Moving overseas is never a simple task. There’s just so much to think about including financial matters, travel plans, documentation, and even customs. As you prepare to move to Australia, keep these things in mind to ensure that your arrival down under is as smooth as possible.
- Your Finances – Money is always an important aspect of any relocation, so this should be first on your list. You’ll need to check out all the financial, legal, and taxation matters that may affect your family in Australia. Now is a good time to set up bank accounts that will operate in both the U.S. and Australia.
- Traveling – Your travel plans are integral in the relocation, so don’t wait till the last minute. Start shopping as early as possible for airfare and shipping solutions. Gather all the contact information for relatives, friends, and sponsors in both Australia and the U.S. Keep your loved ones informed of your itinerary.
- Documentation – Obviously, as a U.S. resident moving to Australia, you will need your passport and perhaps even a visa. You will also need other important documents such as your marriage license, birth certificate, work, and medical records. If you have children, make sure you also have their school records.
- Customs – If you plan to bring any items with you, and we bet you are since you’re moving – you will need to make sure that you abide by Australia’s customs laws. Check that your electrical items meet Australian standards. If you are relocating with a pet, you will also need to ensure that you follow proper procedure.