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Moving to Australia Advice Needed

Hi there, I am going to be moving to Australia (my sister lives there and has citizenship and my mother is Australian), in fact the whole family is emigrating. However I gather there are firms that help with this process (sorting out visa's and find you a job etc they charge a fee and a percentage of your first years salary). Can anyone recommend one for me to use? I would rather use a firm that someone has used successfully.

Plus any other advice for this whole process (as it's a bit nerve-racking). I have a whole 2 year plan

Thank you in advance for your advice.

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Where are you moving from?
Good Point - The UK!
I'm from Aus and My husband emigrated from the UK after we were married. I think if you have family who are citizens then you shouldn't find the process too difficult. Just a little time consuming with the paperwork and the medical check up etc. all of which you'd have to do even if you did use a firm. Maybe don't take my word as gospel because we didn't use one, but it seems to me that they don't save you that much time, but are super costly on top of all your other moving/ visa expenses so maybe isn't worth it. Someone else might have found them really useful though.
If you decide not to use a firm, you might have some luck finding and applying for work on-line through seek.com.au, mycareer.com.au, or careerone.com.au, or you could register with temp agencies and do that until you find a permanent position. Are you looking to work in a specific field?
Well it's mainly to do with the whole time scale thing - with the hours I am currently working it would be worth it for me. I am sort of less worried about the visa aspect it's the job hunting. As I have never globally done it. Normally I apply go on interviews and then start. But with this I am not even in the country and would need to have the promise of a job before going - so it all seems a bit topsy-turvy to me. But thank you for the sites I will certainly have a look. Teh medical part also worries me a bit as I have previously had cancer and am sure this will go against me even though i am fine now.

As for work - well I am a Financial Controller so anything in the Finacial field and especially with charities......
Teh medical part also worries me a bit as I have previously had cancer and am sure this will go against me even though i am fine now.

I think they're looking more for contagious diseases like TB, STD's, hepititis, etc. I don't think cancer will have any levity on whether or not you get a visa.

Edited at 2009-01-07 01:48 pm (UTC)
Oh that's okay - I am fine with anything like that.......
Your visa may be denied but as you have family living there and have connections with Australia, you may be granted a health waiver (as my husband was) and be granted a visa.

Do not give up even if you have to go through the health waiver process. Whilst they ask for extra information, just persist, stay patient, keep up hope and you'll most likely be fine.
Well...actually, I'm afraid that it does, according to the documentation on the government sites. I do recommend at least having a consult with an immigration agent about the health issues and seeing if you might need help presenting your application.

Contagious diseases are an automatic rejection, but basically anything that makes the gov't think you might cost more in medical care than you'll pay in taxes can result in your being turned down.

This is something I've been researching because I have some mild but chronic health conditions, and that is sufficient to make it questionable as to whether our visas will be denied.

August 2010

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