Migration Advice

I have called this page Migration Advice and that’s what you will find here. But it is also a resources page, with a mix of FAQs, along with some tips to help you plan your move. It is also a place where I can point you towards some useful articles on the blog that have got buried in the archives.

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If you have a question about life in Australia or moving to Australia, I’m sure you will find the answer here. But if you don’t, just ask your question as a comment on the most relevant page.

Please do be aware though that I CANNOT answer any questions about getting a visa or visa applications, only MARA registered migration agents have the skills and knowledge to assist with such matters.

Questions about visas and applications.

Firstly, for those seriously looking to move to Australia and who want to know exactly how to proceed, I offer a professional assessment service conducted by a fully qualified MARA migration agent.

I highly recommend him, please check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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  • Sachin March 28, 2017, 4:19 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Greetings for the day!

    I am Sachin. I am from India. Me, my spouse and my two daughters got 489 visa with 8539 condition. I am writing you to seek your valuable suggestion to choose the location for living. We are expecting to migrate in July 2017.

    As per grant letter, we can live Queensland anywhere except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast Pfb postal codes
    4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272,
    4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499,
    4515, 4517 to 4519, 4522 to 4899.

    I am mentioning here my complete detail that would assist you for appropriate guidance.

    Personal detail- My age-32, My spouse age-34, First daughter age-5 yr and second daughter age- 1yr.

    Professional detail- My total experience is of 13 years. I am working as a training manager from last 9 years in Life insurance company. Prior to this, I had been working for 4 years in sales, with banking industry.

    My spouse- Total experience 9 years. She worked as a senior councillor in call center, Sr. Councillor in Imigration company, center head in financial institute. Now in India, she has joined hair and beauty salon Institute. She want to explore her career in hair and beauty industry.

    My agent suggested me to migrate to cairns and one of my friend living in gold coast, suggested me to migrate to Waterford because this place is near to them.

    I want to live in area where:-
    1)Me and my wife will get a job as per our experience and interest. Place should be full of opportunities.

    2)we should feel safe.we do not want to live in isolated area. we feel comfortable in croud.

    3)Place should be near to school, market, doctor and all necessary things available.

    I am expecting that you should guide us, where to live as per above detail mentioned.

    Believe me, your valuable response would give us a right direction for future.

    Kindly accept my gratitude in anticipation.

    Warm regards

    • BobinOz March 28, 2017, 10:47 pm | Link

      So, let’s get your 1) out of the way first and foremost and you may want to sit down for this, but no place in Australia at the moment could be described as ‘full of opportunities’. The biggest and hardest task for both of you will almost certainly be landing a job.

      It’s not easy at the moment and it is even more tricky for new migrants. For more chat on that, see my post…

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

      And be sure to read the comments.

      I haven’t looked at each and every one of those postcodes to see where they are, if I did I’d be here all night, but it does appear to cover all of Sunshine Coast. If you want me to pick somewhere for you, I would say Maroochydore or any suburb or place within 10 or 15 kilometres or so. Jobs are hard to find in Sunshine Coast, but a recent comment by Rob March 25, 2017, 12:12 pm on my page about Queensland suggests things are picking up.

      He says some of the larger companies are setting up offices there and creating jobs.

      Sunshine Coast would give you everything you want, is extremely safe, and has all the facilities you need. Plus miles and miles of golden sandy beaches. That’s where I’d be heading, but there would still be no guarantees of finding work.

      Good luck, Bob

      • Sachin March 28, 2017, 11:46 pm | Link

        Firstly, thanks for your valuable revert.

        Further, kindly let me know if you want to choose between cairns and sunshine coast, then which one would you suggest (as per my expectation mentioned in earlier post like job and safety)

        • BobinOz March 29, 2017, 11:49 pm | Link

          Cairns is a fine city, probably the best in Far North Queensland. But it does get very hot up there, and humid. If you like hot and humid, and you think you can find work there, then give it a go. If I were choosing though, I’d probably go for Sunshine Coast, simply because it does have easy access to a major city, Brisbane, and although it is still quite hot and humid, it’s nowhere near as hot and humid as Cairns.

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