Australia Overview


A 2011 census by ABS revealed that one in four Australians is born overseas making Australia one of the most multicultural countries in the world. Australia ranks highly internationally in terms of health, education, economic freedom, lifestyle and education. All of Australia’s major cities fare extremely well in global comparison, with Sydney being voted as one the top 10 cities to work in and Adelaide being voted as one of the most livable cities in the world. Australia is among the top ten wine producing regions of the world.

Australia is one of the wealthiest in world with a survey in 2012 stating that Australia had the world’s fifth highest per capita income. Australia is often referred to as the “Lucky Country”, with its spacious surroundings, high standard of living, excellent health and education system, temperate climate, wide and varied landscape, political and economic stability, and a general quality of life envied by many around the world. Australia is special, unique, beautiful, and a great place to settle in and is viewed by many as the “land of opportunity” for people of all races

Ethisphere Institute has rated Melbourne as the sixth best sustainable city in the world. It also has been voted as the second best city in the world for men to live in.

The Economist Intelligence Unit has consistently rated Australia cities, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne as the most livable cities in the world.

Global 2012 City Reputation Index has ranked Sydney and Melbourne as two of the world’s most reputable cities in the world.

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The Australian Immigration system

Australia is one of the most sought after destinations in the world for people wanting to visit or live. Consequently, there is an enormous demand on the Australian immigration system which has developed itself into a complex set of rules to cover every request to enter or remain in Australia. In fact, the Australian immigration system is generally regarded as one of the most structured in the world and is all set down in thick Acts of Parliament, Regulations, Policy Documents, Ministerial Directives and Skills Recognition Assessments just to name a few.

There are over 100 different types of visas and are of four broad types – visitors, temporary residence, permanent residence and bridging. There are detailed rules governing entry in each visa category which are clearly laid down in the immigration legislation. Some visas allow for applications to be made off-shore only, some on-shore only, and some can be made either off-shore or on-shore.

The difficulty with all this legal complexity is that the average applicant does not have the time or skill to be able to find out the regulations which apply in their individual case and understand properly how these regulations will be interpreted and affect the outcome of his or her application. For the newcomer, the maze of legal documents is very difficult to wade through and sometimes impossible to understand.

Australia Skill Select is essentially a ground-breaking and highly useful online facility from the Government of Australia to improve its national immigration system and help skilled professionals, from across the globe, to move to the country, in a much better and superior way. The facility introduced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) reveals how the nation ultimately administers &manages its skilled, business, & investor immigration plans. The innovative online facility enables the trained manpower from abroad to be located by the regional administrations, and the national job providers/firms, for the purpose of skilled migration to the nation.

The online facility enables trained specialists & tradespersons from out-of-the-country--who could be inspired with Australia immigration--to suitably submit their particulars, via an Expression of Interest (EOI), so that their entries could be duly reviewed, for an Australian skilled visa Australia.

The online scheme ensures that the immigration and visa plan, meant for qualified candidates, is based on Oz’s particular economic needs. The facility helps Canberra to manage, in a much better manner, the applicants who submit submissions for skilled migration. Not only the administration thus gets to manage the overseas movement of people to Australia, it is also enabled to welcome people when it feels like, and also in the numbers which could suit its requirements. That all this helps the DIBP to process a visa-petition relatively swiftly cannot be refuted.

Skill Select also ensures that the deficiency of skilled people, plaguing the many regions/states of the country, is positively addressed. The program also makes it possible for the aspirants to illustrate that they are not only well prepared to reside in a given region of Oz but also get professionally engaged therein.

The program has proved to be boon for Australian firms/recruiters fighting regional skill scarcities. The program has also proved highly valuable for the Australian state & territory administrations, and now they are busy settling the migrants across the regional Australia.

