High Earners – Should They Move To Australia?

Hi Friends!

Hope you all are doing great!

Sorry, I have been away for a long time as I was busy on different projects and I was getting emails as to why I have not posted here in a while.

Someone posted a question on Quora which is very relevant to those who earn a higher income and they think whether it’s worth it to migrate to Australia. Many people have answered there and I also wrote my views there. I am providing the link here so that you can also read other people views because it is important that you should listen to everyone and do what is best for you.

Here is the link:

https://www.quora.com/Should-we-a-couple-and-infant-migrate-to-Australia-from-India-for-a-better-quality-of-life-though-we-earn-around-50-lakhs-annually-in-India

And here is exactly, what I have written there for you to read directly.

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Disclosure: Before answering your question, I must disclose that I am an Indian and a registered MARA agent, and I help people to migrate to Australia. So, I may have a biased opinion. You are forewarned 😉

Seek More Info. : Now, many people have already answered here and no answer is a wrong one because everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. Nobody knows what future has in store for them but we can definitely make informed and educated decisions by asking right people who have gone through the same process, which you plan to do yourself, and this potentially has power to make your future brighter. Gather as much information as you can and from as many sources as possible but learn to ‘process’ that data to benefit you. Importantly, in your case come visit Australia for a few weeks (which may not be enough as there is so much to do and see over here). Utilise that time to meet people/immigrants and research about your profession and networking with recruiters.

No Wrong Answers here : The question you have asked is about quality of life in Australia and whether you will be able to earn Indian rupee 50 lakhs (INR 5 million which is equivalent to AU$ 100,000 roughly as of now) in Australia. This question has many answers and that’s why you can see some people are saying ‘never’ and some are saying ‘definitely’. Now, we don’t know what exact ‘quality’ of life you are looking for but broadly speaking any western world has better quality of life than India. But there is always a balancing factor – you may not enjoy your ‘social’ life here (which I disagree with personally), miss family and friends etc.

Earning potential: It depends on your profession and your actual abilities and most importantly on your soft skills. Initially, you may not get any job, leave alone in your field. You need to research thoroughly about the job market before moving to Australia, talk to friends who are already here and get to know the real job market and try to network with people in your profession by opening LinkedIn account. Go to SEEK – Australia’s no. 1 jobs, employment, career and recruitment site daily and make it a daily habit of going through the job listings. Remember, not all those jobs are real and not all jobs are posted online. That’s why I said earlier to network with people and hence my point about LinkedIn.

Save and then come: I recommend my clients to come to Australia with savings that will see them through for six to twelve months. Some people recommend coming alone, personally I do not like the idea as you should have family by your side but if financially it’s difficult then it is a good option. Now, to complete the discussion about your earning potential, even with the basic job you will get here a salary that you will be living a life comparable to what middle class is enjoying in India.

Quick Growth: Your employer will appreciate your hard work and dedication towards your job and within two to three years’time you may be able to earn much more by switching jobs if your employer is not suitably rewarding you and now that you have local experience. From there only sky is the limit. Mind you, the initial 3–6 months time is going to be very hard and you may go through the remorse phase that why did I leave India, what was I thinking. People may try to discourage you but listen to yourself and be confident about your abilities.

Quality of life: What matters you? If you want to know more about quality of life in Australia, as someone said here, there is no comparison between major cities of India and Australia. Delhi is one of the worst polluted cities in the world and every third person has or developing some form of lung disease due to constant exposure to pollutants. The other cities are not that far behind with cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and even Kanpur, Ludhiana and many more also featuring in this most polluted cities of the world.

Personally, for me these things are very important – cleaner air/water/ food and entitlement to peaceful living if I am not doing anything wrong. I don’t like to go to people to get my my licence/passport /hospital and school admission. Can you believe it, even to get money from banks you need ‘connections’ but not to be harsh, that was an aberration.

Why you should NOT move to Australia: If you don’t like pristine beaches, fresh air, work life balance, then yes, Australia is not for you. If you don’t like your kids learning life skills and be confident, and not be book worms, then Australia is not for you. If you like to call your boss ‘sir’, and expect same from your juniors, then Australia is not for you. If you have to dislike taking your kids to cricket practice sessions on Tuesdays, soccer on Fridays, and swimming twice a week, then Australia is not for you. Also, if you don’t like to go on beautiful drives every weekend and in stead, you like to be a couch potato, then yes, Australia is not for you. You get the picture, don’t you?

