January 2013 Newsletter – Australian immigration update
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AUSTRALIA – PARTNER VISA PROCESSING
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.
ENGINEERS IN AUSTRALIA
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;
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;
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 – NEW OCCUPATION LIST FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
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.
Australia info page;
TEACHING IN AUSTRALIA – NEW CRITERIA
From 1stJanuary 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.