Frequently Asked Questions.



Both Australia and Canada follow a point-based system to establish the eligibility of candidates who can obtain Permanent Residency Visa. You will need a minimum of 65 points to be able to migrate to Australia (67 points to migrate to Canada). We, at Sandpiper Visas, offer a free assessment session during which we calculate these points based on your age, education, work experience, and language proficiency. Based on our estimation we will let you know whether or not you qualify for a permanent residency visa to Australia or Canada.
We are not into international recruitments as of now. However, we have tied up with a few reputed recruitment agencies and job consultancy firms in various parts of Australia. Once you have obtained your PR visa we will put you in touch with them. They will help you in finding a job according to your qualifications and expectations.
Medical care and children education would be free for people who hold valid PR Visa in Australia. Apart from these you can expect many benefits if you manage to stay there for two years. These include unemployment allowance (if you have not secured a job), rental payments (in case you can’t afford to pay your rent), down payment of $10,000 for first-time home buyers, and exemption of stamp duty up to $60000. You can also expect to be invited to free parties in the community by councils every month.
Yes, you can apply on your own provided you are aware of all the immigration regulations and know what documents you need to submit. However, it would always be better to seek professional help since many applicants have faced refusal of their applications due to incorrect presentation of their cases.
Generally it takes about 10 to 12 months to obtain a PR Visa to Australia. However, a lot depends on the Visa Class and subclass you are applying for. We can tell you for sure once you attend our free assessment session.
Yes you can. However, you may have to stay in the country for a minimum period of four years before applying for citizenship.
No, you need not quit your job immediately. However, you will be expected to reach Australia by a certain stipulated date which will be mentioned in the decision letter that you receive from the authorities. By then you have to take the necessary steps to relocate to Australia.
Yes, once you have the PR visa you can purchase property in Australia on similar terms as Australian citizens. Visitors and Temporary residents may need an approval from Foreign Investment Review board before investing in Australian property.


Yes, you can. Room sharing is very common in Australia. It might cost you anywhere between $80 and $200 per week ($400 and $1000 per month), based on the area. It is tough to get Australian accommodation arranged from India. But you can try a few online portals like Gumtree.com, Airbnb.com.au and realestate.com.au.
Buses and trains are the most common forms of transportation in Sydney and Melbourne. They are safe, clean, and efficient. In fact many people prefer using public transport than driving around in their own car. However, a lot depends on the area in which you live. If you are closer to the city, you can expect better service in public transportation.
The best way to do this is to register on an online job portal such as seek.com.au or indeed.com.au. Once you upload your resume on these sites, job consultants will start approaching you automatically. They will help you find job opportunities.
Yes, there is a specific format for resumes and cover letters in Australia. You can find them on seek.com.au and indeed.com.au.
Not having local experience can pose a problem while finding your first job in Australia. Therefore we suggest you go for the first job that you get. Once you gain some local experience you can jump for a better option. You can however tell your agent that you would prefer a permanent job, although you are open to both options.
If you take up a contract job you can expect to get $650 per day in Sydney and $500 per day in Melbourne. For permanent jobs it would be $120,000+super per year in Sydney and $90,000 + super per year in Melbourne. As you start gaining some local experience you can expect these figures to increase.
No, we do not recommend negotiation especially if this is your first job.
The Salary structure for jobs in Australia is made up of 4 components: Basic Salary, HRA, a flexible component, and a fixed component. Apart from the Salary you also get Super (which is like PF in India) which is the Employer’s contribution of superannuation. If you are working in a start-up you may also expect to get some bonus.
In a permanent job you would pay about 34% tax; but if you are in a contract job, this percentage could rise up to 45% plus an extra 9.5% on your Super. The good news is that the tax has been reduced this year. The table given below should give you a fair idea about the tax slabs in Australia:

Taxable Income

Tax on this Income

Effective Tax Rate

$1 - $18,200



$18,201 - $37,000

19c for each $1 over and above $18,200

0 – 9.65%

$37,001 - $87,000

$3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000

9.65 – 22.78%

$87,001 - $180,000

$19,822 plus 37c for each $1 over and above $87,000

22.78 – 30.13%

$180,001 and above

$54,232 plus 45c for each $1 over and above $180,000

30.13 – 44.99%

Once you complete 2 years of stay in Australia, you can expect to get unemployment allowance including rental payment in case you are not able to pay your rent. If you are unable to secure a job in 1 year you can also get job assistance or even a job. If you are a first-time home buyer you can get $10,000 + no stamp duty up to $60,000. Apart from these you also get to attend free parties in community by councils every month.
Telephone bill, Electricity bill, internet bill, gas, water, petrol, clothes, and medicines, are all major expenses in Australia. The electricity is six times costlier than what it is in India. You will need at least $1200 per month if you are a family living in Australia. Clothes especially are very expensive and of poor quality unless you spend a $100 on your shirt or jeans. If you are lucky you might find some good offers.

Disclaimer: The above questions have been answered by our existing clients who have moved to Australia. The answers are based entirely on their experience and cannot be taken as final.

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