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How to migrate from Dubai to Australia in 2021?

Posted on December 21, 2020
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Migrate from Dubai to Australia

If you are planning to move from Dubai to Australia in 2021, then Australia is a good choice because moving to this place will provide you with opportunities for work especially if you are a skilled professional.  Apart from this, Australia offers a high quality of life, a stable economy, and a peaceful environment.

Points-based system

Australia follows a points-based system for its migration programs. You must first meet the eligibility criteria which requires that you have a score if 65 or above out of 100 points. The below table describes the different criteria for scoring points:

Category  Maximum Points
Age (25-33 years) 30 points
English proficiency (8 bands) 20 points
Work Experience outside Australia (8-10 years)

Work Experience in Australia (8-10 years)

15 points

20 points

Education (outside Australia)

Doctorate degree

20 points
Niche skills such as Doctorate or master’s degree in Australia 5 points
Study in a regional area

Accredited in community language

Professional year in a skilled program in Australia

State sponsorship (190 visa)

5 points

5 points

5 points

5 points

Check your eligibility

Migration options

Australia needs skilled workers and the easiest way is to ensure that you have the desired skills that Australia needs. Having the right skill set when applying for migration will be the primary factor for your success. If your application is successful because you have the right skills you can get a permanent residency which will extend to your spouse or partner and your dependent children.

Australia regularly publishes a list of over 300 occupations in its occupation lists-

Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

Consolidated Skill Occupation List (CSOL)

These lists give details of occupations where the country faces a skill shortage which prospective migrants can check and then apply for a visa.

If your occupation figures in any of these lists, then you can apply under the Skilled Migration program.

Skilled Migration stream

The Skilled Migration stream is a points-based system and is the most popular immigration program that aspiring migrants choose. Here is a brief description of the eligibility requirements for the three main visa categories under the Skilled Migration Program.

Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189): Before submitting your application under this category, you must give an Expression of Interest through Skill Select. This can be done within or outside of Australia.

The applications are by invitation only, for this you should:

  • Have Experience in a nominated occupation on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List
  • Get a skill assessment report by a designated authority for that occupation
  • Submit an Expression of Interest
  • Be under 45 years
  • Meet general Skilled Migration basic requirements
  • Score at least 65 on the points test
  • Meet health and character requirements

Once you receive an invitation to apply for this visa, you must do so within 60 days.

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190): You qualify for this visa if you are nominated by an Australian state or territory. The privileges in this visa are the same as the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189)

The application requirements are similar except that you should have experience in a nominated occupation on the Skilled Occupations List.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 Visa: This visa has replaced the Subclass 489 Visa as a pathway to a PR visa. Under this visa skilled workers and their families must live, work and study in designated regional areas for 5 years. They will be eligible for a PR visa after three years. The eligibility requirements are the same as for other Skilled nomination programs.

These visas under the Skilled migration program will lead to permanent residency in Australia after a few years of stay.

Other immigration streams you can consider

Employer Sponsored Migration: The program aims at filling skill shortages in the Australian Labor Market by matching the vacancies to those migrants who have the requisite skills and experience.

Business Innovation and Investment Program: The Australian business visa program helps foreign business owners, senior executives and investors to come here for business purposes and develop new or existing businesses in Australia. This can also be a pathway to permanent residency.

Distinguished talent visa: The Distinguished Talent visa is designed for individuals who have achieved something exceptional in a profession, in arts or sports or in research or academic fields. The visa has two subclasses- Subclass 858 for onshore and Subclass 124 for offshore.

Family stream

Under the family stream you can migrate to Australia if your close family member is a citizen or permanent resident in Australia. The family stream gives preference to the spouse/partner, dependent children, parents of citizens and permanent residents in Australia. It also provides an opportunity for other family members such as relatives who are old and dependent, caretakers etc. to move to Australia to be with their families.

Which stream should you apply for?

Every year, the Australian government sets the migration planning levels and fixes a certain number of places under each migration program. Here is a table with details of places allotted to each migration program in 2020-2021:

Skilled Stream category 2020-21 Planning Levels
Employer Sponsored (Employer Nomination Scheme) 22,000
Skilled Independent 6,500
State/Territory (Skilled Nominated permanent) 11,200
Regional (Skilled employer sponsored/skilled work regional) 11,200
Business Innovation and Investment Program 13,500
Global Talent Program 15,000
Distinguished Talent 200
Total 79,600
Family Stream Category 2020-21 Planning Levels
Partner 72,300
Parent 4,500
Other Family 500
Total 77,300
Child & Special Eligibility 3,100

As you can see in the table the highest number of places is allocated to the Skilled Stream category which has a total of 79,600 immigration places for 2020-21.

You have better chances under this stream, provided you meet the eligibility requirements and score the required points. The Family stream has also seen an increase in the number of places by about 61 percent (an increase from 47,732 to 77,300) out of which 72,300 are partner visas.

The stream you opt for is also dependent on the fact on how far you are able to meet the eligibility requirements.

To choose the right stream which will help you to migrate from Dubai to Australia in 2021, take the help of an immigration consultant who will provide you with the right guidance.

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