COME TO AUSTRALIA

The name Australia derives from Latin term :“Terra Australis,” which means “Southern Land”. When Europeans first began visiting and mapping Australia in the 17th century, the name Terra Australis was adopted to describe this diverse and beautiful land

Of course Australia is also known by many other names such as “Oz”, "Down Under”, "the Great Southern Land", “The Luck Country” and even the Dutch explorers named Australia “New Holland.”

HUMAN FOOTPRINT

It is believed that Human Habitation History in Australian continent dates back to about 70,000 years ago. The first immigrant inhabitants, who flocked to Australia may be the ancestors of the modern Indigenous Australians

After centuries of Colonial rules, Australia is now a sovereign country consisting of the vast mainland of the Australian Continent; the island of Tasmania and many other beautiful and exotic islands

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GEOGRAPHY

With a Geographical landmass of 7,692,024 square kilometers (2,969,907 Square Miles) Australia is the largest country in Oceania and the sixth largest country in the world. Australia’s neighbors are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

ECONOMY

According to International Monetary Fund (IMF) Australia has the world's 13th-largest economy and ninth-highest per capita income in the world. With the second-highest human development index globally, Australia ranks high in quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, civil liberties and political rights.

MODERN MIGRATIONS

Until the the 1940’s, the vast majority of immigrants to Australia came from the British Isles. Thus, millions of Australians have some British or Irish ancestry. In the 2016 Australian census, the most commonly nominated ancestries were English (36.1%), Australian (33.5%), Irish (11.0%), Scottish(9.3%), Chinese (5.6%), Italian (4.6%), German (4.5%), Indian (2.8%), Greek (1.8%), and Dutch (1.6%).

Australia's population has quadrupled since the end of World War I, much of this increase is from newly arrived immigrants. Most immigrants are skilled, but the immigration quota includes categories for family members and refugees.

It is estimated that by year 2050, Australia's population will reach about 42 million. Nevertheless, at 2.8 inhabitants per square kilometer, Australia’s population remains among the lowest in the w

In 2016, more than a quarter (26%) of Australia's population were born overseas; the five largest immigrant groups were those born in England (3.9%), New Zealand (2.2%), Mainland China (2.2%), India (1.9%), and the Philippines (1%). Following the abolition of the White Australia policy in 1973, numerous government initiatives have been established to encourage and promote racial harmony based on a policy of multiculturalism. In 2015–16, there were 189,770 permanent immigrants admitted to Australia, mainly from Asia.

SHORT-TERM VISAS

If you are traveling to Australia as a tourist or to see a friend or relatives; work or study for a short time, you would need an appropriate visa.

VISITOR VISA (SUBCLASS 600)

This visa is for people travelling to Australia:

  • As a tourist
  • For business visitor activities
  • To see family
  • On tour with a registered travel agent from the People’s Republic of China

The visa allows you to visit Australia for a period as determined by the Minister. To find out if you qualify for a visitor’s visa, click HERE and let an Experienced, Credible and Compassionate Chosen Immigration Lawyer help you obtain the right visa

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MEDICAL TREATMENT (SUBCLASS 602) VISA)

Australia is well-known for its excellent medical facilities for treatment and consultation.
If you wish to apply for a medical treatment visa in order to:

  • Attend medical treatment or a medical consultation
  • Donate an organ in Australia
  • Support someone needing medical treatment who holds or has applied for this visa

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INVESTOR RETIREMENT (SUBCLASS 405) VISA

If you wish to enjoy your retirement in Australia, you would have to procure a SUBCLASS 405 Visa under Investor Retirement visa if you are

  • A self-funded retiree who wants to live in Australia during retirement years
  • A retiree who wants to spend some of the retirement years in Australia

BRIDGING VISAS

You may need a bridging visa if your Australian visa has expired and you want to:

  • Remain in Australia while you are waiting for a decision on another Australian visa application
  • Travel to and from Australia while you are waiting for a decision on another Australian visa application
  • Stay in Australia while you make arrangements to leave or finalize your immigration matter

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WORK VISA

If you have skills or qualifications that are in demand in Australia, you may qualify for a skilled visa by the Australian Government, nominated for a skilled visa by a State or Territory; or nominated for a skilled visa by a qualified employer.

