AUSTRALIA – SUBCLASS 489

One visa subclass for Australia that is often overlooked by applicants is that of subclass 489, Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional).

This is a 4 year visa which allows the applicant to apply for permanent residence after living in designated area of Australia for 2 years and working for 1 year.

Applicants can be sponsored by a state government or by a relative living in a designated area.

One crucial difference is that the applicant does not need to work in an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List but instead occupations on the much broader Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) can be included.

Your relative must live in a designated area of Australia which includes all of the following states / territories; Western Australia, South Australia, ACT, Tasmania, Northern Territory, Victoria.

New South Wales is included apart from Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.

Queensland is included apart from the Brisbane metropolitan area.

The following relatives are eligible to sponsor for this subclass;

– Parents
– Brothers and Sisters
– Uncles and Aunts
– Nephews and Nieces
– First Cousins
– Grandparents

If you are interested in applying for migration to Australia, then please contact us so that we can check your eligibility.

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Australia visa & immigration news 2013

LATEST IMMIGRATION NEWS – AUSTRALIA
(as published in our newsletters in 2013)

Australia Permanent ResidenceAUSTRALIA – SKILLED MIGRATION UPDATE

October 2013 – With the new government elected recently in Australia, the new full name for the immigration department is the “Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).”

At the state level, new updated occupation lists have been introduced by several states recently. These include Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

For instance, Victoria updated its occupation list in October 2013 and has included the following occupations – Primary School Teachers, Metal Machinists, Child Care Centre Manager.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT, includes Canberra) has launched their state nomination occupation list with an extensive list of desired skills.

State sponsorship provides vital extra points in a migration application (5 or 10 points depending on visa subclass).

The SkillSelect system of inviting migrants to apply based on their points score is now issuing invitations twice a month. Applicants scoring 60 points are meeting the minimum score to be invited to apply.

On the SkillSelect system – Engineers are one of the most popular occupations for migration to Australia and are in demand in every state in Australia.

We assist Engineers to move to Australia and secure permanent residence visas. This includes all types of Engineers – Civil, Chemical, Structural, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Industrial, Mining, Production, Aeronautical and more.

On our website we provide a Free Guide for Engineers containing detailed information on the requirements for having your skills assessed, finding employment in Australia as well as the requirements for migrating to Australia. It provides all the crucial information that you need to establish if moving to Australia is an option for you.

The Free Guide provides detailed information on the following;

Engineering Shortage
Engineering Occupations in Demand
Skills Assessment
Employment as an Engineer and Sample CV
Salary levels
Australian Visas
Relocation Advice for Moving to Australia
Guide to areas of Australia
List of websites and other information sources

You can obtain a Free Guide at
www.commonwealthimmigration.com/engineers-australia.html

If you are interested in applying for migration to Australia, then please contact us so that we can check your eligibility.

Australia Immigration and ResidencyAUSTRALIA – SKILLED MIGRATION
June 2013 – With the new migration program year (2013-2014) starting on 1st July 2013 the Australian Department of Immigration has confirmed that there will be no major change in the planned migration intake.

The Immigration Minister has stated that Australia’s migration program would be maintained at 190,000 places “to help fill skills shortages and reunite Australian families”.

This is likely to see a continued focus on state sponsored migrants in the skilled migration categories

Since the launch of the SkillSelect application system 12 months ago, state sponsored migration has now become a very important component of the migration program.

Indeed from July 2012 to May 2013, nearly 8,000 nominations for permanent residence (visa subclass 190) were made by state / territory governments. The most popular states for nomination were New South Wales, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia.

For the same period, over 18,000 applicants were invited to apply for Independent migration (visa subclass 189) by SkillSelect.

The Pass Marks for both Independent and State Sponsored migration has remained constant at 60 points. State Sponsored migrants can receive 5 or 10 points to reach the required 60 points.

The most popular occupations currently being processed include Accountants, ICT Professionals, Engineers, Nurses and Teachers.

The most popular countries of origin for skilled migrants are;
India, UK, China, Pakistan, the Philippines, Iran, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Ireland, Bangladesh, South Africa, USA.

The SkillSelect system has been able to impose “occupation ceilings” – i.e. to limit the number of invitations that can be issued from an occupation group.

In the migration year, 2012-2013 the following occupation groups reached their “occupation ceiling”;

Chemical and Materials Engineers
ICT Business & System Analysts
Electronic Engineers
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
Other Engineering Professionals
Software and Application Programmers.

The new migration program on July 1st allows all these occupations to become eligible again.

Also, on July 1st all state / territory governments will release their updated occupation lists for state sponsorship. These lists are crucial for many applicants who do not qualify for Independent migration. State sponsorship is now a major route of entry and this trend is likely to continue.

