come over on a working holiday visa for 12 months and during that time try to arrange something more permanent whilst at the same time being allowed to work.

I can’t think of any visa you can apply for that will allow you to work while you are here, all you can really get quickly is a tourist visa which would not allow you to work.

All I can suggest is that you check out my Visa Assessment Service, my MARA agent is very good and if there is a quick way for you to move to Australia, he will find it. Even if there isn’t, he will show you the best path for you to take and you still do have time on your side. Things only get really tricky when you are approaching 50.

Good luck

Bob

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Yaz January 16, 2013 at 12:13 am

Hi, I am a 21 year old university student, studying fashion styling. I am also a qualified hairdresser and I have been working in retail for the last 6 years.
Moving to OZ has always been my dream. But the thought of getting visa, moving there, settling down and finding a job seems like a challenge to me.
Do I need a lot of money for this? to move there and until I find a job? How easy/Hard is it to find an employment and what kind of visa would you recommend for me?

I would really appreciate any info..

Yaz

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BobinOz January 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Yes it is a challenge Yaz and yes it can be quite expensive, depending on your circumstances. I can’t recommend a visa to you, but my MARA agent can, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Do be aware though, that it’s possible you would not qualify for any kind of visa, that again depends on your circumstances.

If you were to read this complete series “How to move to Australia” then you will see how difficult it was for us and the kind of money it cost us. Nobody said moving to Australia was easy, but I will say that for us it has been every bit worth the challenge.

Good luck!

Bob

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Laura January 18, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Hi,I just after abit of advice! I have been wanting to move out to the Gold Coast Australia for a while now, I’m 24 and my partner is 21 and we have a 2 year old daughter, were not sure about what trades we would need and were to start and how much money we will need, we just want to give out daughter a better life in a beautiful place! What’s the best routes for us to go down to make a new life? Thank you! Kind regards Laura!

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BobinOz January 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Hi Laura

That’s not just a bit of advice you need, that’s virtually everything from top to bottom:-) It’s not something I can answer in a comment, but I suggest you look at the pages in this series called How to move to Australia, and also check out my page about Visas.

Australia is very difficult and expensive country to move to, if you read quite a few pages on this website you will definitely find out more about it, especially look at the links on my page Migration Advice.

Good luck!

Bob

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danielle January 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Hi there.

I am a student mental health nurse due to qualify in december although i dont receive my PIN until around feb time. I waa planning a trip 2 Oz and travel east coast and decide where i would eventually like to work as i have only ever been to Adelaide. I have family in several places who are australian citizens but would not like to ask for sponsorship. I was advised to gain one years post experience before seing if i could gain ether sponsorship or permanentemployment but is this essential once i have my NMC PIN?

all advice is appreciated

thanks, Danni :)

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BobinOz January 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

The question is, would somebody sponsor you if you have no work experience whatsoever? I can’t answer that, but I would think the more work experience you have the better your chances are of being sponsored.

Cheers

Bob

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farooq February 1, 2013 at 4:21 am

hi Bob

I am in a fix, i wanted to move to aus, i applied for 175 visa i got it , for myself and wife and now a daughter is born , i requested to case officer to add the baby to my application. He replied that seperate application will have to be submitted for child immi and that has a processing time of 14 months.
Now i cannot leave my wife and baby and my last entry date is only 3 months away. Isn’t the laws too cruel for the child , is there anyway of temporary visa for the baby

thanks

farooq

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BobinOz February 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I’m looking into this one, leave it with me and I’ll get back to you soon.

cheers

Bob

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MARA Miki February 16, 2013 at 10:14 am

Hi Farooq,

You can add a dependent child to an application before the decision is made. You’ll need to submit a separate application for the baby, but that doesn’t mean that you will need to leave the baby overseas. Apply for a visitor visa for the baby in the meantime so you can travel with the baby

Miki.

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Anna February 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Hello Bob & Miki !! I am a pre primary teacher from last ten years , and simply did my graduation in 1998 and don’t have any certificate of teacher training but have 10 years experience .Is it imp to get a one year teacher training certificate to qualify for a visa ?any help will be appreciated.

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BobinOz February 20, 2013 at 12:04 am

I’m really not sure about that one Anna, maybe you could see if you can have your skill assessed, but for Miki to be able to help you on this one, he’d need to know much more about you.

Maybe you should take a look at my Visa Assessment Service, that would tell you for sure whether you have a chance or not.

Good luck!

Bob

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Leanne February 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Hi bob,

My husband, myself and children are hoping to move to Australia.
Firstly I was wondering if there are plenty of jobs available in the manufacturing industry (car manufacturing or similar)?

Also were there any family members you were worried about telling you were moving to Australia? I’m very nervous about telling my mom, specially seens as we will need her help financially to be able to move anytime soon!

Any advice?

Many thanks

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BobinOz February 27, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Hi Leanne

I’m not sure about jobs in the manufacturing industry, but you can check to see what vacancies are around by using the links on my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

And no, I didn’t have any family members that I was worried about telling, but I have written a post about it, see http://wp.me/p1BtF8-2A4

Good luck, Bob

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Waleed Tayyab March 7, 2013 at 5:44 am

I am the most desperate in the world. I love Australia, it is no less than a dream to go. I want to live permanently in Australia. But the worst thing is that which is never helping I am in Pakistan and born in Pakistan. I don’t want to live here. I can do anything to get out of here but it is so difficult for Pakistanis to get rid of Pakistan. I am 19 years old and just studied so far and now I have already done fsc pre-engineering, 2nd year. I love Australia, but my first priority is to get out of here. I would love to go to any country of the world anywhere in the world but don’t want to stay here and I can do anything to get out of here. Please help. I have every sort of problem here as everyone in Pakistan has. I am not mentioning at the moment because it will go long and never end but I can explain problems if you say. Please help me!.

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BobinOz March 7, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I feel your pain Waleed, but there really is nothing I can do to help you. I do not hand out the visas for this or any other country. Good luck though, I hope you find a way.

Bob

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Waleed Tayyab March 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I understand you don’t give visas. I am here just for suggestions. What should I do, what can I do?. It will be great if you help. Anything as I mentioned I can do to get out. Just tell me what to do.

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BobinOz March 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Check out my Visa Assessment Service. Good luck!

Bob

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Dean Tobin March 8, 2013 at 6:01 am

Hi again Bob

I was just wondering how you are getting on over in Australia. As you probably already know Ireland and the UK weather are basically the same. Is Oz completely better than the UK ?

Thanks , Dean

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BobinOz March 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Dean, simple answer to your question, yes! 5 years now and I’m still loving my life in Australia, no thoughts of returning to the UK whatsoever.

Cheers

Bob

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Claire livingstone March 9, 2013 at 1:44 am

Hi bob

I was lucky enough to visit my brother in perth last year and I am sold on the place. He moved from the UK nov 11. I’ve looked into visas etc and it is a bit confusing with the new EOI form. Obviously we want to save as much money as possible so avoiding using an agent.
Do you happen to know if we go ahead and do the skills test then we can put the expression in?
By the way my husband is an air con/refrigeration engineer so we would be applying for the 189 independent skilled.

Thanks in advance

Claire

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BobinOz March 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Hi Claire

I’m afraid EOI is as confusing to me as it is to you. There is a huge discussion of it on my page about Expression of Interest, if you read all the comments I’m sure you will pick up the answer from there. Good luck!

Bob

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Ahmad March 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Hi Bob,

First its a great website which gives people like me hope of living the Australian dream..one day and I thank you for that.

I am actually in Mauritius, married with two boys (4yrs&5months), am a graphic designer/art director and my wife has a degree in communication/marketing and work as a marketing executive in the tobacco industry. we both have over 10 years of working experience and we are both 32.

we would relish the chance of getting in Australia but we are aware that it is not an easy task! we would be grateful if you could help us in finding the best way to get over there with our little family.

Thanking you again

Ahmad

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BobinOz March 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Thanks for the compliments Ahmad, the best way for you to find out how to proceed is to use my Visa Assessment Service. Good luck!

Bob

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Dushyant March 10, 2013 at 3:37 am

Hi,

I am 23 years old & i am telecom employee. i am working as MIS & sales support executive. Is there any probability for me to get chance to work in Australiya?. Kindly suggest me how can i get job in australia?

Rgds,
Dushyant

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BobinOz March 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm
GERARD March 10, 2013 at 5:07 am

Glad to have discovered this blog! A friend of mine encouraged me to research about migrating to Australia and I just found myself reading this blog.

Bob, I hope you can spare a couple of your precious minutes reading and responding to my queries. My situation is this: I’m a Flip (Filipino), 28 years old, single, a degree holder of Mechanical Engineering, with 6 solid years of experience in middle east. Honestly, I earn more than enough money there but I just hate the place and the blatant in-your-face racism there. I have a healthy lifestyle and have been into investing lately. I have purchased some small estate properties for my family back home, as I am breadwinner for the family. And my English is, well, as you can see, is passable at worst (I think).

So, what do you think are my chances? How is living in Australia as a single guy different than that of a family guy?

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BobinOz March 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I would imagine living in Australia as a single guy is pretty much the same as living anywhere else as a single guy. Cheaper and a bit quieter.

I couldn’t tell you what your chances are, just like anyone else you will need to have enough points. Check out my page about Visas.

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Jayne March 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hi Bob,

Love the site and info- just fab, keeping it real.

My questions are these:

Q1: it’s myself 32yrs,my daughter who will be 4yrs old in May and my mother who is 52. – would my daughter automatically go onto my visa if I got one? And mum would be separate?
Q2: due to mums age would her finding a job in OZ be her only way in??

Thanks so much in advance for your time :0)

Jayne.

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BobinOz March 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Hi Jayne

Q1 = yes, Q2 = yes again, as far as I am aware. It would be very difficult though I think, it’s not a good age to try and come here I’m afraid.

Good luck!

Bob

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Allison March 12, 2013 at 2:45 am

hi, my boyfriend and I have been discussing the idea of moving to Australia (maybe in the next 3 to 5 years), I am 23 and qualified accountant with 6 years work experience and my boyfriend is 28, he currently runs his own property maintenance company.

what would be the best way to apply to move together, I have looked at the skillet visa for myself based on my prfoession.

I was just looking for some general advise really.

thanks

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BobinOz March 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm

There is, I’m afraid, no simple answer to this question Allison. I suggest you start by looking at my page about Visas and if you want a more specific and accurate answer, consider going through the visa assessment service I mention on that page.

Good luck!

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manish March 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Hi Bob
I’m from India, I have completed my diploma in welding technology and had experience of 3 years in welding ,i want to get job in Oz as a welder but first i have to get certified to Australian standards,for that I’m looking for training courses in Oz and found course in Xlt institute,but those courses are short in duration ,so I want to ask you what are the chance of getting visa for such a short course ?
THANKS

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BobinOz March 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I couldn’t tell you what your chances are, but it sounds to me as though you need some kind of study visa. If you can afford to pay the cost of studying here, I don’t really see why you should have trouble getting a visa.

Good luck manish!

Bob

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ss March 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Hi Bob,
I am on TR right now and will give ILETS and also will do professional course of 1 year to incease points.
i really want to know is there any chance to get PR if i do these things?

Thanks in advance

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BobinOz March 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm

That really depends upon how many points you end up with as well as a few other things like a medical, police check, that sort of thing. There is no simple straight answer.

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PRATIK HARIDAS March 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Hi..
I m pratik from India. I m 22 and will complete my engineering in next may. I want to move to Australia for rest of my life. For that I was trying to get admission in Australian university but could not get it because of my percentage. I want to know which are the other ways to move to aus?? Now I don’t want to go for pg. Ideally want to do job for 5-6 years and then business.. what should I do??

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BobinOz March 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm

You need to be assessed, that will give you the answers you need. I suggest you take a look at my Visa Assessment Service, my MARA agent is very good and very thorough.

If you go through this process, what ever options are available to you (assuming there are options) will be explained in full along with the costs.

Good luck!

Bob

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Colleen March 22, 2013 at 8:16 am

Me and my husband have been looking to Australia for the last few years now and never seem to get anywhere. My question is, if my husband goes over on a working holiday visa and then gets a sponsorship in the space of that 12 months would me and the children be able to go over through his sponsorship?

Colleen

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BobinOz March 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Yes, you would. Your husband would be the main applicant in this situation and you, as his spouse, would automatically qualify. Your children will be able to come as well, assuming you all pass the medicals and good character tests.

Good luck, I hope it all works out.

Bob

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Rebecca Hadnett March 23, 2013 at 8:25 am

Hi bob,
I am an Australian citizen.born in Sydney to an Irish father and Australian mother. Moved here to ireland 18 years ago with my parents and sister.I am married now with two children aged 8 and 3. My husband was working up until 3 years ago but lost his job like many others in this recession and hasn’t been able to get work since. I am working in a hotel and I like it, but we are planning to move to Australia later on this year when my husbands visa comes back. My question is…. Do u (or anyone who would like to answer and help me out) know if there he will be able to get work there as an unskilled worker. He is a qualified butcher, has worked in sales and loves gardening and outdoor work. He didn’t finish school. That is the main thing that is standing in our way. He is worried that after selling all our stuff-cars, household items,kids stuff,basically everything except for the house as we are renting, he is worried that it won’t work out for us as he is afraid of not being able to get work and the price of living being so high in Australia. We are paying 79 euro a week rent here in ireland for our 4 bedroom house and will be paying 300 dollars upwards in oz. I am looking forward to the move-that we hope to be in October, but my husbands negative thoughts are ind of starting to worry me too. We have been saving since jan 2012 and I also have family back in oz that I am in contact with and old school friends. I just want a better future for our two beautiful kids and a better quality of life with sunshine and more activities etc for them and us of course. Hope to hear from you soon and even anyone that has positive advice for us. Tired of hearing bad things but I suppose that has to be said too to let us know.
Thanks bob,
Rebecca and James. :-)

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BobinOz March 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm

There are no guarantees that anyone can definitely get a job Rebecca, but my guess is that your husband will find it much easier to get a job here than he has found it in the past in Ireland. There is work about, hopefully someone who has been in the position you expect us find yourself in when you get here may be able to comment and help you more than I have.

