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  1. George Lombard

    New SOL Announced

    The official version of the new SOL is here: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/ComLaw/legislation/LegislativeInstrument1.nsf/0/DA1BE00DC2F66895CA25774A0013D89E/$file/10026LI.pdf. Schedule 3 is the new SOL for overseas applicants (page 29), and Schedule 4 (page 37) is the list of occupations which may be state sponsored. The table contains relevant occupations, points and assessing authorities. The column for "Country" refers to whether it's a trade assessable by Vetassess or TRA. Cheers, George Lombard
  2. Farrukh Zeeshan

    New Points Test Announced

    New points test for skilled migrants effective 1 July 2011 – 6 June 2011 On 1 July 2011 a new points test for skilled migrants will come into effect. http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/whats-new.htm#a
  3. Don't know how true or likely it will be but hopefully this will be useful to those looking at the employer sponsorship in regional places. They really should make these visas easier for employers and also easily lead onto PR quite quickly. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/wayne-swan-to-boost-skilled-migrants/story-fn59niix-1226052163405
  4. Hi all For the changes coming up in July, does anyone know when final details are likely to be announced? Would it be on the day of the change or beforehand? What's happened in the past with this sort of thing? I know the 1st July date is not set in stone either and could be delayed. Thanks for your help, Amy :unsure:
  5. Migrant skills go to the top of the list THE points system for skilled migrants that notoriously preferred hairdressers over Harvard scientists is about to be abolished. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen is scheduled to announce in Sydney tomorrow a new points system in keeping with wider reforms to skilled migration. For further information see SOURCE
  6. Migrant skills go to the top of the list | The Australian THE points system for skilled migrants that notoriously preferred hairdressers over Harvard scientists is about to be abolished. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen is scheduled to announce in Sydney tomorrow a new points system in keeping with wider reforms to skilled migration. The reforms shift the emphasis to high skill levels and employee sponsorship, making it harder for overseas students with low-quality Australian qualifications to secure permanent residency. Stricter rules for skilled migration have damaged the business model used by private colleges and universities to attract students and fee revenue. In China, Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans rejected any suggestion the commonwealth should compensate education providers for lost income. "It's not about us making up the shortfall. I mean, universities are a business," he told the HES. Regards
  7. Migrant skills go to the top of the list THE points system for skilled migrants that notoriously preferred hairdressers over Harvard scientists is about to be abolished. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen is scheduled to announce in Sydney tomorrow a new points system in keeping with wider reforms to skilled migration. For further information see SOURCE
  8. Hi all With the Australian Federal election having been called today, I thought it might be interesting to compare the parties' recent comments about immigration policy. To access the full document, please click on the highlighted links below. Best regards Susan _________________________________________ THE GILLARD GOVERNMENT Extract from presentation by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, at the Population Australia 2050 Summit, 28 June 2010. · We are moving from the ‘Australia needs skills’ to ‘Skills Australia needs’ approach · A program that is shaped by employers' needs rather than by the desire of prospective migrants to come to Australia. · We are also reviewing our migrant selection process. · We are reviewing the Points Test scheme to ensure that it is not heavily distorted towards a handful of occupations—a problem that has been addressed through our recent changes to Skilled Occupations List. · But there is still further work to be done. We need to ensure that our points test enables us to select highly innovative and well trained migrants to ensure we have a solid human capital base for Australia's longer term prosperity. · My department is contemplating a new migrant selection model. · Under this model, prospective immigrants will be invited to lodge an expression of interest to emigrate to Australia, and will be selected for migration as and when the need arises. · Australia's net migration levels should be driven by permanent migration not temporary. · Thanks to recent reform measures, it is expected that the net overseas migration figure will return to a sustainable long-term average THE ALTERNATIVE GOVERNMENT: Extract from Coalition Policy Directions Paper · The primary purpose of a nation’s migration programme is economic, namely to supplement natural increase to create critical market mass in the domestic economy and service the skills needs of a growing economy. · The migration programme run by the Coalition will once again have the primary focus on providing skilled migration on both a permanent and temporary basis and supporting the viability of rural and regional communities around Australia. · Key features of the Coalition policy will include: reinstatement of a genuine critical skills list designed to reflect genuine occupational skills needs of industry liberalisation of arrangements for temporary business visas (457s)subject to clear standards, to make them more accessible to business, especially small businesses, and business in regional areas, with proven skills shortage needs ensuring at least two thirds of our permanent intake is for skills migration encouraging settlement on either a temporary or permanent basis in regional and rural areas. · Further details of the Coalition skilled and regional migration policies will be contained in the Coalition immigration and citizenship policy.
  9. Here we go Julia Gillard announced the election on 21st August 2010 Gillard seeks mandate at Australian federal election on August 21 | The Australian
  10. Hi all With the Australian Federal election having been called today, I thought it might be interesting to compare the parties' recent comments about immigration policy. To access the full document, please click on the highlighted links below. Best regards Susan _________________________________________ THE GILLARD GOVERNMENT Extract from presentation by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, at the Population Australia 2050 Summit, 28 June 2010. · We are moving from the ‘Australia needs skills’ to ‘Skills Australia needs’ approach · A program that is shaped by employers' needs rather than by the desire of prospective migrants to come to Australia. · We are also reviewing our migrant selection process. · We are reviewing the Points Test scheme to ensure that it is not heavily distorted towards a handful of occupations—a problem that has been addressed through our recent changes to Skilled Occupations List. · But there is still further work to be done. We need to ensure that our points test enables us to select highly innovative and well trained migrants to ensure we have a solid human capital base for Australia's longer term prosperity. · My department is contemplating a new migrant selection model. · Under this model, prospective immigrants will be invited to lodge an expression of interest to emigrate to Australia, and will be selected for migration as and when the need arises. · Australia's net migration levels should be driven by permanent migration not temporary. · Thanks to recent reform measures, it is expected that the net overseas migration figure will return to a sustainable long-term average THE ALTERNATIVE GOVERNMENT: Extract from Coalition Policy Directions Paper · The primary purpose of a nation’s migration programme is economic, namely to supplement natural increase to create critical market mass in the domestic economy and service the skills needs of a growing economy. · The migration programme run by the Coalition will once again have the primary focus on providing skilled migration on both a permanent and temporary basis and supporting the viability of rural and regional communities around Australia. · Key features of the Coalition policy will include: reinstatement of a genuine critical skills list designed to reflect genuine occupational skills needs of industry liberalisation of arrangements for temporary business visas (457s)subject to clear standards, to make them more accessible to business, especially small businesses, and business in regional areas, with proven skills shortage needs ensuring at least two thirds of our permanent intake is for skills migration encouraging settlement on either a temporary or permanent basis in regional and rural areas. · Further details of the Coalition skilled and regional migration policies will be contained in the Coalition immigration and citizenship policy.
  11. What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration
  12. Sponsorship for offshore applications The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship suspended accepting offshore General Skilled Migration visa applications from 7 May 2010 until 30 June 2010. Applicants will only be able to lodge an application after 1 July 2010 if they have been assessed for an occupation on the revised national Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The Northern Territory will put in place a State Migration Plan and will publish a Northern Territory Occupation List with that plan. This list will contain a number of occupations that are not on the national SOL. The target date for the Northern Territory's State Migration Plan is 1 September 2010. Processing of all offshore sponsorship applications has been suspended until the Territory Migration Plan comes into effect. All applicants for Northern Territory sponsorship will be required to demonstrate that they have positive employment prospects in the Northern Territory even if their occupation is on the shortage list. :eek::eek:
  13. George Lombard

