It’s a great time to work and live in Australia. With strong economic growth over the past few years, unemployment in the country is very low, so there is strong demand for skilled workers from all around the world. Thriving sectors include construction, oil & gas, mining and health care. Visitors to Australia, excluding New Zealand citizens, require a visa to enter the country, and there are several types available depending on your situation. Australian visas are available over the Internet or through mail.
If you have specific work qualifications in any of the above industries, you may qualify for an Australian Skilled Migration Visa. These are granted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMIA, based on a point system. Another option is the Working Holiday Visa, available to people between the ages of 18 and 30, allowing you to spend up to 12 months in the country. People who are asked to come to work in Australia by a specific company often qualify for an Employer Sponsored Visa. This means the company directly sponsors your immigration application because they want to employ you in a particular job.
There are several other options for getting a visa to Australia. A Sponsored Business Visitor Visa is to enable people to attend conferences and training, good for up to three months, and must be sponsored by a government agency or similar organization. A Tourist Visa is a general pass, good for up to three months in the country. There is also a Long-Stay Tourist Visa available for visits up to 12 months if you hold a passport from an eligible country.
If you are a business owner and want to invest in or start a company in Australia, you may apply for a Business Skills Visa, These are granted in two stages: a Provisional Visa for four years, followed by a Permanent Residence Visa after you have demonstrated your business presence in the country. There are also Short-Stay and Long-Validity Business Visas for up to three months in the country. The Business Skills program is divided into four categories: Business Owner, Senior Executive, Investor and Business Talent.
If you have immediate family or a partner who is a permanent resident or holds Australian or New Zealand citizenship, they can sponsor you for a Family and Spouse Visa. There is also a variety of Student Visas available. Finally, if you are financially secure and wish to spend some time in Australia without working, you may qualify for a Retirement Visa.
Australia is open to visitors and workers, and the variety of visas available make it easy to go. For more information about visiting this beautiful country, go to the website of the Department of Immigration & Citizenship .