Australia is a fantastic country to start a business, but what about immigrating to Australia in the first place. I’ve got so many friends and family looking for ways to get to Australia and to start a new life there. The most common question they ask is ‘is it easy getting into Australia in 2015?’ It used to be but things have probably changed. If you meet the criteria, based on a points system, you can live and work in Australia.
Other people I know have found a job first and then started the process from there. The process in long, so you may as well put a year or so aside to wait out the process. And of course, there are those costs involved, even if you aren’t successful. I believe that it is best to hire the services of a migration lawyer who has all that knowledge about the admin involved. I certainly wouldn’t attempt tacking the reams of paperwork by yourself – those police certificate, medical tests, skills assessment etc. A lot depends on age too. There is the working holiday visa which allows part-time work, but its advantage is that is works towards work experience when you want to apply for permanency later on maybe
Coming back to Australia, we had many decisions to make. One of the biggest was obviously around removalists, possibly one of the biggest expenses you’ll have when moving. When choosing international removalists, consider it like you would the choice between Tiger Air and Qantas. One is perfectly fine if you’re going on a holiday with no onward travel arrangements etc that could be affected by delays, the other is much more sensible for a business meeting or planned holiday, where you want support and assistance if anything does go wrong (and, let’s face it, things go wrong).
So, if you only have a few precious memories and the rest is relatively useful but un-important you may go with a cheaper company – although, I’d recommend selling most things online, you can use companies like UPS to ship smaller amounts, or even better if you can get it down to a few cases some airlines have decent deals to bring extra baggage when booked ahead. If your moving your carefully collected life, then you want a well-known mover with their own branches in the new country, one that gives good advice and support – (little things like do I really need to clean my shoes and vacuum cleaner for customs!)..make sure they have a good level of insurance and flexibility towards your move, as changes do happen. Most importantly draw up a detailed list in advance of what you intend to move, you’ll need this for quotes.
When I left Australia the first time, I wasn’t really sure where life was taking me. I had an urge to travel a British passport and some savings. But, what to do with all my precious belongings? I had no family nearby so selling most things and just having them look after the most personal items wasn’t an option, and I was happy with the possessions I had built up in life. Obviously the white goods etc went, but the rest went into storage until I returned or sorted out where my new life would be and could ship things over.
Seemed like a sensible idea at the time. Well, four years later and untold storage fees let me tell you how much I wish I could have thought otherwise. My advice – unless you have a firm return date or plans at the other end, do not opt for storage. Yes, you have wonderful memories, but this gives you a chance to build more with the money you save. However, if you decide you simply must store, don’t choose the closest storage, it may be cheaper initially in terms of removalists costs, but if you get an out of town facility the lower fees will soon make that up. Also, be realistic, that Tv is no use to you in 6months time when technology moves so fast. Have a clear list of everything that has gone in to storage – if you do need to negotiate with removalists from the other side of the world, this will be important. Leave a key and permission for entry with a friend/relative who is willing to be present for removalists. Finally the storage company will normally have their own insurance you can take out which is cheaper, don’t be tempted to carry over your own home insurance.