    New List of 457 Occupations Announced

    f This is as long as expected but with scope, it would seem, for future expansion below ANZSCO Group Level 3, suggesting that the Labour Agreement pathway hasn't been as successful as hoped, since there are Group Level 4, 5 and 6 occupations at the end. See http://www.comlaw.gov.au/ComLaw/legislation/LegislativeInstrument1.nsf/0/975751D41E27FC88CA25774A0013EC8A/$file/10032LI.pd Cheers, George Lombard
  14. Jag Khairra

    SOL for 175, 176 and 475 announced!

    Not sure if this has been posted already, but here it is: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/ComLaw/legislation/LegislativeInstrument1.nsf/0/252A3EAFFB7D07D8CA25774A001D0B73/$file/IMMI10027LI.pdf Also shows ASCO as well as ANZSCO codes making it easier to understand. Cooks, Hairdressers and other trades are on the list. The list refers to the change announced earlier this year with more details here: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/whats-new.htm#w
  15. Complex regulations implementing all the relevant General Skilled Migration changes have been promulgated today. Unfortunately the new SOL is not yet available, but what we have will clarify many questions. See ComLaw Legislative Instruments - Migration Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 6) (SLI 2010 No. 133) . In particular, the regulations introduce the mechanism for a SOL which will have independent and state sponsored occupations, create a framework for applying ANZSCO to general skilled migration applications and 457 applications, and break the nexus between sponsored and unsponsored general skilled migration applications. On a first reading it seems that applicants will have to choose at the outset whether they are to be family sponsored, state sponsored, or independent. That is, new applications for subclass 175, 176, 475, 487, 885 and 886 from 1 July (existing applicants are safe) won't be able to shift between those subclasses. Cheers, George Lombard
  16. George Lombard

