Emigrating to Australia. Australian Visas Explained

In 1949 Australia introduced its citizenship program. Since then there has been a whopping four million people who have settled, 95% of whom are now Australian citizens with a further million permanent residents who are entitled to apply for citizenship should they wish. If you are considering emigrating to Australia, you will need to apply for a visa, meet the criteria of the points test and ensure that you apply for the correct one.

There are different types of visas, the most common being the skilled visa. If you are a skilled worker or tradesperson and your occupation appears on the skilled occupation list here, (where your skills are in demand or there is a shortage of workers in your field of expertise) a Skilled Australian Visa would be the first option. There are several types of skilled visas and different Australian states require different criteria. The most popular visa is the Independent Skilled Visa which is suitable for those whose skills are in high demand and doesn’t require a family or state sponsor.

If you don’t quite meet the points test, there are other options including state nominated skilled visas and skilled regional visas. These are sponsored visas by regional territories and/or employers to fill positions that are suitable to your skillset / trade and are in demand in that area. Ensuring that you explore all the possible visas and that you apply for the right one doesn’t have to be a minefield. By employing an expert in Australian emigration (a Registered Migration Agent) will ensure that you choose the correct visa and avoid delays and mistakes.

There are, of course, other visas that may be more relevant to you. These include business visas, student visas, working holiday visas or family visas (spouse/de facto, aged and contributory parent visas).

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    – Warren Baldwin-Jones, Canada
  • We have all settled in well in Oz. We have now been here a year and loving it. Thanks.
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    – Lynn McBride & Family, Australia
  • We’ll keep you updated about how we get on but for now Lin and I would like to sincerely thank you, Richard, Magda and everyone else at OE who have made the process of getting our visas so straightforward for us. You are all so professional and we have felt at every stage that we are in the best hands possible. Your customer service is truly outstanding!
    – Scott McKenzie, Australia
  • Currently we have been staying in Thailand since before Christmas and in 5 weeks we travel to Australia to arrive at the same time as our personal effects. We can’t wait! Again – many thanks to everyone for everything!
    – Maxine Warhurst & Family, Australia
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    – Sam Whittam, New Zealand
  • Thanks so much for all of your help and support with my application. Everyone there has been so responsive every time we’ve contacted you, it really does make a difference. I should refer our estate agent back in Edinburgh to you for some tips on customer communication! And we certainly would recommend to anyone thinking of making the move to contact the team at OE.
    – James Cooke, New Zealand
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    – Karen Johnson, Canada
  • We have arrived in Brisbane safely, goods and all!! Been here since September and loving it so far. Thankfully our house was not damaged in anyway by the floods, although we have been involved in Volunteering to help clean up after the floods (that was an experience!). Thanks again.
    – Elaine, Kevin and Kim Lawrence, Brisbane, Australia
  • Currently we have been staying in Thailand since before Christmas and in 5 weeks we travel to Australia to arrive at the same time as our personal effects. We can’t wait! Again – many thanks to everyone for everything!
    – Maxine Warhurst & Family, Australia
  • All going well. Thank you, after all the work that was put in from your office with regards our emigration we cannot thank you enough, again many thanks for everything!
    – Michael Coombes, Australia
  • Now that I have scraped myself off the ceiling following the exciting news regarding my VISA grant I received on Friday, I just wanted to pass on my thanks for your part in making all of this possible. A number of years ago I had a phone consultation with another company (didn’t know about OE at the time) and came away disheartened as there thoughts on my success at this was far from favourable. Yet on conversation with Laurence he stated to me that I could get a visa without state sponsorship and it would take 7 months and that I should be wary of the IELTS test. If I have my dates correct it took about 9 months but would have been 7 were it not for the IELTS test! Again, your patience support and effort were greatly appreciated and I have passed on this experience to a number of friends who are also thinking of making the move and that they should use OE.
    – Graeme and family, Australia
  • They explained each process of the application and kept us up-to-date on what was happening at each stage; telling us when we needed to be doing things and in what order – they made the whole process very straight forward.

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