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Hi!
I'm planning on moving to Australia with my boyfriend within the next several months. I just joined so I can find some good information and advice on moving to Australia from the United States. I really need to start planning our move, so I'd love to hear any good advice anyone has to offer and I really hope to learn more about Australia. I'm really excited and look forward to making new friends.
 

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Hi Janey,
It's nice to meet you. I'm from San Francisco and I'm really excited to move to Australia. Are you living in Australia right now?
Thanks for replying!
 

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Alisha, where are you planning on moving to?

I have been living in Darwin with my American girlfriend (from Stockton, CA) for a few years now, so have experienced what you are about to go through!

Do you have visas sorted out? Jobs? Feel free to ask away if you have any questions...
 

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I'm going to be moving to Byron Bay. My boyfriend is planning on going to a university there. I still am trying to figure out the visa. I think I'm going to start with WHV and then apply for the partner visa while I'm in Australia because I've heard its a lot of paperwork and a huge process to go through. With all the moving details at the moment, its too much for me to worry about. And with the WHV, I can start looking for a job right away. I just graduated from the university here, so I'm hoping that will help me get a job. Is it hard to find work? I know the unemployment is really low there, especially compared to the 12% in San Francisco, but I'm not sure how they are with hiring people from other countries. We are just starting to plan, so I'm not really sure what we are getting ourselves into. What would you say was the most difficult part of the move? Thanks!
 

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I'm going to be moving to Byron Bay. My boyfriend is planning on going to a university there. I still am trying to figure out the visa. I think I'm going to start with WHV and then apply for the partner visa while I'm in Australia because I've heard its a lot of paperwork and a huge process to go through. With all the moving details at the moment, its too much for me to worry about. And with the WHV, I can start looking for a job right away. I just graduated from the university here, so I'm hoping that will help me get a job. Is it hard to find work? I know the unemployment is really low there, especially compared to the 12% in San Francisco, but I'm not sure how they are with hiring people from other countries. We are just starting to plan, so I'm not really sure what we are getting ourselves into. What would you say was the most difficult part of the move? Thanks!
Byron is great, you'll love it! For me the move was easy cos I had a job, am NZ citizen and have family here...

Is your boyfriend an Aussie or NZ citizen or permanent resident? If not, you won't be eligible for the partner visa. If you are eligible, go and get your FBI check before you leave the US. It takes about 10 weeks. You will need to get local police checks from cities you've lived in to ge the FBI check.

WHV is good, but only valid for 1 year. I don't believe US citizens are eligible for the 1 yr farm workers extension, but I could be wrong. Plus with that visa you can only work for an employer for 6 months.

Not sure about jobs in Byron... The national unemployment average is around 5%, but up here in Darwin it is under 2.5% and is very very easy to find work.

Generally Aussies are pretty happy to hire foreigners, however if you have the WHV, you can only work for 6 mons for 1 employer and this can be a barrier. If however you are wanting hospitality type work I think you should be fine.
 

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My boyfriend has Australian citizenship through his family, but has never lived in Australia. We are hoping to get to know some of his relatives who live in various cities in Australia. I'm interested in looking for a job as a receptionist or office assistant, like working at a hotel or resort. I have a B.A. in Spanish, so I was hoping that might be an advantage in the hospitality industry, especially in a touristy town like Byron Bay. Thanks for all the advice!
 
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