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 […]

Australian Student Visas will not be capped

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

General Skilled Migration changes and their impact on international students

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 […]

Skilled Independent Migration Visa

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.