Australia is an island continent and has been named as the "lucky country" for many decades. This is not just due to its great diversity and abundance of natural resources and weather, but also because of its magnificent and vast geography. All these factors have made Australia a pacific nation, prosper and stable.
Australia has been included amongst the strongest world's economies for a long time. In 2013 Australia was the sixth strongest economy according to the World Bank. This position reflects the high living standard of Australia, access to first level public services, low rate of unemployment, safety and social peace.
The last decade, several of the Australian cities have been surveyed in the list of The World's Most Liveable Cities. For instance, Melbourne has been awarded the first place for the fourth consecutive year.
Australia owes great part of its development to the migration. Therefore, it is a country with a very high degree of multiculturalism. Official statistics confirm that no less than 26% of the population is migrant, and no less than 40% has at least one parent born overseas.
Due to its vast geography, Australia is the 6th biggest country in the world; however it has a very low density of about 3 people per square kilometre. That is the reason why Australia has an open migration policy which welcomes migrants who choose this country as their home
Australia has a strict migratory legislation which is constantly adjusted. Changes in the migratory law obey to internal policies that are periodically reviewed with the purpose to balance the labour market.
Every visa has its own requirements, process and resolution timeframe, which demand an updated knowledge of the migration legislation.
You may a apply to an Australian visa from your country [off shore] or once in Australia [on shore]. There are different types of visa depending on which is your purpose to travel to Australia. In AustraliaAndes we will find the best option for you and will help you to fulfil you aims. Please review our section Visas for further information about available visas.
Is an Agent necessary?
Lodging your application with the services of a Migration Agent is optional. However, there are several reasons to support your application with the assessment of a professional.
1. The changes in the Australian Migration legislation are frequent. These changes can be substantial and may happen at any time. If you decide to lodge your application by yourself and a change in the legislation arises that you are not aware, then there is a risk for your application to be refused.
2. If your application is refused, your next application may be highly scrutinised. A refused application means waste of time, money, expectations and put in risk any future application.
3. The migration legislation is contained in different legal instruments and they imply a high level of technicality that is advised to be interpreted by someone qualified.
4. A Migration Agent will act on your behalf and solve any additional information requirement made by the Department of Immigration. Likewise, your agent will be the point of contact with your assigned case officer and keep you updated until a visa decision is issued.
5. A genuine migration agent must be registered with the relevant Australian authority (MARA). The registration ensure that your agent work under rules and supervision of the Australian government. If you uses of someone that is not registered, you are not just under the risk to be wrong advised but also to be scammed.