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How To Go About Moving to Australia

June 11th, 2019 Comments off

Each year thousands of people make the decision to relocate to Australia. Many Australian cities sit atop the Top 30 Cities around the world for quality of life. This article isn’t meant to convince you of why you should move to Australia, but to provide practical tips on how to make your move as seamless as possible.

Determining Where You Want to Move

Unless you have a job offer in your hand, weather may be a big deciding factor on where in Australia you want to live. It’s not all dry, hot outback and there are six different climates to consider. The northern coast is hot and humid, there is a small area of humid and warm climate on the eastern cost, in the northern inland you can expect a hot dry zone with warm winters, a hot dry area with cooler winters in the southern inland and sections of the west coast, warm summers and cool winters on the south coast, and warm summers and cold winters in Tasmania and areas of New South Wales and Victoria.

Your Visa Application

You need a Visa to visit Australia, even if it’s not to work. You may want to consider getting a vacation visa to check out how you feel about various parts of the country before moving.

All visa applicants are assessed for their English proficiency (if their native language is not English), skill qualifications, screened for their health by government approved doctors, character (like a police check), and must sign the Australian Value Statement agreeing to follow local laws and live as locals do.

If you have a job offer in Australia waiting for you, your employer will be completing your sponsored migration visa for you with most Temporary Skilled Visas being for a maximum of four years.

Those who want to move Australia without a job offer can apply for the SkillSelect Program and prove that they have the right professional proficiencies to find a job on the Skilled Occupations list. Points towards being awarded a visa are based on the skills you and/or your partner will bring with you to Australia.

Backpackers, adventurers, and anyone who is 18 to 30 and wants to go to Australia can apply for a Working Holiday Visa. This visa provides entrance for 12 months in Australia, but has restrictions, like you can’t work for the same employer for more than six months (which isn’t that hard if your primary reason for being there is to travel around the country).

Items to Sort Before You Move

There are items you’ll need to attend to before you leave on your adventure. These are a few of the things you’ll want to take care of:

  • Get a relocation checklist and follow it (this includes items like getting a migration agent, setting your budget, finding a job and place to live, and hiring a team to help move your things overseas)
  • Redirect your mail
  • Cancel all subscriptions and pay off any outstanding bills & debts in your home country before you leave
  • Go to the doctor and sort out any potential health issues (make sure you get copies of your prescriptions for post-move, and that your vaccinations are up to date)
  • Rent or sell your home and/or give notice at your rental of your intention to move
  • Set up an Australian bank account to avoid monetary delays and international fees
  • Sort out living arrangements for pets when you’re away, and/or determine applicable quarantines for your pets to allow them to travel with you
  • Put anything you don’t want to move into storage
  • Things To Bring With You

    Bringing the following items in paper and USB form to Australia with you will make the transition of your move exponentially easier:

  • Taxation Documentation
  • Your resume and references
  • Your Visa Approval/Visa & Passport
  • Insurance Documentation
  • Rental reference letters
  • Your children’s report cards and educational records
  • Your up-to-date will
  • Current prescriptions
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    What to Do When Moving to Australia

    June 3rd, 2019 Comments off

    So, you’ve decided that you’re moving to Australia. Congratulations, or as they say down under, ‘half your luck!’. (People believe this comes from the sentiment of, ‘I wish I had half your luck’, or ‘lucky you’). When preparing for a move to Australia there’s a lot you’ll need to do and learn, some of it before your flight even leaves the airport. Here are some tips for getting started on your big adventure.

    Get Your Visa

    Australia is an expensive place to live, so you’ll need to get a job. Get your working holiday visa before you even board your flight, as living in Australia isn’t cheap, particularly if you want to live in a big city like Sydney or Melbourne.

    Sort Out Your Finances & Set A Budget

    You’ll want to arrive with at least around AU$5,000 (About $3500-$4000 USD) to help you muddle through a couple of months without a job, just in case. You’ll need as much as a month’s deposit and monthly payments in advance for many short-medium term rental properties. Contact your bank at home before you leave to make sure they know you’ll be in Australia, and don’t cancel or freeze your bank account and/or credit cards because of ‘suspicious’ spending on the other side of the world. You’ll also need to plan to have various personal items shipped to your new home.

