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Chronicles of My Emigration Journey

June 29, 2016

I have been thinking to migrate to Australia for the longest time to have more work life balance and also for kids education. Many personal reasons held the dreams back and as i grow older, if i keep sitting on it and dream about it, this dream will never come true. I am thus embarking on this tedious journey through trials and tribulations to try to get my PR approved. If i failed, at least i will have no regrets that i did try to have a better future. I will post my journey for other Singaporeans to read/ask questions and hopefully for those who are probably thinking about doing the same thing.


Some of the reasons why i want to migrate listed here!




The journey begins...


Reading through http://neurotic-ramblings-sg.blogspot.sg currently and trying to make sense.

(Found this blog by chance but seems like author has stopped responding, so sad)


Latest Development

1) Applying for EOI (Expression Of Interest) via SkillSelect Website @ http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil

This does not cost any money and it merely a platform for you to express interest in working in Australia. If there is a particular shortage of your skillset, it would definitely help employers to hunt for you. I am not sure how potential employers gets access to this data though.


*Updated 29 June 2016


In order to be successful in this application, you will need the following ready it seems.


My current application status

Skilled - Independent (Subclass 189) (Permanent)

The EOI for this subclass will not be considered for an invitation at this time, because according to the client's claims:

  • The client does not have a skills assessment

  • The client's English language ability may be below the level needed for this visa subclass. The test score requirements for the subclass 457 visa programme are subject to change and therefore this assessment may be incorrect. The current requirements can be found at...

I am unable to apply for Subclass 189 as it seems like i am not invited. Hmm..more reading up before i can successfully apply for EOI.


I am an idiot! I need to read up through all 10 chapters first.



*Updated 30 June 2016


Ok, first thing i need to do is take the IELTS exam. This is International English Language Testing System which you need to pass before proceeding with your next step.


You may access to the British Council website for trial run of the exam.


Link is here!


There are 4 parts to this test and 2 types available depending on what kind of skill assessment you are going for. There is the general and academic way and of course academic will post quite a challenge even though our first langugae taught in school is English. The general test consists of the following test categories.


1) Listening

2) Reading

3) Speaking

4) Writing


*Updated 1 Jul 2016


Registered for my IELTS exam today! Time to start reading!


*Updated 4 Jul 2016


Had a discussion with a migration agent last weekend and the cost is not cheap for them to help.

Over $8500 for them to help process the documents and a lot of other costs are not included.


List of cost involved in the migration process for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children)


  1. M̶i̶g̶r̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶A̶g̶e̶n̶t̶:̶ ̶$̶8̶5̶0̶0̶

  2. Skills Assessment: AUD $550

  3. State Sponsorship: AUD $550 (if required)

  4. Visa Fees: AUD $3600 (main applicant)

  5. Visa Fees: AUD $1800 (adult dependent)

  6. Visa Fees: AUD $900 (dependent below 18)

  7. IELTS (General Paper): $340 (British Council price)

  8. Notary Charges: $220

  9. Police Clearance: $55/pax

  10. Medicals: $150/adult, $70/child

  11. Courier: $120

I have removed Migration agent cost as it is dependent whether you are applying by yourself or via an agent. I would say typical migration agent cost should be between $6000 - $10,000. Why the huge difference? The base is just something i estimated what a lesser known company will charge compared to more well established companies.


TOTAL ESTIMATED COST FOR PR APPLICATION FOR A FAMILY OF 4: $9640 (taking in account exchange rate is SGD1=AUD1)


My IELTS Reading/Writing/Listening test is scheduled for this Sat morning and i have been trying hard practicing various practice tests from www.ieltspractice.com by signing up for the premium account. Hope it is worth the money.


The total investment to get a PR is by no means small but taking a leap of faith forward to make our dreams come true will be well worth it!


*Updated 27 Jul 2016


The IELTS test was slightly tricky for certain questions but i believe if you have practiced the samples from the site in my earlier post, you should have expected the type of questions being asked. I will be taking my IELTS Speaking Test tomorrow, wish me luck!


By the way, we found another migration agent through contacts and although she is stationed in Perth, Australia, we were still able to do facetime/skype for an initial assessment. Since she is in Australia, i am sure she will know most of the "rules" and will be in a better position to provide valuable advice. If there was any change in the migration process, she would be well-informed of this and provide a more instantaneous solution for me.


For interested parties, you may visit www.ausmbsp.com.au for more details.

Look for Charlene Tan.

The company is owned by Singaporeans who have migrated over and now helping people like us! They are also doing job placements and probably can help you hunt for a job too.


*Updated 1 Aug 2016


Due to points requirements, i had to resit for my IELTS test even though i had an overall score of 8. I need to get a minimum score of 8 across the 4 bands. Very disappointed that i think i didn't do well enough for my speaking test yet again and i really hope for the best.


*Updated 28 Sep 2016


Proceed to the chapters below to understand a little bit more indepth to the individual process i have to go through.


1) Chapter 1 - IELTS

2) Chapter 2 - Skills Assessment - Australian Computer Society


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