We all love India: Don’t get me wrong, I love India and always will. I look forward to going to India and enjoy my time over there and connect to my friends and family. I was in USA in 2011, when I watched the cricket world cup games. I remember the Final game in Wankhade Stadium very clearly as it happened yesterday and so proud of that moment when India won the World Cup. I used to not sleep for a minute and watch the Indian games live so that I could help India win ;). You know that superstition which cricketers follow? Same way as Sachin would not take off his pads! I follow Indian politics, sports and developmental stories, it makes me happy to see that India is marching ahead on it’s path to become a developed country.

USA or Australia: Let me reiterate you the obvious now : Australia is best for young families and also for families with teenagers, just go Google. I have lived in USA for more than 5 years but decided move when realised that it may take up to 30 years to get American green card, and another 5 years to get the citizenship. USA is a great country and I loved my time there. I strongly suggest that if someone gets a chance to work and live in USA grab that opportunity and experience life there. Only after you have lived there that you will understand what I am going to say now.

Gun Related Violence in USA: The gun culture is rampant in USA and every day people get killed due to gun related violence. I am not talking about mass killings which get wide coverage in the media but accidents that happen every day. Just Google how many people get killed every year in USA ( it is more than 12,000) . After Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012 where 28 people were killed mainly 4–5 years old, I was seriously worried about safety of my kids.

Social Divide: The social divide is very glaring, rich is becoming richer and poor more poorer. On one side we have $1 billion home of Mr Ambani and on the other millions of people go to bed hungry every day. In my opinion that’s a very big problem because this is already resulting in spike in crime rates. Australia is very good at dividing the wealth and hence you will not insane amount of millionaires but you will also not find that many homeless people here.

Getting First Job in Australia: Having said that, Australia is not a perfect place in the world. No place is! But it gave me freedom to pursue my dreams. People whinge that jobs are scarce here and they may be right but please note that Australia may be a big country – almost as big as USA but population not even 10% of USA. So, naturally the job market is much smaller. With right attitude and good strategy, you can land a job here and grow much quicker than in India. I got my job within one month after I started to look for job in my field. I personally know 4–5 families who migrated at the same time as I did and we used to live in the same apartment building. We would help each other with helpful piece of information in landing our first jobs. I am glad to let you know that all of us got jobs sooner than we were expecting, but that may be exception as I do meet people who are frustrated of not getting jobs. We are still in touch and enjoying our lives in here Australia, some changed jobs because they got better offers.

Money Not Sole Factor: Again, if you are looking for only money then Australia is not for you. It doesn’t mean that you won’t get rich here if you worked hard. Australia is for those who treasure their time with family and friends and want to enjoy great outdoors and sports all year around. Everyone gets at least 4 weeks of annual leave and 2 weeks of medical leave, whereas there is ZERO mandated leave days in USA. Even India is much better than USA. Your employer contributes 9.5% of salary towards your retirement fund (called Super here, which you call provident fund in India and 401k in USA) on TOP of your salary.

Racism: I have personally never experienced racism either in USA or here in Australia. On the contrary, people have shown their appreciation to the fact that my family is nicely assimilated in the local community. Don’t try to live in Indian dominated suburbs and make a bubble for yourself. Go out, talk to strangers, invite over your neighbours. The mantra is try to blend in and not stick out like a sore thumb. Volunteer and help make Australia better which has given you a chance to change the destiny of not only your life but your kids too.

My recommendation : come visit Australia and experience the life Down under for yourself. It’s a beautiful country with great people and excellent sports facilities which will inspire you to be fit and healthy. Open spaces, great parks, sports training centres in close proximity to wherever you decide to live. That’s why Australia ranks much higher than USA when you compare per capita Olympics medals. Top 4 for 2016 Rio Olympics – Grenada, Bahamas, Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia at 14 and USA at 43. I compare Australia with USA because I have lived there and for most people USA is no. 1 destination.