    New Visa Application Charges announced

    VACs (visa application charges) for July now announced, these are the major ones: Old New $2 525 $2 575 $3 510 $3 575 $1 705 $1 735 $230 $235 $13 730 $15 185 $12 430 $13 745 $1 485 $1 640 $34 330 $37 965 Cheers, George Lombard
  17. Just out What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration Update on announcement of New Skilled Occupations List The Government is considering the report from Skills Australia containing their Skilled Occupation List. An announcement and publication of the new Skilled Occupation List for Migration purposes will be made in May. Kind regards Cheryl
  18. Hi All Legislation has either been passed earlier this week or is about to be passed (I'm not sure which) that will have a substantial impact on some of the people who hope to apply to migrate to Australia but who have not yet lodged an application for a GSM visa. GSM = General Skilled Migration = no employer sponsorship. GSM visas can be unsponsored, State sponsored or family sponsored but they are not employer sponsored. The relevant document is here: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/ComLaw/Legislation/LegislativeInstrument1.nsf/0/4BD460987FA1AD09CA25768D0007252A/$file/0928290A091201EV.pdf A well-known migration agent gave me his initial reaction to the document above in an e-mail yesterday evening. I quote verbatim: I wondered where my informant obtained his information till I happened to look at ComLaw for a completely unrelated purpose just now. As far as I can see, there is nothing on the DIAC website about these latest changes from 1st Jan 2010 as yet? I can't find anything specific, anyway. I think we will see more about all this soon - probably next week sometime, I suspect. Cheers Gill
  19. Just in, good news for some: Additional Sponsorship Options Immigration SA is pleased to announce that the policies and procedures for the OFF LIST Sponsorship option have been finalised. More details on the criteria and the facility to accept On Line Applications will be available by the end of next week (www.migration.sa.gov.au) Off-List - Summary · A positive Skills Assessment that is on DIAC’s Skilled Occupation List · A genuine job offer in South Australia that is full time (at least 35 hpw) and at least for six months forward in their nominated occupation or one that is closely related. These job offers will be verified with the employer by Immigration SA. Student – work experience exemption In addition, there is an an expansion to the exemption to the work experience criteria for recent international students who studied in SA or Australia. Visit www.migration.sa.gov.au for detailed information about all the criteria for both options. Cheers, George Lombard
  20. Skilled migration intake to be slashed 9th May 2009, 9:15 WST Australia's skilled migration intake will be slashed for the second time in the past two months. Next week's federal budget will cut the general skilled migration intake for the next financial year by about 7,000 people to 108,000, Fairfax reports. The government's move follows a decision taken in March to shed 18,500 places. The total reduction of 25,000 places will constitute a 20 per cent cut to the program. The cuts are the deepest since the previous recession, Fairfax reports. The move is expected to go ahead despite figures released this week which show the unemployment rate fell from 5.7 per cent to 5.4 per cent, or 27,000 jobs, last month. AAP Just seen this on thewest.com.au
  21. Hi All In an act of blatant plagiarism, I have nicked a thread from British Expats, started by George Lombard of Austimmigration in Sydney. The text is below: In a substantial departure from previous practice, DIAC has released details of new fees to apply from 1 July (normally this information is not released until just before the increase applies). The most important point of note is that contributory parent second instalment payments are not being increased, eg for one parent applying for a subclass 143 visa the second instalment will still be A$31555 (plus the Assurance of Support). The major relevant fees and increases are as follows: A$190 becomes A$195 (except 457 applications which increase to A$250) A$1390 becomes A$1420 A$2060 becomes A$2105 If lodging your application around the end of this month, bear in mind that a valid application requires the correct fee to be tendered. Cheers, George Lombard __________________ Migration Agent Registration Number 9681945 george[at]austimmigration[dot]com[dot]au www.austimmigration.com.au PO Box 257 Summer Hill NSW 2130 Additionally the fees for subclass 676 tourist visas will rise from their current $75 per person to $100 per person. With my thanks to George Lombard for providing the information. Best wishes Gill
  22. There has been an update on the number of Contributory Parent visa allocations for the year 2007/2008. On 3 April 2008 Chris Evans Minister for Immigration & Citizenship determined the numbers were as follows: Contributory Aged Parent (Residence - class DG) - 300 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary - class UU) - 29 Contributory Parent (Migrant- class CA) - 2,521 Contributory Parent (Temporary- class UT) - 650 This totals 3,500 which unfortunately looks like no increase to the current years allocation.
  23. This released today (on a public holiday!): http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599...2-1702,00.html This seems to mirror the article I wrote last week: http://www.gomatilda.com/news/article.cfm?articleid=406 I'll post a news item on Go Matilda News as soon as I have digested the contents: http://www.gomatilda.com/news/index.cfm Happy Easter!
  24. This released today (on a public holiday!): http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599...2-1702,00.html This seems to mirror the article I wrote last week: http://www.gomatilda.com/news/article.cfm?articleid=406 I'll post a news item on Go Matilda News as soon as I have digested the contents: http://www.gomatilda.com/news/index.cfm Happy Easter!
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