Australians Fear Negative Effect Of Immigration

Author: Beau Cole

When it comes to Australia, migration seekers often think of the place as one vast area where they can easily move into. However, some experts say that while the country is indeed big (it is one continent after all), it can, in fact, carry only so many people. And it seems that Australians themselves are saying that there is no more room left in the country.

This would seem to be the case if one looks into the latest survey conducted to get Australians' opinions on various immigration issues. According to the survey conducted by AustraliaScan, an independent survey firm, a large percentage of the 2000 people they surveyed actually agreed that its about time to limit migration into the country. The firm noted that the response was almost as high as the anti-immigration sentiments of the late 90's

However, experts said that these new anti immigration sentiments are actually far different from those sentiments in the past. One thing of note is that the earlier sentiments were mainly characterized by racist tones mainly fanned by the popularity of radical politician Pauline Hanson. On the other hand, experts say that, far from those radical perceptions, the current attitude of Australians with regards to migration definitely has a basis

So, are Australians correct in thinking that there is no more room left for people who want to move into the country? To answer that, it would be a good idea to look into the reasons put forward by those who have responded to the question. One of these is that there are only so much to support the country's population sustainably.

The truth of the matter is, while the country is indeed very large, it only has a limited amount of resources. As the country's population grows larger, these resources in turn get used much quicker. And with the rate at which Australia's population is growing (immigration being one of the leading causes of the increase), it is likely that these resources will get used up much sooner than expected.

And it still doesn't end there. Another threat that a growing population brings forth is pollution. Australians fear that with the increase in people in the country, pollution will also go up much faster. This will be detrimental, not only to the population's health but also to the fragile environment of the continent as well. This will also hasten the land into becoming unlivable.

Another thing that many Australians are considering with regards to the matter of limiting immigration numbers is security. As it turns out, global terrorism is still much of a threat that the country needs to deal with. And along with this, there are still other threats that needs to be dealt with, such as international crime. Thus, many people see immigration cuts as a way in combating these.

Despite these valid points, it is unlikely that the immigration question will be settled soon, what with all the other things that needs to be considered. And for the meantime, Australians cross their fingers and hope that the country can still support its people a little bit longer.

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Achieving Immigration Success With The Help Of An Immigration Agent

Author: Sunil Gupta

When a person is seeking to start the immigration process into a new nation like Australia, there are many steps they take to help their efforts. They seek online sources of information to start learning about the various laws that influence immigration. They might order books specific in the various visas which can be issued to people looking for immigration access to the country. They may even contact the Australian government in order to access the migration department particularly in order to discover the most they can before starting the application process. The issue these people will face is that several of the government specialists they are seeking help from do not have the time for personal consultation when having to deal with the thousands seeking entry into the nation.

When you require aid in completing the migration procedure, no source is more valuable to access than the services of an Immigration Agent. With an Immigration Agent you'll find a professional individual who specializes in the field of migration and is looking to provide you with the one-on-one personal service so many individuals desire. When you make use of the experience of an Immigration Agent the first benefit you get is access to the amazing amount of knowledge they possess. Australia has close to one hundred and forty different immigration visas available for individuals to apply to. Each one of these visas has different requirements to qualify an individual together with different laws for them to follow. An Immigration agent is an invaluable tool to help you in filtering through all of these visas and discovering the best one to fit your specific condition.

Once you have acquired the knowledge you need by using the Immigration Agent, the next step is found with the immigration application procedure.

The immigration procedure gets no easier with the application as this is the main document that would dictate if you originally qualify for the visa you're applying to. When you gain access to the expertise of an Immigration Agent you would discover a person that can offer you with the greatest opportunity to succeed in migration. These people are aware of the various red flags which are noticed by the immigration department that quickly puts a denial on your application. Many people innocently make these red flag mistakes and are forced to begin the procedure over again with a red flag now attached to their name. An Immigration Agent can get your application processed rapidly and without the red flag warnings that cause you to fail in your immigration attempt.