Anybody?

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akash March 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Hi Bob
Is there any website like this which provide guidance for England visas?
THANKS

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BobinOz March 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

There is no other website like this one in the world :-)

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Milini Wasana March 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

hi. BOb, i like to move to Australia with my husband. i like to study in Australia and want to get PR in Australia. i ” be going to sit IELTS exam soon. i want to know that what type of band score i want to get.? what are the other qualifications that i need to complete. .plz help me to do that.

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BobinOz March 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

It’s probably best you start on my page about Visas.

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Jan March 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Hi Bob,

I’ve read through majority of your comments and have not come across a similar situation to mine, so sorry if you have already answered…

I’m 28, my partner is 34, we both want to move to Australia but we haven’t got trades or jobs listed on SOL.
My partner has worked as a printer for the last 10yrs (but not by trade) and I’ve been an office manager the last 5 while working part-time as a personal trainer / fitness instructor (qualified over 1yr ago)
I have an Uncle & Cousins in Perth & he has an Aunt in Sydney.

What would be the best route for us to take to try get in? If even possible.

Thanking you in advance, Jan

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BobinOz March 27, 2013 at 12:04 am

Hi Jan

If it is possible for you to find a way into this country, then you’ll need the expertise of a professional MARA agent to work out that way.

On the face of it, it appears it might be quite difficult for you both to qualify, but even if there isn’t a way in for you now, there may be things that you can do that would mean you could qualify in the near future. My MARA agent is very good at finding those ways, I suggest you consider my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck

Bob

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Hannah April 5, 2013 at 4:07 am

Hi Bob, first off i would like to say thank you very much for providing this resource. I was originally using pomsinoz but they are very aggressive and incredibly negative, so its nice to see a more balanced report and passive report.

Me and my wife will be moving in September 2014, her job will be a post doc or a lectureship, so we are hoping to get a sponsored visa from a university.

We are hoping to end up in NSW, but to begin with we really don’t mind where we go.

My main question is if you could think of anything you would do now that you didn’t do when moving over? A hindsight opinion is always a brilliant thing too have.

Again thank you for this resource and your continued support of it.

Regards

Tom

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BobinOz April 6, 2013 at 12:25 am

Hi Tom

That’s a question that got me thinking, and thinking, and thinking. And I really couldn’t come up with anything.

Then I thought a bit longer, and the best I could come up with was not bringing our pushbikes. Both me and Mrs Bobinoz had pushbikes, but to be honest, I hated riding my bike. So we didn’t throw them on to the container, I sold them for the measly sum of, I think, £30.

About three times since living here, that’s five years, I know have had the thought “should have brought the bikes”.

That’s it, can’t think of anything else.

Cheers

Bob

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Mark Bullough April 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Hi there bob.

We have recently decided to emigrate to oz. There is myself, my wife and our 2 year old daughter. I’m 30, my wife is 28. I’m a plasterer but not plying my trade at the moment as there are that many polish etc in my area under cutting people it’s not a well paid job any more, my wife is a hairdresser. I’m planning on coming over in November before I turn 31 in December and the wife is planning to work December as its her busiest time of the year, have Xmas with her mother then join me. I will be coming over with roughly £10000 to sort out a house, car, health care, work so when they arrive they will be no pressure on her. Any advice would be well received as I’m not sure where to start to be honest

Regards

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BobinOz April 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Hi Mark

I assume you have sorted out all of your visas and you are able to work when you get here?

Your question is a bit too broad for me to be able to answer in a comment, but pretty much everything you have spoken about I have written about on this website. Please use the Google search function in the right hand sidebar to find information about what you need to do, and if you’re still stuck, ask a question on a relevant post.

Hope it all goes well for you.

Cheers

Bob

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Mark Bullough April 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm

No we haven’t applied for visa’s. I wasn’t sure when to apply, should we apply now even though we are not planning to emigrate until the back end of the year?

Regards

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Leanne April 15, 2013 at 3:57 am

Hi,

Mark if you have not already applied for your visas then you don’t really stand much of a chance of emmigrating by the end of the year. More like end of next year. It can take 18 months (maybe more) for them to come back to you with a decision on whether you have been accepted for the country or not. Also I’m not 100% but I’m sure they have taken hairdressing off the list and if you are not qualified then they will likely not accept you. The application can take a long time to do as well as it’s not an application anymore, you have to express an interest online and then IF they invite you to fill out the application then you can but first you have to do a skills assessment. Hope this helps

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BobinOz April 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Mark, Leanne (thanks Leanne) is right, it took us two years from start to finish all in, and I think about 15 months from the day our application went in to the day we got an answer from DIAC.

So I’d apply soon as you can if I were you.

Cheers

Bob

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Mark Bullough April 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Hi thanks for your feed back

Which visa did you apply for? I’ve been talking to people who’s visa took matter of weeks to process. I’m just unsure on which visa will suit my situation best

Regards

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BobinOz April 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm

We came here on a Skilled Independent Visa, but it doesn’t much matter which visa you apply for, any visa that allows you to work here will take a fair while to sort out.

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Katelynn April 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

Hello Bob!

First and foremost, thanks for all of the in-depth advice you’ve provided here! Definitely bookmarked on my phone! My name is Kate and I’m a 21 year old pyschology/education degree seeking college student from Texas, USA. My boyfriend (26/Graphic Designer) and I were considering the move to Sydney and would love to get your advice. From reading the previous comments, I gather we would apply for visa separately and after looking at the SOL list, we may both be more successful with work/play visas but would that separate us? And do we get to chose the general category of work? I assume it’s like a year long internship in which you gain a permanent visa and could apply to stay with the organization or search for a new job. Any reccomendations? I appreciate your time and consideration in your response.

Many thanks,
Kate

P.S. I will definitely look into the MARA consultant as our idea becomes more solidified. :)

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BobinOz April 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Hi Kate

The work/play visa would be perfect for you to come over here and see what you think of Australia firsthand before making any further decisions. The visa lasts for 12 months and under certain circumstances can be extended for a further 12 months.

You will need to apply for these visas separately, but you won’t be separated, you can come here together at the same time. It will be down to you both to find your own work though, but there is nothing to say you can’t use the time to try and find more permanent work or a job sponsorship.

Good luck!

Bob

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Katelynn April 20, 2013 at 1:36 am

Thanks for the swift response! Woul you suggest acquiring the visa first and then finding a job online before flying over? Also I’m a college student as I mentioned previously. Could I be sponsored by a university in sydney by being accepted into the school? If so, what visa would that be and would I apply for the school or the visa first? Thanks for your time and effort.

Kate

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BobinOz April 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I don’t think it’s possible to be sponsored by a University, people who come here to study usually have to pay for their education. I’d get the visa first and then look for a job online, although it’s much easier to get a job when you arrive here and can speak to potential employers face-to-face.

This is all only my opinion though Kate, I’d do much more research if I were you, I’m not the best person to answer these kinds of questions.

Cheers

Bob

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Dan April 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Hi Bob,
Great Site! Im looking on taking a gap year end of September and just sent of for my working holiday visa! I was just wondering if you would know.. I’m aware that you need $5000 to enter Aus is it true you only need $3000 if you have a return flight booked?
either way does it all have to be cash or can some of it be on a credit card? e.g. $2000 cash $1000 on a credit card.

Dan.

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BobinOz April 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Hi Dan

Well, I don’t know the answer for sure, but I can tell you that my understanding of how it works is that you do need $5000 spare, but that can be partly on a credit card. You may be asked to prove that you have the available credit on that card though.

I’ve not really heard of $3000 if you have a return flight booked, maybe somebody else knows about that and can help you out here.

Good luck, and enjoy your year here!

Bob

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Helen April 30, 2013 at 7:47 am

Hi bob
great website
I was wondering when my partner of 4 1/2 years and I move to Oz ( he is being sponsored ) ill also need to work to give us the life we are used to ( having a 3 year old ) do I also need sponsoring or can I get work when Im out there because of him ?
so looking forward to moving back after so many years .
Helen

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BobinOz April 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Hi Helen

Thanks, glad you like my website. If you have been included in your partner’s application and you are coming here as you are in a de facto relationship, and assuming your husband is on a 457 visa, then yes, you can work here and you do not need sponsoring, you just need to find someone to give you a job.

Whether or not you will need to work to maintain the lifestyle you are used to, I really don’t know, I don’t know what lifestyle you are used to :-)

It also depends how much your partner will be earning, hope that helps.

Cheers

Bob

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Helen May 1, 2013 at 1:50 am

Thank you very much that is great news ;) have a great week …

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Dawson May 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Dear Bob,

I apologize I think I may have posted in a different section but I’ve heard nothing but great things about Australia and with the research I’ve done and seen, I am still looking for a con about Australia that I can’t even find ;) I am currently 16 years old living in the United States looking to relocate there in the nearby future. I was wondering if there is anything I could/should be doing now to strengthen my chance of getting there or good things to know and prepare for it besides daydreaming and then dreaming at night about it ;) thanks for all you do! I absolutely lie what your doing here with your site!!!

Sincerely,

Dawson

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BobinOz May 2, 2013 at 12:34 am

No worries, but I’ve already answered the other one

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Dawson May 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

Awesome thank you so much! I’ve been real pushing towards being a high school educator but anyways thank you soooooo much!!!!!!

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Daniel Mitchell May 9, 2013 at 12:54 am

Great Website! i’m 21 and don’t want to utter the dreaded sentence “if i could start again i would have…” i’m an estate agent in the UK at the moment however also have other sales experience, i intended to send an email to the real estate agents in Aus to see if i can get a 6/12 month “trail” to prove myself, and then see if can go full-time after.

My girlfriend is just finishing her accountancy degree and looking to come over too.. i am living at home at the moment so can jump on the next flight! just looking for any advice from you guys.

Dan

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BobinOz May 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

Hi Daniel

Only advice I can offer is do your research on what’s required to be an estate agent in Australia. I am almost certain you will need to go through a specific and recognised training programme before you can legally act as a real estate agent here in this country.

Good luck!

Bob

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Monique Rodrigues May 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

Hi Bob
My mother suggested that I visit this page, and I thought ‘Not another page filled with a bunch of Info I just don’t understand’, to my surprise your page has helped me understand the process of migrating to Australia, so congratulations on being one of the most informative and helping websites I have come across regarding migration.
As you may have guessed, I also come with a few questions.
I’m currently studying Dearly Childhood Development (Teaching) and once I have graduated I have dreams of migrating to Oz. I have a sister in Darwin who has a PR, (through her spouse), and I am wondering how hard it will be to get a Job sponsorship?
If that doesn’t go well, could my sister, being a direct relative, give me PR?
My mother would also like to migrate, but she will be 50 years old by the time we want to do so, is that ‘too old’ to find a job? That is her main concern and something which is holding her back.
My fiancé would also like to move with us but he works as a panel beater and will do his training in trade soon, would he be able to get a PR? Or being my spouse, if I get a job sponsorship?

I’m sorry for all the questions, but I am very concerned as to whether or not things will work out, living in South Africa we just are not happy anymore, and I have a close friend who also migrated from SA to Brisbane who now has a PR and this motivates me each day that it may be possible for us too..

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BobinOz May 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Hi Monique

Glad you have enjoyed reading my website, looks like your whole family want to come here now :-)

It’s impossible for me to answer these questions about your chances or the chances of anyone else in your family, but my MARA agent can give you very precise answers providing you provide a lot of information.

It is not a free service, but it’s not expensive either and offers great value. Visit my Visa Assessment Service for further details.

Hope that helps and good luck!

Bob

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LL May 16, 2013 at 6:43 am

Dear Bob,
Can’t thank you enough for this site. I am a 46 year old woman living as a permanent resident in Canada (I am a Spanish Citizen – Spain) with my fiance who lives in Australia. I am a mental health worker by trade, not sure if that information helps or not?

My fiance and I would like for me to move to Australia but we don’t know what is the best way to do this? We have been together for 2 years and can’t imagine enduring any unnecessary separation. We are not clear on how to approach and have been more confused after researching it all.

We are desperate to be together and would just like to know what to do to make this happen as soon as possible. It doesn’t look like I meet the criteria for a one year working VISA so not sure how to go about any of this but we just want to be together in Australia.

Looking forward to hearing from you
Cheers

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BobinOz May 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

You need to engage my MARA registered migration agent, he will show you the way, if there is one for you both. Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Cheers, Bob

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Suzie May 17, 2013 at 1:06 am

Hey bob, I’m going to visit my sister in Sydney on August and I was thinking of moving down there. What kind of visa should I apply for and do I apply for visa before I go there or when I go there? Help please!!!

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BobinOz May 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm

There are over 130 different kinds of visa Suzie, which one you apply for depends on your circumstances and what you are looking to do. I can’t answer your question without loads and loads of details, that’s why I set up my Visa Assessment Service.

Actually, I couldn’t even answer your question if I had loads and loads of details, that’s why I have a professional MARA registered migration agent who performs this service for me.

