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VICES
Keys to successful
TION SER
Immigration to Australia
How to have your application approved.
MIGRA
By Sarah Gillis, BA LlB, MMIA, MARN 9359588
The Business Visitor Visa does not permit employment,
except in very limited circumstances. A well documented
Australia is, and always has been, a land of application will be processed efficiently by the authorities,
opportunity. A stable federal political arena, so remember to include the following with your visa
integrated multicultural population, healthy application:
environment, sound education system and high l A clear statement of intention regarding your
standard of living make Australia an attractive proposed journey;
destination of choice for both investors and those l Letters of invitation from your business associates;
wishing to settle in Australia. l Evidence of funds available for the duration of your
With the Indian diaspora highly represented in stay; and
Australia, marrying your investment goals with a l Evidence of your incentives and intention to return
residence outcome in Australia could be a reality for you. ‘home’.
choosing the right visa Longer stays
Knowing the correct pathway, and the hurdles in that For longer term stay in Australia, business persons and
pathway, is a must in order for you to obtain a successful investors may seek temporary/permanent residence in a
visa outcome. Let’s consider some of the Australian visa range of visa categories.
options available to business people. Business Owners who wish to establish a branch
Initially, a Business Visitor visa will allow a business office in Australia may do so through the Business
person to travel to Australia for up to three months to Long Stay visa and may move towards conversion to
undertake activities such as: permanent residence. The Business Long Stay visa
l Meeting consultants/brokers/agents; is a temporary visa for skilled workers and executives
l Visiting potential investment properties; available for a period of up to four years. The nominee is
l Meeting legal and finance professionals; and sponsored by an Australian entity or an overseas entity
l Holding review meetings with property managers. establishing a branch office in Australia. ➤
keY sTATisTics
In the 2007/2008 Australian
migration program year:
u India ranked as the second
highest source country
with 14% of migrants,
second only to the UK and
overtaking China.
u 11,154 Indians migrated as
skilled migrants.
u 3,720 Indians migrated as
family migrants.
u 97,724 Indians were present
in Australia as temporary
residents on 30 June 2008,
of which:
– 63,169 held Student visas;
– 11,378 held Tourist visas.
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