How to Move to Australia

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/link above it. So, let’s start at the beginning……..

Moving to Australia – An Idea

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finalising the Application

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

Moving to Australia – Part Eight


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

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

The Medical

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

Moving to Australia – Part Eleven

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

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

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

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

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.

Moving to Australia: Baggy’s Story

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

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

Second, making new friends, a radical new approach.

The Rules of Making New Friends

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

Important: Please read before commenting…

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  • you buntha January 2, 2018, 5:46 pm | Link

    Hi page owner my name is you buntha i live in cambodia,i am a simple person,me and my family like and love to live Australia so much but i don’t know how to apply to live there?.
    so page owner can show or help me to apply to live there please???
    Thank you for help …

    • BobinOz January 3, 2018, 6:28 pm | Link

      Yes, it is complicated isn’t it? Please see my reply to Peter below this as it will also answer your question.

  • Peter Panci December 29, 2017, 5:00 am | Link

    Hi my name it’s Peter Panci i am from Romania and I leave in UK
    Me and my family we want to move to Australia, and we don’t now from where to start.
    It’s any easy way to send my cv to some one to tel me if I am qualified???
    Thank you

    • BobinOz January 2, 2018, 7:18 pm | Link

      Your best bet would be to speak with a MARA registered migration agent, see my page about Migration agents. for more information.

      Whether or not you qualify for an Australian visa is quite a complicated matter and only MARA registered migration agents are legally able to assist.

  • Ramona Panci December 29, 2017, 4:58 am | Link

    Hi my name it’s Peter Panci i am from Romania and I leave in UK
    Me and my family we want to move to Australia, and we don’t now from where to start.
    It’s any easy way to send my cv to some one to tel me if I am qualified???
    Thank you

  • Nina December 14, 2017, 11:57 pm | Link

    Hi there, I’m 22 years old and I want the australian experience. I dont want to move permanently but i want to travel and get the experience of staying in hostels and making new friends etc. I have many friends who have gone for the travel and ended up staying so who knows that might end up being me, but for now. Where do i even start????
    Thanks in advance

    • BobinOz December 15, 2017, 4:44 pm | Link

      By applying for a visa, for more on that, see my page about Visas.

  • Medhat December 11, 2017, 4:57 pm | Link

    Good morning
    I’m planning to move to Australia, actually I’m waiting for my last step in the visa as a skilled immigrant permanent residence.
    I want to fly to Melbourne finalize the paperwork, basically bank account, medicare, immicard and so on. How long would it talk to finalize these stuff? would a 2 weeks visit be enough?
    thanks in advance.

    • BobinOz December 11, 2017, 9:46 pm | Link

      Two weeks would be more than enough time, in fact you could open a bank account easily without actually coming here, see…

      The other stuff is pretty quick to do as well, we set it up for ourselves when we first arrived here to live in Australia, we didn’t do a pre-visit to sort it out. I think you’d save a lot of money by waiting for your PR to come through and then just get it all done as soon as you arrive.

    • Mark December 12, 2017, 8:23 am | Link

      Hi Medhat Hpe you dont mind me chipping in. You might be better getting an address here for many of the things you are seeking if only visiting for two weeks many will ask for one. Use a friends a internet one.

      • Medhat December 12, 2017, 3:59 pm | Link

        Thanks for your reply 🙂
        So, can’t a rented apartment address for these two weeks works?

        • Mark December 12, 2017, 6:00 pm | Link

          Yes but it’s unlikely anyone will actually send you anything within that period, thats assuming you register everything day one and then wait for the post yes you can register things but they will want to send things like driving licence 10 days easily Medicare around 3 weeks so if its then sent to the apartment you have left therein lied the problem You could try diverting the mail with aus post but you’d have little if any ID for new address to show them to be able to complete the divert form… Try Air tasker for someone maybe

  • Sam November 16, 2017, 5:52 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I am currently a resident of the UK and have been going out with my girlfriend, who is from New Zealand for 6 months now. Her sponsorship in the UK will run out in October of next year and we’re looking for a move to Brisbane, Australia. We’ve looked into partner Visas but we’re not sure if she’s eligible as a sponsor as she hasn’t been living in Australia amongst other things. Can you help at all? Any advice would be much appreciated.
    Thank you

    • BobinOz November 17, 2017, 6:53 pm | Link

      I can’t help personally, but my MARA agent could look at this for you through his Visa Assessment Service.

      Check out the page for full details about how it works.

      • Sam November 17, 2017, 7:59 pm | Link

        Thanks for your response Bob, I’ll try that out.

  • Roman September 8, 2017, 11:20 pm | Link

    Now I working Singapore construction with excavator operator. My brother Australian citizen .now I how can move to Australia.

  • Elaine August 25, 2017, 8:15 pm | Link

    Hi Bob I would like to move Australia to be with my family with my partner and my daughter my partner and I are retiring soon we both have small pensions I a house to sale we don’t wont work would. We be able to retire over there Karan my daughter works in an office I don’t won’t get there hop up if there’s no point x ps l live in the uk

    • BobinOz August 28, 2017, 8:25 pm | Link

      It can be quite hard at times to get a visa, see my page about Visas for more information and in particular have a look at the video.

