Pacific Seasonal Worker Scheme

This scheme is part of the department's Special Program and requires Approved Employers to invite people from the eligible Pacific countries to participate as Pacific seasonal workers.

Air and Sea Crew

Information about visas and entry requirements for air and sea crew.

Specialist Entry

A range of visas for people to participate in specific professional, cultural or social activities in Australia.

Doctors and Nurses

Information and visa options for doctors and nurses who want to work in Australia.

Regional Employment

Information about options available to encourage skilled migrants to live and work in areas outside of Australia's major cities.

Skills Australia Needs Events

Skills Australia Needs Events are designed to help meet the current skills shortages in Australia. They allow skilled workers to meet with employers and state and territory governments about employment and sponsorship opportunities in Australia.

Source: Department of Immigration and Citizenship-Australia

Applying for citizenship

Becoming a citizen of australia represents a commitment to Australia and its people. It gives a sense of belonging because you can fully participate in all aspects of Australian life.

The process of applying for Australian citizenship varies depending on your eligibility. There are a number of different application options with different eligibility requirements. Generally, to apply for Australian citizenship you will need to:

  1. Determine that you are eligible
  2. Gather your original documents
  3. Copy and certify your documents
  4. Complete and lodge your application.

A decision on your application for citizenship will only be made after you have lodged a completed application form together with the required documents and fee.

Application options

There are several ways to apply for Australian citizenship. To find more information on the best option for your personal circumstances plesae visit the how to apply.

Children under 16 years of age are usually included on a responsible parent's application form.

The Citizenship Wizard will give you information about what to do and how to apply for Australian citizenship. Based on your answers to a series of questions, the Citizenship Wizard will suggest an application option to suit your circumstances.

To learn more about Citizenship application. Please visit: Becoming an Australian Citizen

 

 

 

The Family Stream seeks to reunite Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens with their close family members.There are a number of migration options for fiancés, partners, children, parents and other family members of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens.

Partner Category Visa Options - If you are outside Australia

Partners and fiancés of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens may apply to enter and/or remain permanently in Australia. Partners and fiancés include:

  • people intending to get married (fiancés)
  • married (de jure) partners
  • de facto partners (including those in a same sex relationship).

Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100)

For people from overseas to enter and stay in Australia with their partner, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. If two years after you apply the relationship is ongoing, a permanent visa may be granted.

Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)

For people from overseas to enter Australia, marry their fiancé, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. Once married, holders of this visa can then apply to remain permanently in Australia.

Humanitarian Program – Split Family Provisions

For the partners of people granted any permanent humanitarian visa (including Protection and Resolution of Status visas) in the last five years. Partners declared at the time of application may be eligible for entry to Australia through the offshore Humanitarian Program.

Click here for more: Partner Category Visa Options - outside Australia

Partner Category Visa Options - If you are in Australia

Partners and fiancés of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens may apply to enter and/or remain permanently in Australia and include:

  • people intending to get married (fiancés)
  • married (de jure) partners
  • de facto partners (including those in a same-sex relationship).

Partner temporary visa (subclass 820) and permanent visa (subclass 801)

For people to stay in Australia with their partner, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. If two years after you apply the spousal relationship is ongoing, a permanent visa may be granted.

Parent Visa Options - If you are in Australia

Aged parent visas

These visas are for parents whose age is equivalent to a person who is eligible for an Australian Age pension.

An aged parent making a parent visa application will not immediately be entitled to an Age pension after being granted a permanent visa. All new Australian permanent residents must wait 10 years before being eligible to receive the Age pension (unless there is a reciprocal agreement with another country that pays you a pension) or Disability pension.

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Parent Visa Options - If you are outside Australia

Parent (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 103)

A permanent visa for parents who have children living in Australia.

Contributory Parent (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 143)

A permanent visa for parents with children living in Australia. This visa costs more than the Parent visa but is generally processed faster.

Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 173)

This is a temporary visa valid for two years. If you hold this visa you can then apply for the permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).

Contributory Parent (Migrant) Visa (from Subclass 173 to Subclass 143)

This visa is for holders of a temporary Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173), who want to apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).

Humanitarian Program – Split Family Provisions

Children in Australia who are under the age of 18 and have been granted any permanent humanitarian visa (including Protection and Resolution of Status visas) in the last five years may be eligible to propose their parents for entry to Australia through the offshore Humanitarian Program.

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If the child is in Australia

Child (Permanent) (Subclass 802)

For children from overseas who are children or stepchildren of, an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Orphan Relative (Permanent) (Subclass 837)

For children from overseas whose parents are deceased, permanently incapacitated, or whose whereabouts are unknown.

Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445)

For children whose parent holds a temporary partner visa and is in the process of obtaining a permanent partner visa.

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If the child is outside Australia

Child (Permanent) (Subclass 101)

For children from overseas who are the child or stepchild of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Orphan Relative (Permanent) (Subclass 117)

For children from overseas whose parents are deceased, permanently incapacitated, or whose whereabouts are unknown and who have an eligible sponsor.

Adoption (Permanent) (Subclass 102)

For children from overseas who have been or about to be adopted by an Australian citizen, the holder of an Australian permanent visa, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Important: If the child was adopted before the parent became an Australian citizen, the holder of an Australian permanent visa, or an eligible New Zealand citizen they cannot apply for this visa. They must apply for a Child visa (subclass 101)

Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445)

For children whose parent holds a temporary partner visa and is in the process of obtaining a permanent partner visa.

Humanitarian Program – Split Family Provisions

For the dependent children of people granted any permanent humanitarian visa (including Protection and Resolution of Status visas) in the last five years. Dependent children declared at the time of application may be eligible for entry to Australia through the offshore Humanitarian Program.

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About this Visa

The Resident Return (subclass 155) visa is a permanent visa for current or former Australian permanent residents. This visa will allow you to maintain or regain your status as an Australian permanent resident on your return to Australia.

Five Year Resident Return Visa (Subclass 155)

For current or former Australian permanent residents, or former Australian citizens to travel overseas and return as permanent residents for up to five years.

Former Resident Visa (Subclass 151)

For former Australian permanent residents, and persons who served in the Australian Armed Forces before 1981, to return to Australia permanently.

Important: You are advised to apply for this visa before you leave Australia if you intend to return to Australia after your current visa expires.

Return Documents for Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents

Learn more: Resident Return Visa

Certificate of Status

Certificates of Status are for clients who need evidence of their status in Australia. There are many reasons why you may need evidence of your status; however, if you are lodging an application for Australian citizenship or any other visa application with the department, you do not need to apply for evidence of your status.

Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (CERS)

For Australian permanent residents who need evidence of their permanent resident status and who do not have other adequate forms of documentation.

Certificate of Status for New Zealand Citizens in Australia (CSNZCA)

For Eligible New Zealand Citizens residing in Australia who need evidence of their immigration status for certain social security income benefits.

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According to some commentators in January 2011, Australia has entered in "Golden Age" created by the current mining boom, post GFC stimulus to the US and China's economy and the continuing acceleration of science and technology. Australia has a relatively low level of government debt to GDP and a very high standard of education and health care. It has further strong banks, enriched rule of law and a good work ethic. The country is geographically located in close proximity to several of the fastest growing and largest consumer markets in the World. Those markets need Australia's mineral resources in quantities greater than at any prior time in any Nation's history and for probably another decade. This has generated favorable term of trade, strong capital investment flows and state and federal government tax receipts for the foreseeable future. This is a big opportunity. Australian's businesses have the opportunity to successfully realize greater ambitions and in so doing, create great wealth, for themselves and the Australian community.

Currently, Australia's GDP ranks in the Top 20 Countries in the World in purchasing power and Per Capita Income among more than 190 Countries. It is a strong position. In brief, the economic outlook over the strategic planning horizon (say 3 -10 years) is very favorable. Global engagement in innovation is getting easier.

The aim of Business Skilled category is to attract people with the demonstrated record of business or investment activity who have committed to using their business and investment skills in Australia. There is provision for business skilled entry for business owners, senior executives and investors.

The majority of business skills entrance is required to enter Australia initially on a Provisional (temporary) Visa for four years and, after satisfactory evidence of a specified level of business or investment activity, can apply for a Permanent Residence Status. The pathways to permanent residence are designed to give clarity and certainty to provisional business migrants and realize upon the establishment and management of genuine business activity in Australia. There is also a provision for high caliber business migrants to obtain upfront direct Permanent Residence in the Business Talent (migrant) Visa Category. If they have high level business attributes and are sponsored by a State or Territory.

