Migrate to Australia: Your Visa Options

If you are considering migrating to Australia, you may be wondering about the different types of visa which are available to you. Below is a brief guide to some of the popular visas used to migrate to Australia.

Skilled Visa

If you have are a medical health worker, engineer, IT worker or other skilled professional, you may be able to apply for a temporary or permanent visa via the General Skilled Program. You can find full details of the different occupations which qualify you for this type of visa on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List or the Skilled Occupation List. You will also have to meet an number of other requirements including:

  • Being aged under 50
  • Holding a professional qualification which is recognised in Australia
  • Suitable work experience
  • Good level of spoken and written English

Employer Sponsored Visa

If you can secure a job offer in Australia and your employer is willing to sponsor you, you may be able to apply for a Employer Sponsored Visa on a permanent Employer Nomination Visa or a temporary 457 visa. However, there is a great deal of paperwork which must be completed by the employer in order to secure a visa, so it is likely that an employer will only offer to sponsor you if you have really impressed them or they desperately need to fill a position.

Business/Investor Visas

If you are a business person who is planning to set up or take over an Australian business or if you are planning to make a sizeable investment in Australia, you may be able to apply for a special business visa. The three streams of the business and investment visa program are:

  • Business Innovation stream: For people who will be managing an Australian business
  • Investor stream: For people that plan to invest at least 1.5 million Australian Dollars
  • Significant Investor stream: For people that plan to invest at least 5 million Australian Dollars
  • Premium Investor stream: For people that plan to invest at least 15 million Australian Dollars

As you can see from the amounts of money involved, these visas are only available to people who have significant business and investment experience. 

Working Holiday Visa

While a this type of visa will not allow you to stay on a permanent basis, it will give you the temporary right to stay and work in Australia. This can give you the opportunity to get to know the country better and to perhaps find a company that is willing to offer sponsorship. However, you should pay close attention to the conditions attached to a working holiday visa, as accidentally breaching the terms of the visa could seriously damage future visa applications.

If you are in the process of migrating to Australia, you should contact a migration lawyer who specialises in this area of law. 

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