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How Hollywood stars are allowed to in Australia after fleeing corona-stricken US

Inside Australia’s ‘Hollywood visa’ allowing rich celebrities like Zac Efron and Natalie Portman to relocate Down Under after fleeing Covid-stricken US

Over the past year, Australia has become inundated with Hollywood A-listers making their home Down Under, either permanently or temporarily.

With coronavirus cases soaring in America, a slew of Hollywood stars and their families are fleeing to Australia to work and enjoy a safer lifestyle.

A-listers including Zac Efron, Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman have been able to relocate Down Under under a ‘significant investor visa’, which allows US citizens to move as long as they invest at least $5million in local government-approved funds.

Money talks! Inside Australia’s ‘Hollywood visa’ allowing rich celebrities like Zac Efron, Julia Roberts (pictured) and Natalie Portman to relocate Down Under after fleeing Covid-stricken US

This visa allows the holder to remain in Australia for up to four years and three months, and costs $7,880 to purchase – a drop in the ocean for those applying. 

Further, only those who are invited may apply for this ultra-exclusive visa.   

According to The Daily Telegraph, the amount of these visas granted in the past 12 months have increased significantly from 6000 to 14,000. 

Entry path: A-listers have been able to relocate Down Under under a 'significant investor visa', which allows US citizens to move as long as they invest at least $5million in local government-approved funds

Did Zac apply? A-listers have been able to relocate Down Under under a ‘significant investor visa’, which allows US citizens to move as long as they invest at least $5million in local government-approved funds. Pictured Zac Efron

It comes amid a wave of A-list arrivals in recent months, with a steady stream of Hollywood stars relocating and shifting their projects to all largely coronavirus-free Australia. 

The cast of Thor: Love and Thunder led by Natalie Portman, Matt Damon, Chris Pratt and Christian Bale touched down in Sydney earlier this year to film the new Marvel blockbuster. 

Julia Roberts and Sean Penn also jetted into Australia earlier this year, ahead of filming their new political thriller Gaslit. 

A-list invasion! Julia Roberts and Sean Penn (pictured) also jetted into Australia earlier this year, ahead of filming their new political thriller Gaslit

A-list invasion! Julia Roberts and Sean Penn (pictured) also jetted into Australia earlier this year, ahead of filming their new political thriller Gaslit 

Another Hollywood heavyweight, Zac Efron, has been living Down Under since last year.

In August 2020, it was reported that the 33-year-old had been quietly living in Byron Bay for ‘months’, with sources suggesting he moved there to escape the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

Sources have alleged that the actor was ‘planning to list his Los Angeles home in the near future’ and is ‘burnt out living in and around Hollywood’.

Earlier this year, Zac confirmed his hit Netflix show, Down To Earth, would return for a second season and he has been travelling around Australia to film the series.

Local: The cast of Thor: Love and Thunder led by Natalie Portman, Matt Damon, Chris Pratt and Christian Bale touched down in Sydney earlier this year to film the new Marvel blockbuster. Pictured Natalie Portman and husband Benjamin Millepied

Local: The cast of Thor: Love and Thunder led by Natalie Portman, Matt Damon, Chris Pratt and Christian Bale touched down in Sydney earlier this year to film the new Marvel blockbuster. Pictured Natalie Portman and husband Benjamin Millepied

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