Moving to Australia

Home to over 10,000 beaches and some of the most stunning sights on the globe, Australia is a country with a strong national identity and personality in droves.

As such, it’s not surprising that many Brits seek to trade the grey of the UK skyline for the golden shine of the “The Land Down Under". In fact, according to government statistics, over 700,000 British nationals visit Australia each year.

However, moving to a foreign country from the UK can be a big commitment to make. In fact, it can more often than not be a completely life-changing decision.

That being said, it can also be an exciting prospect, posing a range of opportunities and possibilities on the other side.

Why Emigrate to Australia?

One key benefit of moving to Australia is that, while there may be a Great Barrier Reef, there’s no great language barrier to hinder communication.

While the obvious verbal side of this is immediately advantageous, this perk also extends to paperwork and documentation of your achievements.

Degree certificates and UK qualifications don’t require translation to comply with Australian immigration policies.

Meanwhile, UK qualifications are also relatively easy to equate to the Aussie counterpart and considerably simpler than converting to those of other nations, such as China or India.

Emigrating to Australia

As you may imagine, moving to Australia isn’t an overnight affair. In fact, the application process can take well over a year to sort out from start to finish.

Such a big change of circumstance requires a lot of organisation and, naturally, there are a number of things to consider before you emigrate to Australia.

Entry Requirements

Before you travel to Australia, you’ll first need to obtain a valid and appropriate visa for the purpose of your visit. British citizens can apply for a variety of visa variations, depending on the nature and duration of the stay.

These range from working holidays and study to long term work and permanent residency. After you’ve lived in Australia for 4 years, you may even be able to apply for Australian citizenship.

To find out which visa is right for you, visit the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs site for official details on what’s available.

Limiting Factors

In addition to the navigating around the variety of visas available to you, there are also a number of other limiting factors that may also influence your application.

Crucially, in order to be eligible to move to Australia, you will need to have the appropriate number of Australian Immigration Points, with a minimum point tally of 65 required for entry.

Qualifications and work experience will grant you’re a higher score, as will English language skills and occupation on the list of “in-demand” vocations.

Meanwhile, age can also have a profound effect on your score and an elderly status can even restrict entry altogether.

Immigration Points drop the older you get which can lower your final score as a result. Worse still, there is a cap on age for certain visas; e.g. you need to be under 45 to qualify for a skilled migration visa.

Shipping Your Belongings

Emigrating to Australia with just the shirt on your back and a handful of essentials is unlikely to appeal to anyone serious about moving their life to the southern hemisphere.

As such, figuring out how you plan to get your belongings from A to B is time well spent.

While you may be able to take certain items in your luggage and on your person, larger items may need to be shipped over as UPEs (Unaccompanied Personal Effects).

This can be done in a variety of ways; however, it’s worth noting that it can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks for your items to arrive at your door, depending on your chosen method.

For details on what’s authorised for shipping and what isn’t, be sure to consult the Australian Border Force for a detailed rundown.

Financial Preparation

By now, you should have a pretty good idea of the preparation involved in moving to Australia, from paperwork provision and transporting belongings to visa applications and age restrictions.

However, a move to the other side of the world doesn’t come cheap and financial stability is paramount in ensuring a smooth transition down under.

It’s worth noting that the cost of living in Australia is rather high. Meanwhile, the immigration process alone brings with it a hefty price tag before you even arrive.

As such, be sure to do your homework and take time to create a financial plan before you jump headfirst into the process and have your heart set on emigrating to Australia.

Transferring Funds

During the planning process, you may find that you need to send money to Australia to pay for goods and services.

Whether you’re securing a property, paying tuition fees or simply transferring funds to a friend or family on the other side, Universal Partners FX can help you send money to Australia with ease.

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