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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  • vishakha June 24, 2016, 6:31 pm | Link

    Hello Bob,
    Me and my husband are planning to migrate Australia soon within 6months.
    I want to know what will be better to migrate Perth or Melbourne?
    Looking for reply soon
    Regards Vishakha.

  • Khaled ElNabawy June 22, 2016, 9:56 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Could you please advise how can I submit my resume

  • Robin Milford June 20, 2016, 7:34 pm | Link

    Hello Bob,
    I am an Aeronautical engineering graduate. Recently, I have got Subclass 476 visa but didn’t move Australia yet. I wanted to do Professional Year course offered by Navitas, but they refused me because of my major. They have said that they are unable to find an internship for me. As Aeronautical and mechanical engineering is pretty similar and I have studied almost all basic mechanical subjects during my bachelor degree, can I get Skill Assessment as a mechanical engineer? And If I get Skill assessment as a mechanical engineer, I think I can do the professional year. Please advise me with my situation. What will be the best pathway for me to get the Australian PR? Thanks in advance.
    Age:25 , IELTS 6.5 (R,W:6, L:6.5, S:7), Unmarried

  • Chloe June 20, 2016, 5:38 pm | Link

    i would like to know if i can be sponsor by my sister. She have her permanent residence since 2008. I have my degree from Curtin University in Mauritius and i would like to move to Australia.
    Looking forward to read from you


  • elvy anna June 18, 2016, 9:20 pm | Link

    Hi .. im elvy,Malaysian & married before in Thailand without divorce & have son aged 5 .. im married again in Malaysian with British man & we decided migrate to Aus asap .. how i can bring my son migrate with me?what the document i need? Thanks x

  • Laura June 18, 2016, 6:02 am | Link

    Hi Bob!!

    Loving your blog it is helping me out immensely with my partner visa to Oz!! I do at this moment only have one question? My husband who is Australian and myself are applying for a partner 309 visa. Part of the process is to include stator declarations from my friends and family confirming they know our relationship is genuine. Is there a standard form for this or do they just write out the declaration and get it signed?

    Any help is appreciated!! Thanks!!!

  • Gemma June 15, 2016, 6:51 am | Link

    Hiya Bob,
    Hope you are well.
    We are moving to Perth next month with our (just) 3 yr old on a 457 sponsored visa – yay 🙂
    I have read that there is a fee to pay for schooling if you arrive on a 457 visa, is this correct? Obviously we would expect to pay for kindy (nursery) & the pre primary as we do in the uk – just want to check that this is right? I have been reading every link on your blog (which is very good) but it doesn’t say.
    Thanks in advance for your help
    Gem 🙂

  • Clarissa Armstrong June 7, 2016, 10:00 pm | Link

    I have finally managed to download forms from Simon (computer abilities vary basic) and am now having trouble filling them in. The form won’t accept £ and when I move to next column the first column comes up with a $. Is there anyway I can get in touch with Simon? I have the forms open on my laptop in case I loose them again. X

    • BobinOz June 8, 2016, 12:21 am | Link

      Hi Clarissa

      Well, let me tell you you have achieved the hardest part, you’ve downloaded the forms and you have managed to open them 🙂 You are halfway there.

      I’m not sure where on the form it even ask any questions that would require a £sign, but this isn’t really the place to discuss it. I’m going to send you a private email now and we can take it from there.

      Cheers, Bob

  • linzi June 2, 2016, 6:28 pm | Link

    Hey bob
    can you please help us? me and my partner are on a 457 visa with my partner being the defacto.
    i left my job and have 58 days left to find another sponsor. i have found a company to sponsor me, although they need to re certify themselves again so they are legal to sponsor! with this in mind, could i apply for a skilled visa through the direct entry stream, and possibly move onto a bridging visa? as they said it would take 2 months to apply and get clarification that they can then take our visa on? or would i just go straight onto a bridging visa. the word visa is kinda annoying right now!


  • Karen June 1, 2016, 9:40 pm | Link

    If im in australia on a tourist visa and i find a job there can i change my visa for a working visa .im 43yrs old

    • BobinOz June 2, 2016, 12:01 am | Link

      Getting a visa that allows you to work in this country takes a lot longer than it does to secure a tourist visa. You can’t just change visas that easily. Please speak to a MARA registered migration agent about your options.

