Australia

The Australian visa policy deals with the requirement of a foreign national who wishes to visit, study, work or get a permanent residence to remain in the country. Australia is one among the top immigration places around the globe. It has the most organized point based system, cultural diversity, high wages, world class cities and high employment rate, which invite thousands of immigrants every year. The ongoing skill shortage across various industries in Australia has given many young and talented immigrants a chance to study, work, live or even settle on a permanent basis. Now let’s look at various visas and its requirements.

Permanent Residency VISA

The immigration system of Australia is a point based system, it is a mixture of both online and offline activities. An Australia PR requires

Key documents:

You need to arrange the key documents, apart from routine travel and educational documents two main documents are required viz.,

English language proficiency test results [IELTS]

Skill assessment report by a relevant assessing authority.

Choose appropriate visa:

There are various categories of permanent visas in Australia. There you need to choose a one category that will be appropriate and meet your requirements.

Select an occupation from MLTSSL (Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List):

There is a skill occupation list from which you need to select an occupation once your particular visa is chosen. Even in this if you are selecting a non-sponsored visa which is a subclass 189 visa then you need to choose the occupation from the MLTSSL of Australia, whereas if you choose a sponsored visa i.e., subclass 190 visa you need to choose the MLTSSL from that particular Australian state.

Apply in point based system:

Once all the above requirements are met its time to apply in the point based system. You need to submit expression of interest [EOI] in the online skill select system of Australia mentioning key profile details e.g., language ability, age, education, work experience etc. points will be allotted for each of your profile factor. A collective score of 65 points are needed to apply through the system. The more the points the more are the chances to boost your chances to apply visa.

Health and Character requirement:

There would a requirement of providing certificates that should prove your medical fitness and character verification process.

How to Apply?

After collecting all the essential documents and decided the visa category, submit the expression of interest[EOI] to skill select online which will process requests for Australian visas. Now the submitted profile will be given points which needto be at least 65 points. Now wait for the response from authorities. Once your profile gets selected you will be sent an invite to apply for the desired visa. After this, you will have to gather all the key documents and attach to the application form and submit within 60 days of the invite.

Permanent VISA Benefits

The PR visa permits its citizens to work, study and live in Australia without any limitation. This country gives many privileges; one of the crucial privileges is having free health care treatment under insurance scheme for all the permanent residents. However, PR visa is offered for 5 years, later it should be applied again from within the country or outside. Australia is said to have one of the best quality of life, as it was declared to be the second best country for this matter. There is an unemployment benefit in Australia, it is called the new start allowance, this will not last forever, its applicable to those who are in search for a job, a partial amount may be paid if they are into a part time until they work fulltime. Australia is a multicultural country with one of the best infrastructure leading to a less stressful life.

Work VISA

An Australian work visa requires:

Prove efficiency in English language by providing relevant certification i.e., relevant IELTS score.

You should have the skills and experience for the occupation applied.

Skills need to be assessed by the assessing authority in Australia.

Required to meet health care and character criteria.

Meet all the criteria based on the visa type chosen.

How to Apply?

Skilled visa:

After collecting all the essential documents and decided the visa category, submit the expression of interest[EOI] to skill select online which will process requests for Australian visas. Now the submitted profile will be given points which needs to be at least 65 points. Now wait for the response from authorities. If the profile gets selected you may get a nomination from the Australian state, territory or employer to apply for visa in Australia.

Sponsored visa:

You must be sponsored by a business in Australia in order to apply for this category of visa. The employer needs to be an proved sponsor. You can claim an application online mentioning your nominationTRN[ transaction reference number] or application id confirmed by your employer in Australia for this visa.

Visit VISA

Visit visa also has various categories. People might visit Australia for various reasons such as holidays, sightseeing, social and recreational reasons, to visit relatives, friends to be a business visitor for other short term non work things like medical treatment or medical consultations.

For whatever reason you visit Australia you need apply for the respective visa category.

Required Documents for Visit VISA:

General Requirements

Original Passports within 6 Months Validity from date of travel. Old Passports if any(Passport all pages photocopies and notarised required on each page).

