Guest SusieOR

Things to do once you get your visa...

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    Guest SusieOR

    I thought it would be a good idea to create a thread to help all who have got their visa's... So you are not worrying about if you have forgotten "to do" something before the big move...

     

    Here is a list of some of the things which you may / may not need to sort out before you fly down under...

    • First & foremost celebrate - get the champagne out!!!

    Then...

    • Sell house / Arrange to rent
    • Arrange a TFN (Tax File Number)
    • Apply for a Bank Account
    • Speak to & arrange shippers (decide on boxes or a container)
    • Book flights (& arrange extra baggage allowance if possible)
    • Arrange short term rental for when you arrive
    • Research area's you may want to live
    • Sort out things you own & decide what you are taking or getting rid of

    Please feel free to add to the list (copy & paste), as well as any other useful info you think might be relevant...

     

    Hopefully, this will put some minds at rest... (& mine)...

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    Guest Adelaide_bound

    I thought you couldn't get a TFN until you actually were in Aus? Something about the system knowing if you have entered the country or not, what with it all being electronically joined up nowadays?

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    Guest loopylisa

    A few things on my list:

     

    -Cancel direct debits

    -Cancel car insurance(day before I go)

    -Scan important documents into computer, store digital copy on an external hard drive and google documents

    -Book appointment with centrelink(I have citizenship so am hoping to claim benefits while Im jobhunting)

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    Guest SusieOR
    panic...............:smile:

     

    Yep I have def done this a few times... LOL

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    Guest SusieOR

    Things to do once you get your visa...

     

    Here is a list of some of the things which you may / may not need to sort out before you fly down under...

    • First & foremost celebrate - get the champagne out!!!

    Then...

    • Sell house / Arrange to rent

    • Arrange a TFN (Tax File Number)

    • Apply for a Bank Account

    • Speak to & arrange shippers (decide on boxes or a container)

    • Book flights (& arrange extra baggage allowance if possible)

    • Arrange short term rental for when you arrive

    • Research area's you may want to live

    • Sort out things you own & decide what you are taking or getting rid of

    • Cancel Direct Debits

    • Cancel Car Insurance

    • Sell car / van / bike

    • Scan important documents into computer, store digital copy on an external hard drive and google documents

    • Book appointment with centrelink (to claim benefits)

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    Guest SusieOR

    Here is a list of some of the things which you may / may not need to sort out before you fly down under...

    • First & foremost celebrate - get the champagne out!!!

    Then...

    • Sell house / Arrange to rent

    • Arrange a TFN (Tax File Number)

    • Apply for a Bank Account

    • Speak to & arrange shippers (decide on boxes or a container)

    • Book flights (& arrange extra baggage allowance if possible)

    • Arrange short term rental for when you arrive

    • Research area's you may want to live

    • Sort out things you own & decide what you are taking or getting rid of

    • Cancel Direct Debits

    • Cancel Car Insurance

    • Sell car / van / bike

    • Scan important documents into computer, store digital copy on an external hard drive and google documents

    • Book appointment with centrelink (to claim benefits)

    • Check childcare options

    • medicare & ambulance cover

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    Guest BackToAdelaide

    A few things from my list (I'm Aussie, OH is English). Would obviously include booking flights but we've done that already :)

     

    • Book removal firm and get packing boxes
    • Close joint UK bank account
    • Rationalise personal UK bank accounts
    • Get copy of medical records & prescriptions
    • Set up mail redirection
    • Complete P85 to reclaim tax
    • OH to open Aus bank account
    • Give notice to landlord
    • Cancel TV licence & get refund
    • Cancel AA membership
    • OH to change the address of his driver's licence?
    • Get mobile phone cracked?
    • Computer backup
    • Cancel services and get final bills – electricity, water, phone, broadband, Sky
    • Cancel council tax

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    Guest Jane & Tony
    I thought you couldn't get a TFN until you actually were in Aus? Something about the system knowing if you have entered the country or not, what with it all being electronically joined up nowadays?

     

    Yes, I thought that too. Where do you get that from btw??

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    Guest SusieOR

    Our agents were going to organise our TFN's for us but we already have them because we were both in Oz before on WHV... I think ur right (you cant get them before you arrive)... but, it is still something which needs organising so needs to be on a list!!!

     

    Sx

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    Guest Adelaide_bound
    Our agents were going to organise our TFN's for us but we already have them because we were both in Oz before on WHV... having said that, im sure there is a way to get them before you arrive but I could be wrong, it has been known before!!! :-)

     

    Sorry, but you really can't until you are in Oz.

    Here is the specific link to get one.

    http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/settle-in-australia/to-do-first/apply-for-tfn.htm

     

    "You can only complete this application if you are apermanent migrant or temporary visitor who is actually in Australia. "

    (from http://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/content.aspx?doc=/content/38760.htm )

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    Guest SusieOR

    Yep... already amended my post due to being wrong LOL... but as I said... we already have ours, thank goodness!!!

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    Guest loopylisa

    I had NO idea I had to do this. I was in oz for 3 weeks over easter and could have done it then. I can see this is going to be a headache...

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    Guest charlie&donna

    Being totally anal about organising things, I have an excel spreadsheet with around 180 tasks, from start to finish which we're using as a starting post. Which you can filer down to each step!

     

    Yes I do live my life by the 7P's, sad i know!

     

    Happy to share for you to amend to your own requirements.

     

    Just pm me with where you want it sent to.

     

    Cheers

     

    Charlie

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    Hi everyone

    Due to join you all out there soon and cant wait,we found the thread of things to do when you get your visa and have pm d the chap who did the 180 item spreadsheet but to no avail.Does anyone else have a copy of this that they could send to us,would be most helpful?If so i will send my email address to send it to.Hope you are all not to warm yet,summer is coming and its getting cold in UK,come on DIAC GIVE US OUR VISA!!!!!! Please

    Many Thanks

    Emma

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    Guest SusieOR
    Hi everyone

    Due to join you all out there soon and cant wait,we found the thread of things to do when you get your visa and have pm d the chap who did the 180 item spreadsheet but to no avail.Does anyone else have a copy of this that they could send to us,would be most helpful?If so i will send my email address to send it to.Hope you are all not to warm yet,summer is coming and its getting cold in UK,come on DIAC GIVE US OUR VISA!!!!!! Please

    Many Thanks

    Emma

     

    Hi Emma, you will be here soon hon... I have a copy of the spreadsheet... PM me ur email address Sx

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    Hi Emma

     

    We are waiting for our Visa to arrive any day now too and feeling the same as you!!!

     

    Hoep all goes well - I'm getting more and more anxious every day and actually dreaming about reading an email from our agent now!!!

     

    Hope yours arrives soon too x

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    Hi there to all of you.

    Thanks for your help with the to do list,it will come in handy now especially as our 176 visa was issued today:jiggy::arghh:

    So excited we dont know what to do first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Book flights beginning of jan start work at Burnside hospital mid jan

    See you all soon

    Emma + Gary

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