Most important question:  First of all, check whether you qualify to apply for an Australian visa. Rules are changing everyday and occupations are being removed as all western countries are making it harder to qualify. Australia has made some changes to 457 visas and even getting Australian citizenship is under revamp and the bar will be set higher. I am afraid but I think next target may be the Australian Permanent Residency (PR) system and come July 1, some occupations may be axed. This is just a speculation but subscribe to my blog below to get the latest on this.

To sum up, I strongly recommend to those who are considering moving to Australia to act before it is too late. If you are seeking professional help,  always hire MARA agents only because Department of Immigration regulates their conduct and MARA agents have to follow strict guidelines or else they risk losing their licences. If anyone need help regarding Australian immigration, I can assess your case for free.

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Canada vs Australia

This topic keeps coming up as many migrants (and also some Americans!) who don’t want to live in USA after Trump became the President, as the tension has been growing there and life on temporary visas has become very stressful. At least two Indians have been shot there recently as they were yelled at to go back to their home country. But for so many, USA is their home and they can not think about going to any other place. And for those who are relatively new and still waiting for the Green Card (GC) it is an eye-opener experience as it may take up to a decade before they get their GCs.
So, for those who relatively new in USA or for those who are still in their home country but thinking about their next move, here is my most valuable recommendation: Get a permanent visa whether it is USA GC or Canadian/Australian Permanent Residency(PR). That secures your family’s future as a bird in hand is twice as worth, unless of course you just want a short stint in a foreign country for a different experience or $$$.
Regarding USA, I lived there for 7 years on temporary visas. It’s a long wait for Green Card (GC) over there. I am still in queue for that elusive GC but it may still take 10 more years! So, unless one gets GC quickly there, I don’t recommend USA for Indians only due to excruciating wait for the GC. The fastest route for USA GC is the spouse visa route and that’s a personal decision. USA is going through a rough phase right now after Trump and Indians are not feeling safe there but that can be anywhere in the world in future.
Canada can be a good option because of getting that one year after studies (the period can be more depending on the course undertaken). I recommend a course which will help in getting Canadian Permanent Residency (PR). The proximity to USA is the biggest draw for Indians as because of NAFTA agreement, they can easily work in USA after getting Canadian citizenship. The biggest issue with Canada is the weather. It is very dark, gloomy and cold in the east coast for most part of the year but it is heaven in those 2-3 months of summer. Vancouver on the west coast is more pleasant and it’s really very beautiful in summer but the trade-off is mostly rainy season for the rest of the year.
I moved to Australia in 2014 with my young family and we love it here mainly because of the weather and work life balance. It’s nice and warm all year round and we love outdoors. So, going on the pristine beaches, nice kids parks and in nature is a routine for us. We feel that the lifestyle is more relaxed here in Australia, with their mandated 4 weeks annual leave and 2 weeks medical leave compared to zero in USA! USA is the only developed country in the world where employees are left on their own to negotiate their leave with their employers with minimum wages being not even half of Australia. Go figure why Americans are so stressed out all the time which shows in the number of gun related killings.
After you get Australian citizenship, you also have the option of working in USA on E3 visa just as Canadians have NAFTA agreement with USA. The E3 visa is almost like H1b visa but the requirements are not that stringent and the quota of E3 visa has never reached since its inception and also the fees are lower.
I keep saying that migration is a very personal choice and it is up to the person’s liking as to what s/he is looking to achieve by settling in a new country. It is the most important decision after marriage, in my personal opinion.So, think about all the factors and then make an educated decision as this decision will have life long implications.

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Explore Australia: Queensland

Queensland (QLD) is the second biggest state of Australia (behind Western Australia) with total area of 1,852,642 km², and it is the third most populous state behind NSW and Victoria with a population of approximately 5 million. India’s biggest state is Rajasthan with an area of 342,239 km², so QLD is approximately 5.5 times bigger than Rajasthan and to really drill down this fact get this – QLD is bigger than combined areas of top 7 biggest states of India viz. Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra, UP, J&K, Gujarat and Karnataka!!

