How different or Similar are the Immigration Process of Australia and Newzealand
The immigration policies to Australia and New Zealand are the same for all the other countries. There are no barriers depending on the ethnicity of the person who is applying to stay in any of the countries mentioned above.
Australia has been a key destination for both skilled and unskilled people. The Australian Government, on the other hand, has designed several visa categories or immigration programs to help people migrate to the country on a temporary or a permanent basis.
With a new point system in place, which is applicable from November 16, 2019 and the government’s support and encouragement to provide amicable immigration process, migrating to the country has become easier and faster.
Here, we will discuss the immigration process to both Australia and New Zealand in details.
Different types of Australian Visa for Immigration
- Skilled independent Visa (subclass 189)
- Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled Regional Visa (Provisional) subclass 491
- Visit Visas
- Business Innovation and Investment Visa (subclass 888)
- Student Visa
- 600 visitor visa
- Working Holiday Visa
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa
Key benefits of Immigrating to Australian
Australia is an incredible country with outstanding healthcare, education and professional environment. It is also known to have democratic values. Some of the benefits and privileges that the Australian government pledges to its immigrants include:
- One is allowed to live, work and settle in Australia
- It offers state-of-art healthcare programs to its immigrants and PRs
- You can apply for Australian citizenship if you have lived in Australia for a minimum of 4 years and have lived in the country for a period of 12 months
- Sponsor family members for permanent or temporary residency
- It has huge job and career opportunities
- Australia is a perfect country to raise a family because it has many social security benefits and subsidized healthcare facilities.
- It has point-based immigration system, boasts of an ideal work environment, a multicultural society, faster visa processing methods
Immigration to New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the most preferred destinations for people across the world, especially India, because of its socio-political and economic set up. It ranks among the top countries on many international parameters of human living and developmental index.
The different types of Visa PR options that are available include:
- Skilled Migrant Category
- Family Category Visa
- Business and Investment, which is further divided into investor and entrepreneur categories
Key benefits of New Zealand PR Visa
- One can live indefinitely in New Zealand
- One can access the facilities provided by the healthcare system in New Zealand
- Provides access to the facilities provided by New Zealand education system
- It allows multiple exits
Processing fee for New Zealand and Australia
It costs AU$4045 for Australia’s Skilled Independent program for the principal applicant. Spouses would require additional AU$2025 and children would require AU$1010 per head. Applicants for both the countries would pay for translation, postage, health exams and miscellaneous costs.
On the contrary, New Zealand’s application fees are lower as compared to Australian immigration, but the processing time in both programs are similar.
New Zealand’s Skilled Migrant Category program charges NZ$530. This is for an Online Expression of Interest, in addition to NZ$2710 as the application cost for the family. Applicants for both the countries, however, must be prepared for a few hundred dollars here and there because of the dynamism involved in the process.