    Paperwork

    The following are basic items you’ll want to have readily accessible for your move: prescriptions for any medications you’ll need (and remember to declare any medication you have packed when you arrive at the airport), prescriptions for glasses/contact lenses, professional and landlord reference letters, your passport, e-visa/copy of e-visa acceptance email, tax information, birth certificate, marriage license, and confirmation printouts for where you’ll be staying upon landing.

    Finding Work

    For those who plan on getting their two-year work visa for Australia, you’ll want to get your required three months of regional work completed ASAP. Regional work is a job performed in a specific area of Australia, and usually involves fruit picking, farm work, or horticultural work. These jobs are relatively easy to find and The Visa Bureau of Australia maintains lists of agencies, orchards, and farms that will qualify as ‘rural’ Australian work and count towards your regional work. Be sure to verify that your work qualifies and get it out of the way to ensure you can continue working in Australia. Many people who have completed their Regional Work Requirement recommend completing farm working during the cooler months to keep comfortable.

    When You Start Working

    When working on your holiday Visa you must make sure the person employing you has registered as a working holidaymaker employer. This will ensure you are taxed the correct amount. Keep in mind that when you are working on a holiday visa, the longest you’ll be permitted to work with any employer is for six months. For those who want to work in a restaurant or bar that serves libations, you’ll need to obtain a Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate which can be obtained by taking an online course based on the state in which you plan on working, and paying a fee of approximately $50. Remember to keep all your records of work and payslips while you’re in Australia.

    Getting the Right Accommodations

    Most apartments in Australia come without furniture, but you can filter your search to find a place that is furnished with appliances and furniture, unfurnished with appliances but no furniture, or completely unfurnished and without appliances. Furnished apartments will cost more, so prepare to budget for this expense. To find cheap, used, furniture check out Australia’s number one classified site, Gumtree. Since it can get hot in the summer, you’ll want to make sure your apartment has air conditioning, as temperatures can reach a whopping 42 degrees Celsius.

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    What to Expect When Moving to Canada from South Africa

    May 31st, 2019 Comments off

    Census data has revealed an increase in South Africans moving to Canada, with around 5,765 South Africans moving to Canada from 2011 to 2016. Any move comes with change, culture shock, and more! For South Africans, this move may require a significant adjustment compared to other regions of the world. Here’s what to expect when making the move of over 15,000 kilometres from South Africa to Canada.

    Safety Concerns

    Crime and safety are the big reasons many South Africans are moving to other countries like Canada and New Zealand. Canada is considered a very safe country ranking the eighth safest out of a ranking of 162 countries (from safest to most dangerous). Canada’s overall crime rate is 1.6 per 100,000 which is low. While theft and petty theft is low, don’t leave valuables in your car and lock up your bike to prevent theft. Because Canada is safe, not many people live in gated communities like they do in South Africa. Marijuana is legal in Canada. You’ll also find in Canada that most police are not corrupt, so if you get stopped for speeding, it’s not a time to negotiate, just pay your fine and move on.

    Official Languages

    English and French are the official languages of Canada, but roughly one-fifth of Canadians report that their first language is neither of these languages. The top five languages spoken in Canada are (in order of most spoken) English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Punjabi.

    Weather Changes

    Canadian winters can be frigid. If you’re looking for something a little more temperate, but don’t mind the rain you’ll want to make the west coast your home. While Canada has four seasons, just like South Africa, winter here runs from December through March, and summer is May through September (the opposite of life in the Southern Hemisphere). Cars will need snow tires for better traction in winter, and you will need to get accustomed to walking and driving in cold, wet, and sometimes blizzard conditions. In the summer, there are concerns surrounding forest fires in areas like British Columbia.

    Good Help Is Hard To Find

    While you may be accustomed to domestic help in South Africa, beyond hiring a cleaning person every week or two, most Canadians can’t afford regular domestic help. This means most ironing, gardening, and cleaning will be done by you and your family.

    Get Your Visas In Advance

    Take care of your work permits and visa well in advance, before you move. Canada has visa application centres in Cape Town and Pretoria, or you can apply online for your visa provided you have access to a credit card and digital camera to make copies.

    It’s Cheaper…. Sometimes

    Food, entertainment, and housing is cheaper in South Africa than it is in Canada. What you’ll save money on is toys, electronics, cars, and inflation (which is only at two percent). Used to only being able to buy/drive a white car in South Africa? In Canada, you’ll be able to pick out a car in virtually any shade or colour.

