It would not be wrong to say that Australia is the land of and for Immigrants. For the years 2013 and 2014, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection of Australia proposes to give or provide 1,900,000 Permanent Resident Visas, of which a total of 128, 550 are under the Skilled Stream.

From the time, the first human arrived on the Australian Continent, 51000 years ago, New immigrants and settlers continued to arrive and call Australia their home. The pace increased from the late 18th century with the Europeans, especially when the British started the colonization of Australia. Since 1945, a staggering 70 lakh new immigrants reached Australia to settle. And, they made Australia their home. In the last decade, that is from the years 2000, onwards, Australia witnessed 9 lakh new immigrants who made it their home. As per the census in 2011,26.8% of the Australians were born abroad.

Of this, Indians comprise 10.9%. In terms of ranking, India stands at the 4th place behind UK, New Zealand and China. Since 2006, more than 15,0000 Indians arrived in Australia as new immigrants.

This clearly demonstrates that Australia is one of the favorite destinations for Indians to immigrate to and seek improved prospects and life style.

Australian Immigration is coveted since it has many appealing factors which an immigrant seeks.

Australia is an economically advanced country. It is the 12th richest country in the world. Its development has always been backed up by successive stable governments. The country has a  strong and diverse economy, is enormous in size, has huge employment potential and high standards of life.

A perfect ambience is presented to immigrants to reinvent themselves and have better careers, higher Income and improved standards of living.

The most popular and sought after visas for those from India are Permanent Residence Visa, Work Visa, Student Visa , Business Visitor  Visa, Visitor Visa, Parent Visa etc.,


Under the Permanent entry visa stream, immigrants can seek Permanent Residency under Skilled or Economic migration, Family migration and the Refugee or Humanitarian program.

Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) and Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) categories are the two major types of visas. These are the most popular visa programs under which Skilled professionals whose Occupation is listed in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) can apply for Permanent Residency in Australia. The SOL list specifies the occupations which are sought after, but not available in required magnitude in Australia. Hence, these programs aim to attract the talent which is available in abundance in countries such as India and China with an offer of Australian Permanent Residency.

An immigrant who gets a PR under these programs is virtually eligible for almost all of the social security benefits enjoyed by an Australian Citizen. Permanent Residents in Australia can avail of the following benefits:

  1. Can live and work in Australia on a permanent basis
  2. Can study in any of the Australian schools, colleges, universities at any level
  3. Is entitled for receive subsidized healthcare.
  4. Can avail certain social security benefits
  5. Will be eligible for Australian citizenship after fulfilling the required eligibility criteria
  6. Can sponsor family members for permanent residence.

Since these programs aim at attracting talent from abroad in tune with Australian economic sectoral demand for skilled professionals who would contribute to its economic progress, there are eligibility criteria, wherein, a prospective immigrant needs to establish that she or he possesses all the required attributes and that the profile falls under SOL, to be granted a Permanent Residency under either Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) and Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) programs.

When applying for Permanent Residency in Australia, an applicant needs to establish that he has the requisite proficiency levels in attributes such as Education, Experience in one of the occupations mentioned in the SOL, Age, Required Language Proficiency in English, spouse\'s profile, Australian education or experience etc. Out of a possible awardable 100 points, one needs a minimum of 60 points in a combination comprising above mentioned attributes.

Australian Immigration process is called Skill Select and involves the following stages to obtain Australian PR successfully.

  • Skill Select
  • Skill Assessment
  • Expression of Interest
  • Invitation to Apply
  • Immigration Application
  • Medical Examination
  • Police Clearance

The total processing time could be between 6 months to 18 months depending on the occupation and stream.


Until December 2013, for the year 2013-2014, a total of 23 420 work visas were issued.

The validity of this visa is 1 day to 4 years.

The Australia Work Visa gives a prospective immigrant, the opportunity to live and work in Australia as a skilled migrant, thus enabling the Australian employer to employ a non-Australian to work in Australia, since the required talent is not available.

An Australian Work Visa enhances the prospects of Immigration to gain Permanent Residency.

This is the most popular visa for employer sponsored migration to Australia. This visa allows the overseas businessmen to sponsor themselves or their employees to establish a business.  In addition, this visa enables business houses to establish business and run them in Australia.

Under this visa, the visa holder is allowed the following.

  • Can work in Australia for a minimum period of  one day to a maximum of four years
  • They can be accompanied by eligible dependents and they are allowed to work and study
  • There is no restriction on \'to and from travel\'


In terms of offering educational opportunities to international students, Australia stands third after USA and UK.

A total number of 117, 468 visas were issued to international students. Visas were issued by Australia during 2012 and 2013 and this is set to increase during 2013-and 2014. During 2012 and 2013, the total number of student visas issued to Indian students stood at 24808.

The major reasons why Australian is chosen by many Indian students are

  •  Australia is a multi-cultural country with English as its spoken language
  •  Wide range of courses at all levels are offered
  •  International Standard of Education which is recognized world wide
  •  Fast visa processing
  •  Job opportunities for students who are allowed to work 20 hours a week.


Australia is an island continent which has many world famous tourist attractions such as the Gold coast, Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Bondi Beach, Port Jackson and many more such natural and manmade marvels. More than 6 lakh tourists visited Australian in the year 2013 and 2014.

Australia being one of most economically advanced countries attracts thousands of people to visit Australia to conduct business all over the world.

Australia being a multi-cultural country has residents from all over the world, who are visited by their kin and kin.

Thousands of people also visit to get medical treatment.

For all these kinds of needs and purposes, Australia issues different kinds of Visitor visas.

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