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Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia, located in the south east coast of the country. It is a cosmopolitan and trendy city. Also famous for its sporting events such as AFL (an Australian form of football), and loving café culture. Along with Sydney it is also home to a diverse and multi-cultural background of locals. Melbourne is catching up fast to Sydney in regards to population, and it has been extrapolated that by the year 2030 Melbourne’s population will exceed that of Sydney.
In applying for a visa to Melbourne, as with Sydney, no matter what visa you are on, or applying for, it is naturally important to understand where you want to live and the reasons why. Often it is a case of being with people whom you lived with and are comfortable with, or maybe it is because it is close to the University campus that you have been accepted to study at. Melbourne has so many options for visa applicants, that it is important to research as much as you can, to make the best out of living in Melbourne.
Please take note, that although Melbourne is the most second most popular and dense city in Australia, it is also the second most expensive. At approximately 10% cheaper (in general) than Sydney, it still can be up to 30% more than other cities in Australia. Having said that, Melbourne can provide just as good as an experience as Sydney. The education is up there with Sydney, as well as the job opportunities.
The weather is something that should be considered. Melbourne is further south than Sydney, and therefore it is much colder in the winter (and I mean a lot!) and suffers through heat waves during the summer. Often described as having four seasons in one day, Melbourne’s weather may be a turn off for some people.
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Melbourne Visitor Visa
Those who apply for a Visitor Visa for Melbourne are often friends and families of those already living in Australia. Or they are simply tourists who have always dreamed of travelling to Melbourne and need a visa. Please note, not all countries need a Visitor Visa to travel to Melbourne. Some of these countries include New Zealand and England. So please check with us if a visa is needed.
In applying for a Visitor visa, you will not be permitted to work in Melbourne, or in any part of Australia. Visitor visas are also temporary which means there is a due date upon which you must leave Australia. These departure dates are imperative to adhere to, especially if you plan on returning to Australia legally.
Melbourne is the second most popular destination for tourists (just think of the twelve apostles along the grand pacific drive, the Australian Tennis Open and Melbourne Grand Prix), and therefore there are many Visitor Visas issued to applicants who intend to visit Melbourne.
The largest subclass in the Melbourne Visitor Visa is overwhelmingly the Sponsored Family Visitor. With the growing number of settled migrants residing in Melbourne, the Sponsored Family Visitor visa is the most sought-after service that Oz Visa Central provides.
Melbourne Student Visa
The Melbourne Student Visa ranks as one of the most needed for migration advice, in particular for the subclasses of 500 Vocational Educational and Training Sector. At Oz Visa Central we have helped hundreds of applicants with their 500 visas. The subclass 500 can be extremely confusing, especially if English is not your native language, hence it is important to seek Oz Visa Central advice when submitting for this subclass.
Alongside subclass 500, the subclass 573 Higher Education Sector is also very popular for our support.
Melbourne is the home of the top vocational educational centres, high schools and universities in Australia, and among the world. You may have heard of RMIT, Melbourne University and Deakin University. These universities are part of the Great 8, and the demand is high. If an education is important to you, and you want to study in a city that is vibrant, trendy, with career opportunities then the Melbourne Student Visa is the way to go.
Melbourne Partner Visa
We are proud to say, that our most popular service in the Partner Visa class is for the subclass 801/820 Partner (a.k.a Spouse) Visa. Naturally, with Melbourne having the second highest population of all cities in Australia, there is a strong demand for the Partner Visa, and this is where Oz Visa Central is extremely proud to support the application of Partners, bringing them together. We understand that the Partner Visa process can be very difficult and therefore a challenging time emotionally. But it is highly rewarding, upon the successful application of the visa.
Melbourne Temporary Skilled Visa
The 457 Temporary Skilled Visa is by far the most applied for Temporary Visa. At Oz Visa Central, we literally process over hundreds of applications during the year and this is very much our bread and butter. Temporary skilled visas are extremely complicated in Migration law but they are the most achievable for many applicants who want an opportunity to come to Australia. Most applicants who are successful, alongside Sydney, go to Melbourne to work.
Melbourne Business Visa
The most popular subclass in this category is the 892 Sponsored Business Owner. These applications require a huge amount of effort and are extremely complicated. Often, we employ the services of accountants, tax experts, business experts, because we understand what the department of home affairs is looking for. We excel in completing these applications as we have a broad network of connections that support the entire process as and when needed. These visas are also not only for an individual but also for a family. Hence, we always consider as many options as possible to meet the family’s holistic needs, not just serving the Visa.
Melbourne is the second most popular destination for visa applicants. The living costs are as high as Sydney’s but the weather during winter and summer does deter some applicants from going to Melbourne. They therefore prefer to reside elsewhere in Australia. Still, Melbourne is truly a lovely city. It is the home of many overseas applicants making Australia home temporarily and permanently.
If you are wanting a Melbourne Visa and are unsure of the next steps, then feel free to contact Oz Visa Central. We are happy to help.