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Australia (Immigration)
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Australia (Immigration)

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Emigrating To Australia

Approximately a quarter of those currently living in Australia were born overseas and more than 120,000 people emigrate to the country every year. It's a popular destination for those wishing to move to a new country because of the lifestyle and opportunities on offer.

Those emigrating to Australia find that they can have a better quality of life and have more disposable income. It has some of the least expensive cities in the first world, despite also being ranked as one of the top countries in the world for quality of life. In particular, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne, rate highly when expense and quality of life are cross-indexed.

Australia is a hub of economic activity for the whole of the pacific region and work can be found across all industries. As with other English speaking countries, Australia is committed to equal employment opportunities for all. Your qualifications and work experience (and to a lesser extent flexibility) will determine your career, not your nationality.

A visa system is in operation, which means that anyone who isn't an Australian citizen (not including citizens of New Zealand) must possess a visa to live there. Your ethnic origin, race, nationality, religion and sex play no part in determining eligibility, but factors like medical history, age, previous visa history, character, criminal records, and overstay risk, do.

There are a range of different visas on offer to those emigrating to Australia: skilled independent visa; working holiday visa; retirement visa; study visa; partner visa; family visa. The right one for you is dependent on what you'll be doing there and how long you plan to stay there.

To acquire a visa for emigrating to Australia, you must lodge an application with the DIAC (Department of Immigration and Culture) under one of their visa programs, and pay the subsequent fee (which varies from program to program).

The time taken to process your application varies, though you should allow a minimum of 12 months. You'll be notified of whether your visa application was successful or not by letter. If you're refused a visa, you're notified why and, if applicable, where you can apply for a review of the decision and the time limit for doing so.

Using a migration agent isn't necessary when emigrating to Australia, but many prospective immigrants enlist the help of one. Their knowledge and experience of the visa regulations and the application process can shorten the time it'll take to obtain your visa, and almost eradicates the likelihood of an incorrect application being lodged.