Hope that helps, Bob

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Ebun May 21, 2013 at 6:37 am

As a Sponsor of an Australian partner visa, can i use my uncles account statement as a proof of eligibility to support my husband as i live in west africa from 1998 till present and married a Nigerian last year and we are blessed with a son. I live together with my husband and child in a official house given to me by the private university i work for. I earn small salary which is not enough to prove that i can support my husband and my son for the partner visa. What is your opinion. Thanks for you are doing a great job here.

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BobinOz May 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I couldn’t tell you whether DIAC would accept that proof or not, I’m afraid that is entirely down to them. If you do use your uncles account, I’m pretty sure it will lead to many more questions being asked of you, good luck though!

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Yash May 22, 2013 at 1:26 am

Hi Bob,

I am an Irish passport holder, have been working as a head chef and kitchen manager from last 8 years and I have completed my MBA as well. I am married and have two kids and my spouse also completed MSc in information technology but she has only 10 months experience as a software engineer. But I am full time chef working more than 11 years in hospitality industry, will we be qualify for skilled permanent visa or I need to find sponsor to apply visa for my family, I saw lots of chef jobs are available in Western Australia and Victoria, how can we process for application, I find your side is very helpful but will you please suggest me how can we apply and is there any possibilities to find the employer sponsorship. Looking forward to hear from you sooner.

Kindest regards
Yagnya
Dublin.

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BobinOz May 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Hi Yash

I think you could go either way, you could possibly get a job sponsorship or just go for permanent residency straight off and come out here to look for a job. As you say, I believe there are lots of opportunities for skilled chefs with the right qualifications.

If you qualify, your spouse will qualify with you, so her experience isn’t critical. So, which way you go, the decision is yours. It’s swings and roundabouts, if you want a professional opinion, I would certainly consider using my MARA agent, he would be able to advise you more specifically once he knows everything about you. Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Cheers

Bob

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Srbislav May 22, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Respect,
My name is Srbislav Dragic, 35 years I have lived and worked in Leskovac, Serbia.
So I’d ask you if you could help me in the job in the mining.Y worked in surface mine as an assistant operator excavators in opencast coal mining and earth, excavators TAKRAF SRS-2000 and SRS trays TAKRAF 7’200.
Can you help with employment in the mining industry in Western Australia.
Sincerely
Srbislav Dragic

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BobinOz May 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

No I can’t, that’s not what I do here. Thanks, Bob

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Vicky May 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Hi there. I’m hoping you can help me or at least point me in the right direction! My sister moved to Austrailia with her husband recently. She is on the SOL and I’m fairly sure he only got in because he was married to her as he’s 46yrs old and without qualification. For one reason or another she may need to leave Austrailia and return home. Do you know if he would also have to leave if she does?
Thanks

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BobinOz May 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

No I don’t, it depends which kind of visa your sister and her husband are in Australia on and the terms and conditions of that visa.

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Mahyar May 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm

G’day Bob,

I was in down under but I did not see you, :-p

Hope everything goes well

You have got a nice blog, like me :-D

I add your link in mine

Take care

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BobinOz May 31, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Thanks Mahyar, I appreciate that. I did take a look at your website, but you won’t be surprised to hear that I didn’t understand it :-)

I really can’t understand how you didn’t see me though, I’m definitely here.

Cheers

Bob

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Mahyar June 2, 2013 at 1:40 am

http://australia-travelogues.persianblog.ir

So check this out

Ofcourse you are in downunder, enjoy your stay and cross fingers for me to come back to oz

Ozi ozi ozi, oy oy oy

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BobinOz June 4, 2013 at 12:08 am

Ah, yes, that’s a language I do understand :-)

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Alison wood June 3, 2013 at 6:41 am

Hi I wonder of you could advise us my husband and I have been thinking of moving to oz for many years but we had our own business but unfortunately it failed and we both had to go bankrupt my husband is a fully qualified chef but have we blown our chances by going bankrupt ?

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BobinOz June 4, 2013 at 12:33 am

I have been told that the only debt that can prevent you from getting a visa for Australia is one that is owed to the Commonwealth.

That, I’m afraid, is all I know. Having gone bankrupt clearly isn’t going to help your application, but whether it means you have blown your chances or not, I just couldn’t tell you.

Does anyone else know the answer to this?

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Keith June 3, 2013 at 9:55 am

Hi Bob,

I am a Singaporean holding a singapore passport holder, have been working as from a technician to assistant service manager from last 8 years and I have only a diploma. I am married and have a kid and my spouse have a Bachelor in Mass Communication. Will we be qualify for skilled permanent visa or I need to find sponsor to apply visa for my family, i am open any any where of australia as long as it is a decent job in Australia whether in Western Australia, Victoria, etc.
How can we process for application, will you please suggest me how can we apply and is there any possibilities to find the employer sponsorship. Looking forward to hear from you sooner.

With best regards

Keith Ho

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BobinOz June 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

I can’t do these things for you Keith, but if you do want assistance you might like to consider taking advantage of my Visa Assessment Service.

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Samantha June 10, 2013 at 2:11 am

I want to move to australia to set up my life, i have a level one degree in social care & child care. I am only 18 but would like to move there get a job and start a life over there? is there anyway i could do it?

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BobinOz June 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm

At some point Samantha, yes, I truly believe it would be possible for you. How though, well that’s another question and you may need to plan the next five or six years of your life very carefully in order to achieve a permanent move to Australia.

On the other hand, you could save up as much as you can and come over here on a WHV for a year, possibly two, just to see if Australia really is the country you want to spend your life in.

Cheers, Bob

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aine June 14, 2013 at 4:34 am

hi bob,

my name is aine from ireland, the south of ireland, i am a single mum with three boys aged 5 10 and 12, i am a qualified florist, i have a diploma in holistic massage therapy i have a degree in special needs ie sna special needs assistant, i also worked in the bank for 8 years in bank of ireland and allied irish bank and mbna bank an american credit card company for 3 years. I am also qualified as a travel assistant and have cotac level 1 and 2 in exams. I also worked in sales and marketing in the hospitality industry for 3 years and am a student pilot with 100 hours of flight training, do you think it is possible for me and my three kids to get permanent residency in australia, oh yeah sorry by the way i forgot to thell you my age im wait for it……………………44 years but a young lass please help me thanks a million bye aine

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BobinOz June 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Hi Aine

I think you really need to have a long look at my page All About Visas because whether you can move here or not is all about points which are linked to skills and your age. If you need professional help, you will find plenty of links to my visa assessment service which can answer all of your questions for you.

It’s not easy moving here, but it’s not impossible either. Good luck!

Bob

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aine June 14, 2013 at 4:40 am

hi bob its me again aine from irlenad,
forgot to ask you this question, is it possible to have a company sponsor you and have a job interview by phone and have a job offer got from ireland before you move with your family and have that company pay for you and your 3 kids to relocate to australia, if so how much money ie euro would you need to survive bye aine

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BobinOz June 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Yes, it is possible that a company will sponsor you and you can have your job interview by phone, but it would be very rare for that company to pay for everything for you. I couldn’t even begin to estimate how much money you would need if you had to pay for it all yourself, but moving here does not come cheap.

Bob

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Adam Heselton June 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Hi Bob, I am visiting Australia for 2 and a half months with my girlfriend for a holiday in november this year. I work for in the motor trade as a salesman for Audi I have been here for 5 and a half years. I was looking to apply for work at an Audi dealership in Australia but I’m not to sure how to go about it and I obviously couldn’t commit on a holiday visa but also I don’t think they would offer me a job over email etc without talking to my current employer who have been good enough to give me the 2 and a half months off what do you think the best way to go about things is?? Thanks Adam

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BobinOz June 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Hi Adam

Whoever you talk to, you can always ask them to not contact your current employer until and unless they are definitely prepared to offer you a job sponsorship and you have given them permission to make contact. Contacting your employer should be the last thing on their list to do.

I think you should spend some of your 2 1/2 months here talking to possible employers and getting interest, but obviously you would not be able to work on a holiday visa. But you can get some job interviews done and hopefully secure a sponsorship while you’re here, then take things from there. That’s what I think I would do.

Good luck!

Bob

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ebenezer June 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Good day, I am a nigerian attending my final year class in BsBA in philippines. Any advise about how i can move to australia for work and pls can u tell me more about the “straight residence permit” term you used in your previous reply to the irish question’s answer?

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BobinOz June 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm

That’s simple, if you get enough points (see my Points Calculator) then you can apply for a Permanent Residents visa which means that when you arrive here you do not have a job, but you do have permanent residency and the ability to work.

Obviously there is a risk here, if you can’t find work then you probably won’t be able to pay your way and you certainly won’t get any government assistance to survive as you are not a citizen of Australia.

For advice on how to move here on a sponsorship, see my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

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Russell broadfoot June 26, 2013 at 6:35 am

Hi bob.
I am a 27 year old male and I am looking for a few little bits of advice and maybe you could point me in the right direction. I am currently employed and work as a road worker for a council in Scotland. I have plenty of experience in laying asphalt. Seven years to be precise. Do you know if the experience I have in doing this is enough to help me to get to oz and seek full time employment. And if so what kind of visa should I b looking to acquire.
Also, do I as a potential immigrant to Australia need to have a certain amount of life savings to come over. thanks and any advice is welcome advice

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BobinOz June 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Russell

As much as I would love to be able to help you, I simply can’t answer the question about whether you qualify for any kind of working visa here in Australia or not. If you were to go through my Visa Assessment Service and provide your FULL details to my MARA agent, he would be able to tell you if you have any options or not.

It’s not a free service, but it will give you the answers you need in a written report. As for life savings, no, you don’t need to have much, but moving to Australia in itself is not cheap

Good luck!

Bob

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Mary Reeves June 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Hi bob

Dunno if you can help me. My bro n hes wife and 4 kids want to migrate to AUS and they gone pass the half wsy mark on doing everything hes got hes english test to do and they all got their medical. They got to pay for their visa’s but think thats it. Only think is they are giving up on there dream as there house valued less than they wanted and now losing all hope as money they need to start off over there they havent got as all visa and application prices been going up thoughout there proccess so that’s costed them more than when they started and planned AUS.. do you know if theres anywhere they can get help with tgis so is it a complete dream crasher for them? Many thanks if you can help

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BobinOz June 28, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Sorry, no, as far as I’m aware there is nobody who can help them with this. Moving to Australia is an expensive process, there are no subsidies to help out, sorry I have no good news for you.

Cheers

Bob

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Chelsea Grubb July 6, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Hiya Bob,

Im 20 and looking to move out to australia, im thinking a working holiday visa first to see if i like it. I have A levels in Photography and media but i dont know how this will help me get a job. I really want to work in photography but in the UK its pretty difficult to get into it. Just wondered how possible you reckon it would be for me to get into photography without a degree in the land down under. Iv searched a few job sites and there are photography studios that train you up however would they train me if i couldn’t stop longer then 6 months with them.

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BobinOz July 7, 2013 at 12:09 am

I very much doubt anyone would be prepared to train you while you are on a WHV, so I think that’s a non starter. As you say though, a WHV is a good way to see this country and to see if you really like it.

Cheers, Bob

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mojtaba July 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

hi Bob

i glad to found your web , my question is how can i move to australi for investment or study also as im 29 and have elemantry 2 and didnt finish my secondary school….
in this stage i really interested to study if possible please guide me how can i make my dream to ture?

thanks and regards
mojtaba

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BobinOz July 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm

That’s one to ask my MARA agent, see my Visa Assessment Service.

Bob

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siva July 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm

HI,bob How Are You Doing, This siva form india. I Have 5 years Experience in Graphic&Web designing , am Looking for job in austrila with direct company Spencer
So what i can do? if u don’t mind can u sent the details..

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BobinOz July 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I am not qualified to help you with your move to Australia, but my MARA agent is and if you want his help, you need to go through my Visa Assessment Service first. Good luck, Bob

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Mary July 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

Hey bob,
How’s it going!?
My boyfriend and i are in a long distance relationship and he lives in hawaii, he wants to move to Australia permanently to be with me, he is 21 years of age. He wants to know the process. But I’m not sure if it’s exactly like your process. If not, do you have any idea of how the process will work and how long it will take? Is there anything I need to know? What do I need to do for him to have a permanent stay in Australia and where do I start? Is there anything I need to do? Or anything he wants to do? We are both really confused and we’d appreciate the help!
I would love to hear from you asap.
Thanks you,
Mary.

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Mary July 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

Hey bob,
Just another question., is the process expensive? If so how much will we be looking at?
Thanks,
Mary!

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BobinOz July 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Hi Mary

Yes it is expensive but I can’t tell you how much it would cost for you, every visa is different and the costs to move here depend, obviously, on where you live and the cost of shipping and flights etc.

I can’t help you with your other questions, my MARA agent could though, please see my reply to the person above you.

Cheers

Bob

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Angela July 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Hey Bob,

Great site full of extremely useful information! My husband and I are being sponsored on a 457. We are currently going through our exciting and daunting application, though we do not mind it one bit! A question for you- When you filled out your character assessment, did you fill out one for you and your wife, or 2 separate ones?

Also, what is your opinion on the processing times for applications- does a registered MARA agent help the processing to go faster, or is it no matter either way?

Thanks again-Cheers

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BobinOz July 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Hi Angela

Glad you like my website. When we went through all the paperwork, we got two separate character assessment forms, I assume you are referring to the police checks? If so, I don’t think you can do them jointly, or are you talking about something else?

I think a MARA agent will get your application in fast, but I’m not sure they have any influence on the actual processing time once it is in. Good luck with your application, I hope it goes smoothly.

