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What You Need to Know Before Emigrating to Australia

Thinking about moving to Australia on a skilled visa but curious as to how the country compares to places such as the UK? Here are the most important things to bear in mind before you commit to uprooting and emigrating to Australia in search of a better quality of life.

Get Ready to Acclimatise

Australia has incredibly warm weather when compared to countries such as the UK. Even if you situate yourself near the coast in somewhere like Melbourne or Sydney, be prepared for temperatures to climb into the 30s and even 40 degrees Celsius during the summer months.

Working Conditions

If you are planning on undert`aking a skilled migration path to Australia, you’ll be pleased to learn that the country enjoys some of the best working conditions of anywhere around the world. As well as a much higher minimum wage in comparison with other countries, many Australian companies boast very competitive wage rates for overtime and weekend work. Check the Skilled Occupation List here

Sociability

Australians’ have a reputation for being super friendly and sociable, which is yet another reason to consider lodging your application for a skilled visa for Australia. Strangers are happy to have a chat with each other which ensures you will feel very welcome from the moment you set foot in the country, especially if you’re more used to British reservation.

Living Costs

Although the wage brackets are better in Australia, you might want to bear in mind that the living costs can be fairly high, especially in cities such as Sydney (Read our guide to Living in Sydney). Before you make the move to Australia, do your research on where you will be able to comfortably afford as well as not living too far from your job, and schools if you require them for any children you may be bringing with you. Of course it’s not rocket science, and the closer you live to a city, the more expensive your living costs will be, but due to Australia’s vast size, you don’t want to find yourself having to do a three hour drive to get to work, so map it out!

Getting Your Visa

As you may be aware, Australia’s visa system can be tricky and expensive. So if you’re considering applying for a visa for Australia via a skilled migration path, then your best bet to save money in the long run is to consult with a Registered Migration Agent. Speaking with a migration agent is also a good idea if you’re considering moving your family or partner to Australia with you, as they will be able to fill you in on what type of visa you need to apply for, and can assist with the paperwork to up your chances of your visa being accepted.

If you’ve got questions about moving to Australia, speak with one of our migration agents today at:

enquiries@my-oe.com or call us on 0800193 6900

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