Important: Under the new arrangement, now it has been made compulsory for every migrant--motivated with the points based skilled migration, and/or business investment & innovation permit plans--to suitably submit an EOI, before they gain an invite, so that they can present a submission for a Permanent Residence (PR) Visa for Australia

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Benefits of the PR


With a high standard of living and balanced lifestyle backed by a strong economy and scenic landscaping, Australia is the choice of migration compared to other countries. People migrate to Australia to have a better life. Before doing that, you need to apply for the Permanent Residency (PR) visa in order to be granted a right to live, work and study without limitation in Australia. Having said that, let us evaluate the benefits of becoming a Permanent Resident in Australia.

Full Working Rights

Working in Australia becomes easier with a Permanent Resident Visa. Permanent residents can work for any employer in any occupation. But, working in the Public Service or Armed forces is strictly restricted to the Australian Citizens. This, however, does not distinguish the industrial laws between the permanent residents and citizens. Permanent residents enjoy the same benefits under these laws as the citizens. They can become a part of trade unions and can claim worker’s compensation.


Indefinite Living Rights

As a permanent resident, you will be given a permanent visa. This entitles you to the right to live in Australia indefinitely. You can enjoy the facilities of unlimited travel to and from Australia once you become a permanent resident. However, initially the permanent visa is given for a period of five years and has to be applied again from either outside Australia or from within the country.


Centre link Payments

As a permanent resident you are eligible to enrol for social security payments through Centre Link like family tax benefit and childcare subsidy.As regards to most other social security benefits, the permanent residents must hold on for a period of two years before they are entitled to receive social security benefits like sickness, unemployment and student benefits that are offered by Australia’s Social Security Department.


Medicare Enrolment

An important benefit that the permanent residents will enjoy is the health care entitlement. As a permanent resident of Australia, you will enjoy the privilege of health insurance scheme run by the government called Medicare. Under Medicare, you could receive free treatment at a public hospital, get consultation through local General practitioner and subsidized medicine.


Citizenship Eligibility

There is a set of requirements to be met for getting a permanent citizenship in Australia, which is the ultimate permanency that an individual can hope to achieve. This status can only be granted to one who is an Australian Permanent Resident.You are eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship after four years of stay on the Permanent Resident visa. Children of permanent residents who are born in Australia are deemed Australian citizens by birth. This will be one great advantage because they will enjoy the maximum benefits in the field of education and health care.


Job Service Agency (JSA) Facility

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


Avail Special Education Loans

There are certain education loans that are available only to permanent residents aside from the various options to choose when it comes to University education.. These loans are extremely helpful in managing your financial crisis that may arise due to the additional expenses associated with your study. Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, only Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders can access the Higher Education Loans Program (HELP) and the associated discount 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 for acquisition of permanent residence.But this is possible only after the applicant meets certain residence and support assurance pre-requisites.


First Home Owner Grant

For the purchase of a first home, an Australian Permanent citizen will receive a $7,000 incentive and waiver of stamp duty. 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 immediately goes up. You will be in a better position for approval of 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 permanent work visa for individuals who have the qualifications and skills required to fill Australia's skill shortages.

Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 60 points on a point assessment. The assessment is such that applicants are required to be under 50 years of age and be able to demonstrate that they have a qualification and/or skills in an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Applicants for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) do not require sponsorship.

Skilled Independent Visa Assessment

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Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) 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.

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, skills, qualification, health and character.

In addition, applicants for a Skilled visa must also pass a points test. Points can be claimed in areas related to age, English language ability, specific work experience, spouse skills and other bonus categories.

The current pass mark for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) is 60 points.

On 1 July 2012, the skilled migration program switched to a new online system called "SkillSelect" which will require prospective skilled migrants to 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 Australian Government who have the ability to extend an invitation to lodge a visa application.

There is no guarantee that submitting an EOI will result in an invitation to apply for a visa. If an invitation is received, there will be a prescribed timeframe within which the visa application must then be formally lodged with DIBP.

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Australian Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Entitlements

Successful applicants and holders of an Australian Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) 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-subsidised healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.

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AUSTRALIAN SKILLED NOMINATED VISA (SUBCLASS 190)


Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 60 points on a points assessment and must obtain nomination from a participating State or Territory government. The assessment is such that applicants are required to be under 50 years of age and be able to demonstrate that they have a qualification or the skills of an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).

