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.

Ask Bob…

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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  • Jamie September 17, 2016, 6:06 pm | Link

    Dear Bob
    Thanks for sharing valuation information on your web site.I have submitted EOI for NSW in the month of April 16 under 190 and it is still showing in Submitted status.
    I have claimed 60 points including SS for 261112 (Systems Analyst) of the
    ANZSCO Code. Is there any possibility to get SS or it is just wild-goose chase.Normally how many months, it takes for candidates claiming 60 points or it never comes for those claiming with 60 points.
    Your response is highly appreciated.
    Thank you very much!
    Regards
    Jamie

  • Jorge Dela Cruz September 17, 2016, 5:40 pm | Link

    I have a family in the Philippines and I am currently working here in Saudi Arabia as telecom engineer. Can I apply alone for PR in Australia? That is, I want to settle alone first (if I would get lucky) before getting my family.

  • RANJIT September 15, 2016, 12:19 am | Link

    hii,
    i applied for the visa 190 EOI on 30th june2016 to NT. Today i got email stating that your application for nomination under the Skilled Nominated or Skilled Regional Nominated visa programs has been unsuccessful. Can i apply to NT again for visa 489? can u please listed the rules for such conditions?

  • Sean September 11, 2016, 6:29 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    First, I wish to thank you on all of the valuable information for prospective immigrants to Australia.
    I live in Jacksonville, Florida USA and have been seriously contemplating a move to Australia within the next 3-5 years. However, I understand that Americans are not always well received abroad. How well would you say Americans are received in Australia?

  • Avinash Rawal September 5, 2016, 3:20 am | Link

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am Avinash Rawal From India. I have visited many countries like The Us, Canada, The UK and many European Countries for business and still have valid visas for The USA, Canada and the UK and had visas for Australia and New Zealand but I have not visited yet. I can get a visitor visa for New Zealand and Australia but I want to be there permeant residence.

    Can you guide me How can I do that If I come to New Zealand a tourist will you guide me or apply for me a start up visa or an Entrepreneur Visa I can Invest for that visa 100,000 ND.

    Please Guide me and tell me all about that how to get PR easily for New Zealand or Australia and also tell me your fee or any other good country.

    Thanks & Regards

    Avinash Rawal

    • BobinOz September 5, 2016, 4:23 pm | Link

      As the above article says, if you need help with this process, you should talk to a MARA registered migration agent. If you want to use my agent, then you need to go through the visa assessment service which is also described above.

      • Adeem September 23, 2016, 12:42 pm | Link

        Hi Bob,
        I’d like to ask about health issues (allergies) in Australia, actually We have planned to immigrate to Aus (Melbourne).
        thanx.
        Dr Adeem

  • Evaboo August 25, 2016, 9:22 pm | Link

    I have a very frustrating problem….. I’m an educated, bright, intelligent individual who’s into my 5th year in Oz (I love it here) but can’t get a proper permanent job on my secondary or spousal 457 visa. Why? because I am continually hit t with the following statement in all my applications…

    “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU APPLY
    Legal Work Status
    You must be legally entitled to work in Australia to apply for a Queensland Government vacancy. Only Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens (who have a special category visa or the right to be granted one) and permanent residents can be appointed to permanent positions. If you have a work visa, you can only be employed in a temporary position.

    This is so frustrating. I’ve managed to get this overturned by one larger employer – after I was refused an interview for a job I had been doing as a temp for six months but it seems like an unending battle in which I perpetually loose. I’m no wingeing pom and I won’t give in – but do you have any ideas how to mitigate this very, very frustrating problem. – Oh by the way – Im good enough for my expertise to be used by charities for free!

    • BobinOz August 26, 2016, 4:28 pm | Link

      If I’m not mistaken, the problem you are referring to only applies to government jobs, other potential employers are not tied by this restriction. Why don’t you apply for non-governmental jobs?

      • Evaboo August 27, 2016, 3:52 pm | Link

        Thanks for the reply but Im getting this problem with private businesses here in Central Queensland too. I won’t name and shame but they’re all fairly big concerns. Im also finding that the smaller businesses are very cautious about secondary 457 visa holders because they think they might end up having to sponsor someone further down the line. I don’t believe Im the only person having this problem and I really want to find a work around.

        • BobinOz August 29, 2016, 4:57 pm | Link

          Well, I doubt very much that private businesses are writing to you and stating that you need to be an Australian citizen to work for them, because that simply isn’t the case. They may say they prefer someone with permanent residency though, possibly for the reasons you’ve mentioned about sponsorship, but also perhaps because a 457 is a temporary visa and as such could mean that you return home after 2 to 4 years and therefore they would have to advertise the job all over again.

          You may also be interested in reading the following article…

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

          It explains how hard it is for many people right now to get a job in Australia irrespective of the kind of visa they are on.

  • Sam August 20, 2016, 10:54 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    I have applied EOI for NSW 190 in accountant general in 19 November 2015 with 60 points then updated to 65 points on 29 January 2016a and still waiting for invitation ?

