Emigrate To Australia
Emigration to Australia may not be as difficult as you think and with our help, you could be living there in just a few months. Without doubt emigrating to Australia is a complex and demanding process. That said, it is worth all the effort once you are there and living in Australia. While less than 30% of all applicants who apply are eventually accepted our success rate is 99% which we are really proud of and want to help you with your plans to emigrate when you are ready to go.
We are licensed in Australia to provide immigration advice with offices in the UK. Our team are highly respected in the field of Australian Immigration law which includes lawyers and ex-immigration officers to provide a unique range of skills and expertise. We also provide a FREE consultation if you would like to discuss your plans in more detail with a friendly immigration expert based in the UK.
Discover more about immigration to the different Australian States:
We provide people qualified emigration advice they can rely upon. Check out this fun video from the Australian government archives for Australian immigration, from when going to Australia was easier and a lot cheaper. The serious point of the video is that the longer you leave it the hard it gets.....
Don't you wish your family took the opportunity to go back then?
Australian Visa Classes
To investigate more about a specific visa class you can visit our visa guide here. A Complete List Of Australian Visas or for faster research you can take advantage of our list of the most popular visas below:
- Working and skilled visas
- Studying visas
- Parent Visas
- spousal visas
- Retirement Visas
- Investor Visas
- Other visas
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)
To find out if your skills are in demand visit our complete list of skills in demand for more information.
Can I Emigrate As A Skilled Worker?
Once your skills have been approved an immigration officer may issue an invitation to apply for a visa. Until this time they do not involve themselves in skilled worker cases and prefer to leave it to the assessing bodies who have expertise in your field. Once we have determined your skills are in demand and we have secured the correct skills assessment and ensured you are awarded the highest possible marks then we need to ensure you have secured 60 points under the general skilled migration test and meet the Australian values test. In short, the answer is that it is impossible to say if you are eligible to immigrate as a skilled worker or not until we have completed an assessment of your case.
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:
- 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?
Australia is supportive of people entering Australia of any age as long as they are conducive to the economy and to the public good. They are at all times protective of the public purse and therefore it is deemed a skilled worker over 44 years old will simply not have enough time to pay the necessary taxes Australia would need to support them in old age, therefore Australia sets an age limit on skilled workers. The system in designed to make it more difficult the older you become.
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 a visa. In short, Australia wants to protect their public purse from abuse by migrants and use the opportunity for investment into their 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 My Health Matter When I Emigrate To Australia?
For those people, over 15 years of age 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 Australia 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 a candidate will not be a burden on the public purse.
Can I Emigrate To Australia With A Criminal Record?
A crime in your country may not be a crime in Australia so 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 their red lines have been crossed. Unlike the USA however, a minor offence as a teenager will not necessarily be a ban on securing a visa.
The UK Is The Main Source Of Skilled Migration
Until recently, the United Kingdom (UK) 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 Australia’s primary source of permanent migrants in 2010–11. Since then, China and India have continued to provide the highest number of permanent migrants. New Zealand (NZ) citizens also feature highly in the number of settler arrivals, 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 since 1945, when attracting general migrants (primarily from the UK) was the priority, to focusing on attracting 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—in 2000–01 temporary migrants outnumbered permanent arrivals for the first time. 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. In 2017 Malcolm Turnbull the Australian Prime Minister abolished the 457 visa, 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.
The largest contribution to net overseas migration (NOM) in recent years has been from people on temporary visas—mostly comprised of overseas students and temporary skilled migrants and the rate of Australia’s population growth has increased significantly over the few years largely driven by an increase in NOM.
Immigration From The UK To Australia - Since 1958
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 over 600 various visas managing how people emigrate to Australia for employment, to be with their family, investors or those who wish to study.
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.
Its history – 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.
While Sydney may seem the obvious choice for Brits, a surprising number head to Perth in Western Australia where a mining boom has led to speedy economic expansion and the need for a larger workforce. Brisbane in Queensland is now the most popular choice, as it offers all the benefits of the city plus the stunning Gold Coast.
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.