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Thinking of moving to Australia? Different visa options:

Friday 17 February, 2017

Australia is one of the highest ranking countries in the world, when it comes to quality of life, so it’s little wonder that so many people want to move here.

Endless coastlines, low pollution levels and a resilient economy are some of the factors drawing people to this sunkissed nation.

So, what do you need to do to move to Australia? The most crucial step is to make sure you’re applying for the correct visa. There are many options, and navigating this terrain can feel like stumbling through a minefield while blindfolded.

The right visa for you will depend on the reason you want to relocate, what your nationality is and how long you intend to settle in Australia. A word of warning, applying for your visa involves a mountain of paperwork, but luckily there are agencies that can guide you through this process.

As a starting point, the Australian Department of Immigration provides this Visa Finder, which gives an overview of visa options, as well as estimated costs. It’s definitely worth checking out, but keep in mind this tool offers no recommendations or guarantees that you’ll be granted a visa.

Some of the most common visa categories include:

Visitor visa (for those want to visit for a short amount of time, up to 3 months, or on multiple occasions within one year).

Student visa (for those who want to study in Australia).

Student Guardian visa (for people who want to move to Australia to provide care to a student under 18 years of age).

Working and skilled visa (for those who have skills or qualifications that Australia needs).

Family and spousal visa (for those who are eligible to be sponsored by their family members).

Refugee and humanitarian visa (for people seeking protection or asylum within Australia).

When applying for your visa, you’ll need to complete documents that relate to the following areas:

  • Funds in your account
  • Health insurance
  • Police checks
  • English testing
  • Skills and qualification assessments

There’s a lot of planning and research involved, if you want to apply for a visa. This can be an incredibly daunting process, especially if your heart is set on moving to a specific location. Our international team at Chess Moving specialise in moving people to Australia, and we even help with the visa process, by working closely with leading immigration firm Global Visas.

Contact us to find out how we can help you to apply for your visa.

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