Whether or not your children automatically gain Australian citizenship is dependent on the type of visa or status you hold at the time of their birth.
Children born in Australia where at least one parent is a citizen or permanent resident
If you or your partner is an Australian citizen or permanent resident when your child is born, your child automatically gets Australian citizenship. Once your child’s birth certificate is issued, you can apply for their passport.
Children born in Australia where both parents are permanent residents
Australian legislation states that if you are both permanent residents, your child will get citizenship. This means your child get their citizenship status as well as an Australian passport.
Children born overseas to permanent residents
Children born outside of Australia to permanent residents, whether it’s one or both parents, don’t automatically qualify for Australian citizenship. These children also do not qualify for citizenship by descent.
Instead, you’ll have to apply for a permanent visa for your child. Once your child receives their visa, they are free to enter and live in Australia.
The visa in question will likely be the Child Visa (subclass 101), as most children born outside Australia to permanent resident parents have to apply for this visa. At the moment, 90% of these visas take up to 19 months to process.
Children born in Australia to parents on visas
If both you and your partner are in Australia on a visa then legally your child will hold the same type of visa. While you don’t have to apply for your child’s visa, you must inform the Department of Home Affairs of your child’s birth so that a visa can be attached to your child’s passport.
Neglecting to notify the Department of your child’s arrival can lead to complications. Specifically if you travel with your child outside of Australia without a visa. The golden rule? Get in touch with the Department as soon as possible after your child’s birth!
When it comes to getting permanent residency, your child will receive this status at the same time as you do. It is also important to note that children born in Australia who hold temporary visas and live in Australia for 10 consecutive years, are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship.
Get in touch if you need professional assistance with a child visa application
Should you find yourself in a position where you have to apply for a visa for your child, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can get in touch online or call us on either +27 (0) 11 234 4275 or +27 (0) 21 202 8200.
Our immigration agents can explain all the visa requirements, do an assessment, and help you put together your application from start to finish. We’re there for you every step of the way.
The OECD, an international organisation that promotes policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world, decided to look at factors that directly affect people’s daily lives.
Factors such as healthcare, schooling, and social security. The results are contained in the organisation’s Better Life Index – and Australia is doing well!
Australia is among the top countries in the Index
The Better Life Index compare the 35 member countries of the OECD plus key partners such as Brazil, Russia and South Africa. The quality of life is measured against 11 topics, each with up to four indicators, and Australia is one of the top scorers in most areas.
In Australia, the average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is USD32,759 a year. This is only USD845 less than the OECD average of USD33,604 a year.
Around 73% of people between the ages of 15 and 64 in Australia are employed, which is above the OECD average of 68%.
With 81% of adults aged 25 to 64 having completed upper secondary education, it is clear that education is important to Australians.
In terms of the quality of the country’s education system, the average student scored 502 in reading literacy, maths and science in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This score is higher than the OECD average of 486.
The life expectancy at birth in Australia is around 83 years. This is three years more than the OECD average of 80 years. When breaking it down by gender, women’s life expectancy is 85 years while the life expectancy for mean is 80 years.
Australians are hard workers! While the OECD average for employees working long hours is 11%, the average in Australia is 13%. On average, men work longer hours than women.
The air quality in Australia is the best among all the countries in the Better Life Index! The level of air pollutants small enough to enter and cause to the lungs is only 5.2 micrograms per cubic meter. The OECD average sits at 13.9 micrograms per cubic meter.
When Australia’s were asked if they’re satisfied with Australia’s quality of water, 93% of people said they were. This is 12% higher than the OECD average of 81%.
You’ll enjoy a strong sense of community in Australia. No less than 95% of Australians believe they know someone they could rely on in time of need, more than the OECD average of 89%.
Given all of the above, it should come as no surprise that Australians are satisfied with life. When asked to rate their general satisfaction on a scale from 0 to 10, Australians gave it a 7.3 grade on average. This is higher than the OECD average of 6.5.
