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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. This is a free service available for you today.
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) had 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 focussing 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-topical 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.
Expat factsheet: Australia case study - Tamera and Steve Eldridge, with their children Lily and Grace
Australia case study - Tamera and Steve Eldridge, with their children Lily and Grace
The Eldridge family – Tamera, Steve, Lily and Grace – moved to Sydney in 2014, mainly for the lifestyle. "We wanted to experience life in another country and we wanted an adventure," Tamera explains. With a background in marketing when she lived in London, Tamera is now a senior marketing manager at the University of New South Wales, while Steve, who is originally from Manchester, is general manager of the Red Cross Blood Service in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
"We love the weather and outdoors lifestyle – and being able to go to the beach on a lunch break," Tamera says of their adopted home. "The beautiful scenery and Sydney Harbour is hard to beat. Sydney is a great city too, always something to do whether sporting, cultural, social or just going on a ferry. It's also been good for both our careers, with opportunities that would not have been as available in the UK."
Tamera gives her thoughts to us on settling and making new friends, it is easy to meet other expats, but not just Brits: "A huge amount of people here aren't from Sydney. We have friends from Canada, Hong Kong, the US, Ireland, Scotland, England, India, Lebanon, New Zealand, as well as from all over Australia."
Her main advice for potential migrants to Australia is to be prepared to take the time to settle in and be realistic about it. "It takes at least a year to start to feel at home. Stick with it, and be aware you will miss the oddest things about the UK. Like Tesco, bad weather and the traffic jams."