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How to migrate from UK to Australia in 2023?

Posted on January 24, 2023
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How to migrate from UK to Australia in 2021

Why migrate to Australia?

  • Excellent career opportunities in different sectors are available in Australia
  • Immigrants can migrate to Australia through different visas
  • Employees can earn a minimum wage of AUD 813 per week
  • Australia has the unemployment rate of 3.4 percent
  • Australia provides high quality of life

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Reasons for Australia migration

Many UK citizens want to migrate to Australia due to many reasons. One of the factors is a high quality of life in the country. Another reason is the availability of jobs in various sectors. There are different types of visas which the UK citizens can use to migrate to Australia. Candidates have to meet the eligibility criteria which are different for each visa.

Many visas can be used to apply for permanent residence in Australia. The government of Australia has established many immigration systems to streamline the process of immigration. Candidates can apply for an Australia PR visa on the basis of points system. They have to score a minimum of 65 points to get an invitation to apply for an Australia PR visa.

There are two streams under which different types of visas are available. These streams are

  • Skilled Stream
  • Family Stream

Australia points system

Candidates have to gain at least 65 points to become eligible to apply for an Australian visa. The factors and the points for each of them can be found in the table below:

Category Maximum Points
Age (25-32 years) 30 points
English proficiency (8 bands) 20 points
Work Experience outside Australia (8-10 years) 15 points
Work Experience in Australia (8-10 years) 20 points
Education (outside Australia) – Doctorate degree 20 points
Niche skills such as Doctorate or master’s degree by research in Australia 10 points
Study in a regional area 5 points
Accredited in community language 5 points
Professional year in a skilled program in Australia 5 points
State sponsorship (190 visa) 5 points
Skilled spouse or de facto partner (Age, Skills & English language requirements to be met) 10 points
Spouse or de facto partner with ‘competent English’ (No need to meet Skills requirement or age factor) 5 points
Applicants without a spouse or de facto partner or where a spouse is an Australia citizen or PR holder 10 points
Relative or regional sponsorship (491 visa) 15 points

Skilled Stream

Australia is in dire need of skilled workers to live, work, and settle in the country. Skilled immigrants have a high level of education and work experience. They have a greater chance to get an occupation in Australia. Candidates sponsored by employers have the ability to contribute to the Australian economy.

The most popular immigration system is the skilled stream where candidates are invited on the basis of points system. Skilled workers can use the General Skilled Migration Program to migrate to Australia. The eligibility criteria to apply under this program are as follows:

  • Age of the applicants should be below 45 years
  • The qualifications have to be included in the medium and long-term strategic skills list.
  • A designated assessing authority has to assess the skills of the applicants.
  • Candidates need to have good health and character. This can be proved through a medical and character certificate respectively.

The visas that come under this program are discussed below in detail.

Skilled Independent visa

The other name of this visa is subclass 189. The visa has been designed to attract workers with skills needed for different sectors in Australia. Candidates can apply for this visa if they get a minimum of 65 points.

Immigrants holding this visa will be able to invite their close relatives as this is a permanent resident visa. The validity of this visa is five years. If people are out of Australia and the visa expires, they can return back through the Resident Return visa (subclass 155 or 157).

Skilled Nominated visa

Candidates can apply for this visa if an Australian territory or state nominates them. The eligibility criteria of this visa are same as that of the Skilled Independent visa. Applicants need to have experience in nominated occupations available in the Skilled Occupation List.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 Visa

The subclass 491 is also known as Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa. This is a visa which allows the primary applicants and their families to live, work, and study in the regional areas of the country. The validity of this visa is five years. Candidates will be eligible to apply for an Australia PR visa after three years.

Global Talent Program

It is a program introduced to invite tech talent to meet the skills shortage. The target of the Global Talent visa is to invite tech workers to work in Australia in the future-focused industries. There are also plans to expand the GTS program to apply for an Australia PR visa.

Benefits of this visa are:

  • Stay permanently in Australia
  • Study and work in Australia
  • Enrol in the public healthcare scheme known as Medicare
  • Immigrants have the opportunity to sponsor their relatives to come to Australia
  • Travel from and to Australia for 5 years
  • Apply for Australian citizenship

Distinguished Talent visa

The Distinguished Talent visa has been designed to invite candidates who have experience in arts, sports, academic, or research sectors. There are two subclasses of visas which include subclass 858 and subclass 124.

Here are the eligibility criteria for the visa:

  • Excellent achievement is needed in the profession
  • Should become an asset to the Australian community
  • Get job or start a business easily
  • Nomination has to be done by:
    • an Australian peak body or organization
    • an Australian citizen
    • an Australian permanent resident, or
    • an eligible New Zealand citizen

Business Innovation and Investment Program

If you are an investor, business owner, or a senior executive, you can apply through the Business Innovation, and Investment program. You will have the opportunity to start a new business or manage and maintain an existing one in Australia.

There are four streams in this program which are:

  • Business Innovation stream: This is the stream for the candidates who want to undertake any business in South Australia
  • Investor stream: This stream is for the candidates who are able to invest and maintain AUD 2.5 million for the validity period of the provisional visa. If candidates are over 55 years, they have to invest AUD 3.75 million.
  • Significant Investor stream: This stream is for the immigrants who have the ability to invest AUD 5 million in a complying investment fund. The investment has to be made till the validity of the provisional visa.
  • Entrepreneur stream: This is a stream, for the candidates who received support from a selected Service Provider to commercialize a product or develop a new business in Souith Australia.

The visa fee for all these streams can be found in the table below:

Visa subclass Application fee Fee per applicant aged 18 years and above Fee per applicant aged under 18 years
Subclass 188 – Investor stream $4,780 $2,390 $1,195
Subclass 188 – Business Innovation stream $4,780 $2,390 $1,195
Subclass 188 – Significant investor stream $7,010 $3,505 $1,755
Subclass 188 – Entrepreneur stream $8,410 $4,205 $2,015

The eligibility criteria for the visa are as follows:

  • A minimum score of 65 is needed
  • Proof of business success has to be shown through the ownership interest and annual turnover
  • Business and personal assets should be at least:
    • AUD 1.25 million in the case or receiving ITA after July 1, 2021
    • AUD 800,000 in the case of receiving ITA before July 1, 2021

Family stream

Australian citizens and permanent residents have the opportunity to invite their close relatives to migrate to Australia through the family stream. The close relatives who can be invited are:

  • Spouses
  • Common-law partners
  • Dependent children
  • Parents
  • Elderly relatives
  • Dependent relatives
  • Caregivers

Australia Immigration Plan

Australian immigration plan is released every year to invite more immigrants to live, work, or study in Australia. The table below shows the Australia immigration plan 20022-2023:

Visa Stream Visa Category 2022-23
Skill Employer Sponsored 35,000
Skilled Independent 32,100
Regional 34,000
State/Territory Nominated 31,000
Business Innovation & Investment 5,000
Global Talent (Independent) 5,000
Distinguished Talent 300
Skill Total 142,400
Family Partner* 40,500
Parent 8,500
Child* 3,000
Other Family 500
Family Total 52,500
Special Eligibility 100
Total Migration Program 195,000

The details of the allocation for each state in the 2022-2023 immigration plan can be found in the table below:

State Skilled Nomination (Subclass 190) Visa Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) Visa
ACT 2,025 2,025
NSW 9,108 6,168
NT 600 1400
QLD 3,000 2,000
SA 2,700 5,300
TAS 2,000 2,250
VIC 11,500 3,400
WA 5,350 2,790
Total 36,238 25,333

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