Have you always wanted to emigrate to Australia from the United Kingdom but didn’t know if you qualify, or how the whole process works in general?
Here at The Migration Guide, we have created the go-to website to cover as many aspects as we can, from why people move there, to what visas are available and of course how to qualify for them as well.
Unlike information found on forums, Quora, Reddit and other sources, we draw all our information from the experience of our contributors, who between then have hundreds of paying clients a year and just as many visa approvals.
The information is from hands-on experience and first hand accounts, with a deep understanding of migration law and regulations.
Why Do 190,000 People Migrate To Australia Every Year?
Australia has long been a popular destination for people from the United Kingdom and other parts of the world for holidays, to study or even to move to, with its temperate climate, culture and food, high minimum wage and consistently being ranked as having some of the best cities in the world to live in.
The UK ranks third behind India and China in the number of new migrants a year into Australia, averaging over 15,000 permanent migrants annually and over 500,000 visitor/ tourist visas granted a year.
The main reason is simple: Australian permanent residency status.
As a permanent resident of Australia, you have very similar rights to an Australian citizen, except (amongst others):
- You can not vote
- You can not claim unemployment benefits immediately upon arriving in Australia
But what you can do far outweighs what you can’t do, which we have listed in brief below.
Public Healthcare (Medicare)
The Australian public healthcare system is one of the best in the world, funded mostly from tax collection and due to the relatively small population of 24 million people (less than half the population of the UK) all residents and citizens have free access to public hospitals,
Some medications are subsidized, as well as certain clinics and general practitioners for smaller ailments.
Getting a Job
All PR holders can apply for jobs in any field in any state throughout the country, even if you are overseas - why does this matter?
Because the first question most potential employers will ask you is if you have work rights in the country, which with residency you can respond as yes.
Australia has one of the highest, if not the highest minimum wage in the world, at AUD$18.93 an hour.
Going To School
The public schooling system is free in Australia and is compulsory for children to attend to, with schools dotted all over every major city in the country.
Schools in most states work with school zones, allowing people who live within a certain distance from the school to enrol their children in those schools. This varies from state to state and school to school.
Adults can apply for lower fees for university and post graduate courses than what international applicants would pay.
Buying A Home
Foreign buyers of property in Australia in certain cities such as Melbourne have to pay a tax surcharge of 7% to buy property and can only purchase limited types of property.
As a resident you would be able to buy any property type anywhere in the country and not pay any surcharges. You would also be able to apply for home loans.
The 3 Best Visas For You To Emigrate With (Out Of 100)
Australia has over 100 visa types, covering every type of applicant you could imagine, from general skilled migration, investor and business visas, tourist and temporary visas to partner and family visas amongst many others.
The government is considering shrinking this list to a smaller, more compact list to make it more streamlined, however this is many years away from every becoming a reality.
For the purposes of this guide, we will be focusing on skilled migration, as this makes up the bulk of all migration into Australia each year and many more people qualify for than they realise.
However the 3 best visa types for skilled migration are:
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) (Points-tested) stream
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)
What Is It Like Living And Working In OZ?
Australia offers a lot to its residents as one of the largest continents in the world but with a small population in comparison to the size of the country.
This means that there are well established suburbs in every major city, spanning outward in every direction - giving locals plenty of options to choose from when it comes to where to live, where to send their children to school and where to work.
The train, tram and bus networks for each of the larger cities cover its breadth, with the remainder accessible primarily by car, as personal car purchases are frequent due to the relatively low cost of cars and although it fluctuates on a daily basis, also the price of fuel.
This allows families to live on one side of the city, or in a suburb a medium distance from the city center, yet work in the middle of the city without major hassles.
Australia Has one of the highest minimum wages in the world!
At $AUD$18.93 an hour (Updated 2018), almost everyone, including fast food workers, to retail staff, to professional workers gets paid enough to get by.
Prospective employers and employees use either of the major job portals to apply for jobs and hire new staff, with plentiful options in terms of recruitment agencies willing to try and place people in new companies as well.
We will cover moving, living in Australia in further detail on the website.
Using Migration Agents and Consultants
Using an Australian registered migration agent is an option open for all applicants of skilled migration visa subclasses to Australia.
A migration agent or agency should amongst other tasks:
- Advise you on the best occupation and visa subclass to apply for
- Tell you of potential challenges your application may face
- Advise you on the correct and complete list of documents you will need to collect
- Help you draft appropriate reference letters and statutory declarations
- Provide access to templates and sample reports when needed
- Check all documents
- Submit your documents to the relevant assessing authorities
- Submit your documents to the Department of Home Affairs
- Respond on your behalf in the above situations
If you would like an expert to handle your case, please get in contact with us for recommendations.