Moving to Australia can be a chance to start afresh in a new place with new and different opportunities. Since 2006, more than 400,000 people have left the UK alone to move to Australia. However, the Australian government has imposed stringent checks and control to ensure immigration is not higher than the country can cope with. To move to Australia now, you must be eligible for the General Skilled Migration Program.
- Skill level:
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Things you need
- Recognised qualifications
- Medical assessment
- Criminal records check
- Birth certificate
- Qualification certificates
Visit the Australian Visa Bureau's website and take their online points-based immigration test. It is possible to emigrate to Australia only if you can pass this test, so it is an essential first step. Visit the website and click "Take the Online Assessment". Fill in the Web form and click "Complete Assessment". If you pass, contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to begin the application process proper.
Undertake the required medical assessment when asked to do so. For UK residents, it may be possible to see a local (or at least regional) doctor for the assessment, which includes a chest X-ray and general medical examination. This is an essential part of the qualification process, and all family members emigrating with you will be required to undergo medical testing as well. The test results are valid for 12 months.
Pass the "good character" test. This will usually consist of a criminal record check, as anyone who has been sentenced to a single period of incarceration lasting 12 months or more will be deemed not of good character. Once all the tests have been undertaken, await confirmation of your eligibility to move to Australia.
Tips and warnings
- If you think you might be unable to pass the medical assessment for moving to Australia, consult your GP and discuss getting a general medical examination, either privately or on the NHS. Knowing what areas of your health, if any, may be a problem can help you address the issues before they become a barrier to your migration.
- You will need to present your passport, birth certificate and qualification certificates often when you first move, as your new documentation will not arrive immediately. It is therefore essential that you keep these in a safe place, as organising replacements will be very difficult once you arrive in Australia. Losing them before you move will delay your travel.
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