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Australian Skills Assessments – Do you have what it takes?

By |February 27th, 2013|

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 the Australian labour market. The Continuous Survey of Australia’s Migrants shows that more than 90 per cent of offshore skilled migrants who migrate with a satisfactory skills assessment are in skilled employment within six months of arriving in Australia.

If you want to apply for an Australian points tested skilled migration visa, you will need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect and be invited to apply for a visa. […]

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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Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Program Changes Announced

By |March 14th, 2012|

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 to those who will make the
greatest contribution to Australia.The key changesIn 2011, a comprehensive review of the permanent employer-sponsored visa program including public consultation was conducted. The key reforms that evolved from the review include: […]

Schedule 3 of the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) Changed

By |July 1st, 2011|

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 machinists and pharmacists, .

The real benefit of these occupations being added to Schedule 3 is that it now opens up the possibility of applicants in these occupations qualifying for the Skilled – Independent (subclass 175) visa. […]

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 South Wales releases State Migration Plan

By |March 13th, 2011|

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. […]

IELTS Stronghold on English Exams May Be Under Threat

By |June 18th, 2010|

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 to light following a quote from an immigration and citizenship department spokesman which said that the minister in charge, Chris Evans, had written to ETS, the US company that produces Toefl, and other test providers to tell them of “his in-principal support for the acceptance of more than one English language test under the migration regulations”. […]

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: […]

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. […]

New Skilled Occupation List April 2010

By |March 13th, 2010|

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 […]

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.

Skilled Migration Australia Visa – The Facts

By |January 20th, 2010|

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.