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New tests mean new hope

Posted by Anka on Nov. 26, 2014, 5:14 p.m. in Immigration

Some weeks ago, we did a blog article on what we called the dreaded five-letter word: IELTS. For years, IELTS was the only English language test a prospective skilled migrant to Australia could do unless they were in the medical field in which case they had the option of sitting the Occupational English Test (OET). The purpose of this article is to highly a very important development in this space. A significant change that had been flagged by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and that we had also announced in the news section of our website has come into effect.

 

As of 23 November 2014, the Department has started accepting The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) and TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) along with IELTS and OET for the purposes of General Skilled Migration as well as permanent employer sponsored and business visa applications. From 1 January 2015, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) will also be accepted for migration purposes.

 

Notably though, IELTS remains the only visa accepted for the purposes of obtaining a work visa in Australia. This could, however, change as well very soon because a large-scale review of the work visa program is currently underway.

 

All English test results remain valid for 3 years and you can use a PTE Academic or TOEFL iBT score obtained before 23 November 2014 so long as it’s less than 3 years old at the time you use it.

 

Earlier this week, we at Immagine Australia had a meeting with representatives of Pearson here in Melbourne with a view to finding out more about PTE Academic and how it compares with IELTS. Over the years, our clients have always sat the IELTS test and we have developed an understanding of it as a result. Having said that, the availability of new tests is a welcome development both for us and for our clients as it means that they have other options if a particular test format or date or availability does not suit them.

 

Because of its greater acceptance for migration purposes, IELTS continues to be more widely available around the world but we understand that the recent decision of the Australian Department of Immigration has led to heightened awareness of the new tests and more centres and test locations are being launched all around the world.

 

The representatives from Pearson advised us that many of their tests are full but that they are equipped to increase capacity as required so that test takers do not need to wait for months to get a test date.

 

Some of the differences between IELTS and PTE Academic that we could observe based on our research and the information we received from Pearson staff are as follows:

 

- PTE aims to match availability with demand so if a test date is available, a place is almost guaranteed. IELTS tests can only sat on the scheduled days

 

For groups of 5 or more, PTE can organise a test on demand. It’s possible to do this with as little as 24 hours’ notice.

 

- IELTS is a written (i.e. paper-based) test. PTE Academic is done on a computer so it may suit those with touch-typing skills better. We were told that the spellchecker is turned off though so don’t think that you can misspell and get away with it!

 

- In the speaking test, you have a two-way conversation with an examiner if you are sitting IELTS. In PTE Academic, you speak into a microphone to complete the tasks.

 

- IELTS is marked by a person while PTE Academic is marked by an intelligent computer program.

 

- PTE Academic marks results over a narrower continuum resulting in a more precise outcome. In IELTS, the difference between a 6.5 and 7.0 for instance may be vast and the test taker doesn’t always know how close or far they are from the next band.

 

- PTE Academic results are often out in 48 hours although it may take up to 5 days. IELTS results take 14 days to be released.

 

All English tests for migration purposes mark applicants on Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and a minimum score is required in each of the 4 bands (as opposed to an overall band score) in order to claim points in a migration application.

 

In the end, which test you end up taking is for you to decide. We are happy to provide guidance and support to you in this process and the availability of several tests is particularly good news for people who have taken IELTS before and were not able to get the results they wanted.

 

It is our understanding that PTE Academic and TOEFL iBT tests may suit computer savvy invidviduals who are fast typists and totally at home in front of a computer. On the hand, IELTS may be better for those who are not as technologically strong and those who may have special needs. We are led to believe that special needs cannot be easily accommodated in a compute or internet-based exam situation.

 

You can find out more about each of the tests at:

 

http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/what_is_ielts.aspx

 

http://pearsonpte.com/test-takers/test/

 

http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about


Australia to ease restrictions on work visas?

Posted by Kane on Sept. 16, 2014, 5:21 p.m. in Immigration

The most common question I get asked is how can one work in Australia. The answer to this question is that there are 2 basic pathways, general skilled migration visas that don’t require offers of employment and then work visas that do require offers of employment. This article is devoted to the 2nd pathway i.e. for those people who do manage to secure offers of employment in Australia.

The Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visa (affectionately known as the 457 Visa) allows businesses in Australia to employ foreign workers where they cannot fill a position from applicants in the local market. This visa program provides a great advantage to businesses who become sponsors in that they are able to find suitable employees, not just from the local market but also from outside Australia, and the enrichment that both parties receive through experience working in another country and the skills that are passed on to local employees.

This program has also created some controversy, with accusations that businesses employ foreign workers and treat them unfairly, and that potentially they are employing foreign workers so that do not have to provide the same conditions as they would to an Australian employee.

With greater monitoring from the government, and constant refinement of the laws of this program, most of the business sponsors are reputable and law-abiding employers.

This particular visa program has seen regular changes from progressive governments in order to refine the entry requirements.

A recent independent review was conducted at the behest of the current government into the current legislative requirements in sponsoring foreign workers to Australia. The review panel has recently released a report of recommendations to amend the criteria for the 457 Work Visa. Some of these recommendations are certainly more advantageous for Australian business owners and those who are looking to qualify under the temporary business sponsored visa. Some of the more interesting recommendations include:

·        - the current legislative requirement for labour market testing be abolished. In other words employers would not need to be able to prove that they had tried to find a suitably qualified Australians to fill the position by advertising.

the current Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) be retained at $53,900 p.a. but that it not undergo any further increases until it is reviewed within two years. The TSMIT has been increasing since 2009 at a rate of approximately $2000 per year. When this was first introduced, the TSMIT was $45,220. The TSMIT is the minimum amount of money that a migrant can be paid for a position which must be shown to be remunerated at the market rate.

- consideration be given to accepting the eligibility threshold as up to 10 per cent lower than the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold. This is especially relevant for those who may be graduates or in occupations that are still in demand but generally paid an income below the TSMIT.

- further consideration to a regional concession to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold

the current training benchmarks be replaced by an annual training fund contribution based on each 457 visa holder sponsored, with the contributions scaled according to size of business.

the English language requirement be amended to an average score. For example, in relation to International English Language Testing System, the 457 applicant should have an average of 5 across the four competencies (or the equivalent for an alternative English language testing provider). Currently one must obtain a score of 5 in each of the four competencies. So you may be able to get an average score of 5.5 but if you only scored 4.5 in the writing module, you would not meet the requirements

alternative ways of meeting the English language requirement including alternative English language test providers,  expanding the list of nationalities that are exempt from the English language requirement, and proving at least five (5) years cumulative study be accepted.

