FAQ of Australian Immigration
By Danny Trestian, Australia Visa Advisor
Whether you've decided you might like to experience a different lifestyle
for a while or living in Australia is your most treasured childhood dream,
we think that you are doing the right thing by deciding to apply for permanent
residence in Australia.
Coming to Australia presents many opportunities for an excellent quality
of life in a country that has plenty of choices, both personal and professional,
for people who like diversity, change, and innovation but are looking
for peace of mind. Applying for permanent residence in Australia is a
lifetime investment for you and your family in terms of quality of life,
abundance of work opportunities, and safety.
How does the migration procedure work?
There are many categories under which one can migrate to Australia, including
as a skilled professional, a family, or a business, among others.
First, if you're working with a migration advisor, your personal circumstances
will be examined, and you will be advised on what strategy to follow and
under which category to apply in order to have the best chances of success.
If a couple or family wants to apply, the preliminary assessment will
also determine which member of the family has the best chance of a successful
application. This family member will be the primary applicant.
When the preliminary assessment is completed with auspicious results,
you'll proceed to the next step: applying to the relevant authorities.
The skilled-migration procedure is usually formed of two stages. The first
is skills assessment and the second is the actual application for permanent
Why is permanent residence the best option?
We strongly advise our clients to apply for permanent residence (PR) whenever
possible. PR is the best option because it leads to full citizenship after
you've lived in Australia for two years and it means you won't have to
leave the country after a certain amount of time, as you would on a tourist
or employment-sponsorship visa. Permanent residence will keep you from
being in a position in which you need your employer more than he needs
Without permanent residence, you also may find that employers won't even
consider you for jobs because the employment-sponsorship procedure is
a very complicated one for them to go through.
Even if you're a student or your partner wishes to study in Australia,
PR is still the best choice. Studying in Australia is very expensive for
students from overseas, but as soon as you become a PR you'll enjoy the
benefits of being a local student. You'll pay from half to a third of
overseas-student tuition fees and you'll qualify for various government
grants. Many students from overseas have found that they would have been
in a much better position if they had arrived in Australia as PRs.
Another advantage to permanent residence is that you'll immediately receive
free medical care as part of the Australian government's basic insurance
package. After two years as a PR in Australia, you'll receive social security
benefits as well.
What professions and skills currently have a good chance of success? High-tech
professionals with a degree or a major in computer science—programmers
and others—stand a good chance of success. If you don't have a degree
in computer science, you'll need at least four years of full-time experience
in the field to qualify.
Other professionals that are likely to be awarded permanent residence
visas include accountants, engineers, chefs, teachers, nurses, architects,
physiotherapists, social workers, speech pathologists, psychologists,
organizational psychologists, radiographers, surveyors, optometrists,
occupational therapists, information technology officers, dieticians,
medical scientists, dentists, chiropractors, osteopaths, interpreters
and translators, podiatrists, quantity surveyors, veterinarians, welfare
workers, general managers and senior managers.
Tradespeople who have a good chance of a successful residence application
include bakers, pastry cooks, other cooks, hairdressers, cabinet makers,
jewelers, carpenters, general electricians, tailors, sign makers, painters
and decorators, shoemakers, automobile mechanics, refrigeration and air-conditioning
workers, lifts mechanics, textile workers, clothing and footwear workers,
optical workers, printing machinists, wall and floor tilers, brick layers,
butchers, dressmakers, supervising plumbers, piano tuners, picture framers,
gardeners, roof plumbers, slaters and tilers, glass blowers, locksmiths,
nursery workers, panel beaters, watch and clock makers and repairpeople,
welders, woods tradespeople, wood turners, tree surgeons, and stone masons.
Please don't hesitate to apply or contact us for advice even if your profession
is not on the list. This list changes from time to time and other professions
may also see a good chance of success. Your personal data will be examined
individually and there might be other factors that will enable you to
migrate. If you are married or have a partner, you will be examined as
Do I need a professional representative in the migration procedure?
You can certainly apply by yourself and go through the migration process
without the professional representation of migration agents. But there
are many reasons why it's often better to be professionally represented.
Here are a few of them.
Although the migration procedures may seem simple, this is misleading.
They are actually very intricate.
There are daily changes in the migration laws and in the different internal
policies of the assessing government bodies. Migration professionals keep
up to date on these changes and ensure that all factors have been taken
We often get applications from individuals who have wasted a lot of time
and money attempting to apply on their own. They've used the wrong procedure
or made other mistakes and need to correct the damage that has been done.
We can still help at that stage, but it's a lot easier to get it right
the first time.
Having a professional representative also helps to minimize the nerve-wracking
stress and tension that comes from going it alone. Pressure accumulates
as the applicant continues in the process, and a professional representative's
advice, support, and expertise can make all the difference.
How long is the migration process?
The migration process can last from seven to ten months, or even longer.
It all depends on the procedure, the government's policies at the time
of application, how quickly the applicant is able to supply all the documents,
and sometimes the applicant's skills—in particular cases, the processing
time can be made shorter.
What are the basic requirements for migration to Australia?
are not selected because of their race, gender or culture. Instead, qualification
to migrate depends on such things as the applicant's skills, health, age,
finances, and ability to speak English, and whether he has family or business
contacts in Australia.
For skilled migration, an applicant must be under 45. If you're older
than that, you'll need to consider other options, such as business migration.
Applicants must be able to speak vocational English and have at least
one year of work experience. Usually, this year of experience must have
occurred in the eighteen months preceding the application. Sometimes,
the requirement is two years of accumulated work experience in the three
years preceding the application. An applicant must be in good health and
pass a police background investigation.
Can everything be done while I am overseas?
Yes, you can actually
go through the whole procedure from overseas. In fact, it's much better
to do it that way; it's really not a good idea to come to Australia on
a tourist visa and wait for your PR visa to be processed. Processing time
varies and you won't be allowed to work while you're waiting.
What happens after I get the permanent residence visa?
Many of our clients are concerned that they will have to move to Australia
immediately after they are granted permanent residence. The truth is that
the Australian authorities will give you a certain period of time in which
to activate the PR. You can come to Australia for a few days, activate
your visa, and then go live wherever you like. Permanent residence is
granted for five years at a time, and during those five years you may
enter and leave Australia as often as you want to. Apart from social security
benefits (which you'll receive after two years of living in Australia)
and voting rights, you'll have all the privileges and duties of an Australian
When and how do I become a citizen of Australia and receive an Australian
After two years as a permanent resident, you can apply for
Australian citizenship, which is granted almost automatically. In fact,
the Australian government encourages permanent residents to become citizens.
If you don't want to become a citizen, you can live in Australia indefinitely
as a PR. Approximately one million people do just that.
We wish you the best of luck in this life-changing journey to Australia.
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