Welcome to our self-help Australia Immigration Series. With the information we provide here from time to time, you can actually attain your desired goal of relocating to Australia.
Australia is one of the most progressive countries in the world and one of its cities, Melbourne, has always been singled out to be the most livable cities in the world. The Australian standard of living is very high. The country is peaceful, safe to live in, and best of all, it is very immigrant-friendly like Canada.
Migrating to Australia is not easy, but neither is it difficult. Like Canada, you don’t break protocols. To migrate to Australia, you must follow the right procedures, one step after the other. The three steps to focus on being:
Step 1: You need to get a job
Step 2: Apply for nomination
Step 3: Apply for visa
Before you begin following the steps, it is important you choose a suitable migration pathway among the many options Australia makes available. The General Skilled Migration pathway is often the most sought after.
The General Skilled Migration option
GSM visa is issued to skilled workers who are sponsored by an Australian employer and who like to use their qualification and professional experience to live and work in Australia. Applicants will require a test score in their Skill Evaluation and their level of English Language proficiency is also measured.
GSM is further categorized into:
Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189): applicants are eligible if they attain a score of at least 65 in the Skill Select Evaluation, be less than 45 years old, and must possess enough skill required by their chosen profession, which MUST be listed under the approved Skilled Occupation List under the program. All the above requirements meant applicants would not need a sponsor in the subclass to apply.
Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190): under this subcategory, applicants don’t have to meet the 65 scores to apply. However, they must be under 45 years old and be able to demonstrate their expertise for the job applied for. Also, sponsorship by a state government is compulsory to apply for this option.
Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (Subclass 489): under this subcategory, applicants don’t also have to meet the 65 scores to apply, must also not be above the age of 45, but must be sponsored by an eligible relative residing in Australia. Applicants can also be sponsored by the government. But note that this subclass is a provisional visa issued only for two years.
Employer Nomination Scheme Visa: under this subcategory, with all above-mentioned criteria applicable, Australian employers can sponsor skilled applicants to migrate and live in Australia.
Temporary Business Work Visa (Subclass 457): this type is issued for a limited period of up to four years. Candidates applying for this subcategory must be sponsored by an Australian employer. This temporary work visa is said to be the most popular way of immigrating to Australia.
How do you then get a job in Australia to be eligible to apply for any of the above pathways? We will examine ‘how to get a job in Australia from Nigeria’ next week.