6 Important things to do if you want to emigrate to Australia
However, there are things you can do to make your emigration as smooth as possible. This starts long before you apply for the visa!
1. Have an immigration eligibility assessment done
To emigrate to Australia, you’ll need a visa to do so. There are a number of visas available for all kinds of purposes, from working to investing in a business.
The best way to find out if you qualify for one of these visas, is to do an eligibility assessment.
There are online assessments available but our advice is to get a licensed immigration agent to do the assessment with you.
You’d want to do this as a first step so that you know that you’re spending your time and energy on a dream that’s possible.
2. Do your homework if you’re going to work with an immigration agent
If you do decide to work with an immigration agent, ensure that this person is licensed and registered with MARA. That’s the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority of Australia.
By doing this, you’ll ensure that the advice you’re getting is based on the latest immigration regulations.
You’ll also have the peace of mind of working with an immigration agent that’s held accountable for the advice he or she gives you.
3. Research life in Australia
Hopefully you’ve been to Australia a few times and you know what to expect. But if you’ve never set foot Down Under, it’s wise to do some research. Find out:
- If the quality of life is what you’re looking for
- How cities and territories compare
- What the cost of living is
This is just a starter list, so add to it whatever else is important to you. If you’re a parent, that might be information on schools. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be.
4. Start exploring the job market now
Exploring Australia’s job market will give you insight into the types of jobs that are available, the salaries within your industry, and the skills and experience employers ask for.
5. Decide what you want to with your home and its contents – and whether you want to buy or rent once you’re in Australia
When it comes to your belongings, you can choose to ship everything, to store some or all of it, or to sell everything before emigrating to Australia. Compare the costs to see which route will make the most sense for you.
The next decision to take is whether or not to sell your current home or keep it. If you keep it, you could rent it out. The extra money could come in handy.
Of course there is the possibility that you’ll be forced to sell your home to finance your emigration. If you’ve gotten those cost estimates we discussed, you’ll know if this will be necessary or not.
Then the time will come to decide between renting and buying in Australia. Renting is a good place to start. It gives you time to find your feet before having to make huge property decisions.
6. Get cost estimates
We strongly advise getting estimates of costs to see exactly how much your emigration is expected to set you back financially. Many people don’t realise just how expensive moving countries can get.
Flights and visas are often just the beginning!
It’s also advisable to add initial living and housing costs to your budget, as well as emergency funds for at least the first 6 months.
Get in touch when you’re ready to emigrate to Australia
Intergate Emigration’s immigration agents are all licensed and registered with MARA. We’ve also helped hundreds of families emigrate to Australia!
To see how we can help you too, simply book a consultation call. Our advisors are ready to assist you.