Australian Visas for Those 45 and Older
It is generally harder to obtain an Australian visa if you are 45 years of age or older. However, there are a few key Australian visas that those older than 44 may apply for and which could be a good option for them to live and work in Australia.
Business Innovation/Significant Investor 188 Visa
The most accessible visa for the 45 years and older age group is the 188 Business Innovation/Significant Investor visa. The 188 visa allows experienced businesspeople and investors to enter Australia to either start a business or to conduct Business Activities, up to the age of 55. The five streams of the 188 visa are the:
Business Innovation stream
Significant Investor stream
Premium Investor stream
Read more about the five streams of the Australian Business Innovation/Significant Investor visa to learn which stream may best benefit you.
482 TSS Visa
Australia’s most popular work visa is the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 work visa. The 482 visa has no age restrictions but is only a temporary visa and generally has no pathway to a permanent visa. The TSS visa has two streams, the Short Term Stream, which lasts up to 2 years, can only be renewed once and does not lead to any permanent visa. The Medium Term Stream can last for up to 4 years and after three years does have an option that can lead to permanent residence but only if you are under the age of 45. Learn more about the TSS 482 Work visa as a possible visa option for you.
Distinguished Talent Visa
Australia has two Distinguished Talent visas, the 124 (applied for from overseas) and the 858 (applied for when you are in Australia). The Distinguished Talent visa is a permanent visa for foreign nationals “with distinguished talent.” This specific talent can be in a profession, a sport, the arts, or in academia and research and must be an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement.” Learn more about how the Distinguished Talent visa may be applicable to you.
If you are in a serious romantic relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible to apply for a Partner visa, which has two streams:
Prospective Marriage (fiance)
If you have a family member who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, another visa option for you could be the Parent visa. There are at least five Parent visas for you to consider, including the new 870 Sponsored Parent Temporary visa. Learn more about these Parent visas.
There is of course no age limit on the simple and popular Australian Visitor/Tourist visa, which allows you to travel in Australia for up to three months and is valid for one year. The Visitor/Tourist visa is a good way to check out Australia to learn if you do want to live or work here long term.
Australian Visa Experts
Whatever visa you need to come to Australia for travel, work or family consult with leading Australian Immigration agency Migration Ways. We offer in-person consultations at our Melbourne CBD office or Internet phone meetings via Skype. You may book a consultation via our website.
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