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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And for those looking for professional assistance…

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  • Sud March 24, 2019, 6:47 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I’ve been following your blog for the past year & honestly your blog had a big role in helping me to finally convince my wife & 2 kids to emigrate to Australia from UK!! Need better weather!! I’ve a few questions if you don’t mind?
    1. I’m a doctor and my wife is a secondary school teacher, both UK citizens with 16-17 yrs UK experience. What are our chances and how long does the visa process takes?
    2. I’ll be most likely applying under “skilled regional 489” as my wife’s brother lives in Oz. (80 points in this category). Would it be better to put my wife as the 1st applicant or myself- as not sure if will I also get 5 points-the guidance I’ve read mentions brother, but not brother-in-law??
    3. We can apply under skilled Nominated subclass 190 too. (75 points in this category). Not sure which visa (489 or 190) will be quicker?? Do the points make a difference to the visa processing time? Willing to land in Oz and find job there too..
    I’ll really appreciate your kind advise. I would like to spend X-Mas 2019 in Australia!!!
    happy to contact your agent if needed.


  • Stephen March 12, 2019, 9:33 pm | Link

    Hi Bob & others,

    Great website thanks and we have a few questions if you can help us please with our migration plans.

    My wife & I are British and both 48 later this year, we are able to buy our own house outright and a business. I am a Physiotherapist and Health Coach, and my wife is a Photographer, Massage Therapist and Professional Cat Groomer.

    Our questions are as follows:
    What is the age limit currently to gain a Permanenet Visa?
    Do we need a job offer to sponsor and complement our application along with scoring highly on the ILETS test.
    What are all the options for us to gain a PR?

    With many thanks for your help

    Stephen & Sara

    • BobinOz March 13, 2019, 5:32 pm | Link

      None of your questions are straight forward and they are all certainly questions I am not able to answer; please see the special notices at the foot of the above article.

      What I will tell you though, given your ages, is speak to a MARA agent as soon as possible, because if there are any options for you, time is against you.

      I don’t know whether you have options or not, that’s why you need to speak to a MARA migration agent.

  • Gaga February 22, 2019, 2:52 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    Moving to Mildura soon, any advice?

    • BobinOz February 25, 2019, 6:49 pm | Link

      No, sorry, can’t help with that. I’ve never been to Mildura, I had to google it to find out where it is. Might be worth asking your question on my page about Victoria, someone might see it and help you out.

  • Kuljeet Kaur January 5, 2019, 1:41 am | Link

    Hello sir I m from India I have disable child son age 9 years old. I want to come Australia for his better future.

  • Raimon September 7, 2018, 8:06 am | Link

    Hi Bob, Just a queastion, I have a friend (Australian, born) He Married a filipina in the philippines 6 years ago, and said to say they split up 3 years ago.. She still lives in the philippines and HE has been paying her child support maintanance for their child every month,, She is Now living in Darwin AUS and she is demanding bigger money from him, She wont tell him were she lives and wont let him see his child, He is happy to keep paying child support but wants visitor access to his child, .could you give any advice on this matter?. She is planning to go back to philippines in a few months as she is on a tourest visa, and she will leave the child here with her new boyfriend/frien till she comes back,, and he feels it not right that he cant see his child or have someone else looking after his child that he dose not even know, or meet. thank you for your time on this matter.

    • BobinOz September 7, 2018, 4:15 pm | Link

      Well, for sure, your friend needs to speak to a family lawyer about this to see what can be done. The sooner the better I would say. Good luck, Bob

  • Dipendra August 19, 2018, 7:06 pm | Link

    I would like to move Australia in work permit visa @Hospitality sector where I do have experience of 5 years in food and beverage side

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