 

Queensland is also known as the “Sunshine State” and that’s also my home state now. I moved to Sydney initially after getting Australian PR but moved to Gold Coast last April. The main reason was expensive housing in Sydney but weather is also more pleasant in SE QLD. My family just loves it here!! Moving to Australia was the best decision of my life and I can vouch that moving from Sydney to Gold Coast (QLD) was the second best decision! 😉

 

Gold Coast is the entertainment capital of Australia and the region attracts almost 12 million visitors every year. Gold Coast is hosting 2018 Commonwealth Games. It is expected that over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories will converge on the Gold Coast for an 11 day sporting and cultural event. Borobi the blue koala has been announced as the official mascot for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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Weather:

As you all know by now that we are in Southern hemisphere and hence summer is from December to February with an average temperature of 19 – 29 degrees Celsius (66 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit). Winter is from June to August with an average temperature of 9 – 21 degrees Celsius (48 to 69 Fahrenheit). The subtropical climate with an average water temperature of 22 degrees encourages an outdoor lifestyle anytime of the year. That’s what makes enjoying beautiful, pristine beaches of Queensland even more fun all year-round.

 

Exploring Queensland:

As Queensland is such a big state and it is full of natural beauty, the biggest problem for you will be to decide which places to visit and which ones to skip! BTW, that is always an issue with Australia. But the one you can not afford to miss from Queensland list (in fact from Australia) is one and only the Great Barrier Reef.  The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It’s home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks. Please read here for more beautiful pictures of Australia.

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Other beautiful places:

You like beaches and seen many around NSW, Victoria? Sorry, but you haven’t seen anything like Whitehaven Beach! I promise you that you will not like to leave this place! Then there is Lake McKanzie on Fraser Island. What is Fraser Island, you ask? Fraser Island is one of the world’s most unusual islands. Not only is it the largest sand island in the world – 123 kilometres (76 miles) long and 22 kilometres (14 miles) wide – but it’s the only place on Earth where tall rainforests grow on sand dunes at elevations of more than 200 metres (656 feet). It also has half the world’s perched lakes – lakes formed when depressions in dunes fill permanently with rainwater. There is no other place like Fraser Island in the world.

Then you have Surfer’s Paradise Beach – which many claim the best beach in Australia while some claim it is Noosa Main Beach! So, as you can see you are spoilt for choice here, really! Oh, what a place! There are so many national parks, which I have noticed are free to enter whereas you need to pay for that in NSW. Please correct me if I am wrong.

 

Jobs:

As I said in my last post too – the most important thing for a new immigrant is to get the job of your choice and for that Sydney and Melbourne are the two recommended cities of Australia when it comes to job openings. If you are looking for IT related, financial sector, and healthcare related jobs then your preferred hunting grounds should be either Sydney or Melbourne.  There are mining related jobs in Queensland but that is on decline but there are some jobs to be had in hospitality sector, healthcare, accounting etc. but of course, you need to do your thorough research about your field.

We offer our clients handy tips to land jobs when they move to Australia based on personal experiences of people around us who successfully got jobs sooner rather than later. But please remember that we are NOT recruiters, hence we do not guarantee any jobs.

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Explore Australia: Victoria

Victoria is the most densely and second most populous state after NSW of Australia. It is also the smallest mainland state (237,629 km²) of Australia (Tasmania is the smallest state of Australia but it is an island state – I will write about Tasmania in this ‘Explore Australia’ series in future).

But don’t go by the fact that Victoria is the smallest mainland state of Australia as it is almost as big as Uttar Pradesh (the fourth biggest state of India with a total area of 240,928 km²) and it is almost five times bigger than Punjab! And incidentally, Victoria is also number one destination for Indians. Not only this but Victoria also attracts most number of inter-state movers mainly due to the fact that Melbourne’s housing is cheaper than Sydney’s.

That brings us to Melbourne – one of the most liveable cities in the world. Melbourne is the second largest city of Australia and has a diverse multicultural population with almost 25% of its population born overseas and the city is home to residents from 180 countries, who speak over 233 languages and dialects and follow 116 religious faiths. It has been ranked most liveable city in the world sixth time in a row.

The rivalry between Sydney residents and Melbourne residents is well known with both claiming that they are the best city of Australia. I will leave that to them to continue their fight while we enjoy the best of both the cities. But there is no doubt that the cafes in Melbourne are one of the best in the world.

