Melbourne Migration & Education Consultants

Melbourne Migration & Education Consultants Melbourne Migration are leading consultancy firms for immigration to Australia run by professionals who specialise in Australian immigration. We have offices in Melbourne, Australia, Delhi, Panchkula and Jalandhar, India.
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Melbourne Migration are leading consultancy firms for immigration to Australia run by professionals who specialise in Australian immigration. We have offices in Melbourne, Australia, Delhi, Panchkula and Jalandhar, India.

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Mr AMBER GUPTA
B.E.(Comp.) M.B.A.(Fin.)


Since the beginning Melbourne Migration Services has made a constant endeavor to provide every one of the highest success rates for immigration visas for Australia. By providing them a chance to explore their potential. It is our dream to put our best foot forward and see our self excelling in their respective fields.

Living & Working In Australia
As you contemplate moving to Australia you're probably wondering what life in Australia is like. There are likely to be some aspects of living in Australia that are different to life in other parts of the world. Read the following articles for great advice on everything from the different regions of Australia, to the Australian education system, and case studies of people who have successfully made the move to Australia. If you have any suggestions for information about other aspects of living in Australia that you'd like to see here, please contact us - we'd love to hear from you.

Education and Training : The Australian education system is sophisticated in both the private and public sectors. Read on to find out more about education in Australia.

Health and Insurance : Isn't it exciting? You have your Australian visa and you'll soon be on your way. But, what about health insurance for you and your family?

Life in Australia : Australia's not a place where you stand on the sidelines and simply watch - there is so much on offer for you to see, do, and experience.

Open a bank account : Opening an Australian bank account may be easier than you think. You could even set up a bank account before you move to Australia. Working In recommends the following organizations.

Property in Australia : Once you have chosen where to live in Australia, your next challenge is to find a home to live in. The following articles will help you understand what is involved with buying property in Australia.

Success Stories : Read about the experiences of people who have successfully made to the move to Australia.

Transfer your pension : Get the best advice about transferring pension benefits to Australia.

Thinking of visiting Australia?

Find out about travel and tours in Australia and book accommodation online before you leave home.

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Application process for Australian citizenship

here are 10 steps in the application process.

The time it takes to apply for and be granted Australian citizenship varies. The Client Service Charter provides details on the service standard for processing an application for Australian citizenship.

Step 1. Determine that you are eligible to apply

Are you eligible?
In general, to apply for citizenship you will need to:
be a migrant who is a permanent resident
satisfy the residence requirement
be likely to reside, or to continue to reside, in Australia or to maintain a close and continuing association with Australia
be of good character if you are 18 years of age or over.
There are two categories of eligibility:
Form 1300t Australian citizenship - General eligibility commonly used for applicants:
aged between18 years and 59 years.
Form 1290 Australian citizenship – Other situations commonly used for applicants:
aged 17 years and under or over 60 years and over, or
who suffer from a permanent loss or substantial impairment of hearing, speech or sight, or
who have an enduring physical or mental incapacity that means they are not capable of understanding the nature of the application.
Step 2. Ensure you meet the residence requirement
The residence requirement is based on the time you have lived in Australia and the time you have spent outside Australia.
You must:
have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for four years immediately before applying which must include the last 12 months as a permanent resident, and
not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in total, in the 4 year period, including no more than 90 days in the year before applying.
The Residence Requirement Calculator can help you calculate whether you meet this requirement.
Under certain circumstances the residence requirement may be varied.
Note: Children under 16 years of age are not required to meet the residence requirements.
Your application
Step 3. Prepare for your citizenship test or interview

Ensure you understand what Australian citizenship involves.
The test resource, Australian Citizenship - Our Common Bond, has all the information you need to prepare for the citizenship test. It also contains useful information for people having a citizenship interview.
Download Australian Citizenship - Our Common Bond or watch it on YouTube.
You can also do the practice test.
Step 4. Gather your original documents
You must provide original documents.
You will need to provide a range of documents to
prove your identity,
establish links between all names you have used,
establish you have not had any serious criminal convictions
to apply for variations to the residence requirement or fees.
What are the document requirements? Use this checklist as a guide to the original documents usually required.
Step 5. Complete your application form
There is a checklist to help you understand how to complete your application form. Ensure you complete all the questions in the application.
You may also be able to apply online.
Step 6. Lodge your application form
Applying in Australia
Apply online or post your paper application to your nearest departmental office. Whether you apply online or on a paper application, you must attach certified copies of your identity and other documents. Do not post original documents with your application.
You will then need to bring your original documents with you to your citizenship appointment. You must also bring a completed Identity declaration and correctly endorsed photographs for yourself and any children included in your application.
Read the information about the application fee and how to pay it before lodging your application. In some circumstances, it is not possible to lodge your application online, for example, if you are seeking a fee concession or exemption.
Applying from outside Australia
If you are outside Australia, you can apply online or lodge a paper application. Send your paper application to the Overseas Citizenship Unit at our Canberra office in Australia.
Certified copies of all the required documents need to be attached to your online or paper application. Do not post original documents.
Read the information about the application fee and how to pay it before lodging your application. In some circumstances, it is not possible to lodge your application online, for example, if you are seeking a fee concession or exemption.
Your appointment
Step 7. Attend your citizenship appointment