The immigration procedure is bombarded by huge quantities of info, laws and restrictions which hinder the immigration efforts of the person.

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Deportation of Afghan Asylum Seekers from Australia

Author: Farhad Arian

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Source: South Asia Times

On Monday, 17 January 2011, the Australian Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen signed an agreement with the Afghan Refugee and Repatriation Minister, Jamaher Anwary, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Richard Towel. Signing this agreement is part of Australia's broader attempts for the intention of decreasing illegal immigrants to Australia. This agreement particularly provides the Australian government with an exceptional opportunity to successfully respond to the challenge of Afghan asylum seekers to further send those back home who fail to pass the refugee test.

Despite the promises given by the Australian government in terms of helping the Afghan government to improve passport system, funding a housing project outside Kabul, and providing skills training to Afghans, the government of Afghanistan, with signing this agreement, has ignored the fact that it is no longer capable of protecting Afghan returnees. However, neither the government of Australia nor the Afghan government has paid attention to this issue that the sustainable return of those Afghans not considered genuine refugees to Afghanistan is not a realistic approach to deal with the challenge of Afghan asylum seekers.

First of all, singing such an agreement, that allows for the forced return of those Afghans who do not pass the refugee test, is in contrary to the international human rights obligations of the Australian government. As a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention, Australia is obliged to ensure that people who meet the definition of refugee under the Convention are not sent back to a country where their life or freedom is threatened. As well, Australia has signed the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the 1984 Convention Against Torture (CAT), and the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), obliging Australia to not return people who face a real risk of violation of human rights even if they do not meet the definition of refugee under the 1951 Refugee Convention. As such, signing to further the implementation of this agreement indicates that the Australian government has neither paid attention to its international human rights obligations nor taken serious the life and freedom of the returned Afghan asylum seekers.

In addition to the failure of the Australian government in respecting its international human rights obligations, the government of Afghanistan, with signing such an agreement for returning Afghan asylum seekers, has entirely ignored the fact that the returnees neither in the southern and eastern regions of Afghanistan nor in other parts of the country are safe due to the Taliban-led insurgency. In particular, the government of Afghanistan has denied the fact that all people who leave Afghanistan and seek for overseas asylum are those who cannot return due to serious security concerns to further because of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, and political opinion. For example, Professor William Maley from the Australian National University and an expert on Afghanistan and immigration issues points out that the life and freedom of ethnic Hazaras are mostly at risk if they are forced to go back Afghanistan. Thus, regardless of incapability of protecting the returnees, the government of Afghanistan has signed the agreement with the Australian government, demonstrating the carelessness of the Afghan government in protecting the lives and freedoms of its citizens.

Furthermore, regardless of few achievements in improving human rights institutions in the post-2001 era, the Afghan government has failed to systematically protect human rights of the people of Afghanistan. In other words, in spite of signing the major international human rights treaties, the Afghan government has paid less attention in protecting human rights of its citizens. As such, the Afghan Immigration Minister has signed the agreement for returning Afghan asylum seekers with no intention of caring about the protection and improvement of the basic rights of the returnees.

Therefore, signing such an agreement is another step towards violating human rights of Afghan citizens rather than guaranteeing their rights and freedoms because the government of Afghanistan no longer believes in human rights. More specifically, signing such a deal obviously indicates that respect for human rights is not a policy-priority for the Afghan government; unless it did not agree with the Australian government for returning Afghan asylum seekers to a country where respect for the dignity and rights of the people is like a dream that have never come true.

Finally, there is no guarantee that the agreement on deportation of failed Afghan asylum seekers is based on reliable and balanced security assessments of the situation in Afghanistan. As Professor William Maley points out, the security expertise of Australian officials for the purpose of returning failed Afghan asylum seekers is partly doubtful. Likewise, Paul Power, the Chief Executive of the Refugee Council of Australia, points out that even if the returned asylum seekers in Afghanistan are not so much under the threats caused by the government, they will be facing serious threats from the people or groups who are not under the control of the government.

