The key takeaways from this year's immigration planning from the Government of Australia are:
The Australian Government is committed to supporting migrants to settle in regional areas.
Most locations of Australia outside major cities (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) are classified as designated regional areas for migration purposes.
So, whether you think about migrating to Australia as a student or as a skilled professional, your life will be incredibly more comfortable if you choose to start in a designated regional area.
There are incredible cities classified as “Regional”, such as Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.
Perth, Western Australia
I've personally lived in Perth for three years. It's a super organised and developed city, with beaches and nature all around. More about the city on another post soon.
So, if you are serious about considering Australia as your next home, here are your main options for immigration in 2020:
1- Migrating as a skilled professional:
Professionals from anywhere in the world can apply via a points-system and become permanent residents in Australia.
You need to score at least 60 points (65 is the current minimum recommendation) in things such as age, English level, etc. Check your points here.
Alternatively, you can convince a company to sponsor your visa. I've done this twice before becoming a permanent resident.
2- Migrating as an international student:
Australia is a top-rated destination for students who would like to become permanent residents later.
Students can work 20 hours per week while they study (40 hrs on off-time) and they can take their partners and dependents with them right away.
If you study in a regional area, you get extra points to apply for a skilled professional visa.
3- Migrating as an entrepreneur:
There are two main options for entrepreneurs:
1) A visa for startup founders who have an offer for funding capital from one of the approved agencies in Australia;
2) A pilot visa for South Australia where startup founders need their idea evaluated and approved, plus it needs to be in a STEM-related field (e.g. digital, biomedical, agtech).
4- Other options
There are still options for people with family in Australia, for investors and for distinguished talent (If you are one of the best in your field in the world).
If you have any questions or comments about the above, I'm more than happy to give some feedback based on my own experience migrating here.