We’ve already written about the new laws being brought in this month to strengthen the 457 temporary visa system, however we’ve recently received a number of questions about the changes which we thought we would try to address within this post. The changes are being implemented to ensure ensure employers only use the scheme to fill genuine […]
Since 1 July 2012, SkillSelect is the only way you can be nominated by a state or territory government for skilled migration. Since May 2013, state and territory governments across Australia have nominated almost 20 000 intending migrants and more than 10000 of those have been granted a visa. SkillSelect provides an effective way for […]
The Australian Skills Occupations List or SOL as it is better known is a really useful tool for giving people who want to migrate to Australia a clear idea of just what skills are in short supply here over the next three to five years. You can check if your skills are needed in Australia […]
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Australia working holiday visas allows working holiday makers to have an extended holiday in Australia by supplementing their travel funds through incidental employment. A working holiday visa for Australia allows you to stay in Australia for up to 12 months, however it’s important to note that your aim must be to holiday in Australia with […]
Australia is the only country in the world that has a pre-migration skills assessment scheme with the aim being to help you find out if you have the necessary skills and qualifications to work in your nominated occupation once you arrive in Australia. The skills assessment scheme has achieved encouraging results for skilled migrants in […]
With the Australian government soon to announce the 2012–13 Migration Program,we thought it may be useful to explain how the government plans for and determines the migration program’s size and composition. As you’ll have probably guessed, there are many more people wanting to migrate to Australia permanently than the country can accommodate. To manage the […]
Cheque Savings or Credit is a question you’ll frequently be presented with when paying for goods or services in Australia, but what is the difference? As a new arrival (or soon to be resident) in Australia, I thought it would be worthwhile providing an overview of the Cheque Savings and Credit options and the key […]
I know we are already into March but as we’ve not covered this, I thought it might be worthwhile covering the number of places allocated to Australian Migrants during 2012. Australia’s permanent immigration program has two components. Migration, for Skilled and Family Stream migrants and those granted a Special Eligibility class visa and Humanitarian, for […]
Prospective CDR applicants seem to be a little confused or not very sure about how to prepare and present work reference letters. These reference letters are required by Engineers Australia for Additional Assessment under the new points test which became effective on 1 July 2011. T The reference letters supplied by an applicant MUST have […]
Wanted Down Under continues to be spiking a lot of interest and an effort to help answer some of the recent comments from GDU visitors looking to apply for future shows, I thought I’d include instructions to help those looking to apply. We can confirm that the BBC are looking for contributors for Series 7 […]
I’ve noticed a recurring question keeps popping up in our forums about the IELTS test. IELTS or the International English Language Testing System measures a persons ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – a key requirement for folks who intend to study, work and generally […]
Going it alone or choosing to use a Migration Agent is often one of the first questions people ask themselves when looking to migrate to Australia. One of the benefits of doing everything yourselves is the costs, however for some, getting an Australian Immigration Agent to do the leg work for you is the preferred, […]
So before I even begin to tackle this sensitive subject, let me give you a little context behind the purpose of this article. Today the federal government said the Indian media is unlikely to show restraint when reporting on alleged racism in Australia. India’s foreign ministry has called on its media to exercise restraint when […]
Getting your SOL’s mixed up with your MODL’s? Alan Collette at Go Matilda has written a a great article summarising the myriad of occupations lists currently doing the rounds. The Skilled Occupations List, or SOL The SOL is a threshold list of skilled occupations – if your occupation is not on this list you do […]
Frequently Asked Questions – Attestation On 1 April 2009, the Minster for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans announced a requirement for sponsors to attest in writing that they have a strong record of, or a demonstrated commitment to employing local labour and non-discriminatory employment practices. What the heck is an attestation? Attestation is the […]
Since giving birth to our own baby girl since migrating down under we’ve had a number of comments made on this associated post asking what the immigration status, residency or citizenship status of their own baby will be following the birth. With this in mind I thought I’d write up a quick article to summarise […]
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