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Australia Visa Options – A Dummies Guide

If you are looking to move to Australia then you will need an Australian visa. The Australian Visa system is broken down across a number of different visa categories and each visa category has a number of visa subclasses.

There are visa subclasses for students, families looking to move to Australia, general visitor visas, visas for flight crew, people who charter yauchts, defence personnel, people looking to invest money and people just transiting/passing through. In Fact, at the time of typing. The Australian migration website has approximately 120 different classes of Australia Visas to choose from. Aren’t you lucky!

Australian Visa Options
There are approximately 120 visa options to choose from when migrating to Australia. It doesn’t have to be that confusing, however!

It’s fair to say that for those new to the Australian migration journey (which will be the majority of you reading this page); the huge number of Australian visa options will be confusing.

You probably haven’t yet grasped the differences between your subclass 189 visas and the 482’s. Let alone the subclass 651 and 143 Visas.

Thankfully, it doesn’t need to be so complicated.

What are the main Australia Visa Options?

You see, despite there being around 120 different Australia Visa classes, for the vast majority of you, you’ll likely fall under the following scenario.

  1. You want to come to Australia on holiday
  2. You want to work and have a skill in demand that will help you move to Australia
  3. You are a student who is willing to spend your hard-earned money with an Australian educational facility/university to study here in Australia
  4. You have family or a partner who lives in Australia and you to join them here in Australia
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Sure there are other scenarios that exist, however, based on the allocation of Australia visas which were allocated to Australian visitors and migrants last year, the above scenario accounts for over 98% of all people.

To help, we have provided an overview of the most popular Australian Visao options below. Within each visa overview, you will find the main highlights of the visa and the key eligibility requirements so you can quickly determine (at a high level at least) if you would qualify.

Each group of visas is summarised under the headings of the four scenarios we listed previously.

The name of the visa will give you an indication of what the key focus of the visa is. Try not to get too caught up on the visa subclass numberd. As there are so many visa options, this is necessary to help distinguish between all the visa types available to people looking to emigrate to Australia.

Now let us get onto the Visas.

You want to come to Australia or holiday

The Visitor and Tourist Visas will support a trip to Australia for tourism purposes. These visa options enable you to enter Australia for a short period to do a range of activities within the spirit of the visit including tourism, visiting friends and relatives or for business or medical visits.

You have a skill in demand that will help you move to Australia

The Australia Working and Skills Visas options are probably the most extensive range of visas on our list. This Australian Visa type allows visa holders to enter Australia temporarily or permanently to live and work in the country. Work visas are for skilled workers, people participating in specific activities, highly specialized workers, experienced business people, investors and sponsored workers.

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In general, skilled visas are broken into two groups; sponsored or independent Visa classes.

Sponsored Visas are where you will be sponsored by an employee or an Australia State to come to Australia.

Independent visas are where your skills are considered in-demand enough (and you tick sufficient (other) boxes to move to Australia independently of a visa.

The latter (independent Visa) is often the most sought after visa option. As the name would suggest, you aren’t dependent on anyone else to secure your visa, nor are you restricted by who or where you work when you arrive.

The unfortunate flip side is that the competition for this visa type is strong which in turn can impact your ability to secure an invitation to apply. This is a ‘Points-tested’ visa and the more points you have the greater the chances of getting a visa invitation. If someone else has more points, they will generally get an invitation before you.

You are a student who is willing to spend your hard-earned money with an Australian educational facility/university to study here in Australia

The Australian Student and Training Visas enable to enter Australia for a specific period to study an eligible course of study or to undertake occupational training with a sponsoring organisation that is consistent with the purpose of the visa granted. These Visa types enable you to live (and in some cases work in Australia for a temporary period.

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You have family or a partner who lives in Australia and you want to join them in Australia

Finally, the Australian Family and Partner Visa classes allow visa holders to join their partner, spouse or other family members in Australia. If you are in a relationship with someone who is already an Australian Citizen or Permanent resident and you want to move to Australia to be with them, then these are the types of Visas which may be of the most interest.

Australia Visa Options – Is this enough to get you started?

We hope this overview of the various visa options has helped dispel or at least reduce some of the confusion caused by the myriad of Australia visa choices out there.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to post them on the landing page of the Australia visa option you are interested in. Alternatively, feel free to post in our forums or in the comments below.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! Tip Jar: Buy Mark a Coffee or a beer

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