    The Food

    Canada is a multicultural country with great food, but you aren’t going to find a substitute for real braai, sorry! Barbecue isn’t going to even compare, so find other fantastic local food to enjoy. The amazing food you will have access to is fantastic sushi, maritime and west coast seafood, and more!

    Time Zones for Communicating with Your Family

    While South Africa is far away, the time zone difference between Canada and South Africa will allow for easy phone communication with family. Use your mornings to connect with family at home, who will be nearing dinnertime.

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    Is Moving to New York a Good Idea?

    May 10th, 2019 Comments off

    Whether it’s in a movie or real people, many move to the city that never sleeps each New York Minute in the hope of pursuing their dreams. Over 8.6 million people live in New York City. But it isn’t for everyone. The city has the biggest population loss in the United States with out of state migration, resulting in one million people leaving since 2010.

    Before deciding to move to Manhattan, it’s best to figure out whether a move to New York City is a good idea for you.

    Where You Live Will Change Your New York Experience

    New York City isn’t geographically big, it’s roughly only 300 square miles, but there are hundreds of neighbourhoods to live in within the five boroughs. Finding the right neighbourhood for you is key to whether New York feels like home. Spend time in all five boroughs, investigate your must-have and nice to have list, and get exploring areas on different days of the week and different times of day and night.

    It’s Not a Cheap Place to Live

    New York constantly sits atop the list of the most expensive cities in North America. According to a survey released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 1-year 2016 American Community Survey the cost of living in New York is 22 percent higher than the national average. It’s estimated that you’ll need a salary of at least $87,000 USD each year to keep up with the cost of urban living in the area. Median rents in Manhattan are around 3K each month, while Brooklyn or Queens is closer to $2,500 each month. Unless you have a great salaried job offer, or don’t mind living with lots of roommates in a microscopic place this may not work. Budget for your move ahead of time and overestimate your expenditures (and round up) to avoid running out of cash every month. Also note, that because housing is competitive, a lot of landlords will need proof of salary of as much as 40 to 50 times your monthly rent and/or someone to co-sign as a guarantor should you lapse on rent.

    If you’re looking to buy, the median price for a home in New York is just under a million dollars, so be prepared to spend or understand that home ownership may not be in the cards for you. If you can’t’ afford to buy, know you’re not alone, as according to a recent New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey 68 percent of New Yorkers don’t own their homes.

    Strap on your Fitbit

    If you hate walking, New York City is probably not for you. If you live near a subway station that will save you some steps, but most New Yorkers will walk a couple of miles every day just as a part of their commute. Good, comfortable walking shoes are a must have.

    Late Nights & Convenience

    The nickname ‘the city that never sleeps’ is true. Bars can open their doors as early as 7AM and don’t need to shutter their doors until 4AM, and there are many 24-hour shops or bodegas to get whatever you need. Same goes for cabs, spas, gyms, clubs, and even some restaurants. So, if you’re on shift work or keep irregular hours this could be the right city to maintain a social life no matter what the hour is. There is a lot to see and do in this city, and if you watch your budget you can have a great time.

    Moving With Kids

    Educational options for NYC kids are as competitive as getting a rent-controlled place with a view of Central Park. Research school options before working out your living arrangements to make sure that your kid(s) end up in the best possible school. Many NYC parents opt to pay to send their kids to private school, which is more convenient, but will also cost money.

    Don’t Move on False Hopes and Fantasy

    The TV, movie, or vacation version of New York city may accurately encapsulate an era in the city, but that won’t be your experience. You’re not Sarah Jessica Parker, Ilana Glazer, or Woody Allen, and moving to a city with a false hope of something you envision isn’t going to work out – no matter what city it is.

    There are Slices of Nature

    New York is known for having some beautiful parks, and residents who appreciate these small spots that contain greenery. Some argue that these parks seem better simply in contrast to the concrete jungle. If you’re craving a house with a lawn and a driveway, they do exist, just not in Manhattan. Consider moving a little further away to Queens in a neighbourhood like Little Neck if you want your own piece of grass that isn’t shared in Central Park.

