How to Move to Australia

The Process.

For those of you who want to know the best way to do this without doing all of this reading stuff, then I suggest you take a look at my Visa Assessment Service.

It’s not free, but my professional MARA registered migration agent does spend a good deal of time looking over all of your information before making a thorough recommendation to you on how to proceed.

I thoroughly recommend his service, it is worth every cent, I guarantee it.

How I moved to Australia

movingOne of the most common questions I am asked is “I want to move to Australia, where do I start?” And I suppose the answer for everyone is slightly different.

But I do know what the answer was for me was and I have documented the process that we went through to move to Australia, from the initial idea right the way through to finally arriving in Australia with permanent residency status.

But I have realised of late that most of these articles have disappeared into the archives and if you can find them, the titles aren’t very descriptive. Titles like Moving to Australia Part Three and Moving to Australia Part Four.

Yes, very helpful…..

So I have now created this dedicated page called “How to Move to Australia” describing each step I went through along the way to secure my move. Hopefully the short descriptions under each title will make it easier for you to navigate around this category and find what you are looking for more easily.

To read any of the articles in full, just click on the title above it. So, let’s start at the beginning……..

Moving to Australia – An Idea

13 March 2009

The Idea

This is where it has to start for everyone, with an idea. That idea is simply “I think I’d like to move to Australia”.

6 Ways to Emigrate to Australia

19 March 2009

Types of Visa

Here I take a look at six of the most popular kinds of visas to get you into Australia.

Moving to Australia – Part Three

27 March 2009

The Application Form

Now it’s time to take a look at the dreaded paperwork and some of the costs involved in moving to Australia.

Moving to Australia – Part Four

2 April 2009

The Points System

Deciding on which kind of visa you will apply for and a look at the Australian Skilled Immigration points calculator.

Moving to Australia – Part Five

16 April 2009

Backing Up Your Application

More dreaded paperwork. Gathering together the proofs you will need for your Australian migration assessment depending upon the type of visa you are going for.

Moving to Australia – Part Six

23 April 2009

Bringing Your Dog or Cat

You’ll probably want to read this if you are hoping to bring your dog (or cat).

Moving to Australia – Part Seven

30 April 2009

Finalising the Application

Now it’s time to fill in the application form and provide even more proofs.

Moving to Australia – Part Eight

7 May 2009


Finally your application is complete and it is in the post. What next? I’ll tell you, waiting! Is there anything you can do?

Moving to Australia – Part Nine

14 May 2009

And More Waiting

This is waiting part two if you like. Here I explain stasis and exactly what you are waiting for.

Moving to Australia – Part Ten

21 May 2009

The Medical

Nudging ever closer, it’s time to take your medical examination.

Moving to Australia – Part Eleven

28 May 2009

Nervous Waiting

The results of your medical examination have now been sent off but you really don’t know if you have passed or failed. More nervous waiting.

Moving to Australia – Part Twelve

4 June 2009

Selling Up and Planning Your Move

With your visa now granted, how do you validate it? Also, selling your house and planning your departure. And here’s more help with planning…

The countdown to your move

Moving house is, apparently, one of the more stressful things you will do in your life. It certainly takes a fair bit of reparation and planning, and if you are like me, you will want to make a list of things to do.

If you want help with that, I now have such a list. Please visit…

Moving to Australia – Part Thirteen

11 June 2009

The Removal Company

With the house now sold, it’s time to call in the removal company. It’s also time to start saying goodbye to people and places and book your flight to Australia. But where are you going to live when you get there?

Moving to Australia – Part Fourteen

18 June 2009

The One-Way Flight

Finally, it’s time to board the plane on a one-way ticket to Australia! This is when your visa gets validated.

Moving to Australia – Part Fifteen

25 June

Where’s My Furniture?

More waiting, this time for your furniture to show up. Also, what’s it like settling in?

Talking of furniture, you might like to read my post about what to bring with you. It’s called, rather excitingly…

The End. Almost…..

And that does conclude our story of how we moved to Australia.

But there are many more posts in the Moving to Australia category, please do check them out. Clicking that link you will see the most recent posts at the top of the page. But I just want to bring your attention to a few more articles that may be very relevant to you if you are seriously concidering moving to Australia.

Moving to Australia: Baggy’s Story

2 July 2009

Collecting your dog (or cat) if you brought one. What can possibly go wrong!

What About My Friends?

And finally I have three articles about missing your family and friends and making new ones……

Goodbye Sam, Goodbye Samantha

17 July

First I look at who out of your friends and family are likely to come and visit you in Australia.

Leaving All Your Friends Behind

23 July 2009

Second, making new friends, a radical new approach.

The Rules of Making New Friends

30 July 2009

And third, the simple rules of making new friends.

And Finally….

It’s a long process, I know. Sometimes you will get frustrated with it, I know we did. But I can assure you that from our experience it is well worth the effort. The time it takes is not so important as the “Yes” at the end. As long as you get in, it’s all worth it.

If you are begining or going through this process now, I wish you well. Maybe I’ll see you here in Australia soon.

