Migrating to a new country is a big decision. There’s a lot to consider and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. If you're thinking of moving, here’s our guide on how to immigrate to Australia.
In a nutshell, an offshore visa application means that you apply for an Australian visa while you are outside Australia. An onshore application means that you apply for your visa while you are in Australia. There are advantages and disadvantages to applying for either type of visa, and you'll be required to meet certain requirements before the visa is granted.
As of 30 June 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics listed South Africans has the eighth largest group of migrants by nationality in Australia. But why is living in Australia so popular for South Africans? Besides our common hemisphere, there are significant legal and social benefits that make moving to Australia an attractive decision.
Buying a house is a big commitment, and can be very confusing if you are on a visa. There are many restrictions that the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has put in place to ensure purchases are completed correctly. These can be hard to navigate and so it is crucial that you know what is required if you wish to purchase property.
If you are an Australian permanent resident you may be able to bring your parents to Australia under either a permanent residency (PR) visa or a longer temporary visa of up to two years. The government has also announced that it will introduce a new temporary visa that may allow a parent of a permanent resident to live in Australia for up to five years. This visa is expected to be introduced later this year.