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. […]

Business Innovation and Investment Program Points Test – An Overview

By |June 1st, 2012|

As we posted yesterday, the The Business Skills Program will be replaced by the Business Innovation and Investment Program on 1 July 2012.

Business Innovation and Investment is a niche category in Australia’s skilled migration program. It aims to directly create new business as visa holders become business owners.

This is different to the general skilled migration and the employer sponsored visa categories, which aim to supply skilled employees to existing businesses and industries at risk of skill shortages.

The Business Innovation and Investment Program is designed to increase entrepreneurial talent and diversify business expertise in Australia. It is positioned to target migrants that have a demonstrated history of success in innovation and business and are able to make a significant contribution to the national innovation system and to the Australian economy.

Like many Australian Visa’s. Applicants under the business innovation and Investment program will be points tested. In the case of this particular visa, the points test gives points for various elements of human capital and business innovation. The test also includes objective measures of business performance.  We’ll provide a further overview of the points test below. […]

New Australian Skilled Migration Points Test

By |July 1st, 2011|

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 on a skilled Australia visa.

The new points test that is scheduled to be released today is set to be radically different to the current points test.

Changes include: […]

New Skilled Visa Points Test to be Introduced 1 July, 2011

By |March 17th, 2011|

As previous visitors to GDU may know, it is proposed that a new points test for skilled migration visa applications will be introduced on 1 July 2011. It complements the series of reforms the Australian Government announced in February 2010.

The new points test is focused on selecting highly skilled people to deliver a more responsive and targeted migration program and was developed following a review of the current points test, which considered submissions from a variety of experts and the wider Australian community.

The points test is a critical part of the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) process, as in order to lodge an Australian visa application, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they both meet the basic requirements and are able to pass the points test at the time of lodging their visa. […]

Australian Student Visas will not be capped

By |June 14th, 2010|

The Rudd Government has no intention of putting a limit on the number of Australian Student Visas issued each year, the Australian Immigration Minister has announced.

The Australian Immigration Minister, Senator Chris Evans, said there was no basis for the concerns by education providers about the possible impact of proposed legislation that would allow the Government to cap and cease certain Australian visa sub classes.
“I want to assure the university sector and all providers of quality education that Australia will continue to welcome students from across the globe to study in our country,” he said.
“The proposed legislation is designed to provide flexibility in the management of the general skilled migration program and to ensure we are able to get the balance right when it comes to targeting the skilled workers we need.

“The legislation, which was introduced into Parliament last month, will allow the Government to control the numbers of visas issued in certain occupations if necessary but will not have any impact on students wishing to come to Australia to study.” […]

New Australian Skilled Occupation List (SOL) finally announced

By |May 18th, 2010|

It’s a little late, however the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL), has finally been released by the Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Evans.

The current SOL has more than 400 occupations. The new list of occupations, which was announced by the Minister on 17 May 2010, includes 181 occupations. This makes the new SOL less than half the size of the previous list but still includes medical professionals including dentists, nurses and osteopaths, as well as engineers, teachers, IT professionals, welders and other trade occupations.

The new SOL will take effect from 1 July 2010 and will apply to all individuals who wish to apply for an Australian Visa to live and work in Australia under the General Skilled Migration Program. […]

The 2010 Australian Budget and its impact on Australian Immigration Numbers

By |May 12th, 2010|

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 current size but the focus will be on employer-sponsored skilled migration as the Government moves to create a more skill- and demand-driven migration system.

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said: […]

Government announces suspension of the Australian Skilled Migration program

By |May 7th, 2010|

In an unexpected move, the Australian Government has announced it will not accept applications for offshore general skilled migration, effective midnight AEST 7 May, until the end of the current program year on 30 June, 2010.

The temporary suspension applies to all primary applicants for the following Australian visas: Subclass 175 – Skilled Independent; Subclass 176 – Skilled Sponsored; and Subclass 475 – Skilled Regional Sponsored.

Applications for these Australian visa subclasses submitted on or after 8 May, 2010, will be considered invalid and the application will be returned to the client along with the Visa Application Charge although all associated fees, for example fees incurred for medical examinations, cannot be refunded.

Those who have already submitted a valid application, online or by mail, before midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on 7 May will have their application processed as normal and in accordance with the priority processing arrangements. […]

Changes to the skills assessment criterion for certain onshore General Skilled Migration applicants

By |March 13th, 2010|

From 12 March 2010, all applicants applying for either a Skilled—Regional Sponsored (subclass 487) visa, Skilled—Independent (subclass 885) visa or Skilled—Sponsored (subclass 886) visa will be able to use an existing suitable skills assessment to lodge a valid visa application.

