Australia decided to allow free entrance to the Greeks who plan to migrate due to the economic crisis but under numerous and strict conditions.
After a preamble of the Greek community in Melbourne which recognizes the needs and perspectives which are created and tries to help those who want to go to Australia, the Ministry for Immigration tried to take initiatives.
More specifically, the Ministry for Immigration will organize a two day event at the center of Athens on October 8 and 9. Representatives and officials of the federation and state authorities will talk about opportunities, legislation, jobs with great perspectives and they will answer to questions of the audience. In addition, they will invite many employers or representatives in Athens, who might even hire immediately Greeks who are interested in working in Australia.
Australia is interested among others in mechanics, specialized employees for constructions, electricians and others. After initiative of the Ministry for Immigration a special registry will be created where people who are interested in working in Australia will be recorded and as soon as there will be a job vacancy they will be informed.
The President of the Greek Community in Melbourne, Vasilis Papastergiadis expressed his satisfaction for the response of the Ministry for Immigration. He said that “There is great interest for immigration by Greeks. Every day we receive demands and many Greeks have arrived in Australia without a visa or a job and ask for our help. After the initiative of the Ministry for Immigration I believe that some of our compatriots could learn some useful information”.
The Community Office which collects information regarding specialized professionals interested in going to Australia and who have the skills which satisfy the criteria of the Ministry is cooperating with Australian authorities. According to the Australian legislation regarding the immigrants a person can travel for vacation, studies or work in Australia with:
1. Tourist Visa
It is issued for three months by travel agencies and airlines, when tickets are booked with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization(ETA), as well as on the website www.eta.immi.gov.au. During the stay in Australia an extension of the visa can be asked after filling a special application at the Ministry for Immigration and under conditions. The travelers who issue a visa with ETA system do not have to fill an application for tourist visa. Information regarding the visa issuance with this system are available on the URL: www.eta.immi.gov.au
It is underlined that those who visit Australia with tourist visa do not have the right to work. Thus, those who decide to visit Australia should have saved money to cover their expenses so they will not risk having their tourist visa cancelled by working illegally or being exploited.
2. Student Visa
The expiry date of the student visa depends on the years of studies and it can be issued within less than a month for the Greeks (Level 1). There is no age limit and the holder of the visa has the right to work up to 20 hours per week, while during school holidays he can work for more hours. Also, the school must be recognized by the Ministry of Immigration, while the courses must have tuition and the candidates can be informed about it on the website of the school. The studies at Higher Education Institutions in Australia are not free of charge. It is noted that during the studies the student has the right to invite close relatives.
More information on the website of the Ministry of Migration: