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Studying in Australia

There is good reason that Australia is one of the most sought after study locations in the world for international students. Aside from the fact that it is one of the most beautiful, diverse countries in the world with a climate to match, the education system is also one of the best in the world. Australia boasts hundreds of English language schools, colleges, private institutions and Universities. Australia’s Universities and cities are often placed in the top 50 in the world, so not only will your study and experience be great, your potential and employability in the long run will only be heightened. Many education institutes and Universities in Australia also have a number of campuses, across different states... which...

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457 nominations are subjective

Are small businesses being discriminated against in favour of ‘real’ positions of big cats? The 457 visa programme is forever scrutinised, but now the attention is turning to Immigrations subjective, prejudice handling of applications. The 457 is intended to support Australian business, by employing on a temporary basis, overseas employees when they are unable to find suitably skilled Australians. People on 457 have to be skilled, with a position listed on the CSOL or SOL listed – Consolidated Skilled, or Skilled Occupation list (devised by the government to identify where the shortages are and who Australia needs). Now it seems processing officers are going against that exact policy by using their discretionary power to scrutinise small businesses, claiming the positions...

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TAFE – new curriculum for English students

TAFE shake-up of English Language Program TAFE Queensland is one of the largest education providers in Queensland, ranging from short courses, to ELICOS to yearlong Vocational training programs, to Australians and overseas entrants. Well as of next month, they are introducing a new curriculum, including an online study environment to make fluency and access more readily available for it’s’ student. While this change won’t have a huge impact on the domestic, Australian students – it could mean significant changes for overseas students, travellers and temporary entrants. Every year, overseas people enrol in English and further study classes while in Australia, whether that be on working holiday visas, tourist visas or full student visas. The new curriculum, intends to provide these...

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China paying for privilege

China is fast becoming one of the most powerful and influential countries in the world; a fact that hasn’t gone un-noticed by the Department of Immigration in Australia. As of last month, Chinese nationals are now able to pay an additional $1,000 on top of the usual visa fee, for the privilege of faster processing of their application. However, immigration have been careful how they word this – they have stated that there is no minimum, or maximum processing time and it may in fact not actually ‘fast-track’ applications, due to the usual issues in relation to character and health assessments. While this incentive was introduced through the government White Paper on developing Northern Australia is all part of structured,...

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Is IT/Computing becoming a profession for migrants?

  According to a recent report but the Australian Computer Society, last year 85% of new IT positions were filled by foreigners in Australia. What does this mean in the long-term? Australia needs to work out a long term strategy to appeal to Australian nationals, to enter the IT world. This is a specific, highly skilled and ever evolving industry that it seems is a skill shortage to current Australian people. In this instance, the arrangements for overseas work visa’s can only be seen as a good thing... This is an area that Australian’s simply aren’t coming into. The report indicates that of 23,000 new IT positions created last year – almost 20,000 of them were filled by overseas workers;...

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457 visa set to see big changes

457 set for a dramatic overhaul? Government senate up in arms over the conditions of the 457 visa programme Companies consistently threaten deportation to over-worked employees as a way to try to deter them from reporting their pay, or conditions, despite the fact this is both immoral, and illegal – the control and exploitation of workers continues to cast a dark shadow over the 457 program. To add fuel to the fire, a recent parliamentary senate has dubbed the 457 visa program ‘a national disgrace’; then went on to recommend 33 changes to the current arrangement. Could the 457 be next in the firing line for the July updates? Despite the fact, that there is an industrial reliance on this...

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Student visa cancellations

Student visa cancellations set to reach a record high Student visa applications vary hugely, up until now – the chances of your success depended on so many factors, from your financial situation, to the course or school you chose, to where you come from. They are very often granted quickly, allowing people to come to Australia to develop their skills. However, student visas are in some ways the most abused visas in the range. Immigration are now cracking down. Whether it be for failing to attend school, changing their course or progress problems such as plagiarism... cancellations of student visas are set to hit a new record this year. Between July 2015 and March, 9000 student visas’ have been cancelled,...

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Northern Territory opens its doors to Skilled Migration

The Northern Territory has just introduced an extensive new list of occupations that as a Territory, NT will ‘sponsor’ thousands of migrants to come to Australia, and live and work in the Northern Territory. As a place fairly sparsely populated, and not one of the top migration, or corporate destinations in Australia – it is long since been a challenge for them to produce or attract skilled professionals to fill the roles essential for their survival and established community. With less than 250,000 people living in the whole territory, which is actually the 3rd largest in Australia and populated with a large indigenous community – it leaves the area as a largely remote destination, generating revenue through the mining and...

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RPL – is it just a scam?

Recent developments and reports have put the ‘RPL’ process under the microscope. RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning, although they are used for a variety of reasons, more often than not people engage in RPL’s to meet the skill requirements for employment based visa’s (RSMS for example). Almost every work sponsored or nominated visa program requires that the applicant holds Australian qualifications, or equivalent. If the person doesn’t have suitable qualifications that can transfer to meet the requirements, they will do an RPL – which is essentially an online course, completed alongside pre-existing evidence of competency (such as resumes, industry references, photos etc). Once the assessor or RTO approves that they have evidenced that they are suitably experienced or...

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Major changes to RSMS visa for trade positions

Planning to apply for a RSMS/187 visa in a trade position? This is a must read and will directly affect your level of qualification and chances of success... This is information you won't come across online, it is published in the Migration Act, which is used and accessed by Migration Agents and Immigration. It pays to use an agent and secure your chances of a positive outcome   Crucial new changes to RSMS policy – what makes you qualified? Under the 187 (Regional Skilled Migration Scheme), people with sufficient skills, experience and qualifications can be nominated and apply for permanent residency by their employer. The reason for this is that skilled people often work in urban areas; the RSMS programme...

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