457 visa holders be required to work for at least two years in Australia before transitioning to permanent residence, and that employees only have to remain with a single employer for a period of one year before that employer can sponsor them.

- that consideration be given to reviewing the age restriction on those 457 visa holders transitioning to permanent residence. Currently the age limit is 50 years of age.

It remains to be seen as to how many of these recommendations are implemented. It has already been suggested that labour market testing will remain simply because the government is unlikely to get it through Parliament. Many of the other recommendations make a lot more sense and will certainly cut out some of the red tape that is stopping employers looking outside of Australia to fill the required position.

What this means for those who are looking for employment in Australia, perhaps these recommendations will encourage employers to consider potential employees who are not Australian residents or citizens but it would be best suited for the role.

As you would have gathered from reading through this article, the 457 Visa can lead to permanent residence of Australia. Businesses who have sponsored an overseas employee for at least two years can ultimately sponsor them as a permanent resident which is usually just reward for the service provided by the employee. This is a completely legitimate pathway for residency and one that guarantees that an available position in Australia is filled by a competent and qualified employee.

Of course these recommendations do not escape the primary requirement of actually having to have a job offer from an Australian employer who is also willing to sponsor you for this work Visa.

Should you wish to find out more about working in Australia and how the 457 Visa works, or how you can qualify for other visas to Australia, please register for one of our seminars.


What's a migration agent for?

Posted by Myer on July 23, 2014, 12:26 p.m. in Immigration

I’m sure that most people that I consult with wonder whether they could save themselves money and process the application themselves rather than incur the costs of using a registered migration agent. Until such time as you experience the migration process, it’s difficult to try to explain to a prospective client the value that we add to the process; however a recent client of ours probably appreciates the benefits of using a good registered migration agent more than most after his rather harrowing experience.

I consulted with a senior chef in South Africa in July 2013. Things progressed relatively smoothly in his particular case. He obtained the requisite score in his English language test, we obtained a positive skills assessment and his state sponsorship application was approved with, as we say in Australia “no dramas”.

We then went on to submit his visa application. It’s unusual to have problems at residence visa application stage. In our experience if problems do occur they usually occur at skills assessment or state sponsorship stage.

I was therefore shocked to say the least to receive an email from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection declining our client’s application without any prior correspondence.

In their opinion we had miscalculated our client’s points for work experience because they were of the opinion that the appropriate qualification for a chef was not a trade level qualification but rather an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma and they were of the opinion that 3 years of work experience would be deducted from our client’s total years of work experience in lieu of the correct level of qualification.

Unfortunately the skills assessment opinion was silent as to the date when our client was regarded as suitably skilled for the nominated occupation however we were convinced that our interpretation of policy was correct and the Departments was incorrect.

We attempted to point out to the Department the error in their interpretation and after politely responding to our submissions still held the view that their interpretation was correct and that as decisions cannot be overturned there was no further point to engaging in additional correspondence and suggested we appeal the decision. Problem is that only applicants or sponsors onshore can appeal decisions and we didn’t think it would be likely that the sponsoring state government would appeal the decision.

I had to make a decision as to what to tell my client. Whilst I try to limit the amount of anxiety and worry on the part of my clients I feel obligated to keep them informed of developments and I had to break the news of the decline decision to my clients who were understandably shattered. I undertook to do whatever I possibly could to reverse the decision however although they didn’t express their concerns to me I think that after reading the communication from the Department about an inability to reverse decisions they were less than optimistic.

All of this transpired whilst I was on a business trip and fortunately for me I have a very good team in the Melbourne office. They contacted the skills assessing authority who backed our interpretation of policy and to their credit were excellent in drafting a letter clarifying the interpretation of policy which we sent on to the Department.

After several anxious weeks the Department reversed the decision and approved our client’s application.

After the cheers in our offices died down and our hands stopped throbbing after all the high fives, in a more reflective mood, we contemplated our role and how, but for our intervention, this application would surely have been declined.

Our client, were he processing this application himself, would probably accept the decision at face value or if he was astute enough to contact the skills assessing authority, he would most likely not know the right questions to ask in order to get the response that would be required to challenge the Department’s decision. Assuming somehow that the required response was obtained from the assessing authority, he would then need to know how to escalate matters to more senior staff within the Department. Based on our previous experience, the Department would almost certainly not entertain his requests as these would not be couched in the relevant legal framework and he would probably be given the usual response that he can consider appealing the outcome. As I have noted above, overseas applicants cannot appeal. Only state and family sponsors can and states in principle do not appeal on behalf of individual applicants. The most likely outcome would be that our client would be caught up between the usual departmental red tape and call centres resulting in a financial loss to him in excess of AU$7000 in government application fees.

Whilst decisions like this are thankfully rare, the benefit that we bring to the process is often more subtle yet our involvement makes a material difference to the outcome of a client’s application in so many different ways.

We are in no way miracle workers but we do know the legal framework within which immigration decisions are situated and we know an error when we see one. This is based on our years of experience and the volume of work we have handled over the years. A Departmental error like this can never get past us. We also do know how to point out an error like this in a professional way and ask for a decision to be revisited due to a legal error having been made. This is unusual but certainly possible if you raise it in the right way with all the supporting evidence and documentation to back up your claim. I would go so far as to say this can only be done by a migration professional.

The decision to migrate to another country is probably the most important one you’ll ever make in your life. Migration is not a cheap exercise and real professional advice that has the potential to make a tangible difference where it matters is invaluable. I realise that the temptation is there to cut costs but doing so may result in an even higher cost, both financially and personally, later down the track particularly if there is an unexpected turn of events such as the one we encountered and successfully overcame. In the end, when you engage a migration agent to act on your behalf, what you are really paying for is professionalism, experience and peace of mind. 


State sponsorship: A comparative analysis

Posted by Anka on July 17, 2014, 5:05 p.m. in Immigration

There is a widespread misconception that obtaining sponsorship from a state is a straightforward process and having your occupation on the relevant list is all that’s required. This is quite far from the truth as we say time and again that having your occupation on a given list is no guarantee that sponsorship will be secured from that state.

Another thing applicants always forget is that there are 6 states and 2 territories in Australia and each have their own rules and criteria and ways of dealing with applications which often differ significantly.

