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General Skilled Migration

The General Skilled Migration Visa allows skilled workers nominated by a state or territory to live and work in Australia. To be suitable for any of the following General Skilled Migration Visa types, you must be equipped with a working skill that will benefit the Australian community. Potential visa subclasses include:

If you are planning to apply for any of these visas, a skills assessment will be completed as part of your application process, and an expression of interest form will need to be submitted. In some cases, you may need to be nominated to apply for the visa. However, our migration agents at Southern Stone will talk you through the eligibility requirements of your specific visa type.

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Family Visa

Family Visas allow eligible partners, parents, children, and other family members to migrate to Australia and live with their loved ones. These specific visas must be sponsored by Australia citizens or permanent residents. Family Visa subclasses include:

This visa type is available under certain conditions, depending on what subclass you are applying for. This includes eligibility requirements, whether the visa allows for permanent or temporary residence, and more. Other family members not specific in any of these subclasses may also immigrate to Australia through an initial temporary visa which may change into permanent residency. Our registered migration agents in Melbourne will help you find the best family visa for your circumstance.

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Employer Sponsored

Employer-Sponsored Visas allow Australian businesses and employers to nominate skilled international workers to satisfy their business needs. When particular skills are needed within an industry, employers can seek employees from foreign countries and allow them to live and work in Australia. To gain any of the Employer-Sponsored Visa subclasses, you must have the appropriate skills required by the employer and experience in the field. These subclasses include:

Both employers and employees clearly understand the Employer-Sponsored Visa laws to make an application. These visa subclasses will allow you to bring your family with you to Australia and work in the country for up to four years. At Southern Stone, our visa agents will guide you through your journey of working in Australia.

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Student Visa

A Student Visa allows you to apply for full-time courses in higher education, vocational education, training courses, schooling, and research degrees. With any of the Student Visa subclasses, you can study full-time at a recognised institution in Australia, bring your family under limited circumstances, and work depending on your course type. Your partner may also study in Australia for three months. Student Visa subclasses include:

The eligibility criteria for a Student Visa involve enrolment in a registered course of study, financial stability, English proficiency, health and character checks, and a combined request for any accompanying family members. At Southern Stone, our visa consultants will help turn your dream of studying in Australia into a reality.

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Business & Investor Visas

Business & Investor Visas allow individuals to own and manage a business in Australia. You can undertake an entrepreneurial task in the country and conduct business and investment activity. To apply for these particular visa types, you must be invited by the government and have experience in the field of operating a business. Relevant visa subclasses include:

The eligibility criteria for both Business & Investor Visa subclasses include economic requirements that ensure you are financially stable enough to start and continue a business within Australia. This also depends on the type of visa stream you are applying for. At Southern Stone, our migration consultants are readily available to answer any of your questions.

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Visitor Visa

The Visitor Visa allows you to visit Australia for a variety of reasons. This can include coming to Australia as a tourist to visit family and friends or for business purposes. A Visitor Visa may be granted for you to stay in the country for up to 12 months, depending on various eligibility factors. This includes being a genuine visitor country and having enough funds to support your stay and leave. Common Visitor Visa subclasses include:

A Visitor Visa allows you a temporary stay in Australia, with the duration of the stay depending on the stream you apply for. The migration agents at Southern Stone will provide you with the appropriate advice on completing a Visitor Visa application.

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Southern Stone is an experienced group of registered migration agents in Melbourne, specialized in providing personalized education and migration services in Australia for foreigners from all walks of life and backgrounds.



Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge has announced major changes to the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP). From 01 July 2021, this program will be simplied from nine to four streams and eligibility changes will apply. The changes are made to drive investment in key sectors and create… Continue reading Southern Stone

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NEW – Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

Acting Ministor for Immigration Alan Tudge and Senator Michaelia Cash has made a joint media release announcing a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) with occupations in health care, construction and IT sectors that are aimed at supporting Australian business to fill critical skill needs and “…supercharge both our health and economic response to… Continue reading Southern Stone

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Budget 2020/2021 – Migration News Update

Dear Readers, The highly anticipated Australian Federal Budget for 2020-2021 has finally been released and within it, the following information and announcements relating to Australia’s migration program will be of interest to our readers. Migration Planning Levels Australia’s net overseas migration is set to fall into negative levels for the first time since World War… Continue reading Southern Stone

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Legislative changes have been made to extend temporary skilled and temporary graduate visas for five years from 9 July 2020 to 8 July 2025 if the primary visa holder held a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China passport when the visa was granted. The above extends to dependent family members… Continue reading Southern Stone

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Kathy and Gloria were amazing. Very responsive and helped me a lot to get my permanent residency. Also the price that they charge is so little compare to other migration agent and the service is excellent. I would definitely go again with them for myself or other members of my family.

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Kathy Liu helped me so much this year. She answered all my questions promptly and effectively as well as providing emotional support during the pandemic. I received my permanent residency yesterday and she shared my joy. I definitely recommend her services!

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