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Hi all,

I am new to the forum so thanks for accepting me. I am looking for a starting point in beginning the process in moving permanently to Australia. A little bit about me - 34 years old, family of 3, partner and 3 year old child. I am in the finance industry and have been for 14 years - I am in a senior non management role with a certificate in a specialised area as my highest  education. My partner if qualified in childcare and looks after children and has been doing this for 7 years. 

We would be looking to move to Melbourne. 

Where do I need to start to move this forward? How do I understand which Visa is the correct one to apply for etc. 

I also have family over in Melbourne and they have been there for some time. 

Thanks in advance.

S

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9 hours ago, Ste1605 said:

Hi all,

I am new to the forum so thanks for accepting me. I am looking for a starting point in beginning the process in moving permanently to Australia. A little bit about me - 34 years old, family of 3, partner and 3 year old child. I am in the finance industry and have been for 14 years - I am in a senior non management role with a certificate in a specialised area as my highest  education. My partner if qualified in childcare and looks after children and has been doing this for 7 years. 

We would be looking to move to Melbourne. 

Where do I need to start to move this forward? How do I understand which Visa is the correct one to apply for etc. 

I also have family over in Melbourne and they have been there for some time. 

I sound like a broken record, but your easiest solution is to book a consultation with a good MARA-registered migration agent.  It will be free (if they ask for a fee, go somewhere else).  Try Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda.   They won't go into much detail in that consultation, but they'll be able to tell you whether you stand a chance or not. 

Australia is now a mature country that largely trains its own workforce, so migrating is not the easy path it used to be.  

To get a visa, either yourself or your partner must have an occupation that's on a short "skilled list" of occupations.  On top of that, you must have the qualifications and experience specified.  On top of that, you must be able to score a certain number of points on a points score.  Finally, even if you meet all of those requirements, you're not guaranteed a visa. The application process is a competition, like a job application.  Only the candidates with the highest points get chosen.   Currently, you only need 65 points to apply - but you'd be mad to, because only people with over 90 points are getting a visa, so you would just be throwing your money away. 

The 189 visa is the Rolls Royce of visas, which lets you live and work permanently anywhere in Australia - but it's also the hardest to get.   Then there's the 190 visa, also permanent, but offered by the individual states - so if you get the visa, you are obliged to live in that state for a few years.   Each state has its own extra requirements and rules - but the 190 is easier to get than the 189, because the points score isn't as important. 

The 491 visa is another step down, but easier to get than the two permanent visas.  It's a provisional visa. You have to live and work in a regional area for four years, after which you can transition to permanent residency if you've met all the requirements.  The visa was introduced because most migrants settle in the capital cities, whereas the government wants them to populate country areas - and their hope is that by the time you've spent four years somewhere, you should be so settled that you'll stay there. 

Finally there's the 482, which is employer-sponsored.  But that's not "moving permanently to Australia".  That's getting a temp contract for 2 to 4 years, with a vague promise that just possibly, if everything goes smoothly and your employer doesn't renege, you might be able to apply for a permanent visa at the end of it.  It used to be a common pathway to a permanent visa but it's become more and more difficult and is now very unreliable and stressful.   If you find a good employer who'll pay your relocation costs, it's a great opportunity to have an adventure for a few years.   However if the employer isn't generous, it can be an expensive adventure. 

Good luck!

Edited by Marisawright

Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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