Relocating to Australia from Nigeria has increased at an annual rate of 11.88 percent. As a result, it is one of the world’s most important migratory corridors for skilled workers. Nigerians are currently accepted in Australia for permanent residency in over 400 different occupations, as well as for working vacation visas, student visas, working visas, and other types of visas.
Australia is a lovely country with a strong economy, which is why Nigerians continue to migrate there. Obtaining a work visa and an Australian Partner Visa are the easiest ways to relocate to Australia from Nigeria. A work visa normally requires that you be highly skilled, which means that a firm in Australia would require your skills. When you are in a relationship with a qualified Australian citizen, on the other hand, you may be eligible for an Australian partner visa.
Despite the fact that Nigerians have not always viewed Australia as a viable migration destination, they have begun to appreciate Australia’s potential. Following their observation of Nigerians’ dedication and hard work, Australian authorities have made it much easier for Nigerians to enter the country.
The fact that Australia makes relatively little distinction between nationalities is an intriguing aspect of migrating to Australia from Nigeria. Permanent residents in Australia can apply for a variety of visas. These visas are divided into three categories: Subclasses 189, 190, and 491 of the Australian Visa.
Holders of the 189 and 190 Australian Permanent Residency visa classes and their immediate families are permitted to:
- live and work in Australia
- enter and leave Australia as they please without needing additional visas
- have access to Australia’s world-class medical system, Medicare
- enroll their wards in school
- own property
- and above all, holders of the 189 and 190 visa classes moving to Australia from Nigeria can convert their Permanent Residency visas to full Australian citizenship.
The 491 visa, which was introduced in November 2019, is a Skilled Work Regional visa with 14,000 spots available each year. It is a points-based skilled migration visa that lasts for five years and can be converted to full Permanent Residency status. To move to Australia from Nigeria on Skilled Migration, either as an expatriate living in Nigeria or a Nigerian citizen, you must first qualify for a suitable occupation and then score enough points to be able to enter the Australia Expression of Interest (EOI) system.
The following are the steps required in applying for permanent residency in Australia as a skilled migrant:
- Identify a High-Demand Occupation On the Australian Points list, get a score of at least 65. Obtain a favorable skills evaluation. Take an English Proficiency test. Fill out an Expression of Interest form. You will be sent an invitation to apply. File a formal application, undergo police and medical checks, and receive a Permanent Residency visa.
- From start to end, the procedure takes around a year. Although one year is an excellent benchmark to keep in mind, it can come sooner or later.
How to Relocate to Australia from Nigeria
How to Relocate to Australia from Nigeria
As this article illustrates, there are various options for relocating to Australia from Nigeria; the next step is to figure out which option is ideal for you.
Australia Employer Sponsored Visa
The Australia Employer Sponsored Visa program allows the Australian government to bring in talented employees from other countries like Nigeria, to meet the labor demands of the Australian economy.
Employer-Sponsored Visa is available in a variety of categories and require you to obtain a job offer from an Australian company and then have the company sponsor your application to assist you enter the country.
To be eligible for an Australia Employer Sponsored Visa, you must have: a job available on the Skilled Occupation List; a minimum of two years recent, relevant work experience; but not necessary qualifications (varies with each occupation).
There are two primary categories of this kind of visa:
Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa
A Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa is a work visa that you can only apply for if you have a sponsor who has nominated you. Your sponsor must show that there is a genuine need for an overseas worker to fill the position.
This type of Visa allows skilled individuals to move to Australia for a limited period of time usually valid for a short or medium period of time, and it does not ensure a long stay. It is typically valid for one or two years, however they can be extended to four years in rare cases.
When applying for a visa, you must choose which stream is best for you:
- Short Term Stream: Depending on your situation, a short-term stream visa allows you to work in Australia for up to two years or four years.
- Medium Term Stream: The medium-term stream will allow you to stay and work in Australia for up to four years and if you satisfy the eligibility requirements, you can proceed to apply for permanent residence.
- Labour Agreement Stream: If your sponsor is a member of the labor agreements, you can apply for the labour agreement stream visa. The labor agreements are an agreement between Australian employers and the government that permits businesses to hire foreigners into Australia in accordance with the agreements.
