Thinking of immigrating, but do not know which country to choose?
“Hi, my husband and I want to immigrate, and have been thinking of Australia, but someone said that we should be thinking of New Zealand as well. Which one would you choose and why?”
This is a popular question among would-be immigrants and even second-time immigrants, thinking of moving from the UK or Dubai.
Many would-be immigrants go to Facebook Groups to get information from people who have already made a move. However, if they have not lived in both countries, they cannot give objective advice. Even if they have lived in both countries, people still tend to be biased towards one or the other, and they tend to want to validate their decisions and convince you that their decision was the right one and should now also be the right one for you.
Moving countries is a very stressful time, whether you decide to do so emotionally or rationally. Getting the opinions of others is good and well, but in the end, the choice is yours, and yours alone. Please read my article about 10 Ways to be a Happy Immigrant, for more about the choices you make in life.
I spoke to Audrey De Beer, seasoned accountant, financial planner and tax agent from STP in Joondalup. Audrey lived and worked in New Zealand for 4 years and has already been in Australia for 20 years. Audrey helped me compile a shortlist of each country’s key positive and negative elements as they experienced it. Some positives may be negative for you and vice versa, and this is not a comprehensive list. When you make your decision to immigrate, please take the time and do your own research by looking at the different statistics that are important to you.
Immigration is a difficult and BIG decision, and this decision should be made after you have done a fair bit of research. You may even want to do a look-see-and-decide visit, though you may fall into the trap of having a holiday more than a look and see trip.
Whatever you do, make your list of what you are looking for, what is non-negotiable on your list, and work on making your decision from this list on.
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