Meanwhile, The Afghan government has signed the agreement without undertaking any security expertise assessments; otherwise the deteriorated security situation in Afghanistan does not allow the Afghan government to agree with the Australian government for returning Afghan asylum seekers. As a result, this agreement is neither prepared based on reliable security assessments in Afghanistan nor pays attention to the security risks that might threaten the Afghan returnees.

To conclude, the 17 January agreement on returning Afghan asylum seekers between the Australian Immigration Minister and the Afghan Refugee Minister is an agreement that is in contrary to the principles of human rights to further violates Australian as well as Afghanistan international human rights obligations. While the agreement ignores the deteriorated security situation in Afghanistan, it is a deal that is not prepared based on reliable and balanced security expertise assessments. In particular, while the agreement is technically an achievement for the Australian government, it does not pay attention to the security concerns of Afghan asylum seekers who do not pass the refugee test in Australia. By signing such a violating human rights agreement, the government of Afghanistan once again proves that it does not value the lives and freedoms of its citizens whether they are at risk or under uncertain security threats.

Tuesday, January 20, 2011


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Has Australia Got it all Wrong with the Boat Refugees?

Author: Laurance Murray

Has Australia Got it all Wrong with the Boat Refugees?

Australia has a lot of problems with refugees arriving on boats from Asian countries. They have tried many costly ways to prevent them coming, and if they get here try to process them offshore to avoid other issues.

The would be immigrants show a lot of courage and drive to even attempt the long journey in small boats and I wonder why Australia would try so hard to deter people that would surely be such good citizens. Obviously we do not want criminals entering Australia but they would be more likely to arrive by plane than risk a perilous boat voyage.

The illegal immigrants are often held for months or longer while the authorities decide whether they are genuine refugees or undesirables which causes a lot of distress to the people and a lot of expense to the nation. Have we got it all wrong?

Maybe we should be attacking the problem in a new way. What if Australia decided that these courageous people are very desirable immigrants and allowed them much easier and quicker access to our country and used other means to protect us from undesirables and criminals.

Perhaps we could prevent these immigrants from becoming naturalised for five or more years and if they were convicted of any crime before being naturalised, immediately deport them back to the country they came from.

There would probably not be any trouble in the camps housing the immigrants as they would be processed quickly and humanely but if there was trouble surely the culprits could be deported on the next plane available. People rioting and burning cars and buildings would not be tolerated and how many would attempt to if they knew the consequence would be immediate deportation.

Many people have used the refugee problem to advance their own causes with over simplified solutions to the problem of the boat people. Statements like "Meet the boats and turn them around and make them go back." Desperate people will not willingly turn back and how do you force them. In the past the boats have been deliberately sunk by the crew. Do we let them drown? Do we shoot them?

There could be reasons that some solutions would not work but we need some new ideas on a way to solve the problem as we are getting it wrong now. Australia could welcome these immigrants as people that would assimilate into our way of life, not try to change our ways and customs as some other arrivals do. It would be great if we could deport some of our home grown criminals wouldn't it.

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Employer Nomination Scheme Under Australian Immigration SYSTEM

