6 Ways to Emigrate to Australia

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Now things are a little more tricky. In this very straight forward and quick guide, I’ll run through 6 ways to emigrate to Australia. Please be aware this post was written March 2009 and although I do try to keep it up-to-date, it is always wise to doublecheck over at border.gov.au/.

Employer Sponsored Workers

If you can find an employer who is prepared to offer you a job, this can be the quickest way to get your first foot into Australia. It can easily lead to a permanent residency. Work for the same employer for two years, keep your nose clean and apply for residency.

This works for approved skills only and provided the employer can satisfy the government that no Australian worker is available for the job. For highly skilled jobs it is possible to come straight in on a permanent visa, dependant upon available schemes.

Professionals and other Skilled Migrants

Or the General Skilled Migration programme, as it is also known. This for those over 18 and under 45 years old (Update: Now 50 I believe) who speak good English. The jobs lists are a bit of a minefield but there seems to be the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), Critical Skills List (CSL), Employer Nominated Skilled Occupation List (ENSOL) and the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL).

Confused? Yep. Me too. The easy answer is at the end of this article, so don’t panic.

Business People

Again, I believe this option is only available to those over 18 and under 45 years of age (Update: Now 50 I believe). Known as a Business Skills Visa, you will need to establish or invest in an Australian business.

Provided your business successfully complies with the requirements, for example, by employing the necessary number of Australians, this too can lead to permanent residency. I believe buying a franchise can work.

Doctors and Nurses

There is a shortage of both doctors and nurses and as such there are many opportunities for those with qualifications to move to Australia on a permanent basis. I have more information which doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals might find useful. Please visit my page about nursing in Australia.

Investor Retirement

Finally, if you are over 55 and without dependants, excluding your spouse, and can prove you are self funded, it is possible to retire in Australia. You will not get a permanent residency but you do get a four year visa. You can re-apply each time it is up for renewal and as long as you still satisfy the requirements, it is likely to be renewed.

Update: I think the conditions that apply these visas has now changed, check out border/retirement visas for more up-to-date information.

Working Holiday Visa (WHV)

The Working Holiday Visa is clearly not permanent. But for those aged between 18 and 30 it’s a fantastic way of visiting the country to see if you like it. You are allowed to work for the entire period if you wish, although you can only work for a maximum of six months with any one employer.

However, if you have a skill which is in demand here, then coming over for 12 months and demonstrating your skills to a number of employers may well lead to a Employer Sponsored job offer. This could be one of the fastest ways to get here in small steps. Holiday Visa – Sponsored Visa – Permanent Visa.

The WHV and the similar Work and Holiday visas are only available to passport holders from qualifying countries, at the time of writing (see the Australian Government website for updates) they are…

WHV: Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Work and holiday: Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.

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This is not intended as an exhaustive list or even an authoritative guide. A couple of pages to give you an overview is never going to tell the whole story. And that’s all this is. An overview. The rules change all the time and they are extremely complex.

For example, the government announced a reduction in the nation’s skilled migration intake at one point. The building and manufacturing trades were the ones hit. The idea was that companies would have to find bricklayers, plumbers, welders and carpenters domestically to combat the downturn in the building trade. But even so, employers who can’t find workers locally can still go abroad for them.

If you want to see how complex it all gets, head over to immi and take a look around. You can see all the latest job lists and see how the points system works. There is a pretty good search box top right that usually goes to what you have asked for.

Getting Professional Assistance

And I mentioned an easy answer to all the complications earlier. Get a Migration Agent. Make sure they are MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority) registered. They know all this stuff inside and out.

I now have such an agent working with me on this website, I’ve known him since late 2011. He is very good at what he does and can give you a professional assessment based on the exhaustive information he will ask you to provide.

Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

I’ll talk about migration agents next week. If you want to read about them now, go to Moving to Australia Part 3

For a full chronological list and brief description of all the posts in this series about how I moved to Australia, please visit my page How to Move to Australia.

Don’t want the expense of a MARA Agent yet? Then please read my page about Getting a Visa for more help.

Please note: I am not able to answer individual questions about getting a visa.

Finding a Sponsorship:

Many of you in the comments below and in personal emails to myself have provided me with details of your occupations, and have asked how you can find work and sponsorship in Australia. Please read my page Getting a Job Sponsorships in Australia and Finding Work.

