The 9 Ways to Emigrate to Australia

By |October 28th, 2015|

Ever wondered how to go about emigrating to Australia and go about getting an Australian visa? Wondering what the various options were and how to go about the different schemes without too much red tape or expense? There are lots of ways to emigrate to Australia. This article spells it out in 9 easy stages. […]

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. […]

Australia to Merge with New Zealand

By |March 17th, 2010|

Despite a flurry of news reports suggesting Australia and New Zealand may consider a merger, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has dismissed the idea saying is not the answer to New Zealand’s problems. Former Commonwealth Secretary-General and New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Don McKinnon disagrees and believes a merger with Australia is inevitable and driven by people, rather than politically motivated. “It’s a debate that’s going to go on, but no political leader in New Zealand is going to win an election advocating this issue,” he said. […]

Should You Emigrate to Australia? – A Personal View

By |January 29th, 2010|

There are plenty of people wondering whether to emigrate to Australia. The lure of a new life with higher living standards and better prospects for your children has always been a big draw for new migrants. But as someone who decided successfully to emigrate to Australia from the UK, what really motivated me was to hear the stories of those who had gone before me.

Australian employment boost creates new sense of economic security

By |August 8th, 2009|

Australian employers unexpectedly added 32,200 workers in July, bucking expectations that the jobless rate would continue to rise. In positive news for both Australian residents and skilled workers looking to emigrate to Australia, the country’s unemployment rate remained at 5.8 per cent for July, despite economists predicting that the seasonally adjusted rate would reach at least 6 per cent. Part-time employment increased 48,200 to 3.203 million, while full-time jobs dropped by 16,000 to 7.590 million, apparently a reflection of employers cutting hours rather than positions. […]

Australian Immigration – Not much happening

By |July 17th, 2009|

Hey all. Not much to write about in the world of Australian immigration so I thought I’d write a little entry just to say hi. I have a number of Google news alerts set up under various Australian Immigration categories on the basis that if anything happens then I’ll get to know about it quite quickly. Having said that, there doesn’t appear to be much of interest  happening right now.   If you’re trying to enter Australia illegally then there are plenty of stories in the news about how NOT to do it. Boat people (i.e. Folks trying to migrate illegally to  Australia on small boats) seem to be making headlines over here in Australia on almost a daily basis. It seems the Aussie immigration folks are paying very close attention to Australian shores after a number of high profile incidents where boat after boat full of illegal immigrants were  turning up on Aussie soil, apparently unchallenged! […]

Skilled Migration – Dispelling the Myths

By |June 12th, 2009|

Alan Collett at Go Matilda often writes a good article and his more recent article;   ‘skilled migration, dispelling the myths’ is no exception. Within the article, Alan talks about some of the misconceptions now held by people looking to make the move down under following the announced changes to the skilled migration program made towards the end of last year. In no particular order, here are some of the comments heard in recent months: Australia has stopped accepting skilled migrants Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Australia’s skilled migration program (the amount of visas the Immigration Minister requires his Department to grant annually) is the highest on record this year, with a planned 115,000 skilled visas to be granted in the year to 30th of June, 2009. […]

Migration Agents – Migrant numbers need to increase to support infrastructure projects

By |June 10th, 2009|

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has warned the government that work on infrastructure projects will be difficult to accomplish following the decision to put restrictions on the skilled migration program. While the MIA welcomed the Australian immigration ministers decision to increase the number of humanitarian and family reunion Australian visas for the 2009/10 Migration Program, they were less than impressed with the decision to remove a number of trade-level occupations from the skilled occupation list. “The MIA awaits with great interest to see how the Government proposes to administer the new job-readiness criteria for trade occupations. It’s hard to imagine a one-size-fits-all assessment system of employability,” said Maurene Horder, CEO of the Migration Institute of Australia. […]

Beginning a life in Australia booklets now available

By |May 12th, 2009|

The Australian Immigration Authority has recently published the latest edition of their booklet titled “Beginning a life in Australia”. The booklets welcome newly-arrived migrants to Australia and provide useful national, state/territory and local settlement information. This information is available to download in PDF format and is provided in English and 37 community languages for each state and territory. The document is broken down into 14 sections and covers approx 60 Pages […]

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 visabureau.com 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. […]