Witnessing the Great Barrier Reef is something many of us will do once in our lives if we are lucky, and having spent many years living in North West London I could think no greater contrast. It would be an understatement to describe the life that lies only meters beneath the surface as magical, I have literally seen visitors in tears returning from dives.
I am a UK trained doctor who has just moved to work in Australia (from Aug 2012) for a year (at least). The moving process has been very long, arduous and stressful for me and several of my friends. Information on the net is at best hard to find, at worst simply incorrect. I have written this to update a thread I had read on the BritishExpats forum. I've aimed to make it as comprehensive as possible.
The Gillard Government will extend tourist visas for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents to enable them to visit their family in Australia for longer, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, announced last week. 'I know that many people are patiently waiting in the queue for a parent visa so we want to provide more generous tourist visas to enable regular extended family visits,' Mr Bowen said.
"Australia is what you make of it – don’t come over with rose tinted spectacles on. Enjoy things, and don’t always compare to 'back home'. Australia is NOT Britain with sunshine. ENJOY" A member of BritishExpats for almost four and a half years, carolinephillips shares the story of her move to Australia, and tells us how she and her family have now settled into their new life.
I've now hit about 2.5 months in Melbourne. Single, 37 years old, took a job that was the same as what I had made in London (100K gbp now 160K here, didn't do the 2.2 conversion others talk about). Live in the CBD district by Southern cross on the 39th floor, walk to work in 5 minutes and have no interest in joining the commuting masses on the trains, trams, and highways here! I hope this is helpful for any singles considering a move here as most of these threads are family focused.
If you have chosen to spend the autumn of your life in a country other than the land of your birth then beware of the British government’s treatment of you should you decide to come to Australia. Settle in America or Europe and you carry on receiving your hard earned UK state pension, index linked each year. Not so in Australia, the moment you arrive in this wonderful country our British government penalises us for our choice and stops the annually index linked review.
Back in 1997 me (husband and I) moved to Singapore on a whim. We first visited Australia in 1998 and Perth in 1999. We loved it, and said that “one day” we’d like to live there. We had a preliminary chat with a Migration Agent who said we’d qualify for a skilled independent visa but we wanted to hang on a bit longer to save more money. We visited several more times (and made lots of trips to other parts of Australia) and, in early 2005, decided we’d look into buying property to hedge against price rises.
I started this update just after we arrived on the 8th of August but it took so long to get internet access in the house and we were so busy that I’m only getting round to finishing it now. So, we finally made it to Australia! Can’t actually quite believe we are here, we spent so long planning and researching and dreaming about it! Our visa was granted in 2009 but it took us this long to save up and get ourselves sorted to make the big move!
Matt (44) Rachael (39) n Ollie (13). I have read many updates over the last three years on BritshExpats and many times have thought should I write one, or will I never get the chance. So here goes for my stab at things. We had applied in 2007 for our visa and were trapped in the investment bond fiasco which put our lives on hold for 18 months in which time we had sold our house bought another and eventually sold that one … Like I said it was never going to be easy.
Santa Claus’s increased global Christmas workload has resulted in the establishment of an Australian operation and signing a labour agreement with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The labour agreement will allow his workforce of highly skilled elves to enter the country, establish operations and train Australian elves.