Visas are a legal form of document that gives a person permission to enter a country different than their own country of citizenship, or passing through a foreign country.
To obtain an Australian visa, you must first determine what kind of visa that you are eligible to apply for (whether an Employer Sponsored Visa, Student Visa, Partner Visa etc) before applying.
It is important that you understand the full costs and process involved with applying for an Australian Visa, which is why we recommend using an experienced and registered migration agency, such as AMALSA, to ensure you have greater chances of a successful application and that your money is also well spent.
For more information on each visa type or subclass, please click the headers or individual visa links below, or feel free to contact us to arrange an appointment to discuss.
We also recommend visiting our FAQs page for general information.
For people looking to live and work in Australia, there are several forms of working visas available, each with their own set of conditions and restrictions.
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Subclass 187 allows employers in regional or low population growth areas of Australia, to sponsor employees who are foreign nationals for a permanent visa to work in Australia.read more
The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 Visa allows Australian employers to sponsor employees who are foreign nationals for a permanent visa to work in Australia (Direct Entry Stream).read more
Before you can apply for a TSS visa, your proposed employer will need to lodge a nomination application for you. They will only be able to do this if they are an approved sponsor or have at least lodged an application to become a standard business sponsor. If your employer is still an approved 457 sponsor then they can sponsor you for a TSS (Subclass 482) under that existing sponsorship.read more
In Australia, there are a range of visa options available for skilled people who are interested in living in working in the country. These are known as General Skilled Migration (GSM) Visas.
For skilled applicants who do not currently have an Australian employer who will sponsor them for a visa, then these visa subclasses may be appropriate.
For GSM Visas there are both temporary and permanent options available, each with varying eligibility criteria.
For people with a successful background in investment or business ownership, there is a range of visas available for those wishing to move to Australia.
The Venture Capital Entrepreneur Stream is a Permanent Residency Visa for applicants who have sourced venture capital funding of at least $AU1m from a member of The Private Equity Australian Venture Capital Association Limited.read more
The Significant Business History Stream Visa is a Permanent Residency Visa for business owners or part owners wishing to do business in Australia and willing to make a business investment of $AU1.5m to $5m or higher.read more
AMALSA can assist with visa applications for all relevant partner and spouse visa subclasses, including Prospective Marriage Visas, Spouse Visas and De Facto Partner Visas.
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) offers a variety of visa subclasses subject to different criteria, which are made available to family members of permanent residents, Australian citizens and eligible New Zealand citizens.
If you have family members (child, partner, parent, brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, grandchild, uncle, niece, nephew or step relative) in Australia and you want to immigrate there, you can apply for one of the few Australian Family visas, but your Australian relative (Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen or permanent resident) must be your sponsor in all cases.
Apart from being sponsored by a family member in Australia, the general requirement for most family visas are that you must meet the health and character criteria.
You are released from the usual required skills test for the Business and General skilled migrants and excessive knowledge of the English language.
Depending on the relation with your relative in Australia and the type of visa you wish to apply for you must lodge the appropriate supporting documents. Most Family visa applications can be lodged in or out of Australia.
Based on your current circumstances there are various types of permanent visas that you can apply for, including:
If a Visa is refused or canceled, in most circumstances applicants are able to lodge an appeal to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) decision.
As of 1st July 2015, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is the single body responsible for hearing migration appeals.
Visit the link in the header above to find out more information, or contact us for an appointment to discuss.