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SOUTHERN MAN IMMIGRATION BLOG
Immigrate to Australia from South Africa
If you’re considering immigrating from South Africa, Australia may be the perfect destination for you. Australia is a popular destination for South Africans looking to start a new life abroad. With its diverse culture, beautiful landscapes, and strong economy, Australia offers plenty of opportunities for those seeking a fresh start.
It is a particularly appealing destination for South Africans because it has the closest lifestyle to a South African lifestyle than any other country. South Africans might call their barbecues “braaivleis” and prefer rugby union to Australian football rules but these are relatively superficial differences. Both countries are sports crazy and enjoy an outdoors lifestyle with a similar sense of humour and culture.
One of the main reasons people choose to immigrate to Australia is the high quality of life it offers. With a strong economy, excellent healthcare, and high standards of education, and personal safety Australia is a great place to raise a family and enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. The Australian government provides a range of social services, including healthcare and housing to ensure that all residents can access the support they need.
Australia also has a diverse and welcoming people. Australia is a melting pot of different cultures and religions, and is known for its friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to connect with other South Africans or embrace new cultures, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to do so in Australia.
Which visa should I get if I want to immigrate to Australia from South Africa?
To start your journey, you’ll need to obtain an Australian visa. There are several visa options available depending on your circumstances, including skilled worker visas, family visas, and student visas. The process of applying for a visa can be complex and time-consuming, but working with an immigration lawyer can make the process much smoother and increase your chances of success.
For those skilled migrants there are two main pathways to migrate to Australia. Either by obtaining an offer of employment from an employer prepared to act as “sponsor” and apply for a temporary skill shortage visa subclass 482. These work visas provide a temporary stay in Australia and don’t in themselves entitle want to permanent residence.
Most people on these visas would rely upon their employers to nominate them for permanent residence under a employer nomination scheme visa subclass 186.
For those South Africans in South Africa or working in a country other than Australia, general skilled migration visas might be advantageous because these visas don’t require employers to act as sponsors. In fact obtaining an offer of employment does not form part of the eligibility for these visas.
They are points tested visas and depending upon your occupation you might qualify for the skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) or a state nominated visa such as a subclass 190 or 491 visa.
Some popular work visas for South Africans that are considering to immigrate to Australia include:
190 Visa and subclass 491 visa
482 Visa (employer sponsored temporary skill shortage visa)
400 Visa (specialised work visa for short-term specialised work)
186 Visa (employer nominated permanent resident visa)
Immigration lawyers can make it easier to immigrate from South Africa to Australia
An immigration lawyer can help you navigate the visa application process and ensure that all the necessary paperwork is completed correctly. They can also provide you with advice on the best visa option for your specific situation and help you understand the requirements and obligations that come with each visa.
Once you’ve obtained a visa, you’ll be able to live and work in Australia for a specified period. If you’re looking to make Australia your permanent home, you’ll need to apply for permanent residency. This will allow you to stay in Australia indefinitely and enjoy many of the same rights and benefits as Australian citizens.
Getting Australian permanent residency and citizenship as a South African
To be eligible for permanent residency, you’ll need to meet certain criteria, including having lived in Australia for a specified period (usually four years), passing a character test, and meeting any other requirements specific to your visa category. An immigration lawyer can help you understand these requirements and guide you through the application process.
If you’ve been living in Australia for a certain period as a permanent resident (usually for at least one year), you may be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship. This will give you full rights and privileges as an Australian citizen, including the ability to vote and work without restrictions and enjoy certain government benefits.
Immigrating from South Africa to Australia can be a complex process, but with the help of an immigration lawyer, it can be much easier. They can assist you in obtaining a visa, securing permanent residency, and even guide you through the process of obtaining citizenship. With the right support and guidance, you’ll be on your way to a new life in Australia in no time.
If you are living in another country such as Singapore, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, or South Africa, we also have useful guides to assist you in your journey to immigrate to Australia – just click one of the links above.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Myer Lipschitz was born in Johannesburg and is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1985 he was conferred the degree Bachelor of Laws. Myer completed his Articles of Clerkship with Ivor Trackman, Attorneys and was admitted as an Attorney to the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1988. Myer immigrated to New Zealand in 1989 and was admitted to practice law in New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand...
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