    Cockroaches and Bedbugs and Match Box Sized Apartments

    Big city living comes with the risk of cockroaches, bedbugs, and infestations in your apartment thanks to your neighbours no matter how vigilant you are. While small spaces are expected in New York, pests don’t need to be. Before signing a rental agreement ask about bedbugs. The NYC Bed Bug Disclosure Act, states that landlords must notify prospective tenants in writing about any bed bug infestations that have occurred in their building in the past year. You can also search for pest related complaints at specific addresses on the Department of Housing Preservation and Development website.

    Parking

    Love to drive? New York City may not be for you. On the flip side, if you detest driving you may fit in. A recent U.S. Census found around 56 percent of New York households don’t have a car. Those who do have cars and want to keep them will need to shell out anywhere from $400 to $900 each month for parking alone for garage parking, or jockey their car constantly for street parking.

    Pets

    If you’re not willing to give up on your pet, you’ll need to do some extra research before moving to New York. A lot of buildings won’t allow pets, period, whereas others have limitations on only specific breeds and weights of dogs. Read the fine print and ask questions before you sign an agreement to make sure Fido can come with you, because who wants to be in a new city without their best friend?

    A Trial Run

    If you’re unsure of your New York, or any city, move consider taking on a temporary contract for a shorter period of time, like a year or 18 months to help determine if it’s right for you. You may just fall in love.

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    What to Bring When You Move to Australia

    April 30th, 2019 Comments off

    G’Day Mate! If you want to live in the land down under, even if it’s just for a year, it can be stressful not knowing what to pack and what to leave in storage. First determine which items are better to rent or buy when in Australia. Next think about how you’ll be spending your time to determine what items are must haves and which are nice to haves.

    Before you leave, find out if where you’re staying supplies items like furniture and pots and pans to avoid shipping items that you won’t need. ​

    Documentation

    These are the basics for any trip, whether it’s for one week, one month, or a year. Make sure you have your Passport, your e-visa /copy of your e-visa acceptance email, your boarding passes, and any applicable print outs of where you’ll be staying. You’ll also need to bring any applicable tax information, visa information, your marriage license, birth certificate(s), immunization and medical records, travel insurance paperwork, and credit cards/ cash cards.​

    Packing Cubes​

    Using packing and storage cubes is a wonderful way to keep everything you need organized, accessible, and compact. This can help you organize items by importance, season, and even destination.​

    Electronics​

    A recent price comparison study found that those living in Australia pay twice as much for their technology and technological devices than people in North America. Since this includes gadgets like phones, computers, software, and more, it’s better to buy at home and bring it with you. If you’re going to Australia for work or for play (or a combination of both) you’ll likely want a small laptop to help you search for local employment opportunities, connect with family back home, or work remotely. Don’t forget a solid case to prevent it from getting broken. Those who won’t need a full computer may favour an iPad instead. Avid readers will want to bring a Kindle or e-reader to stay on top of their reading lists without adding the bulk of physical books. Don’t forget to bring a power bank to charge your appliances and a universal adaptor that will work. Australian power runs on The Australian Type I power outlet and is one of the lesser used outlet types worldwide, so make sure you bring the right adapter to keep your electronics charged and ready to go.​

    Clothes​

    What you ship for later (or send with friends and family who visit) will depend on what time of year and where in Australia you’re staying. Summer in Australia begins in December and the heat continues until the end of February, while winter is June 1 to the end of August. For summer you’ll want to make sure you pack: A peaked or bucket hat, flip flops (these are called thongs down under), sunglasses, swimsuit, light sweaters, slip on mesh water shoes, a beach towel, some t-shirts and shorts, skirts, dresses or trousers (whatever your preferred go to capsule wardrobe summer wear is), one or two items that are a little dressier in case you go somewhere formal, and a waterproof/windproof jacket for rainy season, and some running/hiking shoes and hiking trousers. Note that winter is a little warmer in Australia compared to most European countries and other areas in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need some warm gear. Pack a toque or cold weather hat, a pair of running shoes or light hiking boots, warm thermal socks, a scarf, thermal underwear (particularly if you’ll be hiking or camping), some favourite long sleeved and short-sleeved shirts and sweaters for layering, a warm coat, a raincoat/windbreaker, jeans, hiking trousers and again, a couple of dressier items to wear for job interviews or going out in the evening. Bikini/ swimsuit/ trunks. Don’t forget that you can purchase some items in Australia, but it’s best to bring some of your favourite and more specialized items from home.​

