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Australia is one of the most attractive countries globally with its picturesque scenery, pleasant weather, and good economic opportunities. No wonder so many foreigners are thinking about moving to Australia, but before you can do that, you need to get acquainted with the country’s strict immigration laws.

Let’s first have a look at the different visas available and the documents you will need when you decide to apply for one.

What are the Permanent Resident Visa Options In Australia?

There are three main types of visas available to those seeking to move to Australia – the Family Stream Visa, the Workstream Visa, and the Business Investor Stream Visa. Most people are interested in the workstream. This is the most commonly used by those looking to settle in Australia.

You have two options. You can either find an Australian employer willing to sponsor you, or you can apply on your own. This is only if you have special qualifications or skills the local government deems valuable.

For young people between the ages of 18 and 30, the Australian government offers Working Holiday Visas. These are valid for up to two years and do not open the pathway to permanent resident status, but they allow you to explore the country and assess opportunities, and you can later apply for a full work visa.

For more information on the types of work visas available check out the Home Affairs immigration portal.

What Documents Do You Need to Apply For An Australian Visa?

You can apply for a work visa online, which is quite convenient, but keep in mind that the whole process can take months.

As for the documents required, first of all, you’ll need a valid passport. Different rules may apply depending on your country of origin, so make sure you are eligible for a work visa.

If you’re applying for a work visa, prepare all the documents relevant to your qualification. For example, school records, post-graduate studies, documents testifying to your achievements in the field, etc. If you have an Australian sponsor, they can help you with that.

Background Check Documentation

Australian laws are very clear that people looking to move to the country must be of good character and mustn’t present any danger to the local community.

As part of your visa screening process, you will have to undergo a character assessment test. This is also done online.

You will have to fill in a form detailing your personal information. Additionally, they will ask whether you have a criminal record. If you do, don’t try to hide it. Otherwise, they will ask you to provide a police check from your country of origin. In addition to that, you will be asked to provide a criminal record check from every country where you’ve lived for more than 12 months. This also includes Australia.

If you’ve lived in the country before and now want to return, you will be asked to present a criminal record check. This is something you can also do online using one of the character check agencies.

If you’ve been living in Australia on a Working Holiday visa you will also have to get a criminal record check when you apply for a full work visa.

Be very careful when you fill in the required forms. If you’re caught lying, your application will be rejected, and this vastly diminishes any chance of ever getting a visa.


Arrange insurance coverage for your trip, including any required travel and health insurance. If an urgent situation comes up, you will be glad that you had these insurances in place.  These costs are expensive when you are not insured. Do you have life insurance? If so you can talk to your insurance company to tell them you’re going to the Commonwealth of Australia. Some policies can continue to cover you while you’re overseas on your trip.

Accommodations for Moving to Australia

Research and look up the accommodation options that are available in Australia. New arrivals often find shared accommodation options are generally a lot more affordable due to sharing the rent. There are also many property listing websites available that show temporary and permanent rental options.


First, you should file your documents, check all prescription medications you need, and ensure they are all up to date. Do you plan to bring prescription medication with you to Australia? You should check if it can be brought into Australia, and you also may need to obtain a letter from your doctor or health specialist that prescribed the medication. You should arrange for private health coverage while staying in Australia as mentioned in the insurance section above. Also, due to the COVID-19 pandemic or any other potential outbreaks in the future, check whether you need any vaccinations to enter Australia.

You should have gained new knowledge about moving to Australia as a result of reading this essay. More recommendations are available on this page: What Are the Requirements for Moving to Australia?


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