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Moving to Australia: What Visa Will I Need?

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Immigration to Australia has been the country’s largest contributor to the exponential population growth since the late eighteenth century. As a highly developed country with a strong global economy, well-paid career opportunities, a modern lifestyle and a high standard of living, Australia is frequently featured as one of the best countries in the world to live. But one daunting aspect of moving to Australia for many people is deciding on the right type of visa. 

When moving to Australia, you will need to apply for a visa to live there. At first glance, there can appear to be endless visa options out there, making the process seem slightly daunting. However, it is very likely for there to be one to suit you and your family’s needs. 

Here, we outline the most popular Australian visas for migrants to help you begin your international relocation to Australia.


Family Visas

Australia is a family-friendly country, with plenty of educational facilities offering high-class teaching for children. Australia grants a large number of visas to individuals with family ties in Australia. Some of the family member visas available include:

Partner – A partner visa allows the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen to live in Australia. You can apply for both permanent and temporary visas together. 

Parent – A permanent visa allows a parent of a settled Australian citizen to live in Australia. 

You can learn more about the various types of family visas for moving to Australia on the official government website

Student Visas

Australia is home to over 758,000 international students. With a variety of study options available and a high level of education to offer students, the student visa is a popular choice. If you wish to pursue your studies in Australia, you will need to prove to the Australian Department of Home Affairs that you meet the below:

  • GTE (genuine temporary entrant) Requirements
  • Financial requirements
  • English proficiency requirements
  • Health and character requirements

Also, you will need to fill out an application form, pay the necessary fee and in some cases, go for an interview. Explore your visa options for studying in Australia using the government form here or learn more about How To Get An Australian Student Visa.

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Visitor Visas

Nationals from several countries wishing to visit Australia for business or as a tourist can apply for a visa online. In order to do so, you must be a citizen of an eligible country:

  • Brunei
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Malaysia
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • USA
  • Hong Kong

If you are a citizen of another country, you are not eligible to apply online. Instead, you will need an eVisitor visa. The eVisitor will enable you to visit Australia as often as you like within a 12 month period. You are also able to stay for up to 3 months each time you enter the country. Find out more here

Working Visas

If you wish to move to Australia to work, you will need to acquire a visa that suits the work you intend to do. There are various types of working visas available:

Australia Skilled Immigration – Australia is becoming an increasingly popular destination for skilled immigrants looking to further their career paths. Australia’s SkillSelect is designed for those wishing to apply for a skilled migration visa, to live and work in the country. Under the program, applicants can gain a permanent visa using the necessary qualifications, experience and language ability to meet certain requirements. Learn more about the SkillSelect program.

Australian Temporary Work – The Australian Temporary Work visa is for skilled workers who plan on living and working in Australia for less than 4 years. To qualify, workers must be sponsored by an employer. Learn more about Australian Temporary Work Visas.

If you’re looking to move to Australia, get in touch with our experts. We provide a seamless international moving service that can be tailored to suit your move.

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