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Old 04-03-2009, 12:24 PM
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Dear Sri,
I decided you are the right person to give the correct answer for my friend.He got his visa Last Month.He is going settle his life in Victoria.He dont know which is place is good, Low rental Houses,He want some guidance. I want to ask a question? Any consultancy or agencies will guide to do the initial process,like arranging rental home,initial process,banking,tax form.
Is this type of facility available, he will ready to pay the amount.
He got heavy tension becaz he will bring with his wife and child.So anybody help him to find a right person for his initial entry arrangements.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:26 PM
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There's a bit of information on the immi site itself, not sure whether they have a link to a migrants advisory service or not but another approach would be to google up for "his country" - Australia Associations as I do know some country immigrants do have helping hand groups established.

Other than that, it'll be his area of work I imagine that will make him decide where to locate, Melbourne in Victoria having by far the greatest concentration of population but depending on his skills, getting work anywhere may be difficult. will give an idea of rental prices.
Accounting Tools Online - Accounting & tax information for Australian Individuals, Businesses & Organisations is easy enough to register with for a tax file number and opening a bank account is something as easy as walking into a bank with his identification, passport and he can even possibly do that online with some banks - ANZ Personal homepage being one of what we call the big four banks here, others being Commonwealth, National and Westpac and then Bendigo Bank is another reasonable one.

Just an afterthought as well:
It is a big step financially and emotionally to move to another country and especially with permanent intent and more especially so if you have a family.

Your intial living costs in getting a motel room while you find suitable rental could be well above $1000/wk and even then on finding somewhere more permanernt to rent, it'll likely be somewhere between $500 to closer to $1000 for not much more than basics and a several thousand dollars outlay for furnishings, and that's before you start looking at getting a drivers licence, a vehicle and insurance.

So $10,000 can be gone through very quickly and if you have no surety of a job and jobs in current climates have no surety of permanence, what next.

So aside from you pr your friend doing some thinking to ease that tension, there should be something of a plan in place and it may sound a hard step but in Australia when some families are looking at an interstate move to get some employment, it is not unknown of for the worker to make the move first, maybe leaving family at home permanently in many fly in/fly out remote mining work places, not that that would apply to Victoria nor do I suggest something permanent like that for coming from abroad.

But if you look at the additional costs upfront of moving the whole family together, that could create financial strain and more tension, so if it was I, I would leave the wife and child where hopefully she has some family support and just pay for one airfare initially and then a single person has much more time to look for work and accommodation, interim accommodation being a lot cheaper for you can look at cheaper accommodation like hostels and/or getting a room in a house, perhaps somewhere around $100/w, basic living costs for not much more than that for a single person.

As soon as you find work and it looks to have some permanence you can start looking around at different locations and at more permanent rental accommodation options, no need to make a rushed decision and so better chance of finding something you'll be happy with, thinking of shops access for the family, parks, public transport and schooling, potential work for the wife etc., most rentals having like a three months minimal lease period and then on a month by month basis.

Once that is done, you ought to have a look about for some furniture and there are secondhand stores [not for mattresses] and auction rooms, The Saturday Age in Melbourne always having a good listing and often on supermarket noticeboards you'll find some good stuff cheap, and so for basics you can minimise costs instead of having to get everything in a hurry if the whole family arrived as one.

So by this stage, finding employment, somewhere more permanent to live, maybe getting a licence and a cheap car so you can hire a trailer or a small light truck for getting furniture home, by three to six months you'll either be deciding on whether life is looking good and secure enough to go to the extra cost of bringing the whole family.

You'll be able to have got a handle on what price things are locally and then compare that with shipping costs of what your wife could still bring as household goods.
Your wife will be more relaxed in knowing you have somewhere for her to move into as you would be and for things more than the basics she ought to still then be happy to go and choose what can help make accommodation into a home.

Just my two bobs worth as we say here.

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I moved to new countries several times and it can be a daunting experience. If your friend doesn't have a job lined up, it might be a good idea to leave the family at home until you get settled.

I have never heard of companies that help find housing, open bank accounts etc. If you do it on your own, it will be a good way to getting used to dealing with Australian businesses, governments and the people.

If you belong to a particular faith, it might be an idea to contact local churches to see if they have any temporary accommodation. Likewise with any sporting or business groups you might be involved in.

The rental market is very tight in Melbourne and often you will have 10 people trying to rent the same house. It can get a little depressing and agents aren't usually very helpful. It can be difficult also if you do not have a job.

Some owners might also be wary of new migrants. This is where you should try to seek help from community groups.

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Dear Sir,
I clearly understand from your suggestions and i convey to my friend.Thank you for your good suggestions.

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