It was wonderful meeting you all again last night for our session with Australian immigration expert, Barry (from http://www.immistay.com). I think you’ll agree with me when I say that Barry’s insight was invaluable. For those of you who missed the evening, a copy of our conversation can be found here.
In this post, I want to summarize some of the helpful resources and information Barry shared:
- -Barry stated that immigrating to Australia as a student is often easier than as a professional (unless, of course, the professional’s skill is in high demand). For information on changes to the 457 Visa, click here. To help calculate your score in the Skills Migration Points Test, Barry recommends this iPhone app from Acacia Immigration Australia.
- -When I asked Barry to share something he felt all Australian immigrant hopefuls should know, he replied that those applying for immigration should remember that day-to-day life in Australia is often much more expensive than most people expect (factoring in bills, transportation fees, meals, etc.). Barry let us know that most newly arrived students end up having to share apartments. He also suggested all students become familiar with the various Visas available to them (information on this is available at http://www.immi.gov.au/).
- -Students planning to study in Australia for a period of 2 years will need to provide proof that their financial situation is capable of covering the following:
- $2000 x 24 months = $48000 AUD for you course
- $1500 x 24 months = $36000 AUD for living expenses
- $2000 AUD for the air fare home.
- -Having a valid Australian driver’s licence is highly recommended. International driver’s licences are accepted in Australia. For more information on this, click here. If you cannot attain a driver’s licence for whatever reason, consider reading Barry’s article on Australian public transportation by clicking here.
- -Often students will find the qualifications they achieved in their home country are not recognized at the same level in Australia. This situation may require them to take additional training to bridge this disparity.
- -You can operate a business as a non resident in Australia. Information on how to do this is available here.