Wednesday, February 25th, 2004
From: Simon Chen, Author “Everything
You Need to Know About Immigrating to Australia”
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from the author Simon Chen
Do you feel frustrated, confused
… even overwhelmed when you think about all the questions you have
about immigrating to Australia … and the monumental task you face
trying to find answers?
Don’t worry. I did, too, when my
wife and I immigrated to Australia in 2001.
I couldn’t believe it when I heard
that the Immigration Department might want to see romantic letters or emails
that I wrote to my wife when we were dating. Or that they could ask to
see wedding photos … review our joint financial statements … or even demand
statutory declarations from family members vouching for our genuine love
for each other
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And I’m a native of Australia!
So if a citizen, born and bred Down
Under, can be confused by the immigration rules … I can just imagine
how daunting the migration process must seem to you right now. That's
why I'm writing.
Now there’s a way for you to get
the answers you need … quickly, easily and without spending a fortune
on international phone calls and high-price immigration lawyers.
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||My wife and I finally
made it through the lengthy, nerve-wracking hassle of immigrating to Australia
… largely because we were fortunate enough to find one of the top five
immigration lawyers in Australia, David Stratton. (David is listed
in the Who’s Who Legal Index, a London-based independent organization
that ranks the legal profession globally … and he boasts a 96% success
rate with visa applications. In other words, he’s someone you want
on your side during a tough application process.)
I was so thankful for making it through
the ordeal that I vowed to do what I could to help others who wanted
to migrate to this beautiful country.
So I approached David with a proposition:
that we create an e-book that delivers answers to the most frequently
asked questions about migration to Australia … and that provides a
concise explanation of everything you need to know about immigrating
And that’s exactly what we did.
|Why One of Australia's Top-Rated
Immigration Lawyers Helped Write This E-Book
Click the play button to hear David
Stratton, the immigration expert contributor and legal advisor for Everything
You Need to Know About Immigrating to Australia, share why he signed
on for this project … and how this 106-page, information-packed e-book
will help you.
David’s one of Australia’s Leading
Immigration Lawyers as ranked by Who’s Who Legal. His Registration Number
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from co-author David Stratton
Whether you want to work and travel
throughout Australia on your holiday … or you want to live here
part time once you retire … or you want to start an Australia-based
business … or you’re ready to move here permanently and become
a citizen, Everything You Need to Know About Immigrating to Australia
You won’t have to waste any more
of your precious time scouring the Internet in a futile search for
You won’t have to wrack your brain
trying to translate the bureaucratic and legal jargon on official government
You won’t have to throw your money
away on expensive international calls trying to track down a live human
being to answer your questions.
Instead, you’ll get 106 pages
of concise explanations written in easy-to-understand English … and
more than 300 links to all of the different web sites that contain
the more detailed information you may need to complete your visa application.
More importantly, Everything You
Need to Know About Immigrating to Australia delivers the answers
and guidance you need to submit your visa application properly … on the
very first try.
Here’s why doing it right the
first time is so critical.
The Australian government receives
more than 1 million visa applications each year … and only about 110,000
visas will be issued this year. That means only 10% of applications
will be approved.
If you want your visa application
to fall on the “approved” list … you need to make sure everything is
filled out completely and correctly. If it’s not, your application
will get rejected … and you’ll have to start the application process all
over at square one.
You’ll also get some insight into
which types of visas you’re eligible for. The Australia government
offers more than 100 different visas … and it’s up to you to know which
type you need.
Apply for the wrong type and … you
guessed it … you have to start over from the very beginning of the application
|Everything You Need to Know
About Immigrating to Australia answers frequently asked questions
Do I need a job before I immigrate?
What do I need to know about the Australia
What are the most in-demand jobs?
How much money do I need?
What if I have hepatitis or another
serious medical condition?
Can I bring my pets?
What is the Points System … and how
does it work?
And much, much more … here, take a look
at the 67 most important answers you'll find in this ebook.
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of Alice Springs)
The 10 most important things you
should know about immigrating to Australia before you file a visa application
(See Page 8)
How to tell if the Migration Agent or
Immigration Lawyer you want to use is legitimate and up to the challenge
of handling your application (See Page 8)
The truth about how important your
language skills are (hint: the answer may surprise you) (See Page 9)
An up-to-date list of all of the charges
and fees you can expect to pay to apply for and secure a visa (See Page
Can a conviction make you ineligible
to work and live in Australia? One immigration expert weighs in (See Page
An honest look at the Australia job
market … and your prospects of finding work in your industry (See Page
Do you need a job before you immigrate?