PERMANENT VISA CATEGORIES:

  1. Established Business in Australia Category
  2. Regional Established Business in Australia Category
  3. State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (Residence category)
  4. Business Owner (Residence) category
  5. State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Residence) Category
  6. Investor (Residence) category
  7. Business Talent (Migrant) Category

1. Established Business in Australia Category:

To be eligible, an applicant needs to show that:

  1. He / she as the holder of a temporary substantive visa that entitles to work in Australia other than a special purpose, boarder, diplomatic, domestic worker or transit visa.
  2. He / she has been in Australia for a minimum of nine months cumulatively in the 12 months before the date of application.
  3. The applicant has held an ownership interest in up to two main businesses in Australia for at least 18 months immediately before applying.
  4. The applicant and the spouse total net assets in Australia for the 12 months prior to the application were greater than AUS$ 250,000.
  5. The applicant and the spouse net assets in the main businesses in Australia in the 12 months prior to application were greater than AUS$ 100,000.
  6. The applicant has been actively involved in and directly responsible for the day to day management and overall performance of the main businesses.
  7. The applicant has an overall successful career.
  8. The applicant has not been involved in businesses or investment activities or practices considered unacceptable in Australia.
  9. In addition to meeting all the other criteria, the applicant must score at least 105 points in the established business in Australia points test (points are awarded for Age, English language ability, net assets in Australia and business attributes). He / she will need to demonstrate that through out the 12 months immediately prior to application, his / her main businesses employed at least three full time Australian Permanent Residence, Australian citizens or eligible New Zealand citizens who are non-family members and had a minimum annual turn over of AUS$ 200,000 or exports of at least AUS$ 100,000 a year.

2. Regional Established Business in Australia Category:

To be eligible, the candidate is required to show that:

  1. He/she as the holder of a business (long stay visa).
  2. The applicant has been in Australia as a temporary resident for at least 12 months cumulatively out of the last 24 months before the date of application.
  3. The applicant has an ownership interest in up to two main businesses in a designated area of Australia for at least two years immediately before applying and continuous to have interest of that kind.
  4. In each of the two years, immediately prior to the application, the main businesses have had a turn over of at least AUS$ 200,000 or exports of at least AUS$ 100,000.
  5. The net assets of the applicant and spouse in Australia for the two years prior to the application were at least AUS$ 200,000.
  6. The applicant and spouse net worth in the main businesses in the designated area of Australia in the 24 months prior to application were not less than AUS$ 75,000.
  7. Applicant has been actively involved in and directly responsible for, the day to day management and overall performance of his / her main businesses for the 24 months before the application.
  8. The applicant has an overall successful business career.
  9. The applicant has not been involved in business or investment activities or practices considered unacceptable in Australia.
  10. The applicant has been sponsored by relevant state /territory government, business agency.
  11. In addition to meeting all other criteria, the applicant must score at least 105 points in the regional established business in Australia points test unless this requirement has been waived by the state / territory agency due to exceptional circumstances

3. State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (Residence category):

To be eligible, the applicant is required to show that:

  1. He/she has been sponsored by an appropriate regional authority of a state/territory government.
  2. The applicant is the holder of a business owner (provisional), a state/ territory sponsored business owner (provisional), a senior executive (provisional), a state / territory sponsored senior executive (provisional visa), an investor (provisional), a state / territory sponsored investor (provisional), a business (long stay) independent executive visa or a skilled – independent regional (provisional visa).
  3. The applicant has had, and continues to have, an ownership interest and direct and continuous management, in up to two actively operating main businesses in Australia for at least two years immediately before the application is made.
  • For each of these businesses, an Australian business number has been obtained and all business activity statements required by the Australian Taxation office for that period have been submitted to the Australian Taxation office and are included in the application. For each of these main businesses, financial statements covering the 12 month period immediately before the application is made have been prepared in accordance with international or Australian accounting standards and included in the application.
  1. Unless the appropriate regional authority has determined, that, there are exceptional circumstances, the applicant is required to meet at least two of the following three requirements:
  • Throughout the 12 months immediately before the application is made, the applicant and the spouse main business or main businesses employed at least one full time employee who is an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Passport holder and who is not member of applicant's family unit. Throughout the 12 months immediately before the application is made, the net value of the applicant and spouse personal and business assets in Australia has been at least AUS$ 250,000. Throughout the 12 months immediately before the application is made, the net value of applicant and spouse assets in the main business or in the main businesses in Australia at least AUS$ 75,000
  1. In the 12 months immediately before the application is made, the main business or main businesses together, had a turn over of at least AUS$ 200,000, unless the appropriate regional authority has determined that there are exceptional circumstances and the applicant has met at least two of the above three requirement, and his / her principal business and usual place of residence are located in regional Australia.
  2. Neither the applicant nor the spouse has a history of involvement in business activities or practices that are of a nature which are not acceptable in Australia.
  3. The applicant has been in Australia as the holder one of the qualifying visa for at least one year in the two years immediately before the application is made.

