Want to Settle in Australia

by Salote
(Suva, Fiji)

Hi, my family is very interested in moving to Australia. I just spent a month leave touring from Sydney to Canberra and down to Mildura. Wow, I just fell in love with the place...so beautiful...lovely... I wish I had my family with me and just want to settle at first visit.

I relay my story to my loving family from day 1 to the last day of returning to Fiji.

I don't know about the skilled migration program, but I've been a clerical officer for 20 years now with office skills, machine operated and paperwork. My husband, labourer and teenage children are a great asset.

It would be a great help if you have some more information.

Answer


Hi Salote,

Thank you for your question.

You can get an overview about the skilled migration program by browsing the Australian immigration visa page, where we describe our understanding of the requirements. This is just a brief introduction to point you towards the resources that you need to search further in order to make an informed decision.

To get all the details and information, visit the department of immigration website: www.immi.gov.au. Check the What's New page so that you get to know the latest information.

As a quick summary here, in order to apply for immigration to Australia, as a skilled person you need to pass a points test to prove that you meet the basic eligibility requirements. You can see how you score at this test by heading to: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/175/eligibility-applicant.htm. Read all the information there and enter the points you think you can get.

The basic eligibility criteria require that you nominate an occupation listed on the Skilled Occupations Lists. If your / your husband's qualifications are on the lists, contact the relevant authorities that are providing an assessment of your skills and ask how you can apply for the assessment and what documentation you need to provide as evidence of your qualifications and skills.

Please note that the Skilled Occupations List can change frequently to respond to the skills demand. For example from 1 July 2011 some occupations will be removed and others added – check this fact sheet: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/solfact-sheet.pdf

If you need advice, find a registered migration agent in your country and ask for more information.

Good luck.

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