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Welcome to Haskew Law, licensed providers of Australian immigration advice with offices in the UK. You'll find our site is packed with straightforward advice, helpful videos and a free, fast, dynamic assessment to determine your eligibility to emigrate to Australia as a skilled worker, a family member, an investor or to retire. Our assessment provides useful feedback on your potential eligibility and an opportunity to secure a free consultation with an expert.

We also provide information on the latest jobs advertised in Australia, for people who have already secure their necessary work visa from our network of employers across Australia.

Remember to complete our free assessment to discover your eligibility

Our friendly team are highly respected in the field of Australian immigration law, which includes lawyers and ex-immigration officers with over 20 years experience, we bring a unique range of skills and expertise. providing advice you can rely upon.

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The Challenge Of Emigrating To Australia

While most people appreciate that it is more difficult than ever to meet the required standards for immigration to Australia, you can relax: with our help you could be living there in just a few months.

Without doubt emigrating to Australia is a complex process. That said, Australia is worth the effort. Being 31 times larger than the UK with only a third of the population there is plenty of room for everyone. Our friendly team will guide you through the necessary steps to build a winning case.

Skills In Demand In Australia

The most popular way to secure permanent residency in Australia is via the General Skilled Worker  (GSM) programmes. To qualify for a visa your skills need to be in demand and on the: 

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL) and is available in Schedule 1 of the relevant
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) replaced the previous ‘Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List’ (CSOL)

High Demand

Due to the unprecedented levels of demand for places in Australia under the General Skilled Migration routes several professions are now subject to higher qualifying criteria along with additional restrictions to ensure Australia only select the best candidates and continue to support local business. Those professions currently subject to special measures include the following:

  • Accountants
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
  • Electronics Engineers
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • Other Engineering Professionals
  • ICT Business and System Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Computer Network Professionals

Other Visas Available

There are over 600 visa subclasses for Australia and several are available for people who are not interested in working, retired, have family in Australia or want to invest in Australia. If we can not secure a visa under once subclass we will review all your other possible options.

Does My Age Matter When I Emigrate?

Yes, it does, however, there are ways to emigrate for over 45-year-olds as long as you are conducive to the economy and to the public good.  It is deemed skilled workers over 44 years old will not have enough time to pay the necessary taxes required to support them in old age, therefore the cut-off age for skilled workers is 45.  The GSM system is designed to make it more difficult the older you are.

Most people over 44 years old enter Australia as a parent or investor and in these cases, Australian Immigration (DIBP) will look to secure a contribution/investment to provide some benefit to Australia in return for your visa.  In short, Australia wants to protect their public purse and use the immigration policy as an opportunity to secure investment into the country. All investments made to government or state are secure but the return on your investment in terms of interest paid may not be great.

Does Health Matter When I Emigrate To Australia?

Yes, it does and Australia will require you to complete a full medical.

The medical conditions they are checking for range from hepatitis to schizophrenia or even autism.  In recent years Australian Immigration has been challenged in Court on refusing people with a number of medical conditions under control including HIV and lost their case.  That has allowed more people to emigrate with long-lasting or permanent medical conditions which would have been previously refused. The issue is not how contagious you might be or ill you are, this is a monetary test and Australia simply want to ensure you will not be a burden on their public purse.

Can I Emigrate To Australia With A Criminal Record?

Yes, you can, in many cases, however, it depends on your criminal record.  There are certainly red lines the Australian Immigration Authorities will not tolerate such as violence against women or children and it will be hard to secure a visa to emigrate if one of those red lines have been crossed.  Unlike the USA however, a minor offence as a teenager will not necessarily be a ban on securing your visa.

Is The UK The Main Source Of Skilled Migrants

It was until recently, the United Kingdom has always been the primary source country for permanent migration to Australia. However, for the first time in the history of Australia, China surpassed the UK as the primary source in 2010–11. Since then, China and India have continued to provide the highest numbers of permanent migrants. New Zealand citizens also feature highly in the number of settlers, but they are not counted under Australia’s Migration Program unless they apply for (and are granted) a permanent visa.

Over the decades, migration program planning numbers have fluctuated according to the priorities and economic and political considerations of the government of the day. However, it is important to note that the Australian Government’s immigration policy focus has changed markedly when attracting general migrants to focus on economic migrants and temporary (predominantly skilled) migrants. Currently, the planning figure for the Migration Program is 190,000 places (it has remained at this record high level since 2012–13), with skilled migrants comprising the majority.

Current Immigration Trends To Australia

One of the most significant developments in the dynamics of migration to Australia in recent years has been the growth in temporary migration— temporary migrants outnumbered permanent arrivals for the first time in recent years. Many of these entrants arrived on either student or Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa. Unlike the permanent Migration Program, the level of temporary migration to Australia is not determined or subject to quotas or caps by Government but is demand driven by business. To curtail the number of temporary workers Malcolm Turnbull the Australian Prime Minister abolished the 457 visa in 2017, claiming it was bringing in too many unrequired workers. In recent years the 457 visa was used by over 95,000 per year to gain entry and employment in Australia. Today the 189 and 190 visas are the most popular visa classes available for permanent residency in Australia. In our experience, they are also by far the best.

Immigration From The UK To Australia

It's no wonder Australia is such a popular destination, offering more than 21,000 miles of incredible coastline, sub-tropical rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef is a popular choice for expat Britons. Australia was claimed as a British territory in 1829 following Captain James Cook's arrival in 1770 – means the established link between Brits and Aussies remains strong, albeit with a healthy dose of banter.

The Australia Immigration Act came into law in 1958.  Since then the Immigration Act has been updated almost annually and today is a complex system of immigration control managing the 600+ visas managing how people emigrate to Australia for employment, to be with their families, act as investors or to study.

Australia's population of just 22 million ensures there is plenty of open space to pursue a healthy outdoors lifestyle in the sixth largest country in the world; while overseas demand for its diverse natural resources means it experienced just one-quarter of negative growth during the recent global economic meltdown. "She'll be apples," as Australians might say for UK skilled workers.

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