      I can’t help you directly, but the video will help answer your question.

      • Norah August 28, 2017, 11:44 pm | Link

        Hi Bob,
        I am from the UK 🇬🇧 and have lived in Australia 🇦🇺 now for 10 years.
        I have a 38 year old son back in the UK. Is there anyway that I can get him over here in OZ permanently apart from the partner visa, work and study, as he has mental health issues.
        Thank you Bob for all you do on here:)

        • BobinOz August 29, 2017, 8:33 pm | Link

          You would need to talk to a MARA migration agent about that Norah, my page about Migration agents. will help you find one. Only MARA agents know all the rules and can give this kind of advice.

  • Pani August 20, 2017, 1:48 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    My brother in law is a citizen of the UK and resides there (i.e. UK) at the moment with his wife (who is also a UK citizen).
    He wants to apply for an Australian permanent residency (Skilled Independent Visa – Subclass 189) and was not sure if he could apply being in the UK through an agent based in Australia.
    Could you please advise.
    Thank you.

    • BobinOz August 20, 2017, 8:36 pm | Link

      Yes, of course, he can apply from the UK and he can use an Australian based MARA registered migration agent. My agent, who offers his Visa Assessment Service here and also a full application service for those who want it helps people from countries all around the world and he is based here in Brisbane.

      • Pani August 21, 2017, 12:04 am | Link

        Thank you so much for confirming this Bob, much appreciated.

  • Eldot July 28, 2017, 1:55 am | Link

    I just want to say thank you for your blog posts. My husband and I submitted our visa application yesterday. I’ve found your blog to be totally reassuring – you write in a clear and no nonsense way. It feels like we’re on a roller coaster at the moment – And we’re not sure how long it is. But reading about our story and the comments from others let’s me know that we’re not alone in it! So thanks.

    • BobinOz July 29, 2017, 12:46 am | Link

      No, you are not alone, I think most of us who moved here have been through the same rollercoaster ride you are on now. Hopefully your ride will come to a slow and gentle stop somewhere in Australia.

      Thank you for your wonderful comment, I’m glad that me and many of the others who have commented here have helped you along the way. Good luck with your application, hope to see you here sometime soon.

  • Ali July 16, 2017, 5:33 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Your script is so much comprehensive and suitable. Actually, my PR of Australia has been granted since one year ago and I plan to move to Australia. I am mechanical engineer and now I work in a petroleum company in Iran. I intend to move to Sydney and looking for a job vacancy there. So my question is regard to the best time I can choose for my immigration. I have the option to move in September, 2017, while I doubt if I can find a job till the end of 2017 or not? Because, if my chance to find a job is not as much as first months of 2018, I can move in Feb, 2018. I appreciate if you give me an advise in this regard.

    • BobinOz July 17, 2017, 6:53 pm | Link

      I’d be guessing, I really don’t know which time would be best. All you can do is research the vacancies for your line of work, my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship will help you with that. Good luck, Bob

  • louise July 11, 2017, 11:07 pm | Link

    Hi Bob , I came across your write up , very well written .. We are currently going through the very beginning stages of hopefully making our way to Australia from the UK 🙂 … Im baffled as to what I should be applying for or indeed if I would be able to apply at all
    My husband is a working musician and I am a chef and a beautician , but currently im not working as either as we are also foster carers and very busy with the wee 1s .. We also have a 11 year old son … We have friends who live out there and im not sure if this would help our application too? Please could you tell me if you think it sounds like we stand a chance? I am 32 years old Thank you Lou

    • BobinOz July 12, 2017, 6:37 pm | Link

      Yes, it’s complicated Louise, and also a question I can’t answer for you. You need to speak to a MARA migration agent, please see the two important notices at the foot of the above article.

      • louise July 12, 2017, 7:28 pm | Link

        Hi again , I spoke with them yesterday and was told I would get through on a trade as chefs are in high demand at the moment .. chuffed to bits!

        • BobinOz July 14, 2017, 6:28 pm | Link

          Excellent news, hope it all works out.

  • Charles June 28, 2017, 2:07 pm | Link

    Good read, I’m seeking all the information I can obtain.
    I’m american, Im not looking to move permanently to australia at this time, work visa stuff is all I’m really after, my girlfriend’s australian and is back there…
    We are looking at options on moving her to the USA or me moving ..
    I’m curious about dual citizenship though..
    I really enjoyed your pages of information.
    Thank you for the wonderful detailed description…

    • BobinOz June 28, 2017, 8:49 pm | Link

      That’s an interesting question, Australia allows dual citizenship, the US sort of doesn’t. If you go to the US immigration website, you will be able to find their statement on it, it’s not clear-cut.

      From what I’ve been told though, the US will not revoke your citizenship if you are also a citizen Australia, but if you were looking for dual citizenship with a country they are not keen on, and we all know the US has a list, then that’s when they may take your US passport away.

      So a bit of a grey area, but I do personally know someone who does have both a US and Australian passport and his migration agent said just don’t worry about it.

