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1. Unique Wildlife: Australia is known for its diverse and unique wildlife. It is home to iconic animals like kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and the largest living structure on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef. The country's rich biodiversity attracts nature enthusiasts from around the world.

2. Vast and Varied Landscapes: Australia offers a range of stunning landscapes, from the sandy beaches of the Gold Coast to the vast Outback, lush rainforests, rugged mountains, and vibrant cities. Visitors can explore iconic landmarks like Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Sydney Opera House, and the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road.

3. Indigenous Culture: Australia has a rich indigenous culture that dates back over 65,000 years. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a deep connection to the land, and their art, music, and storytelling traditions are an integral part of Australian culture. Visitors can learn about indigenous history and culture through various cultural centers and experiences.

4. Quality of Life: Australia consistently ranks high in terms of quality of life. The country offers excellent healthcare, a well-developed education system, and a high standard of living. Its cities, such as Melbourne and Sydney, are known for their multiculturalism, vibrant arts and culinary scenes, and outdoor recreational opportunities.

5. Sporting Culture: Australians have a strong passion for sports, with cricket, Australian rules football, rugby, and soccer being popular. The country has hosted major sporting events, including the Olympic Games and the Cricket World Cup. The Australian Open, one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, is also held in Melbourne each year.


Immigration Details

To immigrate to Australia, there are various visa options available for different purposes. Here are the main ways to obtain residency or citizenship in Australia:

1. Skilled Visa:
- Purpose: This visa is for individuals with skills and qualifications in demand in Australia.
- Requirements: You must meet the eligibility criteria based on your occupation, age, English language proficiency, and skills assessment. The occupation must be on the skilled occupation list.
- Duration: The duration of a skilled visa can vary depending on the specific visa subclass obtained.

2. Employer-Sponsored Visa:
- Purpose: This visa allows you to work in Australia if you have a job offer from an Australian employer.
- Requirements: You must have a sponsor (employer) who is willing to nominate you for a skilled position. The employer must meet certain requirements, and you must meet the skills, qualifications, and English language requirements for the nominated position.
- Duration: The duration of an employer-sponsored visa can vary depending on the specific visa subclass obtained.

3. Business and Investment Visas:
- Purpose: These visas are for individuals who want to establish or manage a business, or make a significant investment in Australia.
- Requirements: The specific requirements and capital investment thresholds vary depending on the visa subclass. Generally, you need to demonstrate business or investment experience, meet minimum net worth and investment criteria, and provide a detailed business plan or investment proposal.
- Duration: The duration of business and investment visas can vary depending on the specific visa subclass obtained.

4. Student Visa:
- Purpose: This visa is for individuals who want to study in Australia at a registered educational institution.
- Requirements: You must have an offer of enrollment from an Australian educational institution, meet the English language proficiency requirements, and provide evidence of financial capacity to cover tuition fees and living expenses.
- Duration: The duration of a student visa depends on the duration of the study program.

5. Family Visa:
- Purpose: This visa is for individuals who have close family members living in Australia and want to join them.
- Requirements: The requirements depend on the family relationship and can include sponsorship by an eligible family member, proof of relationship, health, and character checks.
- Duration: The duration of a family visa can vary depending on the specific visa subclass obtained.

6. Citizenship:
- Purpose: Australian citizenship provides full rights and benefits, including the ability to live and work in Australia indefinitely.
- Requirements: To be eligible for citizenship, you must meet certain criteria, such as holding permanent residency for a specific period, meeting residence requirements, passing a citizenship test, and demonstrating good character.
- Duration: The citizenship application process can take several months to a year.


  • Time To Citizenship
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You will be considered a tax resident in Australia if your permanent domicile is in the country or you have been in Australia more than half a given year (unless your place of abode is outside Australia and you don’t intent to reside in the country) or you are an Australian employee.

Tax residents are subject to personal income tax on their worldwide income, whereas non-residents are taxed on their income derived from Australia.

If you hold a provisional visa, you will be considered a temporary resident, and therefore your foreign-source income may not be subject to taxation.

The personal income tax rate is progressive up to 45% for annual income in excess of AUD54,232 (AUD62,685 for non-residents).

An additional tax of 2% applies to income in excess of AUD180,000, both for residents and non-residents.

Capital gains are treated as ordinary income, though if the asset is held by a tax resident (excluding temporary residents) for more than one year, a 50% discount may apply. Nonresidents are also subject to a non-final withholding tax of 10%.

Dividends received from resident companies are taxable income, but a tax offset is usually available to prevent double taxation. For dividends received from foreign sources, a foreign tax credit may be also available. Interests and rental income are subject to taxation at standard rates.

Australia has enacted controlled foreign company (CFC) regulations. Foreign companies controlled by residents that fail the “active income test” (usually when passive income is more than 5%), might have their passive income subject to taxation, whether the income is passed at the personal level or not. Ranges to determine whether a company passes the ‘active income test’ or not, will depend on its jurisdiction of residence.

