Journey to Oz

Journey to Oz

The Journey to Oz Podcast shares inspirational stories about migrating to Australia. We are both Registered Migration Agents in the Australia and have had many clients with interesting stories to tell.


September 19, 2022 37 mins

In this episode of the Journey to Oz podcast, we chat to Jacqx, who migrated to Australia from France in 1969. We discuss the migration-purpose voyage, the Australian skill shortages of the 1960s and 1970s, and what it was like as a child growing up in a foreign country.

Once she learnt the English language, Jacqx later found her passion for storytelling, and today she is a published playwright and author with a passion for life sto...

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In this episode of the Journey to Oz podcast we chat with Robyn Vogels, the owner of Personnel Relocations and co-author of Your DIY Move to Australia - an Amazon Best seller. Robyn has a lot of firsthand relocation experience after moving internationally several times before settling in Australia. Over the last 15 years she has helped many families migrate to Australia by supporting and mentoring them through the relocation proces...

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July 25, 2022 38 mins

In this episode of the Journey to Oz podcast, we chat with Chinese-Australian Lily, who migrated to Australia 10 years ago after a heart warming chat with her son, leaving the corporate world in China to start fresh in Australia. Lily now owns a successful business in Australia, but her journey to this point, like many migrant women, was not easy. 

Lily's business, Hygea, is a mobile platform where users book residential cleani...

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In this episode we discuss we discuss not only the increases to various Visa Application Charges, but also the process that occurs annually so that you can prepare for this year and future years, such as the temporary removal of the BPay function and the annual IMMIAccount closure.

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June 13, 2022 49 mins

In this episode we speak to Aaron about his journey to Australia. Aaron had quite a challenge in getting permanent residency after having a conviction and a prison sentence in the United Kingdom for perverting the course of justice in his role as a police officer. Which sounds quite bad but it was actually quite a noble act that led to the conviction. He then adopted a child with his husband and they are now living happily together...

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May 16, 2022 30 mins

Reeva runs 'Proudly South African In Perth', a website that comprehensively covers relocation budgets, has a cost-of-living calculator, and has a wealth of knowledge about resettlement and travel tips. Originally from South Africa, Reeva shares this knowledge through her own experiences of migrating to Australia in 2013 after stints in both the UK and France. We discuss Reeva's upbringing, her time spent in Europe, a...

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In this episode we discuss the migration planning levels that were announced recently as part of the federal budget. We explain how the places have been distributed and how we think this may affect processing times in the skilled, employer sponsor and family visa categories.

You can also read a blog on this same topic by visiting the Hansen Migration website:

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April 18, 2022 51 mins

Kamy and Duni are both originally from Sri Lanka and met almost 4 years ago. We discuss how they met, how they explained their relationship to their families, the prospective marriage visa application process and what it's like for Kamy to be a transgender person in a country where being transgender is not commonly accepted. We also deliver them some very exciting news which they were happy to include in this episode of the po...

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April 4, 2022 31 mins

After serving as a soldier in the special forces for the Israeli Defence Force, Avi moved to Australia in 2006, when he sold art door-to-door while studying as a student. Fast forward to today and he now owns a successful art retail business, Fantastic Framing, that has stores around Australia. We talk about his journey as well as how he has managed to expand his retail business during the pandemic which has seen so many others in ...

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March 22, 2022 43 mins

We speak to Monika and Matt about how they met and how they decided to settle in Melbourne. We discuss stage 1 and stage 2 of Monika's partner visa application, her citizenship application and becoming parents of two young children. This is quite a light hearted interview that will probably give you a few chuckles.

We also provide some good news updates regarding Ali from episode 5 and Kristina from episode 10.

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March 8, 2022 41 mins

We speak to Catherine Devrye, keynote speaker and Australia Day Ambassador. Catherine is a best-selling author and past winner of the Australian Executive Woman of the Year Award. Although when she came from Canada to Australia, she climbed a long way from a waitress and teacher to become such an influential figure today. 

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February 26, 2022 40 mins

In this special episode of Journey to Oz we speak to Kristina and Alex about the unfolding situation in Ukraine. They are both originally from the southern regions of Ukraine and now live in Victoria. They have family on the ground in Ukraine that are giving them regular updates. We also discuss visitor visa options that may potentially allow citizens of Ukraine to travel to Australia to visit family and friends while the situation...

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February 22, 2022 36 mins

 We speak to Ruchika about what motivated her to relocate from India to Australia with her young family. She is a big advocate for empowerment of women and is focused on sustainability solutions. She started a sustainable nappy and clothing business which led her to being a finalist on in the AusMumprenuer Awards. She then recommenced working in her field of Physiotherapy before moving to the public sector and now works for the Tra...

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February 8, 2022 62 mins

We are proud to share the truly inspirational journey of Prosper, who came from Zimbabwe to Australia 10 years ago after learning about a world outside of his community from his high school Math teacher, fueling his inspiration to escape the only world he knew. However, his journey from Zimbabwe to Australia was long and never easy. Today, Prosper is a husband and a father, runs his own business LiveLong Digital (https://livelongdi...

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January 25, 2022 54 mins

In this episode we speak to Yndra and Dan about how they met and the challenges they faced bringing Yndra to Australia. They applied for a prospective marriage visa in 2019 and waited more than 2 years for the visa to be granted. Even then Yndra wasn't able to travel to Australia immediately thanks to the COVID-19 border closure. This is an inspiring story of patience and persistence and a worthwhile listen for anyone in a lon...

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January 11, 2022 42 mins

In this episode of Journey to Oz we chat to Navdeep who came from India to Australia 10 years ago. We discuss the balance required when being hard working international student, his journey to permanent residency, and his motivation to also study migration law so that he can become a Registered Migration Agent to help others avoid the sometimes bumpy journey he had.

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December 14, 2021 81 mins

We speak to Ali about being evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, when the allied forces finalised the withdrawal of troops in August 2021. We also discuss his upbringing in Afghanistan, his relationship with his wife Noorzia, his career as a lawyer, life as a refugee, his disappointment with the Australian Government, the Taliban and how listeners can help the Afghan people. Ali and Noorzia are such resilient people and have an inspi...

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November 30, 2021 34 mins

In this episode of the Journey to Oz Podcast we speak to Ryan about his path from a young backpacker to now Australian-citizen. Ryan is also the Director of Creative Natives, a creative, digital, and marketing recruitment agency. He gives an invaluable insight into gaining employment and changing careers in the work-from-home and post-lockdown era. Ryan's journey of how he strived for Australian Permanent Residency by gaining ...

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November 16, 2021 25 mins

In this episode of the Journey to Oz Podcast we speak to Tuan and Anthony about their relationship and legalities of why Tuan had to return to Vietnam and wait offshore for his partner visa application to be processed. We also provide updates regarding international students, as well as the New Zealand and Singapore travel bubbles. 

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November 2, 2021 46 mins

In the second episode of the Journey to Oz Podcast we speak to Andreas about his love for Australia after successfully finding an employer sponsor from Germany. He was able to get an exemption to enter Australia for work purposes and now works as a mechanic in country Western Australia. We also discuss the addition of parents of adult Australians to list of exempt persons and how that will affect parents applying for visas onshore....

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