Step 1: Get private health insurance
Although Australia has public healthcare, since I’m American, I do not qualify for it. I looked at two websites — iSelect (about $1700/yr) and Medibank (about $190/month). I ended up going with Medibank because a) Esther’s brother recommended it to me, b) I can pay by the month instead of the year, and c) I talked to someone at Medibank who was super helpful and made me feel confident in the plan. [To be fair to iSelect, I did not phone them; I just wanted to get this done fast and Medibank was great so I just went with them].
Step 2: File for the 457 visa
An immigration consultant (hired by my company) will be filing the paper work for me and asked for the following:
- Letter of confirmation that I have health insurance
- My resume
- My college diploma
- Photocopy of my passport
- A filled out questionnaire about the nature of my visit w/ some signatures
Basically, they want to make sure that I’m not a criminal and that I’m qualified for the job that I’m taking in Australia. I hate using this word, but they want to make sure I’m legit.