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Immigrating to Australia and Following a Dream

Immigrating to Australia and Following a Dream

Australia, rated as one of the leading countries for lifestyle, drew us to make a challenging move. Leaving behind our secure jobs, family and friends we made a break for a land where we could have children, appreciate space, safety and quality time as a family.

It's hard to make a break and go for it…….. but it's worth it!

Australia, rated as one of the leading countries for lifestyle, drew us to make a challenging move. Leaving behind our secure jobs, family and friends we made a break for a land where we could have children, appreciate space, safety and quality time as a family.

There always seems to be a reason to put off the "Big Move" ties; family, friends, job potential, home or the age the children are at/important school exams. Originally from England myself and my husband from France, before moving we had a good steady life in Switzerland and I was pregnant with our first child. We had a lot of reasons to stay where we were but we moved at one of those unobvious times.

What we longed for was a home we could afford on one salary, a new international job experience, space away from crowds, less commuting and the rarity of a bit more quality time together. If you're dreaming of the same, take a look at Australia.

One of the main reasons many people are now deciding to move down-under, other than moving to be near family or being moved by a job, is for the work and lifestyle possibilities.

Visa & Agents

There are several paths possible to take when thinking of applying to immigrate or relocate down-under. Aussie Migrant (www.aussiemigrant.com) or The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMA) (www.immi.gov.au) can provide detailed information on types of visas but in brief, there are four basic possibilities: 

  • A Family Migration, meaning the applicant has a relative in Australia willing to sponsor them.
  • Skilled Migration, which is where the applicant must have skills or special abilities which will contribute to the economy of Australia and other areas of Australian life.
  • Job Sponsored Migration, which is when an Australian company sponsors your move.
  • Refugee, Humanitarian and special assistance programs.

Since the process of applying can present many individual questions, and several forms asking for various evidence and information, it can be worth enlisting the help of a local or an overseas specialist immigration agent.

We applied for a skills migration permit and arrived here with no prearranged job, family or friends in Queensland. This is probably an extreme independence example and of course not the only way.

With "Skilled Migration", we submitted an application to immigrate and filled in forms giving information about our education, level of English language, work history, health, marital status and finance. At this point in time, work skills such as Accountants, Nurses, IT Professionals, Midwives, Teachers, and Pastry Chefs among many skills are of interest to the country.

We gathered and submitted a lot of detailed paper work to an agent to check all our forms. In total the application cost 3500$US. Our immigration agent only worked with us on our visa. We realized the limitations of this once we had arrived and needed to run around a lot to research and set up life. An alternative is an immigration specialist who can work with you on all steps of the immigration process, visa, jobs, moving, selling up a business, purchasing property, businesses etc.(www.aussiemigrant.com is a reputed one)

{mosbanner right}Whilst still based in Switzerland we tried to get sponsored by a company to move. The Information Technology companies (my husband's profession), in our experience weren't very forthcoming. Companies seem to find it too hard to recruit from overseas even though there is a skills shortage here in many professions. Since being here we've discovered that many companies outsource their overseas and local recruitment so it is worth submitting your C.V. to specialist immigration agents/overseas recruitment consultancies to get sponsorship

A skilled immigration application file is valid for two years, and if the file doesn't reach the top of the pile of immigration applications by this date, it goes in the bin. We heard we were to be granted a visa just as the two-year deadline arrived! This is the risk; gather a lot of paperwork, wait for two years and pay 3500$.

When we did get our visas and permission to immigrate, we were given roughly 8 weeks to enter Australia and have our passports stamped. Normally there is more time, anything up to a year is common, but short notice does happen. The day after we were granted our visas we started to sell furniture, pack, buy plane tickets and get organized for the "BIG MOVE"!

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