You may be eligible for a work visa under nominated or sponsored work visa category, if you are nominated or sponsored by

  • As Approved Australian Employer
  • A State or Territory Government Agency
  • A State or Territory Authority

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BRING YOUR FAMILY ALONG

ou are issued a work visa to Australia, you may be able to bring along your family if:

  • ou include your family members on your working visa pplication,
  • Your Family members apply for a family visa, or
  • Your family apply for a visitor visa

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If you wish to permanently immigrate to Australia, here are some of the categories, under which you may qualify.

GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION PROGRAM

  • Under this category, you must be under 45 years of age at the date of application
  • You must have sufficient ability in the English language
  • You are required to, generally, have a university degree or a trade skill and your qualification must have been assessed by the relevant assessing authorities in Australia.
  • When you apply you will need to nominate an occupation fitting your skills and qualifications. This occupation must be on the Skilled Occupations List in the case of the subclass 189 visa or on one of the State/Territory lists for the subclass 190 visa

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Under this category you may qualify as a permanent resident in Australia. Business Talent visa (subclass 132) visa is for business people who are nominated by an Australian state or territory governmental agency.

Here are some of the criterion, which must meet in order to qualify for this category:

  • Your total net assets are at least $400 000 AUD as the ownership interest in one or more qualifying businesses for least two of the four fiscal years immediately before you are invited to apply…
  • Net business and personal assets of at least AUD1.5 million that are legally acquired and can be transferred to Australia within two years after your visa is issued.
  • A total annual turnover of at least AUD3 million in one or more of your main businesses in at least two of the four fiscal years immediately before you are invited to apply ownership of at least:
    • 51 per cent of a business with turnover of less than AUD400 000 per year
    • 30 per cent of a business with turnover of more than AUD400 000 per year, or
    • 10 per cent of a publicly listed company
  • an overall successful business career
  • no involvement in unacceptable business activities
  • a genuine desire to own and maintain a management role in a business in Australia.

You must also be younger than 55 years of age, although a state or territory can waive this requirement if your proposed business will be of an exceptional economic benefit to the region where it will operate

SUBCLASS 188 – BUSINESS INNOVATION STREAM

You may also qualify under the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188), which is part of the Business Innovation and Investment Program. In order to qualify for this category, among other requirements, you must possess business skills that enable you to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business in Australia. In addition, you must be nominated by a state or territory government.

UBCLASS 188 – ENTREPRENEUR STREAM

You may qualify under this program, if you have a funding agreement from a third party for at least $200,000 AUD. The Entrepreneur stream requires that your entrepreneurial activity lead to either the commercialization of a product or service in Australia or the development of a business in Australia. Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government

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SUBCLASS 188 – INVESTOR STREAM

You may qualify under this program, if you are able to make a designated investment of at least $1.5 Million AUD in an Australian state or territory and maintain business and investment activity in Australia. Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government

You may qualify under this program, if you:

  • are under 55 years of age, although a state or territory can waive this requirement if your proposed investment will be of exceptional economic benefit to the nominating state or territory
  • must score at least 65 on the points test.
  • must have high level management skills in relation to the eligible investment or qualifying business activity
  • must have at least three years' experience of direct involvement in managing one or more qualifying businesses or eligible investments
  • must have an overall successful record of eligible investment or qualifying business activity
  • have a genuine and realistic commitment to continuing your business and investment activity in Australia after the origina investment has matured
  • have a genuine intention to live for at least two years in the state or territory in which you have made a designated investment

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SUBCLASS 188 SIGNIFICANT INVESTOR PROGRAM

You may qualify under this program, if you have been in Australia as the holder of a provisional visa (subclass 188) in the Significant Investor stream or the Significant Investor extension stream for at least 40 days per year. Or if you or your spouse have held your provisional visa/s in Australia for at least 180 days per year on the basis of the period of time the primary applicant has held their provisional visa(s).