    • Mark June 29, 2017, 9:51 am | Link

      Having in my possession a UK passport and an American one Born UK naturalized by my dads second marriage to US and with my field of so called expertise I can perhaps help.
      USA does not encourage what you term dual national but in truth to USA it doesn’t like to say it exists. If you marry or end up with another nationality by default it recognises that you can/will have two citizenship and by default can have two passports (that bits handy) . If your willing to apply for another citizenship then thats when it feels you should give up your US citizenship, This, if you google it explains it fully, Section 101(a)(22) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. So if you end up Australian by marriage that is OK. My wife applied for our visa so even I can end up technically (as I have to apply to stay with my family) Australian by marriage (3 passports) (my wife is only UK citizen)
      That said I have a really good company I sort of work for with a massive global brand, with many accountants who plough through all the tax laws etc etc still making sure a US tax return is filed and so on. I would not probably do it otherwise.

  • Kobra June 18, 2017, 6:33 am | Link

    Hi dear
    I do not know just help me to get visa and live in your husband went to there by boat ..and now six years i could not see him .. i live in iran with my son . We just waiting to accept us … i got sick .. i am alone . You could not imagin how it is difficult . I going to die . I miss him a lot . Plese come up with geart way .. i want to come . It is my wish dearm . Help me help me .

    • BobinOz June 19, 2017, 8:18 pm | Link

      I can’t help you with this, but I do know a couple of organisations who may be able to assist. Try or

  • Nazym June 12, 2017, 7:11 pm | Link

    Hello, my name is Nazym. I’m from Kazakhstan and I’m 24. I’ve graduated geology faculty in local university, but can’t afford Masters education in Australia, it is too expensive for me, however I’ve been always dreaming about movig to this great coutry. I do not have any family parts in Australia, what do you think, which type of visa should I choose? Is it really possible for me?

  • Tom April 13, 2017, 8:59 pm | Link

    Hello Bob
    I’ve been doing some research into moving to Australia for a few months, I went to one of those expo things last Autumn where everyone there told me I “should” qualify based on my age/education/experience.

    The thing I’ve been wondering about, and I was hoping to get your opinion on, is how rigid are they when it comes to the skills in demand list? I work in construction management, I was thinking if I did apply to move I’d identify as a project manager as that’s on the list, I have a Masters in Construction Project Management, and generally I manage the engineering elements of a project, but I can’t bring a piece of paper that says my job title is “Project Manager” – my official job title is not a common one. Do you think that disqualify me or would they listen to what I can do?

    Kind Regards


    • BobinOz April 17, 2017, 9:07 pm | Link

      I’m afraid only a MARA registered migration agent can answer that for you, and if you’re interested, that question would definitely be answered by my Visa Assessment Service.

      I couldn’t even attempt to answer it, I’m simply not allowed under Australian law.

  • Fidelis Okwaraoha April 12, 2017, 3:22 pm | Link

    Dear sir/ma.
    I and my family really want to come to live in sydney please i need update on how to come,am from Nigeria.
    Thank you
    Best regards
    Fidelis Okwaraoha

  • Sharon March 31, 2017, 6:21 am | Link

    Great article packed full of information. Thought you might be interested in checking out our Sydney City Guide. It was designed for expats and can even help you locate your perfect suburb.

  • Khaled March 26, 2017, 3:58 pm | Link

    Sir I want to move to Australia please help me. ….

  • Marcus March 17, 2017, 6:40 am | Link

    Bob, I am a thirty-four year old IT support engineer and analyst(used to work sales/customer service for many years), and I believe based on that (did the assessment earlier)I was qualified for ‘skilled’ migrant ‘independent’ worker visa – I’ll try to find out more this coming week with their offices.

    However I want to take my retired mother (70) with me. I understand retirees can get four year duration VISAs in Australia, but there’s some conditions they need to meet, namely that they have to be financially viable. Well, she’s not rich, and all she has is a pension from the UK government for civil service in the 60s/70s. We(I) have some savings, most of which would be spent on the application, the MARA service support, the move itself and all other related costs.

    What is the kind of visa combination the two of us would be looking for, to ensure we’re both eligible?


    • BobinOz March 17, 2017, 11:51 pm | Link

      Marcus, these are questions you need to be asking your MARA agent, they are the only people that are authorised to advise on these matters. You said you did the assessment earlier, if it was an assessment through my agent and my Visa Assessment Service, then just ask Simon, he will guide you.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Arabscot March 9, 2017, 7:15 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, excellent advice in general and thanks for the information.
    I have a different set of circumstances and just wondered if you knew how it worked or could point me in the right direction?
    My partner (not married, YET!) is a fully registered nurse with family connections in Perth. She already has several offers of employment and there are no issues there at all.
    Where I stand I’m not so sure. Do I have to be on the skills list also or would we have to be married already for me to qualify as her spouse and allow me to move there?
    Any pitfalls you know of for us to watch out for? We’re looking at a minimum of 2 years away before we make the move as we both currently work in the Middle East (saving to buy a house on the coast ) but I’m keen to get the ball rolling if there is something I need to do. I am a senior retail professional but what I do is obviously not on the skills list, would I be able to do that once there?
    Apologies in advance if I’ve asked a question you’re not legally allowed to answer. Thanks for the help.

