Australia Overview


As per 2011 census by ABS, one in four Australians is a migrant making Australia a standout amongst the developed nations in the world. Australia tops globally on quality of Life. Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide are cities which have had top rankings amongst the most desired cities to live on various parameters.

Australia is one of the wealthiest in world having the world's fifth most prolific per capita income. Australia is frequently referred to as the "Fortunate Country", with its open environment, higher life expectancy and detailed training framework. Australia is exceptional, one of a kind, wonderful, and an awesome place to settle in and is seen by settlers as the "place that is known for fresh new chances" for individuals of all races.

Melbourne is the world's most livable city for a sixth consecutive year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Perth, Adelaide and Sydney have kept their ranks amongst the top ten cities in most of the years.

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The Australian Immigration system

The Australian immigration system is by and large most structured visa system viewed as most streamlined and amongst the most organized in the world. It is ingrained in thick Acts of Parliament, Regulations, Policy Documents, Ministerial Directives and Skills Recognition Assessments just to name a few.

There are more than 100 distinct sorts of visas and categorized under – Work, Business, Travel and dependents. There are specific rules overseeing passage in every visa classification which are unmistakably set down in the migration enactment

The trouble with this lawful intricacy is that the normal candidate does not have the time owing to his current job or expertise to know the directions which apply in their individual case and see appropriately the way to go about applying professionally to get a positive result. For the newcomer, the labyrinth of authoritative reports is exceptionally hard to swim through and now and again difficult to negotiate without seeking professional help.

Australia Skill-Select is a very valuable online facility from the Government of Australia to streamline its national migration framework and help skilled professionals, from all over the globe, to migrate to this great nation, in a systematic way. The facility introduced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) clearly lays out procedures as to how the nation ultimately administers & manages its skilled, business, & investor immigration Visa. The innovative online facility enables the trained manpower from abroad to check their eligibility and follow the rules around it and apply online either on their own or with support of a professional.

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Benefits of the PR


Australia welcomes skilled professionals to consider moving to its economy and apply for Permanent Resident Visa under the Offshore Permanent Resident Visa program.PR Visa entitles the Primary Visa holder, his/her spouse and dependents to live, work and study in Australia without any restrictions. Benefits of PR visa are as enumerated:

Full Working Rights

Permanent Resident (PR) Visa entitles the Visa holders full working rights. One can work for any business in any occupation. But, working in the Public Service or Armed forces is strictly restricted to the Australian Citizens. They can however become part of trade unions and can claim worker’s compensation.


Indefinite Living Rights

As a permanent resident, you are entitled to live indefinitely in Australia. However, initially the permanent visa is given for a period of five years and is renewable from either outside Australia or from within the country.


Centrelink Payments

As a permanent resident you are eligible to enroll for social security payments through CentreLink, like family tax benefit and childcare subsidy. As with most other social security benefits, there is a two years waiting before one gets entitled to receive social security benefits like sickness, unemployment and student benefits that are offered by Australia’s Social Security Department.


Medicare Enrollment

An important benefit that the permanent residents enjoy is the health care entitlement. As a permanent resident of Australia, you are eligible for the health insurance scheme run by the government called Medicare. A Medicare card is issued which entitles the holder to receive free treatment at a public hospital, get consultation through local General practitioner and buy subsidized medicine.


Citizenship Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship after four years of stay as a Permanent Resident. Children of permanent residents who are born in Australia are deemed Australian citizens by birth. This is one great advantage because they subsequently enjoy the maximum benefits in the field of education and health care from day one.


Job Service Agency (JSA) Facility

As a permanent resident you are enrolled with the Job Service Agents (JSA) attached to Centrelink wherein you are provided the support to do your job search, are presented with opportunities to upgrade your skills and eligible job vacancies as shared by your case manager from time to time. You can use the facilities like Wi-Fi internet, land phone, photocopier which are available at the JSA.


Education Benefits

Education subsidy under various state schemes is available to PR visa holders. School education is highly subsidized almost free, domestic fees apply for University Programs and post citizenship one can access the Higher Education Loans Program (HELP) and the associated discounts for up-front payments. However state run programs like Skills Victoria which administer Certificate and Diploma Level programs are open to Permanent Residents.


Privilege to Sponsor Relatives

Permanent residents can also sponsor their relatives.However this is possible only after the applicant meets certain residence and support assurance pre-requisites.


First Home Owner Grant

As a PR Visa holder you get entitles to the first Home Owner Grant (FHOG)scheme , wherein you will receive a $7,000 incentive and waiver of stamp duty, when you buy first home in Australia. Furthermore, the restrictions of the Foreign Investment Review Board imposed on purchase of residential property no longer apply (you are now no longer officially considered a foreigner)


Credit Rating

Once you become Australian Permanent Resident, your credit rating improves tremendously. You will be in a better position for approval of most loans including but not limited to home loans, car loans, personal loans, credit cards and so on.

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AUSTRALIAN SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA (SUBCLASS 189)


The Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) is a valid open work visa for people who have the required education and possess in-demand skills to fill Australia's skill gap.

Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 65 points under the points assessment criteria. The assessment entails applicants to be under 45 years of age, be able to demonstrate right qualification and/or skills in an occupation on the Skilled Occupation Lists – MLTSSL, Medium and long term strategic Skills List, and are Proficient/Highly Proficient in English Language. Applicants for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) do not require any sponsorship.

Skilled Independent Visa Assessment

The Free Visa Assessment from HeadWest outlines if you meet the basic requirements to apply for a Skilled Independent visa to Australia. To ensure that your assessment gives you a realistic result, ensure that the information you provide is as accurate as possible.

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Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Basic Requirements

To qualify for a skilled visa, applicants (or their partner) must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language ability, occupation, qualification, health and character.

The current pass mark for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) is 65 points.

On 1 July 2012, the skilled migration program switched to a new online system called "Skill Select" which requires prospective skilled migrants to get their skills and education assessed through respective authorized assessing body, obtain required English Language grading level and subsequently submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Once an EOI is submitted, these details can be viewed by Australian employers, state and territory governments and by the Federal Government and they can then extend an invitation to lodge a visa application.

Submitting an EOI does not guarantee an invitation to apply for a visa. However, it gives you a chance to be viewed as a prospective applicant. Once the invitation is received, there will be a prescribed time-frame within which the visa application must then be formally lodged with DIBP.

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Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Entitlements

Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) entitles you to become permanent residents of Australia. PR Visa holders have the right to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis. Additional benefits of Australian permanent residence include access to government-subsidized health-care (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship.

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AUSTRALIAN SKILLED NOMINATED VISA (SUBCLASS 190)


Applicants are required to score 65 points under the Points Assessment Criteria to apply for the Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) and must be able to obtain nomination from a participating State or Territory government. Applicants are required to be under 45 years of age, attain required English levels and be able to demonstrate that their qualification and skills match up to an occupation on the STSOL, Short term skill occupation list.

The Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) is a permanent work visa for individuals who have the qualifications or skills that are needed by the Australian economy, but cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain a Skilled Independent Visa due to reasons like poor language scores, higher age bracket etc. This category is also open to applicants who are able to satisfy the pass mark but wish to access priority processing upon receiving nomination from a participating state/territory government agency.

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Australian Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) Basic Requirements

The Free Visa Assessment from HeadWest whether you meet the basic requirements to apply for a Skilled Nominated visa to Australia. To ensure that your assessment gives you a realistic result, ensure that the information you provide is as accurate as possible.

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Australian Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) Basic Requirements

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has set specific basic requirements that all applicants must meet in order to apply for a visa in the General Skilled Migration program.

Applicants needs to add up to 65 points on the Points assessment to qualify.Applicants (or their partner) must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language ability, skills/qualification, health and character.

To be nominated by a State or Territory government, applicants must satisfy specific criteria, as set by the particular State or Territory. These include:


On 1 July 2012, the skilled migration program switched to a new online system called "Skill Select" which will require prospective skilled migrants to get qualifications and skills assessed by the relevant skills assessment body, obtain required English Level and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Once an EOI is submitted, these details can be viewed by Australian employers, state and territory governments and by the Federal Government who are able to invite to lodge a visa application.

Submitting an EOI does not guarantee an invitation to apply for a visa, but gives you an fair go at the Visa. If an invitation is received, there will be a prescribed time frame within which the visa application must then be formally lodged with DIBP.

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Australian Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) Entitlements

Australian Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) entitles you to become permanent residents of Australia. You are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis. Additional benefits of Australian permanent residence include access to government-subsidized health care (Medicare), certain social security benefits and apply for Australian citizenship after satisfying specific requirements.

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AUSTRALIAN SKILLED REGIONAL SPONSORED VISA (SUBCLASS 489)


The Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489) is a provisional work visa for individuals who have the Skills and qualifications required to address Australia's skill shortage, but cannot meet the assessment points required to obtain a Skilled Independent visa.

Applicants opting for Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489) are required to obtain a minimum of 65 points on the points assessment criteria and must either obtain sponsorship from an eligible relative living in a Specified Regional Area of Australia or nomination from a participating State or Territory government.

One needs to be under 45 years of age and be able to demonstrate that they possess a qualification or the skills of an occupation on the Skills List as updated by DIBP from time to time.

Under the Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489) applicants must be prepared to live for two years and work for at least twelve months in a Specified Regional Area of Australia.Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489) is valid for up to four years and provides a pathway to permanent residence.

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Australian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (Subclass 489) Basic Requirements

In order to satisfy skilled worker shortages, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has laid out specific basic requirements for prospective applicants who are interested in applying under the Skilled Migration Program.

To qualify for skilled migration, applicants (or their partner) must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, qualification, work experience, English language ability, health and character. In addition, applicants for a Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489) must obtain sponsorship from a participating State or Territory government and qualifies points test.

The current minimum assessment score for the Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489) is 65 points.

To be sponsored by a relative, an applicant's relative must live in a Specified Regional Area of Australia* and be either:


The applicant (or their spouse) must be related to their sponsor as either:


As a general indication, the following areas are considered regional:


To be nominated by a State or Territory government, applicants must satisfy specific criteria, as set by the particular State or Territory. These may include:


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Australian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (Subclass 489) Entitlements

The Australian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (Subclass 489) is classified as temporary (provisional) visa which entitles the holder and accompanying family to live and work or study in a Specified Regional Area of Australia for up to four years. This visa also provides a pathway to permanent residence.

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AUSTRALIAN PARTNER VISA


An Australian Partner Visa entitles married and de facto (opposite and same-sex) partners of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens to enter and/or remain in Australia.

You can apply this visa either onshore or offshore. Prospective applicants are required to meet specific requirements before the visa can be granted. An Australian Partner Visa is initially granted as a temporary visa. After two years, the relationship is reassessed and if deemed genuine a permanent visa will be granted.

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Partner Visa Assessment

The Free Visa Assessment from HeadWest lets you know if you meet the basic requirements to apply for a Spouse/Partner visa to Australia. To ensure that your assessment gives you a realistic result, ensure that the information you provide is as accurate as possible.

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Australian Partner Visa Basic Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a Partner Visa, the applicant must be either married to or in a de facto relationship with:


All Partner Visa applicants must be sponsored by their partner who must be at least 18 years of age.

Marriage

To be eligible to apply for a Partner Visa as a married partner, the marriage must be legal under Australian law.

De facto

To be eligible to apply for a Partner Visa as a de-facto partner, the applicant must demonstrate at least 12 months of living together with their Australian partner in the period immediately prior to lodging the visa application. The definition of a de-facto partner extends to opposite and same-sex couples.

Onshore Partner Visa applicants are required to hold a valid substantive visa and be in Australia at the time that the visa is granted.

Offshore Partner Visa applicants are required to be outside of Australia at the time that the visa is granted.

All Australian visa applicants are required to satisfy health and character requirements.

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Australian Partner Visa Entitlements

An application for an Australian Partner Visa is a two stage process. Initially a temporary Partner Visa will be granted and will be valid for two years from the date of application. After this time, the applicant's relationship with their partner must be continual and if assessed to be genuine, a permanent Partner Visa will be granted.

Successful applicants and holders of an Australian Spouse (Permanent) visa become permanent residents of Australia. Australian permanent residents are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis. Additional benefits of Australian permanent residence include access to government-subsidized health care (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.

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AUSTRALIAN PARENT VISA


Parents can migrate to Australia permanently to join their children living in Australia under the Parent Visa. The Parent visa requires sponsorship from an eligible child in Australia.

Waiting period applies to this visa as applicants are placed in a global queue. Under the Contributory Parent visa program, applicants pay a higher fee with a shorter processing period.

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Parent Visa Assessment

The Free Visa Assessment from HeadWest lets you know if you meet the basic requirements to apply for a Parent visa to Australia. To ensure that your assessment gives you a realistic result, ensure that the information you provide is as accurate as possible.

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Australian Parent Visa Basic Requirements

In order to apply as a parent, following process is followed;

  • Applicants must pass the balance of family test
  • In addition, all parent migrants must be sponsored by their child who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Applications for the Parent visa must usually be lodged outside Australia.

    Applicants are also required to satisfy health and character requirements

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    Australian Parent Visa Entitlements

    Parent visa entitles one to become permanent residents of Australia. As a permanent resident, you are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis. When you are granted permanent residence, a visa label is placed in your passport as proof of your permanent residence status.

    Additional benefits of Australian permanent residence include access to government-subsidized health care (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship.

    Successful applicants and holders of a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa will hold a two year temporary residence visa. During this period, you will have access to government-subsidized health care (Medicare), work and study rights.

    Complete the Parent Visa Assessment

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AUSTRALIAN TOURIST VISAS


A Tourist visa is required for people who wish to travel to Australia for pleasure trip or visit friends and family.

Travelers from non-ETA eligible countries, those wishing to stay in Australia for more than three (3) months or tourists already in Australia wishing to extend their stay are required to make a paper-based tourist visa application. We will provide these tourist visa applicants with all of the information and advice required to make a valid tourist visa application.

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Australian Short Travel Visa Basic Requirements

To be eligible for a tourist visa, the applicant must have a genuine intention to visit Australia as a tourist, for recreation or to visit family and friends.

Applicants are required to satisfy health and character requirements and may be required to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to support their travels in Australia.

Applicants who apply for a tourist visa whilst outside of Australia must be outside of Australia at the time of grant. Similarly, applicants who are in Australia (applying for a visa extension) must be inside Australia at the time of grant.

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