This is just one of the requirements that may make you eligible for this category of migration to Australia.

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  • TEMPORARY BUSINESS (LONG STAY) -STANDARD BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP (SUBCLASSES 457)
  • EMPLOYER NOMINATED SCHEME (ENS) (SUBCLASS 186)
  • REGIONAL SPONSORED MIGRATION SCHEME (RSMS) (SUCLASS 187)

This category of visa is designed to enable the Australian employers, who wish to recruit employees from other countries, when their businesses are unable to fulfill their employment needs from within the Australian market.

This visa category is for temporary residency, which can be granted for a period from 3 months to 4 years. The visa process is a three phase process involving a sponsorship, nomination and visa application.

The sponsoring business needs to satisfy a number of criteria including providing evidence that it is actively engaged in business activities and has a satisfactory training record. New businesses and proposals may be considered if there is a clear intention to establish the business and an auditable training plan is in place

(A)    Establish a branch, joint venture or agency distribution and subsidiary branches in Australia
(B)     Fulfil obligations for a contract or other business activity in Australia Sponsors will need to nominate an occupation for the employee that is on the government’s qualified list, and will need to demonstrate that the employee will be paid a market based salary.

The employer must also show that:

  • they have a satisfactory record of compliance with Australian immigration and workplace relations law;
  • the employer does not have any adverse information against it or its officers;
  • the nominee will be paid on a salary and working conditions that accord with the relevant Australian legislation and award.
  • The employee must also meet the following requirements and more:
  • hold, or is eligible to hold, any mandatory registration, license or professional membership which allows work independently and without further training
  • be less than 50 years of age unless a specific exemption applies
  • have functional English language ability, unless a specific exemption applies
  • satisfy mandatory health and character checks

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PROSPECTIVE PARTNER (FIANCÉ)

This category of visa is available to people, who qualify as Prospective Marriage Partners. This is a temporary visa that remains valid for 9 months from the date the visa is issued. If you are granted a Prospective Marriage visa, you must enter Australia and, after that entry, marry your intended spouse (your fiancé) within the period that the visa is valid. To be eligible for a Prospective Marriage (fiancé) visa, you must:

  • be sponsored by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen;
  • be aged 18 years or over (or if you are aged 16 years or over but less than 18 years, you have an Australian court order allowing you to marry your intended spouse);
  • have met (as adults) your intended spouse in person and know him or her. This must be the case even if – it is an arranged marriage; you and your sponsor met as children and the marriage was arranged before you turned 8 years of age; or you met on the internet (exchanging photographs is not evidence of having met in person);
  • have no impediment to marrying your intended spouse;
  • genuinely intend to marry your intended spouse;
  • genuinely intend to live with your intended spouse as husband and wife; and
  • meet health and character requirements

If you are granted a Prospective Marriage visa, your marriage can take place either in or outside Australia. However, you must have entered Australia at least once on the Prospective Marriage Visa before the marriage takes place. In addition, your marriage must occur during the 9-month period of your Prospective Marriage Visa.

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PARTNER VISA

In order to qualify for this category of visa in Australia, you must be legally married to your partner at the time of applying. To apply outside Australia on the basis of marriage, you must either be legally married to your partner at time of application or intend to legally marry your partner before a decision is made on the temporary Partner visa.

If you were married in a country other than Australia and that marriage is valid in that country, generally, your marriage will be recognized as valid under Australian law. There are some exceptions, such as same-sex marriage, underage or polygamous marriages, and so on.

To be eligible for a Partner visa on the basis of your marriage, you must:

  • be sponsored by an eligible person
  • be legally married to your partner (usually your sponsor);
  • show that you and your partner have a mutual commitment to a shared life as husband and wife to the exclusion of all others;
  • show that you have a genuine and continuing relationship with your partner;
  • show that you and your partner are living together or, if not, that any separation is only temporary; and
  • meet health and character requirements and more

DE FACTO PARTNER VISA

n order to qualify for a DE FACTO PARTNER VISA, you and your partner must meet a series of requirements. Here are some:

  • You must be sponsored by an eligible person;
  • You must not be related by family;
  • You and your de facto partner must be at least 18 years at the time your applying;
  • You must show that you and your partner have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others;
  • You must show that you have a genuine and continuing relationship with your partner;
  • You must show that you and your partner have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months immediately prior to submitting your application;
  • You must show that you and your partner are living together or, if not, that any separation is only temporary; and
  • You must meet health and character requirements and more.