I therefore decided to write a short blog article comparing the advantages and disadvantages of applying for sponsorship from the 8 jurisdictions in Australia. Let’s go in alphabetical order so no claims of favouritism can be made!

 

ACT

 

Advantages

- Wide range of occupations

- Low unemployment rate

- Applicants with close family members living in Canberra can access ‘closed’ occupations

- No additional criteria imposed on occupations (such as years of work experience, particular specialisation or registration in Australia)

 

Disadvantages

- IELTS 7 required for Speaking if the occupation is ‘open’

- IELTS 7 required for all 4 components if occupation is ‘limited’

- ‘Limited’ occupations need to be verified to confirm availability of jobs

- Not available to applicants living in another Australian state or territory

- Application fee payable

 

http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/workspace/uploads/documents/act-occupation-list-24-february-14c.pdf 

 

New South Wales

 

Advantages

- Highly attractive as many people want to live in Sydney

- Reasonably wide range of occupations

- No additional criteria imposed on occupations (such as years of work experience, particular specialisation or registration in Australia)

- No additional English language requirements (IELTS 6 being sufficient)

- Family members elsewhere in Australia not a problem

 

Disadvantages

- Very inefficient online application system

- High degree of competition for limited places

- Long processing time (3 months)

- Application fee payable

 

http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/25147/NSW-State-Occupation-List.pdf

 

Northern Territory 

 

Advantages

 

- No additional English language requirements (IELTS 6 being sufficient) for most occupations

- Reasonable range of occupations for a small economy

- Any occupation can be nominated if positive employment prospects can be shown or if family members living in the NT

- Strict financial requirements which must be evidenced through documentation

- No application fee payable

 

Disadvantages

 

- ICT and some other occupations require job offers

 

http://www.australiasnorthernterritory.com.au/Working/bsm/nt-nominated-general/Pages/sol.aspx 

 

Queensland

 

Advantages

 

- Separate and much larger list for provisional visa (Subclass 489)

- Only two years of post-qualification work experience required

 

Disadvantages

 

- List heavily focused on health occupations

- Registration required if compulsory in Queensland

- Some occupations require a job offer in Queensland

- Need to express interest first and be invited by the state government

- Application fee payable

 

http://migration.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/pdf/qsol-skilled-190.pdf

 

http://migration.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/pdf/qsol-skilled-489.pdf

 

South Australia

 

Advantages

 

- Wide range of occupations

- Only 12 months of work experience required in the last 36 months

- Willing to accept work experience in a skilled occupation other than the nominated one

- IELTS requirements commensurate with the level of the nominated occupation

- Quick processing time (around 3-4 weeks)

- Family members elsewhere in Australia not a problem

- 489 holders can live in Adelaide

- No application fee

 

Disadvantages

 

- None

 

https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/snol_data 

 

Tasmania

 

Advantages

 

- Wide range of occupations

- Good prospects if you have studied there or have family in Tasmania

- Subclass 489 holders can live in Hobart

 

Disadvantages

 

- Most applicants require jobs

 

http://www.migration.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/41927/List_SMP_2013-2014_25_Sept_2013.pdf

 

Victoria

 

Advantages

 

- No application fee

- Reasonable range of occupations

 

Disadvantages

 

- Trades occupations require 5 years of work experience 

- Having family in another part of Australia works against you

- All applications subject to a positive opinion from an industry panel 

- Provisional sponsorships (Subclass 489) require a job offer in regional Victoria

 

http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/visas-and-immigrating/occupation-lists/state-nomination-occupation-list-for-victoria 

 

Western Australia

 

Advantages

 

- Reasonably wide range of occupations

- Relatively quick processing

 

Disadvantages

 

- IELTS 7 required for certain occupations

- At least three years of work experience required if applying from overseas

- Need to express interest first and be invited by the state government

- Application fee payable

- Some occupations require a job offer in Western Australia

- Application involves specific questions relating to life in Western Australia

- Provisional sponsorship (Subclass 489) may require a job offer or evidence of employment prospects

 

http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/SKILLEDMIGRATION/Pages/Occupationsindemand.aspx

 

Upcoming Seminars

Immagine Australia will be presenting a series of seminars in the locations below. To book, go to our website www.immagine-immigration.com/seminars/.

 

Singapore - 26 July

Seminar being held at Orchard Hotel on Saturday, 26 July at 11 am

Consultations being held at Orchard Hotel on 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 July. 

 

Hong Kong - 2 August

Seminar being held at The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers in Kowloon on Saturday, 2 August at 11 am

Consultations being held at the The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers on 2, 3, 4 and 5 August

 

South Africa

Johannesburg – 31 July

Seminar being held at The Michelangelo Hotel on Thursday, 31 July at 7 pm

Consultations being held at The Michaelangelo Hotel on 1, 2, 3, 17 and 18 August.

 

Cape Town – 4 August

Seminar being held at the Southern Sun Newlands Hotel on Monday, 4 August at 7 pm

Consultations being held at the Southern Sun Newlands Hotel on 5 and 6 August.

 

Durban – 7 August

Seminar being held at the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel on Thursday, 7 August at 7 pm

Consultations being held at the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel on 8, 9 and 10 August.

 

Botswana - Gaborone -  11 August

Seminar being held at Phakalane Golf Estate on Monday, 11 August at 7 pm

Consultations being held at the Phakalane Golf Estate on 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 August.


More occupations eligible for independent migration

Posted by Myer on June 13, 2014, 12:47 p.m. in Immigration

Only a fool would speculate on the occupations to be included on the skilled occupations list with only 21 days to go prior to a new list being published and taking effect. Could I be just the fool to speculate? I have done so in the past only to be wearing egg on my face when the new list has been produced. 

These were my thoughts whilst driving to work today, only to discover that earlier today an announcement had been made by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection that Chefs, Bricklayers and Wall and Floor Tilers will be added to the Skilled Occupation List from July 1 to ease skills shortages in these occupations in Australia and that no occupations were going to be taken off the current skilled occupations list.

I have therefore decided to discuss the significance of the skilled occupations list and how it is compiled and with some relief will not be wearing egg on my face this year. Yellow is not a particularly good colour for me and besides it clashes with the rest of my wardrobe.

The skilled occupations list is based on the input Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) which works independently of the government to provide annual recommendations on the composition of the SOL to ensure it responds to Australia's changing skill needs.

The reason why bricklayers and tilers have been added to the list is because of an increase in demand predicted for these occupations as well as a decrease in apprenticeship completions.

