More choice in English language testing

By |June 3rd, 2014|IELTS & TOEFL Tests, Immigration News|

Applicants for a number of visas are being given more choice in English language testing. From November this year, people [...]

IELTS Stronghold on English Exams May Be Under Threat

By |June 18th, 2010|Immigration News|

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”. […]

New Priority Processing For Certain Skilled Migration Visas

By |September 28th, 2009|Featured, Visas|

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has set new priority processing arrangements for certain Skilled Migration visas. These arrangements are designed to better address the needs of industry by targeting skills in critical need across a number of sectors. The current priority processing Direction commenced on 23 September 2009. The Direction applies to applications in the pipeline that have not been finalised, and to applications lodged with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, on or after 23 September 2009. To assist the visitors to our site, we have included the Frequently Asked Questions from the Department Website below. To discuss these latest changes then post a comment at the bottom of this post or visit the thread in our forums which you can find by clicking here. […]

More migration scams making headlines

By |July 27th, 2009|Visas|

So I’ve just been reading a story on the ABC website about a young Indian reporter who was attacked after going undercover to reveal migration and education scams The woman, who was reporting under cover for Australia’s ‘Four Corners’ program at the time, was subjected to threats during the making of the program and was attacked over the weekend. Police have been notified. Whilst filming for the program, the reporter went to two different migration agents posing as someone wanting to pass an English Language Test (IELTS) without having the skills. To assist here in her attempts to pass the exam she said she was willing to buy a fake work certificate. She was able to do both if she paid between $3,000 and $5,000. Some Indian students, principally in Melbourne and Sydney, have been subjected to violent attacks which have tainted Australia’s reputation as an education provider. The actions of those responsible could never be justified but having said that, something positive may well come out of this after all. […]

English language Threshold Increased for International Students

By |July 23rd, 2009|IELTS & TOEFL Tests|

Thousands of students enrolled in vocational courses like cookery and hairdressing, which till now allowed a “fast track” to permanent residency, will have to sit for a test requiring “competent” English language skills while applying to live and work in Australia. “Trades people applying to live and work in Australia permanently from the first of July will require increased English language skills,” according to new immigration policy changes issued by the Australian Immigration Department. The change will mean that people applying for the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas overseas will have to pass a test showing they have competent English. In the past, the pass mark was based on vocational English, a lower standard. […]

Less than one month until changes to Australian skilled migration implemented

By |June 4th, 2009|Visas|

There is less than one month to go before the changes to the Australian skilled migration will come into effect, as outlined in last month’s release of the 2009-10 Budget. As of the 1 July, the Australian skilled migration program will be downsized again, so that only 108,100 skilled visas are available for people emigrating to Australia. Further, as of this date, the Government will raise the English language requirements for trades occupations in the independent skilled migration pathway so that overseas workers in trade positions are better prepared for working in the Australian workforce. The Government has made it harder for people emigrating to Australia through the Australian skilled migration program during the recession so that those skilled workers emigrating to Australia support economic growth rather than unnecessarily add to employment competition. Not only has the Government been gradually downsizing the skilled migration program, but it has also implemented a priority processing order for all Australian skilled visas so that the program can target the skills it needs. […]

IELTS Preparation Video – Useful Stuff

By |April 20th, 2008|Doing it, IELTS & TOEFL Tests, Top Tips, Videos, Visas|

Not so long ago I wrote a post which gave an overview of the IELTS Exam. IELTS or the International [...]

Australia’s new language requirements – An easy ride for Brits?

By |January 6th, 2008|Emigrate to Australia, IELTS & TOEFL Tests, Visas|

During the run up to the recent changes which were made to the Australian Skilled Migration system, it seems that some of the stories circulating in the media were a little misleading. We’ve already written about the International English Language Testing System IELTS and the points you get for speaking and writing English at a high level. We’ve also written about the fact that the English Language Threshold had been raised making it harder for those who don’t hold English as a first language to gain the necessary points. However, does this mean (as announced in some media outlets) that the the English language requirements for English speaking applicants have been ‘relaxed’, therefore making it easier for Brits to score more points towards their application? […]

Migration Agents – Taking the rough with the smooth?

By |October 23rd, 2007|Blog, Emigrate to Australia|

I read an interesting transcript from a speech made by a chap called Andrew Metcalf. Andrew Metcalf is the Secretary for the department of Immigration and Citizenship and he made his speech during an address at the Migration Institute of Australia 2007 conference last Friday. The national conference, held on the 19th of October brought together Migration agents from both inside and outside of Australia. His speech highlights a number of concerns which everyone looking to utilise the services of a registered migration agent should be aware of whilst doing their homework. I don’t want to make anyone paranoid when it comes to choosing an agent but being honest some of his comments left me feeling pretty perplexed by some of the going-ons’ within the industry. […]

Changes to the general skilled migration program effective today

By |September 1st, 2007|Blog, Visas|

Well, its the first of September and the changes to the General Skilled Migration Program become effective today. (Note: applications lodged on or before 31 August 2007 will not be affected by these changes). It looks like the IELTS test is going to make or break some Australian Visa Applications from now on and I wonder how this will impact the numbers of migrants coming in from Non English Speaking countries. My personal opinion is that it’s pretty damn important that anyone coming into Australia is able to speak a reasonable level of English. I’ve already struggled trying to get to destinations when travelling to other cities with work. […]