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Old 18th December 2019, 10:39 AM
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Purpose: This post is for all who are thinking and/or weighing and/or considering to relocate to Australia! OR elsewhere for that matter…

For me it all started through a twisted event at work back in 2013, when I started pursuing the immigration dream. So, where to then?


WHY? because growing up, I used to watch this TV series called “Sky Trackers” filmed in Australia & always wanted to go & visit those huge radio telescope dishes out in the middle of nowhere (turned out to be near Narrabri, New South Wales).

But seriously (here a shout-out to Simon Sinek and START WITH WHY); get your head around the logic/reason(s) WHY you want to do this and WHAT will make it worth it?

So, for me Australia it was then, the uphill task of IELTS, assessment as an Engineer, documentation, attestations, EOI and then came along March 2015 with email stating:

“I wish to advise that a decision has been made on this application and visas have been granted”

WOW! So, what happens now?

Project planning & here is mine:

1. Made first entry trip down to Melbourne in Dec 2015, two weeks, great family vacation and off we went back to the “real world” but knew when time will come this is the place we want to be.

2. Earned & saved AUD 70K for first year in OZ (good to have) OR at least AUD 35K for first six to eight months, but no less than AUD 20K (criteria is couple with two school going kids).

3. Earned & saved enough for a family house in OZ (this one is optional).

4. Opened migrant bank account online and transferred my point# 2 funds.

5. Resigned from MNC (been with them for over fifteen years, moved three countries with last assignment in Saudi Arabia), shipped all stuff in a 20ft container off to Melbourne, bought four one-way tickets and landed at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, mid November, that’s roughly a month back from today.

6. Researched & locked primary & secondary schools, for the kids. God bless Google Maps!

7. Fixed fully furnished temporary accommodation online, prior to arrival for twenty days, close to the school. And in my case was lucky to have a big shopping mall plus train station nearby as well.

8. First day went out, got two SIMs and four myki cards for public transport.

9. Checked realestate dot com dot au, for area within school zone, went for couple of house inspections/ viewing, applied online via 1FORM and got the house, within fifteen days.

10. Within first fifteen days got enrolled in Medicare, Centrelink, Vicroads customer number, applied for TFN. Paid visit to both schools and got kids enrolled. Must say already impressed with public education quality down here.

11. Moved into the leased place, leasing companies help with a starter kit including utilities connections so electricity, gas, water were hooked up the day we moved in. Did research for internet and got it from a company of own choice.

12. Now my hunt is on, mostly online to shortlist a small car, while I wait for my container to arrive with my interview kit, expected in another month or so AND thanks to project planning, in no rush to land a job (suppose I’ve earned myself couple of months of off time after eighteen years of nonstop 9to5 grind).

I will return in due time to share more as days, weeks, months roll on…
Feel free to comment (hopefully positively) & inquire should you have any questions (hopefully simple).

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