Melbourne is undoubtedly the sports capital of Australia where you have public holiday for a horse race! Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) iconic image comes to mind when you talk about cricket in Australia but guess what cricket is not their most favourite sports, Australian Rules Football is! In fact, cricket comes at distance six when you take popularity in the context of number of people attending! Cricket is played only in summer months and as sports popularity is also very regional here in Australia. So, I leave this topic here as this can be a controversial subject.

Now, coming back to the original topic of exploring Victoria, well as it is with all other states that there is so much for everyone that it is so difficult to choose what to see and what to skip. So, whenever you come here, give yourself extra time as you may encounter a surprise at any corner. There is food, nightlife and wine culture with Yarra valley world famous wineries. There is plethora of nature and wildlife to explore. You mention Australia and Kangaroo is the first thing that comes to mind but there are all sorts of interesting animals here like do you know about Platypus which actually has sixth sense. But do you know you can see Penguins here in Victoria? Yes, Phillip Island is home to one of the world’s largest colonies of the world’s smallest penguins, and this experience is something you don’t want to miss.

There is plenty of culture and art scene going on here in Melbourne, there are so many points of interest and lookouts to enjoy the wonderful beauty of amazing Australia. And once you are in Melbourne, don’t forget to go on that scenic Great Ocean Road drive with some people claiming this to be the most beautiful spot of Australia. Lots of Indian movies have also been shot here with “Salaam Namaste” to be the one which comes to mind straightaway.

Jobs:

As I said in my last post – the most important thing for a new immigrant is to get the job of your choice and Melbourne is no. 2 city of Australia when it comes to job openings. This is the reason Melbourne is the second most populous city of Australia. If you are looking for IT related, financial sector, and healthcare related jobs then your preferred hunting grounds should be either Sydney or Melbourne but of course, you need to do your thorough research about your field.

We offer our clients handy tips to land jobs when they move to Australia based on personal experiences of people around us who successfully got jobs sooner rather than later. But please remember that we are NOT recruiters, hence we do not guarantee any jobs.

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Explore Australia: New South Wales (NSW)

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The vibrant capital city of Sydney is your base for exploring New South Wales (NSW). NSW is a land of contrasts because it has got all you need to see – pristine beaches, lush rain-forests, rugged beauty of the outback and yes, snow too! That’s why NSW is the most visited state of Australia.

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There are so many beautiful beaches in Australia but Bondi beach is the iconic one and comes straight to mind when we talk about Sydney. Byron Bay is world famous for surfing and whale-watching and you can spot celebrities here on your lucky day.

NSW is the fifth biggest state of Australia (809,444 km2) but it is the most populous one with a population of 7.7 million. Sydney is the biggest city of Australia with its population surpassing 5 million mark. It is also the financial capital of Australia, followed closely by Melbourne both in population and job openings. Most of the interstate movement in Australia is between NSW and Victoria with people moving from Sydney to Melbourne because of cheaper housing available in Melbourne. The median home price in Sydney is $1.1 million (apartment $711k) while it is $795k (apartment $459k) in Melbourne.

NSW attractions

  1. Sydney Harbour Bridge
  2. Sydney Opera House
  3. Bondi Beach
  4. Blue Mountains National Park: 65 kms west of Sydney
  5. Snowy Mountains: 500 kms south of Sydney
  6. Hunter Valley (famous for wineries): 2 hours drive from Sydney
  7. Coffs Harbour (beautiful beaches and sub-tropical climate): 537 kms north of Sydney
  8. Byron Bay (hotspot for hippies, surfers and celebrities): 777 kms north of Sydney (less than 100 kms from Gold Coast 🙂
  9. Norfolk Island (World Heritage listed historic sites)
  10. Outback NSW: Mungo National Park (records of aboriginal life dating back approximately 50,000 years)

Financial capital of NSW: Sydney

Most of the new immigrants arrive in Sydney (followed closely by Melbourne). There is a solid  reason for that – jobs! It’s always a better idea to try to get your job at the earliest because your savings start eroding pretty quickly if you are not earning. Sydney is a very expensive city and the rental prices are exorbitant. A two bedroom  apartment easily costs $500 and that would be far from the city! I am talking 30-40 minutes train ride away (more than an hour in car!). Somewhere near CBD will easily make you poorer by $1,000. And when I am mentioning these prices, I should let you know they are weekly rents and not monthly!