    • Mark March 9, 2017, 7:41 pm | Link

      Whilst its only a MARA agent that can advise you a friend and colleague of mine has just been asking similar and this is what she was told A partner temp visa can be applied for it depends where she is when she applies. It allows her to stay in Australia with her partner. It is a pathway to permanent residency too, if two years after she can show the relationship is still genuine and continuing, a permanent visa may be granted to her . She is allowed to stay In Australia with her partner, until a decision is made regarding her permanent visa
      She can work in Australia. She can even enrol in Australia’s medical benefits expenses and hospital care scheme including Medicare. She had to apply for both the temporary and permanent visas at the same time by lodging one application. I believe the permanent one comes around two years later for her. She may not have to wait the two years though as she has been in same de facto relationship with her partner for over three years..

      You might be best with an agent though if you are unsure of ‘mucking’ the application up so to speak

  • Kathie March 3, 2017, 2:12 am | Link

    Hi my partner and I are wanting to move to Australia permantly. I retire in two years and gave a daughter who lives there with her husband. We would live with them and work for her. What do I need to get paperwork wise?

    • BobinOz March 3, 2017, 7:43 pm | Link

      Paperwork wise you will need to get a visa, see my page about Visas.

  • louise February 25, 2017, 2:19 am | Link

    hi bob

    me and my husband and 2 boys want to migrate to Australia the gold coast to be exact at the moment our jobs are not on the skilled list my husband is training to do carpentry and I’m training to be a administrator/receptionist we are giving our self’s 4-5 years to gain experience in those rolls do you think we would have a good chance getting jobs with only a few years of experience any info would be great

    • Hi Louise February 25, 2017, 9:57 am | Link

      Yes you will undoubtedly always be able to get a job but just like any other area employers will sometimes have a choice of applicants of course…Now you may turn up with very little experience but the employer likes the ‘cut of your jib’ to use a UK expression..There is a potential…Australia whilst short on skills still has other people applying for jobs It is of course not just turn up and get the first job, I know you was not suggesting that .. I figure you just wnat some reassurance there is potential yes there is… However There is a cautionary note The skills lists get changed each July I think it is Now its never been wholesale change as I know of but some professions get taken off some put on ….eg your 4 years may be in vein..being positive you should be OK ..Are your professions experience not on any list or the consolidated one…Sometimes its not your qualifications that count its experience that counts…

      • Mark February 25, 2017, 10:04 am | Link

        Apologises Louise I have been up most of the night on calls. I work for a UK company LA based and its Friday catch up with 17 hour time spread I got the short straw So I had written Hi Louise in where my name should have been. content good though

      • louise February 26, 2017, 4:12 am | Link

        thanks for the reply its good to know getting a job will not be as hard as I thought. At the moment we are in early stages of training my husband is a security officer in retail and iv got 6 years experience in hairdressing but haven’t worked as one for 5 years we both share the dream but we are just looking into the whole process and saving money at the moment, that’s what scares me with the sol list changing every year we definitely need to look in to the different types of visas

        • Mark February 26, 2017, 8:47 am | Link

          Good luck with it all …I haven’t looked at the list for a while but you may find hairdressing in demand as much as carpentry. Its worth looking at that..

          • BobinOz February 28, 2017, 12:01 am | Link

            Louise, I would seriously consider talking to a MARA migration agent if I were you, because my understanding is that it is recent work experience that matters the most and if you haven’t done hairdressing for five years, that might be a problem.

            I don’t know for sure, I’m not a migration agent, but I think you need to find out exactly how you stand on this.

  • Ck February 10, 2017, 10:54 pm | Link

    How much money can migration to australia?i need know this

  • Sabrina January 9, 2017, 4:46 pm | Link

    Hi! I went and worked in Australia last year in hospitality. I am currently enrolled in school for AIN. Im not sure if I would be able to get a visa for this job as a lot of them are only for nurses. Could you maybe give me a few tips or direct me into the right direction? Thanks

  • abdisalan faheye December 21, 2016, 11:36 pm | Link

    I need to get refugee australia visa pleas helpe me I am handicap pleas helpe me I am somali pleas helpe me

    • BobinOz December 23, 2016, 7:55 pm | Link

      I can’t help you with this, but I do know a couple of organisations who may be able to assist. Try or

      • Tressa bryan February 11, 2017, 12:36 am | Link

        What is the climate in Australia right now with the refugees? The reading I’ve done says Australia is the one country without a problem. Is this really true? I am an American and am looking at options. Thank you!!

      • Fae khaja February 20, 2017, 7:39 pm | Link

        I don’t know a soul in Australia. Who will pick me up from the airport and accommodate me in a home. It’s me and my hus.

        • Trevor February 22, 2017, 3:58 am | Link

          So you expect a free airport taxi and free lodging? What makes you think the world owes you a living? If you want freebies, the U.K. is your best bet … which is why I’m leaving!

