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Hi,

This is going to be a long post with some (admittedly) silly questions but please bear with me

We (wife, infant son and myself) received our PR grant last night. I am amazed by how quickly this happened despite the Christmas/New year break. I am very happy and relieved as I was a bit worried about front loading all documents - there was always that nagging feeling that I may have missed something or provided too much information that may invite unnecessary scrutiny. But thankfully it all worked out. I want to give a big shout out to this forum. This is such an incredible group of people that I stumbled into accidentally!! I was almost set on hiring an agent but the help I received here and some of the insights people provided turned out to the best advise (advice?) I could get and also saved me a ton of money and stress that I would have wasted on an agent. Huge kudos to this forum and I promise to help others as much as I can. I want to extend a special gratitude to the following 2 people. I wish I knew their real names.

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All right, now that I am off my Golden Globe/Oscar award receiving stage, I have a few (all right..many) questions and also please note, I have never set foot in Australia. All of my very limited knowledge of Australia comes mostly from movies and TV shows on Netflix (Glitch, The Code anyone?)

1. We are planning to make our first PR validation visit soon (by March or April latest) and narrowed down our port of entry to Perth or Sydney. We will be flying from Boston (eastern US) so flights to Perth and Sydney would take the least time (and money although Perth would take slightly longer). Since our visit is going to be short (probably a week) and since we want to make the most of our time in Australia, which of these cities make more sense from a tourism perspective? Would appreciate some tips on things we can do as a family (we are going to have an 8 month old son) but within driving distance (2 - 3 hours one way) of these cities.

2. We are planning to book a house/apt through AirBnB (and hence the request above for sight seeing to be within driving distance) but are open to other options that include a kitchen (we are very picky eaters).

3. We will be renting a car from the airport or a place that has a shuttle to and from airport. Which car rental agencies would you recommend (Perth and Sydney airport only)? In the US we have Hertz, Enterprise, Avis etc. Are these available in Aus to?

4. Since we have a kid travelling with us, we will be bringing his car seat and stroller along. What are the rules about car seat and kids in Australia? Also, are the US based car seats compatible with anchoring systems in Aussie cars or are there different specifications? Again only looking for Perth and Sydney rules. If for some reason we can't bring our kid's travel system to Australia, what options do we have? Can we hire one at the airport?

5. As I mentioned before we have never set foot in Australia so will be relying exclusively on GPS to get us around. When we rent our car, we also plan to rent a GPS navigator too. How well does GPS work in Australia? Any other options we can use for navigation? Also, would it make sense for me to buy a GPS navigator loaded with Australia and NZ maps from the US? I think I can get a refurbished one for USD50.

6. I know this varies from state to state but will my US drivers license be valid to drive in Perth/Sydney?

7. I may have gotten ahead of myself and should have asked this first - Will I even be able to rent a car in Aus given I have no history there?

8. How much Aussie money should I carry for 2 adults, 1 kid for a week and where can I get best rates for USD? I am taking all of my credits cards in case of an emergency but would like to avoid foreign transactions fees if I can.

9. Since we won't have any phones (or rather phones that would be useless in Aus), what options do we have communications wise? Does it make sense to purchase a sim for just a week? Would it be available at the airports for purchase? And most importantly, can I even get a sim given I don't have any history in Aus? I ask because when I first moved to the US, I was forced on to a friend's phone plan. I was able to get my own plan only after a year.

10. How is the weather in Perth and Sydney going to be in March/April? We are used to brutal winters (-20 C types with 3ft of snow) but are not big fans of summer (in our defense, we grew up in Bangalore which was always pleasant - atleast when we were kids)

11. I know this is a broad question but how safe are these cities? Since we will be flying to Aus for the first time, are there things, places we should definitely avoid?

12. Any paperwork (Medicare, bank account, tax numbers etc) I can take care of while we are in Aus before we move permanently or should I do this only when we move?

13. Any other tips that might come in handy?

If you have read this far - thank you so much and appreciate all your inputs.

Arpith
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wow..how could u do all PCC and medicals so quick hmm congrats i am surprised

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wow..how could u do all PCC and medicals so quick hmm congrats i am surprised
My goal was to front load all docs in hopes of getting a direct grant so I finished PCC and medicals even before lodging the visa and uploaded them during visa lodge.

