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Holiday / May 13, 2016

Sydney Opera House and City SkylineA common language, accessible visas, better pay and generally more than 240 days of sunshine a year together make Australia an appealing destination for Britons looking for a new place to live and work.

One in four UK citizens now living abroad has found a new life in Australia, making it by far the most popular expat destination with more than 1.2 million Britons now calling Australia home.

And it’s not difficult to see why. Earlier this year Melbourne was ranked as the most liveable city in the world for the fifth year in a row, while Adelaide, Sydney and Perth also made the worldwide top eight. Manchester, the UK’s highest entrant, placed a lowly 46th while London failed to make the top 50 and no other British cities featured in the top 100. Sydney was also named the most affordable city for young people to live last year, thanks largely to its high minimum wage (though this title came as a surprise to many young Sydneysiders).

Which visa?

But before you start checking flight prices, the first step is to find a visa. Australia’s skilled occupations list shows which workers are most in demand. If your occupation is on the list you can make an expression of interest after which the Australian government (or a specific state or territory) may allow you to move permanently.

One of the most common ways to move to Australia is the temporary skilled visa (457 visa), which allows companies to sponsor employees from abroad for up to four years if their skills are in demand. A list of the jobs eligible for a 457 visa can be found on the consolidated skilled occupation lists.

“People who study for jobs like nursing or engineering will always be able to get in, ” says George Lombard, an immigration lawyer based in Sydney. “But others who study occupations that are not in demand here might struggle.”

If moving to Australia is a long-term goal, people should start planning for it before finishing their education, advises Lombard, who recommends studying mainstream qualifications that are internationally recognised. Those still in education could also choose to spend two years at an Australian university and become eligible for a temporary graduate visa that allows people to live and work in Australia for 18 months after graduating.

Working holiday visa

If you are under 31 and don’t see your job on the skilled occupation list or struggle to find a company to employ you before you move, there is always the option of a working holiday visa, which entitles you to live and work in Australia for a year.

However, working holiday visa holders can only work for an employer for a maximum of six months, which can make getting hired difficult and can come at the cost of career progression.