With such a high quality of life it’s no surprise that Australia is a dream destination for migrants from across the world! Get in touch if you’d like also like to make Australia your home.
The many specialist terms and phrases especially get confusing really quickly. ANZSCO, de facto, SkillSelect…The list goes on!
That’s why we wanted to help out today with an Australian immigration glossary. You’ll find the most common, and pertinent, immigration concepts on here as well as their definitions.
If you need further clarification on any term or phrase, or have any other immigration questions, you’re welcome to contact us to speak to one of our agents.
Your Australia immigration glossary
A person who is old enough to be granted an Australian age pension.
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations as published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The person (or persons) applying to migrate to Australia.
Australian Migration Program
The Australian Migration Program is the program under which people with skills in demand in Australia are invited to move to Australia permanently. The Program runs from 1 July to 30 June each year.
Biometrics is a means of identifying and authenticating a person through features of that person’s body. Examples include:
- Face structure (photos).
Copy of a document authorised, or stamped as being a true copy of the original, by a person or agency recognised by the law of the applicant’s home country.
Your child is your:
- Biological child.
- Adopted child.
Your spouse, children, parents and siblings as well as stepchildren, parents and siblings.
Not legally married, but in a spouse-like or spouse-equivalent relationship. Some people refer to these partners as a ‘common law spouses’. Additionally:
- You are committed to a shared life excluding all others.
- Your relationship is genuine and continuing.
- You live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis.
- You are not related by family.
A person who is wholly or substantially reliant on a family member for financial support to meet their basic needs, or a person who is wholly or substantially reliant on a family member for financial support due to being incapacitated for work because of the total or partial loss of bodily or mental functions.
A natural, adopted, or stepchild who has not turned 18 years of age. Such a child is:
- Not married, engaged or in a de facto relationship; and
- Wholly or substantially reliant on you for their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.
To apply for a visa as a dependent child aged 18 years or older, the child must be:
- Dependent on you more than any other person for their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter, or
- Unable to work to support themselves because they have a disability that totally or partially affects their bodily or mental functions.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection, which was a department of the Government of Australia that was responsible for immigration, citizenship and border control. The DIBP has now been subsumed into the Department of Home Affairs, which combines it responsibilities with a number of other portfolios.
Eligible New Zealand citizen
An eligible New Zealand citizen (ENZ) is a person who:
- Holds an Australian permanent residence visa; or
- Is defined as a protected SCV holder under the Social Security Act 1991.
Your employer is the person or organization that pays you to work for them.
Expression of Interest (EOI)
An Expression of Interest, commonly abbreviated to EOI, is the way you are able to show your interest in applying for a skilled visa to migrate to Australia.
A relationship where a couple is engaged to be married.
Your spouse and dependent children.
The International English Language Testing System, which is used to assess your English language ability.
Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority. You can check on MARA’s website to see if an immigration agent is licensed and registered.
Members of the family unit
For visa purposes, the following people are recognized as the man applicant’s family unit:
- Spouses and de facto partners.
- The main applicant’s children, or their partner’s children, who are not engaged, married or in a de facto relationship, and who are:
- Under the age of 18; or18 to 23 years of age and dependent on the main applicant or the main applicant’s partner; or
- 23 years or older and dependent on the main applicant or the main applicant’s partner due to a partial or total physical or mental disability.
- The dependent children of the main applicant or their partner.
When applying for Remaining Relative Visas, near relatives are defined as:
- Your parents or stepparents.
- Your partner’s parents or stepparents.
- Siblings or step-siblings.
- Children or stepchildren who are 18 years or older and who are not dependent on you.
- Children or stepchildren who are under the age of 18 and not in your or your partner’s daily care.
Partner refers to married and de facto spouses, fiancees, and interdependent partners.
This refers to a person who holds an Australian permanent visa and is usually a resident in Australia. Generally, permanent residents can live, work and study with much fewer restrictions than temporary visa holders.
