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How to Migrate to Australia

Migrating to another country is a big step. Make your migration a success by preparing carefully. This page describes the steps you can take to prepare for migration to Australia.

Stages of migration

1. Research your options

Do you think the lifestyle in Victoria might suit you? If you’re thinking of migrating to Australia, this website has lots of information to help you in your research.

Will you be able to get work?

See our Working and employment pages for information on finding a job, industries and occupations in Australia.

The Occupation Lists give occupations eligible for visa nomination and are an indication of skills in demand.

If you intend to run a business in Australia, see Running a Business for a starting point for your research.

Where do you want to live?

Do you want the fast paced life of a big city or do you want the easy lifestyle of a regional centre or small town? Explore your options with our Living in Victoria pages. You’ll find information about housing, education, health and medical facilities and travel here.

How do you organise the move?

It can take some time to get everything organised. See our Relocation checklist for an indication of the timelines involved in migrating to Australia.

A migration agent or lawyer can assist you to migrate to Victoria, Australia, but it is not necessary. See our Using a Migration Agent page for important factors you should consider.

2. Apply for nomination
(if desired)

Visa nomination can assist you in meeting the requirements for Australian visas, but is not essential.

You can:

  • apply for visa nomination from the Victorian Government
  • obtain sponsorship from an employer
  • migrate independently.

See the Visa nomination and Visa Nomination Occupation Lists pages to check whether you are eligible for Victorian Government visa nomination.

If you are a looking to work in a regional area, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows employers in these areas to sponsor migrants to fill skilled vacancies in their business which cannot be filled locally.

3. Apply for a visa

You must apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for your visa, even if you have Victorian Government visa nomination.

You can find an overview of many visa types on this website on our Skilled visas and Business visas pages, but other visa types are also available.

Use the Visa Finder on the DIBP website to help you find the best visa type for you.

See also our frequently asked questions about skilled visa nomination and visas

4. Prepare to move

Our handy Relocation Checklist will help you get organised. 

5. Arrive and settle in

The Victorian Government's Skilled and Business Migration Program offers services to help skilled and business migrants settle in to life in Victoria.

See the Find Settlement Help page for more information on support available to skilled and business migrants:

  • Arriving in Australia
  • Post-arrival support services
  • Settling in to everyday life.

Business migrants will also find Business Support and Networks useful.

Once you have migrated to Australia, you may consider becoming an Australian citizen. Australian citizenship formalises your membership of the Australian community. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website has more on Australian citizenship requirements.