With regard to chefs, this occupation has been added to the skilled occupations list because of a shortage of chefs coupled with strong growth projected in the café and restaurant sector.

No existing occupations are being removed from the SOL, which currently lists 188 occupations that Australia needs. This means that there will be 191 occupations on the SOL in the 2014-15 migration year.

I like to think of the skilled occupations list as being a list of occupations that is in short supply in all states in Australia.

There is another list of occupations called the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List (CSOL) that lists all the occupations considered to be “skilled” in Australia and different states may, from time to time sponsor applicants in occupations on the CSOL depending upon the perceived needs of that particular state.

Chefs, bricklayers and wall and floor tilers were already on the CSOL right from the start but will be “promoted” to the skilled occupations list from 1 July.

For those of us that have been operating in the immigration industry for a while, it’s with some irony that the occupation of chef has been reinstated to the skilled occupations list. In 2009, it was one of the occupations along with cooks and hairdressers vilified as producing poor settlement outcomes for Australia when students were accused of completing “sandwich” courses with a view to accessing a fast track to obtaining permanent residence in Australia.

The significance for chefs, bricklayers and wall and floor tilers means that, if they can score sufficient points under one of the general skilled migration visas, they won’t need to seek state sponsorship and can qualify for the type of visa that allows them to migrate to any particular state in Australia as opposed to a state-sponsored visa which requires residence obligations to a particular state.

Perhaps they are at the forefront of occupations likely to benefit from a lower Australian dollar. It wasn’t so long ago that the Australian dollar was valued at 1.08 American dollars but has fallen to a current rate of .94 American dollars. Industries such as hospitality and tourism are going to benefit from the lower Australian dollar as has the construction industry benefited from the lowest interest rates in Australia since 1990. Perhaps we are at the vanguard of a range of allied occupations that are going to be in increasingly short supply in Australia in the months ahead.

It’s also significant that no occupations are going to be culled from the skilled occupations list, this notwithstanding certain occupations such as accountants, some types of IT specialists and certain types of engineers that were considered to be borderline in terms of their inclusion on the skilled occupations list. These occupations had been “flagged” by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency and more information can be obtained from their website.

As immigration practitioners, this announcement is welcome news for us as it means that more people that we see will have access to an independent skilled visa and no one will lose out as all other current occupations have remained on the SOL. 

In actual fact, the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has been remarkably stable since first being produced by the Department back in May 2010. Next week, we will be doing a follow up blog on the history of the SOL and why not having an occupation on the SOL is not the end of the world for an intending migrant so watch this space!

 

Upcoming Seminars

Immagine Australia will be presenting a series of seminars in the locations below. To book, go to our website www.immagine-immigration.com/seminars/.

 

Singapore - 26 July

Seminar being held at Orchard Hotel on Saturday, 26 July at 11 am

Consultations being held at Orchard Hotel on 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 July. 

 

Hong Kong - 2 August

Seminar being held at The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers in Kowloon on Saturday, 2 August at 11 am

Consultations being held at the The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers on 2, 3, 4 and 5 August

 

South Africa

Johannesburg – 31 July

Seminar being held at The Michelangelo Hotel on Thursday, 31 July at 7 pm

Consultations being held at The Michaelangelo Hotel on 1, 2, 3, 17 and 18 August.

 

Cape Town – 4 August

Seminar being held at the Southern Sun Newlands Hotel on Monday, 4 August at 7 pm

Consultations being held at the Southern Sun Newlands Hotel on 5 and 6 August.

 

Durban – 7 August

Seminar being held at the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel on Thursday, 7 August at 7 pm

Consultations being held at the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel on 8, 9 and 10 August.

 

Botswana - Gaborone -  11 August

Seminar being held at Phakalane Golf Estate on Monday, 11 August at 7 pm

Consultations being held at the Phakalane Golf Estate on 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 August.


Did someone say elections?

Posted by Anka on May 13, 2014, 4:59 p.m. in Immigration

It’s not often that we write a blog article about elections in another country. However, given that we visit South Africa at least once every two months and assist so many South Africans in their applications for migration to Australia, we do take an inevitable interest in the political developments in South Africa which of course includes the recent elections. 

What we found most interesting about the election results this year was not so much the results themselves but the extent to which it was seen almost as a non-event around the world, including here in Australia where we have a sizeable South African community.

It seems that the fifth victory in a row of the ANC was not enough to fire up the imagination, hopes and dreams of the masses as the first one did back in 1994. That’s not to say that the election results were not interesting. They provide subtle clues as to what we may expect to see in South Africa’s political landscape in the second twenty years after the fall of apartheid.

The ANC clearly remains a force to be reckoned with in South African politics but, this term, they will be facing criticism both from the right and from the left in the form of the DA and the EFF respectively. In the last term, the implosion of COPE with its internal infighting and the split in the IFP meant that the main opposition to the ANC came from the DA and it is always difficult to sell a more liberal economic message to large masses that suffer from poverty.

That’s not all though. Political analysts believe that ANC lost votes to the EFF and to a lesser extent the DA in these elections while picking up the votes that had gone to COPE in 2009. In other words, had COPE managed to remain relevant, the decrease in the ANC’s popularity may have become more apparent in these elections thereby giving the opposition sustained hope for an eventual change of government perhaps through a loose alliance of sorts. That didn’t happen because COPE didn’t last long enough and the IFP effectively split in two with the formation of the National Freedom Party (NFP). The split of the IFP also gave the DA the opportunity to become the official opposition in KwaZulu-Natal.

In successful democracies, governments change at the ballot box. Having said that, it is also true that liberation movements tend to stay in power for several election cycles following liberation sometimes up to 40 years. It should also not be forgotten that only about 3/4th of the voting age population is enrolled to vote in South Africa and of this again only about a 3/4th portion went to the polls. This means that there are millions of potentially disaffected voters that did not have a say in the outcome of these elections. Winning the trust and votes of this silent majority may be what any credible opposition in South Africa needs to do as their strategy going forward.

Reading the above, you might be forgiven for thinking that the 2014 South African elections have generated lively debate in Australia. Sadly, this isn’t so. Our microcosmos of an office in Melbourne is not really representative of the Australian public in this particular regard. There was brief mention of the elections coming up and later the results on TV channels ABC and SBS and a few scattered articles in the media including The Australian but that was pretty much all.