A visa permitting a person to remain indefinitely in Australia.
For many of the skilled categories, you must complete a points test and score at least a minimum points score in order to continue with your visa application.
A temporary visa allowing a person to enter and remain in Australia until a decision is made on the permanent visa application.
A qualifying business is one that is:
- Operated for the purpose of making profit through the provision of goods, services or goods and services the public; and
- Not operated primarily or substantially for the purpose of speculative or passive investment.
A relative is your:
- Partner, child, parent, brother, sister, stepchild, stepparent, stepbrother or stepsister.
- Grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or step equivalent.
Australia will consider you ‘settled’ if you:
- Have lived legally in Australia for reasonable period, usually at least 2 years; and
- Are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Your sibling is someone who has at least one parent in common with you.
Skilled migration to Australia is one of the most common ways to obtain a visa for Australia. It allows for applicants to obtain a work visa on the grounds of:
- A job offer (sponsorship) from an Australian Employer.
- A particular state or territory wishing to nominate an individual.
- A family member being able to act as the immigrant’s sponsor.
- An individual who may have studied in Australia and now wishes to work there.
- The applicant having sufficient points to make an independent application (without nomination, sponsorship or relevant studies).
Skilled Occupations List (SOL)
If you are intending to apply under any skilled migrant visa, you must have a nominated occupation which is on the SOL at the time you apply.
SkillSelect is an online service which helps Australia to manage its skilled migration programme. The primary goal is to make sure that the skilled migration programme focuses on and is fully based on the economic needs of Australia.
For some categories you must have a sponsor. This is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen who is prepared to sponsor your application and who undertakes to assist the application, to the extent necessary, financially and in relation to accommodation for a period of 2 years.
A spouse is your husband or wife where you’re married to each other under a marriage that is valid for the purposes of Australia’s Migration Act. It is also required that you:
- Have a mutual commitment to a shared life excluding all others.
- Have a genuine and continuing relationship.
- Live together or don’t live separately and apart on a permanent basis.
A stepchild is the child of your current or former partner. If the stepchild is the child of your former partner, the child must be under the age of 18 and you must have either:
- An Australian parenting order that is in force, saying that you are to live with the child and look after them.
- Legal guardianship or custody of the child.
Some visas allow your eligible family members to apply to join you in Australia as subsequent entrants after you’ve been granted your visa.
Australia’s temporary residence policy facilitates the entry, on a temporary basis, of people who can contribute to the economic, cultural and social development of the Australian community.
Temporary residence visas allow people to live and work in Australia for a limited time. Initial stay in Australia is generally for more than 3 months but not more than 4 years.
Permission to travel to, enter and remain in Australia for a period of time or indefinitely.
To work is to perform an activity in Australia in exchange for remuneration. This could be payment or some other form or reward.
The good news is that there are visas that allow for people over 50 to immigrate to Australia.
The condition, of course, is that you meet the all the requirements of the visa you’d like to apply for.
Here we’ll take a look at your Australian visa options if you are older than 50:
- Business Innovation Stream (Provisional) Visa
- Business Talent Visa
- Parent Visas
Business Innovation Stream (Provisional) Visa (subclass 188)
The subclass 188 visa is a four-year provisional visa. As a provisional visa it is the first step towards permanent residency. In this case, permanent residency is via the Business Innovation and Investment Visa (subclass 888).
The requirements to meet under the subclass 188 visa will depend on the stream under which you apply:
- Business Innovation stream: You want to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business in Australia.
- Investor stream: You want to make a designated investment of at least AU$1.5 million in an Australian state or territory, and maintain business and investment activity in Australia.
- Significant Investor stream: You are willing to invest at least AU$5 million into complying investments in Australia, and maintain business and investment activity in Australia.
For both the Business Innovation and Investor stream, you must be under the age of 55. That’s not much older than 50, so don’t take too long to apply if you’re already 50!
