Australian Migration Visa Options and Pathways

The Australian Migration Program Overview

Australia’s permanent immigration program has two components:

  • The Migration component consists of Skilled Stream migrants, Family Stream migrants and migrants with a Special Eligibility class visa.
  • The Humanitarian component is for refugees and others in humanitarian need.

The 2012–13 Migration Program is set at 190 000 places.


What Visas do we specialize in ?

Working out your visa options in a constantly changing regulatory environment is extremely stressful if you are going to do this on your own.

Immigration Law Matters makes this process stress free because ‘we solve the Australian Migration Puzzle.’

We will assess your individual or company situation and provide you with a candid appraisal of your options, providing expert timely advice.

We can then prepare your visa applications and manage your case through the entire process.

Our reputation is important to us and we are proud that many previous clients continue to refer their friends and family to us for assessments, advice and assistance on Australian migration matters.

We provide assistance with a range of Australian visa programs, including:


Skilled Visa

The Australian Government has always placed a high priority on skilled migration as various studies have shown migrants who settled in Australia on the basis of their skills usually have the lowest rate of unemployment of reliance on social welfare, and the highest degree of professional development. Persons wishing to apply for any of the General Skilled Migration Visas must nominate a skilled occupation on the Australian Skilled Occupation List. Applicants are required to receive a favourable skills assessment by the relevant Australian Skills Assessing Body and provide evidence of the required English language proficiency.

Student Visa

Education is a very important export market for Australia and each year tens of thousands of students from various overseas countries come to Australia to undertake courses and training programs of one type or another.

In Australia, you have the freedom to choose a path that suits your particular goals. There are thousands of courses on offer. Whichever course you choose, you’ll experience a unique kind of education. Studying in Australia promotes innovative, creative and independent thinking. You’ll learn to work as part of a team, to communicate effectively with others and to develop the practical skills and intellectual abilities you need for global success.

Most importantly, you’ll learn how to use your initiative. Your teachers will encourage you to think of original, practical solutions to real-world problems. Upon graduation, your qualification will make you highly sought after by Australian and international employers.

The Australian education system has a strong international reputation and is known for its effective structure and innovative policy developments. Many other countries, eager to improve their own education systems, turn to Australia for advice.

Australia is also one of the best places to live. It is a young, vibrant and friendly country in which students can live, learn and grow. So if you want a quality education and a good lifestyle, Australia’s the place to be.

Business Visa

The Australian Government endeavours to attract genuine business people into Australia under the Business Skills Migration program by promising advantages for both the business migrants and for Australia. Australia is high regarded as a place to live and do business. Australia offers sophisticated technology and business environments with easy access to the Asia-Pacific region. The open lifestyle, clean and safe environment, and excellent education, health care, recreation and cultural facilities of Australia are featured prominently, and the business skilled migrants are encouraged to contribute towards Australia’s economy and export drive.

Family Visa

The Australian Government recognizes the importance of family unification.  Australian residents, Australian permanent residents and NZ residents can sponsor close family members for permanent residence or migration to Australia. For partner visas, most marriages solemnised in Australia are valid under Australian law. Marriages performed overseas and recognised by the laws of that country will also generally be recognised as valid under Australian law, with certain exceptions.

Travel Visa

If you are at this site you are potentially considering migrating to Australia. No doubt, you would be considering migrating or visiting other countries as well. The question is, why would you want to migrate or visit Australia? The answer is simple – because Australia is the best country in the world which provides you, your family and your business the best quality of life, business environment, education and healthcare in the world.

One of the main reasons why people want to come to Australia is because of the lifestyle it offers. Australia has a fantastic climate which allows you to enjoy the outdoors most times of the year. Australian cities are also internationally recognised among the most liveable in the world. The August 2012 Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) global liveability report[1] shows Melbourne, Australia as the most liveable city in the world, thanks to a widespread availability of goods and services, low personal risk, and an effective infrastructure.

Australia has more than just fantastic cities. It has a regional lifestyle which attracts scores of individuals. Whether it be living in a small rural country town or living in a larger metropolitan city such as Newcastle, you will find the lifestyle Australia offers to individuals is second to none.

There are a number of visa options available for people wishing to visit Australia, depending on the purpose of your visit.

Refugees and Humanitarian Visas 

Australia provides humanitarian responses to people suffering from persecution, natural disasters, political unrest and war situations, both in the past and currently. Australia has an offshore and onshore refugee program. The 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention is the key legal document in defining who is a refugee, who is excluded from the Convention protections, what rights a refugee has and the legal obligations of protecting states. As of 1 April 2011, there were 147 countries who are Parties to the either the 1951 Convention or the 1967 Protocol.