Short Term 456 Business Visa Numbers Increase

By |February 20th, 2012|

Australian visa applications for short-term business trips increased to over 120,000 applications in the last quarter of 2011, recent figures show. An Australian visa in the 456 subclass, also known as the short term business visa, allows the holder to stay in Australia for three months and carry out a range of tasks such as attending conferences, delivering presentations and investigate business prospects. Australian immigration figures showed an 11.4% increase in applications between September and December 2011, meaning that applications for 456 visas now account for 14% of all visa applications. […]

Australian Visa Free Online Assessment Tool

By |January 16th, 2012|

Hi Guys, I’ve been meaning to make this service available for a while but it’s taken me a little time to identify an appropriate Australian Immigration Company with whom we could partner with to offer this serice. I’m pleased to confirm that we have chosen to partner with National Visa’s and in conjunction with National Visa’s we are now able to offer all Getting Down Under visitors a FREE Austraian Visa assessment tool to see if you’d qualify for a visa to move down under.  The FREE Australian Visa online assessment tool is designed to instantly determine if you may be eligible to apply for a visa to Australia. […]

Australian Student Visa Applicants Continue to Fall

By |December 5th, 2010|

The number of new international students coming to Australia is continuing to drop by more than 32,000 students, or 9.5 per cent, as of the end of October. Government agency Australian Education International, has reported the number of total enrolments in Australia are down 1.4 per cent at 599,795 students. The figures come as the Australian government continues to be lobbied by the international education sector to ease the tight Australian Student Visa restrictions that are discouraging applications. […]

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.” […]

IT Recruiters Push For Australian Visa Flexibility To Avoid Skills Shortage

By |April 15th, 2010|

A skills shortage in the IT sector should be eased by facilitating overseas professions to emigrate to Australia, leading recruiters say. Skills shortages and the need for more skilled workers to fill IT jobs could delay major projects such as the national broadband network, and the restriction on the number of skilled IT workers from overseas should be reviewed, recruiters say. Australia’s largest IT and technology recruiter, Peoplebank, last year signed an agreement with the federal government that allows them to recruit 150 to 200 overseas nationals annually, and has increased its intake of overseas IT professionals by about 20-30 per cent in the past six months. Peoplebank acting chief executive Jeff Knowles said the company will ask for a further increase on that number, and predicts a skills shortage by the middle of this year in NSW, Victoria and Canberra if more workers cannot be found. […]

Australian skilled migrants are highly paid professionals

By |February 22nd, 2010|

Almost 90 per cent of temporary skilled migrants who were granted Subclass 457 visas in 2009-10 to date are managers and professional workers, new figures show. The average total salary package for all new Australian temporary skilled migrant workers is almost $100,000 – an increase of $10,000 on the same time last year. The highest paid workers on a Subclass 457 Australia visa were in the mining industry, with an average total remuneration of $169,000, followed by the financial and insurance services sector at $127,600. Temporary skilled overseas workers in Western Australia were the highest paid with an average total remuneration of $114 800, followed by New South Wales ($101,100), Queensland ($97,900), Victoria ($94,200), Tasmania ($94,100), Northern Territory ($85,500), ACT ($83,600) and South Australia ($81,700). […]

Australian ETA – Your Key to the Land Down Under

By |January 17th, 2010|

An Australian holiday would not even start unless an individual has secured an Australian visa. If they have not yet gotten an Australian visa, it is best to process it first before planning their fabulous Australia holiday. There are varying requirements for different types of visa and it would be better to analyze which type of visa is needed for a trip to Australia.

Onshore Applicants Nominating a Trade must be Job Ready from January

By |December 31st, 2009|

From the 1st of January, as part of the skills assessment process for certain onshore GSM applicants who nominate a trade occupation, applicants will be required to demonstrate that they are ‘job ready’. This new requirement will be assessed through the Job Ready Program (previously referred to as the Job Ready Test). The Job Ready Program has been developed by the relevant assessing authority, Trades Recognition Australia (TRA), in consultation with industry and unions and will include a workplace assessment by a TRA approved assessor. The new job ready requirement will ensure that people who wish to migrate to Australia as skilled migrants in trade occupations are able to participate in the labour market in the area of their skills and knowledge. […]

Completed Skills Assessment Required Prior to Applying For Aussie Visas

By |December 30th, 2009|

Prior to the 1st of January 2010, applicants applying for permanent migration based on one of the onshore General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa subclasses were required, at time of application, to provide evidence that they had applied for a skills assessment by the relevant assessing authority. At time of decision, a suitable skills assessment was required. From the 1st of January 2010, applicants applying for either the Skilled – Independent (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 885), Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 886) or the Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 487) will be required to have obtained a suitable skills assessment prior to applying for migration in order for the application to be valid and assessed for a decision. […]

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! […]