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  • WETTE TANKAM DESIRE June 28, 2016, 11:39 pm | Link

    Hi there i am excited writing on this post i am 23 years old and a Cameroonian i wish to move to Australia in order to start my life and career I’m a holder of a bachelor of technology in banking and finance and i wish to live my dreams in Australia so please i really wish to know what can really make me eligible to be a part of great Australia. It has been my dream to be in Australia since i was a kid please to the government of Australia grant me the opportunity to be a part of your great nation.Thanks

  • Bach June 14, 2016, 11:45 pm | Link

    Hi, I’ve been studying in Australia since 2007. I studied high school in a regional area in Victoria from 2007-2012. I then started studying medicine at The University of New South Wales from 2014 till date and will be graduating in 2019 and I am planning to apply for a work in a rural hospital. Is there a chance I could get PR? Thanks in advance.

  • Sanjay June 5, 2016, 6:46 pm | Link

    Hi I’m a British passport holder , I’m 36 and I dont have degree, I’m a self employed , I worked for construction in railway , is there any chance to aus ? Or how to become one faster?

  • Shrimali Rajat June 1, 2016, 1:19 pm | Link

    Dear
    My Self Shrimali Rajat I have completed Diploma Mechanical & MY Uncle Having PR In Aus. He want to sponsor me… so pls tell me Processor Step to Step…

  • Erika Bengtsson May 26, 2016, 9:58 pm | Link

    Will Australia send my boyfriend home if we are not married, and I get a job and he doesn’t?
    I have a bachelors degree in photography.

    • BobinOz May 31, 2016, 6:17 pm | Link

      That would depend on the status of your boyfriend, please Google “Fact Sheet 35 – Australian immigration de facto rules” for more information.

  • Vipin Yadav May 23, 2016, 10:51 pm | Link

    Hi,

    I would like to know that If I am working on a work visa in Australia and at the same time I have also applied for PR for Australia (PR filed by me and not company). Will having a Job already in Australia will expedite my PR process, if yes, can you confirm how it will help me.

    Regards
    Vipin

    • BobinOz May 24, 2016, 3:45 pm | Link

      Vipin, and all other recent commenters, may I remind you that you are asking questions that only a MARA migration agent is able to answer, please read my important notices above. Thanks, Bob

  • Paramaswary May 22, 2016, 5:52 pm | Link

    Hi
    Im Aswary lady and i hold a B.Sc hons in Computer Science & information technology from a local university and professional certified in SAP FI, i also have experiance in IT and Admin field more than 15 years. would like to move to Australia in search for jobs and get PR there. How do i go about it. Please contact me at 0163532083

  • Yusuf May 17, 2016, 4:50 am | Link

    Have require any IELTS score about Employer Sponsored Workers?

  • florida April 25, 2016, 6:49 pm | Link

    Hi
    Am a Kenyan lady and i hold a diploma in information technology from a local university and currently taking CCNA classes, would like to move to Australia in search for greener pastures. How do i go about it.

  • James April 25, 2016, 4:07 pm | Link

    Hello Bob,
    I have been looking though tons and tons of webpages and such. I met my partner via online, went to Australia on a holiday visa, now we’re looking into something to get me over there and to be able to work.

    I’m 29 years old 30 in July, from the United States. I work as a certified nursing assistant also have my medication tech license, which allows me to administer medication in a longterm care setting under the supervision of a nurse. Are either of these license considered “skilled” for a working holiday visa? I have searched and searched and cannot find anything.

    Thanks heaps,

    Please advise,

    James

    • BobinOz April 26, 2016, 4:22 pm | Link

      Ah, I couldn’t tell you that, you should really speak to a MARA registered migration agent to see if the skill you have is a skill that might be in demand here. You also need to find out if your skill is recognised here in Australia, see my page about Nurses, doctors and dentists in Australia. for more information.

      By the way, you don’t particularly need a skill to be accepted for the work and holiday visa when visiting from the USA, but I assume you mean what chance would you have of finding a permanent sponsorship when you get here. My best advice is to talk over your situation with a MARA registered migration agent to find out exactly how best to go about this. Good luck, Bob

  • shyam sunder April 21, 2016, 4:16 am | Link

    dear sir,
    my name is shyam verma and i’m indian, i’m mechanical design engineer and working in automobile manufacturing industry in india and i have 2 year of experience.i want to work as an mechanical engg. in australia,sir i want to know how to start my first step to get the job in australia. plzz tell me. for this i will be greatful to you.

