From mum's experience recently I can offer the following suggestion:
1. Get Australian phone number
2. Collect a Bank Card issued by Australian Bank if you've not already got one
3. Visit Centrelink or Medicare offices carry Australian Bank details, Visa Grant letter and Overseas Passport and do all the following in a single visit: a) Register for Medicare b) Register for MyGov c) Collect LHC loading exemption letter to prevent medical insurance being charged higher
I went with mum had utility bill handy wasn't asked good idea to have handy for proof of address as different branches may work differently.
4. Apply online for Australian Senior Card (if eligible) using Medicare details for verification.
5. Apply for Seniors Opal card (if NSW) For concessions on travel using Seniors card for verification.
6. Apply Hospital cover medical insurance as soon as possible and no later than 1 year from Medicare registration - the LHC letter above is needed for this.
7. Check online on Roads and Maritime Services for NSW driver's license conversion. It needs Drivers Knowledge Test which you need to prepare for and book to complete at the Govt office online, followed by driving test and vision test. Different states may have different requirements. However new migrants can drive for 3 months on overseas license in NSW. Use passport for photo ID until then.
8. Google 100 point verification and ensure you have all the items needed to prove identity locally.
Best wishes for settling in
I called Westpac and unfortunately they will only order the cards once I have been into the branch. I guess my plan on that Monday is to first go to Westpac and activate the account (can't believe banks only open at 9:30!), getting a bank statement at the same time that shows my sister-in-law's address in Geelong. I will then go to my drivers license appointment using my passport and bank statement as 2 forms of identification. After that I will go sort out Centrelink and Medicare. I'm hoping that it won't take too long as I'll do everything in Geelong before heading up to Melbourne later that day.
Hi Elna, i have just been granted my visa 143 today. Thank you so much for all your advice. Very much appreciated. Travel outside Australia is unlimited until June 2024. However i would like to know what is the maximum time i can spend out of the country after that date? Thank you
I came across your name on the forums and I am hoping you can provide some guidance.
My wife and I would like to initiate the process to financially immigrate from South Africa. I have provided some more information regarding our situation below.
We immigrated to Australia on a 189 PR visa in August 2018
I have been employed since November here in Australia, my wife is on home duties.
We both have Mercantile bank accounts which we have been using to transfer ZAR to AUD through Rand Rescue. (I am happy to close these if going through FNB is easier)
We both have retirement annuities with PPS investments (roughly R250 000 total)
We both have cheque accounts with FNB, I also have a credit card with FNB.
We have a joint bank account with Commonwealth Bank in AUS.
I approached one or two financial immigration agents, however that would cost me nearly 10% of my investment in fees. So I am hoping to tackle the process myself.
If you have any advice you could possibly give on the process and the way forward it would be greatly appreciated.
Lastly as it is almost tax season in South Africa, should we proceed with submitting a final tax return to SARS? We were both employed up and till end July 2018.
We are doing the financial emmigration through FNB. My husband already has an existing account with FNB. Do we need to submit 2 seperate applications or can we just submit 1 application as a family unit? Do we both need an FNB account?
We are wanting to rent our home out to fellow South Africans who are looking for temporary accommodation during the month of October- mid Nov this year. We have planned a trip to South Africa and would like for our home to be taken care of whiles we are away. We are in Mount Barker South Australia. If you are keen please send me a message and we can discuss further.
A Lovely large property with everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. close to shops, schools and parks.