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eMedical Improves Australian Visa Processing In 100 Countries

By |July 3rd, 2013|

Collaboration between the Australia and Canadian Immigration departments has resulted in more than 100 countries now having access to eMedical, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) new electronic health processing system that enables more efficient and cost-effective visa processing.

eMedical is an updated and improved version of the former ‘eHealth’ system used to record online the health examination results of visa applicants who complete their examinations for both DIAC and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

“Increased use of eMedical will result in substantial benefits to DIAC and our clients, including improved client service, enhanced integrity and significant financial savings,” a DIAC spokesman said today. […]

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 […]

Australian Headhunters Target American War Vetrans For Mining Jobs

By |August 22nd, 2012|

In the USA, post 9/11 veteran unemployment is now hovering near the 9% mark with further cuts to planned for the future.

It’s not all bad news though as Australian mining companies are stepping up to grab some of that labour for their short staffed operations down under.

With the mines looking for everything from plumbers and electricians, to heavy-equipment operators and project managers, the attraction of pay ranging for these roles ranging from $65K to 200K + is being seen by some veterans as a very positive thing indeed. […]

Professional Year Visa Program To Be Reviewed

By |December 12th, 2011|

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced a review of the Professional Year Visa Program to start in early 2012.

The Professional Year program which has been in place since 2008 is a structured development program, available to former overseas students who have graduated as Engineers, Accountants and IT Professionals.

The Professional Year program is offered by providers approved by professional bodies and includes workshops, skills training and a professional placement. […]

Australian Student Visa To Be Reviewed

By |April 2nd, 2011|

The Australian government has commissed a new review of the Australian student visa program, which will report to the government in mid 2011.

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is undertaking a review of the Australian student visa program, with former minister Michael Knight appointed to carry out the review for presentation to the government in mid-2011.

It has been nearly 10 years since the student visa program was last reviewed, during which time the number of international students has more than doubled. […]

More changes to skilled occupations lists announced

By |March 30th, 2009|

Following the news we posted on Friday about Important changes to Australian skilled-sponsored visas for ACT and NT. It looks like the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory (NT) governments are at it again with a number of amendments to their skilled occupations lists being announced.

After removing five occupations as part of the announcements last week, the ACT has removed a further two occupations and added another.

Prospective migrants immigrating to Australia through the ACT skilled-sponsorship program as a fitter, metal machinist, metal fabricator, welder first class, sheet metalworker, surgeon or speech pathologist will at this point of time no longer be able to lodge an application through this programme. Pressure welders can now participate. […]

DIAC’s report shows growth in Australian skilled migration

By |February 19th, 2009|

The 2007-08 Migration Report released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) shows that Australia’s migration programme is well on track to reach its targets and fill critical skills gaps in the job market, and that the UK continues to be the major source of Australia’s migrants.

The report shows that at the end of last year’s financial year, migration was 0.1 per cent below its planned levels, meaning Australian immigration officials gave 158,630 people permission to move to Australia.

The United Kingdom, India and China provided the largest sources of people emigrating to Australia (New Zealand citizens are excluded from statistics in the migration programme). UK residents accounted for 17.7 per cent of the migration programme (which is down on the year before from 31,401). From India and China came 22,148 and 20,729 nationals respectively, with India taking over China as the second largest source country. […]

Minimum Salary Levels under Subclass 457 program increased

By |August 3rd, 2008|

News in from the guys at the Department of Immigration (immi) that from the 1st August minimum Salary Levels under Subclass 457 program are to increase.

The 457 Visa   is the most commonly used program for employers to sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia on a temporary basis (3 months to 4 years). […]

Lots of people moving to Western Australia – Where will they all go?

By |August 25th, 2007|

I’ve just been watching a story on the news this afternoon about the influx of migrants into Western Australia.

According to figures produced by the clever statistitions at the Federal Department of Immigration and Citizenship; Western Australia accounted for 14.1 percent of all new settler arrivals in Australia.

It seems Western Australias ‘booming economy and lifestyle’ are the big draws and out of the 160,000 migrants expected to come to Australia in the current financial year, a large portion are expected to call Western Oz their home. […]