Author: JohnTracker

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows Australian employers to sponsor employees who are foreign nationals for a permanent visa to work in Australia.
This visa is for Australian employers who want to sponsor highly skilled workers for a permanent visa to work in their business. The employees can be either highly skilled worker from overseas or highly skilled temporary residents currently in Australia.
Visa applicants who are currently living and/or working in Australia on a qualifying visa can apply for the onshore ENS (subclass 856) visa. If you do not hold a qualifying visa, you may still be eligible to apply onshore if you last held a qualifying visa no more than 28 days prior to lodging an application.
Applicants who do not hold a qualifying visa can apply for the offshore ENS (subclass 121) visa and lodge their application in Australia; however applicants must be outside Australia at the time of visa grant.
This visa allows you and any dependent family members included in your visa application to live as permanent residents in Australia.
To participate in the Employer Nomination Scheme, the employer must:
-be actively and lawfully operating a business in Australia
-have a genuine need for a paid employee to fill a position in their business
-follow all relevant Australian laws and have a satisfactory record of meeting immigration laws (if applicable)
-have a current training strategy for existing Australian employees, or if a newly established business, have a training plan for future training of Australian employees
-provide the employee with an offer of permanent employment.
The nominated position must meet the following requirements:
-be full-time, ongoing and available for at least 3 years
-provide working conditions that are no less favourable than provided for under the relevant Australian legislation and awards
-be a highly skilled occupation that is on the Employer Nomination Scheme Occupation List (ENSOL)
and it must meet the minimum salary level for ENS.
This information is of a general nature and should not be taken as authoritative legal advice for specific cases. Australia has a scheme that requires persons who give immigration assistance to be registered as migration agent. The writer, Mr. Sanjayai Kapoor is a registered migration agent based at Adelaide, Australia. You can contact the author by email at:

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Importance of Choosing Right Immigration Agent

Author: RikiParker

Why choose an immigration officer?

Look abroad requires a massive range of products to passengers unable to get financial support for a valid passport. Immigration agents play an important role in helping people to understand and comply with legal requirements and procedures. In addition, changes in immigration laws have become very frequent. trained immigration representative can always help to understand your needs and suggest the best way for you.

Problems of an unregistered agent
This whole journey of immigration proves to be wonderful for some whereas for some it turns out to be a living example of a nightmare. As witnessed earlier it largely depends on the choosing of an agent. There have been various instances where people have been duped by people 'pretending' to be registered agents. Often these tricksters take the advantage of the needs of the innocent people. In one such recent case, students interested in moving to Australia for studies were charged up to $20,000 for education and work experience certificates which later turned out to be fake.

Government policies
To prevent recurrence of such cases, governments of various countries have been getting strict in compliance of the immigration laws. Today Australia and New Zealand are some of the places to have the stern measures taken to curb immigration fraud. It is in this respect that a body called Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority has been formed in Australia, according to which every person or agency proposing to offer immigration services need to get themselves registered here, so as to carry out their work failing which they can get up to a penalty of a ten-year imprisonment.

New regulatory body
On the basis of the analysis carried out by the Standing Committee, regarding the dismal performance of CSIC, Citizenship and Immigration Canada decided to formulate a new regulatory body. This step was taken so as to preserve the integrity and restore the faith of the common people on the immigration system of Canada. In this context a public selection process was started in June 2010 inviting the applications of all those who were inclined to take over the responsibility of the governance of the immigration consultants. Post to a thorough examination of all the submissions and evaluation of the credibility of all the organizations by the selection committee, the report was submitted to the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism proposing ICCRC as the one best suited for this purpose.

Immigration is a life changing decision for anyone who wishes to take it. It involves huge sacrifices on the part of the immigrant as well as his dependants. Migrant steps into a foreign land with many apprehensions and butterflies in his stomach. Every migrant irrespective to where he is heading to takes up this decision with big dreams of giving a new dimension to his career. However as a famous English idiom goes "the grass is always greener on the other side" the picture is not as good as it seems to portray. The hopes of the majority of the migrants crash the moment they come to terms with the partiality subjected to them in the employment sector.

Problems faced by the immigrants
A common problem faced by the immigrants once they have migrated is finding a job in the new place. In spite of having good qualifications and skills they are marginalized. The very fact that they are migrants and not natives prevents them from getting jobs which are at par to their standards. Inevitably and under the demand of the situation to secure means of earning a living, they have to be complacent with menial jobs. Most of them are segregated into unskilled and low paid work. Researchers have shown that there is a large concentration of the immigrants in those sectors having poor wages and enormous work pressures and thereby opportunities for career development are at its minimum.

