Half of the more than 80,000 places for migrants to Australia each year go to skilled migrants as Australia seeks those migrants who have skills and qualifications to improve the Australian society and economy.
If you are looking to travel to Australia, then please consider these visa classes:
Permanent Entry Visa
Australia accepts people from overseas for permanent settlement in the country under two main migration streams:
The Migration Program caters for all potential applicants wishing to migrate to Australia.
The Migration Program
Potential migrants to Australia are selected based on skills, health, financial resources, age, English language ability and family and business contacts in Australia. Race, gender and culture are not considered at all. Migrants today fall into two main categories for a place in the Migration Program:
Half the 80,000 places each year go to skilled migrants as Australia seeks those migrants who have skills and qualifications to improve the Australian society and economy.
The other half of the Migration Program places go to family reunion and resettlement of former residents and citizens, and for the families of New Zealanders. These categories are:
There are five categories of migrants in the Skilled Scheme:
1. Independent Skilled Migrants
2. Skilled Migrant - Australian Linked
3. Distinguished Talent
4. Employer Nominated Migrant
5. Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
The Business Skills program is divided into four categories:
1. Business owner - for owners or part-owners of a business
2. Investment - for investors/business people willing to invest in Australia3. Business talent- for high-calibre business people who have sponsorship from a State/Territory government
The Australian Government implemented a two-stage visa arrangement for business people. Most people interested in coming to Australia under the Business Skills category will need to apply for a Business Skills (Provisional) visa.
After successfully establishing the requisite level of business activity or maintaining a designated investment in Australia, holders of a Business Skills (Provisional) visa will be eligible to lodge an application for permanent residence in Australia.
State/Territory government sponsorship will be available at both the provisional and permanent residence stages, with significantly lower requirements when sponsored.
A direct permanent residence category will still be available for high calibre business migrants sponsored by state/territory governments. This will be known as the Business Talent (Migrant) visa.
Business People on a Short Stay
If you need to visit Australia to conduct business - a conference, site inspection, negotiations or perhaps an exploratory visit - there are a number of visa options. For example, the Business (Short Stay) Visa allows the bona fide business person unlimited travel to Australia. Visits can be up to three months and you can choose the period of time the visa is valid up to the life of your passport or five years, whichever is longer.
Currently, 32,000 migrants will be accepted in the Family Stream section. Family migrants must have a responsible relative in Australia who will sponsor them. Family members not able to support themselves (aged relatives or dependent children) apply under this class. Independent working age family members should apply under the Skilled Migrant Australian linked class.
As a Family Migrant you will not be tested on your skill level or your English Language ability, but you will be assessed against Australia's health and character requirements, as are all migrants.
You may apply as a Family Migrant in one of the following categories:
Work Visas are only available in certain circumstances. The options are:
Working Holiday Maker Visa - The main intention of your trip should be recreation, but you will be allowed to do part-time and temporary work to supplement your income. This is available to citizens of the following countries: Canada, Japan, Ireland, Korea, Malta, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30. Note: This visa is not available to South African citizens.
Temporary Residence Visa with Working Rights - this visa is for applicants wishing to work in Australia for up to 4 years. Employer sponsorship is the main requirement. Your employer must arrange this from Australia. Only when the sponsorship is approved can you apply for a temporary residence visa.
Australia's student visa program provides for the entry of overseas students who wish to undertake full-time study in registered courses in Australia.Work rights for students have been made available so that students can supplement their income, rather than it being their sole source of finance.Work rights, while their Australian institution is in session, are limited to 20 hours per week. There are no limits while the institution is not in session.
If you need to visit Australia to conduct business - a conference, site inspection, negotiations or perhaps an exploratory visit - there are a number of visa options. For example:The Business (Short Stay) visa allows the bona fide business person unlimited travel to Australia. Visits can be up to three months and you can choose the period of time the visa is valid up to the life of your passport or five years, which ever is longer.
If you are the citizen of any country other than Australia and New Zealand, you will need a visa (or in some cases an Electronic Travel Authority, ETA) to visit Australia. On a standard visitor visa you can stay up to 3 months from the date of entry. The visa is for multiple travel and can be used to enter Australia for 1 year from the date of issue. You are not permitted to work on this visa. You can also apply for a long stay visa. This is usually granted for stays up to 6 months. Electronic applications are generally processed within 24 hours.
You are eligible to enter Australia on an ETA if you meet the following conditions: