One of the most common questions I get asked via my blog is:
“I Want To Migrate To Australia – Where Do I Start?”
While the process can seem overwhelming and complicated, there are some clear and simple steps you need to take when you decide to start looking into migrating to Australia.
David from Pathway Lawyers & Migration Agents has written this post to help all you migration newbies get started on your journey to a life in Australia.
Have you thought about moving to Australia? Migrating to a new country is a big decision. There’s a lot to consider and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. If you’re thinking of moving, here’s a quick guide on how to immigrate to Australia.
Step 1: Research your options
The first stage in the process of migrating to Australia is to conduct some preliminary research to identify your options. There are hundreds of different visa subclasses so it’s important to select the one that is right for you. This may include:
- If you have a skilled occupation, for example a lawyer, accountant or electrician. There are a number of different skills that are eligible for skilled migration visas. If you can’t find your occupation on the list, it’s worth getting the advice of a migration agent as there are multiple options available to you.
- If you have a business that you would like to operate in Australia.
- Deciding where you may want to live. This decision may impact your visa application, particularly if you wish to seek sponsorship or nomination by a particular state.
Step 2: Speak to a lawyer or registered migration agent
The Australian immigration laws are complex. That’s why it’s a good idea to speak to a immigration lawyer or registered migration agent (RMA) to advise you on the process. While it may cost you a little more upfront, it will save you time and money in the long-run by ensuring you get your visa application right the first time. Generally, refusals of applications occur when prospective migrants self-manage their own application, which can end up in expensive review and appeal proceedings.
RMAs can help advise you on a range of matters including:
- Selecting the right visa for you
- Determining whether you can bring your family with you
- Determining if you are eligible for sponsorship/nomination by a State, family member or prospective employer
- Identifying what you need to do to fulfil the requirements of the visa.
Step 3: Fulfil any requirements for your Australian visa application
There are several requirements that you may need to complete before you submit your visa application. These include:
- If you are applying for a skilled migration visa you may need to have your skills assessed by a specific authority in Australia
- Sitting for your International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Completing your medical examination
- If you want to apply for sponsorship or nomination by a state you may need to contact them or apply before submitting your EOI
- Submitting your Expression of Interest (EOI) and any accompanying documents
When submitting your EOI it’s important to ensure you do not make any mistakes. If you submit an EOI for the wrong type of visa, fail to include all the relevant documents or make another mistake, it may result in your EOI not being approved. This can be a very costly mistake.
Step 4: Apply for your visa
If your EOI is accepted you will receive an Invitation to Apply. This means you can now apply for your visa. While you will have already provided some documents with your EOI, you will now need to put together the rest of your documentation and possibly update some documents.
These will all need to be collated, and your visa application prepared and submitted.
Step 5: After your decision
If your visa application has been approved, it will now be time to plan your move. Depending on your visa and your own personal circumstances this may include:
- Looking into purchasing or renting a property in Australia
- Looking for a job or a business to purchase in Australia
- Packing and preparing to move
- Moving your money from South Africa to Australia
In some circumstances, you may also require legal assistance to purchase a property in Australia or help you purchase a business.
Thank you to Pathway Lawyers & Migration Agents for writing this blog for Proudly South African In Perth.
They have advisors who are uniquely both registered migration agents and lawyers, so they are well placed to help you with each and every aspect of your move to Australia. They run a Facebook group, Migrating to Australia, where you can have all your migration questions answered. As a special offer to my readers, they are offering a free consultation if you email them and quote “Proudly South African In Perth”.