    Prescriptions & Medications ​

    Shop for items like prescriptions and favourite over-the-counter medications before you leave, as name brands you rely on may not be as readily available, or available at all in Australia. Wear contacts? Stock up on your prescription to make sure you have an ample number of back-ups. In terms of prescription drugs, you will be permitted to take a three-month supply, but just remember to bring a copy of the physical prescription written in English, that confirms that this medicine has been prescribed to treat a medical condition. ​

    Your Favourite Brands​

    If you’re brand loyal, it’s helpful to know which of your favourite products cost significantly more in Australia so you can complete a shop before you leave. According to Finder some of the brands that will cost you the most are Gap, MAC, Revlon, Brooks, Burton, Dickies, Levi’s, Sega, Apple, and Sony. ​

    Miscellaneous ​

    A water bottle with a built-in filter is a must have for anyone who is travelling and needs to keep hydrated. It’s cheaper to buy bottled wine in Australia than it is to buy bottled water, so save some money and the environment, and filter it yourself. This way you won’t ever need to worry about tap water being filtered and safe to drink. ​

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    What You Need to Know Before Moving to California

    April 11th, 2019 Comments off

    California Dreamin’ isn’t just a song, it’s a mindset. California represents a better way of life and a world of potential opportunities to many. It’s no wonder so many people look to make the west coast their new home. Whether it’s the pursuit of warmer, dryer weather, more time with nature, fame and fortune, a diverse culture, education, or employment, particularly in the tech industry, there are many reasons why you might be contemplating a move to The Golden State.
    Before you pack your bags and sunscreen there are important things you need to know before moving to California​.

    Big Business Opportunities​

    Since 2010 California alone is responsible for 20 percent of the US’s economic growth. The biggest industries in the state include technology, tourism (with Walt Disney Company being a huge player in the local employment industry), and agriculture. California grown products are huge, generating the most crops in the US. (https://livability.com/ca/real-estate/moving-to-california-heres-everything-you-need-to-know)

    Wheels Are Essential

    Not a fan of driving? California may not be for you. While San Francisco has the best public transit in the state, real estate prices reflect this service, so it may not be an option. California is the third largest state in the US (after Alaska and Texas) which means that most towns and cities are considered to have lower population communities, meaning public transit options aren’t great. Recent census data reveals that the average commute for those living in California is just under half an hour each way, so be prepared for the traffic. For those who want an eco-friendly commute the cities of San Francisco, Napa, and Santa Monica are known for being bicycle-friendly.​

    You Might Meet a Celebrity​

    The density of famous folk is heightened in California. Don’t be surprised if you run into someone while you’re in West L.A. or enjoying a hike or spiritual retreat at Joshua Tree National Park. You may want to act like a local and play it cool though – no autographs or selfies (that’s for tourists).​

    Where Post Secondary Education Dreams Come True​

    Do you want a wonderful education for yourself or your kids? Being able to take advantage of in-state tuition fees in California will provide access to the largest public university system in the US. California has over 400 universities and colleges including Stanford, California Institute of Technology, Pomona College, and many other highly sought educational institutions.​

    The Danger Factor

    While it’s beautiful and sunny most of the time in California, there are some risks associated with living here. It can be dry and windy with fires, draught, and mudslides as possibilities that should be considered for your safety, and when purchasing your insurance. Southern California has around 10,000 earthquakes each year, although most of them are so tiny they aren’t felt. Roughly 15-20 each year are greater than a magnitude of 4.0 on the Richter scale. Crowding in cities makes it challenging to find kid-friendly places for them to run around and explore. In addition to cities, inner cities and some suburbs can be dangerous. The violent crime rate in California is ranked 16th nationally. ​

    The Best Mexican Food Outside of Mexico​

    California Mexican cuisine is world-famous. From fast food chains to ‘it’ hot spots, anyone who enjoys Mexican food is in for a real treat.​

    Look at Your Budget Sheet Carefully​

    Money won’t go as far for you in California as it would in other states. Today the housing crisis makes it tricky to find an affordable place to live. According to CNBC, the cost of living score is 2 out of 50 possible points, with the average home price at $1,182,092. The cost of living in California is said to be 43 percent higher than the national average. Make sure you look at your financials closely, as a solid six-figure salary in California won’t go as far. Remember to look at the implication of both property taxes and income taxes in California when setting your budget for your out-of-state move. ​

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    Orbit New Blog Why People Are Moving to Europe?

