At last, after a couple of months (2 actually) with no time for anything other than starting a new life once again (finding a place to live, getting a job, getting acquainted with the location and everything else you might dream of to give us the same level of comfort we had before), I finally managed to spare some time and share my saga with you.
Since I’ve received countless e-mails about every aspect of migrating to a different country, I’ll try to break the story in a few separate, organized (manageable and repeatable 🙂 ) parts to ease my writing and your reading experience:
1 – Migrating to Australia – Background(this article)
This article covers the first topic.
People are different. Some like spending their whole lives among family and friends, in a known and predictable environment. Others would rather face the unknown and somehow unstable life style of an adventurer. There is no right or wrong here, it’s just a matter of preference. I definitely fall under the second category. And so do some of you (that’s why you’re reading this article! :)).
My story starts a couple of years ago, when after 26 years living in Brazil and keen to know the world outside its borders, I was fortunate enough to be offered a position at a global organization based of the Czech Republic, a land where I haven’t been before but certainly offered me the possibilities I always had longed for. The job offer was decent, although I had to sacrifice around 10% of my salary (at that time I was a consultant earning per hour). Nevertheless, the opportunity presented by this choice came out to be the one of the best things ever happening in my life, giving me the opportunity to work my way through the organizational ladder and also travel all over the world. Big changes require a few big sacrifices (or several small ones too) that not everyone is emotionally or burocratically ready to commit to.
Anyways, after a few years living in Europe and enjoying life to its fullest (which includes meeting my wife and having our first kid), we’ve wandered about moving to a place where we could have a more relaxed and warm lifestyle, and a few options popped in our minds. Being a citizen of Brazil myself, that was our first thought, but several things made me reconsider my choice: Although the economy is growing by leaps and bounds, some issues like safety and the fact that my wife doesn’t speak the local language helped us discarding the option.
Canada was another choice, but the idea of facing long winters again was out of consideration for us. Since we liked the idea of living in an english speaking country, our options were restricted to the USA (California/Florida) or Australia. Then the Global Financial Crisis came devastating US economy, and from chaos we saw the light: Australia it would be!
Luckily enough, one of my best friends had gone to Australia around that time and his feedback was more than favorable. The weather was great, Sydney (where he chose to stay) was relatively safe, and job offers in my area of expertise abound. After a bit of research, I discovered that Australia holds (according to some sources, held) a Skilled Migration Program, where experienced people from different trades were welcome to immigrate in case they fulfilled a certain set of requirements. By the time I applied, you had to undergo a point system that would qualify you as eligible or not.
The Skilled Migration Program at that time had CISSP certification as one of its options, and being a CISSP professional for several years, that was my choice to start the whole Permanent Residence application. According to the Australian immigration website (www.immi.gov.au) I was eligible since I’ve got all points required for the program. That was the beggining of a long journey…
PS: If you have gone through a similar process, I’d be happy to hear your story! Please use the comments field below to share it us!