Bob

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Angela July 22, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Bob,

We are in the process of getting our FBI checks processed. Yes, I figured out that we had to do those separately. I am thinking that we will not get a MARA agent just yet, as we are fairly competent in getting all of our paperwork together, and submitting them via our caseworker.

Do you have a particular place on your site that describes enrolling your children in school? I have seen the Kindy page, and your daughter’s prep year, but I wasn’t sure if you were keen on ages and years in school. It is quite different from the USA. Thanks for any info- I appreciate you!

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BobinOz July 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I have quite a few articles on schools as well as my page called Which school? which will help you choose a school for your children.

Also look at the bottom of that page for the “More Useful Links…” as they go to many of my other articles about schools. Cheers, Bob

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Kelvin July 20, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Hi bob ,
Nice meeting you over here I like ur site,pls a final year student ,where am doing my national diploma in maritime safety,and I’m planning to leave nigeria after my studies and live and work in Australia in any shipping company pls I want to know d kind of visa I need to apply for and if there will be any job vacancy over there and what it will cost me plzz.

Tankz and God bless

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BobinOz July 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm

These aren’t straightforward questions Kelvin and do not have straightforward answers. I suggest you visit my page All About Visas.

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Karl Pearson July 31, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hi Bob,

After I finish at 6th form in two years, I was hoping to move out to Australia. I wont have a trade under my belt as such; however I pass most of the standard requirements and I have already completed a personal trainer, fitness instructor and nutrition courses. Is their any way I would be able to move out here for a year or so?

Regards, Karl.

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BobinOz July 31, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Yes, probably, you need to check out the WHV Karl, you can read more about it on my page…

http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/12363/working-holiday-visas-for-australia/

Good luck, Bob

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Lisa August 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi
I was wondering on the likelihood of my family of 8, 2 adults 6 children being able to move to Australia.
I am a level 3 qualified self employed hairdresser and beautician and my husband is a roofer. We have no relatives so employment would be why we were looking at.
Thanks..

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BobinOz August 2, 2013 at 12:24 am

It’s impossible to say Lisa, it’s all about points. Take a look at my Points Calculator page and see how many points either you or your husband might get, because if either of you get enough then the other one automatically qualifies along with your children, assuming they are all under 18 years of age.

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Tenzin August 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Hi Bob
My younger brother has recently completed his cook course from South Australia with 2 years study duration. His IELTS score is 6. I am an Australian permanent resident. I am aware that cook is not on SOL list but on CSOL. Can I sponsor him to get his PR? He has 30 points being 29 yrs old, 2 yrs study in SA (regional)= points, diploma=10. and if I am eligible to sponsor then I guess I can give him 10 points being his sister. Hope you could comment on this. I look forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks
Tenzin

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BobinOz August 3, 2013 at 12:26 am

This isn’t something I can advise you on Tenzin, I’m not qualified to do so. If you want professional help with this, check out my MARA agent’s Visa Assessment Service, he would be able to advise you exactly what your options for your brother might be.

Cheers, Bob

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Arun Verma August 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Hello Bob

I’m 26 Year old from India, With MBA( Business Management) Degree having 4 Year Experience, Now looking to move into Australia My One Friend and his whole Family having permanent Resident or Citizenship From Australian Govt..
Is this helpful for me to take help from them to Apply for Citizenship…

And, Please help to know the process….meanwhile I am sending my Documents to AIM for assessment.

waiting for your valuable suggestion with thanks in advanced

Thanks & Regards
Arun Verma
+91-9310-4545-94

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BobinOz August 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

The process is pretty straightforward; apply for a visa, if you get accepted, pay money, come to Australia. Well, it sounds straightforward when you put it at that, but of course it is very complicated.

I suggest you see how you get on with your assessment at AIM, and if you need professional help after that, maybe you should engage my MARA agent, links to the service he provides are all over this website. Good luck!

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Lauren Fish August 13, 2013 at 1:35 am

Hello there,

Wondering about bringing a parent who currently resides in a Nursing home. Is it possible to bring your Mum with you? There would be no funding required for her care from Government. it would be a Private Pay scenario? I can’t leave her behind but we are being transfered. Ugh. please help if you can. I am also looking further into it of course but if you can answer me that would be great. Thank you:)

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BobinOz August 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm

If you have enough funds I believe it may be possible, I seem to remember there is a “Contributory Parent” visa option, what I am unsure about though is how it works considering your mum is already in a nursing home.

I think this is something you will need to talk through with a MARA migration agent. If you want to use my guy and I do recommend him, you can engage him and get the answers you need via my Visa Assessment Service.

Thanks, Bob

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Martin August 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Hi Bob,

This site is great! I have just a couple of questions…firstly, me, my partner and 9 year old girl are starting to take the idea of Australia a lot more serious recently. I’m 30, an approved electrician in Scotland, and she is a shop assistant. I have heard that the British qualifications (SVQ3 in my case) for electricians isn’t recognised in Australia? Do you know if there is any truth in this? Also, we are not married, although we do plan to, do the authorities prefer married couples? Also, my partner has 2 sisters that emigrated 3-4 years ago now, would they be considered good people to counter sign the application?

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BobinOz August 14, 2013 at 12:27 am

Hi Martin

The only question I can answer with some confidence is that you and your partner do not need to be married, the Australian Government will treat you just the same as long as you can prove you are in a de facto relationship.

Plenty of electricians do come here from the UK, but I think there is a retraining process to go through, but I don’t yet know anything about that, so I can’t tell you any more. Your partners two sisters may help, but again I can’t be sure.

If you really are serious, maybe you should consider going through my Visa Assessment Service. My MARA agent is a great guy and very good at what he does, he will be able to tell you exactly what your options might be and how best to proceed, assuming you have options available.

Whatever you do, I hope it works out well for you and your family.

Cheers, Bob

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Martin August 14, 2013 at 12:58 am

thanks for the quick reply. We are still at the ‘idea’ stage, but hopefully start discussing our more permanent options very soon. Thanks.

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Debbie August 16, 2013 at 5:59 am

Hi Bob
Just wanting some help and info on moving to Australia please.I’m 33 my husband 38 we have 3 children aged 11, 7, 4 . I’m a qualified self employed hairdresser with 16 years experience. My husband has worked as a ground worker in the past but all his tickets what you need to get on sites is now out of date as he is now a self employed furniture delivery driver. We are looking at moving to perth in about 2 years but hopefully visit there next year. I just don’t know where to start first? I was hoping you could lead me in the right direction please. I have applied to uni to do a certificate in education qualification to teach hairdressing in college hoping this will help us get over to aus . We will probably have about 30,000 to go over with. We will be looking at renting while out there do you think we stand a chance? Your advice would be really appreciated. Thank you.

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BobinOz August 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Australia is a very difficult country to move to, it’s all about points. To find out how many points either you or your husband might have, visit my Points Calculator page. Remember, if either you or your husband qualifies, the other will qualify as a spouse.

If you need professional help, I think you will also see a link to my MARA agent who works with me on this website, he would be able to give you professional guidance, but there is a charge for that. It’s all explained if you click through on that link.

Good luck! Bob

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Aaron August 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Hello Bob,

I am a qualified audio engineer with dual citizenship as a French and Vanuatu citizen/ passport holder. My girlfriend of 2 years is anAustralian citizen and works as a nanny.

After dating long distance for the last 2 years I feel it’s tim to make the move to Australia as I am currently working and living in Vanuatu . What would be the next step to migrate with either passport ? We are both 29 and are considering settling down. Your help and insight would be greatly appreciated

Thank you and regards,

Aaron

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Peter August 19, 2013 at 7:24 am

Im 26 and studdy computer science. Im on my second year, and i got the opportunity to try an intership for 5-6month next year. I have read Alot about gold coast that its a city thats growing in population and economics ! Do you have any suggestion for me how to make it the best as possible.. Becouse i probebly want to stay afterwards for 1-2 years !

Kind regards, all help and tips is appreciated !
Peter

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BobinOz August 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Buy some togs and a surfboard :-)

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Becky August 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Hi Bob,

My boyfriend is training to be an engineer and once he is qualified he wants to move to Australia, i have a beauty degree and am now training in accountancy. We want to make the move together but someone said we have to be married? Is this true?

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BobinOz August 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

No Becky, that is not true. You can both move here independently, assuming you both qualify individually in your own right. Or if you have lived together for more than 12 months, you can both come here if just one of you qualifies as you will be deemed to be in a de facto relationship, ie, as if you were married.

Cheers, Bob

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Aaron August 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Hello Bob,

I am a qualified audio engineer with dual citizenship as a French and Vanuatu citizen/ passport holder. My girlfriend of 2 years is an Australian citizen and works as a nanny.

After dating long distance for the last 2 years I feel it’s time to make the move to Australia as I am currently working and living in Vanuatu . What would be the next step to migrate with either passport and visa ? We are both 29 and are considering settling down. Your help and insight would be greatly appreciated

Thank you and regards,

Aaron

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BobinOz August 22, 2013 at 1:01 am

I honestly don’t know Aaron, but you would need to be applying for some kind of partner visa I would think. If you really need a more professional answer, I suggest you go through my Visa Assessment Service, my MARA agent is excellent and he will be able to tell you the best way for you to proceed for sure.

Cheers, Bob

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dipjyoti sarma August 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Hi.
Myself Dip. I am from Assam, India. I am a graduate civil engineer with 9 years of experience in hydro power industry. i want to move to australia. right now, i am not been able to apply to job posted by any australian company as i don’t have any valid work permit.

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Adrian Stokes August 30, 2013 at 2:08 am

Hey Bob.

I lived in Sydney for nearly 7 years until April 2013. Unfortunately, my wife wanted to come back to the UK because we have a 3 year old and family is more important than a fantastic life in Oz. We both became citizens.

Any advice on changing my wife’s mind??

The UK is killing me.
Ade.

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BobinOz August 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Oh dear, I really feel for you Adrian, what a choker. My best advice to you is to let your wife know that the most important part of her entire family is you and her child (or children). In my view, there is not a better place in the world to bring up kids than Australia, she needs to come back here for your child’s sake.

The rest of her family can always come and visit you here in Australia, and then return back to the UK after their holiday in paradise, green with envy at your fantastic lifestyle.

That’s what I’d do. Good luck!

Bob

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Anthony August 30, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Hi Bob,
I have qualified to come into Australia, what do I do now? do I get people involved to do it all for me for a large fee ha or is it something I can do myself? I can’t get my head around what I need to do.

Kind regards

Ant

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BobinOz September 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I’m not sure what you mean Anthony when you say you have qualified. Do you mean you have enough points? If so, that’s not qualifying, qualifying only happens when the government issues you with a visa.

As for using an agent, some people do, some people don’t. If you can’t get your head around what you need to do, maybe it’s best that you do use an agent. I highly recommend my MARA registered agent, if you want to use him then please do go through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Saif Uddin September 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Dear Sir,
I can find to get option to pay for assessment form. Please let me advice how get easily?

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BobinOz September 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm

It’s on this page; Visa Assessment Service.

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Maria Ahmed September 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm

hi
i just wanted to ask about return to oz after a period of more than one year on me and my son pr visa as it wil be still valid til that time?
second thing is what if i dun know anyone here what i have to declare in the yellow card given in the plane.(sorry i forgot the name what that card is called)

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BobinOz September 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I think you will need to look at the specific terms and conditions attached to your visa in order to find out if it is still valid or not. As for what to put on the form, I would just put your temporary accommodation address, even if that is a hotel you have booked into on arrival. That’s not an official answer, that’s me guessing :-) You might be better off asking one of the hostesses on the aeroplane.

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murad September 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

hi bob
i am murad i want go to austrila for the work visa. can you help me.
i am 25 years old and i am great player of cricket. please give
me the process go austrlia in a work visa.

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BobinOz September 4, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Here is a good place to start… All About Visas.

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David Flak September 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Bob, great site by the way, thorough and easy to get your head around. My question is this, I have done the points checker along with my wife. I’m a military aircraft mechanic and she is Registered Nurse. We now that work wise we’ll find something, our concern is we have a little girl, (not yet 2) and one on the way. We have our head around raising children in Britian, what about Oz? Pus what would you say is a ball park figure of total move costs?

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BobinOz September 10, 2013 at 12:13 am

Hi David

My daughter was just 3 1/2 when we moved here, best thing we ever did for her. Australia is a great place to bring up children, instead of moping around indoors they are out and about, playing sports, swimming, bouncing on the trampoline, it’s just a much better way of life.

As for the ballpark costs, it really depends on your situation and the type of visa you have to pay for. Check out my post…

http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/897/moving-to-australia-part-three/

In it I detail how much it cost us back in 2007. Today it will be much more, flights are more expensive and so are the Australian government fees. But the list is still about the same, so it should help you work out your costs.

Cheers, Bob

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emmanuel godsent October 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

helo bob,iam an 18 yr old nigerian and i want spend my whole life in australia.but i dnt where start concerning visa pls how can i start.

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BobinOz October 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Start here… All About Visas.

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Sarah Quirk October 12, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Hiya Bob, just two very daft questions really. Do u have to be a permanent resident to apply for a mortgage and buy a house in Australia?? (We will have a 189visa) And secondly if u had ur time moving out there again, would u still ship the contents of ur house out or would u sell it and buy when u got over to Oz. We are just tying to decide whether the cost of shipping is worth it?? Thanx Bob. As always I look forward to reading ur reply x

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David Csermak October 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Hi Bob , im Hungarian but my dad was born in Australia.After i sort his papers out ,managed to get him an Australian Passport.My question would be how will my mum acquire citizenship of Australia?they married for 33 years.

