How to Move to Australia From the USA

Moving Down Under

Moving to another country from the United States is a big decision. While there are examinations and a lot of paperwork involved with emigrating to Australia, most people will find that Australia is a beautiful, adventurous country that is welcoming to newcomers. Find out what steps are required to apply to move from the United States to Australia.

Step 1

Investigate your eligibility. Australia has immigration eligibility laws that are not unlike U.S. laws. Immigration is easier for, and preferences are given to, individuals with family residing in Australia, workers sponsored by Australian employers and individuals who have special skills or talents. You can read up on more of Australia's immigration eligibility requirements at the Australian government's Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

Step 2

Fill out and submit the required immigration eligibility forms. Download and print forms or complete and submit your application online at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

Step 3

Complete a health examination. Provided that you are eligible to move on to the next step in the immigration process, you will be contacted to set up a health examination with a government-approved physician. All members of your family applying to immigrate to Australia will be required to be examined as well. You will also have to provide information on your extended family's relevant medical history.

Step 4

Provide required information for a thorough background check. All immigrants to Australia are required to be of good character. This mean providing, upon request, personal references in each country you have lived for 12 months or more since the age of 16. If you are outside Australia at the time of your immigration application, an immigration official will notify you when to provide the character reference information. If you are applying for immigration while in Australia, you may simply include the information with your application.

Step 5

Sign an Australian Values Statement. All applicants older than 18 are required to sign an Australian Values Statement when applying for immigration. By signing the statement, you agree to respect the Australian way of life and abide by Australian laws.

Step 6

Wait for a response to your immigration application. You will be contacted with a decision as soon as it is available.

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