How to emigrate to Australia | 3-Steps to Move to Queensland

Step 1: Research the correct Visas and Apply for a visa before moving to Queensland

Visa options

Migration Queensland nominates for a range of business and skilled visas, which are listed below. Note that some visas have several pathways of entry, called “streams”.

Business visas

Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (Subclass 188)

This visa allows you to own and manage a business in Queensland, conduct business and investment activity in Queensland, or undertake an entrepreneurial activity in Queensland.


Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa

This visa allows you to own and manage a business in Australia, conduct business and investment activity in Australia or undertake an entrepreneurial activity in Australia



Skilled visas

Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190)

This visa allows nominated skilled workers to live and work in Queensland as permanent residents.


With this visa, you can

  • work and study anywhere in Australia
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • if eligible, become an Australian citizen


You must

  • have an occupation on the relevant skilled list
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • be invited to apply for this visa
  • satisfy the points test


Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

This visa allows nominated skilled workers to live and work in regional Queensland.


Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa – Main applicant

This is a provisional visa. It is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​stay in Australia for 5 years
  • live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid​
  • apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted​


You must

  • be nominated to apply by a state or territory government agency, or an eligible relative must sponsor you
  • have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • be invited to apply
  • satisfy the points test


Step 2:  Prepare to move to Queensland


These are the things you’ll need to do before moving in to ensure you have a smooth transition from one house to the other. 

1. Set Up Or Transfer Utilities

You’ll either want to set up your utilities in your new home, or transfer them from your previous property. This includes water, gas and electricity. The sooner you can let your utility company know your move-in date, the better.

2. Update Your Address

Although it seems obvious (you are moving to a new address after all!), updating your address often gets forgotten during the pandemonium of moving into a new house. This includes changing your address on your driver’s licence, insurance, car registration, banks and credit cards, and even letting the electoral commission know that you’re moving into a new electorate.

3. Catalogue Valuable Items

If you’re using a moving company to relocate your possessions, photographing items of value it a good idea. This allows you to catalogue things quickly – you can even save the photos to your phone to ensure you have proof of your belongings’ condition if you need it.

4. Get Ready To Pack

It is good to start by packing off-season clothes and items you don’t use frequently. This will give you peace of mind and streamline the entire phase. You can pack room by room and use quality materials for delicate items, such as crockery, dishes, lamps, wall arts, etc.

You can use extra cushioning materials, such as, blankets, bubble wraps, towels, and other materials. Make sure you pack everything and label each box.

Hiring a good removals company for packing heavy furniture is also a great decision. Many companies offer packing services at the most reasonable price.


Step 3: Settle in Queensland

Living in Queensland

Queensland offers an exciting blend of cosmopolitan city living and a relaxed outdoor lifestyle. Safe multicultural communities, a strong economy, universities with high international rankings, and a warm sub-tropical environment – it is easy to see why Queensland continues to attract the best and brightest migrants from all around the world.

The Queensland government is stable and supportive and provides a range of resources to help you settle into your new life. See the Queensland Government’s Moving to Queensland tool, which lists the services and support available.

While many move to Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane for work and lifestyle reasons, Queensland is the most diversified state in Australia. It has five major cities of between 100,000 and 200,000 people.

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We will help you by exploring visa options and securing application. As part of our services, we will assess the eligibility of the application for a partner visa and help you to get out of the abusive relationship and provide you with detailed advice on your chances of success. If you would like to discuss your visa options and evaluate the pathway to permanent residency, please make an enquiry  or  book a consultation to get expert advice with one of our knowledgeable and experienced Migration Agents/Lawyers on 07 3876 4000 or email: [email protected].



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