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Editor 03-21-2013 12:11 PM

How much will/did your move to Australia cost you?
 
We can do all of the investigating and all of the researching possible, we can try and budget to the nearest dollar but the fact is that unexpected costs will arise when looking to move to a new country such as Australia. It would therefore be helpful for members who are looking to move to Australia, or indeed have moved to Australia, to post their thoughts on the cost.

The cost of moving is often underestimated by expats looking for pastures new and any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

ahmed84 03-21-2013 12:40 PM

I am a single applicant and not using an agent. so far I spent around AUD4,300. This amount includes: applications fees (the big chunk!) , ACS assessment fees, IELTS test, Medical test and Notary services which costed me above the average because I opted to certify my docs from the australian embassy. :p of course this amount will most probably go double or more with airlines tickets and moving expenses.

Editor 03-21-2013 12:44 PM

Hi Ahmed84

Many thanks for sharing that information with us - it is certainly most useful to know. Perhaps you could update us further down the line as your final move to Australia approaches? It will be interesting to see the difference in moving costs from country to country and those associated with individuals and families.

bashishot 03-21-2013 07:11 PM

Our flights were around $6000 USD. Application fee was around $3000. We plan to save up around $10,000 to bring with us in case my husband is unable to find a job right away. We are also going to sell/donate whatever we have here and ship some boxes over. To make a long story short....moving to Australia is expensive but worth it!!!

dunan 03-21-2013 11:41 PM

Well our current and estimated costs (Hubby been living here 5 years)

Application, medicals (if approved first time), cost of documents, Airfares (off peak), airport charges n taxes incl. transport by taxi both here n in aust. Baggage, winter clothes and odds n ends $9,000

Cost of buying a cheap car, Accommodation deposit and 1 month rental $7,000

Money saved so far $50,000......On-going business income app. $3,800 net/month...

Existing assets in Phil will be left to the family so no fire sale....

But all this can change tomorrow lol...

Editor 03-22-2013 01:59 PM

Personally I think this kind of information and the comments emerging in this thread are priceless when looking to move to a new country. In our minds we all have a list of things to do, a list of basic costs but the reality is that there will be additional services required and additional costs.

Once we have more information on the thread, would forum members find it useful if we put together a summary of the costs associated with various countries?

sarahw418 03-22-2013 07:48 PM

Yes that would be great!

sarahw418 03-22-2013 07:54 PM

So far my costs are .....


$2680 aud for app
$12 fingerprints usd
$54 FBI background check (resubmitted 3 times)
$16 state check
$425 medicals
$50 for various certified copies
$80 roughly in postage to and from Australia and the postage mailing application first class


Everything but the application fee is in usd. And it's only beginning :)

bashishot 03-22-2013 07:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sarahw418 (Post 85467)
So far my costs are .....


$2680 aud for app
$12 fingerprints usd
$54 FBI background check (resubmitted 3 times)
$16 state check
$425 medicals
$50 for various certified copies
$80 roughly in postage to and from Australia and the postage mailing application first class


Everything but the application fee is in usd. And it's only beginning :)

Yikes, how come the FBI one was submitted 3 times? The cost really adds up! The things we do for love! We have already spent thousands on US immigration in addition the Aus immigration!

sarahw418 03-22-2013 08:02 PM

They kept denying my fingerprints. In total over 3 tries I sent them 14 copies. Finally got my letter and we sent the application in a week later :) the police didn't charge me for all the extra prints they were very nice. Apparently my finger prints are very bad


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