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. This category is also open to applicants who are able to satisfy the pass mark but wish to access priority processing which applies once state/territory sponsorship is offered by a participating state/territory government agency.

Employers seeking to sponsor or hire foreign workers can sign up for Australian Corporate Visa Services.

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Australian Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) Basic Requirements

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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.

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, skills, qualification, health and character.

In addition, applicants must also pass a points test. Points can be claimed in areas related to age, English language ability, specific work experience, spouse skills and other bonus categories.

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:


On 1 July 2012, the skilled migration program switched to a new online system called "SkillSelect" which will require prospective skilled migrants to 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 Australian Government who have the ability to extend an invitation to lodge a visa application.

There is no guarantee that submitting an EOI will result in an invitation to apply for a visa. If an invitation is received, there will be a prescribed timeframe within which the visa application must then be formally lodged with DIBP.

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Australian Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) Entitlements

Successful applicants and holders of an Australian Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) 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-subsidised healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.

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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 qualifications and skills required to address Australia's skill shortage, but cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain a Skilled Independent visa.

Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489) applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 60 points on a points assessment 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.

The assessment is such that applicants are required to be under 50 years of age and be able to demonstrate that they possess a qualification or the skills of an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).

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

Employers seeking to sponsor or hire foreign workers can sign up for Australian Corporate Visa Services.

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Australian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (Subclass 489) Basic Requirements

In order to satisfy labour market shortages, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has set specific basic requirements for people who are interested in applying under the Skilled Migration Stream.

To qualify for skilled migration, applicants (or their partner) must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language ability, occupation, skills, qualification, 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 pass a points test. Points can be claimed in areas related to age, English language ability, specific work experience, spouse skills and other bonus categories.

The current pass mark for the Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489) is 60 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:


*The definition of Specified Regional Area of Australia depends on whether the applicant is sponsored by a relative or nominated by a State or Territory government. 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:


On 1 July 2012, the skilled migration program switched to a new online system called "SkillSelect" which will require prospective skilled migrants to 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 Australian Government who have the ability to extend an invitation to lodge a visa application.

There is no guarantee that submitting an EOI will result in an invitation to apply for a visa. If an invitation is received, there will be a prescribed timeframe within which the visa application must then be formally lodged with DIBP.

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Australian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (Subclass 489) Entitlements

The Australian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (Subclass 489) is a temporary (provisional) visa which entitles the holder and their 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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Business Innovation and Investment Visa- Subclass 188


Australia encourages successful business people to settle in Australia and contribute to its economy. Australia’s Business Innovation and Investment Program recommends that you visit Australia to explore business possibilities in the different states. Entrepreneurs or talented business people are supported to establish, manage a new or existing business or invest in Australia.

There are many business visa options, but most involve a two-stage application process. The first stage involves attaining a provisional visa and then after fulfilling the requirements an application for a permanent visa can be made.

The Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa requires applicants to submit an expression of interest through SkillSelect and they have to be nominated by a state or territory government.

There are three streams in this visa:


Business Innovation Stream:

This is for applicants who wish to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business in Australia.The applicant is required to have successfully managed and had an ownership interest in a business with a turnover of at least AUD500,000 for two of the previous four fiscal years. Applicants also need to have assets of at least AUD800,000.

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The Investor Stream:

Applicants need to make a designated investment of at least AUD1.5 million in a State or Territory bond. The applicant is required to have Net assets of at least AUD2.25 million. For at least three years the applicant must have had ownership interests and managed a successful business or managed eligible investments.

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The Significant Investor Stream:

Applicants need to invest at least AUD5 million that has been legally acquired and unencumbered, into complying investments in Australia. Each state has its own requirements as to what ‘complying investments’ an applicant must make for example in common wealth or state bonds or qualifying Australian companies.