  • Ann December 14, 2016, 12:42 pm | Link

    Dear Bob,

    Hi! I enjoy reading your blog! Its very informative and at the same time entertaining. I find myself chucking in some parts of this blog. I just got my PR (Yehey!) a few weeks ago through a Mara agent which makes are application easy breezy. Though the cost is too high, its worth it because it gives us the confidence knowing that we have an expert beside us which gives us a higher chance to obtain a PR (and we did). Its like having a lawyer, a secretary, an adviser and a friend throughout this process. And you are right they are the only ones legally allowed to give advise and they really know a lot of things.

    But aside from our agent, your blog have been really helpful to all of us with aiming for that AU dream. Your website’s SEO is great, we can easily find your blog. I always get this: Me:hey you’re applying for a PR, you better check this blog…… Friends: Oh we know that, we’ve been reading that page too.

    Therefore I want to commend you, you are doing a great job by guiding and helping others (with of without agent) with this medium. Kudos and keep it up. God bless you and your family 😉

    Once again thank you so much… On behalf of everyone in this blog.. thank you for being awesome!

    • BobinOz December 14, 2016, 9:16 pm | Link

      Thank you Ann for your very kind words, it really is very much appreciated. I don’t get called awesome very often, hardly ever really, so that’s nice 🙂 Google and the others do seem to like me as well, which is also very nice.

      Glad to hear my website has helped you along the way, and as you say, it is a bit expensive but very much worth getting a MARA agent on your side, it’s quite complex and daunting task and these people do know what they are doing.

      Congratulations on getting your PR, I do hope you get to love this country is much as I do. Hope your move goes smoothly, cheers, Bob

  • April November 18, 2016, 11:56 pm | Link

    Hey bob!
    I have looked into different visas and options to move myself, partner and little girl over to Australia. I am currently on the skilled list and have looked into applying to the government for a state sponsorship but need to convert my certificates for them to qualify in Australia, can you recommend anyone? Also if we was to go over for a long holiday and set up interviews and explain that we are looking for a sponsorship and apply whilst out there would we be able to go on a bridging visa to be able to stay longer and would that include my family. I am a hairdresser and my partner is a primary school teacher.
    Many thanks

    • BobinOz November 21, 2016, 4:35 pm | Link

      These are the sorts of questions I just cannot answer April, please see my important messages above. Good luck though, Bob

  • Heather Mitchell November 18, 2016, 11:22 am | Link

    Hi! I really want to move to Australia. I already know which VISA I need to apply for but I don’t have it yet, nor have I applied. However, I have been applying for jobs in Australia but haven’t been hearing back from them. Is it possible to receive an offer for employment before actually moving there? I’m scared to go without a job already secured. Any advice?

    • Mark November 18, 2016, 12:44 pm | Link

      Hi Heather Its chicken and egg so to speak…If you have no Visa they cant really employ you without going down another path of sponsorship etc etc Eg Forgive me for saying so but you are at the bottom of the Resume pile as even if they thought you was the best person for the job (and I speak with an employer head on now) how on earth if I said start Monday or Monday xx of March 2017 A. you may not come and B you may not get a Visa even to come and actually likely would not in that time…We where a long way along the Visa process my job was sorted my wife applied for about 5 jobs all thanks you but no or get in touch when you have your VISA We got our Visa 29th October a Friday I remember it well She email emails all five and applied for another job that weekend ..the new application she got an email for an interview Tuesday Morning had the interview skype on The Thursday evening got an email for another one of teh 5 for an interview that day…The one she had already had the interview offered her a job on the Friday she had the other interview just before being offered and was offered that job the following Monday but she had to explain she had accepted another position It showed a massive difference as she had a Visa

      • BobinOz November 18, 2016, 5:25 pm | Link

        Heather, the Australian job market at the moment isn’t that strong either, depending on what you do. Many people here with visas and even Australians born and bred are not getting replies to their job applications. It’s tough at the moment, see…

        And be sure to also read the comments. So, as Mark has pointed out, I think it will be almost impossible for you to secure a job whilst you’re not here in this country and don’t yet even have a visa.

        Good luck though, Bob

        • Heather November 18, 2016, 9:05 pm | Link

          You and Mark make a lot of valid points and some stuff that I have considered. But it sounds like then the only way to go is to apply for a visa and start moving and hope to get a job once I get there or shortly before the move when I already have the Visa.

          • BobinOz November 21, 2016, 4:24 pm | Link

            Maybe, but of course that is quite risky because there would be no guarantees that you would actually land a job when you get here. It would pay to spend a good deal of time researching your industry to see how likely it would be for you to get a job when you get here.

            I do refer to this dilemma a bit in the following article as well, might be worth you having a read…


  • Rachelle October 24, 2016, 9:44 pm | Link

    Hi there!
    I currently live in Florida and work as a registered nurse. If I was to make the move to Australia, where should I set my sights on in terms of comparable temperature climate as Florida?
    Thank you

    • BobinOz October 25, 2016, 7:57 pm | Link

      Brisbane I would think; average temperatures during summer are around 32° and in winter around 20° during daytime. Lowest I have ever known it yet during daytime in winter is around 15°C. Humid for about five weeks or so each year. Crazy rainfalls now and then. Does that sound like Florida? Other than it not being in Fahrenheit 🙂

  • Oli October 23, 2016, 10:58 pm | Link

    Been thinking about moving to Australia for a few years now. Started all the visa application forms last year and sent them off but didn’t follow through with it as my wife fell pregnant with our second child.
    Just had a mate message me out the blue. Telling me to get out to Sydney because his company are desperate for bricklayers (that’s my occupation).
    How long would a visa 189 take? I need to stop thinking about moving and start doing!

