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Moving to Australia as a U.S. citizen takes time and patience. It is highly recommended that a migration professional is hired to help with this part of the transition. Sometimes, your international mover will have experienced staff assist with the legalities including the compliance of import policies.

The part of immigration that you’ll likely need to pay the most attention to is the process of obtaining the right visas or the act of gaining Australian citizenship. This is a timely process that must be addressed accordingly. It is wise to hire a migration agent if you don’t have familiarity in this area or any help from a professional to fulfill all that is required. As a native to the United States, the policies involved with immigration to another country can seem confusing and complicated.

Australian Citizenship Eligibility Requirements

  • migrant with permanent residence
  • spouse or partner of an Australian citizen
  • child of a former Australian citizen
  • child aged 16 or 17 years - must be a permanent resident
  • child aged 15 years or under - must be a permanent resident
  • parent or an unaccompanied humanitarian minor
  • Commonwealth Child Migration Scheme arrival
  • Refugee or humanitarian entrant

To receive more information regarding immigration laws to Australia, you can contact the U.S. Embassy & Consulate of Australia. They will fill you in on the latest immigration laws and provide you with further direction. When you’re certain that you meet the requirements, you’ll want to apply for citizenship right away. If you are unable to apply or uninterested in applying for citizenship, you’ll need to apply for the appropriate visa. There are many Australian visas to choose from so you might find this process a little confusing. However, it is important that you apply for the right one.

Australian Visa Categories

  • Visitor visas
  • Working and skilled visas
  • Studying and training visas
  • Family and spousal visas
  • Other visas
  • Repealed visas (these visas are not available to apply for as main applicant)

Each of the visa categories listed above contain a large selection of different visas available. Once you find which visa applies to you, submit your application and get the process started.

Those that have moved to Australia under a work visa usually benefit from the following…

  • Work in Australia for up to four years
  • Work as an employee or a contractor
  • Work in multiple locations
  • Bring dependents with them for work as well

The exact details can vary between subcategories of work visas so study each one thoroughly before deciding on one to apply for.

Two Steps to Applying for a Visa in Australia

Employer Nomination

Your new employer must show the immigration authorities that this is a true job position, that they can pay you, and that they will meet their responsibilities as your employer. Expats will not be involved in this side of the process. Visas are rarely granted to work in major cities. Expats should rather aim to work in a regional or rural area of Australia.

Visa Application Process

The entire visa application process is done online and a lot of information and proofs are required. It is recommended that you read through the immigration website thoroughly before filing for a visa. Some things that you will need to do for this application include:

  • Undergo a medical examination
  • Provide criminal history checks from every country you have lived in
  • Meet English language proficiency requirements
  • Declare that you will abide by Australian laws and values

The entire process can take several months, so it is recommended that you start what you can sooner rather than later. Problems that can restrict entry into Australia are criminal convictions, severe medical issues, or incomplete paperwork. Once you arrive in Australia, you will need to show that you have health insurance to cover yourself for your length of stay in the nation.

All countries have their own laws regarding immigration. Once you decide to move to another nation, it is always in your best interest to learn as much as you can in regards to their immigration laws so that you can avoid any drawbacks when you file for visas and other rights of citizenship.


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