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My initial research into moving to Australia


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Old 11-07-2010, 03:59 PM
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My initial research into moving to Australia

Hi all,
Me and my wife are just starting to consider the possibility of moving to Australia permanently, and I'm going through countless websites and PDFs in an effort to familiarize myself with all aspects of such an endeavor.

We have been married since April 2010, and if we actually decide to move, it won't be until Nov 2011. We live in Greece at the present time, but we have a citizenship combination that is somewhat unusual.
1. We both have Greek passports (Both born in Greece).
2. I have a US passport. (Naturalized by parents and lived/studied in the US for 7 years).
3. My wife has an Australian passport (Naturalized by her parents, never been to Australia).

God willing, we'll have our first child sometime in May 2011, so that would make 3 of us moving to Australia. I already have the procedure/paperwork ready to register the birth with both Embassies (US and Australian) so in effect, the kid will have 3 passports. (All 3 countries allow it, I've checked).

If we actually move, I'll make sure to start my naturalization process as soon as possible. I am not the kind of person that can live as a guest somewhere. I need to be a member of the community I live in. Whatever the laws require, I'll do, and I'll become an Australian. (If possible of course)

I have a bachelor's degree in Networking and Telecom Management from DeVry University in Los Angeles, so I'll be looking for employment in that area.


Now, my questions.
1. Does our passport situation change anything in my moving/working Visa process?

2. Where do we go?
Having lived in Los Angeles, I absolutely cannot stand traffic. I've had all I can take for one lifetime. From what I've heard, traffic is really bad in Sydney aswell. Obviously I'd have to be close to an area where I can find a job in my field... I know there's a lot of Greeks in Darwin, and I do have relatives there. But I cannot stand the weather nor the people.

3. Do we rent, or do we buy?

I'll have tons more for sure, I can't come up with any others right now.

Thank you all for your help.


PS. I think I'm in the right section, please move me if I'm wrong. Thanks.


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Hi all,
Me and my wife are just starting to consider the possibility of moving to Australia permanently, and I'm going through countless websites and PDFs in an effort to familiarize myself with all aspects of such an endeavor.

We have been married since April 2010, and if we actually decide to move, it won't be until Nov 2011. We live in Greece at the present time, but we have a citizenship combination that is somewhat unusual.
1. We both have Greek passports (Both born in Greece).
2. I have a US passport. (Naturalized by parents and lived/studied in the US for 7 years).
3. My wife has an Australian passport (Naturalized by her parents, never been to Australia).

God willing, we'll have our first child sometime in May 2011, so that would make 3 of us moving to Australia. I already have the procedure/paperwork ready to register the birth with both Embassies (US and Australian) so in effect, the kid will have 3 passports. (All 3 countries allow it, I've checked).

If we actually move, I'll make sure to start my naturalization process as soon as possible. I am not the kind of person that can live as a guest somewhere. I need to be a member of the community I live in. Whatever the laws require, I'll do, and I'll become an Australian. (If possible of course)

I have a bachelor's degree in Networking and Telecom Management from DeVry University in Los Angeles, so I'll be looking for employment in that area.


Now, my questions.
1. Does our passport situation change anything in my moving/working Visa process?

2. Where do we go?
Having lived in Los Angeles, I absolutely cannot stand traffic. I've had all I can take for one lifetime. From what I've heard, traffic is really bad in Sydney aswell. Obviously I'd have to be close to an area where I can find a job in my field... I know there's a lot of Greeks in Darwin, and I do have relatives there. But I cannot stand the weather nor the people.

3. Do we rent, or do we buy?

I'll have tons more for sure, I can't come up with any others right now.

Thank you all for your help.


PS. I think I'm in the right section, please move me if I'm wrong. Thanks.
Hi there,

You might consider moving to Melbourne - it has one of the largest Greek communities in the world outside of Greece. Greece country brief

It also has a temperate climate which I'd compare with probably northern California and is the other main IT hub in Australia besides Sydney. The traffic is certainly better than LA and slightly better than Sydney but there is still a lot of it. Many people who work in the CBD (i.e. downtown) catch public transport to work rather than drive and the public transport system is definitely better than LA's. A number of the big IT companies (HP, Microsoft, etc.) have their offices in the suburbs of Melbourne so traffic is not such an issue as most of it is heading in and out of the CBD during the work week.

If your wife has an Australian passport then I'm guessing you are applying for a spouse visa? If so, then your passport situation is fine; all you need is the visa.

As far as renting/buying - property across Australia and particularly in Melbourne and Sydney is expensive (the median house price in Melbourne is around $500,000). I guess if I were you I'd start out renting and see what areas you like before diving into buying a place. The western suburbs of Melbourne are probably the cheapest (but some of these also have higher crime rates - although nothing like some parts of LA!). The most expensive suburbs are the inner to middle south eastern and bayside suburbs.

If you are interested in getting in touch with the Greek community of Melbourne, there is a website: Welcome to the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria Website. - you might be able to get some useful information there too.

best wishes!


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Thanks for the information, I'll be sure to check those resources you mentioned.


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Just further to what jejuniper has said, your wife and child with an Australian passport will not need a visa and the partner visa would seem what you may want to apply for:
Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100)

You will see there's a heap of stuff that you need to organise, including police checks from the US if your time there was within the last 10 years and they have been reported as taking in the order of 10-12 weeks and even more for some to get, so you ought to get started on that, your current one for Greece probably best left to when you are requested by a CO to provide it along with your mediacal examination.

Seeing as your wife has not been living in Australia and you do not have a residence etc. there, depending on your financial situation it may be that your wife as Sponsor for you will also be required to provide an Assurer of Support, so that is where rellies could be handy, not that it means you'll need to target Darwin and yes, arriving there in November would not be too enjoyable with the wet season starting.

As for naturalisation, or lets call it as it is and that's Citizenship, that requires four years residence in Australia.





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