Australia Migration Service

Life in Australia

Australia is one of the best countries to apply for a Permanent Residency (PR) visas.

As a permanent resident of Australia, the individual would be eligible to the following benefits:

Live and work in Australia indefinitely.

Leave and enter Australia frequently within the initial period of five years after that it can be renewed, if you meet the criteria.

Apply for citizenship after spending initial years on permanent residency status.

 Permanent residents enjoy many rights and privileges just like an Australian citizens, including access to free or subsidized legal and health services.

Sponsor relatives to Australia, subject to fulfilling residence criteria and assurance of support requirements.

Australian PR status provides the right to apply for Australian consular assistance overseas

Entrusts the right to travel, live, work and study in New Zealand, after the approval of New Zealand government.

 The children born to permanent residents inside Australia will be considered as Australian citizens by birth.

Although Australia is one country, its large size and differing climates means that you can have a completely different lifestyle and cultural experience from one state to another.

Australia is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED) that works towards improving the economic and social life of people around the world.

Take a look at the significance of each of these states:

1. New South Wales :

Discover Sydney, Australia’s famous harbour city and capital of New South Wales.

Sydney has the country’s oldest European settlement and its largest and most cosmopolitan city, with ethnic communities from more than 100 countries. A thriving economy, great beaches and sunshine, it is difficult to find a reason why you would not want to move to New South Wales. Being the country’s financial and economic capital, the city also offers great career opportunities and salaries to match the high standard of living throughout the state.Sydney enjoys a sunny climate with mild winters and warm summers.

Experience Sydney’s natural beauty and culture around Sydney Harbour and the historic Rocks and explore famous coastal beaches such as Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, Palm Beach and visit the Blue Mountains.

 

2. Queensland :

Discover Brisbane, the sun soaked capital city of Queensland, Australia’s second largest state.

If it’s hot weather, endless sunshine and white beaches with crystal clear water that you are looking for, then Queensland is the place for you.

Combine art and outdoor adventure in Brisbane, where creative spaces, music and hip new restaurants meet pretty riverside gardens and man-made beaches.What’s  more, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, The Great Barrier Reef which is the largest coral formation in the world adds attraction to the visitors of this State.

With up-to-date technology and services, the lowest taxes in Australia and plenty of space to develop and expand, Queensland is the preferred location for many new businesses each year.

 

3. South Australia :

Discover Adelaide, South Australia’s elegant and cultured capital.Known as Australia’s food and wine capital city.Famous for its fabulous food, art and word class events.

South Australia has a healthy Mediterranean climate with cool wet winters and hot dry summers.

Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, is famous as Australia’s arts capital with a multitude of festivals, vibrant live music scene, galleries, design and fashion, theatre and architecture.

 

4. Victoria :

Discover Melbourne, the capital of Victoria which is located around the shores of Port Phillip Bay.

Food, wine, sports and arts is an introduction to the best of Melbourne.

Gateway to Victoria’s world class wineries, natural springs, peninsulas and stunning coastlines and beautiful villages. This State is home to a vibrant culture, dynamic festivalsand eclecticnightlife.

No wonder this events capital is a popular option for settlement for families and young professionals.

 

5. Western Australia :

Understated and leisurely with its incomparable beaches and beautiful warm weather, Western Australia’s capital Perth is the perfect sunny destination.
With a thriving economy, beautiful beaches and world-class wineries, Western Australia has emerged as a hotspot for migrants over the last decade. The State offers great job opportunities in the booming mining industry and great lifestyle options in a warm, tropical climate – ideal for anyone looking for a climate change or a boost in their salary.A range of experiences – from wilderness adventures coral reefs, to fine dining in world-class restaurants or a night at a casino, attract a wide variety of visitors to Western Australia.The numbers of international and interstate visitors, as tourists, students or business people are projected to increase significantly over the next 5-10 years.

 

6. Australian Capital Territory – Discover Canberra :

Tiny but mighty and home to the nation’s capital Canberra, the ACT is a great destination for potential migrants. With Canberra being a relatively new and carefully planned city in Australia, it offers a wide range of job opportunities and great salaries that would easily rival those of its larger neighbors’. As a lifestyle destination, the Territory offers a four seasons climate that brings you the benefits of a warm Australian summer combined with the chance to recover through the cooler winter months. Canberra is a graceful and industrious city surrounded by a mostly untouched natural environment.