  • William May 29, 2016, 4:57 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Please could you let me know if South Africa is on the list of countries that have a working Visa relationship.

    Kind regards


  • abinaya anandhan May 26, 2016, 4:10 pm | Link

    I just love ur blog.. its very informative n motivating for those who r planning to move to aus.. my husband n i have been seriously preparing to migrate… well he for one, is well qualified n just has to do the needful, whereas i am a housewife currently.. but i was working as a primary school teacher for past three years in saudi arabia.. i started working right after my school life n did bachelors in commerce through distance education… i did not find the right time to continue my education further, but now that we are planning to migrate i am all determined to do bachelors in education via correspondence.. but again i have no clue if i would be qualified enough to work as a teacher in australia… i have an overall teaching experience of 5 years and am 30 years old living in india… nd i also have no idea if indian correspondence degree will be accepted… can u pls help? Anything u may knw about eligiblity for working as a primary teacher would be very helpful… u have already helped us sooo much n i sincerely thank u n applauad u for such a cheerful blog…

    • BobinOz May 26, 2016, 6:48 pm | Link

      No, unfortunately I can’t help with this, it’s far too specialised. I have no idea what qualifications you will need in order to teach here in Australia, so I think you will have to do some independent research. I’m sure we must have some kind of teachers Association here in Australia, so I would imagine you would need to find out who they are and talk to them.

      Good luck, Bob

    • Mike May 27, 2016, 8:09 am | Link

      Hi Abinaya

      In Australia to teach you need to have your qualifications assessed and then determined to be suitable by the department of Education in the state that you are planning to undertake your teaching (In Australia each state and territory has their own set of requirements). Typically however you will be required to do at least an extra year of study (to learn the curriculum taught in the schools in the state you are planning to teach in) this is sometimes waved if the system you are moving from is very similar to the system the area you are moving to uses. However without a formal degree in Education (Bachelors Degree) or Postgraduate degree, you would not be able to teach in a government school.

  • Stephen May 22, 2016, 11:24 pm | Link

    Hello I am in the proses of trying to get my Austrailian citizenship by decent to be able to move to Australia. Dilemma I have is that I would like my children to spend half the year with me in Australia and have the year with there mum back in Britain how would I go about doing this and is it even possible

  • Manish May 21, 2016, 11:38 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    First of all thanks for sharing all his valuable information. I am from India and i have got my VISA for SA.
    I have 16 years of experience in customer support operations. I have been applying for job openings from here in India, websites mentioned by you, however there is no response from the employers even though i am meeting the required experience they are looking for.
    I am thinking that i should land in Australia, three months from now, and look for a job there, do you think this is right move ?
    Plus how much money do i need for a decent living there for a family of three ?
    I am planning to land there alone and then call my family after 3 months so that i can settle down first, how do i go about finding a PG or place to stay after my arrival in Australia.

  • Sorabh Kumar May 21, 2016, 11:21 pm | Link

    Hi Bobin,

    I am from India having more than 9 years experience in Accounts & Finance please let me know if any suitable place for me there it will be great help for me.

    Please help me to guide..

    Thanks & Regards

  • Nimish May 21, 2016, 7:45 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I am writing from India on behalf of my Spouse and I. My Spouse has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture and I have Masters Degree in Business Administration in Marketing. Right now I am into Technical Sales but going ahead wish to switch over to Data Analytics. We are looking forward to migrate to Australia. If you could kindly let us know prospects for both of us plus the state which will support our professions.

  • Ben Oborne April 28, 2016, 5:41 am | Link

    Hey BobInOz,
    Im contacting you on behalf of my partner Anna & I. Im an Australian citizen & Anna is Polish – we met whilst she was studying in Australia in 2014.
    We’re currently living & working abroad however eventually plan on heading back to Australia.
    Anna has a Masters Degree in Tourism & Recreation and has more than 5 years experience working in a number of large hotel groups all over the world. She has studied English & IT and speaks English, Spanish & her native tongue fluently.
    We’re aware of the costs & waiting period for her to apply for a residency visa based on our “defect” status – however were wondering if there is another avenue we could be exploring…
    Kind regards