The coverage that we did see noted the victory of the ANC as an expected outcome while also pointing out the gains made by the opposition, in particular the DA and the EFF. Prior to the elections, the corruption allegations levelled against President Zuma did feature in the news here in Australia from time to time. Following the elections, some editorials pointed out the ANC would need to address the high level of unemployment in the country as well as falling standards in health and education.

But what does this all mean from the perspective of your average South African who may be mulling over the prospect of making the move to Australia?

Well, it really depends. Issues such as crime, corruption, and falling standards in services, including health and education, are nothing new. Those who were hoping for a stronger opposition to emerge following these elections may therefore be disillusioned. As noted above, the shift in the political landscape will eventually happen but it may take 3 or 4 more electoral cycles before it becomes a reality. The question then is what to do? This is an intensely personal question which we do not purport to answer for you. What we do offer is genuine advice and guidance for those who want to determine their eligibility for migration to Australia.

The average person everywhere in the world is more concerned with economics than politics. Your average South African worries about crime, job security, the future of the Rand and whether it will sink to the historic lows of the early 2000’s and the fall in educational standards. What would happen for instance if the fall in educational standards meant that South African qualifications are not seen as being at a high enough level for intending migrants? This would have major implications on the ability of potential migrants wanting to get their skills assessed for their visa applications. What would be the impact on the intending migrant if the Rand slips further against the Australian dollar and the potential cost of migrating out the country goes up by 50%? These are all practical questions that need to be considered if a person is seriously thinking about migration.

Whilst migration is a scary process and quitting jobs, selling houses, saying goodbye to friends and family members is not for the fainthearted, it would also seem to be a scary prospect considering migration at some future point in time bearing in mind the considerations in the preceding paragraph.

We have no idea as to how many South Africans are considering migration as an alternative to what looks like an extended term in office by the ANC. You might say that our exposure to South Africa is limited to those disenchanted with the policies of the current government. That's not to say that one has to be a sworn opponent of the ANC to be unhappy with the way things are in South Africa. Not at all. We only need to look back at the recent and very public pronouncements of Desmond Tutu in this regard. Indeed, recent evidence suggests that many ANC voters are also dissatisfied but not really convinced regarding the existence of a viable alternative at this point in time. Many also vote for the ANC for nostalgic or romantic reasons. The real test the opposition faces in South Africa is to win over the disenchanted, the urban poor and the born frees and convince them that they can do a better job. Having said all this, it is probably also true that we don’t see many of the optimists out there who have decided never to migrate from South Africa.

With the number of people that we see in consultations and those that attend our seminars, it’s difficult to imagine that there are South Africans out there that are not and will never contemplate migration but these individuals are probably not your average South Africans that are affected by crime, violence, deteriorating educational standards, affirmative action programs, devaluing currency to name some of the factors driving migration from South Africa.

If you are not exactly thrilled at the prospect of another 5 years under the present government and cannot wait 3 or 4 more electoral cycles for eventual change, perhaps you should consider attending one of our free immigration seminars in South Africa in May details of which are as follows:

 

Upcoming Seminars

Immagine Australia will be presenting a series of seminars in the locations below. To book, go to our website www.immagine-immigration.com/seminars/

 

South Africa

Cape Town – 15 May

Seminar being held at the Commodore Hotel on Thursday 15 May at 7pm

Consultations being held at the Commodore Hotel on 16 and 17 May

 

Durban – 19 May

Seminar being held at the Riverside Hotel on Monday 19 May at 7pm

Consultations being held at the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel on 20 and 21 May

 

Johannesburg – 22 May

Seminar being held at the Michelangelo Hotel on Thursday 22 May at 7pm

Consultations being held in Auckland Park (address to be advised) on 23, 24, 25 and 26 May and 1 and 2 June.

 

Botswana - Gaborone -  26 May

Seminar being held at Phakalane Golf Estate on 26 May at 7pm

Consultations being held at the Phakalane Golf Estate on 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 May.


New opportunities for tradespeople

Posted by Anka on April 24, 2014, 5:21 p.m. in Immigration

A recent change which primarily affects tradespeople from certain countries is presenting new opportunities to skilled individuals who may not necessarily hold formal qualifications. Starting from 28 April 2014, more tradespeople from a larger number of countries will be required to undergo a different skills assessment process in their nominated occupations which will result in an Australian qualification in most cases.

The Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) is an assessment pathway for visa applicants under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program who are applying for a nominated occupation and hold a passport from a nominated country.

OSAP skills assessments are designed to determine if applicants have the skills and experience necessary to work in Australia at the trade level for their occupation so they can contribute immediately to the Australian workforce.

The program currently covers 17 occupations and 10 countries. This is being extended to 35 occupations and 16 countries from 28 April 2014. From that date, the occupations included will be:

• Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic (342111) 

• Automotive Electrician (321111) 

• Baker (351111) 

• Bricklayer (331111) 

• Cabinetmaker (394111) 

• Carpenter (331212) 

• Carpenter and Joiner (331211) 

• Chef (351311) 

• Cook (351411) 

• Diesel Motor Mechanic (321212) 

• Driller (712211))

• Electrical Linesworker (342211) 

• Electrician (General) (341111) 

• Electrician (Special Class) (341112) 

• Electronic Equipment Trades Worker (342313) 

• Fitter (General) (323211) 

• Fitter and Turner (323212) 

• Fitter-Welder (323213) 

• Hairdresser (391111) 

• Joiner (331213) 

• Metal Fabricator (322311) 

• Metal Machinist (First Class) (323214) 

• Metal Fitters and Machinists (nec) (323299) 

• Motor Mechanic (General) (321211) 

• Motorcycle Mechanic (321213) 

• Panel Beater (324111) 

• Pastrycook (351112) 

• Plumber (General) (334111) 

• Pressure Welder (322312) 

• Sheet Metal Trades Worker (322211) 

• Small Engine Mechanic (321214) 

• Technical Cable Jointer (342212)

• Toolmaker (323412) 

• Vehicle Painter (324311) 

• Welder (First Class) (322313)

The program will cover applicants from Brazil, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Fiji, India, Iran, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. It must be noted that not all occupations are available for all countries.

Applicants under the Offshore Skills Assessment Program are required to submit a paper application and, subject to a favourable outcome from this step, they then undergo a technical interview or practical assessment in their country of origin depending on their occupation.

As noted above, the program allows individuals who have no formal qualifications to apply as well. Those applying in non-licensed trades qualify for an Australian Certificate III if the outcome of their application is successful. This then allows them to claim qualification points in their migration application.

