Moving to Australia Dilemma

by Chris
(Doha, Qatar)

I am settled in the Gulf region with a highly paid senior job in the Banking sector. I have got the Australian permanent residence visa which would expire its 5 year validity period in April 2013. The dilemma that I have now is to whether or not move to Australia. I do not want to give up my permanent residence visa as I had to go through a lot of pain to get it. But the thought of moving to a foreign country and starting life from scratch, finding a job, schooling for children etc, scares me.

I am working in the Finance division and have MBA from University in Melbourne Australia. Do you think it'll be a wise decision to give up my current job and move to Australia now? Will I be able to land a good senior job in Australia - how is the job market in Australia especially in Banking sector?

I plan to live in Sydney if I move. I am 34 years old and have got a young family with two kids aged 3 and 5. My 5 year old is currently in reception in school. My wife is a qualified ship charterer and has got about 6 years of experience in logistics.

Look forward to your recommendations and advice.

Many thanks in advance.




In your situation with a highly paid job that's really a great dilemma: to give up what seems to be a comfortable life for something that you may not know thoroughly about, but for which you went through a lot of effort to get.

The answer lies within your heart. No one can give you an advice because it is only you and your family that truly know what is best for you.

You have to weigh the pros and cons for the two options and come up
with an answer that best suits you. Think about things such as how long can you stay in your current job, where do you want to raise your children, where do you see a future for you and your family.

Settling in a new country is not easy but it is manageable and shouldn't scare you, if this is what you want.

As to finding good jobs, you have the skills, including an MBA with an Australian university and the experience in a senior position on your side. What you may lack is the Australian experience, unless you also worked while you studied in Melbourne.

Many people who relocate to Australia without a local experience manage to find a job within a reasonable amount of time.

The problem is, will you be able to find a highly paid one?

Run a search on or to see if the jobs on offer suit you. This is how you can find more about the specifics of the job market in the financial industry. Try to apply to those jobs, though not having a contact address in Australia would likely land your resume at the bottom of the pile. But...who employer might be interested in your skills and expertise despite your address.

Have you checked all the possible options available to you, as a holder of a permanent residence visa?

For example, have you researched about visas for returning residents? Assuming that you lived in Australia as a permanent resident for 2 years, while you studied, you could be eligible for a new 5 year visa to travel and return to Australia. Find out all the details at

Or ask an immigration lawyer. We have partnered with National Visas, so register with them by including your details into this form and then ask how they can help you with your specific circumstances.

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