WHERE TO WORK, LIVE AND INVEST IN AUSTRALIA

Australia - Six States - Six Sets of Law

Australia is divided into six states. Every state has its own beauty, economy, government and vision for its future and economic growth targets. Which state you decide to live in may make a difference to the success of your case. Each state is capable of sponsoring a limited number of skilled workers per year within their state even if at a federal level there is no further requirement. State-sponsored visas can help if you have limited experience in your profession or if your skills are only on the short-term skilled occupation list as they will provide additional support to your case. Additionally, within each state are designated regional areas where a person may be eligible to emigrate with the correct qualifying criteria if they are unable to secure the necessary approval for a 189 or 190 visa. These areas do not include the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, New Castle or Wollongong. That said you do not have to be far outside these centres to be in a regionally designated area.

Those with family in a specific state may be limited in securing sponsorship in another state. This is where a family can hold you back if you require sponsorship from a different state than the one they live in currently. Each state as mentioned only has a limited number of place per year and part of the criteria of securing a state sponsored visa is that the applicant agrees to live in the state for a minimum of 2 years after arrival. The reason is given in most cases where a person is refused due to family connections in another state focuses on the fact they are not satisfied the individual will eventually settle in their state but instead use their sponsorship to enter Austalia and then quickly complete an intra-state migration to be closer to their family. This is a risk they run with every sponsorship but look to mitigate that risk by screening for the most likely applicants who will eventually settle permanently within their state.

Australia has around 23 million people living there while the UK has almost triple that population. Even if Australia was the same size as the UK a person would have more room to live. The fact the UK fits into Australia a staggering 31 times. The size of Australia means the climate and work available varies dramatically. It is true over 90% of all Australians live within 10 minutes of a beach, that does not mean there are some amazing towns and villages inland a little for those who want to go walkabout and explore the bush. Take a look at our guides per state and check out our videos on each state for more information.

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Australian Skilled Worker Visas

 For the majority of people, the route to permanent residency in Australia is by way of a skills-based visa, which in turn opens the door to secure employment.

The process begins with a basic 60-point merits test, which determines basic eligibility. A person's record of prior learning and previous employment is scrutinised, along with age, character and other factors, each of which influences the outcome of the case.

We also check that our client's skills are in demand, as indicated by a list which changes regularly as Australia reaches annual quotas for each skill set.

Only once we have completed a formal skills assessment, are we able to calculate how many points a person would receive under the skilled “General Skilled Migrant Programme” (GSM), under which candidates are scored on a scale.  It is only after final score is determined and skills assessed that anyone can state with confidence a particular candidate's eligibility for selection to emigrate. In getting to grips with this process, it is critical to understand that the GSM program -- the system through which all skilled worker visas are processed -- presents itself as an objective, standardised system. Yet, in the end, it is run by over 25 separate assessing bodies and federal immigration officials at their discretion and, therefore, subject to all-too-human biases and manipulations. Successful candidates understand that the Australian application process is complex and having 60 points does not guarantee a visa. On the contrary, well-polished applications are successful, whereas poorly crafted applications may fail for reasons that have little to do with the applicant, and everything to do with the application. Accordingly, candidates must prepare the best possible case to secure the maximum points available: securing the minimum points for eligibility is simply not enough.

Demand for these visas is high, and only the most effective cases are selected for visa invitations.  Many cases are won or lost on the basis of how evidence is presented.  That means that two candidates with equal UK qualifications and skills will appear differently to immigration officials depending on the preparation of their case and how relevant items are highlighted -- or omitted.

State Sponsorship

State Sponsorship visas allow a person to live and work within a certain state on arrival in Australia. Each state in Australia manages their programme independently when building immigration policy to meet their local immigration needs.  Each has a unique set of rules and criteria, which are approved at the federal level. Sponsorship through local employment, family sponsorships and business and investment routes are all governed independently in local programmes.

Family Visas

Australian residents can sponsor close family to join them.  These include parents, children, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. These routes change quickly and are subject to limitations on available places.  We will assist you, prepare your best possible case.

Spouse and Partner Visas

For partners of an Australia permanent resident or citizen.

These visas are the most expensive route to immigrate and are often initially granted provisionally for two years.  These cases require a great deal of evidence to show a genuine, subsisting relationship. The timeframe for processing this visa is often more than a year.

This visa class is currently under review, as many Australians feel the costs and lengthy processing times are unfair to those waiting to be reunited with their foreign partners.  We can provide up-to-date information to help you plan.

Parent Visas

For those who wish to join their children in Australia. These are often "contributory parent" visas, which require a contribution to be made of more than AUS $46,000. These visas are currently under review, and the proposed changes are expected to require slightly lower minimum funds to be demonstrated as available. However, there are also likely be a number of negative implications of the proposed changes to consider.  We can provide the latest information on these changes to help you plan how to join your family in Australia.

Student Visas

Student visas are an increasingly popular option, as studying in Australia often leads to permanent residency, and is a great way to improve your skills and qualifications while being allowed to live and work in Australia.

At the end of most courses, you will be able to remain and work, which makes this a great pathway to permanent residency.  While you are a student you can work part-time during term time, and full-time during college holidays.

We are official partners with a number of leading Australian colleges and universities. We are authorised to assess your eligibility, can enrol you in courses directly and can help secure your visa.

Investment & Retirement Visas

There are five main investment visas, and the capital required ranges from AUS $600,000 upwards.  Each category has various additional qualifying criteria.

These visas are often used by people who want to build a new business in Australia on the basis of previous business experience, or who are looking to retire to Australia.  The qualifying criteria are complex, and successful use of these visas requires expertise in both immigration law and tax planning.

Our range of services benefits our clients for many years to come as we remain a trusted part of their planning and are always here when they need us.  Our expertise goes way beyond securing your visa to bring real peace of mind for the years ahead.

Taking Your Next Step To Australia

Complete our Assessment form at the top of the page for loads of extra information, specific to your needs and eligibility. Our team would be delighted to discuss your plans with you in more detail on completion of our assessment.

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