 

7. Northern Territory – Darwin :

Australia’s only tropical capital city. While it may be the smallest of the State  capitals, Darwin is a city of constant development, growing from a small settlement to a booming and modern city. Situated on the country’s northern coast, the city offers the perfect end to the day with quaint beaches.T he tourism, hospital and retail industries are the biggest employers in the Northern Territory.

 

8. Tasmania – Discover Hobart, capital of Tasmania – a wonderland :

Separated from mainland Australia by the 240 km stretch of Bass Strait, Tasmania is a land apart, a place of wild and beautiful landscapes; friendly, welcoming people, a temperate climatetantalizing food and wine combined with a rich history and a relaxed island lifestyle.

Why Australia?

Are you considering your future at Australia?

Whether you are looking for sand, surf or just a completely different lifestyle, Australia has something for everyone and provides an opportunity for you to lead the life you’ve always wanted.

Though quite a distance away from the rest of the world, Australia is considered by many to be one of the best places to live. It is a land of diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, unique wildlife and many wonders for those who love nature and adventure.Australia is a land of opportunity and can offer a great deal to anyone who chooses to move there.

Here are some reasons why Australia is considered as one of the best options for migration:

 

1. Effective migration policies :

Australia’s migration policies has been very accommodating to the migrants. Visa options are ideal for all types of applicants such as, couples, students, parents, and so on.

 

2. No language barrier :

English is Australia’s official language and thereby, communication should not be a problem.

 

3. More career opportunities :

Australia was one of the few economies of the world to remain least affected from the Global Financial Crisis. Many industries are expanding, businesses are booming and more stellar career opportunities are made available for migrants.

 

4. Excellent healthcare system :

Australia’s healthcare system is considered one of the best in the world as it covers all citizens’ hospitalization and medical payments in public hospitals.

 

5. Excellent education system :

Australia holds the eighth place in worldwide rankings with regard to its education system. The country has a varied selection of outstanding schools and universities.

 

6. Encourage sports and entertainment :

Australians are great fans of sports such as cricket, rugby (footy), soccer, and so on. They love music, spend their time out of work in holidays, social gatherings, night out, sight-seeing and so on.

 

This provides enough reason why one would choose Australia among other countries.

AUSTRALIAN VISA TYPES

SKILLED MIGRATION VISAS

Skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia can opt for a Skilled visa by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) usingthe SkillSelect service. An EOI is an indication that the applicant would be interestedin obtaining a Skilled visa.

Important: An EOI is not a visa application.

Note: SkillSelect is an online service that helps Australia manage its skilled migration programme based on its economic requirements. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the time taken to process a visa application is significantly reduced.

SkillSelect also helps in addressing regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This especially benefits employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia.

The Skilled Migration Visas includes the following sub-classes:

SUBCLASS 189 SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA

To apply for this visa, the applicant should work in a job on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and be able to meet the skill assessment requirements for your occupation. Eligibility for the 189 visa is based on a point score, taking into account age, qualifications, work experience and English competence.

In order to work in a role on this list, the applicant does not require sponsorship from a relative or state, and can live in any part of the country.

SUBCLASS 190 SKILLED NOMINATED VISA

This is one of the most well-known visa processes. It includes a points-based application system, which analyses what you have to offer to Australia once you move here.

The applicant needs to consider the following option while applying for 190 visa:

  Work in a profession that is listed as in shortage

  Reach the standard necessary for points-based applications. This will be based on age, english competence, training and work experience.

  Sponsored by a state or territory.

SUBCLASS 489 SKILLED NOMINATED OR SPONSORED VISA

Like all skilled visas, the Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (489) visa is a points-based application.

There are two pathways for the 489 visa:

  State Sponsorship on a 489 Visa: The Skilled Sponsored (489) visa requires sponsorship by an Australian state or territory. Each state has unique skill shortages and thus occupations appear at different times on different lists. Each state varies in its specific requirements. Some states require applicants to have higher English scores, while others require more work experience or detailed evidence of the applicant’s assets.

  Relative Sponsorship on a 489 Visa: If the nominated occupation of the applicant is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), then the applicant can be sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area. Your relative must be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia. This includes your sibling, parent, child, aunt, uncle, cousin or grandparent. You must live in the same designated area as your relative.

