08 Dec 2017
The Ashes is always an exciting event for any cricket fan. With this year’s tournament taking place in sunny Australia, you may find yourself glued to your television, wrapped in several layers, and daydreaming about warm days, beaches and barbeques.
If you’re thinking of making the leap and settling down under, there are a few things you’ll need to know about the process. Australia has a reputation for its strict immigration policy, but our blog has all the information you’ll need to get you started.
Of course, if you do decide to move, you’ll have to consider where your cricket loyalties will lie going forward….
The first step is identifying which visa is right for you. Whether you have family in Oz or you’re looking to settle on your own, study or work temporarily in the country, there are many different types of visas.
Most Australian visas are based on a skills points system and you must be under the age of 50 to apply. However, there are visas for those who wish to retire to the country. Working holidays are also available for individuals keen to spend up to a year living and working in Australia, but you must be between 18-31 years of age.
You can find everything out you need to know about visas, including which one is right for you, costs, and how much time you should allow for your application, on the Australian Government’s website.
If you find the process overwhelming, it might worth contacting a MARA registered Migration Agent who can guide you through the process with their expertise.
When moving to Australia, you’ll need to transfer your money across with you. For advice on how to set up an account, you can contact the National Australia Bank Group (UK based bank) and they’ll be able to assist you with how to go about the process.
When it comes to actually sending your funds across, it’s always best to use a foreign currency broker, as you’ll be able to secure a much better rate than from a bank. You’ll also need to research exchange rates, as these change regularly.
Jobs and Working
So long as you’ve secured a visa that will allow you to work in Australia, you shouldn’t have trouble finding a job. There are many fields that require skilled workers, and the process of obtaining a job is much the same in Australia as in the UK. You’ll need to make sure you have secured a TFN, or Tax File Number, which is similar to the UK’s NI number. You can find out how to apply here.
Planning & Logistics
The devil is in the detail, and when orchestrating a move as big as one to Australia, this is certainly no exception. Beyond the visa application process and finances, you’ll also need to handle the logistics. From securing somewhere to live, whether you’re purchasing or renting, to getting all of your belongings to Australia, there’s a lot to plan for.
Many people moving to Australia seek out rental accommodation initially, as the process is much simpler than buying, especially when you’re coordinating the immigration process. Serviced apartments can be ideal for this, giving you a quick start and helping you to settle in.
All that’s left to do is contact Bishop’s Move about the logistical side of the move, as we move Brits to Australia every year. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your big move.