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Posted on December 15 2020

How to migrate from USA to Australia in 2021?

By  Editor
Updated April 03 2023

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Australia has increasingly become a popular destination for migration for those staying in the US. Australia is a preferred destination not only for the dynamic business opportunities that it offers but also the peaceful environment and the great outdoor lifestyle that it has to offer.

What is the easiest way to move to the Australia from the US in 2021?

The easiest way is to ensure that you have the desired skills that Australia needs. This is because when Australia looks at welcoming migrants it looks at getting in the right skills which will contribute to the country’s economic growth.

Having the right skill set when applying for migration will be the primary factor for your success in spite of your financial situation and/or your family structure. If your application is successful because you have the right skills you can get a permanent residency which will extend to your spouse or partner and your dependent children.

Australia regularly publishes a list of over 300 occupations where it faces a skill shortage which prospective migrants can check and then apply for a visa.

Skilled migration stream

The importance that Australia gives to meeting its skill shortages is reiterated by the fact that it has allocated the maximum number of places to the skilled migration stream in its migration level plans for 2020-21.

Skilled Stream category 2020-21 Planning Levels
Employer Sponsored (Employer Nomination Scheme) 22,000
Skilled Independent 6,500
State/Territory (Skilled Nominated permanent) 11,200
Regional (Skilled employer sponsored/skilled work regional) 11,200
Business Innovation and Investment Program 13,500
Global Talent Program 15,000
Distinguished Talent 200
Total 79,600
Family Stream Category 2020-21 Planning Levels
Partner 72,300
Parent 4,500
Other Family 500
Total 77,300
Child & Special Eligibility 3,100

With the Skilled Migration stream having the greatest number of places, this should be your option when applying for a PR visa. You have better chances under this stream, provided you meet the eligibility requirements and score the required points. The government has made changes to the age and English language requirements under this program to ensure only highly skilled migrants are eligible.

To apply under the Skilled Migration stream you must first meet the eligibility criteria which requires that you have a score if 65 or above out of 100 points. The below table describes the different criteria for scoring points:

Category  Maximum Points
Age (25-33 years) 30 points
English proficiency (8 bands) 20 points
Work Experience outside Australia (8-10 years) Work Experience in Australia (8-10 years) 15 points 20 points
Education (outside Australia) Doctorate degree 20 points
Niche skills such as Doctorate or master's degree in Australia 5 points
Study in a regional area Accredited in community language Professional year in a skilled program in Australia State sponsorship (190 visa) 5 points 5 points 5 points 5 points

The Skilled Migration stream is a points-based system and is the most popular immigration program that aspiring migrants choose. Here is a brief description of the eligibility requirements for the three main visa categories under the Skilled Migration Program.

Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189): Before submitting your application under this category, you must give an Expression of Interest through Skill Select. This can be done within or outside of Australia.

 The applications are by invitation only, for this you should:

  • Have Experience in a nominated occupation on Australia's Skilled Occupations List
  • Get a skill assessment report by a designated authority for that occupation
  • Submit an Expression of Interest
  • Be under 45 years
  • Meet general Skilled Migration basic requirements
  • Score at least 65 on the points test
  • Meet health and character requirements

Once you receive an invitation to apply for this visa, you must do so within 60 days.

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190): You qualify for this visa if you are nominated by an Australian state or territory. The privileges in this visa are the same as the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189)

The application requirements are similar except that you should have experience in a nominated occupation on the Skilled Occupations List.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 Visa: This visa has replaced the Subclass 489 Visa as a pathway to a PR visa. Under this visa skilled workers and their families must live, work and study in designated regional areas for 5 years. They will be eligible for a PR visa after three years. The eligibility requirements are the same as for other Skilled nomination programs.

Other immigration streams you can consider

Employer Sponsored Migration

 The program aims at filling skill shortages in the Australian Labor Market by matching the vacancies to those migrants who have the requisite skills and experience.

Business Innovation and Investment Program

The Australian business visa program helps foreign business owners, senior executives and investors to come here for business purposes and develop new or existing businesses in Australia. This can also be a pathway to permanent residency.

Distinguished talent visa

The Distinguished Talent visa is designed for individuals who have achieved something exceptional in a profession, in arts or sports or in research or academic fields. The visa has two subclasses- Subclass 858 for onshore and Subclass 124 for offshore.

Family stream

Under the family stream you can migrate to Australia if your close family member is a citizen or permanent resident in Australia. The family stream gives preference to the spouse/partner, dependent children, parents of citizens and permanent residents in Australia. It also provides an opportunity for other family members such as relatives who are old and dependent, caretakers etc. to move to Australia to be with their families.

To choose the right stream which will help you to migrate from the US to Australia in 2021, take the help of an immigration consultant who will provide you with the right guidance.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Australia, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.



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