Reasons for such injustice
Many factors can be put on table as reasons for the prejudices the immigrants are subjected to, thus resulting into discrimination. Racism is the first and foremost factor. This is all the more true in the case of minorities where racism does play a significant role. Moreover in most cases the migrants come from places which are completely contrasting to their new place. Therefore language barriers, cultural and religious differences make their integration into the employment market more dubious. The immigrants' lack of knowledge of the labor market further hinders them to demand for standard wages and to top it all since the employer is not familiar with the background of the migrant he is less willing to shell out more money from his pocket. All these reasons put together compels the immigrants to work below their skills and education levels.

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Australia Updates Character Requirement for Immigration

Author: tradinh

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has recently updated and released the latest version of the Character Requirement, which now includes more criteria in the test, for those who wish to enter and stay in Australia.

In the updated Character Requirement, the DIAC has added one more criteria for passing the character test. The most sufficient list of cases that lead to applicants' failure for the character test is that when:

- they have a substantial criminal record. A person is considered to have a substantial criminal record if they have been: sentenced to either death or life imprisonment; sentenced to a term of imprisonment for 12 months or more; sentenced to two or more terms of imprisonment (whether on one or more occasions), where the total of those terms is two years or more; or acquitted of an offence on the grounds of either unsoundness of mind or insanity and, as a result, the person has been detained in a facility or institution.

- they have been convicted of any offence that was committed while in immigration detention, during an escape from immigration detention, during a period where a person escaped from immigration detention, or if the person has been convicted of the offence of escaping from immigration detention

- they have, or have had, an association with an individual, group or organisation suspected of having been, or being, involved in criminal conduct

- having regard to the person's past and present criminal conduct, the person is found not to be of good character

- having regard to the person's past and present general conduct, the person is found to be not of good character

- there is a significant risk that the person will engage in criminal conduct in Australia, harass, molest, intimidate or stalk another person in Australia, vilify a segment of the Australian community, or incite discord in the Australian community or in a segment of that community, or represent a danger to the Australian community or a segment of that community.

It's compulsory for Australian visa applicants, non-citizen sponsors and non-migrating family members who wish to enter and stay in Australia to have their character assessed, which means they have to meet the character requirements mentioned in Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958.

This section of the Migration Act 1958 designs the character test to ensure that visa applicants, relevant non-citizen sponsors, as well as non-migrating family members are of good character. In addition, the test also gives discretionary powers to either refuse or cancel visas if potential migrants to Australia fail the test.

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CDR For Civil Engineer & Australian Immigration

Author: JohnTracker

Australia's spectacular construction boom has run into serious shortages of civil engineers, in particular, plaguing industry employers and causing them to delay projects. Civil Engineers are in huge demand in Australia.
CIVIL Engineers plan, design, organise and oversee the construction and operation of civil engineering projects such as structural, transportation or hydraulic engineering systems.
Skill Level:
The entry requirement is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.
Tasks Include:
? Designing civil engineering projects such as hydraulic systems, roads, aerodromes, water supply systems, bridges and buildings.
? Studying, evaluating and reporting on the environmental implications of projects
? Determining construction methods, materials and quality standards
? Drafting and interpreting specifications, drawings, plans, construction methods and procedures
? Organising and directing site labour and the delivery of construction materials, plant and equipment needed for construction projects
? Administering contracts and verifying and certifying satisfactory completion
? Supervises the testing and commissioning of completed works
? Consults with other engineers, architects, landscape architects and environmental scientist.
Civil Engineers & Immigration to Australia

If you are a Civil Engineer, before you apply for Australian skilled migration as a Civil Engineer, you must have had your skills assessed as suitable for your occupation by an assessing authority for your nominated occupation