The expansion of the program therefore creates opportunities for experienced tradespeople from the nominated countries who may not necessarily hold formal qualifications. 

If you have work experience (not necessarily qualifications although these do help) in any of the above occupations and wish to find out if you qualify for migration to Australia, please contact us on: info@immagine-immigration.com.

 

Upcoming Seminars

Immagine Australia will be presenting a series of seminars in the locations below. To book, go to our website www.immagine-immigration.com/seminars/

 

South Africa

 

Cape Town – 15 May

Seminar being held at the Commodore Hotel on Thursday 15 May at 7pm

Consultations being held at the Commodore Hotel on 16 and 17 May

 

Durban – 19 May

Seminar being held at the Riverside Hotel on Monday 19 May at 7pm

Consultations being held at the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel on 20 and 21 May

 

Johannesburg – 22 May

Seminar being held at the Michelangelo Hotel on Thursday 22 May at 7pm

Consultations being held in Auckland Park (address to be advised) on 23, 24, 25 and 26 May and 1 and 2 June.

 

Botswana - Gaborone -  26 May

Seminar being held at Phakalane Golf Estate on 26 May at 7pm

Consultations being held at the Phakalane Golf Estate on 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 May.

 

Hong Kong - 31 May

Seminar being held at Kowloon at The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers on Saturday 31 May at 11am

Consultations being held at the The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers from 1 June to 6 June

 

Singapore - 7 June

Seminar being held at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Saturday 7 June at 11am

Consultations being held at the Shangri La Hotel on 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 June 


No qualifications? No worries!

Posted by Anka on Nov. 20, 2013, 10:40 a.m. in Immigration

Can people with no qualifications apply for an Australian visa as skilled migrants? This is a question that we come across reasonably often. Most prospective applicants would assume that the answer is ‘No’. In reality, the answer is a qualified ‘Yes’.

We can distinguish two different pathways for a person with no formal qualifications to enter Australia as a skilled migrant. These pathways relate to certain visas under the General Skilled Migration (Subclasses 189, 190 and 489) and Employer Sponsored Migration (Subclass 457) programs.

The difference between the two pathways is that general skilled migration visas do not rely upon applicants holding an offer of employment in order to be eligible for these visas whereas the employer sponsored migration (as the name would suggest) requires applicants to hold an offer of skilled employment.

1) General Skilled Migration (GSM)

For the purposes of a General Skilled Migration application (i.e. points-tested visas) to Australia, there are broadly three groups of occupations for which it is possible to obtain a positive skills assessment even with no formal qualifications. These are senior managers, IT professionals and certain trades occupations.

The first group is assessed by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and it is possible to obtain a positive outcome by demonstrating a consistent work history and career progression to senior manager level. Professionals at this level must be delegating to 3 or more managers across a range of functional areas who themselves delegate to their own subordinates. Relevant qualifications are considered by the AIM but they are not essential.

IT professionals need to go through the Australian Computer Society (ACS) for their skills assessment. Applicants with no qualifications or non-IT related qualifications are required to undergo a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and may need to demonstrate up to 8 years of highly relevant work experience in their specialised field in order to get a positive result. The catch is that the work experience put forward to meet the ACS requirements does not count for points in the GSM points test. This puts IT professionals with no qualifications in a difficult position as they are unable to claim any work experience in the points test and therefore need to rely on other factors such as age, English, sponsorship and perhaps partner skills to reach the selection threshold.

Finally, applicants from certain countries nominating certain trade occupations are able to apply for an assessment of their skills with no formal qualifications. Such applicants are recommended to have at least 5 years of work experience in their trade to have a realistic chance of being successful in the assessment but this is not a hard and fast rule. The assessment of these applicants in designated occupations from designated countries involves a paper application plus a technical interview or a practical assessment. If the paper application is not successful, it is not possible to attend the technical interview or undergo the practical assessment.  A further advantage of these applicants from designated countries is that they are awarded an Australian trade qualification upon a successful assessment if they are not nominating a trade which is subject to licensing in Australia. This in turn allows them to claim qualification points in their visa application which strengthens their position further. 

2) Employer Sponsored Migration

A more relaxed qualifications regime governs the 457 visa program. This program is for employers wanting to fill skill shortages in their businesses with overseas applicants. For the purposes of a 457 application, all of the occupations in the above three groups plus many others for which the entry-level requirements can be met through work experience are able to be nominated even when the applicant has no formal qualifications. As an example, the occupation of Marketing Specialist normally requires a degree. However, for a 457 application, five years of work experience can be put forward instead of a degree. This is also the case for many other managerial or professional occupations. 

It must be noted, however, that there are certain occupations for which no amount of work experience can substitute for formal qualifications. As a rule of thumb, any occupation that requires registration in Australia will require formal qualifications. This includes all healthcare occupations, teachers, architects, legal professionals and electrical trades to name some obvious examples. There are also several other occupations in the fields of Accounting, Engineering and Science for which formal qualifications are essential. 

The 457 visa offers a path to permanent residence in that holders who have completed two years of work experience for their employer on this visa can be nominated for a permanent visa. For these so-called transitional applicants, no skills assessment is required at the permanent visa stage which effectively means a pathway all the way to permanent residence for certain applicants with no formal qualifications.

If you have substantial work experience in one of the above fields and wish to find out if you could qualify for migration to Australia, please contact us on: info@immagine-immigration.com.

 

Forthcoming seminars:  South Africa and Singapore  

If you are interested in finding out more about Australia, the lifestyle and how you will qualify, we will be presenting seminars in South Africa and Singapore this coming November and December. Please visit www.immagine-immigration.com/seminars to book your place. 

 

South Africa

Johannesburg:

Seminar will be held on Thursday 21 November at 7 pm at the Michelangelo Hotel

Consultations will be held on 22, 23, 24 November, 2, 3 and 4 December at the Michelangelo Hotel.

 

Durban:

Seminar will be held on Monday 25 November at 7 pm at the Riverside Hotel

Consultations will be held on 26 and 27 November at the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel.

 

Cape Town:

Seminar will be held on Thursday 28 November at 7 pm at the Newlands Southern Sun Hotel 

Consultations will be held on 29 and 30 November at the Newlands Southern Sun Hotel

 

Kane Downs to present the South African seminars.

 

Singapore:

Seminar will be held on Saturday 7 December at 2 pm at the Orchard Hotel

Consultations will be held from 8 to 13 December at the Grand Pacific Hotel 

 

Myer Lipschitz to present the Singapore seminar.

