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Australia’s 2013-14 Migration Program Numbers Released

By |May 20th, 2013|

Australia’s 2013-14 migration program will be maintained at 190 000 places in 2013-14

Broken down, the numbers provides 128 550 places for skilled migrants, 60 885 places for family migration and 565 places for migration under special eligibility.

The government has made a small shift of 700 places – from the skill stream to the family stream – in response to the continuing high levels of demand for family stream places from Australians, particularly in the partner category.
‘Skilled migration continues to make up more than two-thirds of the program because of its obvious benefits to our economy and society,’ Minister for Australia Immigration, Brendon O’Connor said. ‘Targeted skilled migration enables Australia’s economy to grow by addressing skills gaps and bottlenecks.

‘It is important that our skilled migration program is driven by genuine skills needs. Under the Gillard Government, skilled migration to Australia will continue to be carefully targeted to ensure skilled migrants complement but do not replace the domestic labour force.’ […]

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. […]

Migration Numbers Increased To Fill Skill Gaps

By |May 9th, 2012|

Good news for those of you looking to migrate to Australia under the 2012 – 2013 Migration Program. The Federal Government announced yesterday a targeted increase for the the 2012–13 migration program, providing additional places to help fill skills shortages in parts of the Australian economy.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP said the planned migration program in the 2012–13 Budget would provide support to the growth regions and sectors of Australia’s economy struggling to meet acute skills shortages.

‘The measured increase of 5000 places—from 185 000 to 190 000—comes in the context of significant skills gaps in both the short and medium term in certain sectors of our patchwork economy,’ Mr Bowen said. […]

Three New Point Tested Skilled Migration Visa From July

By |May 2nd, 2012|

As our regular readers will know, reforms to Australia’s skilled migration program take effect on 1 July 2012.

Included in these reforms are changes to points tested skilled migration visas for migrants who wish to live and work in Australia without employer sponsorship.

Simplifying eligibility requirements, the changes include the introduction of three new points tested skilled migration visas:

Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa
Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa
Skilled Regional Sponsored (subclass 489) (provisional) visa.

The distinction between onshore and offshore points tested visas and some threshold requirements will be removed – with more importance being placed on the points test to find the best suited independent skilled migrants. […]

Australian Students Visa Applicants Who Held a Student Visa on 8 February 2010

By |April 12th, 2012|

A new web page  is available on the Australian Immigration Website for current and former Student visa holders who held a Student visa when the Australian Government announced the skilled migration reforms (8 February 2010).

Increasingly in the years leading up to the reforms, the composition of the skilled migration program was being determined by those who wished to apply, rather than by labour market demand. A series of reforms were necessary to reposition the program as demand driven and able to respond better to Australia’s skilled labour needs.

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Skillselect – Skilled Migrant Selection Register to Go Live 1st July 2012

By |December 22nd, 2011|

On 10 May 2011 the Australian government announced the decision to implement a new way to manage Skilled Migration based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequent invitation to apply. The new program is called SkillSelect and will be introduced on 1 July 2012.

The changes to their skilled migration program are quite significant so If you wish to come under the current skilled immigration programme you should apply for a skills assessment as soon as possible. […]

Skilled Migrants Will Need To Seek Permission Before lodging Application

By |May 30th, 2011|

A radical new item of Australian visa legislation has been announced, with independent skilled migrants set to have to ask permission before lodging their application as of July, 2012.

From July 2012, any skilled migrants applying for an Australian visa will have to lodge an online expression of interest and wait to receive an invitation before they can make a formal application.

The release on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website has the following information about the new system (titled the Skilled Migrant Selection Model): […]

New Visa Eligibility Criteria for Skilled Migrants On The Way

By |November 12th, 2010|

Applicants for an Australian visa will soon face a range of new eligibility criteria, it was revealed yesterday.

From July 2011, wannabe Australian migrants applying under any of the skilled visa streams will have to pass a new points-based test designed to target migrants more closely suited to Australia’s needs.

According to Australia’s immigration department, the changes will “focus on better English language skills, more extensive skilled work experience, higher level qualifications obtained in Australia and overseas and different age ranges.” […]

State Migration Plans – An Overview

By |November 6th, 2010|

As you may have noticed, State Migration Plans are being introduced for each Australia state and territory over the coming months in 2010.

We’ve already seen an interim list from South Australia and finalised State migration plans from Victoria, however, more are on their way.

On 8 February 2010 the Australian Government announced a series of reforms to the skilled migration program. One of the reforms announced was the development of State Migration Plans.

The Plans will provide state and territory governments with flexibility within the Migration Program to address specific skill shortages and local labour market needs as each agreement will be tailored to the individual requirements of each jurisdiction. […]

Migration Institute of Australia – Politicians must focus on Skilled Migration

By |August 6th, 2010|

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 public.

The true migration issues that need to be dealt with are skills shortages and Australia’s reputation, but the Government and the Opposition are locked in an “absurd and short-sighted” contest about boat asylum seekers and who can have the smallest migration program, MIA CEO Maurene Horder said. […]

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.” […]

All Not Lost For Chefs and Cooks Following Changes to Skilled Occupation List

By |May 21st, 2010|

Highly qualified chefs and cooks will continue to be welcome in Australia, despite the removal of these occupations from the new Skilled Occupations List, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said yesterday.

The Minister said the removal of these occupations from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) would not hinder the industry’s ability to target the skilled workers it needs, as employers can nominate chefs and cooks on 457 visas, employer-sponsored visas and the new state migration plans.

Chefs and cooks were just two occupations removed from the recently announced SOL, which dropped from 400 occupations to only 181 as part of Australian immigration reform to target specific workers needed by the economy. […]

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: […]

Migration Places To Be Cut – Did I Say That?

By |April 8th, 2010|

It’s not a rare occurrence when a politician needs to backtrack and opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison appears to be doing just that.

Following our article yesterday where we highlighted a potential risk of migration places being cut If the coalition got into power, in today’s news, Morrison says his comments about cutting the country’s migrant intake to curb population growth do not reflect official Coalition policy!

His comments come amid reports that some of his colleagues are angry that his earlier call to reduce migration was made before any discussion with the party room.

Yesterday there were also confusing signals from the Coalition about where it would want to see cuts made.

Business Council of Australia spokesman Graham Bradley has told Radio National the skilled migration program should not be cut. […]