‘Special Migration’ Program

‘Special Migration’ Program

This information is about migrating to Australia under Australia’s Special Migration program.

This information is a general guide only. Detailed information is set out in Booklet 8, Special Migration. You must read the booklet before completing an application for migration.

This page has links to general information which describes each of the Special Migration categories, migration costs, and how to lodge an application.

Please note:
If you apply from outside Australia, you will be applying to migrate. If you are applying in Australia, you will be applying for permanent residence. On these web pages, the term migrate covers both.

General information

The Special Migration stream of Australia’s migration program is designed to target migrants who fall within a number of groups:

  • those having close ties with Australia;
  • those of distinguished talent;
  • former residents wanting to return to Australia.

Detailed information

The above links lead to general information about migration under this program.

Booklet 8, Special Migration, has detailed information about migrating to Australia under the Special Migration categories, and some general information about living in Australia. If you plan to make an application, it is essential reading.

You can get a free copy from this website.

Subject to availability, a printed copy can be obtained from a migration office in Australia or overseas, at a cost of AUD$20.

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