You've met someone online, you want to get to know him or her in person, but unfortunately, your Internet lover lives outside of Australia. Of course, you can tie the knot and get to know each other after the nuptials, but before you do something wild, you may want to explore other options.
Here are a few ways you can help your foreign fixation get into the country for an extended stay:
1. Working Holiday Maker
Australia has reciprocal agreements with many countries, and if your lover hails from the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Ireland, Korea, Thailand, Malta, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Hong Kong, China, Finland, Cyprus, France, Italy, Belgium, Estonia, Bangladesh, Chile or Taiwan, he or she may be able to get a working holiday visa. Good for one year, these visas can be obtained by travellers ages 18 to 30.
2. Skilled Worker
If your online obsession is too old or from the wrong country, he or she may not be able to apply for the working holiday maker visa, but he or she may be able to apply for the skilled worker visa. This visa covers so many different occupations – including accountants, engineers, child care centre managers, teachers, medical workers, computer specialists, trade workers and many others – that it is likely almost any professional could apply for entry on this visa.
3. Student Visa
If your long distance love doesn't have a trade that can garner him or her a visa, maybe he or she wants to consider coming to Australia as a student. If your internet interest gets accepted into an Australian school, he or she will be able to live in the country and may even be allowed to work part time. Between study sessions, you can get to know each other in real life.
4. Tourist Visa
If your faraway friend is too old for the holiday maker program, has no skillful occupation or possesses no interest in studying, that doesn't make things impossible. People from most countries are able to travel to Australia as tourists. Tourist visas allow travellers to stay in the country for three months.
Your foreign born buddy cannot hold employment on this visa, but he or she can explore the country. If your potential partner can stay longer and doesn't need to work, he or she may even be able to get an extended holiday visa for 12 months. For more information, contact a business such as Immigration Solutions.