You can follow these guidelines to apply for a temporary skilled shortage visa:
- Submission of a sponsorship request: If your sponsor isn’t currently a standard sponsor, they must apply to become one before you can apply for a temporary skilled shortage visa. Your sponsor must apply for sponsorship online using ImmiAccount and submit the relevant documents. Your sponsor does not need to apply to become an eligible sponsor if you are applying for the labour agreement stream. Your employer, on the other hand, must be a member of the labor agreements, and if they aren’t, they must submit a membership request.
- Sponsorship approval: The sponsorship will last for five years once it has been approved. After that, your employer can apply for you to be nominated for this visa.
- Nomination for the visa by your sponsor: Your employer can submit a nomination application on your behalf as soon as they have been authorized as a sponsor.
- Submission of visa application: You can begin your visa application after your sponsor’s nomination has been approved. You must first organize your documents properly before submitting your application through ImmiAccount.
Employer Nomination Scheme
This is another option for firms to bring workers into Australia from other nations, such as Nigeria. There are three primary branches to this program, and you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
A permanent work visa is provided to skilled workers who are recommended by Australian sponsors via the Employer Nomination Scheme. There are a various visa streams available for the employer nomination scheme, depending on which one you qualify for. However, you must be nominated by an eligible sponsor for each visa stream.
You can apply for one of three different types of visa streams:
- Direct Entry Stream: If you meet the skill requirements and have relevant experience in the specified position, you can apply for this visa. Your sponsor can nominate you for any of the skilled professions on the list.
- Labour Agreement Stream: If your sponsor is a member of the labour agreements, you can apply for this stream. When there is a shortage of workers in the local market and alternative visa options are unavailable, Australian sponsors might use labor agreements to attract foreign workers to Australia.
- Temporary Residency Transition Stream: If you already have or have previously had another temporary work visa and want to stay in Australia permanently, this stream is for you.
The Employer Nomination Scheme visa application procedure is as follows:
- Have a Genuine Nomination: Before you submit your visa application, you must have an authorized nomination.
- Obtain Your TRN: Your sponsor will be given a transaction reference number after their nomination application has been approved.
- Submit an Application: Finally, you can apply for a visa by submitting an online application through ImmiAccount and paying the visa fee through the online platform’s payments area.
Temporary Residence Transition Stream
The temporary residence transition stream allows foreign employees to permanently relocate to Australia from Nigeria after having previously held a temporary visa. You must meet a number of requirements in order to obtain this visa, and you must first be nominated.
Workers who have worked for their employer for at least two years are eligible for this visa. This visa is exclusively available to Nigerians who are currently residing in Australia. The program requires that the recipient’s employer support the application.
A temporary residence transition stream visa is a work visa available only if you have previously been nominated for another visa in Australia. To be eligible for a temporary residence transition visa, you must have a temporary skill shortage visa.
When applying for a temporary residency transition stream visa to relocate to Australia from Nigeria, follow these steps:
- Get a nomination.
- Get your TRN.
- Prepare your documents.
- Apply for the visa.
Get a Nomination: You must be nominated by an eligible sponsor before applying for temporary residence transition stream visa. Your sponsor must be the same company that sponsored you while you were on a temporary skill shortage visa. There are exceptions for situations where the ownership of a firm has changed due to unanticipated circumstances such as business sale, takeover or reconstruction.
A nomination application must be submitted by your sponsor using the ImmiAccount. In order for your nomination to be approved, they must submit all relevant paperwork and meet the eligibility requirements.
Get Your TRN: Your sponsor will be given a transaction reference number once their nomination has been approved. This transaction reference number (TRN) is required to submit your visa application, therefore obtain it as soon as possible.
Prepare Your Documents: It is necessary to organize your documents prior to submitting your application. Any documents issued in a language other than English must be translated.
Apply for the Visa: You can begin your visa application online after you get a valid nomination. If you do not already have an ImmiAccount, please create one and begin your visa application.
Please keep in mind that you must apply for the visa within 6 months of receiving confirmation of your nomination.
