Moving to Australia is a dream for many people, but not many of us actually make the move. However, if you are serious about starting a new life in Australia there are some things that you will need to know before making that life-changing move.
Making the move may seem daunting and while some who move may be a powerful and rich, such as Fahad Al Rajaan on Bloomberg, many ordinary people also successfully make the move to a new country.
The first thing that you need to know about Australia is that it is hot. Australia is renowned for its fantastically sunny summers, but to survive in Australia you need to be able to cope with the heat. Even coastal cities such as Melbourne and Sydney will see temperatures in the 30s and often into the mid-40s. People may also be surprised by the property prices. Living in cities such as Sydney can be expensive, so if you do not have a big budget you may want to research rental and property prices in various areas.
Before you get to Australia you will need to get the right visa. Which visa you require depends on why you are moving to Australia, for example for work or study. For advice on visas you should start with the Australian Department of Immigration. You will need to provide information such as evidence of available funds, health insurance, skills and qualifications assessments, police checks and English language testing. For some visas you will need to have an Australian bank account. It is important to get the right visa as some have restrictions, such as not being able to work, or restrictions on healthcare. Some visas are also a pathway to Australian citizenship.
Moving all your stuff to Australia can be a daunting prospect, but there are a number of removal companies that specialise in international removals. Use the internet to find different companies and check out the different options that they provide. It is best to get testimonials from people who have used the removal company before. It is worthwhile having a hard think about what you need to take with you. Check with Australian customs if you want to take items such as plants and animal material.
You will need a visa before you can start looking for a job in Australia. To find a job in Australia you should keep an eye on Australian websites that will give you an idea of what sort of salary you could get for your skills. National newspapers are also a good source of job information.
Travelling to Australia can be expensive depending on where you currently reside. To get a good deal on your airfare you need to book early. If you do not have a fixed date for leaving for Australia, try setting up alerts on some low-cost sites to pick up any offers. Australia has an extensive internal airline so you may find that you can fly to Australia and then on to your final destination.
Moving to a new country can be daunting, but it can also be the start of an exciting adventure. A new country offers opportunities and the chance of a better life.