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Old 9th February 2011, 06:43 AM
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Got my visa on 27th Jan 2011, Been speaking to a lot of people since then, I thought i should share my findings here. Feel free to add or suggest



Things to Take
Clothes: A year supply, there is a 3-6 months buffer for finding a job.

Utensils: basics, depending on your cooking but from an INdia point of view below is the list.
Steel plates and eating Bowls
Flat bottom heavy woks
Rolling pin with base
Knifes
Spoons and Forks
Strainer of al shapes and sizes
Peeler (the smaller things like knife etc are expensive in Australia)
Food processor (costs approximately 90$ if purchased from INdia but the sturdy ones in AU cost about 200$+ but they are not as sturdy, Indian food requires a lot of grinding etc)
Toaster

Tools: screw driver, spanner, pliers, hammer

Spices: Packed ones with ingredients mentioned clearly, a month's supply, no one wants to run spices hunting.

Mobile: An unlocked one so that you do not have to be tied with one service provider.

Linen

Medication for atleast 6 months



Things to DO before moving
Open an account

Clean Shoes, Get all clothes dry cleaned

Bank Account closing plus online activation, mobile access, change of address etc.

Plan the shipping, you donít need to have an address in Australia to send. You can get it stored in temporary storage for a week or two.

Convert you mobiles to prepaid and keep it active.

Book tickets, confirm about baggage allowance and Bassinet.

Vaccination document for the child and inform your family doctor about the move.

Surrender Gas connection, Landline Phone, Cable Connection

Arrange for giveaways




Things to Carry on Board for the Infant
4 Bottles
Baby Formula
A Packet of Biscuits
Water
Diapers
Disposing Bags for diapers
Wipes
Change of clothes
Toys / Videos



Airfare / Airlines..
Singapore Airlines looks like the best, ticket for three (2 Adult and one Infant) is coming to approximately 68,000 INR (one way to Sydney). They confirmed 40 kg baggage allowance for adults and 10 kg for infant.

Thai Airlines is about the same but the journey breaks at Bangkok which means we cover 3 hours first and then a longer journey ahead. SG airlines stops at singapore, breaking our journey into two halves. Fare: 70,000 INR

Malaysian Airlines
Most expensive so far, 74,000 INR for three of us

Qantas
72,000 INR



Extra Baggage
For now Unaccompanied baggage looks like the best option, yet to find exact rate but from what I have been told, it is 150-200 per KG for Singapore Airlines. It has to be given to them 2 days prior to the flight. 45+ Kgs is 190 INR per KG and 100+ Kg is 165 per KG.

Indian Post is another good option, Costs about 15,000 INR for 50 KG. Takes approximately 15-20 days to reach destination. Good thing, it is cheap. not so good thing about it, you got to pack everything yourself at the post office.


Will keep writing as I remember thing

Feel free to add or correct me if I am going wrong anywhere

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Anj
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Old 9th February 2011, 07:03 AM
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Hi,

I can assure you that if you are going to Sydney at least, finding indian spices will be a NO BRAINER. Also ask around whether immigration will let in medications. I know food items are tightly regulated. Ask about any restrictions BEFORE you buy the stuff. Hope this helps!!!

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no one wants to go hunting for things when you arrive, that was the reason i specifically wrote a month . as for medication, as long as one has prescription they do let you carry it. Not that we need heavy medication, just regular anti acidic tabs, crocin, pain killers etc, all these are available off the shelf there but again, no one wants to go medicine shopping in a new country

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Hey you done with your visa evidencing? Just curious to know does it say 175 or 176?

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hi armandra,
yes we got it done, it says 175, no conditions, free to go anywhere but we will still keep Canberra on top as that was how we got the visa, dont want to start our journey on an unethical note

and your location says you live near the lighthouse, the only lighthouse that I can ever think of is GOA.. are you from Goa? Love the place..

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hi armandra,
yes we got it done, it says 175, no conditions, free to go anywhere but we will still keep Canberra on top as that was how we got the visa, dont want to start our journey on an unethical note

and your location says you live near the lighthouse, the only lighthouse that I can ever think of is GOA.. are you from Goa? Love the place..
I don't see anything unethical as such in that. May be, just may be, your ACT SS nomination was never considered during the processing of the visa app. This is the best I can think of.

Moreover, I recall you posting sometime ago that you've already asked your CO about the same. Did you get any reply from him/her? Did you eventually contact ACT Migration about it? I'd say sort it out before you leave. It's just that Sydney would offer more opportunities than Canberra at least for the starters, IMHO.

All the best for your move!
I'm sure you gonna rock Kangaroo Land

Naaaaaaah, me not from Goa. Wish I was .......................

I just love lighthouses so thought of putting in there


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Let's see. We plan to go to Canberra, apply from there. I wont say we wont apply for jobs in Syd, we will, rest i leave on fate

no i did not write to ACT. I do not want to, or I just might. Does this show how confused I still am .. I realised today we have just 4 months to go and so much to do.

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Let's see. We plan to go to Canberra, apply from there. I wont say we wont apply for jobs in Syd, we will, rest i leave on fate

no i did not write to ACT. I do not want to, or I just might. Does this show how confused I still am .. I realised today we have just 4 months to go and so much to do.
Yep, confused with 100 things running at the back of your mind in parallel, proved by your frequent (read all ) typos in the thread titles you created lately.

I understand, never the less.

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is there a typo here as well? I try not to make my THE's TEH's.. cant help it.. has more to do with typing with one hand while i am catering to my daughter's needs
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is there a typo here as well? I try not to make my THE's TEH's.. cant help it.. has more to do with typing with one hand while i am catering to my daughter's needs
May be ask her to use one hand to complement yours then? Of course she can type, right? Most toddlers these days are born with typing and dancing skills along with the usual age-old crying ones.

Well, my English teacher said its ought to be 'preparation' when I wrote 'preperation' one fine day as part of the Oral English Test and me lost 1 mark for that . Guess, you need to lose a reputation as well

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