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  • Victor March 4, 2018, 2:58 am | Link

    I am an African according to bad situation and conditions i live, I wish to move in Australia. I need someone to help me for that. Thanks

  • Tina March 3, 2018, 7:57 am | Link

    I’m Valentina from Macedonia.Born in Australia and for couple of months moving to Melbourne Australia.The first month we will stay at my sister house with her and her husband after that we have to rent a house find jobs…..I’m scared.We also have to buy a car.Will we manage to do that for one month???and also I want to ask I have panic disorder and anxiety and I’m taking medicine for that.Can my pills (the same of them) be prescribed in Melbourne?what if they are not available there what I’m gonna do with out them???

    • Trevor March 3, 2018, 11:07 am | Link

      Tell your doctor at home what you are doing. He will give you extra medication for your trip, usually 2 months’ worth, until you can register with an Australian doctor. 100% sure Australia will have them too! Also take your paper prescription and/or a note from your doctor, in English, stating your condition. Read the article below for natural alternatives to medication. Be sure to register and then read the comments section below the article. Print and read thoroughly on your journey.

      • Tina March 3, 2018, 10:20 pm | Link

        Will we be able to find from the start jobs with my husband???How long do we have to work there so we can rent a house????I have two brothers one sister over there but to be honest they would not help more then a month to stay at their homes,and the bad thing is we don’t have that much many for a good start by our selfes.

        • BobinOz March 5, 2018, 5:11 pm | Link

          It’s hard to know what to say to you Tina, because there are no guarantees of finding immediate work here for your husband. So, if you don’t have much money, and you don’t think your relatives will help you out for more than a month or two, you are taking quite a risk.

          Have a look at my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship, it will help you research job vacancies here in this country.

          To rent a house, you will need to be able to prove your income, have enough money to pay the bond payment (usually equivalent to 4 weeks rent) and have your application accepted by the landlord. To get an idea of rental costs, see Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia.

      • Tina March 10, 2018, 1:56 am | Link

        I did a little research and found out that the medicine that I’m taking here in Macedonia is in schedule 8 drugs(I’m 10 years on alprazolam on and off) in Australia.Is this gonna be a problem for me to get this medicine prescribed by a doctor over there.

        • BobinOz March 12, 2018, 8:12 pm | Link

          I don’t know the answer to that, but I have done a quick Google and it appears that the drug you’re taking, commonly known as Xanax if my searching was correct, appears to be strictly regulated here in Australia and intended for short-term use only.

          I think you need to be careful, if you bring in a two month supply, you need to make sure that you’re not breaking the law by doing that. I would suggest getting in touch with the health department of whichever state or states you intend to visit in Australia to find out what you can and cannot do in respect of this drug.

          Get something in writing if you can, better to be safe than sorry.

  • Rob February 18, 2018, 10:23 pm | Link

    Hi Bob

    I’m really hoping you can give me some good news or even a glimmer of hope!

    I’ve been dating a wonderful girl in Perth since September 2016 but so far we’ve only managed to spend 3 months in each other’s company and it’s killing us!

    I’m a 42 year old guy in good health but with no degree and we would do anything so that we could just live together like a normal couple. She has dual Australia/UK nationality but her 13 year old son is very settled in a highly sought after school so her moving here isn’t an option.

    If there’s anything you can suggest we’d be forever indebted to you – it’s gonna be 3 more months til I can take another 2 months off work then the next step would be me paying for them to come here but it’s just so frustrating and regularly painful.

    Kind regards

    Rob (also Bob)

    • BobinOz February 19, 2018, 5:27 pm | Link

      I wish I could help you, but I simply can’t, these kinds of situations are always difficult. If she won’t move to England to be with you, then the only option is you coming to Perth to live with her.

      I don’t even know if it’s possible for you to do that, but if you do want to look into it further, then you really should speak with a MARA registered migration agent to discuss any options you might have.

      Good luck, Bob

    • Trevor March 3, 2018, 11:11 am | Link

      3 options …

      1) Pay AUD 100 for Bob’s migration agent to provide initial advice.

      2) Save hard and quit your job to travel.

      3) Marry her and find work in Perth.

    • Trevor March 3, 2018, 11:22 am | Link

      You have a severe attack of one-itis. Half the world is female and millions of them are interested in, and free to join, a healthy Western male in work; many are childless too. You could pick a beautiful South-East Asian lady, a Latina, an East European, or even an Aussie Sheila in her late twenties. Consider broadening your outlook.

  • DSilent February 10, 2018, 11:40 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I found your page very interesting and informative. I live with my family in the UK [UK Citizen] and thinking of migrating to Australia if possible. I am 42 years old and I do not have any University Degree. I served in the British Armed Forces for 19 years and currently working in IT Security field. I am just wondering, if I might be qualified via any routes for Australian PR or if your MIRA can help??

    I would really appreciate your feedback and advice.

    Thank you.

    • BobinOz February 12, 2018, 4:38 pm | Link

      It’s impossible for me to say whether or not you might qualify for any kind of visa, but my MARA agent could look at it for you through my Visa Assessment Service if you want to take it further.

      • Muhammad February 22, 2018, 12:22 am | Link

        Bob how can i go to Australia

        • Muhammad February 22, 2018, 12:23 am | Link

          I am from Pakistan

    • Trevor March 3, 2018, 11:56 am | Link

      Loads of opportunities … IT consultant, security officer, prison officer, armed forces — especially if you pick an out-of-the-way or unpopular locale to get your foot in.

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