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According to the financial times, a high number of Britons are opting to make the big move down under in search of better career opportunities, higher wages and quality of life. There are many ways for Britons to look into getting working visa for Australia.

Over 347,000 people left the UK in the year of 2013 to September 2014, according to the latest official figures, up from 339,000 for the same period in 2013, with 58 per cent of Britons or 201,000 leaving the UK for work-related reasons.

According to research from Lloyds TSB international, almost a third of expats have moved abroad for work, with seven in 10 finding that they were able to earn more than they could in the UK. This is in part influenced by widespread pay freezes as Britain works to emerge from the credit crisis.

Australia remains a popular city for British expats – most of its cities are relatively cheap to live in and there are job opportunities for those who are skilled.

There are numerous paths to Australian permanent residency through a working visa for Australia. The migrant worker categories are:

Employer Sponsored Worker

The Employer sponsored working visa is when an Australian employer sponsors a foreign national worker in Australia.

The 457 visa is for temporary skilled workers in Australia. Officially titled the Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa, it is for employment in jobs where there is a labour shortage. The 457 visa can be valid for up to four years and you may bring with you any eligible dependent family members. You will also be able to leave and enter Australia freely as long as your visa remains valid.

The process to get a 457 worker visa is three-part:

  1. The Australian business must be approved for sponsorship.
  2. The Australian business must nominate the foreign-national worker for a position.
  3. Visa Application. Once you have been sponsored and nominated, you may apply for a visa.

To be eligible for a 457 worker visa, you must: Have a knowledge of the English Language, arrange to have health insurance during your stay in Australia and meet the health and character checks required for all Australian visa applicants.

General Skilled Migration

The General Skilled Migration (GSM) program Is an Australian visa program for people that are not sponsored by Australian employers but possess a skill value in Australia.

  • For workers possessing certain skills that Australia is in need of
  • Doctors and Nurses – permanent residency is available to doctors and nurses on a need-only basis.

The Skilled independent (subclass 189) visa is for skilled workers who are not sponsored. Sponsorships can be from employers, a state territory or a family member, but they are not necessary for this category. This is a permanent residency visa, meaning the applicant can live and work in Australia permanently and eventually have the option for citizenship.

The Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa is a for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory of Australia. This is a permanent residency visa, meaning the applicant can live and work in Australia permanently and eventually have the option for citizenship. If applying for the Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa, you must be willing to settle in the state or territory that nominates you and will need to remain in this state or territory for at least 2 years.

Skilled Regional

The Skilled Regional Sponsored (Subclass 489) visa is for skilled workers who are sponsored by an eligible Australian relative living in a ‘Designated Area’ or nominated by a participating state or territory government. This visa is valid for an initial period of 4 years at which point you may apply to adjust your status to permanent resident, meaning the applicant can live and work in Australia permanently and eventually have the option for citizenship.

For more information on getting a working visa for Australia and to register for your eligibility test visit our website.

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