Australian Partner Visa Applications
Many Nigerians have ended up in Australia as a result of relationships they have with Australian citizens. Of course, this is one of the simplest ways of relocating to Australia from Nigeria, but it does not always work for everyone. These are, however, some of the most common forms of visas, and they are not only available to Australian citizens; New Zealand citizens are also eligible.
With a Partner Visa, you can join an Australian citizen or permanent resident if you are married or in a de facto relationship with them.
Onshore and Offshore partner visas are available in Australia, and they differ depending on where you are when you apply – in Australia or elsewhere. Based on their validity, they are further classified into temporary and permanent visas.
- Temporary Partner Visa: The temporary partner visa will allow you to migrate to Australia from Nigeria; however, as the name implies, it is only a temporary visa that will run for two years, during which time your relationship will be assessed. You can apply for a permanent partner visa if your relationship is still waxing strong at the end of the two-year evaluation period.
- Permanent Partner Visa: The Permanent Partner Visa is valid for five years, but if the relationship is still waxing strong at the end of that time, you can file for citizenship. You do not need to obtain a Temporary Partner Visa before applying for a Permanent Partner Visa; nevertheless, you should consult the Australian High Commission in your country to determine which option is best for you.
The Prospective Marriage Visa, commonly known as a fiance visa, is another kind of Partner Visa that does not fit into either of these categories.
Here are the types of Australian partner visa applications:
- Onshore Partner Visa: Onshore Partner Visas allow you to submit your visa application and wait for it to be processed while you are still in Australia. You must apply for Onshore Temporary Partner Visa (which is valid for about two years) and the Onshore Permanent Partner Visa at the same time because there is a collaborative application process. You will, however, be given the temporary first and will have to wait two years before being eligible for permanent residency.
- Offshore Partner Visa: Offshore Partner Visas allow you to apply from a location other than Australia. You can join your partner once you acquire your visa and wait to be eligible for permanent residency. You must apply for both the Provisional Offshore Partner Visa (a temporary two-year visa) and Offshore Migrant Partner Visa at the same time, however the permanent visa will not be issued until two years after the temporary visa was issued. When you apply for the Provisional Offshore Partner Visa and receive it, you must be outside of Australia, but when you receive the permanent visa, you can be inside or outside of Australia.
- Prospective Marriage Visa: If you are engaged to an Australian citizen or resident and want to marry them in Australia, you can apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa. This form of visa allows you to stay for 9 to 15 months and marry your fiance during that time.
Australian Parent Visa
Australian Parent Visas are regulations that allow parents whose children are Australian citizens or permanent residents to visit their children in the country. This program is fairly broad, and it has assisted many Nigerians in gaining entry into Australia.
Even if your child has recently visited Australia, possibly on a partner visa, you can still apply for a parent visa and accompany them.
Contributory and Non-Contributory Parent Visas are the two primary forms of Australian Parent Visas that lead to permanent residency. The key distinction between these two classes is the time it takes to process and the cost.
There is also a visa that is less difficult to obtain but does not lead to permanent residency: the Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa.
The following are the different types of parent visas available in Australia:
- Contributory Parent Visa: Contributory Parent Visas allow you to live in Australia with your child as a permanent resident, with the option of applying for citizenship after a few years. These Visas are appealing since they are processed much faster than their counterparts. Within four to five years, you should receive your visa. You must be in Australia when you apply for these visas, and you can stay there using a bridging visa while the visa is being processed.
- Non-Contributory Parent Visa: The 103 subclass and aged parent visas are the types of non-contributory parent visas. While they both lead to permanent residency (and after a few years, citizenship) and the fee is substantially smaller, they both take a long time to process – roughly 20 to 30 years!
- Sponsored Parent Visa: The Sponsored Parent Visa is only issued to parents who want to visit their children in Australia but do not want to reside there. It can only be issued for three or five years, with a maximum extension of ten years.
You are eligible for Australian Parent Visa regardless of whether the child is your biological or adopted child, as long as he is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand.
While these are not the only options for relocating to Australia from Nigeria, they are quite the most straightforward. You can still enter Australia on a student visa or an investment visa, but both of these alternatives are extremely expensive and out of reach for most Nigerians. Any of the options mentioned in this article can be used to migrate to Australia from Nigeria with careful planning and devotion.