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No matter what draws you to Australia, whether it’s its diverse landscapes, thriving economy, or quality of life, moving to Australia opens up a world of new experiences and possibilities. However, understanding the visa requirements and your options can be overwhelming. In this guide, we will share the types of visas, the documents required, the benefits of moving to Australia and how to start your application. 

HOW TO MOVE TO AUSTRALIA AS A NIGERIAN

Australia has recorded an addition of more than half a million migrants into its population as of June 2023. Source: Australian Bureau Of Statistics. Due to a lack of skilled workers, the country is seeking ways to attract more residents globally through its visa types available for each immigrant.

In line with the recent immigration policy, the Australian government aims to welcome about 250,000 immigrants between 2024/2025, and Nigerians who want to Japa can benefit from this.

VISAS OPTION FOR NIGERIANS

Skilled Occupation Visa: This is mainly for individuals and families interested in migration to Australia for employment purposes. The site for this migration method is Australian Skilled Migration.

Student Visa: This applies to students interested in gaining admission and studying within Australian institutions. Prospective students can apply and stay for about five (5) years and are also allowed to travel in and out of the country.

Family Visa: This is specific to families. In this type of visa, the sponsor has to provide evidence of financial capability to sustain the new family member/immigrant for at least two (2) years after arrival.

Working Holiday Visa: Australia offers visitors an opportunity to work within the country and possibly become permanent residents. It is valid for 12 months on average.

It is important to note the various Visa and Sub-Visa types under the Australian Government’s Immigration plans, with relevant details and conditions for each. The Skilled Migrants would be required to provide proof of English Language Assessment and may be required to submit an Expression of Interest.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR AUSTRALIAN VISA

These are vital documents needed to process a visa application into Australia:

  • Passport.
  • Australian Visa Form.
  • Paid Visa Fee.
  • One Identity Picture.
  • National Identity Card.
  • Police Certificate.
  • Family Certificates
  • Evidence of Financial Means.
  • Health Insurance.
  • Authorized Recipient Form.
  • Evidence of Temporary Stay
  • Detailed Itinerary.
  • Accommodation Reservations.
  • Employer Permission Letter.
  • Invitation Letter.

Remember, these requirements and documents can vary across the types of visas needed by Nigerian immigrants. As of December 2023, the  Visa processing times vary from less than a day to about 11 months.

VERIFIED IMMIGRATION PROCESSING AGENCIES

Prospective Nigerian immigrants can process their visas through assured agencies with very affordable service charges like;

COST OF IMMIGRATION

This cost would include the following fees:

  • Visa Application fees
  • Cost of moving
  • Settling down in Australia

BENEFITS OF MIGRATING TO AUSTRALIA AS A NIGERIAN

The following are the benefits you stand to gain and receive when you become an Australian citizen;

  • Excellent Career Opportunities.
  • High standards of living
  • Booming Economy
  • World Class Education for Students
  • Paid paternity leave.
  • Various Government Benefits for Citizens.

As a Nigerian, you stand to gain numerous benefits from this migration decision you are about to make. Are you ready to make your Australian dream a reality? Start exploring your visa options today and embark on a journey filled with exciting possibilities! 

Chinwe Nwani

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