But having said that, the average salaries are also higher and Australia affords one of the best lifestyles in the world. Four weeks of paid annual leave, two weeks medical leave in addition to at least 10 public holidays (paid, unlike USA – which guarantees none of the above).

 

Jobs

The most important thing for a new immigrant is to get the job of your choice and Sydney is no. 1 city of Australia when it comes to job openings. This is the reason Sydney is the most populous city of Australia. Sydney is expanding at a very rapid pace and it’s second international airport will be built at Badgerys Creek (western Sydney) at a cost of approximately $8 billion. I also arrived in Sydney and I got job in banking sector within one month of starting my job hunt. So, I will definitely recommend anyone to start from Sydney (but of course, you need thorough research about your field).

But the most important recommendation: be smart! Just having qualifications and experience won’t land you a job here if you have no Australian experience. New immigrants find it hard to digest the fact that they get rejected because they have got no ‘local’ experience. It is their polite way of saying no, as ultimately new immigrants do get jobs here without any local experience, myself included. So, come mentally prepared for initial failures. Also, you should ideally have 12 months saving to see you through if coming with family. Be positive,go to network events and learn from your rejections. Go talk to strangers and make friendships from people of different communities. Make your linkedin account look like a professional and connect with people from your field. Volunteer, if you are without job to get that local experience. It shows that you are fit to work in Australia. I know, I know…

We offer our clients handy tips to land jobs when they move to Australia based on personal experiences of people around us who successfully got jobs sooner rather than later. But please remember that we are NOT recruiters, hence we do not guarantee any jobs.

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Explore Australia

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Australia is amazingly beautiful and it’s sheer size (7,692,024 square kilometres!) makes you wonder where to go first! Australia remained ‘hidden’ from Europeans till they finally arrived in 1606. The first European explorers here were the Dutch and they called this land as Terra Australis Incognita (unknown southern land). Between 1606 to 1770 more than 50 European ships arrived here.

In 1770, Englishman Lieutenant James Cook charted the Australian east coast in his ship HM Barque Endeavour. Cook claimed the east coast under instruction from King George III of England on 22 August 1770 at Possession Island, naming eastern Australia ‘New South Wales’. The coast of Australia, featuring Tasmania as a separate island, was mapped in detail by the English mariners and navigators Bass and Flinders, and the French mariner, Baudin. But permanent European settlement begin only in 1788 with the establishment of British penal colony in New South Wales.

For more than 50,000 years before European settlement, Aboriginal people lived on Australian continent. They occupied country across its landscape, including mountains, and even the driest desserts. In present times, even though Australians live across this vast continent but most Australians live in coastal areas only. All the major cities are located near the sea except for Brisbane which is situated on Brisbane river but even Brisbane is not very far from the sea!

The five biggest cities of Australia are – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide located in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and Southern Australia respectively. There is one more state which is Tasmania. There are also two territories namely Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory (Canberra). The country measures approximately 4,000 kms from east to west and 3,200 kms from north to south and that does not include Tasmania and Coocs Island, Norfolk Island and Christmas Island (last three being dependencies).

The purpose of providing you all the details here is to appreciate the fact that Australia is really big and exploring it means you must travel widely, always ready to taste something new and be tempted to find out what’s next on your ever growing must-see places in Australia!

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Beautiful Sydney!

In this series, we will continue our journey across Australia and we will take you to New South Wales.

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See you in New South Wales…

Not sure to make the move to Australia?

I keep reading on forums people complaining about not getting their dream jobs soon after arriving in Australia. And some people are very vocal about the Government’s position, as their policy is aiding migrants to come to Australia.

Please remember that the Government is letting you come here based on the skills you possess in the hope that you are a highly skilled migrant and you will be able to settle down. They are NOT promising any job when they grant you Australian PR. You will always find people who forcefully defend their opinions and they are right in their own sense because that’s THEIR opinion.

But the picture is not that gloomy or rosy. If you are qualified, positive and smart, then your hard work will definitely pay-off. I will not say it’s a walk in the park, on the contrary, prepared to fight it out in the beginning. And that’s why I say you need to be smart – that’s the most important thing if you are not “networked” in Australia for job hunting. You should be alert and agile so that you can change your plan quickly if you see it’s not working or if you notice someone’s plan which worked.

