DOWN UNDER AND HERE TO STAY – THE BENEFITS OF AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP

Throughout the world, Australia is known to be one of the most laidback countries in the world. This stereotype is derived from the typical Australian lifestyle, which involves a degree of informality, a relaxed approach to issues and an easy-going demeanor. Given that a significant number of Australian cities are close to beaches, it can be argued that the ‘Aussie’ lifestyle is a modified version of the beach lifestyle, and rightly so! Our sun and beaches are arguably some of the best in the world! More importantly however, Australia in recent times has embraced a multicultural policy. Australians have opened the beauty of their land and culture to those who are willing to embrace the shared values and cultural traditions.



With this multicultural approach, the Australian community has prospered by experiencing (and integrating) to their lifestyle a variety of food, lifestyle and cultural practices. Currently, one in four of Australia’s 22 million people were born overseas.* So in a way, the “laid-backness” that Australians practice goes hand-in-hand when it comes to accommodating and accepting all cultures (and they are better for it). Therefore, becoming an Australian Citizen means to contribute and help grow a diverse and unique community.


In terms of benefits, there are actually a few significant benefits of citizenship, yet many are not quite sure in making the step. Residents who are currently on permanent visas may have at one time or another asked themselves whether it is worth the trouble. With Australia’s strong social and welfare policies, holding citizenship has little practical effect on most situations faced by the permanent migrant. With this in mind, holders of permanent visa holders do not quite see the point in making their status ‘official’. However, unbeknownst to many there are quite a few distinct advantages in acquiring Australian citizenship.


To name a few, Australian citizens are given rights that permanent residents do not. Some of these include the ability to vote, the ability to apply for many State or Federal Government jobs, and the ability to travel visa free to European and many Asia Pacific countries. Furthermore, as an Australian citizen, you have the option of registering your children as Australian citizens.  Other advantages (that usually goes ‘under the radar’) include the ability for citizens to travel in and out of Australia freely. Of course a permanent resident visa holder is allowed to initially travel in and out of Australia freely, however, the right to re-enter Australia expires after five years.


Of all advantages mentioned, one of the most significant benefits in becoming an Australian citizen lies in the granting of the Higher Education Commonwealth Supported (HECS) scheme. This scheme allows students undergoing higher education in Australia to obtain domestic rates, which can be up to 50% less than the fees international students are charged. Most importantly however, the ability to defer educational fees until full-time employment is the icing on the cake. For some of those considering higher education, this option is the difference between having the ability to partake in studies (as finances are usually one of the issues that precludes persons undertaking studies). In previous years, this scheme was available to both permanent residents and Australian citizens. This however, is no longer the current situation due to recent reforms.


The advantages mentioned above are only some of the advantages that are available to you if you make the commitment to become a formal member of the Australian community. As Australia is a growing country that celebrates diversity, the strength of the Australian community only becomes stronger with integration. Given the Australian Government’s unwavering commitment to a multicultural Australia, those who choose to call Australia home gain access to a community that is conducive to growth, diversity and acceptance.


If you are interested in becoming an Australian citizen, or are unsure of the full benefits that citizenship offers, our team of dedicated migration experts at Valet Migration can help you answer any questions or queries you may have. We can be contacted on 02 9191 5580.


*Source: http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/2f762f95845417aeca25706c00834efa/2d313bf59bcd9f4dca2570ec0073cdf4!OpenDocument

List of Current Australian Immigration Visa Application Types

Australian Visitor Visa Types

>> Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

>> Visitor (subclass 600)

>> eVisitor (subclass 651)

>> Transit Visa (subclass 771)

Australian Family & Partner Visa Types

>> Adoption visa (subclass 102)
>> Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114) 
>> Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838) 
>> Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)
>> Carer visa (subclass 836)
>> Carer visa (subclass 116)
>> Child visa (subclass 101)
>> Child visa (subclass 802)
>> Contributory Aged Parent (Temp) visa (subclass 884)
>> Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)
>> Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)
>> Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143)
>> Dependent Child visa (subclass 445)
>> NZ Citizen Family Relationship (temporary) visa (subclass 461)
>> Orphan Relative (subclass 117)
>> Orphan Relative (subclass 837)
>> Parent visa (subclass 103) 
>> Partner (Provisional & Migrant) visa (subclass 309 100)
>> Partner visa (subclass 820 801)
>> Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300)
>> Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)
>> Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)
>> Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

Australian Working Holiday Visa Types

>> Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462)

>> Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417)

Australian Study & Training Visa Types

>> Student visa (subclass 500)
>> Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)
>> Training visa (subclass 407)

Australian Working & Skilled Visa Types

>> Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124)
>> Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858)
>> Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
>> Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191)
>> Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) 
>> Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 494)
>> Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 
>> Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)  
>> Skilled-Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476)
>> Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 
>> Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) 
>> Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
>> State or Territory Sponsored Business Owner visa (subclass 892)
>> State or Territory Sponsored Investor visa (subclass 893)
>> Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408)
>> Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
>> Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403)
>> Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400)
>> Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

Australian Business Investments Visa Types

>> Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) visa (subclass 888)

>> Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)

>> Business Owner (subclass 890) 

>> Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)

>> Investor visa (subclass 891) 

Other Australian Immigration Visa Types

>> Bridging visa A – BVA - (subclass 010)
>> Bridging visa B – BVB – (subclass 020)
>> Bridging visa C – BVC – (subclass 030)
>> Bridging visa E – BVE – (subclass 050 and 051)
>> Crew Travel Authority visa (subclass 942)
>> Former Resident visa (subclass 151)
>> Maritime Crew visa (subclass 988)
>> Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602)

>> Resident Return visa (subclass 155 157)
>> Special Category visa (subclass 444)
>> Special Purpose visa
>> Investor Retirement visa (subclass 405)
>> Confirmatory (Residence) visa (subclass 808)
>> Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202)
>> Protection visa (subclass 866)
>> Refugee visas (subclass 200, 201, 203 and 204)
>> Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785)
>> Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790)

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