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Moving to Australia

The Commonwealth of Australia is both the world’s largest island and the smallest continent. It is a well-developed, prosperous country that has great health care, a high standard of living, economic freedom and a sufficient protection of civil rights and liberties.

Australian Visas:

Anyone traveling to Australia must bring an approved travel document, as well as a visa or authority to enter.

In order to obtain a visa to move to Australia, you need to pass the required health standards. The examination is different for each applicant, based on the country of origin and intended stay in Australia. For a temporary visa, those over 70, those known of having a medical condition, those who are likely to enter a hospital and those who will be in a classroom environment are required to take the health examinations. For a permanent visa, everyone in your family must meet the health requirements.

You must also pass a character requirement, in which you have to submit police records. In order to become a citizen of Australia, you must be a legal resident for five years, but there are different requirements depending on when you apply. You are also required to pass a citizenship test.

Work Visa:

There are many different types of work visas for Australian immigrants, and visas often are very specific and relate to a certain type of job.

There is the option of employer sponsorship, which is for skilled people who have specific recognized qualifications. There is also the General Skilled Migration program, in which the immigrant has particular skills but does not necessarily have employer sponsorship. There is a list of possible jobs that you could qualify for under this title, such as Laboratory Manager or Welfare Center Manager. There are also many Specialist Visas, for jobs like Media and Film Staff or Religious Workers. There are special visas for Doctors and Nurses as well.

Student Visa:

Like Australian work visas, student visas are very specific, and also depend on what country you are coming from. One example of a student visa is for US residents seeking higher education, such as in college or graduate school. For this type of visa, you are allowed to work 20 hours per week while school is in session.

Students are required to submit:

  1. Confirmation of Enrollment
  2. Letter of offer
  3. Proof of financial support
  4. Proof of health requirements
  5. Proof of health insurance
  6. Academic record and history
  7. Character declaration

You must also have sufficient English skills. For the official page, click here.

Most visas have the same requirements and documents needed for enrollment, and the requirements do not differ very much between the different countries. Most of these visas also allow family and spouses to accompany the applicant, and work up to 20 hours per week.

For all the different types of student visas, click here.

Moving Pets to Australia:

Australia is very strict with pets. Cats and dogs may only come in from certain countries. They must wait in quarantine, and you must book a spot before your arrival. You must fill out an application for your pet, as well as submit a veterinary declaration.

Other Information:

  • Australia Apartments long or short term, serviced or unserviced available.
  • Click here for the homepage of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
  • Click here to read an article about the move to Australia, and an overview of the culture.


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