    • BobinOz April 28, 2016, 6:15 pm | Link

      Maybe, but I wouldn’t know. You really should speak with a MARA registered migration agent about your situation to find out the best way to proceed. Good luck, Bob

  • jago April 8, 2016, 7:50 pm | Link

    I am having trouble getting proof of my service to a level that is accepted by VetAssess because my contract is deemed informal and my previous employer will not write a letter to fill the gap (salary, fulltime, hours). What can I do? The VetAssess Advisory service is a 3 week wait. If you are a migration agent with a solution please get in touch

  • raamarao v sunkara April 4, 2016, 10:13 pm | Link

    One employer offering job in his farm house and giving details of his home and phone. He told that to sent my educational credentials. after that he sent 2 agriment papers to sign and sent by mail. telling that after completion of DIAC process i have to pay the visa charges that can be reimburse after joining. So how we known the job offer is genuine?. He offering salary 6000 usds. Please give information to know the genuinity?

    • BobinOz April 5, 2016, 8:35 pm | Link

      Why would he pay you in US dollars, this is Australia? I couldn’t possibly tell you whether this thing is genuine or not, but I would suggest to you that if it sounds or feels suspicious to you, it probably is.

      Jobs with visas are not very easy to get here in Australia, in fact they are extremely difficult to secure whilst you are not in this country. If this offer has come very easily to you, then I would exercise caution.

  • Joel Carre April 4, 2016, 9:04 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    I am a newly qualified teacher from the UK enquiring about the possibility of a working holiday (1 year) to Brisbane or Cairns whereby I would be able to do supply teaching. If you could just answer some of my questions it would be much appreciated.

    1) what visa would I have to apply for in order to teach in Brisbane?

    2) are there any supply agencies that I could contact from Brisbane?

    3) what other steps would I need to take to supply teach within Brisbane?

    • BobinOz April 4, 2016, 6:01 pm | Link

      I think your best bet would be to contact the Department of Education Queensland direct, I simply have no idea what the requirement is. Good luck, Bob

  • Haydar March 29, 2016, 11:46 pm | Link

    Hi, i had purchased the visa assessment but did not get the forms. Pls send it to me. Thanks

    • BobinOz March 30, 2016, 12:08 am | Link

      I got your email saying the same thing a short while ago and I have already sent you the forms again. If you haven’t received them within half an hour or so, check your spam folder. I see you have a Hotmail account, they do tend to put legitimate emails into some rather strange folders, but they we will be there somewhere.

  • Bipin adhikari March 29, 2016, 12:20 pm | Link

    how can i get there to study +2

  • Rahul March 16, 2016, 3:36 pm | Link

    Hello Bob

    Rahul here from endeavor recuitment and i got highly skilled engineer in civil and mechanical so do you help them to get job in Australia and settle.


    Rahul Raval
    +64 223286333

  • Ash March 5, 2016, 12:08 am | Link

    Hi all,
    In WA 457 visa holders have to pay school fees which apply to the first child of $4000. Can i salary package this amount under my 457 visa.

    • BobinOz March 6, 2016, 9:09 pm | Link

      I’m not sure I can honestly question, but I don’t know what you mean by ‘salary package’ the amount, can you explain?

    • Mike March 30, 2016, 6:59 pm | Link

      Salary Packages are something you would determine in negotiation with your employer. If your employer is happy to pay as part of your salary package then why not..but they could equally say “we are offering enough money for you to pay out of your salary”

  • Maja March 4, 2016, 7:31 pm | Link

    Hi Bob!
    Thank you for an awesome page!
    Me and my family (husband and two small children) are planning on moving to Brisbane for a year, during my mathernity leave. My husband is a truckdriver so we were hoping to get him a job in that area.
    Would you say that this would be a easy or hard job to get for a swede with high working morale? Would you reckon it to be easy to get the employers in that sectors to sponsor for an 457 visa?

    • BobinOz March 6, 2016, 9:00 pm | Link

      I can never predict anybody’s chances of getting a job here, but I can tell you it is often even harder if you also need sponsorship. All the advice I have on this is on page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

      You can use some of the links on that page to help look to see what kind of work is available for what your husband does. Good luck, Bob

  • andyp March 3, 2016, 5:55 am | Link

    hi bob we have recently been thinking about moving to OZ. we r both just 49 & would like to know where to start with the immigration process. I am aware that 50 is the cut off age although we were told by an online mara agent last week that 45 was the cut off age. I filled in an online qualification form for the mara agent who emailed back saying that we would not qualify because of our age & the fact that we didn’t have uni degree s.