Visa Application Form.

2 Photos: 35 X 45mm, white background, matt finish 80% face size. Teeth should not be visible, both eyes, ears and forehead clearly visible.

Covering letter mentioning details of applicants, passport details, travel details and who will bear expenses details. (If self-employed required on company letterhead.)

Pan Card or Adhaar Card Copy

Income Tax / Form 16 for last 3 years.

Original Bank statements for last 6 months with healthy and sufficient balance.

Salary slips for last 3 months – if employed.

Original Leave approval letter from company on company letterhead.

Company registration proof e.g. Shop ACT, MOA etc. – If Self Employed.

If Student – Bonafide letter / ID Card and NOC letter from School/College.

If Retired – Retirement Proof.

Other Financial Documents – Fixed Deposits, PPF, NSC, Shares, Mutual Funds, Property Papers etc.

Air Tickets / Itinerary.

Children under 18 must provide a notarized ‘no objection certificate’ from any non-accompanying parent authorizing their travel to Australia along with copies of the parents’ passports.

Where children are travelling or staying with non-relatives, provide the full name, nationality and the date of birth of the person the child will be staying or travelling with. A declaration of support signed by the person responsible for that child in Australia.

Documents if Visiting Friends / Family in Australia:

Passport & Visa Copies.

Invitation Letter mentioning details of person inviting, travel details.

1 Accommodation proof in Australia.

Bank statements last 6 months updated (If Sponsoring).

Salary slips for last 3 months. (If Sponsoring)

Relationship Status proof if invited by Family members. (If any proof available)

Business VISA

Australia ranked 2nd in terms of average wealth. It is said to be a perfect place for business. As a nation it supports and encourages businessmen, entrepreneur’s, investors and employee’s and business migrants. Australia business visa Subclass 600 should be applied if travelling for below purpose:

attending meetings, conferences and negotiations,

investigating personal investment or job opportunities,

representing a foreign government on official business,

representing a overseas entity in negotiations and investigations of business opportunities.

Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa Subclass 400 should be applied if travelling for below purpose:

undertake short-term, non-ongoing, highly specialised work in Australia;

participatesocial events or non-cultural events at the invitation of an organisation in Australia.

Visa Requirements:

Visa Application forms.

Original passport (6 months valid from the date of travel) + Previous passport. Notarized copies of ALL pages of passport.

2 Colour photograph with plain white background, matt finish size 35 mm X 45 mm 80 % face size visible

The covering letter on company letterhead mentioning travel details, applicant details, details of the meeting/work. Detailed itinerary, with contact details of the business parties involved.

Company registration Proof

Income Tax Papers for last 3 years / Form 16.

Salary Slips for last 06 months (If employed).

Bank statement for last 6 months.

A letter of invitation from the host organization in Australia.

Conference/event registration details.

Dependant VISA

How to Apply for Australian Dependent Student Visa

An international student who enters Australia with a student visa to pursue an academic course of 12 months or longer duration is allowed to bring close family members as dependents. Australian immigration rules allow spouses, partners and unmarried children of less than 18 years to be eligible for dependent student visas.

Eligibility Criteria for Australian Dependent Student Visa

To be eligible to enter Australian as a dependent on a student visa the following are the eligibility conditions:

For dependent spouse or partner

The dependent person must be your spouse (the person you are married to) or de factor partner (including same sex partners)

If the dependent is your de facto partner, you must have been living with your partner for at least 12 months, and you share a genuine and exclusive relationship with your partner

For dependent child

The dependent child must be your child or that of your partner

The child must not be married or engaged to be married or in a de facto relationship

The child must be less than 18 years of age and must be still in continuous education (i.e. studying A-levels)

Mandatory Requirements

To bring your family members as dependents on your Australian student visa you must declare your family members in your visa application form, even if they may not travel with you to Australia. If you do not declare all family members in your visa application, they will not be eligible to apply for a dependent visa once you arrive in Australia.

In case you are including your dependent family members in your original student visa application, then you must include all members of your family on your original Form 157A (Application for a student visa).