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I think your grant so quickly as you did not claim points for work experience..im guessing verifying work experience by Immigration people could take a while.

Congrats and i wish you all the best

Please do contribute by posting answers to people like me who are in process of visa lodge

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I think your grant so quickly as you did not claim points for work experience..im guessing verifying work experience by Immigration people could take a while.

Congrats and i wish you all the best

Please do contribute by posting answers to people like me who are in process of visa lodge
Thanks! Yes, you are right. I didn't claim any points for work ex. Wanted to keep it simple. Yes, please feel free to post your questions in a separate thread or even PM me if you need an specific help. I'll try my best.


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This is going to be a long post with some (admittedly) silly questions but please bear with me

Arpith
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Hi,

This is going to be a long post with some (admittedly) silly questions but please bear with me

We (wife, infant son and myself) received our PR grant last night. I am amazed by how quickly this happened despite the Christmas/New year break. I am very happy and relieved as I was a bit worried about front loading all documents - there was always that nagging feeling that I may have missed something or provided too much information that may invite unnecessary scrutiny. But thankfully it all worked out. I want to give a big shout out to this forum. This is such an incredible group of people that I stumbled into accidentally!! I was almost set on hiring an agent but the help I received here and some of the insights people provided turned out to the best advise (advice?) I could get and also saved me a ton of money and stress that I would have wasted on an agent. Huge kudos to this forum and I promise to help others as much as I can. I want to extend a special gratitude to the following 2 people. I wish I knew their real names.

sultan_azam
dreamliner

All right, now that I am off my Golden Globe/Oscar award receiving stage, I have a few (all right..many) questions and also please note, I have never set foot in Australia. All of my very limited knowledge of Australia comes mostly from movies and TV shows on Netflix (Glitch, The Code anyone?)

1. We are planning to make our first PR validation visit soon (by March or April latest) and narrowed down our port of entry to Perth or Sydney. We will be flying from Boston (eastern US) so flights to Perth and Sydney would take the least time (and money although Perth would take slightly longer). Since our visit is going to be short (probably a week) and since we want to make the most of our time in Australia, which of these cities make more sense from a tourism perspective? Would appreciate some tips on things we can do as a family (we are going to have an 8 month old son) but within driving distance (2 - 3 hours one way) of these cities.

2. We are planning to book a house/apt through AirBnB (and hence the request above for sight seeing to be within driving distance) but are open to other options that include a kitchen (we are very picky eaters).

3. We will be renting a car from the airport or a place that has a shuttle to and from airport. Which car rental agencies would you recommend (Perth and Sydney airport only)? In the US we have Hertz, Enterprise, Avis etc. Are these available in Aus to?

4. Since we have a kid travelling with us, we will be bringing his car seat and stroller along. What are the rules about car seat and kids in Australia? Also, are the US based car seats compatible with anchoring systems in Aussie cars or are there different specifications? Again only looking for Perth and Sydney rules. If for some reason we can't bring our kid's travel system to Australia, what options do we have? Can we hire one at the airport?

5. As I mentioned before we have never set foot in Australia so will be relying exclusively on GPS to get us around. When we rent our car, we also plan to rent a GPS navigator too. How well does GPS work in Australia? Any other options we can use for navigation? Also, would it make sense for me to buy a GPS navigator loaded with Australia and NZ maps from the US? I think I can get a refurbished one for USD50.

6. I know this varies from state to state but will my US drivers license be valid to drive in Perth/Sydney?

7. I may have gotten ahead of myself and should have asked this first - Will I even be able to rent a car in Aus given I have no history there?

8. How much Aussie money should I carry for 2 adults, 1 kid for a week and where can I get best rates for USD? I am taking all of my credits cards in case of an emergency but would like to avoid foreign transactions fees if I can.

9. Since we won't have any phones (or rather phones that would be useless in Aus), what options do we have communications wise? Does it make sense to purchase a sim for just a week? Would it be available at the airports for purchase? And most importantly, can I even get a sim given I don't have any history in Aus? I ask because when I first moved to the US, I was forced on to a friend's phone plan. I was able to get my own plan only after a year.