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BobinOz October 15, 2013 at 12:15 am

Hi David

I’m not a MARA agent, so I don’t know the exact way to do it, but your mum will have to apply for some kind of married partner visa, being as they’ve been together 33 years I’m sure it won’t be too difficult to prove that the relationship is genuine :-)

If you need professional help, my MARA agent could sort this out, he’s Hungarian as well. Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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BobinOz October 15, 2013 at 12:05 am

Hi Sarah

Nothing daft about these questions, let me start with the easy one. I would definitely ship everything just as I did originally if I had my time again. Selling everything and then buying everything again when getting here would have been hugely expensive, and six years on we are still using all of our old imported stuff and we haven’t had to buy hardly anything, except a new bed.

Whether that would apply to you or not only you can decide, it really depends how much stuff you have.

As for your other question, I suppose what you’re really asking is can a temporary resident buy a house here in Australia? The answer is it is possible but only with the approval of FIRB, that’s the Foreign Investment Review Board. So if you want to buy a house on a temporary visa, you need to get in touch with them to seek approval.

Good luck, Bob

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abdallah October 16, 2013 at 12:40 am

hi bob ,

i love your website its very helpful keep it up =)….i still might need some help though ….am planning to immigrate to Australia and settle there probably for the rest of my life ….am electrical engineer majored in communication and i have 2 years experience only, do you have any idea how long do i need to find a job? … I’ve done some research and found out that electrical engineers gets about 50,000 a year at least but am not really sure if its after tax or not …am willing to work as pizza deliver as a start if that’s what it takes or if i couldn’t find a job fast …..am still saving money now but am not sure how much should i save , to know that i need your help please , like how much would rent cost ? and would water and electricity bills be included… I’ve heard there are some backpackers hotels that charges around 20$ per night i could live there till i get job also I’ve read that food would cost me around 100-150$ per week in normal restaurant …anyway as i mentioned before worst case scenario i would take any job so do you have any idea how much pizza delivery or waiter in a restaurant would get paid ?…and is it hard to find such a job?….also do you have coin laundry (laundrette or laundromat ) in Australia ?…i would really appreciate your help
P.S. am Palestinian i don’t know if that would make any different …hopefully not

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BobinOz October 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Wow, lots of questions here, I think you need to have a good read around my website and use the Google search function on the right hand side, you’ll find I’ve written about every single subject you have mentioned.

Except, do we have coin operated launderettes? But I can answer that one now; yes.

All I would add though is that you may need to look into what retraining you will need to do in order to qualify to work here in Australia as an electrical engineer.

Cheers, Bob

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Abdallah October 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Hi bob

Thanks for the reply ….actually I have the answers for most of my questions but I don’t really trust articles , they could be outdated sometimes , thanks for tip regarding the retraining , I’ll look into it…..thanks again for the help I really appreciate it .

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BobinOz October 17, 2013 at 12:09 am

Thanks Abdallah and good luck, hope it works out for you.

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Keith October 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Hi I’m looking at moving to oz I’m 27 I’m a time served bricklayer but I’m currently working on relaying and renewing gas mains and services I have qualifications for this I also have tickets to driver digger machines do u think I could get a visa to live and work there any info would be most helpful thanks

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BobinOz October 17, 2013 at 12:31 am

I don’t know Keith, it’s really not as simple as that. It’s all about points, check out my Points Calculator page to see how that works.

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Tanya Masters October 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Hey
I’m 32 and working for a bookies the last 13 year’s always stay ed here for my job but now would love to move to Australia but I’m afraid I’m past the age limit. I have no ties here and don’t owe any money to anything or anyone. I’m just back from a six week holiday over there and had amazing time bearing that in mind I know if I move there be totally different from being on holiday. ;)

Tanya

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BobinOz October 24, 2013 at 1:00 am

Hey Tanya, I used to work in the bookies myself years ago, 1976 to 1985 to be precise.

Anyway, it’s not too late for you, 32 is still young, the cut-off at the moment is 50 for general skilled migration. It’s all about points though, see my Points Calculator page for more information.

Cheers, Bob

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F October 29, 2013 at 2:01 am

Hi Bob,

My partner is australian and lives in sydney. After i graduate from university, i plan to move to australia. What are the paper works required and where do i start? I want to apply for a partner visa once i am out there… so in the meantime i will apply for the WHV.

its all a bit overwhelming. I dont really know where to start.

A confused F.

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BobinOz October 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Yes F, it is very confusing, unfortunately it even confuses me. That’s why I offer my Visa Assessment Service through my resident MARA migration agent, he does know how it works.

It may be worth you investing in his services to find the right option for you, if I were to try and help you I’d just be guessing the same as you.

Good luck, hope to see you in Australia soon. Bob

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Gill Gallagher October 30, 2013 at 8:51 am

My husband (33) and I (34) would like to move to Australia. I am in the progress in becoming a registered child minder and my husband is operations and facilities manager. We have friend in Australia. How easy will it be to immigrate to Australia. We have 2 small children and want to give them a better life style and upbringing to what the UK could ever offer.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Regards
Gill
gilliangallagher@yahoo.co.uk

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BobinOz October 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I offer lots of help around this website, but if you are specifically wondering if you might qualify to move to Australia somehow, that would need to be answered by a MARA agent. See my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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AIRA MONTALES October 31, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Hi Bob

When i first saw your site I was so happy becasue I knew you will be able to help me answeres my question about going to Australia..:) I before having recieved your answer do thank yo..:)

Im Aira from the Philippines, 23 years old. I really want to go and live in Australia but I dont have any idea how to get there. I also want to work there. I have four cousins and uncle there but only two of them were citizens. The two of them aged around 16 to 19 years old. Can they help me? How? Thank you so much and Im looking forward for your answer..THANK YOU AGAIN…..:)

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BobinOz November 1, 2013 at 12:11 am

Hi Aira

If only there were a simple answer to your question, I’d give it to you, but unfortunately there isn’t. All I can tell you is that you will need a visa to enter Australia, you can find out more on my page All About Visas.

Usually visas are offered to people with skills that are in shortage here in Australia, but there are other ways too. You really need to have a good look at all of those visa options and especially play around with the visa wizard that you’ll find instructions to on my page about Visas.

Hope that helps, Bob

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aira November 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Thanks Bob, it helped me..:) more power..;)

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BobinOz November 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Glad to hear it, good luck!

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mona November 4, 2013 at 1:30 am

Hi Bob,
I am 27 years old and a single mother. Is there any possible way for me to get permanent residence in Australia. I am from Pakistan. I have done MBA n scored 7 jn ielts. Plz help. I really want to move there. Waiting for ur reply. Thanks

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BobinOz November 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I can’t help personally, but my MARA agent would be able to tell you if you have any chance at all, you would need to provide him with all of your information via my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Kumar November 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

Dear Bob,

I am a chartered account and MBA from india having 6+ years solid experience in various branches of finance. i want to move to australia with my family. My wife is an Software Engineer.
Let me know the best option/method to move to australia.
– just compete the two subjects of CPA australia and become australian CPA
– come Australia with India CA degree and search for Job
– try for job from india and get employee sponsership for visa

i am really really confused. please help me.

Regards,
Kumar
+91 96866 02231

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BobinOz November 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm

This is not something I can advise you on Kumar, even if I were qualified to help you (I’m not) this would not be enough information to give you correct advice.

My MARA migration agent who works with me and is qualified to help can give you solid advice though if you go through my Visa Assessment Service.

Once he has all of your relevant information, he can correctly calculate your options and offer advice on what might be the best way to go for you.

Cheers, Bob

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Akinbo Tenny November 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hello Sir, im a Nigerian but presently schooling in North Cyprus, Turkey.It has been my dream to live in Australia…..I have an uncle in australia but hes not willing to help,,But what if he says he wants to send me an invitation letter, will i be able to get a visa here? Will i be able to extend my visa when i get to Australia? I wish i can go through a student visa but the tuition fess are so expensive that i cant afford them…Is there any other way you think i can go to australia? Please i want u to try all your best to help me out. I look forward to receiving your reply..

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BobinOz November 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Australia is not an easy country to get into, whether or not you can do it I simply cannot tell you. An invite from your uncle on its own will not get you in, what you will need though is a visa.

For more information, check out my page All About Visas.

Good luck, Bob

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therese Matondo November 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

My name is therese, I am British citizen originally from congo democratic I want to move to Australia. At the moment I live in England but in 2007 my only son was killed by gang, this left me with depression. But, last year I went to Australia as visitor and I felt relaxed, because it is far from England, that is why I want to move in Australia, also I want to work with young person with experience to stop crime or bad manner and to make young generation more devoted and less teenagers crisis. I fill in this country I am not safe now and I am traumatise when I meet teenagers on the street. But Australia I fill safe and want to help teenagers.

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BobinOz November 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

So sorry to hear about what happened to your son in England Therese but I do hope you find a way to move to Australia where, as you say, you felt safer.

It is not an easy country to get into, but I hope you find a way.

Good luck, Bob

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mike November 13, 2013 at 1:54 am

any suggestions for american 70 wanting information of getting married to an australian lady 66 , whats the chances of getting into australia on marriage visa ???

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BobinOz November 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I couldn’t tell you exactly what your chances might be, but there are visas that can be issued to those marrying an Australian citizen. If you want professional help, you will need to engage my MARA migration agent through my Visa Assessment Service.

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Liam November 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

Hi Bob.

Great site you have here.

Really asking you for your advice. I am 17 years old with 10 months recruitment experience under my belt. I turn 18 in May, so by then I’d have had around 1 year and 3 months experience as an apprenticeship. How would I go about in moving to Australia in the summer 2014? Also do you have an idea on my chances of securing a job over in Australia? I hear that recruitment in Australia is really starting to take off. What would you say would be the best visa to apply for? Basically I have always wanted to work abroad even since I was 12. IF it was possibly I would like to do a bit of travelling as well. Would you say it would be a wise move? I’d be coming over on my own.

Thank you Bob, I look forward to hearing from you.

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BobinOz November 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Thanks Liam :-)

I couldn’t tell you how easy or hard it might be for you to find work here, my guess is that you would probably need more work experience than you currently have, but I’m kind of guessing on that one.

I certainly couldn’t tell you which visa would be best for you to apply for, that is the job of a MARA agent.

What I would like to suggest though is that you check out my pages Working Holiday Visas and Backpacking in Australia as, in my view, the WHV is a great way for young people like yourself to try out Australia first before deciding whether it’s the kind of country you really want to move to permanently.

Good luck with your plans, I hope it all goes well.

Bob

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lizzy November 20, 2013 at 12:56 am

Hi Bob,
I’m interested in applying for an Australian student visa, and would like take along my spouse and my son with me should that happen.

What is your advice regarding dependents who are under 2years old? Given that there are no relatives, what inexpensive options do we have as to who can take care of a toddler while both parents are at work and in school?

Looking forward to you reply.

Best regards,
Lizzy

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BobinOz November 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Hi Lizzy, these are questions you’d be better off asking my expert, he would be happy to do a free assessment for you on this, check out my page called Student Visas.

Good luck, Bob

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Nicholas White November 26, 2013 at 6:43 am

Hey Bob,
Im 14 years old and i currently live in Tennessee,U.S and wanting to visit Adelaide,Australia. How old do i have to be to go there for a visit? How much will it cost to go there for 2 weeks and to come back ? How much is the hotels there?Looking forward to your reply. :) have a great day
Nicholas White

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BobinOz November 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I couldn’t give you any idea of those costs Nicholas, you would need to research that from Tennessee where you live. There is no age limit, but you will need your parent or guardian’s consent to travel and you will need somewhere safe to stay, you can’t stay in a hotel on your own at your age.

More planning needed, I think :-)

Cheers, Bob

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George November 29, 2013 at 9:03 pm

hi there bobbo,

im 18 years old, living in england and i dont really want to be living here the rest of my life, living a mundane life, working 9-5 monday to friday trying to climb a corporate ladder. i love the lifestyle in Australia, the way of life, the weather everything. and i know its where i want to move, have been thinking about this for a few years now and just getting started researching in to it now. any advice on what to do? im a bit confused by all the different visas and what not, but any information you can give me would be helpful.

thanks bob, george

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BobinOz December 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm

My advice would be to give Australia a ‘try’ first. See Working Holiday Visas and Backpacking in Australia.

The WHV is quite easy to get and it will allow you to come and stay in Australia for 12 months (extendable to 24 months under the right circumstances) and work while you are here. If you think Australia is still your dream after trying it out, then you can explore ways of trying to get here on a more permanent basis.

Good luck George, Bob

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Steven pasha December 5, 2013 at 3:22 am

Dear bob,I’m one of those Ping pong ping pong ping pong Brits (yes three times) as that’s how many times we have emigrated to oz,I find your blogs very amusing and very true (keeps me going on a cold essex winters day) we are emigrating again end jan, back to the sunny coast (actually rained there for three months on the bounce the last time we returned back to the uk)anyway we have decided to give it a bit more time this time,wish me luck ps keep up the good work I have recommended your site to everyone I know considering going to oz either emigrating or just a plain old holiday cheers mate

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BobinOz December 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Hi Steven

Speaking of those cold Essex winters days, I suspect you’re having one now; it’s 32° here and very sunny.

Anyway, enough teasing, glad to hear my blogs keep you amused, and great to hear you have decided to give it one more go. Yes, try and stick with it this time, it’s worth it in my view.

And of course, I do wish you luck, I really hope you make it this time. Remember, the memory of all the good things in the UK is just an illusion :-)

Cheers, Bob

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Faisal December 11, 2013 at 1:18 am

Does working as a freelancer in the relevant field for the skillset required eligible for points? thank you!