This will allow applicants nominating a trade occupation for the above visa subclasses to provide a skills assessment pre-dating 1 January 2010 and is in line with the minister’s announcement on 8 February 2010.

This change should alleviate the concerns of international students and stakeholders regarding the amendments introduced on 1 January 2010. These amendments required onshore General Skilled Migration applicants who nominated a trade occupation to provide a skills assessment dated on or after 1 January 2010 to make a valid application. […]

GSM Points Test Review Discussion Paper Released

By |February 16th, 2010|

As a result of the recent General Skilled Migration (GSM) changes we wrote about on the 8th of February, a review of the GSM Points Test is to be undertaken in the first half of 2010 and a discussion paper will be placed on the department’s website for public comment until 12 March 2010.

The discussion paper has now been published and an excerpt of the paper is provided below:

The review of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Points Test is part of a comprehensive reform of the skilled migration program. The Government has agreed on the following important principles which should underpin a new Points Test: […]

General Skilled Migration changes and their impact on international students

By |February 9th, 2010|

The Australian Minister for Immigration yesterday announced significant changes to the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program.

Changes include:

Cap and Cease of offshore GSM applications lodged before 1 September 2007
A new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) to come into effect in mid 2010
Abolition of the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL)
Revocation of Critical Skills List (CSL) from mid 2010
Changes to Processing Priorities and introduction of new State Sponsorship arrangements
Pre 1 Jan 2010 Trade Skills Assessments will be accepted by DIAC from 1st Quarter 2010

Many of these changes have transitional provisions to ensure that the impact on international students studying in Australia are minimised. […]

Changes to the General Skilled Migration Program Annouced

By |February 8th, 2010|

Today, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, announced a number of changes to the General Skilled Migration program.

 Let’s look at the key changes. We’ll cover these changes in more detail further on in this article.

Offshore General Skilled Migration Visa Applications made before the 1st September 2007 will be capped and then ceased.
The current Critical Skills List (CSL) will be revoked and will be replaced by a new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) effective from the middle of 2010.
The current Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) will be revoked and replaced with the same (and more targeted) Skilled Occupations List.
The General Skilled Migration (GSM) Points Test will be reviewed to evaluate the effectiveness of the current test.
New priority processing arrangements will be introduced for certain skilled migration visas.

Quite a lot to take in huh? We’ll try to break down the changes into a little more detail and as always, if you get stuck or have any further questions then feel free to pop into our forums. […]

Skilled Independent Migration Visa

By |February 2nd, 2010|

Processing migration visa applications for migrants moving to Australia. Skilled Independent Migration Visa is one of the categories within the General Skilled Migration or Skilled Visa group which can be applied for both on-shore or from within Australia or off-shore or applicant is not in Australia. The General Skilled Migration caters to those who are not sponsored by an employer and the applicant applies on the strength of his own qualification in this type of visa.

Australia Working Holiday Subclass 417 Visas

By |January 18th, 2010|

This article sets out in simple terms the main Australian visas that are available to a working holiday traveller in Australia. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list but a useful summary giving guidance on some key visa options.

Job Ready Program for International Students – An Overview

By |January 18th, 2010|

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has now released details of the Job Ready Program.

The Job Ready Program will affect international students completing trade qualifications (eg cookery, hairdressing) in Australia and who wish to apply for General Skilled Migration.

The Job Ready Program will be a 4-step process, and the total cost will be about $4,500. 

Provisional Skills Assessment
Job Ready Employment
Job Ready Workplace Assessment
Job Ready Final Assessment

Within this article we will cover the four step process in a little more detail and will try to summarise the effect of the change on your own visa application. […]

Onshore Applicants Nominating a Trade must be Job Ready from January

By |December 31st, 2009|

From the 1st of January, as part of the skills assessment process for certain onshore GSM applicants who nominate a trade occupation, applicants will be required to demonstrate that they are ‘job ready’.

This new requirement will be assessed through the Job Ready Program (previously referred to as the Job Ready Test). The Job Ready Program has been developed by the relevant assessing authority, Trades Recognition Australia (TRA), in consultation with industry and unions and will include a workplace assessment by a TRA approved assessor.

The new job ready requirement will ensure that people who wish to migrate to Australia as skilled migrants in trade occupations are able to participate in the labour market in the area of their skills and knowledge. […]