MIGRATION CHECKLIST __________________________________________________________________________________________ F
ollow our complete guide to getting ready for your move Down Under, for a smooth and hassle-free relocation to Australia. Tamika Short provides a checklist ...
o Give your new address to your bank, passport office, DVLA, pension company, Inland Revenue, insurance brokers and accountants.
o Collate three months’ bank statements and insurance evidence and file it all together.
o Bring council tax and utilities up to date and cancel accounts for TV, nternet, phone and insurance.
o Sell or donate any surplus items. o Arrange for post to be redirected. o Transfer funds to Australia. o Start packing non-essential items.
o Arrange some private health cover for Australia if required. o Pay off outstanding debts.
o Close any surplus bank accounts and destroy unwanted cards. o Shred surplus personal records.
o Confirm your booking with your removal company; and flights.
o Ensure all your relevant paperwork is in a handy travel file.
o Cancel any redundant direct debits or standing orders.
o Ask for a copy of your no-claims bonus from your insurer. o Arrange car hire and hotels.
1 WEEK TO GO
o Cancel any newspapers, milk or satellite TV subscriptions. o Cancel your car insurance.
o Sell your vehicle.
o Buy some currency for your destination Down Under.
o Ensure your goods are either about to leave the UK or are on their way.
o Organise any cards or presents your children may want to send to their friends prior to leaving.
1 DAY TO GO o Organise transport to the airport.
o Establish who will be coming to the airport to say goodbye. o Pack activity sets for children. o Get a good nights sleep.
When you arrive ON ARRIVAL
o Pick up a copy of On Arrival Magazine; it contains lots of ideas and useful information.
o Collect your hire car and check into your accommodation.
o Contact your friends back home to let them know that you are safe.
o Make contact with your resettlement agency or any other people who will be of help to you in the first few days.
o Try not to sleep through the day; this will help to keep your jetlag to a minimum.
o Set up a pay-as-you-go mobile to start off and you can buy a cheap SIM card when you’re there
o Contact your new employer if you have a job arranged.
o Find your nearest internet café for property and area research.
o Explore the area.
1 WEEK LATER o Get a tax file number (TFN) in Australia.
o Register at your local embassy or consulate Down Under.
o Explore the area you would like to live in and ask the locals for info.
o Meet with rental agents and see some property options.
o Invite your neighbours around for drinks and make new friends. Make some food and serve some homemade cocktails. It’s time to celebrate.
Establish your new life Down Under!
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