Migration, also known as immigration, is when someone comes to Australia from another country:
- to live permanently
- to visit temporarily
- for work or study.
You need a document called a visa to come and stay in Australia from another country, and there are strict rules about visas. If you do not follow the rules, you might not be allowed to stay in Australia.
If you want to migrate to Australia, you must usually apply for a visa before you arrive.
Coming to Australia without a visa
If you arrived in Australia without travel documents, or with false documents, you might be put in detention. You may have to stay in detention until you get a visa or you are removed from Australia.
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Reviewed 07 April 2022