It depends … and here’s how to tell what applies in your situation (See
How the type of work you do can improve
your chances of securing a visa (See Page 12)
The types of workers that Australia
wants to attract – do you fit the bill? (See Page 13)
What type of unemployment benefits you
would be qualified to receive … and how to qualify for pensions (See Page
Three types of family assistance
payments that can help with the cost of raising your children … and how
much you’re qualified to receive (See Page 15)
How your visa application could be affected
if you have a medical condition like Hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS or Tuberculosis
(See Page 16)
Whether or not you must give up citizenship
in your native country (See Page 18)
How much money you’ll need to cover
your moving, travel and cost-of-living expenses … and how much it will
take to maintain the quality of lifestyle you’re used to (See Page 20)
The best way to determine the entire
cost of processing your application (See Page 20)
How much you should expect to spend
if you hire an immigration lawyer or migration agent to help with your
visa application (See Page 20)
A clear explanation of how the Australian
Government prioritizes visa applications … and who gets priority treatment
(See Page 21)
A quick look at the basic types of taxes
you will pay … and where to find complete information about Australia’s
tax system (See Page 24)
How your business skills and savvy
could boost your chances of getting a visa (See Page 24)
An easy-to-understand explanation of
the points system … and how many points you must earn to be eligible for
a visa (See Page 25)
The 10 types of points you can earn
(See Page 26)
Sydney Harbor and Opera House
||Whew … that’s a lot
of information. And that was just the introduction. Take a look at the
other answers you’ll get in this comprehensive e-book.
Why the United Nations named Australia
as the #4 country in the world in which to live (See Page 32)
The pleasant surprise Australia has
in store for you if you dislike cold winters (See Page 32)
A brief look at Sydney, Melbourne,
Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane … the five cities that made it onto the Economist
Intelligence Unit’s 2002 list of top ten cities in the world in which to
live (See Page 34)
A handy and entertaining introduction
to Aussie Speak (See Page 38)
The hands-down, #1 most important
thing you should do when applying to immigrate to Australia (See Page 41)
The two types of immigration programs
that Australia offers … and which one you fit into (See Page 41)
Want to expand your current business
or even start a new business in Australia? Here’s the two-step process
your business visa application will take (See Page 43)
The seven criteria you must meet (at
a minimum) to get a business-related visa … and how these criteria change
based on the specific type of visa you want (See Page 43)
The four categories of employer-sponsored
visa … and which ones you may be eligible to receive (See Page 46)
Are you of “acceptable character” –
here are nine situations in which the Australian government says “NO!”
(See Page 51)
Who needs to have a sponsor … and
the responsibilities that person must agree to in writing (See Page 52)
Which forms of marriage the Australian
government says are NOT acceptable, automatically disqualifying you for
a spouse visa (See Page 53)
What you need to do to if you have
a common law marriage or are in a long-term committed relationship (See
Three ways you can bypass the mandatory
two-year wait before you apply for a permanent spouse visa (See Page 53)
Five pieces of information you can
use to help prove that you are in a genuine relationship with your spouse
(See Page 54)
What happens if you and your partner
break up before you are granted permanent resident status (See Page 54)
The three-stage visa process you
must go through if you are planning to marry an Australian citizen, a qualified
New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident (See Page 55)
The four types of visas for children
… and which you should apply for (See Page 56)
How old you must be for your child
to sponsor you for a parent visa (See Page 58)
How many years you can expect to wait
before you receive your parent visa … and why this process takes so long
(See Page 59)
The type of visa you could apply
for if a relative living in Australia needs your daily assistance and help
… or if he or she is supporting you financially (See Page 60)
The special type of visa that lets retirees
stay in Australia for an extended period without becoming permanent residents
or citizens (See Page 62)
Discover the type of visa you need
to work in Australia over your holiday … and whether you’re eligible (Hint:
only citizens of 14 approved countries can get this visa) (See Page 64)
Where to find the current forms you
need to complete for your visa application (See Page 66)
A closer look at the hundreds (or
thousands) of dollars you can expect to pay for your visa (See Page 70)
The six types of rights you’ll have
when you become a permanent Australian resident (See Page 77)
The one thing you MUST possess if
you leave the country (even for a single day) as a permanent resident (See
Tips for landing a job before you move
to Australia … and where to look for work (See Page 79)
The five types of visas that are
likely to spark an interview with immigration officials … and how to prepare
for your meeting (See Page 80)
What to wear and say during your immigration
interview (yes, it really can matter!) (See Page 81)
The only health problem that will
immediately disqualify you from receiving a visa (See Page 84)
The five things you should bring to
your medical exam (See Page 85)
What you can do if your visa application
is denied (See Page 86)
A handy tip for saving lots of money
on your airfare to Australia (See Page 87)
Five types of documents you should
carry with you when traveling to Australia (See Page 88)
Which types of products you can bring
with you into the country … and which are best left behind (See Page 89)
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sanddunes in Lancelin, Australia
And there’s more.
