American Workers Australian Visa Applications Fast Tracked

By |April 3rd, 2012|

Australian visa applications for American workers will be processed before arriving in the country in order to relieve Australia’s growing labour shortage.

The booming mining and construction industries may have saved Australia from recession but the industries’ continuing growth has resulted in a widening skills gap which the country is struggling to fill. In order to address this gap, the government has announced plans to ease Australian visa restrictions for Australia plumbers, electricians and construction workers wanting to take advantage of employment opportunities in the Outback.

Under current Australian immigration legislation, American workers must have their skills assessed onshore, meaning many workers arrive in the country not knowing whether they will qualify for work in the country. The skills assessment can often take months with no certainty, resulting in a gamble many Americans judge to be too risky. […]

Indian Student Visa Applications On The Rise

By |March 7th, 2012|

The number of Australian visa applications from Indian students has more than doubled in the last 12 months, according to recent figures, prompting some to claim that Australia is regaining its appeal as a great country to study in.

The Australian High Commission in India reported that the number of Indian students applying for an Australian visa had increased by more than 100% in the last six months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

“During the six month period from 1, July, 2011 to 31, December, 2011, a total of 5,342 student visa applications were lodged offshore by Indian nationals,” said Shekhar Namian, a spokesperson for New Delhi’s Australian High Commission. […]

Changes To Australian Working Holiday Visa Would Boost Economy

By |February 17th, 2012|

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has claimed that relaxing application and extension restrictions on the Working Holiday Visa would provide an extra AU$700 million (£476 million) to the Australian economy.

Currently, the Australian Working Holiday Visa (WHV) programme allows holders to extend their visa for a second year if they complete 88 days in a regional industry such as agriculture, mining and construction.

However, ATEC Managing Director Felicia Mariani claims that of the 162,000 WHVs granted on average each year, just 22,000 choose to travel to regional areas to secure work in one of the eligible industries. […]

Australian Mining Boom Results In Spike In Greek Migrants

By |January 20th, 2012|

We’ve reported before that the Australian mining boom has been greak for UK workers. Now australia’s thriving economy, demand for skilled workers and relaxed working visa regulations has led to the most short term arrivals from Greece in a decade.

Greece’s slumping economy and growing unemployment rates have meant that thousands of its citizens are leaving the country in droves for work and a better standard of life. And with a mining industry fuelled by Chinese demand, Australian visas are quickly becoming extremely popular in Greece.

With over 1.5% of the entire Australian population being of Greek origin, Australia has been home to one of the largest Greek communities outside of Greece since World War II. […]

New Zealanders Facing Tough Times In Australia

By |January 6th, 2012|

While the number of Kiwis being tempted across the Tasman Sea to Australia reaches new highs, charities in Australia have warned that New Zealanders may not be aware of the risks.

Australian charities are urging prospective New Zealand travelers to find work before arriving.

The high salaries and lucrative positions available in the mining and agriculture industries have meant that more and more Kiwis are making the move to Australia, yet many have fallen on tough times.

Recent research has shown that for the first time in history, over 50,000 New Zealanders made the move to Australia in the year ending November 2011, with less than 15,000 NZ citizens making the journey the other way. […]

Professional Year Visa Program To Be Reviewed

By |December 12th, 2011|

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced a review of the Professional Year Visa Program to start in early 2012.

The Professional Year program which has been in place since 2008 is a structured development program, available to former overseas students who have graduated as Engineers, Accountants and IT Professionals.

The Professional Year program is offered by providers approved by professional bodies and includes workshops, skills training and a professional placement. […]

Australian Work And Holiday Agreement With Bangladesh

By |January 5th, 2011|

Young people from Australia and Bangladesh will now be able to travel to each other’s countries through a work and holiday arrangement.

The Australia work and holiday visa program is now open, the Australia immigration department said.

University-educated Australian and Bangladesh travellers who are aged between 18 and 30 will now be able to work and holiday in the other country for up to 12 months.

