I was recently approached by Rosalie Clark, who is doing her PhD in Cultural and Heritage Tourism in South Africa. She is looking for stories from South Africans in Australia, particularly around South Africans who have made return visits to South Africa within the last 10 years. She is interested in how these visits to places of personal significance – e.g. a family home, a school, a holiday place – impacted you and how you recorded the story of these visits.
If you’re interested, here is a note from Rosalie and her contact details.
I emigrated to Sydney in 1999 and spent 14 fun years living there. While I loved the lifestyle and the Aussie sun, I became aware of a parallel need to remember the important times and places of my South African home. I became increasingly aware of the dual identity I had as South African and as Australian.
If you’re following my blog it’s likely that you’ve been watching the drama unfold with the recent abolishment of the 457 temporary visa for Australia.
While at first it didn’t seem like much more than another political gesture, it soon emerged that there are going to be far reaching and, unfortunately for some, devastating consequences.
While most changes to visa regulations are applied only to any new applications, the changes to the 457 visa in April 2017 mean that anyone on a 457 visa or in the process of applying for a 457 visa are also affected by these changes.
When you start to plan your move to Australia, you’ll be looking up information about the country and what life here is really like, probably at every opportunity you can get.
These days it’s so easy with smart phones and social media – you can pretty much find anything you want whenever you want. This can sometimes lead to an information overload! So how do you know what’s accurate and what’s just made up gumpf?
Unfortunately, it’s not always as clear cut as someone being right or wrong. Everyone who goes through the migration process will have their own unique experience which is completely shaped by their immediate environment, attitudes, support systems and life experience.
Just because one person said they love it here and they settled in really easily, doesn’t mean that’s what everyone experiences. And that’s perfectly OK. I often see people asking questions like ‘Someone told me 8 out of 10 South African families who migrate to Australia end up moving back to SA, is that true?’ or ‘How long will it take for us to settle in?’ or ‘Should I wait until the end of the school year before we move our family over?’.
No one can give you the right answer to any of these questions (well maybe the first one, as that just sounds like nonsense to me!). Your migration experience is what you make of it. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s not the wrong way or the right way, it’s just your way.
So in an effort to help you dispel some preconceived ideas about moving to Australia, let’s look at some common misconceptions about moving to Australia.
One of the questions that people always have for me is ‘Where can I find short term accommodation in Perth for when we first arrive?’.
If you’re shipping all your belongings, it makes sense to hire a furnished rental until your goods arrive and you’ve found a place of your own to move into. I recommend renting first as well so you can suss out different areas before you decide to buy. Things look very different in real life to Google Maps – believe me!
Short term accommodation in Perth is ideal for new arrivals. It gives you time to get to know Perth and the different areas. It can be expensive to rent just for a week or two but often if you take furnished rentals you can get a bigger discount as the owners know their properties will be occupied for longer periods. This doesn’t always apply during peak periods such as the summer holidays but it’s always worth checking before you book anywhere.
There are lots of short term accommodation sites on the internet but I’ve compiled a few options for new arrivals to Perth. Some of these properties are owned by South Africans who understand exactly what you are going through having done it themselves at one point or another! They’ve created cosy, welcoming and functional homes to help you settle into life in your new home country of Australia.
Moving to Australia is no easy task. While there is tons of information about the process of moving to Australia, it can be harder to find out what life here is really like.
Here are 50 things you need to know before you migrate to Australia.
One of the most frustrating aspects of migrating to another country is the seemingly endless paperwork. Applying for your visa comes with a whole host of hoops to jump through and to get into Australia the hoops are set like high jumps on fire instead of mini hurdles.
But eventually when you manage to tick all the boxes, a weight is lifted off your shoulders and you can start to look forward to your future in Australia.
Next you need to start thinking about how you’ll move your money to Australia to be able to set yourself up and start your new life down under.
That’s where Rand Rescue can help.
The Australian government has announced they are beginning a consultation process which will lead to the introduction of a new temporary visa for parents visiting their children in Australia. The new visa is proposed to be a 5 year temporary sponsored visa.
While some visa announcements are taken with a pinch of salt, this one seems to be going full steam ahead. The government says they are planning on introducing the visa by July 2017, less than a year away.
While some details are yet to be determined, here’s what we do know about the proposed visa so far:
*** As of April 2017, the 457 visa has been suspended and will be replaced in 2018 with two new temporary visas – find out more here.
457 visas are a popular way for people to migrate to Australia without having to worry about finding a job when you arrive or having to save up enough money to cover you relocation and set up costs. However, along with great rewards, there come great risks. Please note this is not to be considered migration advice – for all the ins and outs of a 457 visa, please speak to a registered migration agent or the company who is offering you a 457 visa.
Here are 10 things you need to know about 457 visas.
I get so many people emailing me and asking me how they can move to Australia. The very first thing that you need to do is establish whether you are eligible for a visa. There are so many different kinds of visas you can get to migrate to Australia that it is impossible for me to tell you which one will suit you. These visa types change quite frequently as well. For example, the visa sub class we came to Australia on was renumbered and the conditions and costs changed just a year after we arrived.
One person contacted me a few months ago and the conversation went pretty much like this:
Reader: I’ve looked extensively at all the countries in the world and I’ve decided that I want to live in Australia. What do I need to do?
Me: Great – what sort of visa do you qualify for?
Reader: I need a visa to live in Australia??? How do I get one?
Me: (oh boy) Well it depends, what kind of work do you do?
Reader: I work in admin.
Me: (realising they probably have very little chance of getting into Australia with a purely admin background) Speak to a registered migration agent who will be able to tell you what visa you may be able to apply for.
Reader: There are different kinds of visas????
I can only assume if you are reading this blog that you know a little bit more about the process than this person and that there are many different types of visa which you can apply for in order to migrate to Australia. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular ones.
When you first move to Australia, you may decide to stay in short term accommodation for a while before deciding on where you want to live. If you’re lucky enough, you may have friends or family to stay with but eventually you’ll need to find a place of your own.
Some people come over and buy a house straight away but I really recommend renting for at least 6-12 months before buying your own home. It gives you a chance to get to know the city, discover what areas you like and don’t like and settle into life without the pressure of trying to buy the right house.
Yes it’s annoying having to jump through a landlord’s hoops and not be able to do what you want to the house, but it’s better than rushing into making a purchase of hundreds of thousands of dollars and then later realising it’s not the right house for you.
So what do you need to know about renting a house in Australia?