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1. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

I was wondering how difficult it would be for me (an american) to move to australia. I'm not sure how easy it is to obtain citizenship, to find a semi cheap place to stay, and most importantly, how easy it is to get a job. I would probably stick to the east coast. Preferably sydney, but any semi large city will be fine. thank you!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 11y

I think there are generally three ways (besides all the exceptions) to migrate permanently - be sponsored by a company, be willing to settle in a regional area, or have a skill that is in demand (and there's a long list of those, ranging from architect to botanist to engineer to journalist to nurse to social worker).
(You also should be between 18 and 44 years of age and know how to speak english, but I think you won't have any problems there.) :)

This page has a link to the list of those skills.
This page is the general entry point on the immigration website for migration to Australia.

3. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 11y

You should do an assessment with a migration firm, or wade through the pages of visa options many of which - and no offense here - you probably won't understand as its Australian law, and much of the information isn't available. If you want to try go to www.dimia.gov.au. It doesn't sound like you have any company connections here so sponsorship isn't really an option unless you have skills for regional sponsored migration; citizenship only comes after a period of permanent residency of up to 4-years.

Be careful on who you take advice from. The migration information on this site, while extremely useful, should only be taken as general information. The information should be from a qualified and licenced migration agent, should not promise you anything, and should only take the case if there is a good chance of getting what you want. If you want I can refer you to a firm or two that will charge you between $150 - $200 for an assessment. They will need to know quite a bit about you, and a lot of it is personal. I know these firms as I work in this business. Or, I can send you to the Australian government website that administers migration agents and you can choose yourself.

Cheers

4. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

Check out http://www.liveinaustralia.com

5. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 10y

Thank you all! Majito, I may take you up on your offer in the future.

6. Posted by ST (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Quoting TKolb325

I was wondering how difficult it would be for me (an american) to move to australia. I'm not sure how easy it is to obtain citizenship, to find a semi cheap place to stay, and most importantly, how easy it is to get a job. I would probably stick to the east coast. Preferably sydney, but any semi large city will be fine. thank you!

What kind of work are you looking at doing? I moved here about six months ago (from New Zealand) and found the IT industry is quite strong here at the moment. Also the building industry here in Melbourne is strong as well (accoding to a friend of mine and the amount of buildings going up around the place)

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7. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

Something else: you get permanent residency for at least four years before you can look at citizenship.

8. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 10y

Unfortunately, I don't have many skills to offer. I've been in the restaurant industry for 5 years, and i've done like 6 months of painting/minor construction. My plan is to travel up the east coast to Darwin, and then travel SE Asia from there, and if I could land a job in OZ, then I would return and stay till they kick me out. Well maybe I will get lucky when I visit and get a person on the inside somewhere.