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BobinOz December 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Ultimately that is down to the assessing body or DIBP to decide, but I’m pretty sure you would have to have conclusive proof and evidence that you have performed work in the relevant field along with proof of payments received for that work. It has to be verifiable, that is my understanding from my MARA agent.

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Ammar December 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

hy … i am basically a Pakistani guy .. rit now i am in Malaysia .. i have hotel management diploma .. and to be very honest i am not happy in Malaysia … i want to move Australia for settle .. please guaid me what should i do .. i want basically a work visa in Australia .. rit now i am doing job in a resturant .and second option if it is possible to through a study visa then its fine but .. thing is i cannot afford expensive uni … i want collage like range of 4,000 or 5,000 $ and i have an experience about agents … i have no good immage about agents .. so i want through to officials u know …. ahh !! i hope you understant .. thank you …

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BobinOz December 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Yes, good luck with that, I can’t help you though.

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Alex December 16, 2013 at 5:10 am

Hi Bob,

My name is Alex. I am 26 years old, currently live in USA and have US passport. However, my Nationality Ukraine. I’ve been looking into getting Working Holiday Visa (462) that allows to work and live in Australia up to 12 months. My question, is there any other options exists for US citizen to apply for permanent residence?
Thanks for your help.
P.S. I have Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and over 5 years experience in business.

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BobinOz December 16, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I’m sure there are many options Alex, although I don’t know personally what they are. My MARA agent could tell you though through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Sathya December 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Hi Bob,
I really enjoy reading your blog, very useful and informative. Thanks a lot.
We are four in a family with permanent residence visas.Planning to move Sydney by end of March 2014.
I would like to know about school admissions.
I believe the age limit are on (or) before 31st july.
Since both of my children born after 31st july, will they able to go next level.
They are studing in CBSE curriculum where the academic ends at mid of march.
Pls provide me your valuable info.

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Kumar December 17, 2013 at 1:37 am

Hi sathya,

I am also planning to move ASAP. please let me know your interest to share your ideas with me. i am leaving my contact details. you can contact me casudheer@gmail.com

I am a chartered Accountant working in MNC in Bangalore

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BobinOz December 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

To answer your question about schools Sathya, I think you’ll find the cut-off date is 30th of June and, for example, my daughter is nine years old but her birthday is before the cut-off, in March. So she is currently in grade 4, but if she had been born in July, she’d be in grade 3.

Hope that helps you work out how it is for your children and you will also need to check that it’s the same in New South Wales as it is here for us in Queensland, although I think it is.

Cheers, Bob

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Sathya December 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Hi Bob,
Absolutely right. Today we got same answer from DEC NSW.
Thanks a lot.
Sathya

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BobinOz December 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm
haneem December 28, 2013 at 6:54 am

Hi Bob,
Compliments of the season to you. And your website is great, thank you for the service.

Just one question for now. I am wanting to emigrate to Australia, and I have checked out a few assessment websites. I’ve received calls from agencies that can assist with the process. Btw I live in South Africa.

My skills are on the SOL and I have 75 points according to the one agent.

Would you advise me to work directly with MARA agent like the guy you recommend or go through an agency. The agency called IXP is going to charge around AUS $4250 just for their services, that excludes the cost of the MARA agent and then Visas if we get accepted.

I know you mentioned that it is expensive.

But would still appreciate your thoughts.

Kind Regards,
Haneem

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BobinOz December 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I only recommend my agent Haneem, he is MARA registered and operates from here in Australia and strictly follows the code of conduct. I highly recommend him and I also think he will probably be cheaper.

Good luck whoever you use. Cheers, Bob

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pauric January 3, 2014 at 2:07 am

Hi Bob,
Great website unlike others, we have been toying with the idea of moving to oz for the past 4 years now, if it was up to me along we would be gone already but the wwife is harder to convince. The only problem is i am 33 years oldand a scaffolder by trade and the wife is a barber by trade but neitber of these jobs are on the list, we also have 4 dependant children. What would you say to my wife to make her see how amazinglife is in oz and what do you think is the best route for us to get permenent residence in oz.
Cheers bob
Pauric

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BobinOz January 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

If I were you, I’d try and work out if you could actually get here first before you do a selling job on your wife about how amazing life in Australia really is.

Imagine convincing her first, getting her all excited about it, and then not being able to come. I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes if that happens :-)

To find out the best route for you to get PR in Oz, or even if you have any route at all, go through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Ruby January 4, 2014 at 7:13 am

Hi Bob,
Firstly, would like to compliment you on such an informative website.

I am considering the idea of a move to Australia but have no idea of where to start from. I am a 40 year old single woman ( not sure if I’m too old for approval of a visa), an experience social worker by profession and a mother of an 18 year old. Can you please advise how easy it is to rent accommodation and find a job down under? I prseume social workers come nder a skilled profession? Also, Would my daughter, a student have to apply independently given her age? Can you also advise roughly how long the whole process of visa and clearance takes? Thank you in advance for your help and guidance. Keep up the good work.

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BobinOz January 6, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Hi Ruby

The skills list changes all the time, I’m not sure social workers are on it. See Getting a Job or a Sponsorship. As for your daughter, if you can prove she is fully dependent upon you, then yes she can be included in your application. As a student, I suspect that does make her dependent upon you.

Australia is not an easy country to get into, the process of getting a visa is long and complicated. If you need assistance to find out whether you have any chance at all, you may want to go through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Sam January 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Hi there me and my husband are looking into moving to Australia we are 28/29 with an 8month old baby girl .. Are plan to move to Australia is a for a fresh start and for a better way of living . My self I work at my local NHS hospital as a clerical officer which I have done for nearly 9years I studied office admin at college once I left school , my husband works in the building trade he has no qualifications but has done the trade for many years … We are both hard working and think Australia is our next step in life and for our daughters …

Looking at all the websites and searching the net I haven’t really a clue were to start , which visa we would need etc , I’m not sure if you can help with this I would like to also take majority of our home with us to make it feel like home… It all looks so complicated :(… Any help, adviser or websites you could help with would be really appreciated like looking for homes to rent or buy, cars and all the paperwork we need ..we would like to move to the west side near Perth

Thanking you in advance sam

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BobinOz January 7, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Hi Sam

First thing you need to find out before you start looking at cars and houses, is would you qualify for an Australian visa? I can’t help you with that, but my MARA agent can and I think your first step should be to go through my Visa Assessment Service.

That will tell you what options you have, assuming you have any, and how to proceed.

Good luck, Bob

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andy January 25, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Hi Bob,
My name is Andy and i really want to get to Australia. I have already done the year long working holiday visa in 2010 but unfortunately couldn’t find a company to sponsor me.
Im a solid plasterer by trade and im fully qualified with 4 years plus experience. Iv tryed using a online company before to get to Australia and they charged me 2500 pounds and basically did nothing to get me over there. im so desperate to get out of England its un true but im stuck and dont really know where to turn now, think you could offer some advice? cheers Andy

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BobinOz January 28, 2014 at 4:04 pm

My agent will give you an honest assessment of your chances if you go through my Visa Assessment Service. Good luck, Bob

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Satinder Singh February 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Hi Bob!!

I have lodged visa 190 application which includes my spouse as well. It’s been a month and case officer has not been assigned yet. We have been waiting for department to ask for medical tests.
My concern is that My wife was diagnosed tuberculosis around 7 months back. She has already completed suggested six month treatment for TB and has been certified recovered by consulting doctor based on the test reports. However, doctor is still continuing the treatment for additional 3 months.
Can this situation affect our visa approval?

Thanks and Regards,
Satinder Singh

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BobinOz February 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Well yes, I think it’s certainly can. I think you will find that tuberculosis is one of the medical conditions that can cause concern and it may well affect your application.

Obviously I don’t know for sure whether it will or it won’t, that would be for the Australian authorities to decide after studying your medical test results. All you can do is wait to be asked to take the medical and then see how you get on from there.

It can sometimes take a while before you are allocated a case officer, so just continue the treatment with your consulting doctor until that happens, not sure what else you can do at this stage.

Good luck, Bob

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Jason Sunassee February 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Hi Bob
Me my Wife and 2 Children have been talking about moving to Oz for quite some time now. It’s been an on off thing, we have recently lost our son and are lookjng to start a fresh in Oz. I have an Uncle and 3 cousin’s who are Australian Citizens and have been asking us to come over for about 3 years now. Is it possible for family members to sponsor us and what type of visas will i need for me and my family? I have been in the Motor Trade as a Parts Advisor for 17 yrs and my Wife was in the Travel Industry for 5 yrs. She stopped working to be a full time mum.
With everything that we have been through at the beginning of this year we want to move to Oz now more then ever for us to be able to move forward and start a New Chapter in our lives, any help will be appreciated and the you for this site God Bless. Thank you in advance Jason

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BobinOz February 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Really sorry to hear about your loss, I can understand you wanting to make a new start. Australia would be the ideal place, in my view, especially as you have some relatives already here.

I’m afraid I can’t help you with regard to your options, I’m simply not qualified to do that. My MARA agent is though and that is why we we offer the Visa Assessment Service.

It is not a free service, but it is very thorough and it will give you any or all of your options, assuming you have any. If you don’t have options, my agent will try and suggest things that you can do to increase your chances. Having relatives to sponsor you will help a bit, but it is only part of the equation.

Good luck, I wish you well.

Bob

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Brooke February 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Hi Bob!

Please help need some advice! My partner, myself and our 2 year old son moved to Melbourne Australia last year in July (2013). My partner is a Mechanical Design Engineer and I work in Retail. Since we moved over my partner has been working from home with his previous company, but his contract is soon to expire in under 8 weeks!!
I have landed a couple of jobs since being here, but nothing enough to tie us over and keep us here. My partner has not had any luck finding work!! It looks as though we will need to pack up soon…but we will have no income and nowhere to go! We don’t want to live on the streets…is there any help for accommodation that we can receive while in Australia with no income? We really don’t want to go back to NZ… please any advice or help would be so appreciated….we are doing everything we can!! Signed up with recruitment agencies and applying for everything….

Kind Regards
Brooke

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BobinOz February 12, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Hi Brooke

Really sorry to hear about your plight but this is not something I can help you with. Hope you find something soon to get yourself out of trouble.

Good luck, Bob

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WA February 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Hi Brook,

I know company looking for mechanical design engineer, but in Dubai!!
If you are interested, let me know please.

WA.

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abdulrahman March 7, 2014 at 12:02 am

hi kev i want to move to austriala from nigeria what is the best and quickest step do i take?

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BobinOz March 8, 2014 at 12:03 am

Who’s kev?

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abdulrahman March 8, 2014 at 3:01 am

hi Bob, i want to move to austriala from nigeria what is the best and quickest step do i take? i am a computer technician and i am presently work as IT director and human resource manager assistant. hope to hear from you soon.
best regards,
Abdulrahman

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BobinOz March 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm

There is no best or quickest way that suits all, each case is individual and everybody’s circumstances are different. If you want to know the quickest way to find out if YOU have any options though, please go through my Visa Assessment Service.

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Chelsea Richards March 9, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Hi Bob,
I’m 18 years of age and from the UK and thinking of moving to Australia in about 3/4 years time.
I am currently studying at university and have qualifications in aviation and would love to work in immigration at an airport do you have any advice on the best way to move? I will be moving by myself and would ideally like to move permanently.
I also have relatives in the Gold Coast if that helps?

Thanks!
Chelsea.

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BobinOz March 9, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Hi Chelsea

I leave all specific advice about the best way for people to move to Australia to my expert who is a MARA registered migration agent. As and when you feel ready to really take this further, I suggest you consider going through my Visa Assessment Service which he takes care of.

He will provide you with a written report detailing your options and advising you on the best way for you to move here, assuming there is a suitable way for you to do that.

Good luck, Bob

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Chelsea Richards March 9, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Thank you so much :)

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cal March 29, 2014 at 5:20 am

HI Bob,
I live in the uk but i am employed as an engineer on international based oil rigs currently west africa. I am a full time employee of my company and due to the nature of my work i could live anywhere in the world as long as im near an airport.

Would i be able to move myself and my family to australia under these circumstances, As in iwould be looking for a visa but not a job as i havea full time job that would support me in oz. i would also be bringing a substantial amount of money with me and i am a fully qualified engineer 35 years old

Hope this makes sense and thanks for any help

cheers
cal

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BobinOz March 31, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Hi Cal

Yes, I suspect it is possible providing you qualify for the right kind of visa. I am not a MARA agent, so I can’t advise you specifically, but I suspect you want to be looking at visas that give you Permanent Residency straight off.

If you need professional advice, I do recommend my agent, see my Visa Assessment Service.

Cheers, Bob

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Shaunagh April 14, 2014 at 3:29 am

Hi Bob,

This may seem a little to early to ask but time flies during these periods of time. In a couple of years I’ll be going to uni and I have been looking at universities every where to keep my options open. I have taken an interest in possibly going to study teaching at the university of Sydney but I am confused about possibly living in Australia after a couple of years. Considering I will be 18 going on 19 when starting uni I was wondering the process will be for me at someone my age?

Many thanks,
Shaunagh

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BobinOz April 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

I’m not really sure exactly what you are asking, but I would think my student visa expert will know the answer. See Student Visas.

Thanks, Bob

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manish April 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Hi Bob
I want to ask you, If you know such site, Providing information on migration to Newzealand?

Thanks

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BobinOz April 14, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I’m not aware of a website, but if you search Google for Australia and New Zealand magazine, you can subscribe online to a digital edition and that does provide some information about New Zealand as well as Australia. Good luck, Bob

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Lee-Roy April 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Hi Bob, I find your Blog really insightful. Many thanks. Do you perhaps know of a website like yours but on New Zealand?

