No. 9 - October 2007
AUSTRALIA – NEW APPLICATION PROCESS FOR SOME TRADES APPLICATIONS
We now have much more information on the new process affecting applications
for Trades Assessment for many tradespersons which was introduced on
September 1st. The new process affects applicants from the UK, India, Sri
Lanka, South Africa and the Philippines who work in certain trades (General
Electrician, General PlumberRefrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, Motor Mechanic, Bricklayer
Carpenter and Joiner, Electrical Powerline Tradesperson, Cable Jointer)
The new process involves a paperwork-based assessment of the applicant’s
qualifications and work experience. This is similar to the usual assessment
process operated by TRA. However the key difference is that after passing
the paperwork-based assessment, the applicant will then need to book a
At the moment, practical assessments are available every second month for UK
applicants in London and Glasgow. We have been informed that the practical
assessment will take 1 day to complete. No other UK venues have been
scheduled so some applicants will need to undertake a lengthy journey and
overnight stay to London or Glasgow.
The practical assessment will involve a technical interview and a series of
‘challenge tests’ or simulated activities that assess a number of the key
skills required for the occupation. Once the practical assessment is passed,
then you will receive an assessment letter from Vetassess, which will allow
you to apply for your residence visa.
If you work in any of these trades and wish to migrate to Australia, then
please contact us so that we can fully check your eligibility against the
for Australia info page with the latest migration news
NEW ZEALAND – INVESTORS
The New Zealand government are in the process of amending their regulations
for entry as an Investor.
A new category called the “Active Investor Migrant Category” is to be
introduced in November 2007. This will be a points based system, which will
place an annual cap of 1,000 people in this category.
The previous Investor category required an investor to deposit at least NZ$2
million with the New Zealand government, with a small annual return being
paid. The new category will give investors much more freedom to decide where
to invest in New Zealand’s economy.
However, the new category will have stringent minimum entry criteria.
Applicants must be able to invest NZ$2.5 million, have at least 4 years
business experience and be under 54 years of age.
If you require more information on this new Investor category then please
for New Zealand info page with the latest migration news
Previous Newsletters on migration issues:
1 - January 2007
2 - March 2007
3 - April 2007
4 - May 2007
5 - May 2007 - In Focus: Australia
6 - June 2007
7 - July 2007
8 - August 2007
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