Start researching your field of jobs while you are still in your home country and start applying when you are scheduled to land within 1-2 weeks in Australia. Come prepared for the worst, not for success – so that you do not give up after your initial failures. Soon, you will find what’s going to work for you if you are smart!

My recommendation : come with savings enough for you to survive for at least 6-12 months and do not hesitate to take any job you get with fully focussed on your dream job.

And be in touch with people who have successfully gotten jobs in their fields – believe me there are many (just do Google search search  – they are real people). For every unsuccessful migrant story there are hundreds of successful stories as well. It is in the interest of Australia for you to be successful!

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Best decision of my life!

We are living in very uncertain times right now with Donald J. Trump as President-elect of USA. His recent appointments indicate that he is serious when he talks about immigration restrictions. This can be really frustrating for those migrants who have not yet received their Green Cards (GC).

The wait for GC is very long for us Indians. It is a scary feeling that we might be shown the door after investing all our life in USA when Senator Sessions takes over as Attorney General of USA. All he has to do is to tweak some regulations as he knows very well how to get things done in the US political system being there. And those of us who are legal migrants in USA are well aware that he is a fierce opponent of H1b and will leave no stone unturned to make the lives of migrants difficult.

What can we do right now- nothing? No there are options and I will discuss them later. Indians who are waiting in USA for their GCs are in panic mode, and they have started blaming other visa categories for their long wait, which in most cases can be decades long! This is a natural reaction but I do not know if this is going to benefit anyone except migration opponents like Sessions, who is already in battle mode.  Legal preparations are underway for launching ‘surgical attack’ on H1 b among other things, which will be declared as soon as Trump becomes President on Jan 20, 2017.  Donald Trump said on 10th December that he won’t allow H1b holders to replace USA workers. 

I am not saying that his intention to save USA workers jobs is not right, as this should be the priority of every nation. I also do not want to discuss other aspects related to that today. But yes, it has definitely put legal temporary migrants’ dreams of getting a US GC in jeopardy. This is specially bad for those who have been in USA for many years and have invested their lives in their pursuit of the American dream.

So, that brings us to the most important question: what should we do now? Time to take one of the hardest decisions of  your lives is here because even though you made the best decision possible when you migrated to USA with the information you had at the time, you’ll still have to reconsider your choices from time to time, because life is all about change.

The greatest option available at this time in my opinion is to get an Australian Permanent Residency (PR- Australian equivalent of USA Green Card) now before it becomes ‘difficult’ here too. It is one of the best countries to raise your kids, enjoy a laid-back lifestyle and hence, live happier and live longer! It is a must read for all those doubting Thomases who do not want to give Australia (read 12 reasons to choose Australia) a chance. Why? Because it is written by an American immigrant who is happily settled in Australia, so you can be sure that he is providing you very insightful analysis of comparing life in Australia and in USA.

It reinforces my belief that I made the best decision of my life to migrate to Australia  after living for 7 years in USA on H1b visa. I have been saying that in my past blogs and many people have found those readings as eye-opener. What are you waiting for? Contact us immediately for a free assessment of your case because tomorrow can be fabulous!

The Australian PR process is very clearly defined and is based on points system for Skilled Independent Visa, so there is no ambiguity there. The process is very smooth and you DO NOT NEED employer to get the PR (189 visa). It is a very quick process – it took me 18 days after I applied for my visa to get the approval. Yes, you read it right – 18 days!! But that is ONLY if your application is decision ready. It means that you have fulfilled all the formalities required. It took me approximately 3 months for this whole process. But, remember, every case is different. And I do not guarantee any timeline nor do I guarantee the visa outcome – no one can!

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Australia’s Wild Life

Prepare to be bewildered by these amazing facts about bizarre animals that live in the dry country. Today I will take you on an amazing adventure, and it is about some animals that you might not know. Of course, if you want to move to Australia you would need to know what animals live locally for where you are so you can be prepared. Now, come along with me on this amazing safari!

Our first stop is Tasmania. This is an island south of Victoria, and this island has an interesting past. At first it was attached to Victoria, but then it got separated. When the First Fleet arrived, it was still believed to be attached to the main land because the ships didn’t go near the land, so they never saw the gap.

