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Moving from the US to Australia

If you are an American dreaming of moving abroad to Australia, you will be glad to know that it is indeed possible to do so seamlessly with the right preparation.

Need to move abroad? Organizing an international relocation is not something you should do on your own. As expats, we understand what you need, and offer the the essential services to help you move and live abroad easily. Contact us today to jump start your move, and begin the preparations with our free relocation checklist.

One of the first things American expats will have to do upon arrival to Australia is apply for a Tax File Number (TFN), which is equivalent to what US citizens know back home as a social security number. With the TFN, you will be able to work, file taxes, and receive government benefits. Before this though, Americans relocating Down Under will have to think about applying for the correct visa and work permit, finding adequate housing, and how to move their belongings abroad.


For Americans looking to ship personal household items duty- and tax-free when relocating to Australia, they must have been owned and used for at least a year or imported temporarily. Regarding bringing along dogs or cats, the US is considered a category 3 country, which means your pet would be eligible for importation to Australia with an import permit.

Visas and Work Permits

There are several visas and work permits available for US professional workers depending on their line of work and skill set. Work visas exist for skilled American workers, investors, highly-specialized workers, business people, even trainees or short-term employees. To successfully apply for an employment-based visa, your job must be listed on the skilled occupations list. Being sponsored by an approved Australian company/employer will facilitate the work permit application process as well.

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For US expats moving to Australia, it is essential to know that rent prices in Melbourne are getting more expensive, while advertised rents in Sydney are dropping. These major expat cities, along with Brisbane, will have plenty of apartments released onto the market over the next few years. Be aware that Australia’s capital Canberra is the most expensive city to rent in, while the city of Hobart is costlier than Melbourne.

If moving to Australia, be aware that to rent a home or open a bank account, you must suffice the 100 point check—a personal identification system. Different pieces of ID you can produce are worth a number of points. You need to satisfy a minimum of 100 to be approved for certain things in Australia.

Do you want to relocate? If you have never moved abroad, the process will be overwhelming, and if you have, you know the burden that lies ahead. Whatever stage you are at, InterNations GO! can help you with a complete set of relocation services, such as home finding, school search, visa solutions, and even pet relocation. Our expert expat team is ready to get your relocation going, so why not jump-start your move abroad and contact us today? Best to start early!

Updated on: August 08, 2019
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