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Work permit for foreigners
Foreigners would all require a work permit in Sydney for legal reasons. A work permit/visa will give you the freedom to work legally without hassle. The process involves:
- Finding an employer to nominate you: To get a working visa, you will need an employer to submit a nomination form on your behalf.
- Once this is accepted, you can then apply for your visa. This process involves filling out a lot of forms correctly without error. So, you need to take your time.
- You will get called for an appointment, after which, you will be informed if it was accepted or not.
- You can then apply for a professional visa to live and work for up to four years.
For more information, you can go to http://australiaworkpermit.com.au/about-us.php.
The first thing you need to know is if you are qualified to apply for a driver’s license. If you do not possess permanent Australian residency but will be in NSW for more than 3 months, you will have to apply for a Temporary Overseas Visitor licence.
The age requirements for the issuing of a NSW license would be the minimum age of 16 years old for a learner driver license, 16 years and 9 months for a learner rider licence and 17 years for a provisional driver or rider licence.
For those with overseas license, you may be required to pass medical and driving tests. Licences issued in line with the NSW Graduated Licensing Scheme will need to progress through each stage as required.
Driving licenses and its requirements
Imagine cruising down the stretch of road down in Grand Pacific Drive. A brand new country, fantastic scenery, your hair flapping wildly in the wind — all accompanied by the delightful smell of the ocean breeze. Aside from how cruising around in Sydney can help you achieve that desired Australian dream, being able to drive in Sydney also serves incredible practical purposes as well.
Getting your driving license in Sydney is super easy, as long as you follow these steps:
Booking an appointment
In order to apply for a NSW license, you will have to personally attend a service centre or registry.
Here’s what you should bring on the day of your appointment:
- Bring your overseas license with you
- Provide proof of your identity
- Provide proof of your Australian permanent residency
- If you can’t provide this, you will be issued with a Temporary Overseas Visitor licence
- Complete the Licence Application form (PDF)
- Pass an eyesight test
- Pass a knowledge test for each class of licence you require, unless you are exempt
- Pass a driving or riding test for each class of licence you require, unless you are exempt
- Pay the relevant licence fee
Once all of this is done, you will receive a temporary paper license until your new NSW license card is posted to you.
Schools and education system
It is most important to have done research before relocating to Sydney with your children. The education system in Sydney/Australia is stellar as seen from how it is ranked 25th in math, 16th in reading and 14th in science according to the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) survey.
The education system is divided into 3 types, being NSW Government operated schools (in the States these would be public schools), Private Faith (Catholic, Jewish, Anglican) schools and Independent Private schools. For highly populated suburbs of Sydney, the Government schools have strict enrolment zones, otherwise known as catchment zones for high schools in Sydney. It is also important to understand the the Sydney education syllabus and curriculum.
It is important to note that international schools are the most expensive as compared to other Sydney education options but there are benefits such as giving the child the opportunity to study their home curriculum (subjected to availability) as well as the International Baccalaureate (which is an internationally recognised curriculum). This reduces disruption in the child’s learning during relocation.
Sydney is overall a very safe city, ranking 10th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest country. It has low overall risks involving crime like pickpocketing, mugging, theft, shootings and killings. However, it is important to beware of King’s Cross, which is Sydney’s most assault and crime prone area. King’s Cross is rife with drunken behaviour where brawls occur often. However, as long as you steer clear of that area, Sydney is a relatively safe place to live in.