STUDENT VISA – SUBCLASS 500

Australia is a great place to study and the country offers a diverse range of study options for international students. Once you have been accepted into an Australian course, the next step is to organise the student visa.

As an international student on a student visa, you must study with an institution and in a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the institution at which you study meet the high standards expected by international students.

This visa allows you to stay in Australia to study full-time in a recognised education institution. It allows you to study and work in Australia throughout the duration of your course. You are entitled to work 40 hours per fortnight during your studies, and full-time during your schools breaks.

As a guide, the key requirements you will need to meet are:
Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate
Meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement
Sufficient funds for airfares, course fees and living costs
English language proficiency
Meet health and character requirements
Acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover

MARRIAGE AND PARTNER VISAS

The Australia Partner Migration Program is open to married and de-facto couples in sustaining a genuine relationship with an Australian Citizen or a Permanent Resident. This visa allows you to travel to Australia with your partner.

If you have been in a genuine relationship for three years or more, you may be granted a permanent resident visa. If not, you may be granted a temporary visa and after two years of ongoing relationship, you will be eligible to apply for permanent residency.

You can start a new chapter of your story together with a temporary to permanent residency visa for you and your partner.

TOURIST\VISIT VISAS

This visa allows you to visit and stay in Australia for a temporary period for reasons such as holidays, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons, to visit relatives, friends, to be a business visitor or for other short-term non-work related purposes,such as medical treatment or medical consultations.

There are various types of visas available for visiting Australia. The type of visa that you may be able to get depends on a number of factors such as, the length of your stay, your passport, your current location and the purpose of your visit.

This visa is grantedby the Australian government on a case-by-case basis:

  Visitor visas of up to five years validity provides a stay of up to 12 months on each entry to those parents who are outside Australia and are in the Parent (subclass 103) visa queue.

  Visitor visas of up to three years validity with 12 months stay on each entry is considered for parents who are outside Australia and are not in the Parent visa queue.

Note : A condition is placed on these visas that restricts the time that can be spent in Australia to 12 months in every 18 months.

OTHER WORK VISAS

SUBCLASS 485 TEMPORARY GRADUATE VISAS

The applicant is eligible for this visa in either the Graduate Work stream or the Post-Study Work stream if the applicant holds a student visa and has recently completed or soon to complete the course of study.

  Graduate Work stream: For international students with an eligible qualification that relate to an occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations. A visa in this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant.

  Post Study Work stream: For international students who graduate with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to four years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant’s qualification.

The 485 visa can be offered from 18 months to four years, depending on the stream and on your completed course. The 485 visa does not require sponsorship from an employer, a relative or a state or territory of Australia. The 485 visa is not points-tested and you have unlimited work rights.

It is very important that the correct stream is chosen as you cannot change the stream after application.

 

SUBCLASS 476 GRADUATE VISA

A recent university engineering graduate can be eligible for the Skilled – Recognised Graduate Visa.

This 18-month visa is ideal for engineering graduates who want to experience life in Australia. This gives the applicants full work rights and can choose their own employer.

PARENT VISAS

The Parent visa allows the parents live permanently in Australia if they have a child who is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident who is settled in Australia.​

This is a permanent residence visa which allows the parents of the Australian citizen or permanent resident to:

   Stay in Australia indefinitely

   Work and study in Australia

  Enroll in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses

  Apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

   Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

   Travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

The Parent Visa is further categorized into the following types:

Parent Visa (Subclass 143 Or 173) – An offshore application: If the parents are aged under 65 years and meet the balance of family test (50% of the parents’ children are settled in Australia as permanent residents or citizens), they can lodge a contributory parent visa, but must be outside Australia to do so.

Aged Parents – Onshore Application – Two Options:If one of the parents is aged 65 years or over, and they enter Australia on a visa that allows them to lodge a parent visa onshoreand the balance of family test is met, the parents can lodge an application whilst in Australia.

Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 804):This non-contributory aged parent visa has an extremely long processing time (over 25 years), but the parents can live in Australia until a decision is made.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864):Parents aged over 65 can lodge a contributory parent visa whilst onshore on a valid visa. This Parent visa involves making a non-refundable deposit to the Australian government. The parents become permanent resident when the visa is granted.