    • BobinOz August 21, 2016, 7:17 pm | Link

      Invites are not guaranteed, if you have a look at the comments on my page about EOI you will see quite a few people are still waiting and waiting.

      • sam August 28, 2016, 12:24 pm | Link

        Hi Bob can we apply another EOI for another occupation as well for NSW 190 visa as already applied one under other occupation ???

  • Charlotta August 18, 2016, 5:45 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Me and my family lives in Sweden, Stockholm. We thinking of emigrate to Australia. We have friends in Brisbane, they live in Sweden right now.
    I’ve read about sponsors and it sounds interesting, also about the skills that the country maight needs.
    My australian friend is talking about personal sponsors. I have a vague memory of reading about somewhere but now I can’t find any informaiton. Does it exist? Do you have any inforamtion about or where I can find it.

    Kind regards
    Charlotta

  • Sam August 15, 2016, 2:25 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    I have applied EOI for 190 NSW WITH 60 points in Accountant General on 19 November 2015 then updated my EOI to 65 POINTS ON 29 January 2016 and m still waiting for Invitation .

  • vikram beniwal August 11, 2016, 2:52 pm | Link

    Hi Bob

    We are applying for state sponsored visa with South Australia. I am an IT professional and i see that IT jobs in Adelaide are 10% of what is there in Melbourne. So I am a bit concerned. But we do not want to miss any opportunity of moving to Australia. So my query is that once we are in Adelaide on a state sponsored Visa can we apply for 189 before the 2 years mandatory period of 2 years stay in South Australia.

    Regards
    Vikram

  • Steve August 10, 2016, 6:04 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for all the information on this site, it’s been very helpful so far.

    I’m planning to move over soon on a 457 visa my current employer is sponsoring me. However, since the process usually takes up to 3 months and they want me over asap, they propose to get me on a working holiday visa (417) and request the 457 visa while I’m over in Australia. Do you see any pitfalls in this? I asked my employer about the likelihood of not getting my 457 granted and they told me it never happened to them before so we shouldn’t worry about that. I’m still a bit concerned although I can’t wait to finally move over.. Hope to hear from you! Thanks

    • BobinOz August 10, 2016, 6:24 pm | Link

      This is one of those questions I can’t answer, but I can tell you that it is usual for a company who is offering sponsorship to work with a MARA registered migration agent in order to arrange the visa for their prospective employee.

      Hopefully the company you are dealing with do have a MARA agent helping them out, but if you are concerned, maybe you should ask them direct who their agent is? Nothing wrong in my view with asking if you can talk directly to their agent, after all, he will be dealing on your behalf.

      If they do not have a MARA migration agent, then it may be in your interest to speak to one directly about this yourself.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Newfast August 7, 2016, 9:56 am | Link

    Hi, is there anyway I can find about Port Macquarie.

    I am thinking to move there. But all the online forums I have found are very old.

    Much appreciates if anyone can provide any information .

    Thanks

    • BobinOz August 8, 2016, 5:06 pm | Link

      I have passed through very quickly way back in 2009, here’s the post about it…

      http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/136/pit-stop-at-port-macquarie/

      That’s all I know though. You might want to research it using the links on my page called Which Suburb? One of the websites does offer user reviews.

      You could always ask on my page about New South Wales, the link is underneath the main navigation menu for Australia’s States. There would be no guarantees you’ll get an answer, but it’s worth a go. Good luck, Bob

    • PeterC September 21, 2016, 11:11 am | Link

      Hi Newfast,
      I have lived in Port Macquarie all of my life, if I can help you with information email me directly.
      I know your post is over a month old and may not be applicable now.
      Cheers
      Peter

  • Bader Javaid August 1, 2016, 7:16 pm | Link

    Sub: AU Passport Process for Newly Born baby in AU to PR holding parents

    Hello Bob,

    We (Couple & 2 Kids) hold Australian PR and now expecting our 3rd child in few weeks time in AU.

    I would like to inquire about the process to be followed in order to apply for New born’s Australian Passport.

    I did explored online and tried to find some relevant information on your website but did not find anything.

    Can you please advice what needs to be done and what are the steps to be followed.
    I believe first step will be done by hospital when they give us the birth certificate, after getting the birth certificate where i have to go to apply for passport. Actually I am in hurry to get passport as we have traveling plans in mid sepetember.

    I was looking at the immigration website find 2 options releavant but not sure about the selection, confused between 2 options

    1. Applying for Australian Citizenship
    2. Australian Citizenship by descent.

    a. What parents documents will be required to process?
    b. Processing Time & is there any possibility of requesting for urgent process by paying urgent fees.

    Appreciate your quick response Bob.

    BR,

    Bader

  • Ashraf July 31, 2016, 8:09 am | Link

    Hi,

    I made single (vs family) skilled worker visa application and I landed alone in September 2015 for a few days and left back to my country.

    I would like now to bring my wife and kids. Please note that in process of my visa application, they completed their own medical tests.

    Any idea how they can join me in Australia?