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BobinOz April 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

What a coincidence; see my answer above to Manish.

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Joyce Stephenson May 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Hi Bob we have just retired out here to Adelaide we love it but how do we get to know others you have done the same.I was just wondering if you new a web cite I could get in touch with, we are in our sixtys thank you.all the best Joyce xx

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BobinOz May 8, 2014 at 12:01 am

Hello Joyce

No, sorry, I don’t know of a specific website that could help, but I have written about this sort of thing in my post called The Rules of Making New Friends, make sure you click on that link and have read. Here’s what I would suggest to you though being as you are a little older. Australia is full of clubs and communities, bowls seems to be quite popular here and they all have pretty good looking clubhouses.

So, take up bowls!

Is not just bowls though, there are lots of other clubs and community gatherings, you just need to get out and about and put yourself in amongst it. Go to the nearest RSL, sports club, or whatever and join. Look on the notice boards in your local shops, see what’s going on, join. Swimming clubs? Rambling clubs? Gardening clubs? Whatever. I don’t know exactly what it is you old people like to do, how can I, I’m much younger, I’m only 56.

:-)

Here’s something else for you, here in Australia (last time I looked) we were second only to Japan in the longevity stakes. Yes, people in Australia live longer than most. That means there’s lots of other people your age, even older :-)

So get out and meet them, they are waiting to meet you as well, life will be much more fun when you’ve done that. It’s something we all have to work at when we get here, we all start from scratch, it takes a bit of effort at times, but it’s always worth it in the end.

Good luck, Bob

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Hilary Guest May 8, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Hi Joyce

Just a few more options that might be helpful for you. I’m not sure if you’ve come across a website called Adelaide Bound but they have lots of good info there and specifically some forums where you can find out what other ex-pats are up to. I also noticed that they organise meetings for people ‘without children’ and from the sound of it they meant older people who no longer had young families around. Can’t recall exactly which link it was under but if you keep an eye on the postings I’m sure it would pop up again. They were organising things like bbq’s and informal gatherings in the park just to chat and find friends.

Also, if you Google Meet Ups in Adelaide that’ll give you a large number of different groups, organisations etc who meet regularly for various things. Lots to choose from so might be something there that you like.

Have you thought about volunteering somewhere? I realise you’re retired now but it can be a great way to get out and meet people and feel that you’re part of ‘society’ as it were, contributing something too which has its rewards.

Bob has written wisely about the difficulties of making friends in a new country and I agree with him – it’s not always easy but getting yourself out there and into the mix of life is a good start. As he has said, it may not be the people who invited you to come along to the meeting/bbq/picnic in the park but there might just be someone there who will become a good friend and will be waiting to meet you! As part of a couple you have an advantage in not having to brave a new place by yourself and will always have someone to talk to, avoiding awkward moments.

Everyone arriving in Aus is looking for new friends. Go for it Joyce…

Good luck, Hilary

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BobinOz May 9, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Some great additional advice there Hilary, especially the volunteering, I forgot about that one. Thanks, Bob

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Bashir Duale May 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Hi Bob….My name is Bashir Duale i live in Ireland and I am 25 year old ….i was think of moving to Australia .

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Bashir Duale May 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Hi Bob….My name is Bashir Duale i live in Ireland and I am 25 year old ….i was think of moving to Australia . even thought i don’t have that much of qualification……

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BobinOz May 25, 2014 at 8:02 pm

If you don’t have much of qualification, then maybe thinking about it will be as far as you will get :-) Australia isn’t an easy country to get into.

Good luck, Bob

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Bashir Duale May 26, 2014 at 8:56 am

what about if i apply 1 year working holiday visa Australia?

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Bashir Duale May 26, 2014 at 9:07 am

desperate i want to move to Australia!! but some people they go to Australia with out qualification

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BobinOz May 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Yes, that’s worth a try, see Working Holiday Visas and Backpacking in Australia for more information.

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Bashir duale May 27, 2014 at 12:26 am

Thank you

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Lilian May 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Hello Bob,

I will be moving to Sydney in October 2014. I already have my working visa and i was researching for apartments to rent. I will stay in a hotel at first until I find a small studio/one bedroom apartment. I would like to ask you if you know how long would it take for me to secure an apartment? I already saw a lot of apartments online on various websites and they all mention inspection visits. That means i would have to be physically present there to take it right? Or would i be able to rent one before i come to sydney? I would like to know so that i would have an estimate on how long i should stay in the hotel or if there is no need for a hotel at all.

Thank you very much,
Lilian

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BobinOz May 28, 2014 at 12:35 am

There is no one answer to this question, usually these places have open days and people go to inspect them and then decide from there. At the end of the day, it’s down to the landlord or the landlord’s representative (management company) to accept or refuse a potential tenants application.

I would suggest looking for some apartments you may be interested in and phoning the agent to ask about the possibilities of securing a rental in advance of your arrival. You might quite possibly get a different answer from each agent, but if you keep trying, who knows, you may be able to secure a rental before you arrive here.

Be prepared to give them all the information they want though, including bank statements, your potential to gain full-time employment, past references from landlords or your mortgage repayments, that sort of thing to boost your case.

Good luck, Bob

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Sadaf usman June 3, 2014 at 8:52 am

I want to study in australia can i get my husband and one kids to go with me while i study in australia

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BobinOz June 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I don’t know, that’s one to ask of a MARA registered migration agent. There are lots of visas with lots of different rules, only MARA agent’s know all of those rules.

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Valmai Otten June 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Hi Bob.
I would like to move back to Australia from South Africa. 2 years ago I inherited my mother’s unit in an Over 50’s Village on the Sunshine Coast. I have spent 4 – 8 weeks every year over the past 10 years visiting and looking after my mother. My husband and I were married in Australia under Aust. Marriage Law – I was living there at the time and he was granted a visa to come over to get married. Will the aforegoing help in getting him a spouse visa without all the usual red tape? I will be 70 and he will be 67 this year.
How long would I have to wait before applying for the Old Age pension? And would I be eligible to apply for Health Insurance? I am not on any chronic medication.

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BobinOz June 28, 2014 at 10:32 pm

This is really something you need to take up with a MARA registered migration agent, it’s impossible to say how easy or hard it might be for your husband to get a spouses visa without knowing all the information.

I have an agent here who can advise you through my Visa Assessment Service if you wish.

Good luck, Bob

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priyanka July 3, 2014 at 1:25 am

hi bob
i am an indian holding a master degree and having nearly six years of experience in retail banking , i need to get into the same field or anything with human resource management work in australia. kindly advice

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BobinOz July 3, 2014 at 2:09 pm
Pradeep July 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

HI ,
my age is 45 years and1 month can i eligiable to get PR .

regards,
Pradeep

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Suman Deep July 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Hi Pradeep,
As per current immigration rules, If your age is 45 and above, but under 50 years, you are not prevented from making a valid application for a Points Based Skilled Migration visa but you will not be eligible to be awarded any points for age.

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Suman Deep July 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Also, that varies depending upon the Visa category you are applying for.

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Tori July 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Hey Bob!

I’ve read some of your posts before about getting a WHV but now that I’m home from university my parents have told me that they were considering moving out of America to Australia. Problem is in a few years my father will retire and my mom is 50 so I’m not sure if they will apply to the SOL or some Visa’s as well, but we do have family there that can sponsor us which I think was one of the visa options.

Just curious, is it common to get denied of a visa if applying for the right one? I’m hoping our chances are good for getting into the country. Do you know if people get denied often to come and immigrate to the country?

Thank you!

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BobinOz July 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

High Tori

Getting a visa to move permanently to Australia is actually quite difficult, inasmuch as Australia have a quite strict selection criteria. It can be even more difficult for those over the age of 45 and for some people over the age of 50, it can often be quite impossible.

So I suggest your parents start doing their research as soon as possible, they can start on my page called Visas.

There is a video to help them through the process of investigating visa options. And yes, it is quite possible to get denied a visa, even if you do think you have chosen the right one.

Good luck, Bob

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chamiash July 31, 2014 at 4:18 am

hi, I want to know if canda PR holders have any benefits applying for AUSI pr?? i am a skill migrant to canada holding canda PR. any points or category when applying for ausi PR, or is it the normal PR procedure ?189 or 489 or 190 category??

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BobinOz July 31, 2014 at 11:32 pm

If I understand your question correctly, the answer is you need to apply the same as everybody else. Which category? Only a MARA migration agent can advise you on that.

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Surafel August 6, 2014 at 2:46 am

Hii bob, I am Surafel , and in my suggestion I want to tell me abaut how I can move to Australia , my current place Israel thankyou

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BobinOz August 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm

That’s what a lot of these website is all about, you should have a read.

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Keeley Brown August 7, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hi there bob, would love some advice please :-)
I’m 38 and my partner (never got round to getting married) who is also 38 are seriously thinking of moving to oz, we have a 3yr old and a 4mth old, my Mr is a self employed builder with his own team and does complete new builds, huge renovations etc, so highly qualified, I’m currently not working but my last job was a manager of a large wood floor company and previous to that sales and marketing manager, we own three houses, what are our chances of qualifying to emigrate, any other advice for us please? Many many thanks x

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BobinOz August 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I really can’t estimate anyone’s chances of a successful application Keeley, only MARA registered migration agents have the skills to assess people properly and they would need far more information than we currently have on you and your other half.

All I can tell you is that if one of you qualifies the other one can come too as you have been living together, and can prove it, for more than 12 months. Well, I assume that’s the case, given the two kids.

And it is also possible that your husband’s skills could help him qualify, but if you want to know exactly what your chances are, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

It is very thorough and will give you the answers you are looking for.

Good luck, Bob

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Samantha August 11, 2014 at 6:55 am

Hi Bob,

I was wondering, do you know whether you can apply and be accepted if you have debt/bankruptcy?

Thank you

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BobinOz August 11, 2014 at 6:38 pm

I’m not 100% sure Samantha, I think in situations like these each case would probably be looked at on its own merits, given the full situation. I would seek the advice of a MARA migration agent before investing too much time or money on any potential move.

Good luck, Bob

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mary August 13, 2014 at 1:36 am

Hello Bob!
My name is mary. My Occupation is ” Care assistance and Nursing bases” I need a job in Australia… Is it possible to get a job?
Looking forward to hear from you…
Thanks

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Abdul Basit August 16, 2014 at 4:14 am

Hi my name is abdul basit from Abbottabad, Pakistan. Now i am studying in class 2nd year and i want to go austarlia for completing my engineering degree. What should i have to do? Plz help me nd answer me .

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BobinOz August 18, 2014 at 12:04 am

Ask my expert on my page about Student Visas by filling in the free assessment form.

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Joanne August 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your site. Its very helpful.
But I still have a question. I’m Joanne, 26 years old and from The Netherlands. Currently I live in Los Angeles but I’m planning to move to Sydney in the beginning of November.

I’m a bit confused about all the kinds of visas OZ has. My plan is to live 1 or 2 years in Sydney and I would like to find a job. If I apply for a visa all the sites give me the Holiday/work visa. But than you are only allowed to work 6 months right? I would like to get the real working experience and I don’t need to travel that much. (Of course I will travel.. ;-)) What do you think whats the easiest visa for me?

Thanks for your help.

Joanne

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BobinOz August 18, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Hi Joanne

I think the rule is that you can’t work for more than six months with the same employer, the idea is that you move about a bit, but do doublecheck that.

Other than that, I’m afraid you will have two consult with a MARA migration agent for visa options, they are the only people allowed to advise. You could also find out your best options through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Kirstie August 20, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Hi bob
I am 22 and work as a Carer and have for 5 years. And I was thinking about coming over with my 3 year old daughter is that possible and how would I go about it. I saw about if u want to bring a pet but not a child lol. Thanks for your help.

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BobinOz August 21, 2014 at 12:24 am

Well, if you qualify for a visa your daughter gets to come with you as your dependent, she would be included on your application. For information about getting a visa, check out my page called Visas.

Thanks, Bob

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Mary August 20, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Hello Bob!
I have a German passport.I am a hearth-care lady. I am planing moving with my 8 years old son to Australia next year 2015. So please how will i go about it… Conceining the area of work, how to find school for my son,and how to get a hause to rent? Please i need help to this question! Thanks .
And God bless.
Mary.

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BobinOz August 21, 2014 at 12:28 am

Before you concern yourself with where you will work, a school for your son and a house to rent, you will need to get yourself a visa, that isn’t always very easy to do.

Have you looked into that at all yet?

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susie August 20, 2014 at 10:21 pm

hi there pleae help how do I move from Kenya Australia/

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BobinOz August 21, 2014 at 12:30 am

Moving here from Kenya is the same as moving from any country, only the flight path is different :-)

Your first step though is to get a Visa.

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erah August 25, 2014 at 10:09 am

Hi bob I’vee got a lot of informatiin from your website but I want to ask you can people from albania get working holiday visa ???

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BobinOz August 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm

The full list of countries is shown on my webpage about Working Holiday Visas and at the moment, Albania isn’t on that list. Occasionally the Australian government do add additional countries so it is worth checking on their website, immi.gov.au, from time to time.

Good luck, Bob

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Ifeanyi September 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Please, how can I migrate to Australia as a Hair Dresser?

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BobinOz September 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Like anybody else, you would need to successfully apply for a visa, find out more on my page about Visas.

