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Migration Tips - Before You Decide Anything

Updated: Feb 19

This article is specifically for the Citizens of Sri Lanka who needs some knowledge or consultation of Migration.

The Central bank of Sri Lanka reports stated that the remittances in Sri Lanka averaged 503.35 USD million from 2009 to 2018.

The highest value of all time is 729.35 USD million reported in January 2018 and the lowest value, which is 241.34 USD million was reported in February 2009.

These statistics show that this is one of the highest sources of foreign income in Sri Lanka.

Before You Decide to Migrate

The first thing that you need to do is a good re-search and gain some background knowledge. This will definitely ease your entire migration process and will certainly save your precious money and time. (even before you talk to a migration consultant or firm).

Let's discuss few steps you can follow before you decide to migrate.

What do you want to do ?

The very first thing that you need to decide is what actually you want to do there ?

  • Are you going to study there ?

  • Are you going to work there ?

  • Are you going to invest there ?

  • or Are you a refugee ?

These are few areas which you could consider and based on that your visa type will be decided.

Following are few visa types which you can apply and we will discuss them in detail in another article.

  • Visit & Tourism

  • Studying & Training

  • Family & Partner

  • Working & Skilled

  • Refugee & Humanitarian

Where do you want to go ?

After you decided what do you want to do, the next step is deciding the country and the city or state.

Let's assume that you are planning to apply skilled migration, then as a Sri Lankan you have three (3) options.

  • Canada

  • Australia

  • New Zealand

Now, what are the facts you need to consider to select a country ?

  • Job Opportunities

  • Salary Scales

  • Costs of Living

  • Weather Conditions

  • Diaspora ( community of people who live outside their shared country of origin or ancestry but maintain active connections with it. A diaspora includes both emigrants and their descendants.)

Let's assume that you select Australia. Is it enough, the answer is "NO". Some of their cities are bigger than Sri Lanka. Even after you select a country, you need to consider which city or the state is going to suitable for your requirement by considering above key factors again.

Let me list down the greater capital cities in Australia to give you a high level understanding of this matter.

Greater Capital Cities in Australia

These are only the greater capital cities in Australia and If you want further details of them or details of other cities you can google and find them easily.

What About the Point System

Each applicant receiving points for criteria ranging from Age to work experience. There is a minimum number of point which an applicant need to be gained for their visa to be granted. Please refer the following table.

Minimum Points Required

As an example let's take Australian skilled migration point system.

Following are the criteria.

  • Nominated occupation

  • Age

  • English language proficiency

  • Skilled employment

  • Educational qualifications

  • Australian qualifications

  • Regional study

  • Community language skills

  • Spouse/partner skills and qualifications

  • Professional year

  • Nominations and sponsorship (Sub-classes 190 and 489 only)

Let's take Age criteria.

(Age)Point Table - Skilled Migration Australia

Applicants are scored according to which age group they fall into at the time of their application.

Aged between 25 and 32 gaining the most points and those aged 45 and over gain none.

We will discuss each criteria in detail in another article based on the country.

These are few key factors you should definitely consider before you decide anything of your migration process. Do further research on these facts and If you need any further assistance please feel free to contact us. (Add a comment in comment section and we will get back to you at earliest possible).


You can contact our interviewee for free consultancy services regarding your migration process. Please find contact details below.

Interviewee: Mr. Dakshina Jayasekara LLB (Lon.) LLM(W. Lon)


Tel: 0112 593525 E-mail: dsjayasekera@idpworldwide.com No: 245, 2/1, 2nd Floor, Galle Road, Colombo 04.

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