The 9 Ways to Emigrate to Australia

ways to emigrate to Australia

Ever wondered how to go about emigrating to Australia and go about getting an Australian visa?

Wondering what the various options were and how to go about the different schemes without too much red tape or expense?

There are lots of ways to emigrate to Australia. This article spells it out in 9 easy stages.

9 Ways to Emigrate To Australia

1. The Australian economy has never been stronger and the Australian government are particularly looking out for skilled people with a specialization in many business and trade areas. In order to emigrate you could go the route of an expensive lawyer, or you could get the advice of specialist Australian immigration consultants to see if you qualify for Australian immigration eligibility.

2. If you are wondering about work skills needed to emigrate to Australia or qualifications needed to emigrate to Australia then it’s worth bearing in mind that there is a points system for applying for what is known as the Skilled Visa.

You can fill in an online form to see if you satisfy the Australian immigration points system as set out by the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMIA).

3. An Australia working visa. Managers, qualified professionals and skilled tradespeople are especially in demand under the Skilled Visa program.

Schemes are available for skilled visas on a permanent or temporary basis, and are all based on points needed to emigrate to Australia as set out by the Australian Immigration Department.

With the Australian job market advertising over 150,000 jobs each week and unemployment at its lowest in 10 years, being eligible for an Australia work visa has never been more possible. There is a huge demand in the plumbing, security, printing and the building trades in particular. However, despite the huge demand across the board there was a shortage of candidates for jobs in 2004.

Update 19 April 2017: The 457 / Working Holiday program has been updated. Please see this post for more information.

4. An Australian working holiday visa. These are exactly what they sound like. There are many people who dream of being able to emigrate to Western Australia or, more specifically, emigrate to Perth Australia for the amazing weather and facilities there. If you are between 18 and 30 and are looking to spend 12 months in Australia then you may qualify for one of the many Australian working holiday visas that are available every year.

5. Family Visa. If you have an Australian partner or members of your immediate family are permanently based in Australia then you may qualify for one of several family stream visas.

Your application to emigrate to Australia can be done online. The Government of Australia encourages emigration in order to bring families together. Under the Family Visa Immigration Programme, migrants considering emigration must be sponsored by a close family member or fiance living in Australia.

There are 4 schemes to choose from in order to find out if you are eligible for immigration. Select the one that best describes your situation. The sponsor must be either an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, and would usually be 18 years of age or older.

6. Visitors and tourists. All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before they travel to Australia. But now there is no need to worry about visiting the Australian Embassy or High Commission to get your visa.

You can now get your visa online. If you are planning to travel to Australia as a visitor or even on a business trip then you may need either a visa or an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). An ETA will allow you to spend up to 3 months in Australia and you are free to travel anywhere you like.

7. Business and investment visas. If you have had a successful business career either at a senior executive level or as an owner of your own business you may qualify for one of the several visas under the Australian business visa program.

Under the two-stage arrangements introduced on 1 March 2003, business migrants are granted a Business Skills (Provisional) visa for four years and, after establishing the requisite level of business presence required by the DIMIA or maintaining their minimum investment, are eligible to make an application for a Business Skills (Residence) visa.

8. If you are an employee who is headhunted or moved to your company’s Australia office then you can apply under the Australia sponsored work visa. Your employer can effectively sponsor you for this by becoming your Australia Immigration Sponsor. Under this system, if you are an established professional, you can emigrate to Australia without a degree.

9. Retirement visas. If you wish to emigrate to Australia on retirement then you may be eligible for an Australia retirement visa given each year. If you are financially secure and would like to spend some of your retirement years in the warmer climates of Australia, find out if you qualify with our free online assessment.

There has never been a better time to emigrate to Australia or to apply for an Australia Work Permit or Australia visa application.

