Australia is one of the world’s great immigration success stories. Today, nearly one in four of Australia’s 20 million people were born overseas, and it continues to welcome migrants who will contribute to the future strength and wellbeing of the country and its people.
Immigration has had a major influence on Australian life; not least in its population growth. Since 1945, over six
million people have arrived from over 200 countries.
Australia has a non–discriminatory immigration policy, which means that anyone can apply to migrate to Australia from any country in the world, regardless of gender, ethnic origin or religion.
Processing arrangements for migration applications vary. While some visa categories are still processed in Australian visa offices overseas, a range of visas are now processed in Australia. Applicants for these visas are required to lodge their application with the relevant processing or business centre in Australia either directly or with the assistance of a registered migration agent.
Australia also welcomes highly experienced business and skilled people who can bring their global expertise, capital and skills to Australia. Business people and skilled workers can apply to migrate through one of the following categories of the Migration Program: General Skilled Migration / Employer Sponsored Migration/ Business Skills / Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), or State/Territory Nominated Independent (STNI).
General skilled migrants are people whose education, skills and ready ‘employability’ will contribute to the Australian economy. They make up the largest part of the Program’s skills component, which also includes the Skilled Independent visa, Skilled Independent Regional (SIR) visa, Skill Matching Visa and Skilled Australian-sponsored categories (including Skilled - Designated Area category).
The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) is a migration Initiative that allows Australian employers to sponsor workers from overseas, or who are temporarily working In Australia, to fill skilled vacancies in their business.
Employers in regional or low population growth areas can also sponsor workers through the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), which provides some concessions to facilitate migration to these areas. Regional or low population growth areas include all of Australia other than Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle. State and territory governments can also nominate skilled people under STNI if they have identified skill shortages.
The Business Skills category is intended to attract business people to settle and establish a new business, or to become an owner or part owner of an existing business and to take an active role in that business, in Australia.
Many areas in regional Australia are actively looking to attract skilled and business migrants. If you intend to
migrate to Australia and are interested in settling in a regional location,
or are undecided on where to settle, consider what living and working in regional Australia has to offer. Regional areas often have good employment opportunities for skilled migrants and also offer a relaxed and friendly lifestyle.
Migrants must have at least functional English for some visas and at least vocational for others so that they can
quickly become active in the workforce.
Temporary Residence Business people needing to come to Australia for genuine business purposes and highly skilled specialists coming for work may obtain temporary residence in Australia.
Temporary visas in Australia are accessible to skilled and business people who provide tangible benefits for Australia through skills and technology transfer, or through specialised overseas business knowledge.
Character and Medical Checks All permanent visa applicants need to meet health criteria, including all members of the family and all children of any adults in the family aged under 18 (whether in the adult’s custody or not, and whether migrating or not). All physical and mental health conditions need to be assessed, even if no medical intervention is planned.
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