Top 10 Reasons Why Filipinos Are Migrating to Australia

As far as many countries are concerned, I find Australia being extremely attractive. Obviously, if you are a keen follower of this blog, you might have noticed how often I write about this country.

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I have never visited Australia by the way, but I’m really hoping I get to go sooner. Well, maybe next year after the wedding, and of course after I give birth. Golly, I can actually pop in 2 weeks! 😀

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Anyway, I’ve done my research and these definitely made me more ecstatic on visiting the country soon, plus I realized that I also share the same sentiments with fellow Filipinos in terms of reasons of going there. No wonder, more and more are opting to migrate there!

Here are top 10 reasons why Filipinos are traveling, or even migrating to Australia:

  1. The Food

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Source: https://www.lonsdaleinstitute.edu.au/blog/12-iconic-foods-must-try-australia/

The food is something you should watch out for when you go to Australia. The result of multiple Michelin star restaurants, cafes, bistros, fast food chains are basically credited to the huge migrant population across the country. You can lavish on varied dishes and diverse cuisines, and they are all made from the freshest ingredients farmed and cultivated in Australia.

To also highlight the food enthusiasts and talents of the country, TV cooking shows such as My Kitchen Rules and Masterchef Australia are also quite popular where amateur chefs vie to win awesome prizes and much-coveted fame and titles.

 

  1. The Coffee Culture

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Source: https://www.australia.com/en-nz/things-to-do/food-and-wine/a-coffee-lovers-guide-to-melbourne.html

Are you one of those people who always have to supply their coffee fix? I have a lot of friends who can’t even function right if they don’t get their coffee! Talk about how my merhubby is one of them! 😀

Now if you answer yes, Australia has another attraction to keep your traveling feet itchy to visit.

Australia is quite famous for their coffee culture –everyone seems to be drinking coffee here. There are so many coffee shops all over, serving hot coffee or cold variations especially in major cities. Migrants definitely have another reason to love about this country!

 

  1. The Climate

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Coming from a tropical country with only two seasons to enjoy, the summer and the rainy, it’s also quite a huge charm to experience the other three – the spring, the autumn, and of course, the winter. More reasons to update social media with cute Instagram-worthy photos!

Australia seems to be very ideal as its temperate weather provide such a homey feel to its residents. As spring, summer, autumn, and winter are all present in the east coast, the full experience of basking under the summer skies and sunny spring, as well as the coolness and breeziness of winter and autumn are completely enjoyed.

However, due to the country’s location in the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed, wherein winter happens in July to August, and summer is felt from December to January.

  1. The World’s Most Liveable Cities

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While I was more familiar about Vienna, Austria and Toronto, Canada as two of the most liveable cities in the world, I also happen to find out that Melbourne, Australia is the top one in the list of the most liveable cities in the world. Not to mention that Adelaide and Perth also come in 6th and 7th place.

The recent report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, which ranked 140 cities by looking at “30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure,” produced this data according to EIU.

The Economist ranks each city a total score out of 100 for all these categories, and Melbourne’s overall rating was 97.5. Melbourne now occupies the top position being the winner in 2017 – it’s 7th year in a row.

 

  1. The Social Security

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After knowing that Melbourne, Australia is in the top 1 in being the most liveable city in the world, it is no wonder that they have excellent social security.

In Australia, a master program called Centrelink by Social Security Department is readily available to provide social security benefits such as student benefits, sickness, unemployment, and many others. You can even extend these benefits to your family members, which I think is extremely helpful.

This is rewarded to migrants who have settled in Australia for a minimum of two years though.

 

  1. The Healthcare

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Being a nurse, I have always wondered why free healthcare is not extended in most hospitals here in the Philippines. I mean, wouldn’t it be beneficial for all and at the same time more life-saving especially for our less fortunate brothers? Anyway, that’s a different topic worthy of a discussion in a different time.

Australia, on the other hand, has this wonderful benefit. If you are an Australian Permanent Resident, you and your family have a wide access to free medical treatment, procedures, facilities, and medicines. Now, who wouldn’t want that?

 

  1. The Education

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Source: https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/internationalising-australian-higher-education/

I actually have attended a seminar here in Manila about possible educational opportunities in Australia that will yield you better credentials and give you greater potentials in getting better and high-paying jobs.

University fees vary from state to state, and the schedule can also be flexible enough for you to get part-time jobs. You can study, at the same time earn.

Should you have any financial incapacity to support your education, you can also take advantage of the Higher Education Loans Program (HELP). This program can cover tuition fees, university materials, miscellaneous fees, and many more depending on your situation and eligibility.