 

Seminars are free to attend.  Should you wish to book a consultation, there is a charge – to book consultations, please contact Ruth on ruth@immagine-immigration.com.


So what does dual citizenship mean in practice?

Posted by Anka on Nov. 13, 2013, 2:50 p.m. in Immigration

Dual or multiple citizenship is a concept that is often talked about but rarely understood in full. It refers to holding simultaneously two or more citizenships from different countries. 

Citizenship can be acquired in many different ways depending on the laws of the country in question: by birth, by descent, by registration, by naturalisation, by marriage, by grant, by application etc.

As citizenship requirements vary from one country to the other so do the rules around whether citizens are allowed to hold dual or multiple citizenship.

Broadly speaking, there are three main approaches to dual or multiple citizenship. Some countries allow dual or multiple citizenship without any restrictions although it may be necessary to obtain permission from the home country first. These include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa. 

Others simply don’t recognise or allow dual citizenship at all. Amongst these countries are Denmark, Estonia, China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates.

A third group of countries fall somewhere in between. They either don’t officially encourage dual or multiple citizenship or only allow it under certain circumstances. This group of countries includes the USA, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Pakistan and Thailand. 

Australia has allowed dual or multiple citizenship since 4 April 2002. Before this date, Australians who voluntarily acquired citizenship of another country automatically lost their Australian citizenship. Interestingly, this rule did not work the other way around as non-citizens who became Australians could keep their original citizenship.

Today, the Australian government actively encourages permanent residents to take up Australian citizenship as a way of making an ongoing commitment to the country and becoming formal members of the Australian community. Perhaps this is why citizenship application fees are lower than the fees payable to obtain a Resident Return Visa (i.e. to renew one’s permanent residence)!

In Australia, only citizens are able to vote, stand for office and work for the federal government and the defence force. However, those who also have citizenship of another country are prevented from becoming members of either house of the federal parliament.

In addition, an Australian permanent resident may lose their residency rights if they are away from Australia for an extended period of time. By contrast, a citizen is free to return to Australia at any time even if they have been away for many years. The fact that Australian permanent residence may be lost is another reason why some individuals choose to become citizens. 

Quite apart from all of the above, how does it work in real life if a person has two citizenships and consequently two passports? Let’s take the example of a person who holds an Australian passport as well as a South African passport.

Well, firstly Australia expects its citizens to enter and exit the country using their Australian passport. This means that when you are at passport control and customs, you would present your Australian passport. South Africa has the same rule. In fact, it’s against the law for a South African over the age of 18 to enter the country using a foreign passport.

In cases where a person is not in possession of their Australian passport and had to travel to Australia urgently, they can be issued with what’s called an Australian Declaratory Visa (ADV). An ADV is actually not a visa. It is an administrative document that is issued to Australian citizens who hold a foreign passport if they have an emergency or compelling reasons for having to travel to and enter Australia on their foreign passport.

This sounds all very straightforward but it could very quickly get tricky. If you were an Australian and South African dual citizen and you were travelling from Australia to South Africa, you would present your South African passport to the airline for check-in as you would be looking to enter South Africa on this passport. However, when you go to customs and passport control, you would present your Australian passport as you are an Australian citizen exiting the country. The opposite would be the case in South Africa as the airline checking you in would need to see your Australian passport to know that you are able to enter Australia freely. Confused yet? 

In one of our blog posts some weeks ago, I wrote about the Henley Visa Restrictions Index and how some passports allow holders to access a greater of number countries on a visa-free or visa on arrival basis. 

Looking strictly at numbers, one could easily see that the Australian passport allows holders visa-free or visa on arrival access to more countries that the South African one. This, however, can be deceptive as requirements vary from country to country and it is up to the holder to verify which of their two passports will afford them better entry conditions to a particular country.

For instance, if an Australian and South African dual citizen wanted to visit Turkey, they would be better off using their South African passport as they would be able to enter Turkey visa-free while an Australian would need to obtain and pay for an eVisa before travelling.

Finally, it is also worth being aware of what is called the Master Nationality Rule. This says that countries cannot provide diplomatic assistance to their citizens if they are in a country of which they are also a citizen. Going back to our example, when a dual Australian and South African citizen is in South Africa, Australia has no right to claim that person as its national or intervene with the South African government on that person’s behalf.

It is therefore very important for dual or multiple citizens to educate themselves on their rights and obligations in each of their countries of citizenship. This may include military service, tax, having to hold an exit permit to depart, inheritance, voting and other civic obligations, property rights to name a few.

In today’s interconnected world where significant numbers of individuals leave their countries of birth to settle in another country, we are likely to see more and more people holding dual or multiple citizenship. In some countries like Singapore and Indonesia, there is currently a debate on whether this should be allowed and we can expect the conversation to spread to other countries whose citizens are not allowed to hold another citizenship. 

If you want to become an Australian one day, you will need to start off by becoming a permanent resident first. Why don’t you contact us for an assessment of your eligibility or better yet come and see us in one of our seminars this November and December?

 

Forthcoming seminars:  South Africa and Singapore  

If you are interested in finding out more about Australia, the lifestyle and how you will qualify, we will be presenting seminars in South Africa and Singapore this coming November and December. Please visit www.immagine-immigration.com/seminars to book your place. 

 

South Africa

Johannesburg:

Seminar will be held on Thursday 21 November at 7 pm at the Michelangelo Hotel

Consultations will be held on 22, 23, 24 November, 2, 3 and 4 December at the Michelangelo Hotel.

 

Durban:

Seminar will be held on Monday 25 November at 7 pm at the Riverside Hotel

Consultations will be held on 26 and 27 November at the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel.

 

Cape Town:

Seminar will be held on Thursday 28 November at 7 pm at the Newlands Southern Sun Hotel 

Consultations will be held on 29 and 30 November at the Newlands Southern Sun Hotel

 

Kane Downs to present the South African seminars.

 

Singapore:

Seminar will be held on Saturday 7 December at 2 pm at the Orchard Hotel

Consultations will be held from 8 to 13 December at the Grand Pacific Hotel 

 

Myer Lipschitz to present the Singapore seminar.

 

Seminars are free to attend.  Should you wish to book a consultation, there is a charge – to book consultations, please contact Ruth on ruth@immagine-immigration.com.


