Crikey, it’s 2016! Here we go again, another year.
What I have noticed over the years is that every January I get a quite substantial spike in traffic. By substantial, consistently January’s visitors have been 50% up on the average number of visitors during the previous months. Every single year has been the same. That’s quite a significant traffic increase and I put it down to one thing.
New Year’s resolutions
But is ‘moving to Australia’ New Year’s resolution material?
If you want to give up smoking, lose weight, get fitter, these are the kind of things that you have complete control over. Do you have complete control over moving to Australia? The answer to that question is very simple, it’s no, you do not. Only the Australian Government hand out the visas and you WILL need one, so your dream is in their hands.
That said, the Australian Government do also clearly lay out all the rules under which they do issue visas, it’s just that there are a lot of visas and a lot of rules. So for any of you who this year have decided your New Year’s resolution is “I want to move to Australia“, this article is for you.
New Year’s resolution tips
There are many ‘gurus’ out there happy to give you advice about how to make your New Year’s resolutions successful, and I’m not one of them. What I am going to do though is offer you three tips that you may find helpful if this year you have decided you want to move to Australia.
1) Is it achievable for you?
Any expert will tell you that a New Year’s resolution has to be achievable, otherwise you are just setting yourself up to fail. Given that this particular goal is pretty much out of your control, the biggest question and hurdle for most people is ‘Would I qualify for a visa?‘
There can only be three outcomes as far as I’m aware and two of them are very straightforward; you do qualify or you do not qualify.
If you do qualify, that’s great. Australia isn’t an easy place to get into though, and for some people qualifying for a visa may simply be impossible. Maybe, for some reason, you cannot pass either the medical or the police check, or perhaps your circumstances are such that you simply don’t fit the criteria for any of the available visas.
The third possibility though is that you do not qualify, but there may be something you can do to improve your chances or ensure that you do qualify.
A friend of mine who is now living as a permanent resident here in Australia did qualify, many years ago, but before he put in his application the skill that he had was removed from the skills list. All of a sudden, overnight, he’d gone from qualifying for a visa to not qualifying for a visa.
He could have given up, but he didn’t. It took an extra five years, but he studied to get another qualification, which gave him another skill, one that was still on the list. All the time that he was studying it and getting working experience of it, he was hoping and praying it would remain on the list. It did, he applied, and as I say, he and his family now live here very happily.
This is by no means the only example of something you can do to improve your chances, there are probably hundreds of examples.
The message is simple though, you need to know if moving to Australia is achievable for you, you need to know how likely it would be for you to successfully apply for a visa.
Here are some pages to help you:
- Getting a Visa for Australia
- Points Calculator for Australian Immigration
- Your Chances of Qualifying for an Australian Visa
These pages will help you to work it out for yourself, but because it is so complicated, I do recommend that you use a MARA registered migration agent. You can choose your own agent from the MARA registered agents lists, details of that are on my page Choosing a MARA Registered Migration Agent, or you can use my agent via my Visa Assessment Service.
2) Will you get a job here in Australia?
Two years ago I would not have asked this question in the shortlist, Australia was better off than most countries when it came to job vacancies. These days though, the job market is not so good here. Our unemployment figures are as high as they’ve been since I arrived eight years ago, so securing a job is not a given.
There is nothing worse than spending all the money on the visas, the flights, the removal and the not insubstantial fees involved in buying and selling a house if that’s what you needed to do, then getting here and things not working out. Not surviving in Australia and having to return to where you came from is an expensive business, for a family it could be ballpark around $60,000.
So, assuming you need a job when you get here, it’s a very good idea to do some thorough research to find out exactly what your chances are of securing that work.
Here are some pages to help you:
- Getting a Job Sponsorship in Australia and Finding Work
- What’s It Really like Trying to Find a Job in Australia? – 2015
- Commsec’s Australian State of States Report July 2015
3) Will you survive without your friends and family?
The reason this one is in here is quite simply because, from what I can see, missing friends and family is one of the major reasons why some people return to their previous countries. This is a question only you can answer, but I suggest you think long and hard about it. As already mentioned, it’s a very costly mistake if you have to go back, so you need to be sure that you will survive without your friends and family.
The best thing you can do when you get here is make new friends.
Here are some pages to help you:
Oh, one more thing.
Think of the kids
Please do make sure you and your husband/wife/partner whatever, have a very strong relationship if you are bringing children with you. This really is a major consideration. You see, if one of you decides after a period of time that you do not like it here and you want to return back to where you came from, and the other one wants to stay, it’s a big problem.
One of you will lose access to your children. Be sure to read my page What You Must Know About Bringing the Children.
Is your New Year’s resolution to move to Australia?
If it is, I do hope you succeed. Hopefully my website can help you with that in some way, there are lots of pages here to help you. It was a dream for me back in 2005, a dream I was lucky enough to make real by the end of 2007. If it was down to just me, I’m pretty sure I would not have made it, I would not have qualified for a visa. But thankfully I got in because my wife was younger and smarter.
I was lucky, I hope you are too.
If anybody has any comments to make about the above, or want to mention any other important considerations that could be added to my shortlist, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.