    I am fully qualified apprentice trained electrician with full 16th edition regs city & guilds & about 32 years experience in domestic & industrial installations.

    I also have city & guilds in fibre optics , fusion splicing & structured cabling of large computer networks etc etc

    I am aware that most Australian companies can ask for you to sit skills tests to prove your level of competence is this correct ?

    my wife is a legal secretary & has many years experience in the legal sector but now looks after our autistic daughter & works from home via the internet.

    we are English expats living in france & we have 2 other daughters that r now bi lingual. we have been here for 14 years & we are just ready for a change.

    my first cousin is married to an Australian national & we have other ozzy mates that live here in france so we have contacts & sponsors.

    I was thinking of coming over & having a look around & doing a bit of job searching at the same time & maybe doing the skills tests if necessary . would I be able to work for an oz company if I found the right place & the right company just for a short period without a visa.

    in a nutshell I just want to sort out a full time job in which ever part of oz we choose without disrupting the kids schooling here. so I would have to come alone to begin with. being 49 I realize that time is against us & we just want get the ball rolling as quickly as poss could you give us a few ideas on what we need to do ?

    sorry for the long winded write but we have so many questions

    ps love the website & the pics of the BLUE SKIES

    cheers andyp

    • BobinOz March 3, 2016, 8:54 pm | Link

      The only question I can answer with full confidence Andy is that you definitely cannot work in this country unless you have a visa that specifically allows you to do so.

      MARA migration agents are the only ones that can give you accurate advice on the rest of your questions, because they are the professionals who know all of the rules. You have sought the advice of a MARA agent and if you’re not happy with what he has said to you, then you could always get a second opinion.

      But it does have to be from another MARA agent, I cannot give you any ideas about what you need to do at all and it would be wrong of me to attempt to. Good luck, Bob

    • Lisa Miller April 19, 2016, 1:33 pm | Link

      Hi Andy

      My partner is a qualified Plumber and we have gone through the process of skilled migration so I can offer you some help from a tradesman perspective? It would be a similar process for you so hope I can help. Also to add, for the permanent residency visa for an electrician you just have to have not yet turned 50 years old, so there’s a silver lining there.

      Email me lisa-miller93@hotmail.co.uk and I’ll try my best to clear your questions.

  • Catherine February 28, 2016, 5:46 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I’m planning to migrate to Australia either by being hired or opening a chinese restaurant there. I’m educated and can speaks english but my husband is not educated and can’t speaks english. If the wife is working and the husband is the homemaker, do we easily stand a chance of approval to migrate? We can afford to buy a small house in Australia but i wonder if we can get a housing loan for foreigner.
    Thank you in advance for your reply.

    Catherine 🙂

    • BobinOz February 28, 2016, 9:33 pm | Link

      I’m afraid I can’t answer either of these questions, you would need to speak to a MARA migration agent about qualifying for the visa and whether or not you might get a housing loan would be between you and the lender. Good luck though, Bob

  • maria February 26, 2016, 7:33 am | Link

    hi mate , i live in greece and will be moving to sydney soon with my wife and 2 young daughters for a better life…. i have an australian passport since i was born there. Moving to sydney really scares me because of the high rents and since i wont have a job. Does the government help untill i find a job ? im a bus driver in my country . Does the licence count in sydney ?

    • BobinOz February 26, 2016, 7:02 pm | Link

      I have no idea whether the government would offer you any assistance or not, you would have to speak to Centrelink directly about that. I’m not sure about your driving license either, some countries licenses are okay here, some not. You would need to speak to the New South Wales transport department for clarification. Good luck, Bob

    • Penelope May 25, 2016, 11:26 pm | Link

      You will receive unemployment benefits since you are an Australian citizen. Good luck.

    • Mike May 26, 2016, 8:14 am | Link

      Maria generally you can get an international licence for a short period of time (if you are going to be in Sydney check with the RMS “Roads and Maritime services”) generally it is only a short period before you will need to get you licence changed to an Australian licence and this may require you to complete some tests.