The five types of things you absolutely
cannot bring with you into the country (See Page 90)
What you need to do to bring a family
pet into Australia (See Page 91)
A step-by-step look at what will
happen from the minute you get off your flight until you’re clear to go
to your new home (See Page 92)
The very first thing you need to do
when you get to Australia (See Page 93)
Who to contact to register for financial
assistance (See Page 95)
Where to go for help finding an apartment
or house (See Page 97)
The step-by-step process to become
an Australian citizen (See Page 100)
The seven conditions you must meet to
become an Australian citizen … and the five biggest benefits you’ll enjoy
(See Page 100)
The four things you must submit with
your application to become an Australian citizen (See Page 102)
Which web sites to visit and phone numbers
to call to get more immigration help from the Australian government (See
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As a comparison … it took more than 80
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|The immigration e-book is, in
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You might be tempted to click away from
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application on your own.
|"My wife is an Australian Permanent
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Don’t do it!
If you navigate the immigration
waters alone, your chances of running into unforeseen problems skyrockets.
All too often, immigrants who think they’re complying with the rules and
regulations of Australia’s Immigration Department find out that they’re
not. And the consequences are not pretty.
For example … check out this real-life
|Nancy’s only son
lived in Australia, so she applied for a retirement visa that would permit
her to live in Australia for extended periods of time. While waiting for
the visa to be processed, she applied for a short-term visitor visa so
she could visit her son and his family for Christmas.
Five months into her
visit, Nancy’s son asked if she would like to extend her trip. She accepted
the invitation and promptly contacted Australia’s Immigration Department
to renew the visa, which was good for only six months.
Or so she thought.
As it turns out, the
short-term visitor visa is good for only a three-month visit … which meant
Nancy was in the country unlawfully and had no right to apply for any visa.
Worse yet, because
she was unlawful, Nancy was banned from re-entering Australia for three
full years. Which meant that her retirement visa application could not
be approved unless she could persuade the Immigration Department to waive
the re-entry ban.
or what about this one:
|As soon as John’s
divorce was finalized, he treated himself to a trip to Australia … where
he met and fell in love with Abigail, an Australian citizen. After their
marriage, John applied for a spouse visa.
After a slow and lengthy
processing period, The Australian Immigration Department rejected the visa
on the grounds that the marriage was not genuine. The appeal process was
long and costly, but John eventually convinced the department to reconsider
That’s when his previous
life came back to haunt him.
As part of the application
process, the Immigration Department required that John’s children undergo
a medical evaluation. Although they had no intention of immigrating with
their father, the department considered John’s children part of his family
unit, which meant that they had to undergo the same checks as he did.
had lost touch with his ex-wife and his kids. He was unable to arrange
for the medical examinations that the Immigration Department required …
and his application was again rejected.
And be warned – visas can be
revoked, as this case study illustrates:
If you don’t want to run the risk
of having your hard-earned visa revoked … or your application disqualified
… or even just spending more time and money on the application process
than you absolutely need to, your decision is clear.
|Steven was appointed
to be the managing director of a large Australian company. Steven, his
wife, and their two daughters – aged 19 and 21 – were granted permanent
Because Steven was
paying the living expenses of his children while they were attending University,
he was able to convince the Australian Immigration Department that they
were dependent upon him and, therefore, members of the family unit for
Not long after the
family arrived in Australia, the daughters’ boyfriends arrived and applied
for spouse visas based on their relationships with the young women. Included
in the evidence they gave to the Immigration Department to support their
application was documentation that they had been living with the daughters.
Steven’s claim that he was financially supporting his daughters. The Immigration
Department’s Compliance Section launched an investigation into whether
the visas of Steven’s family should be cancelled on the basis that they
were obtained on fraudulent grounds.
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Good luck with your journey.
Author, Everything You Need
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