Applicants need to submit an Expression of interest through SkillSelect and they need to specify if they are interested in a particular state or all Australian states. There is an innovation Points Test and an applicant needs to acquire at least 65 Points in order to qualify. Points are awarded for age, English language ability, qualifications, experience in business or investment, net personal and business

Assets, business turnover and innovation. There should be a genuine intention to maintain, establish and manage a business or investment activity, as this is one of the prerequisites for applying for a Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) visa.

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Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa Subclass 888:

This is the second stage of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa. Applicants can apply for it after they have fulfilled the requirements of the provisional visa. There is no need to submit a new Expression of Interest or be invited to apply for this visa. The applicant needs to still meet the primary criteria depending on the stream applied.

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AUSTRALIAN 457 VISA


The Australian 457 visa (Temporary Business Long Stay) is a temporary work visa that allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to fill nominated skilled positions. The 457 visa is currently the most common pathway of business sponsorship for overseas workers.

457 visa applicants must have an employer willing to sponsor them as part of the visa application process. Employers must meet specific sponsorship and nomination criteria before the prospective employee can apply for a 457 visa.

A 457 visa is valid for up to four (4) years and work experience gained in Australia on this visa may lead to permanent residence either through sponsorship by an eligible employer or the skilled migration program.

If you are an Australian Employer looking to sponsor an overseas worker to work in Australia, please take the 457 Employer Assessment

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Australian 457 Visa Basic Requirements


In order to qualify for a 457 visa, applicants must have an employer who is willing to sponsor them. There are three steps in the visa application process:

1. Sponsorship

Employers must seek and obtain approval to sponsor and recruit overseas workers. Once sponsorship status is approved, it is valid for 3 years and allows the business to nominate as many positions as required during that period.

2. Nomination

Employers must nominate each of the positions they wish to fill with an overseas worker. The nomination must relate to an occupation which meets a minimum skills threshold covering managerial, professional, associate professional and trade occupations. The nominated position must also be paid a minimum salary level as specified in a Gazette Notice and satisfy other basic requirements such as evidence of equivalent terms and conditions of employment

3. Visa Application

The overseas workers identified to fill the vacancy must apply for a 457 visa to enter and remain in Australia. The applicant must demonstrate they have skills to match the nominated position and must be offered employment at not less than the salary indicated in the nomination application.

The applicant is also required to satisfy certain health and character requirements to meet the 457 visa criteria.

In cases where an applicant does not have a sponsor, there is the ability to lodge an Expression of Interest through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) SkillSelect database. This step allows prospective employers and also the state/territory governments to view applicant details and offer sponsorship.

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Australian 457 Visa Entitlements

The 457 visa is a temporary visa valid for up to four (4) years and permits the holder to live and work in Australia with the sponsoring employer.

Immediate family members (such as a partner and dependent children) can be included in the application are also entitled to live and work on this visa type. Although the main applicant is restricted to working with the sponsoring employer in the nominated position, other family members are free to undertake any type of employment. Dependent children are also able to attend school.

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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.

Applicants can apply for a Partner Visa from either inside or outside Australia and 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 (2) years, the relationship is reassessed and if deemed genuine a permanent visa will be granted.

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Partner Visa Assessment

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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 cohabitation 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-subsidised healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.

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AUSTRALIAN PARENT VISA


The Parent visa allows parents to migrate to Australia permanently to join their children living in Australia. The Parent visa requires sponsorship from an eligible child in Australia.

The government limits the number of available Parent visas available each program year. Therefore, applicants who apply and meet core criteria for this visa are placed in a global queue. Under the Contributory Parent visa program, applicants pay a larger fee with a shorter processing period.

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Parent Visa Assessment

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Australian Parent Visa Basic Requirements

In order to apply as a parent, 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

Successful applicants and holders of a Parent visa 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-subsidised healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability 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-subsidised healthcare (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 come to Australia to travel or visit friends and family.

Travellers 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. Our Guided Visa Application Service will provide these tourist visa applicants with all of the information and advice required to make a valid tourist visa application.

Travellers from ETA eligible countries can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

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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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