New Australian Skilled Migration Points Test

In early June, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) issued some important new details related to a new Australian skilled migration points test which becomes effective from today (1st July 2011) The skilled migration points test is what determines which skilled workers will be eligible to emigrate to Australia […]

Migration Institute of Australia – Politicians must focus on Skilled Migration

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has called for politicians to focus on skilled migration issues during the election, rather than a “short-sighted” debate on asylum seekers. The MIA has said that Australia’s migration program remains unbalanced, mismanaged and confusing for current and potential migrants, sponsors and for the general […]

The 2010 Australian Budget and its impact on Australian Immigration Numbers

The Australian Government released their 2010-11 Australian Budget last night and it contained mixed news for wannabe migrants. Within the report, the Australian Government has announced it intends to sharpen the focus of the Australian skilled migration program on key skills shortages. Overall, the Australian Immigration program will remain the […]

Migration Agents – Migrant numbers need to increase to support infrastructure projects

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has warned the government that work on infrastructure projects will be difficult to accomplish following the decision to put restrictions on the skilled migration program. While the MIA welcomed the Australian immigration ministers decision to increase the number of humanitarian and family reunion Australian […]

Feeling Miffed?

What with all the gloom and doom associated with the current economic crisis. The further cuts in the Australian Skilled Migration intake and all that other cheery news recently coming out of Australia, I thought I’d end this week with a little joke. Some of you may or may not […]

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

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 […]