It is a known fact that Australia has been a beacon of hope and life for many immigrants worldwide, especially the ones living in Asia. Every year, thousands of people gain entry into our beloved country in search of a new beginning. It is almost unprecedented how much of our country’s identity is shaped with the help of immigrants.
While the importance of immigrants has remained the same to us to this day, there is no denying that people face many challenges to gain entry. A massive chunk of those challenges stems from ignorance or the lack of “digestible” information. While the wording of that sentence might sound weird to you, it still rings true.
Many resources can be found online that explain these challenges well, and of course, there are many “experts” who have monetized the distribution of this knowledge. This phenomenon could be one of the main reasons for many people to feel overwhelmed and lost.
This blog aims to present the main three options of gaining entry into Australia to help you understand the complications easier. So, without further ado, let’s get right down to business.
(Please keep in mind that this by no means is a complete guide, and depending on the time you are reading it, some of the information might be outdated. After reading this piece, I advise you to do your own research since every immigration case could be handled more differently than the next one. Or if you can wait, I plan to go over each of these topics one by one in future blogs.)
1. Work and Skilled Visas:
This option is for the people (possessing essential skills) who intend to work here. Australia, not unlike any other country, has always required essential workers and laborers. But the cases of work and skilled visas aren’t just limited to workers and laborers.
Almost anyone in specific fields (skilled occupation list) that Australia needs can apply for a work or skilled visa. That includes business people, investors, and sponsored employees.
Many options exist depending on your individual circumstances. For example, if you are a college graduate and have passed specific skill tests, you could opt for the Skilled-Recognised Graduate visa. If you are not sponsored by an employer but possess essential skills, you should apply for a Skilled Independent visa.
Moreover, people with the goal of starting a business in Australia must lodge for the Business Owner visa (that goes without saying that the budget needed for this endeavor is much higher than the two previous options). All in all, work and skilled visas are great for people who are eager and able to work in Australia.
2. Family and Partner Visas:
While the circumstances for each visa of this category might differ, they all mostly revolve around one concept: you have someone related to you in Australia, and with their help, you can gain entry. While that may have been an oversimplification, most family or partner visas are in the same spirit.
As per usual, these options and circumstances may vary (you might think that I have said that too many times, but it is very important for you to realize that completely). For example, children adopted outside Australia by an eligible citizen can be granted an Adoption visa.
The elderly family members of a person living in Australia can apply for the Aged Dependent Relative visa (they must be dependent on their sponsor in Australia). There are, of course, other options for people who intend to bring their significant other to Australia. They are mostly called partner visas.
The best option for those overseas whose partners live in Australia is the offshore partner visa, more formally called “Partner visa subclass 309”. If the intention of the applicant is to marry their partner in Australia, then the Prospective Marriage visa is the way to go.
With all that being said, it’s safe to say that there are many suitable options for the family members and partners of Australians who want to immigrate here.
3. Student Visas:
As expected, students have many options at their disposal, too. Many students dream of visiting other countries to continue their education. Be that for the sake of traveling or exploring new career options. Whatever the case may be, there are definitely viable options for students.
For those trying to learn English in Australia, the Independent ELICOS visa might be a good thing to go for. Younger students in primary or secondary schools can opt for the School Sector visa, but before all of that, the most common form of student visas is the Student visa subclass 500.
With this one, students can participate in an eligible course of study and live in Australia temporarily or permanently (depending on their visa type).
As mentioned in the beginning, this blog by no way is a complete guide, and it doesn’t pretend to be. All it provides is some initial insight into the matter of Australian visas. I hope you continue your research on the subject and hopefully one day experience living in this beautiful country.