The only country which is also a continent, Australia takes pride in its diversity and freedom to live and express. Thousands of newcomers make it their home every year creating a society of mixed languages, nationalities and religions. Australia has long welcomed immigrants from other countries and has successfully converted this diversity into an economic benefit. Australia’s population is roughly around 24 million (2015) with New South Wales and Victoria being the most populous states. Sydney and Melbourne are the largest cities in Australia with the population concentrated along the coastal regions. The centre of Australia is sparsely populated. When it comes to immigration, Australian rules are not as tough as some of the other countries, which make it one of the popular spots for starting a new life. Australia also offers a dynamic range of visa programs for students, individuals with experience and businessmen.
Australian Skilled Independent Visa is a points-based system that grants a visa to skilled individuals who are not sponsored by anyone, including employer, state or a family member. As a permanent visa, the Skilled Independent Visa gives an applicant to work and live permanently anywhere in Australia. The applicant gets full work rights. All applications are invited by invitations only.
The Skilled Nominated Visa is for foreign individuals ageing 45 or less interested in living in Australia permanently. As a State nominated visa program, it works on an Australia points system. Applicants can submit their application to the Skill Select online registration system of Australia and obtain a nomination based on their skills and education.