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PARENT VISA

Parents of Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents or qualified New Zealand Citizens may be eligible for a Parent Visa.

n order to qualify for Parent Visa, you must:

  • have a child who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • your child has been living in Australia lawfully for at least 2 years before you file your visa application
  • you have a sponsor
  • you meet the Balance of family test criteria
  • you meet health and character requirements.

How long can I stay in Australia on a parent category visa?

A parent category visa allows you to:

  • live in Australia for up to 2 years as a temporary resident, or
  • live in Australia as an Australian permanent resident.

Sponsor

You will need to have a sponsor to apply for a parent category visa to live in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident.

As mentioned above, your sponsor must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand Citizen, who:

  • is 18 years of age or over
  • has lived in Australia lawfully for at least two years before filing the parent/s visa application.

There are special provisions for a sponsor under 18 years of age.

Balance of family test

All applicants for a parent visa must meet the balance of family test.

The balance of family test is designed to determine the extent of your links to Australia.

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The term refugee is referred to people, who are forcibly displaced or have fled their country of origin. Thus, they are seeking protection from another country, prior to entry.

The variation of definitions regarding refugees has made it difficult to create a concrete and single vision of what constitutes a refugee following the original refugee convention. Article 1 of the Convention as amended by 1967 Protocol defines a refugee as:

"A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it."

Nevertheless, once a displaced person is granted refugee status they are entitled to certain rights as per 1951 Refugee Convention.

On the other hand, an asylum seeker is a displaced person or immigrant who has formally sought the protection of a country, they fled to as well as the right to remain in that country, while awaiting a decision on their formal application.

Asylum is thus a category that includes different forms of protection. Once the decision is made the asylum seeker will either be given Convention refugee status or a complementary form of protection and can stay in the host country, or will be refused asylum; and then often has to leave

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Human rights are rights a person is guaranteed on the basis only that he or she was born as a human-being. The following are universal human rights that are most relevant to refugee

  • the right to freedom from torture or degrading treatment
  • the right to freedom of opinion and expression
  • the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion
  • the right to life, liberty, and security
  • freedom from discrimination

Unfortunately, not all countries have signed and ratified the refugee or asylum laws. In fact, some countries do not have a legal procedure for dealing with such important matters, altogether.

Luckily, Australia has traditionally contributed to the international protection of refugees and asylum seekers. However, the extent of such commitments fluctuate by national and international socio-political changes.

Offshore – Resettlement

The offshore component of the Refugee and Humanitarian Program involves resettlement of people needing humanitarian assistance to Australia who do not have any other durable solution available to them. There are two categories of visas under the offshore resettlement program:

  • Refugee category
  • Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) category

Onshore – Protection

The Refugee and Humanitarian program provides options for people who are in Australia and want to apply for protection (or asylum). Depending on how you arrived in Australia, the following options are available:

ImmiCards

The ImmiCard:

  • is an official Commencement of Identity (COI) document that can help certain visa holders access government services in Australia.
  • is an official travel document when issued offshore, assisting visa holders to travel to and enter Australia for the first time.
  • is an alternative option for some permanent visa holders who do not have, or cannot use or obtain, a passport and are unable to use the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

Ministerial intervention

The Minister has powers under the Migration Act 1958 to intervene in your case when the Minister thinks it is in the public interest to do so. What is and what is not in the public interest is for the Minister to decide. The Minister is not legally bound to intervene or to consider intervening. When the Minister intervenes to make a more favorable decision, this usually means that the Minister grants a visa. However, only a small number of all requests for ministerial intervention are successful.

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