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Planning a Move to Australia

Jan 21. 2019

Australia remains one of the top, most popular destinations for British expats. Be its sunny beaches, the lure of better paid work and better quality of life; we continue to move many families, and individuals out to Australia every week.

Here are a few points to consider when planning to apply for visas and find your ideal job down under:

Before you can pack up your worldly goods and set sail for Australia, you must aquire a visa.  The first port of call is the Australian Skilled Occupations List- this shows which jobs and skills are most in demand. For those whose occupations are listed, the next step is to submit an ‘expression of interest.’ It is then up to the Australian government, or a specific state/ territory, to decide on whether you are allowed to move permanently.

Many move to Australia on a ‘temporary skilled visa’ (457 visa); by which a company will sponsor employees from abroad for up to 4 years. The ‘consolidated skilled occupation list’ details jobs eligible for a 457 visa.

For people still in education; there is the option of choosing a university course which enables them to spend two years at an Australian university. This then paves the way to become eligible for a temporary graduate visa allowing them to live and work in Australia for 18 months after graduating.

Alternatively, for candidates under the age of 31 and whose occupation isn’t on the skilled occupation list and who hasn’t found an employer in Australia, there is the option of applying for a ‘working holiday visa’. If successfully granted’ this enables the candidate to live and work in Australia for 12 months. The difficulty being that on these visas candidates can only actually work for an employer for up to 6 months.

Our International Department are on hand to help you with every step of the process of moving to Australia. If you require further clarification on the removals process to Australia, please contact us on 01902 714555 or email sales@burkebros.co.uk.

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