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I would like to immigrate now and retire later in either New Zealand, Australia, or Canada.

Category: Visa for Australia

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I would like to immigrate now and retire later in either New Zealand, Australia, or Canada. I'm born in 1969 and have no university degree but work since 1996 in the ICT industry.

I can't find an uncomplicated pathway to permanent residency and looking for a general idea if it is possible at all. Please take a look at the attached document for more information.  

Answer provided by Migration Agent

Permanent Residence Visa Australia and New Zealand

Dear Marcus,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be of help.

Most Australian permanent visa options, such as the skill stream for example, require the main applicant to be younger than 45 years, please see also here:

There are permanent visa categories without age limit, for example in the Family Stream. Here it would be necessary to have a partner in Australia, who are citizens or permanent residents. Should you´re wife be an Aussie, this would be a great vis option for you.

Another option would be a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) that could allow you and your family to settle for a period of time in Australia. Main requirement for this visa is a job offer in Australia.

Alternatively, if you were self-employed and business owner, there might be an option to self-second yourself to Australia based on this business.

Please refer to the following information on the Department of Home Affairs website:

Depending on future immigration law requirements, there might be a pathway to permanent residency based on a subclass 482 visa. However, unfortunately we´re unable to speculate as to the probability of success of such a pathway in years to come.

Should you wish to make a considerable financial investment in Australia, you can find information to visa requirements here:

Please note, even in the certain business investment stream visa categories there may be age limits.

Finally, another permanent visa category currently available to you might be a Global Talent visa:

-------- Clarification Request ---------

Thanks for this information, so this confirms my research for Australia. Do you know from the back of your head how the situation is for Canada or NewZealand?

I already looked into the normal ways for both countries, in Canada I will get a very low score if I don't get a sponsorship from the "state" so using FastEntry will probably not work.

In NewZealand I have a similar issue, question would be if an intercompany transfer is possible (if there is a visa without requiring 160points etc) and be able to apply after 2 years for a permanent residence visa. I know I'm asking a lot, but I just want to figure out at the moment if there is a chance at all because of some not so obvious way. Thanks a lot.  

--------- Migration Agent Response --------

We agree with your assessment in principle.

Australia has some options as per our response above. Canada and New Zealand have in our opinion stronger immigration regulations which means you may find it even harder to apply for a visa.

An intercompany transfer or secondment to New Zealand would be possible depending on your employer. It also means a temporary visa and your employer needs to be accredited with Immigration New Zealand.

You may need to discuss this with your employer. If your employer is agreed and agrees to a secondment, we may be able to provide support. Your HR team can contact us anytime.

Thank you for using Ask-An-Agent. If you need further services you can always message me using the Ask-An-Agent messenger or chat. You can also reach me by contacting Amy at amy.jacobson(@) – and don’t forget to mention your question ID so that I can keep providing immigration services to you.


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