General Skilled Migration

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Next Skillselect Invitation Monday 10th February

By |February 6th, 2014|

The next Skillselect invitation round is next Monday 10th February for anyone out there who might be interested.

An interesting announcement on the Australian Immigration website (link) though, it looks like for the subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Sponsored) visas, numbers will be limited.

Please note invitation rounds will be held on the second and fourth […]

The Australian Skilled Migration stream

By |September 18th, 2013|

The large array of Australian visa options can be a little intimidating for some. With this in mind we thought we’d write a couple of articles to provide an overview of the main Australian visa categories.

When emigrating to Australia, Migrants apply under one of three main streams; the skilled migration scheme, the Australian Family Visa scheme […]

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: […]

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. […]

Submitting An Expression Of Interest (EOI) In SkillSelect

By |February 21st, 2013|

The Australian Department of Immigration has recently published some top tips to help you submit your Expression Of Interest (EOI) In Skillselect

There’s some good stuff in here so we’ll share these tips below:

1. Make sure you express an interest in the right visa for your circumstances. Skilled visa options are available on the SkillSelect website at or you can use Visa Wizard to help you find out which visa is suited to you.

2. Confirm if your occupation is eligible for skilled migration by checking the relevant Skilled Occupation List.

3. Get to know the specific requirements for the visa you are interested in. Only certain skilled visa options are available through SkillSelect. The visa information booklets on our website will help you understand who qualifies to migrate to Australia. In particular, Booklet 11, SkillSelect includes information about how the system and process works.

4. Ensure all your documents are in order before you start your online EOI. Until you provide evidence of all required documents, such as an IELTS test and skills assessment, you will have an incomplete EOI in SkillSelect. […]

Queensland To Ease Australia Visa Requirements

By |September 17th, 2012|

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls has announced that the state will relax Australia visa requirements in order to attract more migrant workers to the area.

Other than Western Australia, the state of Queensland has benefited from the resources and mining boom more than all other states. However, Australia visa requirements are determined at state level, not federal level and Queensland has fallen way behind in numbers of skilled migrants.

Last financial year for example, 22,247 state-sponsored spots were filled across the country whilst Queensland sponsored just 212 skilled migration and business migration visas!

Under current visa policy, experience requirements are much stricter than in neighbouring states; an engineer wishing to live and work in Queensland is required to have has much as seven years’ experience, in Western Australia the same engineer would only require 12 months of experience. […]

SkillSelect: First round offers go to skilled professionals

By |August 27th, 2012|

According to the press release from the Australian Immigraion department, doctors, dentists, nurses and engineers have dominated the first round of skilled migrants invited to formally apply for visas under the government’s new online SkillSelect service.

Accountants, ICT analysts and programmers were also strongly represented in the 100 invitations in the first round, which drew the highest […]

Australia Work Visa – An Overview

By |July 6th, 2012|

Australia Work Visa is one of the more common search terms used by visitors to getting down under HQ. With this in mind and in an effort to provide a slightly more succinct answer for those seeking information on the Australian Work Visa, we thought we’d pull together this article

If you want to apply for […]

Skilled Migration Pass Mark To Be Reduced Under Skillselect

By |June 18th, 2012|

Perhaps it’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to the changes associated with the new Skillselect Visa Program with the Australian Immigration Department announcing that the Skilled Migration pass mark is to be reduced from 65 points.

From the 1st July 2012, the pass mark for the new SkillSelect visa subclasses 189, 190 and 489 will be 60 points. Intending migrants will first need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited to make an application for these visas.

A Department of Immigration and Citizenship spokesman said the change to the pass mark was in the context of the series of reforms to the skilled migration program undertaken by the Australian Government since 2008. […]

Three New Point Tested Skilled Migration Visa From July

By |May 2nd, 2012|

As our regular readers will know, reforms to Australia’s skilled migration program take effect on 1 July 2012.

Included in these reforms are changes to points tested skilled migration visas for migrants who wish to live and work in Australia without employer sponsorship.

Simplifying eligibility requirements, the changes include the introduction of three new points tested skilled migration visas:

Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa
Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa
Skilled Regional Sponsored (subclass 489) (provisional) visa.

The distinction between onshore and offshore points tested visas and some threshold requirements will be removed – with more importance being placed on the points test to find the best suited independent skilled migrants. […]

Tony Abbott To Push For Increased Migrant Numbers

By |April 30th, 2012|

According to an article published by the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Tony Abbott will push for a major boost of skilled workers from overseas – ”the best possible immigrants to Australia” – with a pledge to make employer-sponsored visas the mainstay of a Coalition government migration program.

But in outlining the Coalition’s migration policy should it win office, he will argue the government has buckled to union concerns and made it more difficult for business to bring in overseas labor – with skilled workers on so-called 457 visas dwindling to barely 10 per cent of all new arrivals.

”These are the best possible immigrants to Australia,” his speech notes say. […]

Australia’s Mining Boom Great News For UK Workers

By |January 4th, 2012|

Many businesses are starting to look to countries like the UK as a shortage of skilled workers across Australia makes sourcing the talent locally a lot more difficult. For those willing to make the move down under, the pickings can also be very ripe.

Salaries across Western Australia are increasingly rapidly;  a recent survey by Australia’s Commonwealth Bank showed that the blue-collar workforce in some parts of Western Australia were earning in the region of 62 percent more than the national average. […]

Skillselect – Skilled Migrant Selection Register to Go Live 1st July 2012

By |December 22nd, 2011|

On 10 May 2011 the Australian government announced the decision to implement a new way to manage Skilled Migration based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequent invitation to apply. The new program is called SkillSelect and will be introduced on 1 July 2012.

The changes to their skilled migration program are quite significant so If you wish to come under the current skilled immigration programme you should apply for a skills assessment as soon as possible. […]

2011 Skilled Migration Survey Highlights Strong Demand For Over Seas Workers

By |December 6th, 2011|

Last year I wrote a post about the Skilled Migration Survey published by the Audit firm KPMG. Well, the propeller heads at KPMG have conducted a new survey for 2011 and the results may be of interest to those looking to make the move down under.

KPMG’s annual skilled migration survey examines how Australian businesses are handling their headcount management and labour market pressures.

The survey conducted in July and August 2011, engaged 300 business respondents from across Australia, seeking to better understand the challenges businesses are facing in maintaining a productive and skilled labour force, and how they go about filling shortages. […]

Australian skilled visa application fees to increase in 2012

By |December 5th, 2011|

Looks like quite an increase is on the way if  a statement released from the office of Chris Bowen, Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship holds any truth.

It has been announced that the government intends to introduce a new visa pricing model from January 2012.

Under the new pricing system, which the Australia Immigration minister says is designed “to ensure taxpayers are no longer subsidising visa applications”, there is intended to be an increase in the fees for certain skills and business visas of between 5 and 15 percent.

This could see the cost of a skilled Australian visa application rise to over AU$3,400, constituting an increase of over 24% in less than a year. […]

Skills Shortages in WA as Eastern States Draw In The Crowds

By |November 21st, 2011|

New figures released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship indicate that despite the skills shortage and employment opportunities in Western Australia, the majority of skilled migrants are choosing to settle in the Eastern states.

The Australian Government’s plan to target skilled foreign labour to the Western Australian mining industry has been dealt a blow with the release of migrant settlement data this week. […]