People who want to live permanently in Australia must apply to migrate, or if they are already in Australia, apply to change their status to permanent resident.
There are four categories to Australia's migration program:
The Family Stream of Australia's Migration Program allows Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens to sponsor some categories of relatives to migrate to Australia. It is necessary to take into consideration that Australian citizens and permanent residents do not have an absolute right to bring any relative to live in Australia. To succeed as migrants, the relatives and their sponsor must meet all requirements established by immigration law for their visa class/subclass.
The Family Stream consists of the following visas:
Many visa classes in the Family Stream (except for spouse and child visas) are liable to be capped by quota limiting the number of visas in visa class that can be granted in any particular financial year. Once a limit is reached, no more visas can be granted in that financial year. This means that applicants for these visas may face long delays before they get their visa.
GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION
This stream of the migration program is designed to enhance and strengthen the Australian economy by giving skilled people Australian permanent visas. Skilled visas target young, well qualified people with good English language skills. Applicants must nominate a skilled occupation listed in Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and generally pass the points test.
When you apply, you must select a Skilled Migration category to apply under.
There are 3 types of categories:
Applicants for Independent categories must gain sufficient points to reach the pass mark at the time their application is assessed (not when form is lodged). Points are awarded primarily for age, qualifications, work experience, and English language ability. Additional points are given if the applicant has a well qualified spouse, Australian educational qualifications, etc.
If you believe that you may meet the basic requirements and would like to know our Registered Migration Agent's opinion about your points score and your chances of a successful application under this category, then complete and send us our Assessment Form - Points test (Skilled).
BUSINESS SKILLS MIGRATION
The Business Skills visa class of Australia's Migration Program
encourages successful business people to settle permanently in Australia
and develop businesses.
If you believe that you may meet the minimum requirements and would like to know our Registered Migration Agent's opinion about your points score and your chances of a successful application under this category, then complete and send us our Assessment Form - Points test (Business).
HUMANITARIAN PROGRAM MIGRATION AND PROTECTION VISAS
Australia is a signatory to the United Nations 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol ("the Refugee Convention"). This means that Australia gives protection to people who arrive at Australia's border or who are already in the country if they fit the United Nations definition of a refugee.
There are a number of different visas available under this program:
To be successful, applicants for any visa from the Humanitarian migration program must provide specific evidences to proof their eligibility to be granted the visa. From this point of view every case is unique and demands special preparation.
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