Frequently Asked Questions about emigrating to Australia

Changes to the Australian 457 Visa Program

By |July 11th, 2013|


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 skill shortages, and look local first before hiring workers from overseas.
How will the changes affect current subclass 457 visa holders?
There will be no adverse effects on existing visa holders. However, visa holders should note the changes to the English language and skills requirements if they plan to change employment, change their occupation or seek a further subclass 457 visa. […]

Australia State And Territory Nomination

By |July 9th, 2013|

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 states and territories to find and engage with skilled workers in order to meet their specific skills shortages.

SkillSelect makes the nomination process simpler and more efficient than ever before. […]

The Australian Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

By |July 8th, 2013|

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 by referring to the current list on the Australian Immigration department’s website.
What is the SOL and what does it do?
The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is a list of skilled occupations that deliver high value skills needed by the Australian economy. The SOL only applies to independent, that is non-employer sponsored or State/Territory government nominated skilled migration. It aims to meet medium- to long-term skills needs of high value occupations, rather than immediate short term shortages. This means your occupation must be on the SOL if you are applying for: […]

Australia Working Holiday Visa – An Overview

By |June 16th, 2013|

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 work being purely incidental to provide funds for traveling.

You can work but no more than 6 months with one employer unless you have a written permission from the department of immigration.

There are two types of Australia working holiday visa which includes; […]

Australian Skills Assessments – Do you have what it takes?

By |February 27th, 2013|

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 the Australian labour market. The Continuous Survey of Australia’s Migrants shows that more than 90 per cent of offshore skilled migrants who migrate with a satisfactory skills assessment are in skilled employment within six months of arriving in Australia.

If you want to apply for an Australian points tested skilled migration visa, you will need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect and be invited to apply for a visa. […]

Planning for the 2012-2013 Migration Program

By |May 14th, 2012|

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 number of people granted the privilege to call Australia home, the Australian government sets annual migration program planning levels (See Factsheet 20 on the department’s website for more information). […]

Australian Immigration – Migration Program Planning Levels For 2012

By |March 6th, 2012|

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 refugees and others in humanitarian need. […]

How To Prepare And Present Work Reference Letters On Your CDR

By |February 15th, 2012|

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 adequate information […]

How to Apply for Series 7 of the BBC’s Wanted Down Under

By |January 30th, 2012|

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 of Wanted Down Under; People who are seriously considering making a move to Australia or New Zealand in the near future and are looking for help with making that decision.

Here’s what the Beeb say you have to do if you want to apply to appear on Series 7 of Wanted Down Under […]

Do I need to complete the IELTS test?

By |December 20th, 2011|

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 live in Australia.

The following is from the FAQ for Migration Skills assessment from Engineer Australia about IELTS:

Do I need to complete the IELTS test? […]

How much does it cost to use a Migration Agent?

By |January 5th, 2011|

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, although slightly more costly option. […]

Is Australia a Racist Country?

By |January 12th, 2010|

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 reporting on recent attacks on Indians in Australia.

The call follows media reports that suggest the stabbing death of Nitin Garg in Melbourne on January 2 and Saturday’s attack on Jaspreet Singh, who suffered burns after being allegedly set alight, were racially motivated.

So there we have it, more attacks on Indian students but are they racially motivated? […]

Occupations Lists – Everything you need to know

By |August 20th, 2009|

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 not meet one of the basic requirements of a skilled visa application, and as such cannot migrate to Australia under the general skilled program.

This list does not vary very often, but with a reclassification of skilled occupations having taken place in Australia in the last few months there is an expectation that the SOL will be subject to fairly significant amendment within the next year => as ever, if you are an intending migrant and you have an occupation that appears on the SOL as presently constituted it would be prudent to lodge your application sooner rather than later, just in case your occupation is omitted from a new SOL. […]

Employer Sponsored Workers – Attestation FAQ

By |July 17th, 2009|

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  witnessing of the execution by the method that is appropriate to the situation.

Attestation of a document is certification that the document has been executed correctly and is signed by the witness or witnesses to the execution. […]

Baby born in Australia – What is my babies Australian residency and Citizenship status?

By |January 8th, 2009|

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 the residency and citizenship status of your baby should you be blessed with the birth of a new child whilst spending your time down under.

On the assumption that you applied for your Permanent Residency visa before your baby was born the following circumstances will normally apply.

If your baby is born in Australia, and at least one parent is an Australian permanent visa holder or Australian citizen, your baby is an Australian citizen by birth. No Australian visa is required for this baby.

If your baby is born in Australia and neither parent is an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, your baby will generally automatically acquire the visa of either parent dependent on whichever visa is more “beneficial”.

If your baby is born outside Australia, and at least one parent is an Australian citizen otherwise than by descent, your baby is eligible for Australian citizenship by descent.

If your baby is born outside Australia and at least one parent is an Australian citizen by descent and that parent was present in Australia lawfully for at least 2 years before your baby’s citizenship registration, your baby is eligible for Australian citizenship by descent.

If your baby is born outside Australia, and neither parent is an Australian citizen, your baby has no immigration status in Australia and will need a visa to enter Australia. […]