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Immigrate to Australia from France

Immigrate to Australia from France

Any person who wants to immigrate to Australia from France needs to apply for a certain type of visa, depending on the purpose of the arrival in this country. France is part of the European Union (EU), so the rules applicable to French people extend to EU nationals and vice-versa.

The need to obtain a visa is applicable even for short-term stays, related to tourism. For in-depth legal advice on the visa options and the visa procedures imposed to French nationals, our immigration lawyer in Australia remains at your service.

What are the visa formalities for short-term stays in Australia?

As a French national who will immigrate to Australia from France for the purpose of tourism or visiting family or friends living in this country, visa formalities are imposed. Currently, persons who want to relocate to Australia from France for tourism purposes can:

  1. apply for the eVisitor visa (Subclass 651) for visits of up to 3 months in a 12 months period;
  2. apply for the eVisitor visa (subclass 600) for visits with a duration of 3, 6 or 12 months.

One can move to Australia under these 2 visas for either of the following reasons of arrival:

  1. tourism;
  2. visits related to business purposes.

French nationals must know that the issuance of the eVisitor visa is done through the online platforms of the Australian immigration institutions and that the foreigners are not required to apply through the Australian Embassy in France.

French nationals are entitled to apply online for this visa, and they represent one of 35 European nations entitled to this simplified visa procedure. When applying for the visa, all applicants, including French who will immigrate to Australia from France, should comply with certain basic requirements.

For instance, one can relocate to Australia only by having a valid passport with a validity of minimum 3 months after the date of arrival in this country.

Please mind that if you arrive for a short-term stay which has another purpose than visiting the country, you will have to apply for an adequate visa.

For instance, residence in Australia for maximum 90 days for sporting events can be obtained through the Subclass 408 visa (Temporary Activity). The visa also allows family members of the applicant to relocate for 3 months here.

In order to move to Australia, one must also present a criminal record obtained from the police authorities in his or her home country, stating that the applicant does not have a criminal record or that he or she hasn’t been in prison for a period longer than 1 year.

These are just some of the main requirements one must comply with; for in-depth details on how to apply for this visa, you can always address to our immigration lawyer in Australia.

What are the visa options for employment in Australia?

Foreigners often relocate to Australia for employment purposes. The same applies to French persons who immigrate to Australia from France. For employment, there are many visas pathways.

Below, you can explore how you can immigrate to Australia from France for highly skilled work:

  • Australia offers more than 40 visas options for employment (all types of employment);
  • for highly skilled employment there are 4 main options, when the French national arrives here for a period of up to 5 years;
  • one of the options is the Temporary Skill Shortage visa, Subclass 482, issued for a period of 4 years;
  • the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa, Subclass 489, allows a person to relocate to Australia from France for 4 years also;
  • the Subclass 491, Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, is issued for a period of 5 years;
  • the Subclass 494, the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa, grants the right to relocate to Australia for 5 years.

For the latter visa, there is the advantage of having the option of becoming a permanent resident. For instance, if the visa holder complies with a set of requirements, then he or she can apply for permanent residency after 3 years since the arrival.

Please mind that in the case of most work visas that allow a French individual to immigrate to Australia from France a fee will be charged for the processing of the visa.

For example, for the Subclass 494, a fee of AUD 4,115 is applied. If you need further assistance on the overall costs concerning your relocation, please contact our immigration lawyer in Australia.

Our immigration lawyer can also assist you with up-to-date information concerning the costs applied by the Australian authorities to those interested to apply for citizenship in Australia.

The costs vary based on the category in which the applicant is included (citizenship by conferral, by descent, adoption and other options that are regulated by the Australian legislation).