    October 22nd, 2018 Comments off

    Why People Are Moving to Europe?


    Europe has long been an attractive destination for people looking to start a new chapter in their lives or to seek opportunities. But, what is it that draws people?
    This post discusses why people are interested in moving to Europe. After reading this post, you might decide to join them.

    European Quality of Life


    When people think of Europe, one of the things that come to mind is a relatively high quality of life. There are a few reasons for this.

    First, a number of European countries offer socialized medicine. Citizens’ tax dollars pay for medical services, making it less expensive for people to receive the health care they need.
    Second, higher education is also subsidized in a number of European countries. The quality of the education is also quite good, making these countries an attractive choice for people from abroad.
    Third, the majority of European countries are established democracies, which means that services are consistent and reliable. Take, for example, public transit. In Vienna, you know that the train will always be on time.

    A Blend of Modernity and History


    Europe is home to Greece and Rome, two of the biggest influences on modern Western civilization. The Renaissance also started in Europe, producing some of the world’s most recognized art and literature.

    However, European culture didn’t die out after the 17th century. To the contrary – European countries still produce amazing art, literature, and music today. When you move to Europe, you’ll find a plethora of opportunities to expand your mind.

    The Amazing Cuisine


    Some European countries are known for their cuisine (Italy, anyone?). And where else can you get authentic Italian food except in Italy?

    Moreover, it’s less expensive in many countries to drink wine or beer than water. So, if inexpensive and plentiful alcohol is your thing, Europe is the place to be.

    Short Travel Distances and Low Airfares


    It takes an hour to travel by train from Bratislava to Vienna. That’s but one example of the short travel times between European capitals. Because things are fairly close together, it’s easier to get from place to place.

    In addition, airfare between many European capitals is relatively inexpensive. It won’t cost you too much money to get from Budapest to Bucharest for a quick weekend jaunt. The competition between airlines means that Europeans have more and cheaper choices when it comes to travelling.

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    By Adi Shaked

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    How Long Does It Take to Ship from Canada to Australia?

    October 16th, 2018 Comments off

    If you’re moving to the Land Down Under, you have a number of questions. For those shipping personal effects from Canada to Australia, the questions double. One of the most important questions is, “How long does it take to ship my goods from Canada to Australia?” The answer will depend on what method you’re using to ship your goods. Read on to learn about how long it will take you to see your goods.

    Sending Your Goods by Air


    The fastest way to send your goods to Australia is by air. It will take approximately a week or so for them to arrive.

    That being said, sending them by air is also the most expensive method. Moreover, the amount of items you can ship is quite limited. You can’t ship large and heavy items such as furniture. Also, there are other restrictions on what you can ship by air – you can’t send items such as aerosol containers or items with lithium batteries.

    Sending Your Goods by Sea


    Sending your goods by sea, conversely, is a significantly longer process. It can take between six to nine weeks to ship goods by sea from Toronto to Australia.
    Bear in mind that shipping by sea is considerably cheaper. Additionally, you can ship larger items, such as furniture, on a boat.

    Other Sources of Delays


    Australia has some of the toughest biosecurity rules in the world. Customs authorities in Australia are scrupulous about ensuring that nothing harms the country’s crops. As such, inspections of shipments are the norm.
    These inspections can add time to the shipment process. In addition, if customs authorities discover that one of your items is contaminated, they will destroy it. This adds a needless expense to your move.

    Ensuring Your Goods Arrive in Australia in a Reasonable Amount of Time


    Regardless of which method you choose to ship your goods to Australia, you can help the shipping company adhere to the estimate it gave you by following Australian customs regulations.
    Don’t bring anything forbidden into the country such as fruits, nuts, plants, seeds, or biological products (see the list here). Make sure that whatever you are shipping is clean, empty and dry. Things that are wet and dirty are a breeding ground for bacteria. Also, soil can carry diseases which could kill Australian crops. By taking the time when you’re packing to make sure your goods are ready for Australia, you can help them get to your new home on time.

    Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts


    If you’re moving to Australia, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd today. We have over ten years of experience moving our clients Down Under and around the world. Some of our clients like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. We’ve impressed them with our commitment to excellent customer service. Want to discover what makes Orbit different? Call us today at 416-661-4228 to find out.
    By Adi Shaked

    What to Pack When Moving to Australia for a Year

    October 2nd, 2018 Comments off

    The Land Down Under is a beautiful, vibrant, country with a number of major cities. If you have the opportunity to spend even a year there, you should take it.

    So, what do you pack if you’re going for a year? This list will help you figure out how to pack to maximize your enjoyment in Oz.

    Where Are You Moving?


    The clothes you should bring will depend on where you’re moving to in Australia. It’s a big country, and there is more than one climate.

    Perth, located in the southwestern part of the country, is known for hot temperatures in summer. If you’re going to move to Sydney, on Australia’s east coast, be aware that summer temperatures are cooler. It’s also rainier there, so be sure to pack an umbrella.
    Be aware that homes aren’t very well heated during Australia’s winter. While Australia’s winter temps never approach anything close to Canada’s frigid negative numbers, you’ll want a sweater to keep you warm.

    What Not to Pack


    In this case, it’s also helpful to know what not to pack. You don’t want to take too many clothes with you – if you’re only going to Australia for a year, you don’t need your whole wardrobe. And, as mentioned above, you won’t need your heavy winter gear.

    Once you decide you’re traveling to Australia for a year, it’s time to go through your wardrobe and figure out what is absolutely essential and what should stay behind. If you haven’t worn it in six months, it’s not worth bringing. Another good question to ask is, “Can I see myself wearing this in the year I’m going to live in Australia?” If you have to invent scenarios in which you would wear an outfit, you shouldn’t bring it. There are very strict luggage limits for flights to Australia, too, which you can’t exceed.

    It’s also important to be aware of Australia’s biosecurity laws. Australia has some of the toughest biosecurity laws on the planet. They have these laws in place to keep crops safe.

    To that end, you can’t bring in live plants, fruits, seeds, nuts, or soil from outside of the country. If customs authorities discover that you have a forbidden item, it will be destroyed. Consult the Australian customs authority to get the complete list.

    Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert


    If you’re moving to Australia, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd today. We have over a decade of experience moving customers to Australia and around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

    By Adi Shaked

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    Moving to California from Canada: What You Need to Know

    September 12th, 2018 Comments off

    California has been the subject of songs, books and movies. Its climate, its landscape, its food and its lifestyle have attracted people from the 1500s. Canadians are no exception.
    If you’re considering making the move to the Golden State, there are a number of things you’ll need to keep in mind before the big move. Read on to learn what you should know before moving from Canada to California.

    Decide What You’re Taking with and What Stays Behind

    Moving can be an expensive proposition. That’s why from the point you decide to move, you need to take a careful look at your stuff. Start asking yourself if it’s worth it to ship some of these items.
    While not everything that’s available here is sold Stateside (think Kinder Eggs), you can replace many belongings fairly easily. And when it comes to clothes, your Californian wardrobe will depend upon where you move. As the state is quite large, there’s more than one climate. What makes sense to wear in LA might not be warm enough for San Francisco.

    Have Your Paperwork in Order

    In the US, you can’t get anything done without a social security number (SSN). Once you have an SSN, you can apply for jobs, get a bank account, a credit card, a cell phone, and a work visa. That should be one of the first things you do.

    Once you have a credit card, you can start building a credit history. Many apartment buildings require a good credit history, so keep that in mind when you’re hunting for a home.

    Be Medication-Savvy

    We Canadians enjoy mocking the Canadian healthcare system. However, if you move there, the shoe is on the other foot.

    Make sure to take a supply of medications if you’re on any. Also, be aware that some medications aren’t sold in the US, and if they are, they might be under a different name. Talk to your doctor about what other treatment options are available south of the border.

    Think Carefully about Importing Your Car

    It’s much easier to get your car imported at the US border than waiting until after you get settled in. However, if you choose not to do it at the border, you have a year to do so.
    There have been people who have reported problems because they hadn’t paid off their car loan before moving, or they leased their car. Do your research before you move.

    Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

    If you’re considering moving to California, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. We have been moving people across the world for over a decade. Some of our customers love us so much, they’ve used us more than once. What makes Orbit different? We treat our customers with courtesy and professionalism. No question is too small for our customer service representatives, and our moving crew shows up on time to do the job right. To learn more, call us at 416-661-4228.

    By Adi Shaked

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