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Hello Sir,
We are living in Australia from past 9 years..
We haven’t got permanent residency yet as I came as an international student hair dresser .
But my child also with me since we come to Australia at age of 10 years old..he is nearly 19 years old now..Is there any visa he could stay in Australia permanently. Please let me know


Hi, I’m Jenny and myself and hubby would like to be able to retire or get an extended visa for Australia . We are 69@ 62 years of age . My brother, sister and our daughters live in Australia with our grandchildren , my son lived in hobart but sadly died 3 yrs ago . We would like to spend more time in Australia , what would be available to us ,


Hi I am.canadian citizen and want to move to Australia permanently pls help

Daniel Le Roux

I am 46 and my wife is 53 years old. Will we be able to emigrate to Autralia? I am a welder fitter by proffesion.

Jessica Eroro

Hi Mark My name’s Jessica and I’m from PNG. I would like to move to Australia to work but need advice on the type of visa which I may be eligible to apply for or advice on how I can go about applying for one. I am 32 yrs and have a Bach. Degree in Health Management and have been working for 8 years on Primary Health Care program in PNG. I’ve come across alot of job vacancies that I’ve either applied for or want to apply for, however these organisations don’t offer sponsorships for foreign workers. Also in terms… Read more »

Hello Mike, Hope you are doing fine. I have done my Bachelors from commerce (B.Com) from an Indian university, after that I did my postgraduation Diploma in HSE(Safety) field, working in HSE field for 3years for now ( I Don’t have any other degrees regards to HSE field apart from my PG Diploma). I am planning to apply for skill assessment from Vetassess for ANZSCO code 251312 which requires a bachelor degree or higher degree. In their website, they have mentioned that – “Please note that we will not be assessing an Australian Graduate Diploma or comparable overseas postgraduate diploma… Read more »


Hi, my husband is turning 46 years in August and is a systems Audit analyst with over 15 years of work experience. Which migration visa is he eligible? Am also 39 years of age and a librarian with 10 years of work experience, which Visa can i qualify for immigration. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Virginia Moog

Hi Mark , I am 41 years old housewife , my husband is a skilled worker ( oil fields/petroleum) with 16 years of experienced and counting. we have a six year old son. we are planning to migrate in Australia , do you think we are illegible?


hi mark
need your help
i am currently residing in kingdom of Saudi Arabia Riyadh
married with two kids
would like to immigrate to AUSTRALIA

NEED your help regarding process and procedures for filing application
ALSO IELTS which one i should appear


your quick response is highly appreciated
thanks in advance

Mark mc garry

I’m 34 I have a sister who is an Australian citizen. I am a truck driver who is selling his house and thinking of moving to oz . would I qualify ?


Thanx a Lot for this Article.

Ameeth Singh

Thanx a Lot for this article.

Ameeth Singh


Hi Mark.
I was wondering about immigration to Australia. I currently have a certified accounting technician diploma if that’s what you call it with the ACCA. I am now continuing my studies to become a member.
Is it possible to apply for the skilled points test with the certified accou ting technician or do I need to finish my studies.

usman shahazd

hi sir i am 24 i am l.v panel all work soft stater house wairing and i have 5 year experience and i am also have 2 yearz diploma from lahore and i aslo work at bahrain cellmec company i aslo have experience in this filed so plz help me thanks…………. usman shahzad

Jacques van Zyl

Hello MARK
I am an insurance Broker in South Africa ; only have South African industry related qualifications but willing to do any work in the beginning . I do not have a university degree and I am 52 years old. I have been awarded quite a lot of awards for industry performance. Will I be able to emigrate downunder. I do have a sister ; same mother – different father with permanent residence getting citizenship next year.

thanks for the information…..
I applied for the Australian PR visa. I want to apply through immigration consultant. What are the chances of getting visa soon?


