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I live in Vancouver, BC, and I am looking to go live with a friend in Tasmania. How hard is it to move to Australia, what are the immigration requirements and stuff? Is it possible to live there for just 3 months without applying for permanent residency or getting a Visa? Or must I get a Visa to live/visit there for any amount of time? Does Tasmania have lots of spiders or snakes nearby or should I be safe enough living in the city?

Dunno if I should've posted this in the Visa or Housing section...
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum!

You have a few options depending on your age and what you want to do.

You can apply for a Working Holiday Visa if you are between 18 and 30. That will allow you to work and live in Australia for up to a year.

If you don't want to work you can just go over on a regular visa (I think they last between 6 & 12 months but make sure you check). You need to apply for an ETA. An ETA is an electronic visa that you must get before you travel (you can do it online though so that's handy). I have to admit I was a bit shocked when I found out that we (Canadians) needed a travel visa for Australia!

You'll be fine in Tasmania. I don't think you'll encounter anything unless you're doing some serious trekking in the bush. I was in Melbourne for a month and only saw one snake (half squished on the road). My spouse said the other day that in his whole life (he's 24 now) he doesn't think he's run into any snakes and no spiders that would kill a grown up healthy adult.

Best of luck!
 

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Megera has outlined some options for you and re WHV, there's always the opportunity to get a second 12 months too.

ETA is good for just 3 months at a time and then you have to leave but can come back again as it is valid up to 12 months.
Tourist visas are 3 to 12 months.

But if you think you can just be here for 3 months and then apply for PR, that'll not be so and you need to look at what the eligibility requirements are for any particular visa, skilled or family streams.

There's a section on Department of Immigration & Citizenship that helps you find the right visa.
 

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If you don't want to work you can just go over on a regular visa (I think they last between 6 & 12 months but make sure you check). You need to apply for an ETA. An ETA is an electronic visa that you must get before you travel (you can do it online though so that's handy). I have to admit I was a bit shocked when I found out that we (Canadians) needed a travel visa for Australia!
I tried applying for an ETA, but the form has a section that says "birth certificate expiration date." Do virth certificates even expire? Mine does not have an exp. date on it, so am I out of luck?
 

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I tried applying for an ETA, but the form has a section that says "birth certificate expiration date." Do virth certificates even expire? Mine does not have an exp. date on it, so am I out of luck?
I'm looking at the form right now (without filling in my info and pressing "next") and I only see "Passport Expiry Date". I don't see anything about birth certificates... If there is more info to fill in after "next" can you take a screen cap of it and post it?
When I applied for my ETA in 2007 I don't remember having a problem.
 

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I'm looking at the form right now (without filling in my info and pressing "next") and I only see "Passport Expiry Date". I don't see anything about birth certificates... If there is more info to fill in after "next" can you take a screen cap of it and post it?
When I applied for my ETA in 2007 I don't remember having a problem.
...Thank you, I am so stupid. When I first visited, I read it as "birth certificate number" and "birth certificate expiry date." Guess that's what I get for trying to read at 4 in the morning.
 
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