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Skilled Migrants Will Need To Seek Permission Before lodging Application

Skilled Migrants Will Need To Seek Permission Before lodging ApplicationA radical new item of Australian visa legislation has been announced, with independent skilled migrants set to have to ask permission before lodging their application as of July, 2012.

From July 2012, any skilled migrants applying for an Australian visa will have to lodge an online expression of interest and wait to receive an invitation before they can make a formal application.

The release on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website has the following information about the new system (titled the Skilled Migrant Selection Model):

“The Australian Government has decided on a major reform in the way Australia selects skilled migrants, the Skilled Migrant Selection Model (the Model). The Model will build upon and draw together the suite of reforms to the skilled migration program over the past three years. In doing so it will deliver the skills Australia needs by matching the best and brightest migrants to the available places in the migration program.

The Model will be an electronic system based upon a two-stage process. Prospective applicants first submit claims for skilled migration through an online EOI and subsequently may be invited to make a visa application. This is a significant change from the current situation, as applicants for independent or state/territory sponsored migration will be required to receive an invitation in order to lodge a visa application.

Once invited, the Model will ensure a match between the number of applicants and the number of available program places. This will result in streamlined processing times.”

Seems crazy if you ask me.  What do you guys think? :)

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.
Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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  1. Hundreds of thousands of intending skilled immigrants are victimized annually by predator countries into making applications and pay exorbitant fees. Upon conveying interest to migrate, victims are made to undertake skills and educational assessments aside from undergoing a mandatory English language test where failure rates are extremely high. Victims later find out that massive roadblocks were put into place by the said predator countries in order to make sure that the victims never really get into their countries.

    Predator countries make it appear that they are suffering from skills shortages in many professions but one will notice that despite the many years of shortages, and hundreds of thousands of overseas applicants willing to fill the shortage, predator countries still claim that they “suffer” from alleged skills shortages.

  2. It should not surprise us, this is the ending which all the changes are pointing to: full control of who is granted an Oz visa.

    It’s frustrating for all those who are caught at half-way in the process, or for those who have decided to make “the leap of faith” to Oz…

    On the other side, I’m sure that it will work faster to get there, because this is what they intend, to achive a better coverage of skill-shortage in the near future.

    To close up, I support this change, it will be better, I’m sure.

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