After the department receives your application, you will be invited to a citizenship appointment. We will send you a letter with your appointment details and further information.
At your appointment, an authorised officer will check your original documents and verify your identity. You will also take a citizenship test or have an interview, whichever applies.
You must bring your original documents to your appointment.
Your application may be refused if you do not attend your appointment.
Allow up to two hours for your appointment.
Step 8. Take the citizenship test or have a citizenship interview
You are usually required to take a citizenship test if you are aged 18 years and over and under 60 years of age. The citizenship test is designed to encourage you to find out more about life in Australia and what it means to be an Australian citizen. It will test your understanding of the responsibilities of citizenship as well as the rights that you will enjoy once you become a citizen. All the questions in the test are based on the testable information in Australian Citizenship - Our Common Bond.
Read more about the Australian Citizenship Test.
If you are not required to sit the test you may have a citizenship interview. At the interview we will confirm that you understand the nature of your citizenship application, have a basic knowledge of the English language and understand the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship.
Our decision
Step 9. Receive notification of the department's decision

A decision on your application for citizenship can only be made after you have lodged a completed application together with the required original documents and fee.
The Client Service Charter provides details on the service standard for processing an application for Australian citizenship. If you do not receive notification within the time given in the charter you should contact the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.
You must tell the department if you change your address, and you must be in the country at the time a decision is made. You may need to defer your travel plans or, if your travel is urgent contact the department for advice.
See more information about citizenship and travel.
Your ceremony
Step 10. Attend a citizenship ceremony

When you receive notification that your application has been approved, you will usually need to attend a citizenship ceremony and make the Australian Citizenship Pledge. This completes the process of becoming an Australian citizen.
Usually your ceremony will be held within six months from the time your application is approved, but waiting times between local councils can vary.
If you have children under 16 years of age who were included on your application form they will become Australian citizens when you make the Pledge.

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Immigration to Australia

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Immigration to Australia is especially for relatively young and skilled people who wish to emigrate to a Country with a great lifestyle and excellent job opportunities. In Australia immigration of skilled migrants is encouraged and is assessed on a points system with points awarded for work experience, qualifications and language proficiency. Other ways of obtaining immigration visas to Australia include the Australian Family Migration and Humanitarian Programs.

The Australian immigration program has opportunities for people with a variety of backgrounds, ages, qualifications and needs. Choose the route to Australia that best reflects your circumstances and goals:

. There is a strong emphasis in the Australian immigration program on attracting people who can contribute to the economy. If you are under 45, speak at least vocational level English, and have qualifications in one of the numerous priority professions and trades, you may be eligible under the Skilled Migration Program.

. Australian skilled immigration is much easier if you are willing to live in a particular region of Australia.

. Provisions are made for people ready to invest in Australia or who have certain business skills

. Improve your proficiency in English and obtain qualifications from Australia's world class tertiary institutions through the Student Visa Program.

. Working Holiday Visas allow young people from a number of participating countries to support themselves while having the time of their lives Down Under.


Australia also accepts migrants with relatives already in the country under the Family Stream Migration program, and welcomes refugees under the Humanitarian Program

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Applying for Child Migration Visa 101 & 102

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This visa is an Australian Permanent Residence visa that allows a child, including an adopted child to travel to Australia to live with their parents. The Child Migration Visa allows and eligible parent sponsor them to live in Australia indefinitely. An eligible parent is a person/s that is an Australian Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident or an eligible New Zealand Citizen.

Please note that the child must be outside of Australia when you apply and also when the Child Migration visa Subclass 101/102 is granted.

Processing Times and Visa Requirements

Most applications lodged by South African Citizens take between 3 to 6 months to be assessed. Applications lodged by Non South African Nationals can expect an assessment time of 12 to 18 months.

This visa allows the child to:

Travel to and stay in Australia indefinitely. The will also be able work, study and enrol in Australia’s Medicare Scheme for health-related care and expenses. The child is also able to sponsor eligible relatives for Permanent Residence while holding this visa.

Upon the issuing of this visa the child is considered to be a Permanent Resident of Australia and after living in Australia on this visa for 5 years will be eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship. This visa is a multiple entry visa that is issued for a maximum period of 5 years after which they will need to obtain another visa if they need to enter Australia and have not acquired their Australian Citizenship.

