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Starting in Sydney News, Issue #004
August 29, 2009

Discover Lifestyle in Sydney.
Keep up with News about Australia

Starting in Sydney News brings you our latest tips about living in Australia. And a lot of information about things to do in Sydney and its attractions.

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Spring is just around the corner in Australia and with it come the preparations for the holiday season. Not that holiday is necessarily a summer thing down under. Weather is generally good all year round and it depends what you want to see. If it is the major southern cities like Sydney or Melbourne or Perth or the attractions surrounding them, then anytime of the year is good for a visit. But if it is the tropical centre or further north, then autumn or winter might be a better idea.

If you are in the northern hemisphere, chances are you have already been on leave and are now dreaming for the next destination. But you cannot start your trip without a travel visa. You need to search for one that fits the purpose of your visit.

There are many different types of visas for Australia, the information is really overwhelming. The best source for all the up-to-date details is the Australian department of immigration website. To kick start you on the research for your travel permit I outlined some of the main points in the following new pages of the Start a New Life in Australia site.

  • If you want to go for a short holiday you don't need too much paperwork. You can apply online, if you want to.
  • A similar type of visa is the eVisitor for holders of European passports. The application is online only, easy, quick and hassle free.
  • But you may want to holiday for a longer period of up to one year. You need a tourist visa. This requires a bit of leg work, as you need to prove that you meet the health and character requirements and have enough money for your trip.
  • There is always the option to get your Australian relatives to sponsor you, if they love you enough to assume some financial obligations.
  • For the young travellers who don't want to test the love of the rellies, there's the working holiday visa. What can be better than taking a one year break to see new places, meet new people, widen your horizons and being able to work a bit to help pay for all this?
  • Well, just another year of doing the same thing: more travel and some occasional work.

Now if work is your goal, then you should check the pages summarising temporary or permanent work visas.

  • The Australian work visa provides some tips about a temporary visa for skilled workers sponsored by an employer.
  • Some employers may even sponsor you to get a permanent working visa. There are some conditions that you need to be aware of, so do your research.
  • For those of you who are entrepreneurs and want to set up another business in Australia, the temporary business visa provides a testing ground.
  • If things go well and your business grows nicely you can apply to become an Australian resident as a successful business owner.
  • But most of the people are just working from 9 to 5 rather than managing or owning businesses. If you are a skilled worker and have an occupation that is in demand in Australia you may be eligible to apply for migration as a skilled independent migrant.
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents can sponsor other skilled people to apply for permanent residence.
  • You apply for your visa when you are overseas but sometimes you can apply for a visa while you are already in Australia. Check this page to see when or why.

Whether you want to emigrate to Australia or just a quick holiday down under, make sure to browse these pages to get an understanding of what might work for you.

Speaking about holidays we have just returned from a short break to Alice Springs, in the tropical centre of Australia. Just about in the middle of the continent. Which means we thought this was some arid, desert land, not much to do and see, besides visiting the iconic Uluru rock.

Nothing can be further from the truth. Alice Springs and the surrounding area is a must see destination for anyone visiting Australia or living there and wanting to know more about the country.

I will write a couple of pages about the Alice and the West MacDonnell Ranges and will throw in some photos to share the magical experience.

To get them keep visiting my website often. And make sure to read the next issue of this newsletter in one month time.

Until then, have a good one.


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