Talking about the "immigration process" usually throw some people off as it sounds like a bureaucratic and impossible thing. But planning is the key to success. Now is the perfect time to take a moment, get a piece of paper and write the answers for the following questions:
- When do I want to move to Australia (in years and months)?
- Do I have the requirements for a permanent visa?
- If I do not have all the requirements (e.g. IELTS, degree, etc...), how much time do I need to get them?
- How much money can I save for my immigration plan and how long do I need?
Based on your answers, you should follow the tips from the chapter "How do I start?" and define the ideal visa type for your circumstances and plan.
We recommend investing in a consultation of at least 30 minutes with an immigration consultant (via skype or phone). They can help you with your initial plan and answer your questions to help you to make the best decision. You can contact us and we will send you a few options of registered migration agents that we trust.
8.2- Planning & Execution
Once you have defined the right type of visa for your profile, it is time to put down an action plan. Several steps of the process can be done in parallel, but some require the completion of others first.
From day 1, we recommend that you create a specific savings account where you can save the capital needed for the relocation once the time comes.
As an example: You should create a schedule and estimate in how long you think you can take the English Exam. During this time you will also be able to increase your work experience time and to gather the necessary documentation to prove your de-facto relationship (if you have one). Likewise, take the time to validate your educational credentials.
Below you will find a list of things you can do to speed up the process when it gets closer to your visa application:
- Take the medical examinations before they request it;
- Request your police clearance certificates (you need one for each country you have lived in);
- Hire an accredited translator to translate all the documentation to English;
- Have all the documents and translations scanned and organised in folders.
The documents and requirements may vary according to the type of visa you are seeking, however, this is a list of items that will help anyone who wishes to gain permanent residence in Australia.
It's possible to conclude that anyone can fit into one of the visa types, even those that do not yet have the requirements right away but that can get them in less than 3 years.
We talk about a radical change in your life, so planning and organisation are key to achieving your dream of living in Australia.