Hi everyone! Would just like to ask for tips and advice for me and my girlfriend's current situation regarding the possibility of migrating to Australia in the near future. We've been researching for a few weeks now and we've tried to learn as much as we could but understandably there are some things that aren't as clearly laid out online. Been reading forums and watching YouTube vlogs as well.
Common Details Between Us
Company and Work: We both work for the same American tech start up and have held similar positions albeit in different departments, I have 1 more year of experience (different departments). Our skills and experience revolve are closest to that of the 'Corporate Services Manager'
Education: Both of us have Bachelor's Degrees from Top Universities (Marketing and Economics respectively)
Me: 26M (turning 27 this year)
My GF: 24F (turning 25 this year)
Some questions for those who may be able to answer:
What's a good range of disposable money to have for most of what's needed? (Visa App and Requirements, Flights, Reserve Money while trying to settle down and find jobs, Spend on luggage/freight for personal items, etc.). We hear 300-500k/ea is a good range.
Is dreaming about owning a home there too impossible? Seemed like a stretch here in the PH, even moreso in AUS. We hear it's very expensive even for an Australian salary.
Likewise, is dreaming to bring our respective immediately family members with us eventually too tall of an order?
How was your experience sorting out all of the "adulting" responsibilities when settling in? Things like bank accounts, insurance policies, investments, credit cards, drivers licenses, phone plans, internet, and similar. We imagine it will be a restart over in AUS.
On the same note, did you keep any of your "adulting" things active in the PH? Ex. Bank accounts, investments, insurance policies, cards, postpaid plans, etc.
How long would you say it took you to feel "settled in"?
When would you suggest scouting for AUS jobs? Before application, after Visa is granted, when you arrive in AUS? (or other)
Can Permanent Residents stay as non-Australian citizens indefinitely? Or are PRs required to apply for Australian citizenship after x years?
Our current occupations are very close to both 'Corporate Services Manager' (190) and 'Management Consultant' (189). Is it too risky to choose the latter, despite the responsibilities being very close; but not having had an official "Consultant" job title?
....I probably have more questions but there's so much to cover! This should do for now Looking forward to hearing your answers if any, and thank you in advance!
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