      On the government assistance front I would do what Bob recommended as there are different rates of benefits depending on how you and your family are classified coming to Australia.

  • Marufa February 25, 2016, 1:13 am | Link

    Hi dear Bob!
    Im a student, and want to move to Austrelia in order to get my bechouar.
    Also i am maried and i have a baby! Recently i took IELTS and scored 6! What do u think i am enough qualified? Which professiones would u prefer for me to apply?


  • Nomita February 22, 2016, 5:49 pm | Link

    Can I study Phd if my hubby applies for PR . Currently he is on 457 .

  • Singh February 21, 2016, 6:59 pm | Link

    Hello bob. Ive applied for a ah 117 orphan relative visa for australia and im expecting the decision till june and if i get it whih i hopefully will… I have a indian year 12 certificate and i will be looking to study forward.. But will i be granted admission to university based on indian qualification or will i be made to do high school again? And will i be charged australian domestic student fees or international fees?

  • Neva February 19, 2016, 12:32 pm | Link

    Hello, My family and I are working on getting our visa’s for our move to Australia from the USA to be with my husband’s family. I have 2 question: 1. what is involved in the Medical. We have been working with an Migration Agent and she said everything is good and she feels the only thing that would stop us would be my medical since she did not have that information. I don’t want any surprises if we are spending that much money! Just wondering if you can help with that.
    2. What does the migration agent do after we go through the assessment process? Our agent quoted us $2500 to complete application but I am just not understanding what she is going to do now that we have the assessment.

    Thank you for you advise!

    • BobinOz February 19, 2016, 5:39 pm | Link

      I’ve written a post about the medical, that will answer your first question, you can read it here…


      Your second question can only be answered by your migration agent. If you are using a MARA registered migration agent, they do have an obligation to tell you exactly what they’re going to do, how much it’s costing and to put it in writing.

      Good luck, Bob

  • RICMIRO February 16, 2016, 9:30 pm | Link

    I am an Indian resident applying for EOI 189 and have completed CPA Australia degree through mutual recognition agreement with Institute of Chartered Accountants of India but while filling up the form there are no fields for claiming the same as qualification. Please advise where should I update my CPA qualification from Australia to claim the points for the same.

  • Jay February 12, 2016, 11:35 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I am Jay an IT Business Analyst from India who is relocating to Melbourne by last week of Feb.

    Just want to know the job scene in Australia , i am sure this is not a valid question as it may vary from person to person however want to know how soon can one get a job in Melbourne.

    Any tips on landing on a job will be of great help.


  • brenda morris February 11, 2016, 5:53 am | Link

    hi my son and daughter in law are thinking of emigrating to Australia, she is a qualified mental health nurse with 10yrs plus experience. to nurse in Australia will need to complete an on line test as well as apply to be sponsored My son has a first class honours degree in business studies but does not think he will be eligible to apply. He was thinking of going on holiday and checking out the job market is this advisable. thanks brenda

    • BobinOz February 11, 2016, 5:19 pm | Link

      These are questions for a MARA migration agent, if your son and daughter-in-law are unsure about the process, they should talk to an agent about their options.

  • Theophanis Christakos February 9, 2016, 3:07 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    I’m a Greek Canadian and have two passports. Which passport should I use immigrant to Australia? The Canadian one, where I am born and raised, most of my life is here. Under the same British Commonwealth? Or the Greek one, where alot expatriates immigrants there recently due to financial difficulties? Which is also member of EU and NATO.
    Which one should I do?
    I love it there.

    • BobinOz February 9, 2016, 9:19 pm | Link

      I’m not sure it matters, but if you are unsure, then you really should talk to a MARA registered migration agent about it.

  • mike February 5, 2016, 9:41 am | Link

    Hi Bob, I think i’m quite a few steps behind most of the people with questions on here. What i would like to know is can you get sponsored for absolutely any job in Australia?
    I’m still fairly young and after having spent the last year on a WHV in Australia. I am now looking to finish qualifications i started years ago in order to get sponsored to live out there.

    So basically my question is, do i need to get qualifications to go down the skilled migration route, or am i wasting my time and i can get sponsored with any company who are willing to employ me?
    Maybe they are two completely separate things and i just havent got a clue haha.