  • nik April 7, 2016, 12:52 am | Link

    hello I am from Macedonia and I need a little advice Two days ago I was denied an Australian Tourist Visa problem was that I was a driver and would never come back to Macedonia in Macedonia have a wife and small child year after the amount of time to apply again and to makeon how long to apply again and what should I do trip was sponsored by my uncle THANKS

  • Shakeel Ahmad April 6, 2016, 10:16 pm | Link

    Dear Sir/Miss,

    i want job in Australia my almost experience is 10 years i’m Pakistani but working is Saudi Arabia in department of HR & Personal please help me because i’m full hard worker!

  • Nathan April 4, 2016, 3:47 am | Link

    Hi,
    I am going to finish my apprenticeship as a hgv mechanic and wish to move to Australia next year how hard will it be to find a job in Australia

  • kem April 3, 2016, 9:14 pm | Link

    Hi I need some advice. Am 36 a Canadian citizen and currently engaged to a cameroonian but we don’t live together . We both decided to move to australia but I have no idea where to start. I was thinking of applying for visa 189 or 190 but I got scared when I read it have to do EOI , how do I prove my relationship, I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and I can work as a special education teacher. Don’t know how to get proof of my relationship and not sure what documents to fill out. I have a 14 year old son as well. Thank you

  • Minkie Mrtin April 1, 2016, 4:09 pm | Link

    Thanks For sharing this valuable information about australian visas with us! What are the requirments about australia working visa?

  • Dingo March 30, 2016, 12:37 pm | Link

    Hi bob
    Is there any different in residential requirement for pr visa to convert to citizenship?
    As I have heard that the residential reauirement is 2 years instead of 3 years out of 4 if you apply and stay in Tas.
    Thank you for your attention
    Cheer
    Dingo

  • Sarah March 28, 2016, 10:38 pm | Link

    Hi, me and my husband are both 40. We don’t have any skills or trades as such. I’m a civil servant my husband is a warehouse manager. We own our own home (have £100 equity) how do we go about emigrating to Oz? He has a cousin living there but really not sure how we go about it. The kids are happy to come

  • Emilia March 25, 2016, 6:10 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I’m an aussie living in Japan, married to a Japanese.
    My partner and I are thinking about living in Australia, at least for a while. We are not sure whether to move permanently, and are thinking which visa might work the best if we just want to explore the possibility…say for an year or so.
    My questions is, is it possible for my partner to apply for WHV while married to me, an Australian citizen (having all other requirements for WHV met for my partner, no kids)?
    Also, if we decide we want to live in Australia permanently after the first year, would applying for a spouse visa be a problem in anyway?
    Thanks heaps for your help. You’ve got such a helpful website for so many 🙂

    Emilia

    • BobinOz March 28, 2016, 10:16 pm | Link

      I wish I could help you, but I really do think that you should talk to a MARA registered migration agent about your plans, it’s the only safe way to know that you are doing the right thing.

      You don’t want to be doing something now that might come back and bite you later on. So I’d get professional assistance if I were you. Good luck, Bob

      • Emilia March 29, 2016, 11:15 pm | Link

        Dear Bob,

        Thank you for your advice! We’ll look into that. Cheers!

  • Vikas March 25, 2016, 4:45 pm | Link

    I m Vikas Gayakwad, age : 28 years
    Qualifications : Diploma Engineer in Information Technology,
    B.sc. in Information Technology
    I am from INDIA and i want to Work in australia so what will be the procedure for applying Visa?
    is it possible?

    Contact me on this mobile no. +91 98795 41287

    So, Please help me for this !!

  • EMAD AWNY SOSIAN March 25, 2016, 1:28 am | Link

    My qualifications is to work as a translator,.member in (NAATI) since 2012
    30 years old , single.
    only one , to my parents ,they are old age it will be better to be with me.
    if i have chance to work and live life time in Australia it will be better..
    year of graduation 2007 more qualifications and experience i have.
    i have private translation work , member also in EGYPTIAN TRANSLATORS ASSOCIATION (EGYTA) since 2009 # 10413
    now i am working in general persecution .

  • Gail Eborall March 24, 2016, 7:59 am | Link

    I am a pensioner of 66, I have cousins in Australia, would they be able to sponser me to go and live with them, I did have a lot of relatives living there but over the years most of them have passed away.

