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When I finalised the date to move to Australia for the first time, I had many sleepless nights thinking about where to stay for the first few months. First of all, I hadn’t visited Australia before. Secondly, I didn’t have any relatives or family friends living there. Landing in a foreign country without any shelter can be anybody’s nightmare. If not planned well, this can very well turn into reality. Thankfully, things are not so difficult as they seem. With little efforts and right information, you can easily find a place to stay in Australia. What Is Initial Accommodation? InitialContinue Reading
On a bright Sunday afternoon, I got a call from my friend, Raj. After the initial pleasantries, he broke the news. “Hey buddy, I got my Australian PR!”. “Wow, that’s a fantastic news! You must be feeling on top of the world” I said. “Yeah I was for a moment, but now I am worried. I have a few questions. Can you help me please?” He said. “Of course, I will. Tell me what you want to know” I replied. “I heard Australia is a very expensive place. How much money should I bring to Australia? In what form can IContinue Reading
You got your Australian PR? Fantastic! Welcome to the club. Next question in your mind must be – where should I live in Australia? Of course, if you have state or region sponsored visa, this problem is already solved as you have to stay within that state or region for next two years. But for people with 189 subclass visa, making that choice is not easy. At least it wasn’t for me. I didn’t even know whether Sydney was on the east coast or the west coast. All my knowledge about Australian cities was from cricket. Apart from Sydney and Melbourne,Continue Reading
Once the medical examination saga was over, the next big thing was to get an Indian Police Clearance Certificate(PCC). All the prerequisites needed to get an Indian PCC in a nice and smooth manner, were there. Our passports were recently renewed, both of our passports had spouse name in it and our passports were recently verified by the Police. So I assumed that getting a PCC should not be a big deal. However, you never know when passport office finds some tiny detail missing and make you go round and round. So, even though I was quite confident, I wasContinue Reading