Business Talent Visa (subclass 132)
The subclass 132 visa allows you to establish a new business or develop an existing business in Australia. It has two streams:
- Significant Business History stream: For high-calibre business owners or part-owners who want to do business in Australia.
- Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream: For people who have sourced venture capital funding from a member of the Australian Venture Capital Association Limited (ACVAL).
You must have state nomination to apply for the subclass 132 visa and you must be 55 years of age or younger. States or territories may waive the age requirement if you can meet certain requirements.
There are several Parent visas available to the parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents, and Eligible New Zealand (ENZ) citizens:
- Parent visa (subclass 103): You must apply as a retiree.
- Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa: This visa only opens on 1 July 2019 for applications, but the main requirement will be that you’ll need an approved Parent Sponsor in order to apply.
- Aged Parent visa (subclass 804): You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia.
- Contributory Aged Parent visas (subclasses 864 and 884): You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia.
- Contributory Parent visas (subclasses 143 and 173): You must apply as a retiree.
The other requirements for these visas range from meeting the balance-of-family test and having a sponsor to meeting the health and character requirements. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss the requirements in detail.
Want to know if you’re eligible for immigration to Australia?
If you’re nearing 50 or are older than 50 and would like to know if you qualify for any of the visas above, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can do so via phone on either +27 (0) 11 234 4275 or +27 (0) 21 424 2460 or via email.
The first step is an initial immigration assessment to uncover any immigration options open to you. To book your assessment right away, simply click here and submit your details. One of our consultants will endeavor to contact you within 24 hours to get the ball rolling.
Sure, but can you speak it to the level Immigration Australia requires? Can you demonstrate your reading, listening and writing skills well? And when was the last time you were subjected to the nail-biting anxiety of having to complete an exam in a certain time?
The score of your English language test could determine whether or not you can submit a visa application. Won’t you want to be as prepared as can be?
Tip 1: Understand the test format
Both of these tests consist of four parts:
In turn, each part consists of a set of questions and tasks. Familiarising yourself with all the parts, questions and tasks will prepare you for what’s coming on test day. Going in blind is setting yourself up for failure!
Let’s give you the Listening component of the IELTS as an example:
You’ll listen to four recordings. Each recording is done in a different accent and only played once. After listening to the recordings, you’ll have to answer questions based on what you’ve heard. This part of the test is broken down into four parts with 10 questions each. The formats of the questions include:
- Multiple choice.
- Sentence completion.
- Plan/map/diagram labelling.
- Form/note/table/flow-chart/summary completion.
Can you already see why it’s important to prepare for your English test?
Tip 2: Practice with sample tests
Completing sample test materials will help to prepare you for the test in a big way! You’ll be able to:
- Familiarise yourself with the test format.
- Experience the types of tasks you’ll be asked to do.
- Test yourself under timed conditions.
- Review your answers and compare them with model answers.
This is like the tests that came before the big end-of-year exams at school. Do you think you would’ve done half as good in the exam if you didn’t write the tests beforehand?
Tip 3: Consider working with an English language teacher
If you’d prefer someone to guide you, instead of preparing on your own, working with an English language teacher is the way to go.
Usually teachers offer tutor sessions over Skype and – big plus – it’s one-on-one. The teacher will introduce you to the test format, take you through sample tests, give feedback, and focus on your developmental areas.
Clients of Intergate can access our list of recommended English language teachers. If you haven’t asked for it yet, do so today.
Tip 4: Know what to expect on test day
Think back to your finals at school. Remember how you had to be seated at a certain time? Remember that you had to have at least two pens?
The English language test environment is similar. You’ll have to bring stipulated items with in order to be able to write your test. And you’ll have to be on time!
Your English language teacher, if you work with one, will be able to prep you on all the requirements. If you’re a client of ours, you can also speak to our advisors to find out what to expect on test day.