Hi my im an Australian citizen my wifes a Permanent resident now and we want to bring my brother inlaw over from Lebanon have tried for older brother in law and was refused hi risk . But we applied for a tourist visa before my wife was permanent resident now that shes permanent what visa do you recommend (family sponsored visa ) and what would he need to apply to secure him with a visa and not get refused coming from Lebanon seems to be hard and hi risk area


Dear Mr. Mark,

I am a structural engineer with a M.Sc. in Structure from Bangladesh and having 10 years of experience including gulf region. I would like to work in Australia as a professional and not too keen on citizenship.
So, how I should apply and more importantly do Australia recruit professionals in this manner?

Freddy sunny

I have one sponsorship in Australia that’s my 2 nd cousin uncle . And also am an accountant . Can I move to Australia ?


I have assets worth in excess of £400k and I’m a journalist who covers financial markets for a well known company. My wife and I are keen to move Australia where our friends moved years ago and I’m hoping that I should be able to do so quite easily. I know one publishing house that is interested in me but the money wasn’t good enough although I am keen to move (some of my cousins are there already). Should be easy enough no?

Gopal Volluri


I am 34 year old and 5 years experience in SAP Master data analyst role in IT and Pharma Company. Can you please tell me that my designation Master data analyst comes under shortage occupation list – ICT Business analyst. Could you please help on this. I will appreciate your time and help.



My son David spent one year in Perth on a working visa, then two years at uni, on student visa, he had to come home due to lack of funds to pay last years fees, he is now in his final year at uni in England, finishing his degree. His girlfriend of two years is still studying in Perth, and is going on to a post graduate course for another two years, he 32 and she is 28 obviously they want to get married. He has been traveling out to see her at least twice a year. She is from… Read more »

Justin George

Hello Mark, I have been working as a conference and event planner for the past 10yrs in Dubai at a professional level. However, I do not carry a qualification as I wasn’t able to complete by degree. Based on the fact I do have a qualification document but do possess the relevant skill set and experience for a job that is listed on the CSOL, what would be the best way to apply for a PR in Australia? Also my brother is currently a PR holder living in Perth – would this help?


Hi Mark,
I have just completed my engineering degree in computer science. My field of expertise is in the SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST but I don’t have any work experience. Moreover one of my friend lives in Australia and he has a PR. So is it possible for me to migrate there??


Hi im 48 and my boyfriend of 5yrs is 52, his 3 boys have PR in Australia and he would like to join them in the next 5 yrs, i know we can go on a relative visa but what are the costs of a pr visa and insurance etc,


I’ve wanted to move to Australia for 15 years now but timing has never been right. Now is our chance but we have no idea what visas we should be looking at.
My husband is 35 and an electrician. He has had his own business for 15 years.
I’m 30, have an NVQ2 in beauty therapy but have spent the last 12 years being a full time mum to our 3 children. I will be studying for my NVQ3 next year.
Could you point us in the right direction please as I have no clue what visas are suitable.
Many thanks


Hi Mark,

I am 20 years old from the USA currently dating an Australian of the same age. We have been together almost a year. I have not yet attended university so I do not hold a degree. Wondering if there isn’t anyway I can migrate to Australia without this? I have been here on an ETA the past 6 months.

Thank you!!


Hello Mark. I’m a 28 years old, doctor by profession. Currently working in government hospital in department of anesthesia from last 8 months. I want to move to Australia as soon as possible, need guidance.. Thanks in anticipation

Hi Mark
My name is Marios and i live in Cyprus.I hold a trade certificate in gas fitting from 2008 and ive been working as a gas fitter since 2006.i am 43 years old, married and have two kids.What are our chances to emigrate to AU?



Thanks for the reply Mark
I have another question.Is there a way to verify in which level is my diploma equivalent to? or its entirely depend on TRA assessment?


Hey Mark I am 21 years old
I have one year experience in my field
Is it possible for me to get a PR in Australia


Hi.. my name is Alfredo, I’m married, and I’m 32 years old. I am a Technician in Microbiology and my wife Doctor in Medicine. We want to emigrate to Australia but we lack the resources and means because we live in a country that even Internet access is restricted, we live in Cuba.
  Any advises to be able to fulfill our dream?


