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How to immigrate to Australia

How to immigrate to Australia


Natural beaches, ancient rock formations and fabulous climate are just a few of the reasons why Australia attracts people from across the globe. There’s also the country’s famously multicultural society, growing economy and relaxed work culture.


The first step towards immigrating is knowing what the right type of visa is for you.



The Australian Department of Immigration’s online system – SkillSelect – allows skilled workers to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through expression of interest (EOI).


Applicants are required to provide information such as:

• Basic personal information

• Nominated occupation

• Work experience

• Study and education

• Level of English skills

• Details of skills assessment, related to your nominated occupation

• Business and investment experience


Applicants should ensure documents supporting claims in the EOI are ready, as all supporting documents needs to be lodged within 60 days of receiving an invitation to make visa application. EOIs must be submitted online using SkillSelect and the system generates points score and results based on the applicant’s claims.



These along with the date and time of EOI submission becomes the ranking for some visas. Once an EOI is submitted it stays in the system for two years and the applicant can updated it frequently. For more details on submitting an EOI, visit


Selection process

Depending on the type of visa applied for, either the department sends an invitation to lodge a visa application or an employer contacts the applicant to discuss a job opportunity. Skilled migrants with highest ranking EOIs will be issued invitations for independent and family sponsored visas.


Apart from this, state or territory governments can nominate skilled workers for state and territory nominated visas or skilled business people for business innovation and investment visas.


Our experts at Migrate Me can assist you with visa, employment and relocation process to Australia.


Nova Scotia Nominee Program.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program is a new exciting opportunity for those looking to emigrate to Canada.

Nova Scotia is located in southeastern Canada. The capital city of Halifax is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a wide range of cultural, educational, and employment opportunities. Nova Scotians are renown for their friendliness, and willingness to help out a neighbour or co-worker.


Qualifying criteria for Permanent Residency program in Novia Scotia.


  • 2 years of experience out of the last five years within one of the listed “in demand occupations.” See list of occupations below.
  • Applicants must demonstrate intermediate language proficiency in either English or French.  IELTS = 5 in each band
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 55.
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma, and a post-secondary degree or certificate based on at least one year of post-secondary education or training.
  • Applicants must have sufficient funds or assets to support themselves upon their arrival in Canada.  There is no set amount although it will be looked at logically.
  • You must not hold a criminal record or have any serious medical conditions
  • Partner and Children can go as dependants

Most importantly, the applicant must demonstrate a plan to settle in Nova Scotia


List of eligible occupations:  In-Demand-List-of-Occupations

More information can be found here



To see if you qualify and meet all requirements for Nova Scotia Nominee Program take FREE VISA ASSESSMENT



How to move to Australia for a year

How to move to Australia for a year


Think you might enjoy life Down Under?


How about trying it out for a year? Australia’s working holiday visa (subclass 417) allows just that.


This visa encourages young adults from different countries to holiday in Australia while engaging in temporary work. The working holiday visa allows UK citizens in the age group of 18 to 30 years to have an extended holiday and work to fund that holiday. Travel should be the primary intention for the visa applicant and a job should be only to fund that trip.


Visa holders are allowed a stay of no more than 12 months and applicants will need to show that they have enough funds (generally around AUD5,000) to support yourself when you arrive in the country.


Also, the applicant cannot travel with dependent children. The immigration authorities could ask you to provide documents supporting these claims.


Apart from this the applicant also needs to book a return ticket or have additional funds available in the bank to book a return journey.


This visa allows:

• Stay in the country for a period of 12 months

• Temporarily work with one employer maximum for a period of six months

• Study for a period of four months

• Leave and enter the country till the visa is valid


Australia also allows first-time working holiday visa applicants who were employed in certain fields or designated rural areas to apply for a second working visa.

According to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the number of holiday visas issued in 2012-13 was 210,369 with the maximum number of backpackers being from the UK.


For more on working holiday visas, visit:


Migrate Me experts can help you with your paperwork and application for Working Holiday visas to Australia, Canada and other countries. Sign up for a free assessment here.


Emigrating to Australia Checklist

Emigrating to Australia Checklist


It takes a lot of thought into relocation and planning is of essence. Partial planning can leave a lot of room for going and completing unfinished tasks back home.


Here is a small quarterly checklist to avoid making costly mistakes while emigrating to Australia.


9 months before

  •  Collate all your documents such as birth certificate, education degree, references and other legal documents
  •  If you have pets, start checking what you need to do to move them to their new location
  •  Prepare a budget for debt payoff and start the process quickly
  •  Start applying for jobs in Australia if you already haven’t
  •  Start investigating renting or buying a house in Australia
  •  If your own house will be vacant after you leave, put it on the market
  •  Check your passport validity and tally with the visa validity


6 months before

  •  Apply or any required police clearance as required
  •  If you have children, search for potential schools and universities, as per your stay and duration of stay
  •  The cost of living in Australia is lower than UK, but still need to research the best possible ways to keep budgets in check
  •  Get your medical and health check-ups done as some visas require these
  •  Quotes form freight and shipping companies should be secured by this time


3 months before

  • Book the flights to Australia
  •  Start talking to your current employer about your decision and submit your notice as may be required by the company you work for, and provide the necessary training to any employee that might be handling your tasks after you relocate
  • Obtain credit references form your bank
  •  Apply for Australian bank account as you will be requiring it as soon as you get there
  •  Start gathering cash for your first few weeks in Australia
  •  Hire temporary residence for first few weeks, and hire car for these weeks while you look around for more permanent accommodation and transport. Contacting friends will help in case they reside there
  •  Pack boxes and ship your possessions to Australia
  •  Registration of kids to schools in Australia and arrangement for your pets to move to Australia should be done


1 month before

  • Leave job and give notice on your rental lease
  •  Remove your name form utility bills and council tax
  •  Cancel any insurance policies you might have
  •  Cancel all future direct debits and stop orders
  •  Sell unwanted furniture and appliances. Usually, these are not required while relocating.
  •  If you own a car, list it in the classified with your dealers to sell it
  •  Sort out your tax refunds and other legal formalities
  •  Get your work reference and plan your farewells
  •  Cancel all other insurances you might hold, like car insurance
  •  Send a forwarding address to all your contacts and arrange for a redirection of your posts


These are some essential things to be added to your moving to Australia checklist.


We at Migrate Me help you with relocation and provide an extensive support in emigrating to Australia.


Benefits of having Permanent Residency in Australia

Benefits of having Permanent Residency in Australia