Another development to take effect on July 1st is a change in the Federal Skilled Occupation list with some occupations now being removed. These are; Hospital Pharmacist, Retail Pharmacist, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical), and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures).

Would you like to migrate to Australia in 2013-2104? What visa subclass is best for you? How does the new migration program affect you?

If you are interested in applying for migration to Australia, then please contact us so that we can check your eligibility.

Australia spouse partner visas AUSTRALIA – PARTNER VISA PROCESSING
January 2013 – Over the last few months we are seeing lengthening processing times for Australian partner visa applications.

While applications have been usually taking 5- 6 months to be processed, the Australian Department of Immigration are now advising that 7 – 8 months could be the standard time for many new applications.

This is the result of the annual limit or “quota” assigned to family applicants in the overall migration programme.

Applicants need to prepare an application in plenty of time and plan ahead if thinking of relocating to Australia with their non-Australian partner. This includes married and defacto partners, same-sex partners and fiancé(e)s.

It is possible to apply for a partner visa while outside Australia and then enter Australia as a visitor temporarily. However, in this instance it is important to ensure the correct procedures are followed to allow the partner visa to be successfully issued.

Please contact us in plenty of time if you are thinking of applying for a Partner visa. We can then plan ahead and work with you to ensure you can relocate to Australia in line with your desired timeframe.

Engineering in AustraliaAUSTRALIA – ENGINEERS IN AUSTRALIA
January 2013 – Recently released data from the Department of Immigration has shown that demand for Engineers in Australia is continuing strongly. Engineers are among the most popular professions to be selected for Australian migration by the new “SkillSelect” system.

The following occupations are all in the top 15 most selected occupations;

Civil Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Chemical Engineer
Electronics Engineer
Electrical Engineer

It seems Australia’s demand for Engineers is driven through state sponsorship and employer nomination. All states in Australia have Engineers on their demand lists.

Other Engineers on the main occupation list include;

Geotechnical Engineer
Structural Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Mining Engineer
Petroleum Engineer
Production Engineer
Agricultural Engineer
Biomedical Engineer
Transport Engineer
Materials Engineer

The main assessment process for Engineers involves showing completion of a minimum Bachelors degree education with some associated experience. There is a quicker assessment process for applicants from certain countries such as the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Turkey and Russia. However the assessment process is open to Engineers from all countries.

Engineering Technologists and Technicians are also in strong demand and applicants in these occupations are also able to apply for permanent residence.

If you are looking to move to Australia then please complete the online assessment form on our website.

Australia Immigration and ResidencyAUSTRALIA – NEW CRITERIA FOR TEACHING IN AUSTRALIA

January 2013 – From 1 January 2013, some additional requirements have been introduced around English language testing for Teachers looking to migrate to Australia.

Teachers can show they completed their studies through English – i.e. 4 years of Degree / Diploma level studies in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. Alternatively, they need to pass a designated English language test.

Demand for Teachers in Australia remains strong. For example, the Australian state government of New South Wales (NSW) has recently launched a new occupation list for state migration with Teachers included.

This includes sponsorship for all areas of NSW including regional areas and major cities such as Sydney. State sponsorship can help an applicant receive vital extra points in applying for Australian residence.


Australia Immigration and ResidencyAUSTRALIA – NEW OCCUPATION LIST FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

January 2013 – Effective January 2013, the state government of South Australia has introduced a new occupation list for state sponsorship.

33 new occupations have been added to the list and some other occupations have been removed from the list – and now require additional off-list criteria.

Some occupations now have additional requirements in terms of work experience.

Applications submitted prior to January 2013 are not affected.

South Australia has brought these changes in after analysing their local labour market and skills shortages. State sponsored migration has always been a priority for South Australia, where successive governments have been keen to attract workers in a variety of occupations.

Unemployment is low and there is a strong demand for workers in nearly all sectors. The cost of living and house prices in particular are much more affordable in South Australia.

If you are interested in applying for South Australia state sponsorship, then please contact us so that we can check your eligibility. We can advise you on your ability to qualify.

Tim McMahon
Commonwealth Immigration
www.commonwealthimmigration.com

Visas for engineers moving to Australia

Did you know that there is a shortage of Engineers in Australia?

That’s why there’s never been a better time to find employment and secure a permanent residence visa.

This Free Guide contains detailed information on the requirements for having your skills assessed, finding employment in Australia as well as the requirements for migrating to Australia. It provides all the crucial information that you need to establish if moving to Australia is an option for you.

We assist Engineers of all types to move to Australia and secure permanent residence visas for them and their family.

We deal with all types of Engineers – Civil, Chemical, Structural, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Industrial, Mining, Production, Aeronautical and more.