Hi Mark, am Kasibante Robert from Uganda i have a degree in Human Resource Management and a diploma in IT , i have a 3 year working experience i really want to leave Uganda and get a job within Australia i dont care what kind job i get but i need help on how i can find a job and what kind of visa can be easy for me to get. thanks

Yaeko England

Valuable discussion ! I loved the points . Does anyone know if my business might get ahold of a fillable AU Form 842 version to fill out ?

I want to find sponsorship in Australia how can I find it?



I am 22 years of age, with 3 years work experience in digital and print media, as well as online marketing. I do not have any qualifications though. With my determination to learn and grow, would I still be able to apply for a visa for Australia?


Hi Mark,
I have an advanced degree in Engineering from the US but I soon returned to India after a stink in Business Consulting and have been doing the same here. I am 26 and am looking to work in Australia for a few years. Its been 3 years since I left the engineering field but have gathered experience as a Buyer/ Merchandiser in the garment manufacturing/ consulting field and would like to move to work there. How do you suggest I could go about this ?

Best Regards


My son and his wife have 2 small boys and are moving to Australia, Can I as a 52 year old move with them? I will be taking care of grandkids.

Steve ooi

Hi. I am 46 year old, my wife is 41. I am married with 2 children.
I have a bachelor of building degree from university of nsw. I am also recongised as a probationer member of aiqs. I have been working as a qs, contract manager and contract director for the past 25 years.
Would like to know my chance of migrating to australia.
Please advice.
Thank you.


I’m 47 years old as is my wife. We are looking to immigrate to Australia but not sure we would make the 60 points score. We are both real estate agents with NQF 4 qualification and have been in the industry over 15 years each. I also operate an Aluminium guttering business which has been in operation for 8 years but there is no trade paper for this type of contactor. I also operate a 3D immersive media company specializing in virtual tours. I think our age is a problem and we only have around $au 400k once we sell… Read more »


Hi sir I am 42 and I am network and system engineer and I have 9 years experience and I am also have two years diploma from karachi Sheraton hotel as a pastry chef and I also have experience in this filed so plz let me know can get the immigration of Australia plz help me thanks

Peter Gibson

Hi I am 53 my partner 60 I am hgv driver class 1 plus pcv what is the possible to emigrate to australia

my name is Srdjan I have 32 years and I am highly qualified kranist.I worked for 8 years as a crane operator in a black metalurgija.I am from Macedonia, I am married and have 2 children.Whit my family want to live and work in Australia .Please contact and help as.THANKS

Hi Srdhan and welcome :) Please have a look at the article I’ve just published here: and then post in our forums if you have any further questions. You can access our forums here:


I have 9 and half years of contact centre experience, which is there in general skilled occupation; however, I have completed my graduation (bachelor’s degree) this year would like to know will I get points for my work well as for education.


hi, me and my boyfriend want to move to australia hes an architechual technician and i when ive finished uni will be a childrens nurse; my mum will be just 50 when we want to go, she is head of maths in a secondary school. is there any way she would be able to apply to emigrate even though she would be over 50?

Muhammad Qasim

Hi dear would you like to inform me how to emigrate to Australia as an electrician by 15 years exp


mark you are doing a fabulous job……hats off


I am working as a correctional officer in the prison. What are my chances?


Hi, I’m Beth (36) and working as an HR Specialist for ACN. My husband (35) has been in the BPO industry for more than 10 years. We are looking migrating to Australia with our 5 children. What would be the best route? Thanks

Olivia Sherwin

This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to fill out an online form to see if you satisfy the Australian immigration points system. My husband and I have been talking about moving to Australia for a while now, but with recent changes at his work, it looks like it might be a viable option. We’ll definitely fill out those forms to see if we could get a skilled visa. Thanks for the great post!

Am a skilled worker in an Indian Company, I would like to work in Australia, am I eligible to apply Subclass 457 Work Visa?

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