How I moved to Australia
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/link above it. So, let’s start at the beginning……..
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”.
Types of Visa
Here I take a look at six of the most popular kinds of visas to get you into Australia.
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.
The Points System
Deciding on which kind of visa you will apply for and a look at the Australian Skilled Immigration points calculator.
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.
Bringing Your Dog or Cat
You’ll probably want to read this if you are hoping to bring your dog (or cat).
Finalising the Application
Now it’s time to fill in the application form and provide even more proofs.
Finally your application is complete and it is in the post. What next? I’ll tell you, waiting! Is there anything you can do?
And More Waiting
This is waiting part two if you like. Here I explain stasis and exactly what you are waiting for.
Nudging ever closer, it’s time to take your medical examination.
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.
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…
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?
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.
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 considering moving to Australia.
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……
First I look at who out of your friends and family are likely to come and visit you in Australia.
Second, making new friends, a radical new approach.
And third, the simple rules of making new friends.
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 beginning or going through this process now, I wish you well. Maybe I’ll see you here in Australia soon.