Australia is just emerging from one of the most restrictive COVID-19 lockdowns in the world. As the country slowly returns to normal and reopens its borders, the Australian Department of Home Affairs is also gradually starting to open itself up to migrant applications, especially since the State government of New South Wales started discussions about urgently acquiring the skills needed to help the country recover from the economic consequences of the pandemic. If you have been looking to emigrate to Australia, there is no better time to get started on your application.
The Australian immigration process
Migrating to Australia is a lengthy procedure, and it comes with a lot of paperwork. It usually takes about six months of preparation, with the help of an agent, to get all the required documents. You also need to get your skills assessment ready and approved before you submit your residence application. There are four steps you will need to take in your journey to securing your residency:
- Skills assessment: First, you need to show that you have the skills and experience necessary to work in Australia in your particular occupation.
- State sponsorship: If you meet the required standards, the next step is to acquire a nomination from one of the State governments. This enables you to qualify for a skilled migration visa from the federal government.
- Expression of interest (EOI): Next, you must fill in an EOI. It is a comprehensive questionnaire that asks you about your skills and experience, as well as your level of proficiency in English, and any information surrounding your state nomination. It is completed online via a platform called SkillSelect.
- Invitation to apply: If your EOI is successful, you will receive an invitation to apply for your visa within two months.
Tri-Nations Migrations offers specialist immigration advice and services to South Africans looking to live in Australia or New Zealand. Our systems and procedures assist you in collating the necessary supporting documentation to enable us to lodge a successful residence application in the shortest possible timeframe. If you would like to see if your skills are required in Australia, or if you have been thinking about emigrating for a while, then Tri-Nations Migrations is here to help. For any information on what is required to emigrate to Australia, visit our website or contact us today.