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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  • 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.

  • Atul Kumar singh July 14, 2016, 5:48 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I have applied for the immigration through one of the immigration service provider in Delhi,India in.
    I got the approval from the VETASSESS in February 2016 ICT sales representative.
    And after this I appeared for the IETS and got band of 6 in each ( overall 6bands ).
    Please confirm me can I apply for the next step of immigration or do I need to score 7bands in each.
    Do you suggest me to change immigration agent at this step or do I continue with the same agent?
    Waiting for your reply.
    Thanking you
    Atul Singh

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