    • BobinOz October 24, 2016, 5:45 pm | Link

      I don’t know how long it takes, that’s one of those questions I need to leave to the professionals, MARA registered migration agents. Just get the ball rolling as quickly as you can and if you do need professional help, my page about Migration agents will help you find one. Good luck, Bob

  • Sandra jones October 15, 2016, 6:20 pm | Link

    Hi, I am a single mother with a 18months old son. I want to migrate to Melbourne because my brother lives there and I can give my son a better future there. Please help me with the procedure to migrate with such a small baby. I know it would be tough but I have to do it for my baby.

    • Donna November 1, 2016, 10:11 am | Link

      Me too! I’m a single mum and my baby is 2! Id love to here how we can do it!

    • Mark November 1, 2016, 10:35 am | Link

      Hi Sandra. Im not sure the age of the little person is relevant save it makes it a bit more harder to look after. I don’t mean that in any rude way to explain if Australia will take/want you then the little one comes as a package. They dont frown because your a single mom! You may have to gain a skill Australia want. We were lucky, school teacher (specific sort) and lawyer both on the list but even as a mom and dad we could only have one applicant. Like everyone else who set out on this path you have to start and look, do you have a skill to offer Australia, one that it is actively seeking. or as I said get one, it may take you four years doing that but determination will suceed. Does your brother who after all went through some or all of the process I assume, have any employee that would require you and can make a great case for a visa. Speak to one of the MARA agents. if you are in the UK there are events on (we attended one at Birmingham motorcycle museum) Hope this helps for now and yes in my opinion for what its worth it is a better future.

  • Janelle October 8, 2016, 9:53 pm | Link

    My husband and I are moving from UK to Aus 2nd Jan 2017. I am trying to find out if our Samsung Smart TV will definitely work in Australia but the information and advice online and on forums varies. Do you know if it will work once we get a new set top box in Aus?

    • BobinOz October 10, 2016, 5:20 pm | Link

      No I don’t, I’m afraid. All I can suggest to you is that you try going through the setup menu in your Samsung Smart TV to see if it allows you to change the country options. Your TV will currently be set to the UK, can you change it to Australia?

      If you can, then it would be reasonable to expect that it would work when you get here, so it’s probably worth bringing out. Remember you can always attach a set-top box to it if it doesn’t work with its own tuner here. It will work with a set-top box, but it’s not ideal, it makes operating it and changing channels a little clunky but it will get you by.

    • Mark October 25, 2016, 10:07 am | Link

      This piece of advice was given to me by a guy from Pickfords who lets face it have been involved in more moves than game of chess. We had a Sony Internet enabled not smart TV. He said to take it. I said I didn’t think it would work, he said do a factory reset when you get there and if you have Australia as a country option select then re setting up and if not select Germany for Europe only TVs. must be Germany I tried at first as was, nothing, then did the factory reset as found on the internet and sure no Australia only Europe countries and Selected Germany and it found every channel going. Since connected to net and all A1 This info I have passed into several including a guy I had met here had stored a TV for 4 years not working, we tried on his and hey presto channels. if any TV wont work a set top box will be fine as the TV just becomes a monitor and if not grab a Kudo box or similar. enjoy your move we did it nearly 12 months ago.

  • Mo October 6, 2016, 6:50 am | Link

    Hi there,
    I’ve been wanting to move to Melbourne for about a year now, but it’s proving to be quite difficult. I have a strong hotel background, and currently work for an Australian airline and still can’t find a fit for my skills to apply for a workers visa. I found one of the best MARA agents who came and visited me in Los Angeles, and we sat for over two hours just for me to be told there are no available openings for my skill set.

    All I want to do is take my life that I have here in the US, and live it in Fitzroy! Why is it so freakin difficult? I have no pets, no husband, and qualify for tons of job postings that I see in Melbourne. Can you think of of any ideas to assist? Thank you so much in advance. 🙂

    • BobinOz October 6, 2016, 8:42 pm | Link

      Australia isn’t an easy country to migrate to, they have very strict rules about who they will and who they will not let into the country. If a top MARA migration agent can’t find a way for you, then I certainly can’t.

      In fact it would be illegal for me to advise you, because only MARA migration agents can give this kind of advice. All you can do is get a second opinion from another MARA agent, but it’s not looking good for you.

      If you are young enough, maybe you have time to train in a different skill set, but that in itself is no guarantee. That’s something you might like to discuss with your MARA migration agent though. Good luck, Bob

  • Shahbuddin September 30, 2016, 4:49 pm | Link

    I would like to go australia from malaydia. I have working visa in malaysia. Any one can advise? Thank you. Best regards.