    Thank you

    Tha

  • Ruchi July 27, 2016, 2:14 am | Link

    Hello,
    I am from India.
    Myself,my husband and my baby (1 1/2) yr old have PR of Australia Nd now my husband is moved to sydney in last month only and now he is working there in an IT firm and shortly we’ll also come to sydney but seriously I am so tensed about many things please help me out.
    1. About school for my kid
    a. What age is perfect for my baby to go to school or play school.
    b.are there any state play school
    2. By profession I am a dentist in India.so what are the options for me to do work like any home based courses for that eg dental hygienist or assistants so that I can help my husband to take care of my child
    3. Any home based jobs so that I can earn from home and take care of my child

    Thank you

    • BobinOz July 27, 2016, 4:43 pm | Link

      I think you need to have a good look around this website Ruchi, I’ve written about every subject you mention. I’ve got pages about schools, jobs, well, over 1300 pages in all at the moment about all kinds of things.

      Please use the main navigation menus at the top of each page or the Google search box on the right-hand side to find what you need.

  • Brayn July 25, 2016, 1:59 pm | Link

    Hi bob.

    Nice website but i do have a question regarding my visa..

    Im from belgium and
    I work as a bricklayer in sydney on a working holiday visa
    My boss would like to sponsor me but i have trouble with understanding him with his bad italian-english.. haha
    So im wondering if you know what steps i have to make to get the sponsorship complete?
    THANK YOU BOB

    Best regards,Brayn

    • BobinOz July 26, 2016, 12:41 am | Link

      Well, I don’t know what steps need to be taken, but I think it is your boss that needs to take them rather than you. It is he who needs to organise this, and by the sound of it he will probably need to get a MARA registered migration agent to help him with this.

      It’s not a simple process as I understand it, there are a few hoops his company will need to jump through to make it happen. So if your boss has had no experience of this before, he will definitely need a MARA migration agent.

      If he needs help to find one, you can point him to my page about Migration Agents.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Nizar July 24, 2016, 3:52 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I got my PR for sub class 189 in March 2016. I am a bit confused on how i should arrive to Australia as everyone just tells me to simply buy a ticket and land there with my passport. Please advice me if that is sufficient enough or if I should carry any supporting documents with me?

    Kind Regards,
    Nizar

    • BobinOz July 24, 2016, 8:53 pm | Link

      Yes, I can understand your concern with this, we were a bit the same when we turned up eight years ago with PR. For us, we had our passports embossed with our Australian visa, and that was all we needed.

      I think all of your visa details are linked to your passport number and that’s pretty much all they need. For our own peace of mind, we did bring more documentation, certainly our visa acceptance letter and maybe some other proofs.

      I don’t think you ‘need’ anything more, but there’s nothing to stop you bringing some additional stuff and putting in your bag if it makes you feel more comfortable about it.

      I hope your move goes well, good luck, Bob

  • Goddy Goddy July 23, 2016, 2:22 pm | Link

    Good day everyone
    I am looking to employ bob’s services in securing a tourist visa to Australia next month but I cant find where to contact him
    Please any one help
    Thanks

    • BobinOz July 24, 2016, 8:44 pm | Link

      There is a link to my ‘Contact’ page in the footer of every page on this website. Cheers, Bob

  • Neha July 19, 2016, 5:31 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    This is Neha..We are planning to move from Mumbai to Sydney as we have got PR and planning to move by end of this year.

    Have few queries in mind.I would be great if you can help me with the same:-

    1) My husband is in private Banking. How should he go about applying for job in Sydney. He has already updated his profile in Linked In. Please help us in any other way to approach this.

    2) And also what areas in Sydney has this job profile.

    3)My son is 7.5 yrs and studying in 2nd std in ICSE board. Please let me know the details on when the school starts there and is public school better or private school.

    4)Also let me know areas where there are more Indian population so that we can connect with them.

    5)I am currently working in programming in media company for English channel AXN. Will there be any part-time job opportunities for me in this field.
    6)Also let us know for how much time the Pets(Dog) needs to be kept in quarantine if we want to move from India to Australia?
    Thanks a ton!

  • RASEL A S M July 18, 2016, 12:02 pm | Link

    Hi there,

    hope you doing alright.

    I am planning to apply for regional Australia visa. I have got my Eoi approval as well to apply for 489 visa.

    I am searching for a regional place to move. Can you please suggest me a good regional area.
    I have searched some places from all them i have made a shortlist
    1) Gee long (VIC)
    2) Ballarat (VIC)
    3) Mandura (WA)
    4) Oakford (WA)

    Please suggest me which place would be good for me to find a job and also to live.
    Or please suggest me is there any other places apart from this would be good for me to move.

    Currently, I living in sydney.

    Kind Regards,

    Rasel A S M

    • BobinOz July 18, 2016, 4:06 pm | Link

      You really should be reading my pages about where to live in Australia, particularly my pages about Victoria and Western Australia under the main navigation menu for Australian States.

      Also, see my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship for information about finding a job.

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