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Alexander September 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Hi Bob,
One more question. This one is relevant to the topic.
As you know, there have been some military actions in Ukraine, with the population split in bloodshed over languages.
There exist fears that the Ukrainian scenario may be played in Kazakhstan as well. Only the split will go along both the language and ethnic background lines, which is worse. 50% of the population are ethnic Kazakhs, the remainer of the folks are not – a mix of Russians (25%), Germans, Uzbeks, Uighurs, Tatars, etc. Non-Kazakh population speaks Russian and their native languages, while 50% of Kazakhs speak Russian and the other half speaks Kazakh.
Russian politicians, including Putin, have recently shared in public their ‘ideas’ of recovering some of the Kazakh territories, basically northern ones. Kazakhs are just furious and everybody else is now viewed as a potential foe. Deteriorating economic situation in the oil-rich country makes it worse.
Because I plan to file my application for migration only in 2015, once my immigration assessment (qualification and skilled employment ones) is completed, there is a risk that some tensions would arise and my family, ethnic Tatars departed by Stalin from Crimea in 1940s and Germans departed from Povolzhie in the same period, Russian speakers, might find itself in a position where normal immigration will be impossible.
Do you have any idea as to how to apply for immigration/permanent residency as refugees? Russia, a nation of drunkards, is not my home, my home is Kazakhstan, but Nazarbayev is very old and Russia’s interests and conflicts with the West might lead to an unpredictable situation.
Thanks for any advice.

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Alexander September 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Get this right. This is the worst case scenario. Hope no negative trends will ever come up. But as the head of my family I have to look forward and think of situations before they are going to evolve rather than holding one’s head with both hands after they have occurred.

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BobinOz September 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm

We are living in difficult and worrying times, the world doesn’t seem to be in a very nice place at the moment. I feel for you and the people in your country, in this day and age people should not be living with these kinds of fears hanging over them.

That said, I simply can’t help you in any way with regards to visas, whether they be refugee or not. Only MARA registered migration agents are qualified to give people advice on this matter, which is why I have an agent working with me on this website.

If you would like him to help you through the very complex process of applying for a visa, then you need to go through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, and I hope you stay safe for as long as you need to stay in your home.

Cheers, Bob

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Alexander September 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Hope Obama and his 6s will be busy with Syria in the while and no coloured revolutions will be financed through US channels in Kazakhstan.

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Laura September 24, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Hi Bob,
Great posts and thank you for all that you do to help individuals.
I live here in oz with my aussie husband (I am from the UK) and have been here now for 7 years.
I have a 33 year old son who has health issues and mental health issues and has no family support back in the UK.
As his mother I want him with me so that we can be my son’s carer and provide for him. We are paying a lot of money out to a solicitor to help us to get him out. He says the Child Visa is the way to go, as my son cannot work and needs care. This could take 6/9 months, but don’t feel my son will be able to hold on. Can you advice accordingly? Thank you.

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BobinOz September 25, 2014 at 6:32 pm

My advice Laura is if you do not trust your solicitor, get another one. I am not in a position to advise, I’m neither a solicitor nor a MARA registered migration agent and hopefully the solicitor you are using is MARA registered.

If not, maybe you should find somebody who is and get a second opinion. Or you could engage my agent through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Sophie September 26, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Hi Bob,

I’m wondering if you can help me as there is so much info about it is overwhelming.

My partner and I are looking to move to Aus next year if is possible… I am about to take the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (this is my current job – i have been led to believe it could contribute to my ability to get a Skilled Visa – however i would have to find a job first… is that correct?). I am also currently looking into learning to become a Permanent Cosmetic Artist (this would include eyebrow, eyeliner & lip tattooing as well as tattoo removal, scar camoflauge and Meso – similar to botox but without the botox). Should i train in this would the qualification stand in Australia do you know? As it’s about £10,000 for the course so don’t want to spend all that and the qualification = to nothing over there.

My manager at work also seems to think that if you have a certain amount of savings that you are going to take with you and use in Australia – e.g. to buy a property/enter it into their economy then you may be able to secure a visa this way – do you know anything about this at all as i have savings aside that were initially to buy a property over here but have put that on hold what with my plans to move to Aus…so would be good to know if that could be another way to gain residency (i’m a killer for a bit of security!).

any info would be gratefully received!

thanks

Sophie

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BobinOz September 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Hi Sophie

I just want to highlight six of your words “I have been led to believe” because the thing is people can offer all sorts of opinions, including your manager and even me, but at the end of the day it’s only MARA migration agents who are trained to answer these kinds of questions.

There are exceptions, for example I can tell you that you will not secure a visa just by buying a house here, so your manager is wrong about that one, and that illustrates the point.

If you really want to know where you stand and cut through all of that confusing information, speak to a MARA migration agent or go through my Visa Assessment Service. My agent would be able to advise you, for example, whether there would be any point in taking that training you mention as well as many other things regarding your options and your chances of getting any kind of visa.

If there were simple answers, then there wouldn’t be MARA migration agents, but the plain truth is that the answers really aren’t simple.

Good luck, Bob

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Scott October 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Hi Scott,

I am wondering if you can help me out with my situation. I am looking to apply for the 1 year working holiday visa. I have a DUI which lead me to get a criminal record in Canada. This was over 3 years ago. I noticed when you’re filling out the application you need to delcare any and all convictions on which that have not been granted a pardon. Will I be declined a visa because of this? Or do they look past these sort of things as a DUI is not a high risk record?

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

Scott

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BobinOz October 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I can’t speak on behalf of Australian immigration, but according to their official notification which you can read if you Google ‘Australian character requirement’ this shouldn’t be a problem. Either way, my MARA agent always advises people to declare this kind of thing, because if they don’t and it gets discovered by immigration then it really does work against you.

Good luck, Bob

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Ko Ko October 6, 2014 at 8:44 am

Hi Bob,

I found your site and have been reading it all afternoon & evening.
I’m a university student from USA, I will be getting my undergraduate bachelor’s degree in B.S Biology next year. I want to move to Australia for my future in withing the next 5-6 years but I do have a few concerns that I hope you can help me figure out.

1) What sort of steps should I take, as a University student who just graduated, to go to Australia to live and work there?

2) Is it very pricey and difficult to try to get the Permanent Resident status in Australia?

3) I read around, found alot of information about “skilled migration” but since I am only a graduate of University here, and have not actually been in a profession yet, what other kind of visa applies to me?

4) I would like to profession in a medical field such as Physiotherapist. Shall I try to get a degree in Physiotherepy here in the states first then move? or Shall i move as a student graduate from the states to Aus (if that’s even possible.)

And no, I do not intend to further my studies in Australia, if it doesn’t require me to, as it could turn out to be very expensive possibly.

Thank you so much, I’m sorry If I’ve bothered you!
Thanks again for taking the time to look at these!
Sincerely,
Ko Ko

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BobinOz October 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Only MARA migration agents are qualified to answer these kinds of questions Ko Ko, so I simply cannot help. All I can tell you is that moving to Australia can be a little pricey, and if you follow the advice given in the video on my page about Visas, you will see that you can find out what the government charges for each of the visa types.

Good luck, Bob

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Lalit Bhatnagar October 7, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Hi Bob,

Read a lot of above content and I feel you are doing a great job helping others. I and my wife are looking forward to shift to Australia. We both have done hotel management and have been running our own restaurants successfully in Mumbai, India. If you could please advise about scope of jobs in related field and also prospects of starting our own set up in Australia. Would love to have a direct conversation with you but I understand your restrictions. If any possibility though kindly share your contact details – lalit.b@dimsumnmore.com

Many thnx
LALIT

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BobinOz October 8, 2014 at 12:26 am

Well it’s really not something I can help you with directly, I don’t know the industry and I’m not a business specialist. Good luck though, I hope you find someone who can help you.

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Haylie October 9, 2014 at 1:47 am

Hi Bob!
I have been wanting to move to Australia to live with my boyfriend for a few years now, but I do not qualify for the skills. I can’t find any visa that will let me live there.

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BobinOz October 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I can’t either, you need to speak to a MARA migration agent to see what options you might have, if any. Or you could go through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Willie Quiqui October 17, 2014 at 6:42 am

Hi Sir, I am a high School gratuate,and a teacher by profession and a Liberian, and wanting to migrate to Australia. Sir, I would like to know how much does it cost to get a visa? Please help me in the process in making my way to Australia

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BobinOz October 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm

See Visas, watch the video and you will be able to how to find out the prices of all the different visas.

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Daniel S Togbah October 18, 2014 at 4:34 am

I am a high school graduate.I am 24 year of age .I am a Taylor .I have had 7 year of working experience as a taylor.I am specialized in sowing the’african suit; coat suit etc for both man and woman.

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DAVID DAWSON October 19, 2014 at 12:03 am

Dear Bob

I am David, aged 36 from India. My question to you is … If a person from India buys property in Australia [ say for example Sydney ] … Will that person get a PR or permanent residency visa from Australia immediately ? PROPERTY RULES QUESTION: Could you please tell us the property rules in Australia … because Migration to Australia can also happen through purchase of property … so what are the chances of getting a PR in Australia by starting to buy a house in your country ? NEXT: BANK BALANCE QUESTION: How much bank balance should a person have in Australian Dollars to Migrate to Australia ? How much Bank balance should a person have to purchase a house in Australia particularly Sydney, for example ?
NEXT PROPERTY PRICING QUESTION: Are there any specific rules regarding the amount a person should spend necessary spend to buy a house. For example: Some countries specify that … to migrate to their country … an individual would have to spend a minimum of a million dollars worth of a house and only then would that person be eligible to get a PR residence visa from their country. My question to you is … is there any such rule in Australia ? How much worth of property should a person buy to migrate to Australia through purchase of property. A small note of suggestion: I think that in your advice to people … you haven’t mentioned points on moving to Australia through purchase of property. This form of migration system is being advertised in Asian countries like U.A.E., Malaysia, India etc. You can definitely help more people by advising this scheme as well. Since many people may like it and it is a quicker way to get to Australia for a PR visa. In closing, many thanks and please reply back to my personal email .. since I may not open this blog post quite frequently but I do want to read your reply. Thank you and thanks for helping all these people through advice. Regards David Dawson from India .. email : princeofheaven777@gmail.com

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BobinOz October 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm

The reason I have not advised people of this kind of scheme, ‘buying a house to get PR’, is because it doesn’t exist here in Australia. You have a lot of misconceptions about getting a visa for Australia and if I were you I would consult with a MARA registered migration agent who can put you straight on the real facts.

When you say these are being advertised in Asian countries like UAE, Malaysia, India etc, I assume you mean as a way to move to UAE, Malaysia or India. If people in those countries are advertising it as a way to move to Australia, then I would stay away from those people if I were you.

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Daniel s.Togbah October 19, 2014 at 2:35 am

Hi Bob,l am a Liberian by nationality, residing in Liberia .l am24 years of age.l am a Taylor by profession .I am specialized in sowing the following;African faction suit European coat suit e.t.c.I have had eight years of working experience in Taylorine Sir, my concerns has to do with my migration to Australia. How can I migrate to ?.what are the processes that are required of me inorder for me to migrate to Australia?. How much will it cost me to migrate to Australia without me having any relative or friend there?.

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BobinOz October 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I have lots of information to help you with your questions here are my website, I suggest you start on my page about Visas.

Good luck, Bob

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Samantha leggett October 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Hi I’m 28 years old, I’m a postie and single mum of 3 children, moving to oz has always been in the bk of my mind but never really looked into it, and would have no idea where to start but I suppose the biggest question is how much money would I need moving me and my children over? And what type of visa to apply for, and do you no if I could just put in for a job transfer from here to oz? Also how quickly can you get your children into school? Any advise would be much apriciated especially of the money front.
Thanks :)

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BobinOz October 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

I would say your biggest question is whether you would qualify for a visa to move here, all other questions are irrelevant until that one is answered. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy question to answer, see Would I Qualify?.

It’s not cheap moving to Australia, but I couldn’t put a price on it for you, the costs vary for everyone. Cheers, Bob

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Arun November 13, 2014 at 4:26 am

Hi myself and my girlfriend are suggeating to move to australia, we’re both 20 and looking for something different. Where do we start? And what advise an tips would you give us? Thank you!

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BobinOz November 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Well, the best place to start is by trying to find out if you qualify for a visa and the best way to do that is to speak to a MARA registered migration agent. On the other hand, if you just wanted to see Australia for a bit and work while you’re here, you might like to look into the WHV, check out these pages; See Working Holiday Visas and Backpacking in Australia.

You would need to check that you are both from a qualifying country for this kind of visa though. Other than that, if you want to do some research into other visas for yourself, check my page called Visas and be sure to watch the video.

Good luck, Bob

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Christopher Jones November 15, 2014 at 6:24 am

HI Bobinoz,
I currently work as a Male carer in Ascot UK,
Some of my dearerest friends are moving to Austrialia for a new beginning.
I am now thinking of joining them but unsure if I’m honest where to begin.
Your website is very informative indeed but still have questions running around in my head.
I’ve recently qualified for a diploma in Health and Social care NVQ level 3 with pathway to Dementia.
Are or is the a great demand for Male carers in Australia. I’m 43 yrs of age..

Thank you Chris

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BobinOz November 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm

I don’t know is the simple and short answer Christopher, there are several skills shortages lists and if you want to take a look at them, I have links on my page called Would I Qualify?.

And the best place to start is with a MARA registered migration agent, you’ll see details of my agent and the service he provides on the same page.

Good luck, Bob

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Christopher Jones November 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Thank you for taking the time to reply. Much appreciated.
Will keep you informed on any progress.

Kind regards Chris.

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BobinOz November 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Okay, thanks Christopher, Bob

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