Migrating to Australia

Australia is a nation of migrants. For Australians, migrants are skilled workers, beloved family members, industrious students, wide-eyed tourists and refugees in dire need.

Our members work closely with the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to support and assist migrants with a range of visas.

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Registered Migration Agents who are a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) have the experience and guidance to handle the following visa applications:

  • Holiday or vacation visa
    Student visa
    Work visa
    Business, innovation and investment visa
    Permanent resident visa
    Resident return visa
    Partner visa
    Refugee and humanitarian visa
    Parent, child or other family member visa
    Bridging visa

Search for an MIA Member Migration Agent

The Institute encourages potential migrants to use a Registered Migration Agent to obtain migration advice to thoroughly understand their options and to prepare and submit visa applications.



MoneySmart is an Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) developed resource centre for humanitarian entrants, featuring information sheets, video tutorials and “life event” kits in 26 languages.

General Information

While each visa application is different, many have overlapping requirements. People seeking entry in Australia may be required to submit to health and police checks in order to proceed with their visa applications.

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Additional requirements may include health insurance, English language testing, evidence of funds and assessment of skills and trade qualifications. Migrants should also take into account the need to open an Australia bank account and registering for government services.

Much more information can be found on the DIBP website.

Pro bono Migration Advice

The following organisations are authorised to provide pro bono migration agents with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for their work and have thus had their professional services meet the burden of proof of the professional’s regulator:








Legal Aid NSW

Visa Cancellation Kit

Designed for prospective migrants who have received a visa cancellation letter from the DIAC, this kit covers the basics and provides clients some instructions and examples of how to proceed and is available here.

Discrimination toolkit

This 200 page joint publication of Legal Aid NSW, Kingsford Legal Centre and Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre is a comprehensive and helpful guide to making discrimination complaints, and is available here.

New Arrival Kits

Legal Aid NSW has developed a suite of videos comprising its New Arrivals Kits. These helpful induction tools for arrivals also include activity sheets and teacher answer sheets focused on the following topic areas:

Renting or Leasing a Property

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) has partnered with DIBP to translate its Consumer Fact Sheet – Renting a Property – Tenant for 10 community languages – Arabic, Hazaragi, Farsi , Mandarin, Karen, Hakha-Chin, Tamil, Kurdish, Nepali, Dinka – to help its real estate agent members with non-English speaking prospective renters. Click to access these Fact Sheets below:

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My Language

With information accessible in 65 languages, the web portal My Language is a State and Territory Libraries project to promote access for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities to news, search engines, Government websites and dictionaries, with a focus on equitable access to health, education, housing and the justice services.

Australian Tax Office (ATO)

The ATO video Your business and tax on its dedicated YouTube channel is available in English, Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin and Vietnamese as part of its outreach to migrant communities.

SOURCE: https://www.mia.org.au/public-resources/migrating-to-australia