Time after time, Australia comes out on top of a list of favoured destinations when it comes to migration. If you and your family are thinking of moving "down under" this can be exciting, but you may not know where to start. You need to get your approach right if you're going to be successful, so how should you go about this?
Examining the Feasibility
It's certainly not a good idea to rush into anything and you should start any planning process at least 12 months ahead of your planned move. Do as much investigation and research as you can, especially when it comes to potential work opportunities. If you believe you have found a way to earn a living, see how you fare when it comes to the new points system in place. You can add a certain amount for your experience, age and ability in order to tally up the figure and hopefully get past the minimum requirement.
You need to get your finances in order and estimate how much it's going to cost to move, together with a certain amount "in hand" while you settle down. Also, do some research in your home country to see if the Australian government is holding any expositions to attract talent to go and work in the country. A visit here can help you learn a lot and see how you may be able to contribute.
The Green Light
With all this under your belt, now you need to start gathering all of the documentation. You will need a lot of information before you begin the application process, including identification, qualifications, references, birth certificates and marriage documents. Get expert help when you submit the paperwork to the government.
At the same time, you need to sort out your current accommodation and place your home on the market, or make arrangements to terminate your rental contract. Get some quotes from moving companies to figure out how much it's going to cost to ship your belongings and how long it's going to take.
When you can see that everything is progressing very well it's time to look at opening a bank account in your new country and you may have to get references from your current bank in order to expedite this. See what is involved in moving your children to Australian schools, as well. Thin out your belongings and furniture, so that you don't carry items that you don't really need and hold a yard or garage sale to raise some additional cash.
It's Getting Real
Once you have confirmation of both your visas and the job offer you need to start cutting your ties at home by cancelling insurance, selling your transportation and confirming your travel documents are in order. Give your friends and family your contact information overseas, as well as a forwarding address and book your temporary accommodation in your new country, while you figure everything out.
Ready to Go?
Even though there's a lot involved, when you break it all down into bite-sized chunks it can certainly be manageable. Remember to get the best migration agent you can find, in order to help you at every step of the way.