 

  1. The Indefinite Living Condition

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If you are holding an Australian Permanent Resident Visa, you have the privilege to live in Australia whenever you want to. Your Visa is valid for 5 years so you can travel in and out of the country given that your visa is still valid. After 5 years, and you wish to settle down in Australia indefinitely, you can do so as well.

Should you have plans of traveling outside Australia after such time, you’ll have to apply for a Resident Return Visa; and you may have to check though if you are eligible for it. Anyway, you can always follow up and work on your requirements.

 

  1. The Trail to Australian Citizenship

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Source: https://www.arlaw.com.au/news/news-on-australian-citizenship-ombudsman-report/

Applying for Australian Citizenship status, you have to remember that you would need to live and stay in Australia for four years prior to your application to become eligible. You also have to prove and be of good character while you are living there, the same as maintaining good English language proficiency. You would need to take and pass the citizenship test as well to demonstrate and prove adherence to the Australian community, responsibilities, and way of life.

Should you qualify to become an Australian citizen, a big advantage is waiting for you.  If you are a migrant moving to the country, you should know that Australia honors dual citizenship and that children born to permanent residents in Australia can apply for citizenship even if their parents don’t yet qualify.

 

  1. The Economy and its Opportunities

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The Australian economy is known for its stability and solid foundation especially to all those who have experienced working in the country for many years. Consequently, this also allowed the Australian dollar to have the reputation of being one of the strongest and safest currencies in the world. For migrants coming from most South East Asian countries, such as the Philippines it is simple and affordable to send money back to their countries of origin.

In terms of minimum wage, Australia’s rates are quite high compared to other countries. While Australia offers $17.70 per hour, in United Kingdom it is just $AU14.66 per hour, in New Zealand $AU14.22 per hour, in France $AU14.98 per hour, in Germany $AU13.17 per hour, in Canada between $AU10.45 and 13.81 per hour depending on the province, and in the United States a far distant $AU10.08 per hour.

With this in mind, it doesn’t seem like a shock to anyone with a job in Australia to be able to afford rent and food regardless if they are working in a gasoline station, salon, restaurant, retail outlet, hotel, office, or if they are a professional.

With about 10% of Filipinos living and working abroad, sending money home is important and is deemed second nature in most Filipino family settings. According to the World Bank, in 2016, OFWs sent home $29.9bn, trailing only behind India and China, contributing about 10% of the country’s GDP – and according to the data of Philippines Statistics Authority, Filipinos in Australia accounted for 2.2% of all remittances in 2016.

OMG. Researching about Australia opened a lot of new facets for me, and at the same time brewed the dream of also experiencing a similar or even greater system sometime in the future for me and my family, whether it is here or somewhere in the world.

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For your Australian Migration inquiries, you can also check out Gogozing Migration and find out more details on how you can visit or migrate! Follow them on Facebook, and Instagram as well! 😀

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog, as much as I did writing it. Did this make you want to go to Australia more? Let me know in the comments! 😀

 

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5 Tips on Applying for Australian Visa

One of the countries I would really want to visit in the future is Australia. I have a cousin who lives there, and she has been very keen on me touching Australian floors very soon.

I was actually hoping to go with my merhubby to spend our honeymoon there, but apparently, we found out that we were already expecting a month after we got married! Haha 😀 Turns out my Australian dream vacation will have to wait.

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Photo Credits: https://askmigration.com/the-perfect-guide-to-applying-for-an-australian-visa/

 

Well, I can always visit there, especially once my little merbaby is out and about. And since we are talking about visiting this amazing country already, I would just like to share and key in the tips I have collected while I was rummaging for ideas on how we can apply for an Australian Visa.

Enjoy!

  1. Know Your Visa

I have never gone to a country that needs visa applications, so this is relatively new to me. And I found out that there are different kinds, depending on your purpose. There is the Visitor Visa (subclass 600), Carer Visa (subclass 116) and Partner Visa (subclass 820 and 801).

  1. Prepare Your Supporting Documents

Just like any other visa application, you have to prove your identity and your capacity to sustain your stay in Australia. Some documents you may need to prepare are the following:

  • Travel documents
  • Birth Certificate
  • Personal Assets
  • Work Experience /Company ID /Certificate of Employment
  • Financial or Bank Statements
  • Travel History
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Land Titles
  • Latest Payslips
  • Most recent Income Tax Return

If you are not paying for your stay, you have to show supporting documents of your trip sponsor.

  1. Don’t Book Your Flight Just Yet

It is recommended that you apply for your visa first, before securing any airline ticket. Of course, we are hoping for positive things, and gaining the approval, however, it is better to ensure having a visa first.