This is not ‘just’ an English test.
This test forms part of Australia’s eligibility criteria for anyone who wants to live and work Down Under. Scoring well is crucial to increasing your overall points score and thus your chances of immigrating.
If you don’t prepare for your English test, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. You might also end up having to pay for another test – and we’re sure you wouldn’t want to do that.
Many people assume there is one answer, but this is not the case. Australia’s many visa options each have their own requirement. Sure, some criteria are shared, like health and character conditions for instance, but the main qualifying requirements are not shared.
The starting point to uncovering the criteria you’ll have to meet to be eligible for a visa, based on your personal situation, is asking yourself two key questions. Here are those questions:
What do I want to do in Australia?
Do you want to work for an employer, as is the case for many visa applicants? Or do you want to work in your own business? Perhaps you want to join family or work in Australia after completing your studies?
Knowing what you want to do is important because it determines the requirements you’ll have to be able to meet.
Let’s look at some examples.
If your goal is to work, i.e. obtain a work visa, you could look at general skilled migration or employer sponsored visas. For the former you’ll have to have an occupation that’s on a skills shortage list, be between the ages of 18 and 45, and achieve a positive skills assessment. You won’t necessarily need a job offer. However, for an employer sponsored visa, you must have a job offer from an Australian employer.
Or, say you want to join your significant other who is an Australian in the country. In this case, your spouse, life partner or fiancé must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or Eligible New Zealand citizen. Additionally, Immigration Australia wants proof of the fact that you are in a genuine and committed relationship.
Before we continue, let’s clarify that these are the crucial requirements to meet in each instance, but not all the criteria to satisfy. Our advice is to do further reading on our website to explore Australia’s visa options and requirements in detail:
Will any family members join me?
It goes without saying that you don’t want to leave your family behind when you move to Australia. In some cases, depending on the type of visa, partners and children are allowed to apply as subsequent entrants. If your visa does not allow subsequent entrants, family members will have to apply for a visa based on their intention and meet that visa’s requirements.
Please feel free to chat to our immigration advisors for further clarification.
The next steps
Once you have a handle on what you want to do in Australia, it’s recommended to do an eligibility assessment to determine if you meet all of the requirements for immigration to Australia.
Keep in mind that your eligibility will depend on a combination of factors, for instance work experience and qualifications, and not just the requirements listed here. As we said, the questions discussed here are only the starting point.
If your assessment has a positive outcome, you’ll be able to proceed with a visa application. This is when the real work starts! It’s during this stage that you’ll gather all documents and supporting evidence, and do any required tests, such as the IELTS.
Sound like a lot to take on yourself? You don’t have to necessarily. You are welcome to contact us for an assessment and assistance with your visa application. You’ll be glad you did!
Australia is a country like no other! This is where you’ll set your eyes on some of the bluest ocean waters in the world, but also where you’ll find the arid Outback landscapes. The animals are something else too. From hopping kangaroos to koalas, kiwis, and Australia’s famous smiling quokkas!