    • BobinOz October 2, 2016, 10:32 pm | Link

      No I can’t, as I stated above, you would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent.

  • Abby September 14, 2016, 9:11 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    Moving to QLD 28th September (eeek can’t wait) with my husband and 2 children (aged 16 & 20). How do we go about getting id for house rentals etc etc

    • BobinOz September 15, 2016, 12:29 am | Link

      Exciting times, I hope the move goes well for you and your family. I’ve got news for you though, your 20-year-old is not a child anymore 🙂

      I think it’s called a 100 point check, but Wikipedia knows more than I do about this…

      But, of course, you’re after a rental, so it may be in your interest to offer further documentation, like proof of income if you have secured a job here here, bank statements, proof of previous good standing with a mortgage or rent. Often rentals have more than one applicant, they sometimes have several, so it’s down to you to prove why they should choose you as a tenant ahead of the others. So throw everything you them!

      Good luck, Bob

  • Belinda August 7, 2016, 8:26 am | Link

    Are you moving to Australia?

    Please be aware TVs and DVDs form the UK do not work over there and like wise visa versa. Unfortunately I didn’t know and seeing as Audio visual equipment is so expensive in Australia, when I moved back foolishly brought it all with me!

    I have 2x Panasonic PVRs and 3x TVs to sell or do like for like exchange

    1x Panasonic DMR-XW450 – £ 250

    1x Panasonic DMR-PWT635 – £ 400

    1x LG 55″ 3D LED LCD Smart TV – £ 800

    1x Samsung 42″ LCD TV – £ 200

    1x Hisense 42″ LCD TV – £ 150

    Please email me if you are interested. I am in Somerset.

    • Mark October 25, 2016, 10:20 am | Link

      Many do work you just have to perhaps .beat the system’ I learnt as a tip to get a UK TV to work do a factory reset and select Germany They then work fine as did my Sony PVR. Now I am not sure about going the other way as when buying a UK TV it will likely be Europe enabled so Germany will be there Australia TV.s may not be as beatable. As regards DVDs Many DVD players PVR and the like are hack able to be region free All you do is google Region free Hack for XXXX XXX model and there is someone who has done it. It means all your DVD;s will play. Even on ebay for the more advanced players including Blue ray you can buy a multi-region hack remote, I’ve just bought one for a new Sony Blue ray player bought here, would not play my UK and US dvds £13.99 one press aimed at the player on Saturday and now it plays anything

  • lino rodrigues August 5, 2016, 9:34 am | Link

    I am portuguese and I am leaving in uk working as a security officer in tesco .l want to apply for work visa .and I don’t no whom to go and speak too I mean agent .pls need your help

  • Donny Naoshekoam August 4, 2016, 10:14 am | Link

    Hi Bob – This is such a great help and guidance all well documented. I felt You showed me the light on the other side of the tunnel..

    Thank you and God bless and love the humour about the skill list ????


    • BobinOz August 4, 2016, 8:21 pm | Link

      Glad to have helped Donny, and thanks for noticing the humour 🙂 Good luck with your plans, I hope it all works out. Bob

  • Mo bolton August 2, 2016, 9:19 am | Link

    Hi Bob thanks for the useful information am from UK am fully qualified electrician but sadly I have not been working as electrician now for 3 years due to taking time travelling to africa and middle east, do youthink I could still apply skilled work visa as electrician? I would love working in warm weather country. Thanks mo

    • BobinOz August 2, 2016, 6:00 pm | Link

      I really couldn’t tell you, you would need to speak to a MARA migration agent to see what your chances might be on that one.

      • Mo bolton August 2, 2016, 7:28 pm | Link

        Cool thanks

  • faisal July 24, 2016, 1:35 am | Link

    hi bob. i am faisal working in uae. i am from pakistan and i want to come in australia pls help me how i can come in australia thanks

  • Deon July 19, 2016, 5:41 am | Link

    Hi Bob, moving from UK to Melbourne January 2017. Already sleepless nights. After the stress of making sure that it is the right decision, now the reality of the planning of the move lies ahead. Small things like at which stage to sell our cars and get a rental, what day to ship your stuff , making sure all accounts are closed etc. Your blog is full of valuable info, and when I feel like it’s getting to much, I read the comments on your blog and your response and realise, a lot of people are doing this and have the same worries.

    • BobinOz July 19, 2016, 8:34 pm | Link

      Yes, moving home can be a stressful time, moving home and country even more so. Lots of people have done it before though, and people will continue to do it. They all get through it eventually and you will too.

      Glad to hear that my website is helping you in some way to deal with this, and I’m sure it will all work out okay in the end. As long as you don’t forget something.

