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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Important: Please read before commenting…

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mike February 5, 2016 at 9:41 am

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 at 8:54 pm

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 at 12:09 am

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 at 8:37 pm

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 at 1:17 pm

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 at 5:47 pm

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 at 12:38 am

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.


BobinOz February 2, 2016 at 8:14 pm

My page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship has information on finding a job, but there is also a lot of chatter in the comments on my page about Adelaide that may be worth a read for you.

You’ll see that the job market in Adelaide isn’t so good at the moment, in fact it’s not so good in all of Australia, see…


As for a house, depends if you want to rent or buy. Again, you’ll probably get more help on that one on my page about Adelaide.


Andy Tindle January 30, 2016 at 7:46 am

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 at 9:08 pm

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 at 5:31 am

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


Simao January 29, 2016 at 2:12 am

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 at 10:14 pm

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 at 10:17 pm

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 at 9:45 am

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 at 2:22 am

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 at 12:56 am

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 at 8:20 pm

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


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