Australia is the only country in the world that has a pre-migration skills assessment scheme with the aim being to help you find out if you have the necessary skills and qualifications to work in your nominated occupation once you arrive in Australia. The skills assessment scheme has achieved encouraging results for skilled migrants in […]
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 […]
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 […]
Australian Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen has announced significant changes to simplify the process for the permanent employer-sponsored visa program with the changes to be introduced on 1 July 2012. The reforms will improve the program’s ability to: meet Australia’s economic needs respond quickly to labour market demand ensure that limited program places go […]
As part of the recent changes to the New Australian Skilled Migration Points Test, Schedule 3 of the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been changed, with a number of key occupations added You can find a PDF for the full list of Skilled Occupation List (SOL) changes here. However, the key occupations added are fitters, metal […]
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. […]
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The NSW Government has announced that the NSW State Migration Plan has been approved and is in effect from 3 March 2011. As a result of the State Migration Plan a number of occupations have been added to the state list.
Quite an interesting read for those of you who need to take the well know IELTS exam as part of your Australian Immigration application process. According to an article posted on the Guardians website, the Australian government is seriously considering rival exams such as the ‘Toefl‘ examination as an alternative to IELTS. The news came […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
Jason Cameron, one of the Registered Migration Agents who regularly contributes in our forums recently posted a link to the new Skills Occupation List stating : Anyone interested in future skilled occupation list mid this year can gain some insight into the occupations that Skills Australia are proposing/considering. You can find the draft list on […]
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.
One of the most critical questions for all potential migrants is to decide what class of visa to apply for. The skilled migration Australia visa is one of the most popular, but is it right for most people? Let's take a look at some of the different types of visa available.