The British in Australia
Between the years 2000 and 2016, the Australian population included 2.2 million permanent migrants. The second biggest group of these migrants were from England. (India and China were first and third, respectively.)
Since Australia was first settled by Europeans in 1788, more English than any other nationality have settled in the “Great South Land.” For some historical perspective, especially related to the state of Victoria: From 1788 to 1868, more than 160,000 convicts were transported from Britain to Australia. Between the years 1860 and 1900, half a million English arrived in Australia. After World War II, more than a million Britons migrated to this country. Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, was founded in 1835 and its population was greatly boosted by the Victorian Gold Rush of the 1850s. By 1854, almost 100,000 English were living in Victoria.
In the year to March 31st, 2018, almost 746,000 citizens from the United Kingdom (UK) visited Australia. And migrants from the UK still form the largest migrant group in Melbourne, accounting today for 4.3 percent of the city’s population.
This Department of Home Affairs report notes the “number of people who were conferred as Australian citizens in 2016-17, according to their former nationality.” Indians were highest, with 24,181 persons, 18 percent of the total, while the UK was second, with 21,061 persons, 15 percent of the total.
Source: The Department of Home Affairs
UK Citizens and Australian Visas
Citizens of the United Kingdom need a visa to enter Australia. There are currently three main Visitor visas available to UK citizens:
–Visitor visa (subclass 600)
–Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)
–eVisitor (subclass 651)
Read more information about these Visitor visas to consider which may be best for your visit to Australia.
Citizens of the UK and the Republic of Ireland aged between 18 and 31 are also eligible to apply for the Working Holiday 417 visa. This visa is one of the best ways to enter Australia and experience working and living here. To read more information about the 417 Working Holiday visa and some of its conditions.
There are other specific visas available to the citizens of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, such as the 482 TSS work visa, the 408 Entertainment visa, the Regional 187 and 489 visas, the Skilled 189 and 190 visas, the 186 Employer Nomination visa, and various Partner or Marriage visas. To learn about your full range of visas options to visit, study, live and work in Australia, contact Migration Ways now.
Migration Ways has obtained visas (especially Entertainment, Skilled, and Partner visas) for many UK citizens and companies, including film and television production companies.
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