Moving to Australia is a dream for many South Africans, however there are some myths and perceptions about Australia and the visa system that may hold them back from starting the migration journey.
We’ve taken a look at some of these myths to make the decision that much easier for aspiring migrants.
MYTH #1: I need to get sponsored by a company to move to Australia
While it would make things a lot easier, it is not necessary. If you want to get a visa to work in Australia, having a skill or qualification that appears on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is enough – you no longer have to have a job offer or be currently working in your nominated occupation to apply in the skilled migrant category. However, points are allocated depending on how much relevant work experience you have over the last 10 years.
MYTH #2: The cost of living in Australia is really high
A lot of people worry that if they move to Australia and can’t find a job right away they’ll run out of money in a few short months and have to return home. While Australia is by far not the cheapest country to travel and live in, it is only as expensive as you allow it to be. In short, it is possible to live in Australia comfortably without breaking the bank.
MYTH #3: My occupation is not on the critical skills list so I won’t be granted a visa
If you don’t have an occupation on the SOL, you may be eligible for State and Territory nomination or employer sponsorship. Employers, as well as States and Territory governments, have access to a wider range of occupations on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).
MYTH #4: On a 457 Working Visa, I will have to wait for 2 years before applying for a Permanent Residency
It is a common misconception amongst 457 visa holders that they need to wait for two years before they can apply for permanent residency. The reality is, that if your employer sponsor is willing to sponsor you for permanent residency, they can do so at any time.
MYTH #5: Applying for a visa is easier, cheaper and quicker if you do it yourself
Immigration to Australia is strictly defined by a lot of complex and confusing legislation which is regularly updated, with set criteria that needs to be followed to a ‘T”. Those who attempt to navigate their way through without the expertise of a registered migration agent run a higher risk of refusal, and the fees charged by the Department of Immigration are generally NOT refundable. In addition to this, you’ll also be paying for medical examinations, police check, English language tests, skills assessment and more – all in vain if you are unsuccessful.
A Registered Migration Agent can negotiate this maze for you and give you the best chance of success. What’s more, Migrate 2 Oz has developed valuable connections in Australia to assist customers beyond the visa application process, including banking, property and more.
The most important thing to remember is not to give in to dinner party rumours, gossip and the advice of friends and family about visas: no two cases are alike, so instead of relying on the word of others, get professional advice from someone who is licensed to do so.
As your registered migration agent, Migrate 2 Oz has the knowledge and experience to ensure that you’re getting the right information, and not wasting your time with someone who could potentially hurt your chances of realising your dream.