Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Moving to Australia on a Family Visa

Having family in Australia is just one of the many reasons that you may choose to relocate halfway across the world – but in many ways it is as good an excuse as any! Joining family members overseas can be a great experience and it can give you the chance to reunite your family, while starting a new life at the same time – but there is so much more to relocation than just packing up and leaving and it’s crucial that you understand this to emigrate successfully.

Am I eligible?

If you are looking to join family in Australia then the first question you have to ask is whether or not you are eligible to move. In most situations you will need to have a direct family member already living within Australia before you are eligible to move. In addition, this family member needs to be a settled resident, this means that they need to have been a permanent resident for at least two years within Australia before they are eligible to sponsor you.

What are some common mistakes that people make?

Family migration can be a great experience, but you need to take into consideration that there are many other elements you need to take into account before you can decide whether or not permanent migration is right for you. Here are some key considerations that you may need to make:

  • Financial Status – what is your current financial status? Australia is a country which has a high cost of living and you need to ensure that your present financial status is set up in a way that you are easily able to cover any of these costs

  • Your Family – who are you taking with you to Australia? Are you able to support both yourself and your family throughout this transition?

  • Work – will there be work available for you once you reach Australia and will this provide a stable income for your family? Do you have the right qualifications or skills to find a job within Australia?

  • Location – Australia is a big country, do you want to move to the same area as your family or is your work and family geared in a different direction?
Visa – Can you get a family visa for all the members who are moving over there with you?

If you are looking to join your family overseas then remember a permanent relocation is a serious decision… and not something that you should at all take lightly. It’s crucial that you take all factors into consideration and that you are able to look practically at your ability to support your family throughout their new life in this country. 

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