The work and holiday visa differs from an Australian Working Holiday Visa as it requires applicants to have the support of their government, have or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to speak functional English. […]

How much does it cost to use a Migration Agent?

By |January 5th, 2011|

Going it alone or choosing to use a Migration Agent is often one of the first questions people ask themselves when looking to migrate to Australia.

One of the benefits of doing everything yourselves is the costs, however for some, getting an Australian Immigration Agent to do the leg work for you is the preferred, although slightly more costly option. […]

Western Australia Announces State Migration List

By |December 13th, 2010|

The Western Australian Government have announced their State Migration Plan (SMP) this week with jobs to support the booming mining sector high on the list of jobs in demand.

More immigration is needed by Australia’s mining industry due to a lack of skilled workers in Australia. It is very important for the industry to have more skilled immigration, since these migrants will support the planned $140 billion in mining-related projects located mostly in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The list comprises of some 124 occupations, two of which, Accounting and Cook, have already closed. […]

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.” […]

TRA Job Ready Program – Further Details Released

By |February 5th, 2010|

Further information on the requirements for the TRA job ready program has become available. The job ready program applies to people living in Australia who wish to apply for skills assessment in a trade occupation.
Stage 1: Provisional Skills Assessment
The provisional skills assessment requires applicants to show 6 months of work experience, 6 minimum in IELTS and an Australian Certificate III qualification.The following clarifications have been made by TRA:

You must have worked for the equivalent of 2 days per week over a 6-month period.
Work can be counted if it is part of the course – for example an industry placement – providing it is in a commercial environment rather than work on the premises of an educational institution.
Overseas work experience cannot count – the work must be in an Australian workplace […]

Work Travel Australia – Working Holiday Visa

By |January 22nd, 2010|

Desperate to travel to the Land Down Under and be allowed to work while you're there? You can, with the Working Holiday visa. The good news is that you can easily get your own. The bad news? You'll need to know many things about your work travel Australia visa before securing it, from how much it costs to who it's for. This article covers the basics of work travel Australia 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.

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.

Australian 457 Visa Holders to get a better deal

By |September 7th, 2009|

Australian businesses that want to bring in skilled workers on what are known locally as ‘457 visas’ will have to be prepared to pay them market wages from next week.

The Immigration Minister, Chris Evans, has announced details of the changes to the temporary visa program which are designed to end the potential for workers to be exploit.

“The payment of market salary rates will ensure that overseas workers are not used as a cheap form or labour or used to undercut Australian wages and conditions.” senator Evans said.

Previously migrant workers have been paid as little as $45,000 AUD per year with some companies often choosing cheaper migrant workers over local ones.

The new legislation would protect local workers and also ensure that people immigrating to Australia in search of work would receive a fair deal. […]

Studying your way to a Permanent Australian Visa

By |April 9th, 2009|

Emigrating to Australia has always been a pretty hard thing to do. Unfortunately for many, the recent economic climate has made these challenges even greater.

All is not lost though as there are still other options available. One such option being the Australian Student visa. The folks at the have written a good article about the merits of emigrating to Australia utilising one of the Student pathways

To obtain a permanent Australian visa under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, it requires skills in a particular occupation and applicants must also meet basic criteria relating to age, English language ability and work experience (at least 12 months of skilled work experience in the previous two-year period).

However, overseas student graduates who have completed at least two academic years of study in Australia are an exception to this work experience requirement for permanent Australian visa applications. So, for many people who do not qualify for a permanent Australian visa under the GSM program, due to lack of recognised skills and/or lack of recent skilled work experience, studying in Australia becomes the quickest avenue to obtain a permanent Australian visa.

For example, the Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) assesses the skills of cooks for migration purposes and to recognise an overseas-trained cook, a minimum four to five year period is required by the TRA. A further 12 months of skilled experience is then also required, taking the permanent Australian visa plan for cooks up to five to six years. […]