Emigrating to Australia
Making the decision to emigrate to Australia can be an extremely positive and life changing experience. Unfortunately, the process you follow after the decision is made can then render what should be an exciting time stressful and confusing if you’re unfamiliar with the necessary legalities involved. At IAS, we strive to ensure that your move to Australia is as simple and straightforward as possible with knowledgeable emigration experts who will advise you on everything from the type of visa you need, right the way through to which area would be best to visit on a working holiday. By taking control of the emigration process, we leave you time to concentrate on getting your affairs in order, as well as building yourself up to the momentous occasion of your move.
Your eligibility for obtaining your Australian visa will depend on many factors, including your age, occupation and country of origin, although all visa applications are considered and processed using the same method and are assessed on similar criteria. Although Australia is fast gaining a reputation for its strict stance on immigration, with many of its policies generating debate worldwide, it is still amongst those countries in the world with the highest immigrant populations. Many migrants each year flock to the well-beloved country for its fantastic year-round weather, consistently growing economy and laid-back way of life. Whether you’re in favour of their stringent visa rules or not, the Australian visa process has many requirements that you will need to fulfill in order to be successful in your application.
In Australia, the vast majority of migrants go through the Australian General Skilled Migration Programme, or ‘GSM’. The GSM is a two-step process and before you even apply for your Australian visa, you must complete the first stage, a skills assessment, which is assessed by the governing body within Australia that is responsible for your particular profession. Once you have passed the relevant skills assessment, you will then become eligible to begin the process of applying for your actual visa.
As with the vast majority of countries, there are multiple different visas for Australia in line with their immigration policies and which one you apply for will depend upon your circumstances, as well as your reasons for wanting to move to Australia.
The following are some of the most common visa categories:
- Australian Skilled Visas
- Australian Working Holiday Visas
- Australian Business Visas
- Australian Family and Spouse Visas
- Australian Employer Sponsored Visas
- Australian Student Visas
- Australian Investor Visas
If you’re looking to study in or move to Australia then our partner company, James Freeman Emigration, can help you with the necessary Australian visas and paperwork.
If you would like to speak to us about emigrating to Australia, you can get in touch with our London, Manchester, or Birmingham immigration lawyers, or use the office finder to find the closest branch to you.
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The Australian Skilled Workers Visa is a catch-all term for a variety of visas which individuals can apply for if they hold hold necessary qualifications and experience in certain skilled professions.
IT professionals, accountants and healthcare professionals are just some of those who could be eligible for one of these visas.
This is entirely dependent on the applicant’s particular circumstances.
Generally speaking, you can expect the emigration process to take between 9 and 18 months, including preparation time for the visa application.
The Australian public healthcare system is known as Medicare. This system generally covers free or subsidised treatments by healthcare professionals.
Medicare is available to Australian visa holders. You will need to register and complete some paperwork when you arrive in Australia to confirm your eligibility for the scheme. You should do this 7 to 10 days after you arrive in Australia.