Engineers Australia is the designated authority to assess professional and Para-professional qualifications in engineering for the purposes of skilled migration to
Australia for most engineering occupations.
Occupational Categories in Engineering
Engineers Australia recognises three occupational categories within the engineering team in Australia:
? Professional Engineer
? Engineering Technologist
? Engineering Associate
For migration purposes, an additional category of Engineering Manager is also recognised.
Pathways to Recognition
There are two pathways to recognition of your qualifications:
a) Through recognised (accredited) Engineering Qualifications. If you have done your engineering from UK, USA, Canada etc. you are covered under this pathway.
b) Through a Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) for non-recognised qualifications. If you have done your engineering from India, Pakistan etc., you are covered under this pathway.
English Language Requirements
All applicants applying to have their skills assessed by Engineers Australia are required to provide evidence of their English language competency. Applicants are required to have achieved a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the four modules of speaking, listening, reading and writing in either the 'General Training' or 'Academic' version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
The following applicants may be exempt from the requirement to provide an IELTS assessment result:
? Applicants who are native English speakers;
? Applicants who have completed an Australian undergraduate engineering qualification;
? Applicants who have completed a Masters Degree or PhD program at an Australian university
The Assessment Process
You would submit your application with all relevant documents plus assessment fee. When your application arrives, a receipt will be posted to you within 5 to 7 working days. Assessment may take up to 16 weeks from the date of receipt.
Visa Application
Once you have received your positive skill assessment, you can apply for your visa. Once your visa application is approved, you can move with your family to Australia.
This information is of a general nature and should not be taken as authoritative legal advice for specific cases. Australia has a scheme that requires persons who give immigration assistance to be registered as migration agent. The writer, Mr. Sanjayai Kapoor is a registered migration agent based at Adelaide, Australia. You can contact the author by email at:

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Immigration to Australia

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Australia's economy is growing leaps and bounds that prompts millions of Indians to fly from their roost and carve their niche in Australian homeland. Superb educational universities, school and collages; great job opportunities, high standards of living in the backdrop picturesque countryside and divine scenic splendor tempts Indians to migrate in Australia.

Every year Indians migration in Australia gets doubled. But before making plans and jetting off to Australia, its important to be well aware of laws of migration in Australian, which are quite different from other countries and are complex. Australian migration refers to the residence of foreigners in those parts of Australian territory where a non citizen should hold an Atustralian Visa to reside legally. Immigration to Australia refers to residence of foreigners within the Australian territory. And to legally reside foreigners must have an Australian visa. Visa to Australia is of different types.

There's student visa for young Indians to go for higher studies, Australian working visa provides all the working benefits and a comfortable stay in the country. Australian working Visa helps skilled professionals be it a doctor, engineer, IT professionals, technicians to get best jobs and improve their career graph. Australian Immigration laws involves certain legal laws and procedures that needs to be taken care of. Australian immigration doesn't grant Australian visa to settle permanently. The law inhibits the unauthorized arrival in the country from any part of the world. There are Obligatory set of laws that stops illegal activity, which can hamper the growth of economic and social prosperity of the country.

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Tradesmen Needed in Australia

Author: Lindsay Wagner

Currently, Australia is in need of skilled tradesmen and as a result there are opportunities galore. Perhaps you've acquired the skills but you don't have the necessary official qualification papers to qualify for Australian Immigration ?

No worries, there is a solution - are you willing to do what it takes?

Currently, tradespersons earn much more than graduates. This is due to the high demand for trade skills.

The opportunity to study a trade in Australia ensures an opportunity to migrate to Australia successfully. Over 30 percent of TAFE (Technical and Further Education) students in Australia already hold bachelor degrees but are training for trade skills to gain lucrative jobs.

How can you benefit?

The bottom line is – Australia’s economy is booming. Fortunately for you, the growth is restricted due to shortages of skilled people across many of the trade industries. In fact, there are huge infrastructure developments that are on hold because of this great shortage of skills.

Currently, tradespersons are earning much more than graduates. This is due to the high demand for trade skills.

