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Old 12-14-2015, 11:10 AM
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I knew I saw it somewhere. This was on the Aussie U.S. Embassy website:

Changes to Visa Application Charges from 1 January 2016

Effective from 1 January 2016 a number of Visa Application Charges (VACs) will increase.
The increase is referring to Citizenship Fees & VISA 457 - Partner visas are not affected - see Australia Parliament House website and immigration site regarding joint review of fees - no more panic phew

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shipping

Anybody here have experience with shipping from U.S.? I got quoted $3050 for a 54"x54"x 56" container from Michigan to S.A. This included them packing it (said I couldn't do it cuz they had to make sure of contents), door to door delivery, and all customs paperwork.

I wasn't planning on nearly this much and if this is the case, am rethinking taking as much stuff. It's $200/ea for additional items on the plane up to 50#, so it seems like that might be a better route.

Who has already done this and can maybe shed some light on their experiences?

(if there's a better place to post this, I'm all ears)


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Anybody here have experience with shipping from U.S.? I got quoted $3050 for a 54"x54"x 56" container from Michigan to S.A. This included them packing it (said I couldn't do it cuz they had to make sure of contents), door to door delivery, and all customs paperwork. I wasn't planning on nearly this much and if this is the case, am rethinking taking as much stuff. It's $200/ea for additional items on the plane up to 50#, so it seems like that might be a better route. Who has already done this and can maybe shed some light on their experiences? (if there's a better place to post this, I'm all ears)
We moved from NY to Adelaide. Instead of the container route, we downsized, and arranged with a shipping company (International Shipping USA) to send a pallet of boxes (18 large ones). It was only around $800. We had to pack and manifest everything according to Aus customs requirements, deliver to the port, arrange for pick up in Adelaide and customs clearance. It was a lot more work on our end but we saved a lot. Shipping company was very easy to deal with as was customs in Adelaide. Customs requirements are quite strict so read them carefully. The other thing to do is check airline luggage requirements. We are Qantas Club members so we were able to bring extra baggage through free of charge, and we pre-purchased extra luggage prior to flight on the Qantas website and it was cheaper. I think we paid $700 in extra baggage. So for $1500 we got a lot of our things here with us, just a bit more manual labor on our part. Now that we have been here a while we realised we still brought many items we could do without or haven't used, so downsizing and valuing what you really need is important. We didn't bring any furniture and we also did not have children to move.

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We moved from NY to Adelaide. Instead of the container route, we downsized, and arranged with a shipping company (International Shipping USA) to send a pallet of boxes (18 large ones). It was only around $800. We had to pack and manifest everything according to Aus customs requirements, deliver to the port, arrange for pick up in Adelaide and customs clearance. It was a lot more work on our end but we saved a lot. Shipping company was very easy to deal with as was customs in Adelaide. Customs requirements are quite strict so read them carefully. The other thing to do is check airline luggage requirements. We are Qantas Club members so we were able to bring extra baggage through free of charge, and we pre-purchased extra luggage prior to flight on the Qantas website and it was cheaper. I think we paid $700 in extra baggage. So for $1500 we got a lot of our things here with us, just a bit more manual labor on our part. Now that we have been here a while we realised we still brought many items we could do without or haven't used, so downsizing and valuing what you really need is important. We didn't bring any furniture and we also did not have children to move.
Thanks for the info. I will check out International Shipping USA. I'm just now leaning toward packing a few extra boxes and take them with me on the plane.


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I was just granted my PMV on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (in australia)! What a nice Christmas gift!! One day short of 6 months

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I was just granted my PMV on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (in australia)! What a nice Christmas gift!! One day short of 6 months
Congratulations!! What a great Christmas present!

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Hello everyone!

My fiance and I have just applied for our PMV on 15 Dec, 2015 (finally!), and we are now discussing the possibility of me coming to Aus in a couple months to stay with him until the visa is granted. We're hoping to have me there by the end of Feb. or the beginning of March which would be about 2.5 months since applying.

Before we get too far into plans for this I'm hoping some of you may have some experience and/or advise for us. I have a few questions that I'll list but we're just this past week researching this possibility so if I've left anything out please let me know!

1. Is it better to travel on an ETA and make a short trip to NZ around the 90 day mark? Or should I apply for a 6 month tourist visa?

2. I've also read it's possible to travel to AUS on an ETA and then apply for the tourist visa onshore? I'd like to avoid causing any issues with Customs by continually resetting the ETA but I'm not sure it matters?

3. Can we just buy a one way ticket for me or would I need to prove further travel plans?

I know it sounds silly to most everyone that we can't stand to wait the several months for our visa to be approved, but we've been waiting over 3 years already and we're so tired of Skype! lol I figured if anyone would understand it would be you guys.

Thanks for all your help already!

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Anybody here have experience with shipping from U.S.? I got quoted $3050 for a 54"x54"x 56" container from Michigan to S.A. This included them packing it (said I couldn't do it cuz they had to make sure of contents), door to door delivery, and all customs paperwork.

I wasn't planning on nearly this much and if this is the case, am rethinking taking as much stuff. It's $200/ea for additional items on the plane up to 50#, so it seems like that might be a better route.

Who has already done this and can maybe shed some light on their experiences?

(if there's a better place to post this, I'm all ears)

So I am qurious to find out who you went with for your shipping? I too am trying to work out the best way to send stuff.


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Congratulations!! What a great Christmas present!
Canegirl I see you are Australian/US citizen.. Did you get your USA citizenship and have you had an issues coming back to Australia with dual citizenship??? I am in the mids of getting my USA citizenship too


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So I am qurious to find out who you went with for your shipping? I too am trying to work out the best way to send stuff.
I haven't made the move yet. I have, however, gone to the website that bigapplekanga recommended above. It certainly is much less expensive. I did talk to the local freight depot where I have to drop off my stuff and they cleared up a couple of things about how to pack things. I'll post back in a few weeks when the move is complete and give my assessment of how it went.


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