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Thinking about emigrating to Australia, don't know where to start!

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mammyjo Mon 14-Jul-08 19:58:53

Hi everyone.

My dh and I are seriously thinking of making the jump and living abroad. He is an electrician and I am a nurse, so in terms of profession I think we should fit the bill.

Does anyone have any experience of this? I would be really grateful of anyone who might be able to point me in the right direction and give me a clue where to start.
I have been on the internet and all I seem to find are lots of relocation specialist type ads, but who do I trust?
I know I need visas to be able to go and work in Australia, but that is the virtual extent of my knowledge so far.

All help very gratefully received, thanks smile

lollipop78 Mon 14-Jul-08 20:27:34

hey mammyjo

we too are thinking of emigrating to australia next year after we're married, i get really nervous thinking about it as it will be heartbreaking leaving every1 behind but luckily weve got a head start as my partners mum and young family moved overr last year and absolutely love it. The kids are even speaking with an accent, theyve never looked back.

Do u know which part you want to live in?

My partners also an electrician and we're both under (just about!) 35 so cant see there being a problem.

Sorry theres no advice with this thread but just thought id share my plans and let u know ur not alone.

Good luck whatever you decide to do

mammyjo Mon 14-Jul-08 20:32:35

Hi lollipop. Not really sure where we would live yet. I work within a specialist unit so would hope to continue with that, but that would probably mean I would be limited to city hospitals.

I would plan to go over there for a few weeks to try and decide where we like before committing myself I think.

mammyjo Mon 14-Jul-08 20:33:24

And good luck to you too!

NorthernLurker Mon 14-Jul-08 20:35:31

Hi MJ smile

i have friends who are emigrating to New Zealand this year. They took two very long holidays out there before making up their minds. I know they are having medicals at the moment and she said there was quite a range of cost for that so it was worth shopping around. I'll see what else I can pick up!

lulalullabye Mon 14-Jul-08 20:41:43

Hi, we are going to Melbourne in Jan. Dh is an electrical engineer and I am a nurse but he has a job and we are going on his visa.

We are having medicals on friday and are starting to organise everything else.

All I can say is just do it !!! grin

savoycabbage Mon 14-Jul-08 20:46:04

Hello. My dh applied through the points system and then he had to live there for two years before he was granted residency and a passport. We live in England now as I was horrifically homesick after the two years. We are going back soon though as now I have my own children I think it will be a lot easier to settle down. He is still at work now so I can't ask him any practical questions for you although I am sure he would love to as getting people to live in australia is his favourite hobby.

robinpud Mon 14-Jul-08 20:46:08

Go to Australia and actually see what you would be able to afford if you lived there before you get too involved in the idea.

savoycabbage Mon 14-Jul-08 20:49:21

You can just look on the internet to see what you can afford house wise though.

robinpud Mon 14-Jul-08 21:08:44

I think to put the amount of energy needed into emigration without actually going to visit first is crazy personally.

( I know how different life downunder actually is; I've done it!)

Lucewheel Mon 14-Jul-08 21:27:19

Mammyjo my big sister is a RMN and she relocated out there about three years ago.
She loves it and the whole family is thriving. Both of my sisters live there now envy
She found a job that sponsored her through the immigration process and she made sure that they all had full visa's before she went. The residents visa took time but was worth the wait to minimise the stress at the other end.

Visiting first is a really good idea, it is very different out there, I lived in NZ for a while when I was a teenager.

I would recommend you going to visit the immigration office (Australia House?) in Oz whilst you are out there because they will have the best information and guidance.
Goodluck smile

mammyjo Tue 15-Jul-08 09:37:23

Thanks everyone smile

I fully intend to take a long trip out there before committing myself to anything. I could get there and hate it otherwise! I would want to look at areas to live because I am sure that there would be places I would not want to go, same as over here.

sunnydelight Tue 15-Jul-08 11:55:25

Have a look on the British Expats website - there is plenty of good advice in the immigration forum. As a nurse it's probably easiest (and cheapest) to get sponsored. Going straight for a Permanent Residence visa take time and costs, if you get here on a sponsored visa it will happen much quicker and most nurses I know have got sponsorship for PR once they have worked for their employer for 3 months. Check out if there are any immigration "Expos" near you soon - they are always looking for nurses there.

As an electrician your DH would have to have his qualifications and experience assessed by the relevant trade body which is quite a lengthly process before you could even put in your application. A lots of tradespeople also end up having to study here before they can get the relevant licenses allowing them to work which takes time and more money so it's probably more straightforward to go on your job.

You also need to think carefully about where in Australia you want to live - it's a big place smile We're in Sydney which is fab, but expensive (similar to London in terms of cost of housing etc. for nice areas), a lot of nurses to to Queensland. Hope it all works out for you.

mammyjo Tue 15-Jul-08 12:45:20

Thanks sunnydelight. Sydney was one place I was considering, or maybe Brisbane?

I have a provisional offer of sponsorship already from the Children's Hospital in Syndney, but to be perfectly honest, I have no idea what it means.

I have found an expo in London. It isn't until October, but I figure I can wait that long to make sure I do things properly.

I will check out the expats website in the meantime though, thanks!

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