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Now, moving on, the first animal I want to show you is the one and only Tasmanian Devil! The Tasmanian devil is a scavenger. A scavenger is an animal that only eats animals that where already dead. This marvellous creature drinks bone marrow, a fluid inside a bone, after crunching on the bone, breaking it.  Tasmanian devils use leftover bones that predators leave. They often get into fights with others, fighting for a bone. When they do get into fights, their ears turn from pink to red. Tasmanian Devils won’t attack humans, so don’t worry about getting attacked by one.

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Now I’ll take you to the Australian Outback in South Australia. Meet the Thorny Devil! In the dry area of the Australian Outback, most animals would suffer from the lack of water. But not this outstanding Outback dweller! The Thorny Devil has pipe-like things on its back, and any water that falls on it like rain water and water falling off leaves, goes in the pipes and the pipes take that water to its mouth, giving it a drink. This is another peaceful animal and it won’t do anything to you.

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And now I will introduce you to the Funnel Web Spider! Funnel Webs can be anywhere in east Australia and can even be found in your back yard! They dig tunnels then go inside the tunnel and then they cover it. When they hear the vibration of an insect, they open their tunnels, and grab that insect, eating it. Funnel Webs have dangerous bites, and they can live for hours underwater! These creatures are mainly nocturnal, and they can’t jump. Don’t go near them and they will not harm you.

That’s it for our safari! Fire any questions in the comments section below!

This blog is written by my son, Vikram who is 10 years old and a student of 5th standard at Gold Coast. He has keen interest in history and wild-life of Australia. He is starting this series to share his passion with you.

Points Test for Australian PR (189 visa)

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The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence (PR) visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia. The list of occupations (SOL) which qualify for this visa is here. The next step in the process is to get positive assessment for your occupation. There are other factors involved too but the focus of today’s blog is to share with you the points calculator so I will keep the blog focussed on that.

To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply. This is a great way to enter Australia as this visa lets you whatever you want to do (of course, legally!) unlike USA where you have to work in your profession even if you have worked there for decades!!

You need to score at least 60 points against points test factors to be eligible to be invited to apply for this visa as mentioned above. If you are invited to apply, you must achieve at least the score specified in your letter of invitation.

Here is the points test table, which is used to calculate your eligible points. Please keep in mind that this table is for general calculation only and even if you reckon that you score 60 points, it does not mean that you will get the visa. Some professions have higher threshold for qualifying for the invitation. For example, as of writing of this blog accountants need 70 points to get the invitation.

 Points Test for 189 Visa
Factor Description Points
Age 18–24 years 25
25–32 years 30
33–39 years 25
40–44 years 15
45–49 years 0
English language ability

Test results must be no older than three years immediately before the day on which the visa application was made.

Competent English

 

0
Proficient English 10
Superior English

 

20
Skilled employment

Only 20 points can be awarded for any combination of skilled employment in and outside Australia

Outside Australia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation
  • In skilled employment for at least three but less than five years (of the past 10 years)
5
  • In skilled employment for at least five but less than eight years (of the past 10 years)
10
  • In skilled employment for at least eight and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)
15
In Australia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation
  • In skilled employment for at least one but less than three years (of the past 10 years)
5
  • In skilled employment for at least three but less than five years (of the past 10 years)
10
  • In skilled employment for at least five but less than eight years (of the past 10 years)
15
  • In skilled employment for at least eight and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)
20
Qualifications Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other doctorate of a recognised standard 20
At least a bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognised standard 15
Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia 10
An award or qualification recognised by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation 10
Australian study requirement One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian study requirement 5
Specialist Education Qualification Post Graduate Degree by Research through a course or courses taken for at least two academic years at an Australian educational institution 5
Other factors Credentialled community language qualifications 5
Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area (excluding distance education) 5
Partner skill qualifications 5
Professional year in Australia for at least 12 months in the four years before the day you were invited to apply 5
Nomination/sponsorship (where required) Nomination by state or territory government (visa subclass 190only) 5
Nomination by state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member to reside and work in a specified/designated area (visa subclass 489 only)

Source: Australian Government Immigration website (www.border.com.au)

The information provided above is  general in nature, please contact us for free assessment or to discuss your pathway to Australian dream!