4. Business Owner (Residence) category:

To be eligible, the applicant must show that:

  1. He/she as the holder of a business owner (provisional), a state/territory sponsored business owner (provisional), a senior executive (provisional), a state/territory sponsored senior executive (provisional visa), an investor (provisional), a state/territory sponsored investor (provisional), a business (long stay) independent executive visa or a skilled – independent regional (provisional visa).
  2. The applicant has had, and continues to have, an ownership interest and direct and continuous management, in up to two actively operating main businesses in Australia for at least two years immediately before the application is made.
  3. Each of these businesses, an Australian business number has been obtained and all business activity statements required by the Australian Taxation office for the period have been submitted to the Australian Taxation office and the certified copies of these are included in the application.
  4. For each of these main businesses, financial statements covering the 12 months period immediately before the application is made have been prepared in accordance with International or Australian accounting standards and are included in the application.
  5. Throughout the 12 months immediately before the application is made, the net value of the applicant and the spouse assets in the main business or main businesses in Australia is at least AUS$ 100,000.
  6. In the 12 months immediately before the application is made, applicant's main business or main businesses together had a turn over of at least AUS$ 300,000.
  7. Throughout the 12 months immediately before the application is made, applicant and the spouse main business or main businesses employed at least two full time employees who are Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or New Zealand passport holders and who are not members of applicant's family unit.
  8. Throughout the 12 months immediately before the application is made, the net value of applicant and the spouse personal and business assets in Australia has been at least AUS$ 250,000.
  9. Neither the applicant nor the spouse have a history of employment in business activities or practices that are of a nature that is not generally acceptable in Australia.
  10. The applicant has been in Australia as the holder of one of the qualifying visa for a total of at least one year in the two years immediately before the application is made.

5. State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Residence) Category:

To be eligible under this category, the applicant must show that:

  1. He/she has been sponsored by an appropriate regional authority of a state/territory government.
  2. The applicant is a holder of a state/territory sponsored investor (provisional visa).
  3. Neither the applicant nor the spouse has a history of involvement in business activities or practices that are of a nature i.e. not generally acceptable in Australia.
  4. The applicant has been resident, as the holder of state/territory sponsored investor (provisional visa), in the state/territory in which the sponsoring regional authority is located for at least two years in the four years immediately before the application is made.
  5. The applicant has a realistic commitment to continue to maintain a business or investment activity in Australia.
  6. At the time of decision, the designated investment made by and held in the names of applicant and the spouse and has been held continuously for at least four years.

6. Investor (Residence) category:

To be eligible, the applicant is required to show that:

  1. He/she is the holder of an investor (provisional visa).
  2. Neither the applicant nor the spouse has a history of involvement in business activities or practices that are of a nature which are not generally acceptable in Australia.
  3. The applicant has been in Australia as the holder of an investor (provisional visa) for a total of at least two years in the four years immediately before the application is made.
  4. The applicant has genuinely a realistic commitment to continue to maintain a business or an investment activity in Australia.
  5. At the time of decision, the designated investment made by and held in the names of applicant and the spouse and has been held continuously for at least four years.

7. Business Talent (Migrant) Category:

To be eligible, an applicant needs to show that:

  1. He/she has been sponsored by state/territory govt.
  2. The applicant has had an overall successful business career.
  3. For at least 2 of the 4 fiscal years immediately before the application is made, the applicant and the spouse had net assets in a qualifying business in which his/her had an ownership interest of AUS$ 400,000.
  4. For at least 2 of the 4 fiscal years immediately before the application is made, the applicant's main business or main businesses together had an annual turn over of at least AUS$ 400,000.
  5. For each of these main businesses, financial statements covering the two years periods immediately before the application is made have been prepared in accordance with International and Australian accounting standards and included in the application.
  6. The applicant's and the spouse's business and personal assets have a net value of at least AUS$ 1.5 million which are lawfully acquired and available for transfer and capable of being transferred to Australia within two years after the grant of the business talent (migrant) visa.
  7. The applicant is aged less than 55 years and is proposing to establish or participate in a business that his/her sponsoring state or territory has determined and is of exceptional economic benefit to the state or territory.
  8. Neither the applicant nor the spouse has a history of involvement in business activities or practices that are of a nature which are not generally acceptable in Australia.
  9. The applicant has a realistic commitment to establish or participate in a qualifying business in Australia and maintain a substantial ownership and direct and continuous involvement in the management of that business.
  10. The applicant is required to sign a declaration acknowledging his/her obligations as the holder of business talent visa.