    • BobinOz February 5, 2016, 8:54 pm | Link

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

      You will see there are links on that page to the various skills lists, these lists change constantly according to Australia’s needs. My understanding is that for a company to be able to sponsor somebody for a job, they do have to comply with certain criteria.

      It’s not a simple process.

      My advice to you would be to discuss your situation with a MARA registered migration agent to see what options you might have. Good luck, Bob

  • Sonja February 5, 2016, 12:09 am | Link

    We live in SA and my husband has secured sponsored employment in Perth. We will probably be going across mid-year. I have a question pertaining to our 18 year old son. He is currently doing his Grade 12 (matric) through Cambridge Home Schooling, with his first exam sitting scheduled for May/June 2016 and another sitting towards the end of the year. Will he still qualify as a dependent or would he be subject to any other requirement? I look forward to your reply.

    • BobinOz February 5, 2016, 8:37 pm | Link

      That’s not a question I can answer, even if I did know the answer; see my important notices above. I would speak to a MARA migration agent about your situation as soon as possible if I were you. Good luck, Bob

  • louise February 4, 2016, 1:17 pm | Link

    I’m currently in the process of trying to figure out what visa to go to australia on with my 8 yr old son (single parent) in the next 3 months. I have my godmother in Perth whom we will live with. I feel overwhelmed with everything and worry about being refused entry at border because of something ridiculous or I’ve not crossed a t or dotted an I
    Would the assessment you offer really help?
    Why would I get a refund if I process through your online assessment. ..is it because it will cost me even more to apply for my chosen visa through the assessor and finally… how did you cope with any anxiety with the whole process of moving?

    • BobinOz February 4, 2016, 5:47 pm | Link

      Are you looking to come to Australia for a long holiday or on a more permanent basis?

      The purpose of the visa assessment is for my MARA agent to assess your options and to come up with the right kind of visa for you and your situation that will allow you to come here to live and work in Australia.

      That’s what you are paying for, just that information. You can then go on to do the application yourself if you wish, but obviously that’s when it’s down to you to make sure you have crossed and dotted stuff with the correct t’s and i’s.

      On the other hand, you could ask my MARA agent to act on your behalf and complete your application, that would then cost more money that you will need to pay directly to my agent. That’s where the refund would come in, the money you have paid would be deducted from that full bill.

      And yes, it will cost you more money, if you use my MARA agent he will charge you a fee and there will also be a fee payable to the Australian Government for the visas. All of those fees will be explained to you in writing in your assessment.

      Of course, all of that assumes that you do have options to qualify for some kind of visa, and not everybody does. There are no guarantees, but my MARA agent is very thorough and will look at all options.

      I hope that clears it up for you.

      As for me, there was no anxiety about moving, only excitement. Good luck, Bob

  • Mel February 2, 2016, 12:38 am | Link

    Hi Bob we have just been granted a 4 year visa & plan to move over at the beginning of Dec16. How do we get a job & a house before hand? We’re going to Adelaide.

  • Andy Tindle January 30, 2016, 7:46 am | Link

    G’day Bob
    we are returning citizens, this time bringing furniture. Are you aware of how leniently the authorities look at the import of very old wooden chest if drawers. It has evidence of old woodworm acactivity, but nothing in the last 150 years.
    Regards Andy Tindle

    • BobinOz January 31, 2016, 9:08 pm | Link

      Welcome back, hope you had fun wherever you’ve been.

      From my experience they were quite lenient, the only piece of wooden furniture they picked up on that I was bringing was an old deck chair and their concern was that it had been in contact with UK soil. Even so, they would have let me have it if I paid them to spray it with whatever they need to spray it with, but it wasn’t worth the money.

      Every single piece of indoor furniture made out of wood that we brought over was not a problem. That said, none of my furniture had any evidence of woodworm, old or not, so I don’t know how they might deal with that. At worst, you will lose it, they just won’t let you have it, but if it’s worth money then perhaps you’d need to look into it more thoroughly.

      My suspicion is that if they didn’t like it they might just ask you to stump up $100 – $200 or thereabouts for them to treat it.

      Hope that helps, Bob

      • Andy Tindle February 4, 2016, 5:31 am | Link

        Thanks for your reply Bob. Needs more negotiation with the missus.