States and territories levy land taxes. Transfers of assets are subject to a stamp duty at rates up to 5.75%. There is no net worth tax, nor inheritance taxes in Australia.

There is a Goods and Services tax, which applies to transactions of goods and services. The standard rate is 10%.

Regarding corporate taxation, resident entities are subject to a 30% tax on their worldwide income. A reduced tax rate of 28.5% may apply for those companies whose turnover is less than AUD2 million. There are several available tax breaks and exemptions for companies engaging in R&D activities.

Dividends from resident entities are usually entitled to a tax offset. Dividends from a foreign source may be exempted if the parent company holds at least 10% of the shareholding of the payer entity, otherwise they may be taxable.

Capital Gains are treated as ordinary income. An exemption may apply to those from the disposal of shares, if the parent company holds at least 10% of the capital of the subsidiary.

Dividends paid to non-residents may be exempt from withholding taxes, provided that profits were already taxed, otherwise they may be subject to a 30% withholding tax. Payments on interests abroad are usually subject to 10% withholding tax, however certain interests may be exempt. Royalties are usually taxed at 30%. These rates may be reduced or eliminated under a tax treaty.

This should not be construed as tax advice. We have access to a global network of qualified attorneys and accountants who can give you the proper advice for your particular circumstances. Contact us for further information.

  • Property Tax Yes
  • Transfer Tax Yes
  • Inheritance Tax No
  • Net Worth Tax No
  • CFC Law Yes
  • Tax Residency Days 183
  • Personal Income Tax Rate 47%
  • Capital Gains Tax Rate 27.5%
  • Investment Income Tax Rate 27.5%
  • Territorial Taxation No
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Where Can French Passport Holders Travel Without a Visa?

As of June 2023, French passport holders can travel visa free to 160 countries and territories:

  • Albania
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Caribbean Netherlands
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • French West Indies
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • North Macedonia
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Türkiye
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Eswatini

For visa-free travels, you still must have a valid passport — usually six months after your departure date— and you must purchase travel health insurance as required by your destination country.

Where Can French Citizens Go Without a Passport?

French citizens can enter the following countries without a passport with only an ID card:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Caribbean Netherlands
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • French West Indies
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Mayotte
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Saint Martin
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Türkiye
  • Vatican City

What Countries Issue eVisa to French Citizens?

The following 10 countries issue eVisas for French passport holders:

  • Angola
  • Azerbaijan
  • Benin
  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Myanmar
  • Uganda

The process of getting an eVisa is more or less the same as applying for a traditional visa. However, in this case, you don’t have to visit a visa application center— you can submit your application online, including the visa payment.

After your application is approved, you will receive an email confirming your visa status along with a document you must print out and bring with you when crossing the border. Your visa will be registered online, but some officers may ask you for a physical copy of the permit; that is why it’s important to keep the copy on your person while traveling.

What Countries Issue Visa on Arrival to French Passport Holders?

If you are a French citizen, you can get a visa on arrival for the 28 countries listed below:

  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Comoros
  • Egypt
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Nepal
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Saint Helena
  • Tanzania
  • Gambia
  • Togo
  • Zimbabwe

You receive a visa on arrival (VOA) after entering the country that issues such a visa. Usually, there is a separate section at the airport where you can submit your application for your visa on arrival.

Countries With Visa Requirements for French Citizens

You need a valid visa to enter the following 28 countries with a French passport:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Belarus
  • Bhutan
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Ivory Coast
  • Cuba
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ghana
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Nauru
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Turkmenistan
  • Yemen

The application for a visa goes as follows:

  1. Make an appointment at the visa center in France. You must contact a local visa application center in your home country and make an appointment to submit your application. It may take several months to schedule a meeting with the embassy or consulate.
  2. Get your documents ready. To submit a successful application, you have to prepare the required documents for your visa, i.e., passport, application form, health insurance, etc. Some of your documents must be verified with an apostille stamp or certified by a foreign office.
  3. Submit your application. Finally, you can submit your application and attend the visa interview—you may also be required to submit your biometrics. Once you translate your documents as required by the embassy or consulate and verify them with an apostille stamp— if possible, then you can submit your application. From then it will take several weeks until a decision is made regarding your visa application.

Please note that if you have a valid visa that allows you to enter more than one country, you don’t have to apply for a new visa.

What Documents Do French Citizens Need to Apply for a Visa?

French citizens that want to visit countries that require them to apply for a visa beforehand need to submit a few documents. Depending on the country you want to visit, document requirements may vary. However, most countries will certainly require the following:

  • Your valid French passport (plus a photocopy). Some countries require the passport to be valid for more than six months after the day you plan on departing their country.
  • A filled visa application form.
  • Passport pictures that are not older than six months.
  • Travel health insurance that covers your entire period of stay.
  • Proof of paid visa fee.
  • Detailed travel itinerary that shows all the places you want to visit.
  • Letter of invitation (if applicable)
  • Proof of booked return ticket for the flight home.
  • Proof of booked accommodation.
  • Proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your visit
  • Civil status documents (marriage papers, certificates of birth, etc.)
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