But since we are in a time of promo fares and cheap airline tickets, you may take a chance on booking a flight and getting a schedule that will still allow you to have enough time to prepare and process your visa. And maybe more ample days to shop for your #ootds!

 

  1. Be Healthy

OMG! I was actually surprised to know this as well. Apparently, there will also be a medical exam that you should pass in order for you to travel to Australia. I believe this is necessary to ensure that you are healthy enough and fit to travel abroad, plus this can also mean that they want you clear of any unwanted diseases that could pose harm to anybody along the way.

So, ensure enough sleep and get your diet in line merfriends! 😀

  1. For Females, Be Sure to Properly Schedule Your Medical Appointment

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If you’re a female, be sure to schedule at least a week after you finish your period. The medical exam could be quite expensive, and it would be sad if you have to repeat tests just because of the ‘red days’.

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I am happy to have learned these this early, as it can help me prepare ahead of time, and of course to have the pleasure to share these with you!

Are you visiting Australia soon? Are you planning to spend a vacation, study, work or even live there?

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You may check Gogozing for more information about Australian visa applications, and learn how they can help you fulfill your Australian dream! 😀

You can also like and follow them on Facebook and Instagram! 🙂

 

And don’t forget to snap photos with the koalas and kangaroos! 😀

 

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My Experience in Interviewing the Gogozing Founder, Edward Rimmington

It’s been raining for 6 straight days already! How wet can we be?

Anyway, I am just so happy that I got to do this interview waaaay before the whole metro is dripping wet from the constant downpour.

Let me share something about work on this post since I rarely really write about the behind-the-scenes of the brands and people I work with.

I am just really excited about this one, and quite challenged too, that is why I came prepared. I wrote my own questions and reviewed some interview tips on the web to guide me in my first ever interview blog and vlog.

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So one afternoon, with my pregnant belly, and hardly-fitting corporate dress, I went out to meet Mr. Edward Rimmington, the Founder, and CEO of Gogozing.

About the Company

The term “Gogozing” means ‘Let’s go!’ or ‘Let’s do it. This is a popular expression in South Korea with “Go” coming from English word “go” and “Zing” being the sound of someone heading fast towards their target.

The “Zing” word actually reminds me of the movie Hotel Transylvania. I quite remember that it was part of the script of the lead characters, for it has such a positive ring to it.

The “Gogozing Migration” brand is built for people who want to go to Australia therefore “Let’s go” or “Let’s do it” provides that warm cheer and encouragement.

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Gogozing Migration is an independent Australian immigration agency based in Melbourne, Australia, and Seoul, South Korea. They focus on providing high-quality immigration services to businesses, families, and individuals worldwide.

The company focuses on being trustworthy, reliable and 100% consumer-centered while selecting the most effective yet practical strategy in achieving client’s migration goals. They provide tourist and migration visas to Australia and are also very keen in helping Filipinos kickstart their Australian dream.

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I was extremely impressed on how Mr. Rimmington was able to set up his company in such a young age, and how he was able to utilize his past working opportunities to recognize the need for Filipino migration assistance.

First thing is that I learned that he is a registered Australian migration agent (MARN: 1688177) who prior to establishing Gogozing Migration, worked and lived in South Korea in the field of international business. He was primarily involved in the consultancy and aiding enterprises from all around the world to enter the South Korean Market.

 

Inspiration to Start

While living in South Korea, Edward had his own share of experiences dealing with migration matters. It gave him a whole new perspective about people wanting to do business and starting a new life in a different country. He found that there were a lot of people who needed extra assistance and guidance about what they should do so their visas could be approved, and how can they adjust their lifestyle in a foreign land.

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It was during this time that Edward got inspired to start Gogozing Migration. He thought that with his in-depth knowledge of international business and Australian Migration Law, he would be able to help others regarding their migration concerns. He thought that with a friendly and forthright approach, Gogozing Migration will be able to effectively help those who would want to explore their future in Australia.

And did I say he also speaks Korean? It was a shocker, but I still managed to keep my cool.

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Honestly, I do not know much about migration, but this one definitely opened up a whole new world for me. I learned many things and at the same time, I gained friends! 😀

Mr. Edward Rimmington is such an inspiration, especially for startup founders. This only makes me believe that it only takes an eye and a deeper understanding to recognize a problem and provide a solution.

I was actually surprised that we got to finish sooner than I expected because I thought it would be too tedious and difficult. But apparently, Mr. Rimmington was a natural, and I was too! Haha Or I became comfortable later on since I got to shoot some scenes at the end part of the interview.

I am thrilled to show you guys how this interview will turn out, so watch out for my vlog very soon!

To know more details you can check them at Gogozing Migration, Facebook, and Instagram! 🙂

Till then merfriends! 😀

 

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