  • Simao January 29, 2016, 2:12 am | Link

    Hello Bob,

    I think I checked your site from top to bottom, and it was very helpful (thanks for that)

    I’m in the middle of the Migration process to move with my family in search of a new life.
    We’re from Portugal and we’ve 3 small kids (9, 7 and 3 y) . We want to change in hope of finding some quality, healthier and more fulfilling life for us and for our children.

    I’m a graphic designer and my wife is an Architect (This occupation is listed on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL).

    Our plan is that one of us go first, to feel the land, to take care of bureaucratic paper work, and to visit 3 cities that we think are the best regarding our way of living (Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide).

    My first question is, since we don’t have any work contact and don’t have any sponsor, how hard is to find a job? even if it’s not in our work area? We don’t care where or what, is just to pay for expenses until we find a suitable job in our areas of expertise.

    My second and last question is, do you think is a good plan that one of us go first? Last one how is my English, from 1 (poorest) to 10 (native)? 

    Thanks for your help.
    Sorry to bother with all my questions
    And all the best for you and the family.

    Simon and Carmo

    • BobinOz January 29, 2016, 10:14 pm | Link

      Okay, I’ll do my best to answer your questions, but in answering the first one I suggest to you that maybe you missed a page when you covered my site from top to bottom? 🙂

      It’s this one…


      As you will see, it’s not particularly easy to get a job here at the moment, there simply are no guarantees. It really depends what you do, and how good you are doing it.

      So that answers your first question, moving on, yes it probably is a good idea for just one of you to come out first. I’d suggest that person is the one you decide between you has the best opportunity of finding work. Check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship to research that one.

      Finally, from what you’ve written, your English looks pretty good to me, I’d give you a nine I reckon, only because I never give anything a 10. 🙂

      Good luck, Bob

    • nelia January 29, 2016, 10:17 pm | Link

      Ola Simao and Carmo,

      We are Portuguese and immigrated to Australia about a year ago, we live in Adelaide. If you need any information or advice, do not hesitate to contact us.
      Nelia and Chris

      • Anna February 1, 2016, 9:45 am | Link

        Hello Nelia and Chris!
        My name is Anna. I’m Brazilian with a Portuguese passport and I’m looking for moving to Australia this year 🙂
        I have some questions specially about the visa and to know how you guys did to live there would be really helpfull!
        I would be glad to contact you. Can you please give me your email adress?
        My email is morgado.annapaula@gmail.com
        Thank you for your attention!

      • Simao & Carmo February 2, 2016, 2:22 am | Link

        Hello Nelia and Chris!
        Thanks for your reply (thank you also Bob)!
        Can you tell me more about the city, about jobs and how is the live there? how is the actual economic situation? well… tell me all you can 🙂 ? are you doing ok there? do you like Australia in a Portuguese point of view?
        If you want you can answer directly to my email simao.c.almeida@gmail.com.
        We are planing, when we get the OK from the government, to send our portfolio and cover letters to all the jobs online available and start from there. The next step is to one of us go first and then try to book interviews and start to visit studios (design for me and architecture for my wife), but we know that it will take some time, so in the in meanwhile we want to work to cover for all expenses (like house rent, food, transportation, etc) till we get work in our area of expertise. How hard is it to find that kind of jobs?
        Thanks for your time and availability to help
        Simao & Carmo

  • Yolanda January 29, 2016, 12:56 am | Link

    My name is Yolanda .I’m from South Africa .me and my partner want to move to Australia and we don’t have much money but we willing to go there as soon as possible ..can you give us. Advice and we willing to get jobs that’s side

  • BobinOz January 28, 2016, 8:20 pm | Link

    Can I remind those of you who have recently asked questions in these comments to read my important notices at the foot of the above article. Many thanks, Bob

  • Ben January 27, 2016, 8:35 pm | Link

    hi BobinOz
    I’m in Zimbabwe as Telecommunication Engineer with UK qualification up to Advanced Diploma(city and guilds) and BSC(honours) in Information Systems with 8years experience in mobile company, second largest company in Zimbabwe.
    my wife she is doing degree in Electronic and Communication engineering in Australia is it possible for me to apply for Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa while i m under her student visa as spouse,so that i can work full time not limited hours

    thank you for response

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