      Doh, sorry, I shouldn’t have said that, my bad 🙂

    • Mark October 25, 2016, 10:33 am | Link

      Happy moving We did it last December, if you need any help shout out we were helped by complete strangers when we got here, its kind of the Aussie way though they were English Been there done that so to speak I am happy to pass on that help. We shipped a car, dont be put off I shipped a 2012 volvo C70 and dont regret, it found far cheaper ways than suggested Sold a 2006 v70 not worth as much, and then had the shipped car to drive till we left, It cost around £2500 to ship and get on road Id have lost that on selling and rental.. keep a UK bank account and card Its easy buying presents for folk back home, far cheaper than shipping from here. Ship your stuff at the last minute it takes ages to get here. If you need something urgent bring it or leave with a friend boxed up and then use Ipost parcels say to collect it and ship it. You’ll need an address when you get here for Driving lionesses if you have a friend here great if not one of the people we met helped us, happy to do the same for you. once you have a license then you can rent easier and then you have your own address Bob’s site is invaluable.

      • Yazzy November 16, 2016, 4:23 am | Link

        I am looking to seriously move to Melbourne. Me and my wife. I need help! I have moved before and understand the pressure of it all. But an Australian move may deem difficult. Please email me with any suggestions.

        • BobinOz November 16, 2016, 5:46 pm | Link

          There is just one suggestion; speak to a MARA registered migration agent.

  • Lax July 18, 2016, 2:34 pm | Link

    Does anyone know how Canadian Citizen apply for a PR in Australia?

    Looking forward to hearing from you all.

    Regards, Lax

    • BobinOz July 18, 2016, 8:29 pm | Link

      It’s the same process for Canadians as it is for most other countries, see my page about Visas for more information.

  • Dr.Pooja July 14, 2016, 6:57 pm | Link

    Hello Bob
    I am Dr.Pooja from India. I am searching for a job in
    Canberra on urgent basis. It would be greatful if you could help me
    Thanks and Regards

  • Paul July 11, 2016, 3:52 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, my wife and I are at the beginning of the long road ahead to get ourselves and our children to Oz, I think i have the skillset to get there as I’m an electrician but if granted a visa do they have a time limit on them and how long would that be? Thanks and great site by the way

    • BobinOz July 11, 2016, 9:53 pm | Link

      I’m not sure I understand your question Paul, but if you apply for a visa based on your skill and get accepted, it is usual for you to include your wife and it ended children on the same application. That means they can come with you.

      If your question is more complicated than that, then you really should consult with a MARA registered migration agent. Good luck, Bob

      • Paul July 12, 2016, 1:26 am | Link

        Hi Bob, sorry, I’ve just read it back and it doesn’t make sense does it 😉
        What I meant to ask is once your visa has been granted how long does it last? 1 year, 2 years ect or does that depend on the type of visa you get?

        • BobinOz July 12, 2016, 5:56 pm | Link

          Yes, I believe it does vary depending on the visa type, but when you get granted your visa the period of time will be stipulated in the conditions. My advice though would be to consult with a MARA migration agent as they can tell you the different types of visas you could potentially apply for and how long they last.

  • Vaki Sayyed June 30, 2016, 6:24 pm | Link

    Hi Bob This Is Vaki Sayyed I m frm India
    i M llokin for a Job in aus cn u help Out on That

    it is My frst And last Desire plz Help Me

  • Ben Smallwood June 29, 2016, 7:40 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Myself and fiancée are trying to plan/get our heads around moving to OZ, but there’s so many different things that you read that need doing we don’t know where to start.

    I think the visa would be 189 as I’m a qualified plumber, gas fitter and AC. Do I need to get a plumbing license before moving, my qualifications translated, have skills assessments?

    I have previously worked in Queensland 2009/2010 whilst traveling as a plumbers laborer.

    Can you point us in the right direction??


    • BobinOz June 29, 2016, 11:27 pm | Link

      Yes, of course, in fact I already have done. Please read the two special notices towards the bottom of the above article, the ones within the orange borders, they will point you in the right direction. Good luck, Bob

  • Hema June 23, 2016, 10:35 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    You’re 20 reason to move to Australia was awesome. It helps and Thanks!.

    I much appreciate your effort in pen down everything you come across.


    • BobinOz June 24, 2016, 1:14 am | Link

      Thank you Hema, really pleased to hear you enjoyed my book. I’m even more pleased that you described it as ‘awesome’. Makes me smile 🙂

      Cheers, Bob

  • vikas nandwana June 15, 2016, 10:05 pm | Link

    I am from India (Jaipur) I want to shift Australia. . But I don’t know hot? What I am doing their,how I shift my family .
    How I search a Job or doing my business.
    Right now I am in Mumbai doing my own jewellery bussiness.

    • BobinOz June 16, 2016, 9:36 pm | Link

      I think you probably should have a good look around my Migration Advice section, you will find answers to your questions.

  • Khamala June 15, 2016, 2:27 am | Link

    My name is Khamala and I’m a ‘BobinOz-aholic’. Our ‘ pie in the sky’ idea of moving the family over to Australia in a few years time is starting to slowly transform into an actual thing that we are actually going to do. This website is amazing, so much information and I already feel like my heart belongs over there. On the downside, it’s hard to stop reading every single page….
    Thank you Bob!

    • BobinOz June 15, 2016, 11:13 pm | Link

      Maybe I need to open a Bobinoz rehab clinic? 🙂 Look on the bright side, there’s only 1300 pages or so. Good luck with your plans, Bob

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