Queensland and Western Australia welcome applications

Posted by Anka on Nov. 6, 2013, 12:09 p.m. in Immigration

Queensland and Western Australia have recently released their new lists of occupations eligible for state sponsorship.

A large number of occupations have been added to both lists and Queensland in particular has only taken off a very small number of occupations.

The Queensland Government maintains two separate lists for the purposes of state sponsorship. One is for the permanent Subclass 190 visa and the other for the provisional Subclass 489 visa which is aimed at promoting the settlement of new migrants in regional areas of Australia. Sponsorship under Subclass 190 is worth 5 points while support from a state towards a Subclass 489 visa adds 10 points to an Expression of Interest (EOI). All parts of Queensland with the exception of the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast are eligible for settlement under the 489 visa. Holders of Subclass 489 visas are able to transition to permanent residence once they have lived in a regional part of Australia for two years and worked full-time (or equivalent) for 12 months.  

The following is a selection of some of the occupations added to the new Queensland lists:

 

Supply and Distribution Manager (Logistics only)

External Auditor

Child Care Centre Manager (489 only)

Early Childhood Teacher (489 only)

Health Information Manager

Construction Project Manager (489 only)

Engineering Manager

Chemical Engineer (489 only)

Electrical Engineering Draftsperson (489 only)

Electrical Engineering Technician (489 only)

Electronic Engineering Draftsperson

Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

Enrolled Nurse (489 only)

Telecommunications Engineer (489 only)

Telecommunications Network Engineer (489 only)

Chef (489 only)

Automotive Electrician (489 only)

Motor Mechanic (General) (489 only)

Fitter (General)

Fitter-Welder

Metal Machinist (First Class) (489 only)

Panelbeater (489 only)

Electronic Equipment Trades Worker (489 only)

Hairdresser (489 only)

 

Queensland has also standardised and reduced the amount of work experience that applicants need to demonstrate. Two years of post-qualification work experience is now required from all applicants while previously this ranged from 2 to 7 years depending on the occupation. For sponsorship under Subclass 489, exemptions from the work experience requirement are available to those with an offer of employment in Queensland or a Ph.D. in their field. 

There are a total of 86 occupations available for sponsorship under Subclass 190 while 151 occupations (some in common) can be sponsored under Subclass 489.

The complete lists can be found at:

http://migration.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/pdf/occupation-list-190-visa.pdf and

http://migration.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/pdf/occupation-list-489-visa.pdf

 

Western Australia has also made quite a few additions to its list while taking off a number of occupations. The list can be used by applicants for Subclass 190 as well as 489 visas. All of Western Australia, with the exception of Perth and the surrounding areas, is eligible for settlement under the 489 visa.

Some of the occupations now eligible to be sponsored by Western Australia are:

 

Urban and Regional Planner

Structural Engineer

Master Fisher

Agricultural Consultant

Agricultural Scientist

Medical Radiation Therapist

Dentist

Computer Network and Systems Engineer

Psychologists (nec)

Translator

Automotive Electrician

Diesel Motor Mechanic

Sheetmetal Trades Worker

Pressure Welder

Electrician (Special Class)

Electrical Linesworker

Baker

Pastry Cook

Veterinary Nurse

 

By contrast, a number of occupations including the following have been taken off the list for Western Australia:

 

Café or Restaurant Manager

Hotel or Motel Manager

Accountant (General)

Training and Development Professional

Electronics Engineer

Environmental Research Scientist

Vocational Education Teacher

Architectural Draftsperson

Building Associate

Electronic Engineering Draftsperson

Electronic Engineering Technician

Motor Mechanic (General)

Metal Fabricator

Toolmaker

Bricklayer

Floor Finisher

Telecommunications Technician

Cook

Hairdresser

Cabinetmaker

Boat Builder and Repairer

Community Worker

Program or Project Administrator

Real Estate Representative

 

It’s also worth noting that Western Australia offers sponsorship to certain occupations which are on a secondary list of eligible occupations. To qualify, applicants require an offer of employment in Western Australia in one of the eligible occupations. These include Production Managers, Childcare Centre Managers, Facilities Managers, Environmental Engineers, Food Technologists, Secondary School Teachers, ICT Security Specialists, Network Administrators, Network Analysts, Rehabilitation Counsellors, Vehicle Body Builders, Electronic Instrument Trades Workers and Gardeners.

Western Australia has a large and varied list with a total of 126 occupations eligible for permanent or provisional sponsorship. A further 61 occupations can be nominated, as noted above, with an offer of employment in the state.

Applicants seeking sponsorship from Western Australia do not need to meet any work experience requirements. This means that Western Australia is a very attractive option for new or recent graduates with solid qualifications and good English language skills who may not necessarily require points for work experience to reach the pass mark.

A complete list for Western Australia can be found at:

http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/skilledmigration/Pages/Occupationsindemand.aspx

In summary, state sponsorship lists are very dynamic and their composition regularly changes throughout the year. As we are still only within the second quarter of the migration year (running from July to June), there are a large number of places available and it is a great time to apply.

If you believe you meet the requirements for an occupation on one of the lists or simply want to find out if you qualify for migration to Australia, please contact us on info@immagine-immigration.com.

 

Forthcoming seminars: South Africa and Singapore  

If you are interested in finding out more about Australia, the lifestyle and how you will qualify, we will be presenting seminars in South Africa and Singapore this coming November and December. Our seminars are presented by members of our team of registered migration agents who have many years of industry experience. Please visit www.immagine-immigration.com/seminars to book your place. 

 

South Africa

Johannesburg:

Seminar will be held on Thursday 21 November at 7 pm at the Michelangelo Hotel

Consultations will be held on 22, 23, 24 November, 2, 3 and 4 December at the Michelangelo Hotel.

 

Durban:

Seminar will be held on Monday 25 November at 7 pm at the Riverside Hotel

Consultations will be held on 26 and 27 November at the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel.

 

Cape Town:

Seminar will be held on Thursday 28 November at 7 pm at the Newlands Southern Sun Hotel 

Consultations will be held on 29 and 30 November at the Newlands Southern Sun Hotel

 

Kane Downs to present the South African seminars.

 

Singapore:

Seminar will be held on Saturday 7 December at 2 pm at the Orchard Hotel

Consultations will be held from 8 to 13 December at the Grand Pacific Hotel 

 

Myer Lipschitz to present the Singapore seminar.

 

Seminars are free to attend.  Should you wish to book a consultation, there is a charge – to book consultations, please contact Ruth on ruth@immagine-immigration.com.