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. […]

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. […]