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FAQs: Emigration to Australia


Do I need a visa if I am thinking of emigrating to Australia?

Yes, if you are looking to move to Australia for any reasonable length of time, you will need to obtain a visa prior to departing. Under the Australian immigration system, a person can be granted a Permanent Residence visa in four general areas; skilled migration, family, business and humanitarian.

Am I considered a skilled worker for skilled migration purposes?

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) publishes a ‘Skilled Occupation List’ also known as ‘Schedule 1’ which sets out which occupations are considered skilled. This list is being constantly updated to reflect any perceived skills shortages in Australia: The current list was published on 1 July 2012 and contains 192 occupations; to be considered skilled your occupation must feature on this list.

If I am considered a skilled worker will I be guaranteed a visa?

No, even if your occupation is one of those listed by DIAC this doesn’t guarantee you will be granted a visa. You will also meet the SkillSelect and Points Test conditions. SkillSelect was introduced in July 2012 and requires applicants to submit an Expression of Interest online and wait to be made an offer of employment before you will be allowed to continue. The Points Test condition simply awards each applicant a number of points over a range of criteria and an applicant must accrue enough points to meet the pass mark.

I was thinking of retiring and moving to Australia is there anything more applicable to me?

Yes, Australia has a special temporary visa called the ‘Investor Retirement Visa’, this allows people aged over 55 of good health and in good financial means to be sponsored by an Australian state. Successful applicants will be awarded a visa which will need to be renewed every four years.

How could a solicitor help me?

A solicitor will be able to advise you which of the available methods are best for you, taking into account how long you want to stay in Australia and the points you are likely to be awarded. They will also be able to advise you as to the cost of each of the respective applications and help you with completing the relevant forms.
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