Figures released last month show that a higher percentage of expats are choosing to live in Australia ahead of any other global destination.
And who can blame them? The much-loved island and it’s unique way of love isn’t just a draw for tourists; people are upping sticks and moving to the land down under and never looking back.
If you fancy joining them and beginning your life in Oz, here are the nine steps you need to take to ensure you become as Australian as a tinnie at the cricket:
People 15 and under and must be a permanent resident and “living with a responsible parent or an unaccompanied humanitarian minor.” If your parent qualifies, you can too. But generally, you shouldn’t even bother unless you’ve had your sweet 16th.
There are a number of ways to gain residency, which is needed for a citizenship application. The most popular route is finding an employer to sponsor you if you are a ‘skilled’ worker (skilled is judged by the Australian Government’s points system).
A company who wants to hire you must fork out $2,870 (R37,000) – so you better work your socks off if someone gives you a chance.
This can lead down a different, more relevant path for your application. There are options for parents, carers, children, relatives and partners at varying expenses
It costs $1,270 (R16, 453) for caretakers to apply, while the cost for adult children bringing over a parent starts at $15,400 (Nearly R200,000).
The Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) can’t expedite your application or increase your chances of getting accepted. But they can look at your background and goals to decide which route is the one worth taking.
Immigration agents such as Sable International are experts in helping people from around the world claim Australian citizenship and/or immigrate Down Under.
Once your residency is accepted, it takes four years of living Oz in before you can consider applying for citizenship. Permanent residency will allow you to travel freely across all six states and give you access to the universal healthcare system.
There are a few technicalities which may grant you citizenship by default: Having an Aussie spouse or partner, being a New Zealand citizen living in the country, the child of an Aussie emigre, or being born in Papua New Guinea before their independence in 1975. If you are any of these, you’ve found a shortcut!
You’ll need to pass the language and citizenships tests if you want to stay in Australia for years to come. The language assessment tests your writing, reading and speaking skills, whereas citizenship will be all about the country’s heritage, values and their government.
Do your research on your adopted homestead and make sure you know your climates. Depending on where you want to set up, it’s not always the weather for vests and thongs (both the footwear and the, erm, other thing)
It’s a culture like no other and Australia welcomes anyone who embraces Aussie life. You have the sport, the scenery, the bars and the wonderful inhabitants. Make sure you become a part of that social fabric!