Migrating To Australia: A Guide for Skilled Workers
Australia is an appealing destination for skilled workers looking for a place to live and work. Who would not want to go to a place where there is a better pay, right? But aside from this, this country offers accessible visas, uses a common language, and has over 240 days of sunshine in a year.
Getting a Visa
Before looking for flight prices, you must first get the right visa. The skilled occupations list of Australia shows which skilled workers are in demand. So if your occupation is on this list, you can make an expression of interest after which a specific territory or state or the Australian government might allow you to move permanently.
The temporarily skilled or 457 visa was once the most common way for people to move to Australia. But Australia’s prime minister and minister for immigration and border protection announced that this visa will be replaced with Temporary Skilled Shortage or TSS visa on April 18, 2017. This new visa supports businesses to address genuine skill shortages.
But when migrating to Australia, the Skilled Migration Independent or 189 Visa is a better option for skilled workers. This was created because the country needs a lot of skilled workers in different fields including healthcare, teaching, construction, programming, and engineering.
This visa is best for skilled workers who aren’t sponsored by the Australian government, an employer or a family member. If you apply, you should express your intent to work within a specific skilled occupation.
But not all are qualified. To apply for this visa, you have to be at least competent in speaking English and under 50 years old. Moreover, you have to complete a skills points test, which is a list of qualifications with each weighing points. Criteria include:
- Professional qualifications
- Partner skills
- Skilled employment
- English language ability
- Australian study
- Fluency in Australia’s Community language
The 189 Visa allows you to move permanently to Australia and even enroll in the country’s Medicare system. You can apply for citizenship after four years of living in the country as a permanent resident. Moreover, you can travel in and out of Australia within the first five years. After that, you must apply for another visa or citizenship if you want to travel to other regions and countries.
Workplace Rights for Visa Holders
All workers in Australia have protections and rights at work. These include foreign nationals, whether they are working in breach of their visa conditions, have overstayed their visa or they’re working lawfully. Make sure that your employer complies with the country’s workplace and immigration laws. Be aware that workplace conditions and pay rates are set by the Australian law.
Take note as well that your employer can’t cancel your visa. It is only the Department of Home Affairs that can refuse, grant or cancel visas. Also, your visa isn’t canceled automatically if you have breached your visa conditions. This further means that when your visa is under consideration for cancellation, you will be given the opportunity to give reasons why your visa shouldn’t be canceled.
Other Crucial Things to Know Before Moving to Australia
If you are migrating from Dubai, consider looking at Australia’s climate first. Contrary to everyone’s belief, this country is not home to hot weather. Instead, it varies considerably across eight states and territories.
Check which state offers the climate that suits you best. Thus, it is recommended that you should first choose where to live before applying for a visa because an excellent job opportunity won’t compensate for your health.
2. Cost of Living
The cost of living in Australia depends on several factors such as your place of relocation, size of your family, accommodation plans, commuting habits, lifestyle, and food. In other words, your living expenses will depend on your choices and what kind of life you like to have.
For instance, top cities or urban areas like Melbourne and Sydney have higher costs of living than rural areas or countryside parts.
3. Migration Process
Migrating to Australia is a lengthy process that can take at least six months. To make it stress-free and more manageable, it is recommended that you work with an immigration company. This way, your application will be assessed professionally. Most importantly, you will be provided with guidance and instructions as the migration process goes on.
Migrating to Australia is a serious step to take and a milestone in your life; thus, you must be prudent about it.
Bevan Berning is an Immigration professional and owner of Pathway Visas, an Immigration Agency dealing mostly with skilled immigration to Canada and Australia. Bevan’s enthusiasm for the industry has kept in the Immigration field for the past seven years. Bevan is South African by birth and has been residing in Dubai for the past eight years.