  • Beth March 24, 2016, 6:55 am | Link

    My husband is a graphic designer, but I am a secondary education teacher, so based on the SOL, I’m the only one who can get the Skilled Independent Visa. However, ideally, my husband would work and I would stay home with our boys. Do you know whether or not that’s OK to do once we got visas? I know that the 189 visa would allow my husband to work if he has a skills assessment, but what I’m wondering is if it would be allowed for me *not* to work once we obtained the visas/got to Australia and my husband found a job.
    Thanks in advance.

    • BobinOz March 24, 2016, 8:21 pm | Link

      It depends on the type of visa you qualify for. I can’t advise you on this, only MARA migration agents can do that, but I think it’s worth you talking to an agent as I believe they would be able to point you in the right direction.

      If you were to go through my Visa Assessment Service my agent would definitely tell you the answer and also if it is a possibility for you to apply.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Bob March 11, 2016, 8:38 am | Link

    Hlo sir
    I’m just arrived in melbourne on 573 visa in last month and yet i haven’t started doing any job . so in clear words apart from cash money from my country (1000$) i have . My question is
    some of my friends are living in uk and there are some holidays in my college in this month from 25th march to 12 april so in these holidays i want to visit uk but i don’t have vages slips to show the embassy but my friend who’s the citizen of uk and have british passport will show his bank statement and vages slips and as accommodation they will give their house address where I’m going to live
    so pls tell me
    in this short period can i get the tourist visa or visit visa to uk from australia. my Nationality is indian . If yes
    anyone pls reply
    or mail me at with information at jssmlbn@gmail.com

  • james March 10, 2016, 6:41 pm | Link

    What are Basic requirements for Business or Investor Visa ?

    Minimum Asset or net worth or investment requirement ? It is one time investment or have to invest continuously.

    • BobinOz March 11, 2016, 4:45 pm | Link

      That’s really a question for a MARA migration agent or, if you watch the video on my page about Visas it will show you how you can find out more information about specific visa types from the Australian Government.

      • Simran March 15, 2016, 7:24 pm | Link

        Hello Sir ,
        I m 26 year old I m also wanna get visa of Australia, I have done gratuiton ,I wanna do the job There so plzz Give me some easy way to get Visa

  • maroine March 5, 2016, 9:04 am | Link

    i like the Australian english slang 🙂

  • Charles hulse March 3, 2016, 6:58 am | Link

    I’m a director of a security and electrical company
    My Mrs is a qualified accountant
    We want out the uk
    I’m qualified electrican and security fire installer
    I have two kids boy and girl
    We have family already in aus
    Looking for a new adventure

    • BobinOz March 3, 2016, 8:58 pm | Link

      Australia would certainly give you that, a new adventure. If you want to take it further, check out my page about Visas.

  • James Wakson February 25, 2016, 9:58 pm | Link

    Hi,
    Im 46 and an AutoCad Technian working within the Petro Chemical industry. Do Australian Oil companies require experienced AutoCad Techs?

  • balraj singh February 21, 2016, 1:26 am | Link

    R/Sir/Madam,

    i am 28 from india, a HR professional with more than 3 years of exp. interested to work in Australia. ready for all type of work.

    kindly guide me about settling in Australia.

    u can reach me @ hr.balraj@gmail.com. mob-91+ 7404562202

  • Vaki Ali sayyed February 20, 2016, 2:38 am | Link

    i m frm INDIA and want Work visa AsAp

    how is it poss.

    kindly Contect me@ +91;)96949-53587

    this my mobile no.

    plz help me out to move Oz for EARN money coz i want fulfil my Family’ s Dreams n Desires well!!

  • EMAD AWNY SOSIAN KHALILA February 17, 2016, 6:26 pm | Link

    I am member in NAATI since 2012 # 74485 (professional translator) in Egypt.
    also member in Egyptian Translators Association since 2009 # 10413 in Egypt.
    30 years old , father &mother must be with me, they are more than sixty years old , i am lonely son .
    current job : researcher in the general prosecution since 2009.
    what about my chance to live and work in Australia?

  • prem gupta February 13, 2016, 9:20 pm | Link

    Retired. 61 yrs with spouse.

  • Rakesh February 4, 2016, 11:27 pm | Link

    My uncle is a PR holder in Australia but he does not have enough funds to sponsor us. What are the other ways we can migrate to Australia? We are aged 24,28 and 55

  • mono joel January 29, 2016, 7:09 pm | Link

    How can I get MARA agent. Aim in Uganda.+256702512264is my phone number.

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