10. How is the weather in Perth and Sydney going to be in March/April? We are used to brutal winters (-20 C types with 3ft of snow) but are not big fans of summer (in our defense, we grew up in Bangalore which was always pleasant - atleast when we were kids)

11. I know this is a broad question but how safe are these cities? Since we will be flying to Aus for the first time, are there things, places we should definitely avoid?

12. Any paperwork (Medicare, bank account, tax numbers etc) I can take care of while we are in Aus before we move permanently or should I do this only when we move?

13. Any other tips that might come in handy?

If you have read this far - thank you so much and appreciate all your inputs.

Arpith
First of all, Congrats for the big achievement!

1. Both cities are good, but the obvious choice from tourism perspective is Sydney, if cost is not a big concern. There are plenty of options in and around Sydney to see in a week, in fact, a week can be bit short.

3. There are Hertz, Avis plus local variants such as Europca, Apex etc.
4. Australian car seats are different than US one in terms of anchoring. So to be safe, I would advise you against bringing the car seat from US. Car Rental services can provide you with baby seat.

5. As long as you don't wander around Outback, normal GPS with downloaded maps should serve your purpose.

6. Yes

7. Yes.

8. At least 3K to 4K, if you are going to Sydeny. It's an expensive country, so good to be extra safe.

9. You can get a sim at Airport and your history in AUS doesn't matter for that.

10. Temperature at both Perth and Sydney will be moderate around April as it is start of winter here. You can experience lovely autumn temperatures of around 22 to 24 Celsius during that time.

11. As long as you take the normal precautions of not wandering out in unknown areas at odd times, both the suburbs are generally quite safe.

13. Try to keep an open mind and don't look at things from US perspective if you want to enjoy your stay

Good luck!
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1. My choice would be Sydney. The distance between Sydney and Perth is about 4000 kms (East to West) and Perth is not much known for its tourist attractions. After Sydney comes Melbourne then comes Queensland attractions like Brisbane, Cairns and ‘Port Douglas’.
2. It’s I believe ‘Being Jain’ more than ‘Being picky eaters’. Well, if you choose Sydney then eating won’t be much issue. Paramatta (suburb) is near to Sydney and known for the Indian community living there. It’s only 45 mins drive to Sydney and 3 hrs to Canberra and 9 hours to Melbourne or Gold Coast or Brisbane. You can choose to stay in Paramatta.
3. to 7. – No Idea.
8. Totally depends on your lifestyle. Excluding accommodation (can be booked online), you must keep AUD1200 to AUD1500 per week. Since you will be spending a lot as tourist than being resident (various tickets, eating out, travelling and all).
9. At airport, sim is available to purchase. Yes, you can get SIM without any history in AUS.
10. Weather would be like Bangalore. There will be good amount of rainfall in March/April. No Summers, no winters but very pleasant.
11. I don’t think so a country which stands in top 3 on Human Development Index, you need to worry about. I know in US there are places which are worse than Indian cities where you can’t go out in the evening. It’s totally safe.
12. Since, your job and city of living is not finalized, I won’t recommend opening a bank account. Opening a bank account require appointment there and I would prefer to open bank account with a branch near to my house. So, I won’t open a bank account in my validation trip but I would go for Medicare probably. Tax numbers etc. no need to worry so soon.



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Hi,

This is going to be a long post with some (admittedly) silly questions but please bear with me

We (wife, infant son and myself) received our PR grant last night. I am amazed by how quickly this happened despite the Christmas/New year break. I am very happy and relieved as I was a bit worried about front loading all documents - there was always that nagging feeling that I may have missed something or provided too much information that may invite unnecessary scrutiny. But thankfully it all worked out. I want to give a big shout out to this forum. This is such an incredible group of people that I stumbled into accidentally!! I was almost set on hiring an agent but the help I received here and some of the insights people provided turned out to the best advise (advice?) I could get and also saved me a ton of money and stress that I would have wasted on an agent. Huge kudos to this forum and I promise to help others as much as I can. I want to extend a special gratitude to the following 2 people. I wish I knew their real names.

Arpith
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