As all avid watchers of “Border Security: Australia’s Front Line” know, getting into Australia is impossible unless they want you there and you’ve complied with all their visa and entry requirements. This hasn’t lessened South African interest in Australia as an immigration destination at all, instead South Africans are more keen than ever to move down under and start afresh in Australia. So, what do potential South African immigrants need to know about Australia and her visa requirements? Let’s take a quick look.
Australian visa requirements: the lowdown
If you hold a South African passport, there are a few administrative hoops for you to jump through. There are multiple types of visas into Australia, and applications are generally done online. You’ll need to explore these visa options thoroughly before proceeding, as there’s no getting in without a visa, unless you’ve got an Australian or New Zealand passport. The most common method into Australia is through a working visa, but again, you’ll need a visa that suits the work you intend to do. There are work visas for:
- skilled workers
- people participating in specific activities
- working holiday makers
- highly specialised workers
- trainees, short term
- experienced business people
- Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry
If your eligibility depends on a sponsor, it’s possible for you to find one yourself, or lodge an Expression of Interest using SkillSelect. Working visas are not forever, however, so if you’d like to make Australia your home permanently, you’ll need to apply to become a Permanent Resident. There are three avenues for you to leverage here, (don’t forget the importance of investigating the eligibility criteria thoroughly before applying):
- a family-stream permanent visa
- a work-stream permanent visa
- business or investor-stream permanent visa
Why would South Africans want to immigrate to Australia?
It’s not for the kangaroos, or the fact that Speedo bathing suits are called ‘budgie smugglers’ in Australia. Instead, South Africans are in search of a safer, more stable country to settle down in. Here’s why Australia ticks all the right boxes for South Africans:
Are you ready to pack your bags and seize all the opportunities that Australia has to offer? While we can’t help you with the physical immigration process, we can ensure that you’re financially equipped to have the best possible start to your new life in Australia. To ensure that all your cross-border money matters are properly handled, FinGlobal offers a full range of financial services for South Africans including financial emigration, accessing your South African retirement annuity and tailor-made tax solutions. At FinGlobal, we’re ready to help you consolidate, unlock and transfer your funds to the place you call home. To get started with an obligation-free financial assessment, please contact us today, and see for yourself why we’ve got a 100% success rate.