The question of how to migrate to Australia is on the lips of many people around the world so we thought we would start our help with answering that very question here. Immigration to Australia had begun some 200 years ago and it has been the main theme throughout the past 200 years. Many people from around the world see Australia as the land of opportunity and therefore are interested in immigrating to Australia via one of the visas available.
Australian visas range from refugee to skilled migrant visas and have very different qualifying criteria depending on your situation and needs. You may be a skilled professional who would like to try their luck at immigrating to Australia and finding that dream job that will provide you security and secure the working or skilled visa. For younger people who are studying or intending to study, a study visa may be more appropriate or a limited working visa. You may also want to migrate using a spouse or partner visa or family reunion type of visa. This article deals with Australian skilled visa options.
Australian working and 457 visas
To attract the most skilled and experienced migrants, Australian government has set up skilled migration events in many countries around the world to keep the potential applicants informed and set up their expectations as to what is required and what they can expect when applying and then when they are in the country should they be successful. What is not provided is an advice on what type of visa is best for you. That is best left to your own discretion and also to help you identify those opportunities you can employ an Australian migration agent such is the immigration office of McArdle Migration centrally located in Sydney’s CBD. Their website can be accessed here however we encourage you to do your own research to find the registered migration agent in your part of Sydney and the one that may be more aligned to the country you are coming and applying from.
Immigrant intakes vary year by year and that depends on the overall Australian economy state and also to fill any particular employment needs at any given period of time that cannot be filled by existing Australian workforce. A very useful Immigration department’s page that contains all necessary links when it comes to skilled visas can be found here http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/
There are 2 types of skilled visas in Australia.
- Employer sponsored visas where two sub-options are temporary and permanent sponsored visas.
- Points tested visa is where you have to demonstrate that you can contribute positively to the Australian economy by brining skills and experience required at that particular time of Australian economy cycle.
In addition to being qualified in your field of expertise, those qualifications need to be recognised in Australia and you must possess proficient use of English language. Age, health and character requirements are also part of the visa selection and application process.
Requirements for working visas are dynamic and correlate to Australian economic conditions as well as global economic situation and outlook. This is why it is paramount that every applicant does his own research into the correct path as far as visa application process and getting a job in Australia. Before we end this post, a recently popularised and extensively used visa program was the so called temporary business (long stay) subclass 457 visa so be sure to check it out on Immigration department’s website.