Study in Australia? The study options avaliable are open to international students. This will allow these students to gain skills to qualify in a number of occupations that are in demand. If you already hold a degree you're able to gain admission to two year post graduate courses to gain recognition as accountants, teachers, nurses and IT Specialists. If you've attained a HND (Higher National Diploma) you're able to gain credit into a Bachelor degree. You can then qualify in a wide range of occupations. You'll also enhance your chances of gaining skilled migration.

If you don’t have qualifications

You can train as a cook, hairdresser, bricklayer, automotive mechanic, cabinet maker or backer (there are more trades that you can train for). Of course, those in the above mentioned categories can also train for these trades.

How to go about it...

Generally, Australia aim to attract young people that have proficient English skills and are qualified in skilled occupations. Preferably, these applicants want to settle in regional areas. An Eligibility test will determine the above factors. The eligibility points allocate points to applicants based on age, skill, English language ability, work experience and a few other factors.

For skilled Migration you'll need 120 points.

How are points gained?

If you study specific programmes in Australia for at least 2 years will allow you to gain points for;

Skilled Occupations – amounts to 40, 50 or 60 points

If you study in Australia for two years you can gain 5 points

If you studied in a regional area in Australia you are given a bonus of 5 points

If you graduate with qualifications included on the Migration Occupation In Demand List (MODL), you may attract an additional 15 points.

The Age Requirement

Persons under 30 years of age with good English skills and qualified in a 60 point occupation (through 2 years of study in a regional area in Australia) will gain 120 points which is the current target.

Various occupations are shown on the Skilled Occuptations List (SOL)

Sought-after Trades Skills

Which skills are in demand?
Nurses, Accountants, Cooks, Hairdressers, Bricklayers are on the MDOL.

The MODL is reviewed at least every 6 months. This is done in line with the current workforce demands at the time. For example, If you proceed to do cookery courses , ensure that when by the time you're expected to complete the course, your newly attained skill will still feature on the MODL. Remember, not all courses will qualify you for a migration outcome. In order to be granted points, you'll need to meet the criteria that are set down by the relevant assessing body. Particularly for the occupation you're studying for as shown on the SOL.

The Requirements

Ensure that you're in possession of the necessary requirements. You'll need one of the following;

Degree or Postgraduate qualification that is on the assessing body’s accredited list. Examples; accountants or IT Specialists.

Certificate III in a specific subject and 900 hours that are recognised as relevant work experience is needed. Examples; bricklayers, hairdressers’ or Automotive Mechanics.

Recognised qualification that incorporates a minimum amount of days done under supervised work experience.

High English Score - For example, teacher and nurses require 7.0 on the international English Language Testing System Test or;

Diploma or Degree that features on the accredited list

Applicants must ensure that the course that they're studying for will meet the criteria of the relevant assessing body.

These requirements may change. Throughout the past five years to qualify as a cook and attain 60 points, the TRA assessing body required students to have the following;

  • One year Certificate III in Commercial Cookery,

  • One year Certificate III in Commercial Cookery,

  • Have Passed Skills Test,

  • Hold a Certificate III (in conjunction with a minimum two year study package) and

  • 900 hours of relevant work experience.

What's worth Knowing?

Once you’ve applied for your student visa, it can take up to 3 months to be granted, before courses commence. You're obligated to attend at least 80 per cent of your classes. You're also expected to meet your course requirements. Moreover, immediate dependent family members are generally included on the student visa. Child Dependants of school going age must be enrolled in a school before your visa is granted. It's greatly advised that you consult a clued up consultant that is proficient in dealing with such cases.

It's also important to remember that you'll not be allowed to work until you've started the course and applied for work rights.

Once you’ve applied for work rights, you'll be permitted to work for 20 hours per week during term and full-time during holidays. Your partner or spouse will be allowed to work 20 hours a week during the entire student visa period, once he/she has been granted work rights. Note that spouses of students studying towards a Masters or research Masters or PHD are permitted to work full-time. Although work that is registered as part of your course will not be included in the limited 20 hours.

Migration can become a very real possibility once you’ve completed your studies. So, hang in there and give it all you’ve got!

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