The Free Guide provides detailed information on the following;

  • Engineering Shortage
  • Engineering Occupations in Demand
  • Skills Assessment
  • Employment as an Engineer and Sample CV
  • Salary levels
  • Australian Visas
  • Relocation Advice for Moving to Australia
  • Guide to areas of Australia
  • List of websites and other information sources

The Free guide will then be emailed to you with detailed information on everything you need to know.
Obtain your Free Guide now from http://www.commonwealthimmigration.com/engineers-australia.html

Australia – Residence visas for Spouses and Partners

Australia – Residence visas for Spouses and Partners

There are several visa categories that can lead to Australian residence based on a relationship with a partner, married spouse, prospective spouse etc.. The following are some of the main categories of entry;

• Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100)

• Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)

• Partner temporary visa (subclass 820) and permanent visa (subclass 801)

Spouse visa Partner UK

What Relationships can be included ?

Australia permits many different types of relationships to apply under these categories, including;

Married spouses (same sex or opposite sex)

Defacto spouses (i.e. same sex or opposite sex spouses living together but not married)

Prospective spouses – those who intend to marry in Australia.

In all cases, applicants need to show that there is a genuine and continuing relationship. Many applications are delayed for want of sufficient evidence on this point. Regardless of the length of the relationship, this point is crucial.

Defacto spouses

In order to qualify as a Defacto Spouse (either through a same sex or opposite sex relationship), the applicant and sponsor must show the existence of such a relationship for the 12 months period immediately before the application.

Unfortunately, many applicants are rejected on this point by confusing a defacto relationship with cohabitation for 12 months. Applications are frequently submitted with evidence just showing cohabitation for 12 months and then expecting approval. This approach is not likely to receive approval without more evidence.

Cohabitation for 12 months is just one component of proving a defacto relationship. Unless, you can provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate all the components of a defacto relationship, then there is little point in applying.

Australia is generous compared to many other countries (such as the USA) that only recognise married spouses. However, the evidence required for defacto spouses is not something that is viewed lightly. Each application needs to be carefully assessed to ensure the key components are met.

The content of statements from the sponsor and applicant are crucial, as are those from family and friends. We regularly assist applicants to show that all the key components of a defacto relationship are being met.

Who can sponsor ?

Your application must be sponsored by your partner who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.


Your sponsor can live in Australia or outside Australia. If your sponsor lives outside Australia then he / she should be intending to return to live in Australia with you.

Evidence of employment or other sufficient financial resources is often required from the sponsor.

Criminal Convictions

Australia screens all applicants for spouse / partner residence visas as to whether or not they can meet the “character” requirement.
This requires a full declaration of all criminal convictions, regardless of whenever such convictions occurred.

Applicants also need to provide Police Record Checks for every country one has lived in for 12 months or more over the last 10 years since turning 16

Even if you have criminal convictions Australia can still determine that you meet the character requirement. This really depends on the dates of conviction (s) and most importantly the nature of the conviction.

Applicants need to provide detailed written statements and sometimes character references to support any application in which criminal convictions are declared.

In many cases, applicants with criminal convictions can still be referred to the specialist Visa Applicant Character Consideration Unit (VACCU) for more detailed scrutiny.

Annual quotas in these visa categories

Unlike other countries, Australia operates an annual migration programme, which places quotas on the number of visas that can be issued in any particular category (or subclass). Spouse / partner visa subclasses are subject to this annual quota or cap.
Therefore, every year there is a cap on the number of such visas that can be issued. Recently, the numbers of such visas have been reduced, leading to the situation where processing times are increasing for such applicants.Also, remember the Australian visa year runs from 1 July to 30 June, so as the end of the year approaches the number of available visas can be reduced rapidly.

Typically, these applications can take 4 -6 months from submission for a decision to be made. This timeframe may well change in future months. It is crucial therefore to plan ahead if thinking of moving to Australia with your partner.

Including Dependents

Your partner (which can include opposite, same sex, married or unmarried partners) can include their dependent children on their application.
Children usually need to be living with you and dependent on you.

In cases where children have turned 16, it is often necessary to produce additional evidence to show that they are still dependent.

Our service in applying for Australian spouse and partner visas

We have many years experience in securing Australian residence visas, through the spouse and partner subclasses, for our clients.

We can handle the whole application from start to finish. The service includes everything from pre-application advice, document review, completing forms, covering letter, drafting your personal statements, submission to the government and bringing to a successful conclusion. This continues throughout the whole process until your application is approved.

You will only deal with one dedicated immigration adviser to provide you with a focused one to one service.

Our success rate is second to none and we can provide numerous verifiable references from satisfied clients for you to review and inspect. We are immigration consultants based in the UK, assisting applicants all over the world.

At this stage, we just need you to complete this quick registration form on our website;

http://www.commonwealthimmigration.com/assesment_form.html

This should give us all the information we need to give you the correct advice.

We can then review in full and get back to you.



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