Please note that children born in Australia are automatically granted Australian Citizenship if one of their parent is an Australian Citizenship or an Australian Permanent Resident. However, children born outside of Australia must apply for either a Permanent visa to live in Australia if neither of the child’s parents are Australian Citizens. If one of the child’s parents is an Australian Citizen, the child is able to apply for direct Australian Citizenship based on this.

Eligibility of Adopted Children

If you are adopting a child from outside Australia then one must apply for an Adoption Visa Subclass 102 on behalf of the child. A child that has been adopted is able to apply for a Child Visa Subclass 101 if they were adopted before their eligible parent became a holder of an Australian Permanent Resident Visa, an Australian Citizen or an eligible New Zealand Citizen.

Who can apply for this visa?

A child is able to apply for and obtain this visa if they are:

- A single person
- Being sponsored by their biological parent or their parent’s partner
- Younger than 18 years
- A full time student aged between 18 and 25 years
- Over the age of 18 years and unable to work due to a disability and fully dependent on the sponsoring parent

The sponsoring parent of the child must be an Australian Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or an eligible New Zealand Citizen. However, the spouse or de facto partner of the child’s parent is also able to sponsor the child. This means that a sponsor does not have to be the biological parent of the child but can also be a Step Parent. A step parent who is no longer the partner of the child’s biological parent but has legal responsibility of the minor child is also eligible to sponsor the child over to Australia.

The Main Requirements are:

- Valid Passport
- Birth Certificate
- Have an eligible sponsor
- A clear criminal record (Certain cases can be discussed on a case by case basis, should there be an issue) if the child is over 18 years of age.
- A clean bill of health (Certain cases can be discussed on a case by case basis, should there be an issue).

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Parent Visa
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Parent Visa enables parents of children who are Australian citizens or permanent residents to be sponsored for permanent residence in Australia.

Duration and Conditions

Apart from the contributory parent (temporary) visa, all parent visas are permanent visas.
Criteria

The main criteria are as follows:
The parent must be sponsored by a child who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident. The sponsor must be "settled" - generally the sponsor would need have been lawfully resident in Australia for at least 2 years.
The applicant must pass the "balance of family test". That is, the number of children who are lawfully and permanently resident in Australia must be:
Greater than, or equal to, the total number of children who are resident overseas; or
Greater than the greatest number of children who are resident in any single overseas country.
An assurance of support is required in all cases.
Contributory Parent Categories

The Australian government has introduced "contributory" parent visa categories, which require the payment of a high application fee to cover medical expenses
From 2 June 2014, the lower cost "non-contributory" parent visa subclasses were closed to new applications. It is no longer possible to apply for non-contributory parent visas. The non-contributory subclasses were reopened in October 2014, but it is not clear how long they will be open for.

There are two types of contributory parent visa:

Contributory Parent (Permanent): This is a permanent visa which is generally processed within 18 months. Total cost for the application is over $40, 000 per parent
Contributory Parent (Temporary): This is a 2-year temporary visa which is about half the cost of the permanent contributory parent. Applicants would generally look at applying for a permanent contributory parent visa within the 2-year validity of the visa. The total cost of applying is approximately the same as a permanent contributory parent visa, but it is split over two visa applications.
Do I Apply in Australia or Overseas?

In general, parent visas must be applied for outside Australia. However, it is possible to apply for an aged parent visa from within Australia. In order to do so, at least one of the applicants must be aged 65 or over.
If the application is lodged in Australia, the applicants will be able to remain in Australia on bridging visas whilst their applications for parent visas are being processed.

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Partner Visa or Family Visa

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Partners of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens are eligible to immigrate to Australia. The following are considered "partners" in Australian immigration law:
Fiancé(e)s
Married partners; and
De facto partners including same-sex marriages.
Living in Australia
If you currently living in Australia on a temporary visa and want to continue to stay with your partner, you may apply for a Partner Temporary Visa (Subclass 820). This visa is granted for a two-year period after which you may apply for Australian permanent resident status through a Permanent Visa (Subclass 801).

The Partner Temporary Visa (Subclass 820) is for partners, married or de facto, of Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens who are living in Australia.
Living Abroad
If you are living abroad (outside of Australia) and wish to join your partner in Australia, then you may apply for a Partner Temporary Visa (Subclass 309). This visa is also granted for two years after which you may apply for Australian permanent resident status through a Permanent Visa (Subclass 100).

The Partner Temporary Visa (Subclass 309) is for partners, married or de facto, of Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens who are living outside of Australia.
Australian Citizenship
Australian permanent residency allows you the option to become an Australian citizen. Adjusting your status to citizenship gives you all the rights offered to natural-born citizens of Australia. As an Australian citizen you can:
- Participate in the election of government officials;
- Join the Australian Defence Force;
- Live anywhere in Australia;
- Work without restriction;
- Obtain an Australian passport;
- Enjoy protections from the Australian government while travelling abroad;
- Enjoy the freedoms and security of a stable, democratic society.

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