We could write about Australia’s marvels all day but only photos would do them justice. Here is some of the best sights you’ll find in Australia:
Greens Pool, Denmark, Western Australia
Sleepy koalas, found just about everywhere
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Today is cancelled, go back to bed. 😴 Located 30 minutes from @visitsunshinecoast’s CBD, @AustraliaZoo is home to over 1,200 animals – we're talking #koalas, wombats and kangaroos, as well as many exotic creatures from around the world. TIP: Check out the extensive timetable of daily shows before you go so you can plan your day accordingly, you certainly don't want to miss out on the famous crocodile feeding sessions that this conservation-focused attraction is known for. #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland #visitsunshinecoast #animalkingdom #naturephotography
The rocks and caves of Namadqi National Park in Canberra
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Crazy thing is I thought I lost this image along with the video to go with it. . Toward the middle of last year a hard drive of mine went corrupt, normally I am pretty good with backing up my work but I didn't think I backed this image as well as the vlog to go along with it. Luckily I was looking though a hard drive today and…. There it was. The video is also live on YouTube. Click the link in my bio to watch. . When I shot this image I had never seen the location before. This entire place had an amazing feel, super quiet and it was just super fun exploring all the rocks and caves around it. This is what photography is all about. . I also have a heap of new workshops and tours live on my website. If you want to learn photography I would love to teach you. Message me for more information. . #visitcanberra #seeaustralia #fujifilmaus #fujifilm_xseries #liveinaustralia #aussiephotos #visitact #nature_wizards #natgeoadventure #australialongexposure #australiagram #Australia_shotz #australia_oz #landscape_lover #landscape_capture
Sydney Opera House, like you don’t see it often
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The Opera House @sydneyoperahouse , which is the landmark building in @sydney Sydney, Australia. Thousands tourists come to Sydney for the this fabulous building. And I still remember clearly the first day I came to Sydney, this was the first place I visited, and I was totally attracted by the unique shape design. Also completely looking down from sky to the Opera House is still a special perspective. . Leave your comments let me know if you like it or not:-) . . . . . #sydney #australia . . #optimalmoments #supremeshutter #toneception #visualgrams #toneplay #theimaged #artofvisuals #vibegrams #citykillerz #moodygrams #vicivisual #citygrammers #street_ninjas #Streetoftones #gramvisions #streetactivity #streetmobs #crazyshooterz #urbanandstreet #eclectic_shotz #depthdiscovered #killaframez #chotofugram #visualmobs #street_vision #FatalFrames #thevisualmag #thevisualgrammer ——————————————— @fatal.frames @visualmobs @illgrammers @agameoftones @citygrammers @citykillerz
The wonders of the Great Barrier Reef
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And the sea cucumber turns to the mollusk and says: "With fronds like these, who needs anemones?" 😀 〰️ 📸 〰️ 📌 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park 〰️ #greatbarrierreef #gbrmarinepark #lovethereef #queensland #discoverqueensland #seeaustralia #australia #naturelovers #naturephotography #instaphoto #ocean #photooftheday #wildlifephotography #wildlife #explore #discover #diver #reeffish #underwaterdiver #adventure #snorkelling #coralreef #findingnemo #anenomefish
Surfers Paradise, Queensland
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GC This has been one of my bucket shots for a long time. The sky wasn’t that interesting so I gave it a bit of a boost. Check out my story for the original shot. Would be interested to hear your thoughts. . . #skysupply #surfersparadise #goldcoast #queensland #mint_shotz #dji #earthoutdoors #thisisqueensland #droneoftheday #broadbeach #discovergoldcoast . . #qld #sunshinestate #australia #ilovegoldcoast #seeaustralia #igersgoldcoast #visitqld #wearegoldcoast #wow_australia2019 #destinationgoldcoast #visitqueensland . . #visualsofearth #amazing_shots #lensbible #discoverqueensland #bevisuallyinspired #voyaged #qantas
The breathtaking beauty of the Outback
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• ANANGU LAND • i feel so privileged to have experienced the magic of the Australian centre and the land of the Indigenous people. So special to see it with my mama. Every sunrise, sunset is unique and special ps sorry for the spam (more photos will come 😂) . . . . . . . . #uluru #katatjuta #ananguland #redcentre #northernterritory #northernterritoryaustralia #visitnorthernterritory #magicland #desert #australia #seeaustralia #travelgram #traveller #photography #instaphotography #soundofsilence
The 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria
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The moment we entered the carpark of the Twelve Apostles National Park, there was a downpour. Having two thoughts, we just decided to go in when the rest of the crowd were 🏃 back to their vehicles. It was the two of us in this viewing platform for a while enjoying the misty view of the apostles. Just after 15 minutes, the clouds parted briefly for the sun to shine through and we managed to capture this shot. Do you have moments like this when you got rewarded for visiting a place inspite of bad weather? #exploretheworld #visitvictoria #instatravel #canon #beachvibes #wonderoftheworld #naturalwonder #naturelove #sunset #beautifulsunset #sunsetafteradownpour #exploreandshoot #gooutside #beautifulaustralia #beautifulshot #beautifuldestinations #placestogo #mustvisit #letsgoandexplore #australiatourism #letsgodownunder #travelbucketlist #natgeoyourshot #12apostles #cloudyskies #sunset #landscapephotomag #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #australiatourism #melbourne
Winding your way through Tasmania
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Day 6 in Tassie and we've already driven over 1000kms! There is something awaiting discovery around every corner. This crazy section of road is just outside Queenstown in Tasmania's Central West 🙌🏼 . . . #discovertasmania #tassiestyle #Seeaustralia #Queenstown #wow_australia2019 #djiglobal #droneoftheday #dronephotography #travelingaustralia #travelgoals #roadtrip #road #vanlife #dronestagram #dronegram #australiapassion #exploringaustralia #visitaustralia #ig_australia #landscapecaptures #agameoftones #earthpix #travelgram #everywherelifetakesme #droneaddicts #tasmania #takemetoaustralia #beautifuldestinations #speechlessplaces
There will be a condition though – migrants must live and work in regional Australia.
Sponsorship by employers, government or family members
The two new visas will be the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa and the Skilled Worker Regional (Provisional) visa. The sponsors in each instance will be:
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: For people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia.
- Skilled Worker Regional (Provisional) visa: For people nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in regional Australia.
Visa holders must live and work in regional Australia
Australia is battling with surging house prices and congestion in their cities. As such, Immigration Australia is looking to settle more migrants in regional Australia.
This is why migrants who’ll apply for the new visas will have to live and work in regional Australia. Visa holders will only be able to apply for permanent residence after at least three in regional Australia.
Please note: As of November, the definition of regional Australia will look different than it does today. You can read more about this on our blog.
Hundreds of occupations are eligible
Based on current eligible skilled occupation lists, the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa will have almost 700 eligible occupations. The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa will have over 500 eligible occupations.
Assessments only available closer to the time
Intergate Emigration cannot assess you for the two new visas yet. We’ll only be able to do this when the visas come into effect, after all the qualifying criteria have been announced. However, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to be assessed for any other skilled visas.
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- The Migration Program ceiling for 2019-20
- The definition of Regional Australia
- Expansion of Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs)
1. The Migration Program ceiling for 2019-20
The Migration Program planning ceiling for 2019-20 is 160,000, with a continued focus on skills.
In fact, more than two thirds of the Program is allocated to the skilled stream. The is focus on categories that allow employers, states, or territories to nominate skilled workers.
This move has been in the news recently, as an intake of 160,000 means a cut of 15%. In the previous period, the intake was 190,000. According to reports, Immigration Australia wants to attempt to curb congestion and rising house prices.
You can read more about the Migration Program ceiling here.
2. The definition of Regional Australia
In November 2019, the definition of Regional Australia for all skilled visas will be simplified and expanded to include all of Australia except for the following metropolitan areas:
- Gold Coast
Areas within the new regional definition will have access to two new skilled regional provisional visas. This move will enable migrants and employers to access a wider range of occupations and to receive priority processing.
3. Expansion of Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs)
The Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) enable participating regions to respond to their unique workforce shortages by accessing experienced overseas workers for skilled or semi-skilled occupations that cannot be filled by the local labour market.
The expansion of the DAMAs will further enable regions to access the right skills in order to support businesses and to ensure that local communities thrive.
The Northern Territory DAMA has been operating successfully since 2015 and a further five-year agreement commenced in December 2018. Australia will now also establish DAMAs in four other regional locations:
- Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia.
- Regional South Australia.
- Adelaide City.
- Great South Coast, Victoria.
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