Residential Property Investments Australia (RPIA) often assists our investors with their desire to migrate to Australia. Owning an investment home in Australia does not guarantee a migration application will be successful, but it can provide you and your family a place to live, if and when you eventually migrate.
There are tax benefits available to non-residents for the purchase of Australian residential properties.
RPIA has a strategic alliance with a professional migration agent based in London UK who assists our clients with all of their migration queries.
Below is their guide on the 6 steps for a migration application.
Step 1. Assemble Documentation
Having correct documentation is the key to successfully applying to migrate to Australia. Your documentation must prove who you are and demonstrate your work history and your skills.
Each skills assessing body has a different set of requirements. You may need different documents if you are self-employed rather than an employee.
Some common documents that are needed are:
Step 2. Lodge Skills Assessment Application with Assessing Body
Your next step will be to lodge your skills assessment with the skills assessing body responsible for your profession. The processing time will vary depending on the assessing body and on how complex your application is.
One of the most commonly-used assessing bodies is VETASSESS for skilled tradespeople. Applications through VETASSESS take around eight weeks to process, plus more time to complete a practical test.
Step 3. Lodge Visa Application
Once you have received a positive skills assessment, you are ready to move onto the visa application with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). (Note that state or family sponsorship will have a different procedure than independent skilled migrants.)
Some of the documentation you will need at this point will have already been assembled for your Skills Assessment, so you may already have it on hand and ready to submit. Completing this stage requires thoroughness, clarity, and great care, especially if you are submitting documents for your family.
Mistakes or inaccuracies in your application can cause delays, or even refusal.
Step 4. Visa Processing Period
This is sometimes the most difficult period for people who are immigrating to Australia; as there is little to do other than wait. You may receive periodic updates from DIAC, or your caseworker.
The visa processing period can take more than 9 months, even for a perfect application. However, this time does not have to be wasted. Many visa applicants use this time to start researching removals companies, and laying the groundwork for their move to Australia.
Step 5. Requests for Police and Medical checks
This is the last step in the visa application process - and usually a very positive sign. Once DIAC has assessed and processed your application, they will ask for police clearance and medical checks for you and your family.
Step 6. Visa Granted - Ready to Emigrate
Congratulations! Once you receive your visa grant from DIAC, you're almost ready to emigrate to Australia.
You will receive a grant letter from DIAC requesting that you send in your passports to have your visa label attached. Your visa grant letter will have also a validity date printed on it - one year from the date of your police and medical checks. As long as you enter Australia before this date your Skilled Visa will be activated and you will be an Australian permanent resident.