You're ready to relocate to Australia. All the hard work is behind you: searching for a visa suitable for you, applying for it, waiting for the decision, cheering up when you received the positive response.
And once the excitement fades out there are more decisions to take.
Decisions about your travel, your documents, your assets, your financial circumstances.
They are not easy and you need time to organise everything.
We've put together some tips that can help you focus on various issues to solve. And we've also prepared a printable checklist to make things easier.
Read the tips below and print the emigrate Australia checklist. Edit or add your own items to the list, depending on your circumstances.
Check your passport expiry date, the terms of your visa and its validity and make sure you travel to Australia before it expires.
Check your flight tickets and see whether you need to make additional arrangements. For example if you have connecting flights and there is a long stopover.
Have you bought travel insurance? If yes, review it and make sure you are comfortable with the level of cover. If not, do buy now. You need to be confident that you thought about everything.
Find out how much luggage you can take with you. Carrying additional luggage is quite expensive. Visit the website of the airline you are flying with and see how much it costs. Then decide whether you want to pay for the extra luggage or would you rather be shopping for new clothing when you arrive.
Get shipping quotes for your furniture and other goods and assess if it is worth taking the old stuff with you or starting from scratch. If they have an emotional value or their quality is really high, then you may want to pay the costs. Otherwise your relocation is an opportunity to buy new and modern items.
If you do want to take your goods when you relocate to Australia ensure there are no customs restrictions or quarantine requirements.
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Gather all your documents and review them (birth and marriage certificates, education and qualification papers, other personal papers for everyone in your family travelling with you).
Check their validity, and renew or replace them if required. See whether you need to get them translated or certified.
Grab all the documents for your children such as medical records, education papers. Inform the school or child care institution that the kids will be relocating overseas and get them to provide all the school reports.
Review your work or business related papers and make a note of all the contact details of various people that you need to communicate with.
If you own your house, review your options: sell, lease, or whatever else works for you.
If you are renting, take all the appropriate action to inform your landlord in time and be able to leave without breaching your contract.
Decide what you want to do with your house contents and other possessions: take with you, sell, store, donate, give to relatives. Think about your cars and any other assets that you have.
Review your utilities and pay the bills. Then clarify whether you need to disconnect or suspend the services for gas, electricity, water, telephone (land lines and mobile), internet and other.
Go over your bank accounts, savings and investments. Pay your taxes and debts. Check the fine prints to see what you need to do in order to minimise the expenses related to your financial situation.
Clarify what happens with your superannuation accounts or future retirement entitlements, if any. Talk to your accountant, financial planner, lawyer or any other consultant that you use.
Relocating to another country is a difficult experience and you need to organise everything in time, so as to avoid any unexpected surprises later.
Review all the duties in respect to your current job or business, tax, financial commitments to third parties, check any legal aspects and take the necessary action.
Try to start with a clean slate and solve whatever you need to, before leaving your home country. If you want to travel back, it is to see your family and friends, and not because you still need to clarify your financial circumstances.
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