ExecutiveChronicles.com | 5 Simple Tips to Take Note of When Moving to Australia | Fancy a change of scenery? Do you want to live or work in the Land Down Under? Are there circumstances in your life that require you to move to Australia?
If you can relate to any of the above, then you should be prepared to haul yourself and all of your personal effects to the Lucky Country. From things that you need to ask an immigration consultant to figuring out what to do with all your belongings, here’s a helpful guide that you can use when planning a move to Australia.
The Wise Way to Oz
When you’re moving to another city or country, there seems to be a million and one things to think of. Along with the excitement of relocating to another place comes the feelings of anxiety or fear of the unknown. Things can become quite overwhelming especially if you’re moving with the whole family or if you do not know anyone in the place you’re transferring to.
These worries can be put to rest though if you can spare some time to research your destination. It will certainly give you enough information to arm you with the basics so you can survive your first few months there. As you acclimatize with your new surroundings, prior preparations will assure you that somehow, you have done your homework and readied yourself on what to expect.
Moving to Australia can be a very exhilarating experience. This progressive continent holds some of the highest ranks when it comes to the economy, military power, and quality of life, to name a few. It is no wonder that a lot of people are attracted to travel or build a home in this high-income economy.
That is why you should prepare well for your move – from shipping to Australia, travel documents, and cultural adjustments, here are some practical tips that you can take note of when moving to Australia:
1. Find Out Visa Options
First of all, you have to find out which type of visa you need to be able to enter Australia. Are you there to study, travel, or work? Will you be moving by yourself or with your family?
There are different types of visas that you can look into. For an easier and more convenient way to find out, you can ask an immigration consultant for help so your transition can be as wrinkle-free as possible.
2. Organize Official Documents
Aside from the official travel documents such as your passport, visa, and other migration-related papers, you also have to remember to organize the official documents you currently have.
This may include your employment certificates, the school certificates of your kids (if any), home and property documents, birth certificates, marriage certificates, bank account certificates, medical records and other such official documentation.
These may be needed as proof or for any other reason as called for when you move to Australia. It may be needed for school or work as well as when applying for something at formal institutions such as when getting a driver’s license.
3. Identify Your Housing Choices
Before you move to Australia, you also need to discern whether you are renting or buying a place. There are rules that apply to buy property, especially for non-residents so you have to be aware of this.
When you are renting, make sure that you have enough rent money as you will need to pay a bond in advance. Usually, it amounts to at around four to six weeks rent. It may go higher for fully furnished or luxury lofts or apartments.
4. Familiarize Yourself with the Culture
To ease your transition to a new place, learning about it will equip you with the right knowledge of your new environment.
If you are not a native English speaker, then you may have to learn English before you move or continue to enrol in classes when you arrive there. Even if you are a native English speaker, Australia has its distinct slang and lingos that you also need to familiarize yourself with.
Aside from the language, you also have to be ready for the weather (especially if you’re coming from cooler or rainy climes), the local customs and traditions, and currency. Australian cuisine is wide and varied so you may not have to adjust much.
5. Figure Out What to Do With Your Belongings
If you have already grown roots in your current place or hometown, then you may have a considerable amount of stuff to leave behind. You need to also think of how you can manage the property that you have.
After choosing which ones you’ll ship or pack with you to Australia, you can either leave your things with family or friends who wouldn’t mind watching over it while you’re away. You can also choose to sell or donate things that are still in good condition. Another option is to also choose storage for personal items that you still want to keep but cannot yet bring with you to Oz.
In High Spirits Down Under
When you’ve prepared properly for your move, then you can look forward to a wonderful time in Oz. From getting the right visa to saying goodbye to the life you had before Australia, there are ways that you can help you easily make the move.
Bevan Berning is an Immigration professional and owner of Pathway Visas, an Immigration Agency dealing mostly with skilled immigration to Canada and Australia. Bevan’s enthusiasm for the industry has kept in the Immigration field for the past seven years. Bevan is South African by birth and has been residing in Dubai for the past eight years.