Overseas property investors often purchase property in Australia in conjunction with a desire to emigrate.
A popular intention to buy Australian real estate is to accommodate a child attending an Australian university or to provide a holiday home for the family or, just an investment property.
There are a variety of visa and immigration options available for Australian real estate investors, students, retirees and business investors. UCHK offers clients a comprehensive range of services including, visa and emigrate permits via our approved immigration consultants.
When you purchase an investment property in Australia with UCHK Consulting, our immigration professionals will assist you to obtain the appropriate visa that can be a path to Australian citizenship.
Australia visa and immigration service
Subject to the applicant qualifying for the appropriate visa, UCHK clients can expect to pay the following legal fees:
Student Visa $1,000 +
Temporary Business Visa $1,000 +
Business Sponsor ($5,000 +
Business Innovation $17,000 +
SIV Investor Visa $17,000 +
The above fees are approximate and each case will be different depending on the applicant, their skills and circumstances. These visas types each have subcategories that cater to more specific needs of the applicant. Clients should first discuss their situation with our legal adviser before deciding on which visa they may be eligible to apply for.
While UCHK Consulting specialises in personal wealth creation through property investment, we take the issue of immigration seriously and strive to give our investor clients all the assistance that they need in this important and associated issue.
It has taken me by surprise at the importance of the topic of immigration and the direct relevance that it has to overseas property investment. At every UCHK event or seminar that we hold, no sooner than we’ve been talking about real estate investment than the subject of immigration crops up. I am usually met by scores of inquisitive questions on the subject hoping for definitive answers. Well, the issue is not that simple, and there are certainly no one-size-fits-all solutions.
Each family and each personal set of circumstances are different.
“How much does it cost? Who’s eligible? Am I too old? What’s the correct visa to apply for?”
The questions always come thick and fast, the enthusiasm for the topic evident with many attendees seeking a better life abroad for themselves and their children. Sometimes a client, in their verve for the matter, offers a question and an answer at the same time. When I do answer, however, I let the clients know that various factors will affect the process; education, age, asset worth, health, and other elements.
Whilst we have a designated team of immigration experts at our partner law firms who give the formal legal advice, the basic overview of what I tell my clients is that Australia welcomes all immigrants and visitors.
A visa selected based on its criteria matching with the individual’s circumstances is the pathway to an extended stay in Australia and potentially permanent residency and passport.
I break it down to the clients, it comes back to some basic factors; your age, are you investing in the country, do you have any offences against your name, and based on these points, in the normal course of circumstances nearly everyone will get their desired result.
Whilst Australia does not hand out passports like candy at the airport, contrary to some beliefs I’ve met - it seems that opinions and ideas about immigration and entry to Australia are as varied and diverse as are the people that hold them - usually visas are the pathway to a longer term residence.
Perhaps we need to understand why this is such a hot topic in the first place. 150 years ago Australia a was where the British sent their convicts. A paradisiacal exile. Now it’s an almost mythical like paradise for the new generations, with people from the four corners of the earth flocking to it for a higher standard of life.
With all of the desirable elements that an individual or family would be looking for in a possible immigration destination; strong economy with low unemployment, plenty of space, rich culture, safe society, an abundance of wildlife, nature, beaches and fresh air, the list goes on and on, and yet none of the less desirable factors that are affecting Europe and North America. As one lists all the positives and negatives for immigration to different countries, there’s no surprise Australia is so popular.
There are essentially five types of visa to the process, the most common are; Student | Work - Business - Sponsored | Visitor | Investor | Retirement. These visas each have subcategories to cater to more specific applicant needs
So returning to the issue of immigration, some people think that a suitcase full of cash on arrival is the only way to get a passport. At the other end of the spectrum some people believe that work and study are the only two options for getting a visa. While these two reasons are good and valid for a visa application, there are many more choices available in the visa range.
While looking at how to get to Australia, it should be said that Australia is a nation built on immigration. Almost half of the entire Australian population were either born abroad themselves, or have an overseas parent. The tapestry of Australia culture and lifestyle is rich and varied, reflecting the collage of many immigrants who now call Australia home.
Australian Government apply the same principles to all applicants for visas and residence. Nationality and ethnicity are not factors. The government are aware that the natural birthrate of the average family has fallen by one child over the past decades to a current average of 1.8 children per family. This is below the level needed to maintain a population, hence the deliberate policy of immigration. Most countries in the developed world do not have this luxury.
I recall at a recent seminar in Beijing, and a conversation with a client, Mr Li, who expressed his desire to send his child to university in Australia. Mr Talbot assured Mr Li that obtaining a student visa to Australia is like buying an airline ticket - it’s that simple. He said: “Education is one of our major exports - we invite all international students, and Chinese students especially are always welcome as they are extremely hardworking and studious”.
"Education is one of Australia's major exports - What was very interesting out of this Australia property investment conversation was that Mr Li’s child was a mere one year old. He was planning roughly 18 years ahead “
These are the basic details that I give to my prospective clients. Of course, once they become a fully registered client then they have the opportunity to seek the expert advice from our legal counsel. If I hadn’t already mentioned to them, I explain that UCHK clients are entitled to free visa and immigration consultation from our legal team.