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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: […]

Brendan O’Connor – New Minister for Immigration and Citizenship sworn in

By |February 8th, 2013|

So the first snippet of immigration news for 2013 which some of you may find of interest is the news that the Australian Immigration Department have a new boss.

Brendan O’Connor was sworn in as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on 4 February 2013.

His bio seems a bit drab but alas, it will be interesting to […]

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. […]

SkillSelect website goes live!

By |January 30th, 2012|

The Australian Immigration Department this week, launched their skillselect website which is now available at

On review, the site already provides some decent background information on SkillSelect, including details on the Expression of Interest (EOI) and invitation process. It also includes details of the information which you will have to provide when you submit an EOI.

Although the website has been launched, frustratingly for some, you still won’t be able to submit an EOI until 1 July 2012. […]

Australia Tourist Visa Restrictions Should Be Relaxed

By |January 22nd, 2012|

According to the country’s peak tourism export group, Australian immigration policies should be inspired by US President Barack Obama’s recent speech in which he declared “America is open for business” and announced plans to relax restrictions on tourist visas for even more countries.

In an attempt to expand the tourism industry and give America’s economy a much needed boost, President Obama announced his intention to make it easier for tourists from countries such as Brazil, China and India to obtain an American tourist visa. […]

Change to processing location for applications lodged in Pakistan or Afghanistan

By |December 5th, 2011|

News in from the Australian Immigration Department this week which effects Partner and family migration processing for applicants in Pakistan or Afghanistan

Partner and family migration applications lodged by clients who live in Pakistan or Afghanistan (except for Afghan nationals) are processed at the Australian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Partner and family migration applications from Afghan nationals who live in Afghanistan or Pakistan (except general skilled, business skills, Distinguished Talent (subclass 124), Former Resident (subclass 151) and parent subclasses) should still be lodged with the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. […]

More IT Professionals Needed Say Australian Recruiters

By |February 19th, 2011|

Looming skills shortages in Australia are fuelling the desire for overseas IT professionals, recruiters say.

IT recruitment firms say there is now a greater preparedness from companies to sponsor overseas IT professionals, particularly because if work starts on the National Broadband Network all available talent will be sucked up by the project.

The trend comes as the latest data from the Australian Immigration Department shows the top three occupations for 457 primary visa grants in November last year were developer programmer, management consultant and software and applications programmer. […]

457 Visa Holders – A benefit to Australia?

By |December 2nd, 2009|

Since starting my new role in the mining industry, I’ve found myself working for an organisation which is much more reliant on skilled resources brought in from overseas.

I was chatting to one of the hiring managers the other day about this and being quite interested in the subject, I managed to steer the conversation onto the subject of Australian immigration and the challenges faced by companies following the many recent changes in immigration law.

One thing that I didn’t really appreciate until now is the hoops that the Australian Immigration Department are making companies jump through in order to justify bringing on board ‘foreign’ workers on 457 Visas. […]

Occupations removed from the temporary business Australian visa (subclass 457) program

By |May 18th, 2009|

Following last week’s changes to the Australian skilled migration program, occupations have been removed from the temporary business Australian visa (subclass 457) program in line with the current needs of the Australian economy.

The temporary business Australian visa (subclass 457) program allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia on a temporary Australian working visa. While employers must first prove that there are no local workers available to take that position before they sponsor an overseas worker, the Australian immigration department has taken further measures to cut back the program so that Australians have a better chance of employment during the global recession. […]

The 9 Ways to Emigrate to Australia

By |March 8th, 2006|

Ever wondered how to go about emigrating to Australia and go about getting an Australian visa?

Wondering what the various options were and how to go about the different schemes without too much red tape or expense?

There are lots of ways to emigrate to Australia. This article spells it out in 9 easy stages. […]