Relocating your entire family to Australia from the United States is a complex process that takes a significant amount of your time, attention and efforts. Part of the reason it proves to be so difficult is because each member of your family whether child or adult, will need to apply for a visa. Australia has a wide assortment of visas and it is up to you to apply for the proper ones for your family members.
To avoid the confusion and stress that applying for visas tends to bring to those not familiar with foreign policies, you should hire a migration agent. They will help you find the right visas to apply for and make sure that you collect all the requested documents and forms of proof. This process must be attended to accordingly or your applications for the visas could get denied. Your migration agent will inform you of all the requirements but you can always call the U.S. Embassy of Australia for up-to-date information regarding immigration for families moving to the country.
Tips for Preparing Your Family for an Overseas Move
To prepare your family for such a life-altering, long distance move you must address the needs of everyone as directly as you can while staying organized and on top of all other facets of the relocation. By hiring an experienced international mover for their assistance, you can free up a lot of your time so that you can use it to focus on the ones you love and their emotional needs.
Young children are usually the ones that need the most attention during an overseas relocation. They are likely to feel sad, scared and emotional over the future transition. Ease their concerns by including them as much as you can in the process of preparing for the move.
For example, if you haven’t the time or ability to visit the country prior to the move, show them images and educate them on their soon-to-be home as well as their schools. Fill them in on exciting facts and what there is in the country to look forward to. You can also include them in the packing process and let them pack a personal bag of their own to bring with them on the plane.
Have everyone’s possessions that are to ship over to Australia ready for the day of their transport through the mover’s you hired. Have your children involved in this process as well. It’s best to bring over as little as possible so that you can reduce the cost of moving services. Furniture and home decor can be purchased inexpensively once you arrive in the country.
Before you start putting things in boxes, go through everything in the home. If it’s useless throw it away. If you simply don’t want or need it but it is still in functioning condition, sell it in a garage sale or donate it. Holding a garage sale is fun way to earn money and reduce the amount of stuff you have before the overseas relocation takes place.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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