NEWSLETTER No. 7 - July 2007


New details have been announced of significant changes affecting applicationsfor Trades Assessment for many tradespersons from September 1st. From that date, applicants from the UK, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the Philippines who work in the list of trades below, will need to undertake a much more detailed Trades Assessment before applying for Australian residency.

This will include a detailed technical interview and practical assessment. The application process is likely to take longer and will be much more in-depth. At the moment the Trades Assessment process is relatively quick and no practical assessment is required.

Our advice to all our clients is that if you work in any of these Trades and you are thinking of emigrating to Australia, then you need to contact us promptly.

It is much more preferable to try to submit your application now, before the much more onerous and expensive requirements from September 1st are introduced.

The full list of Trades subject to the new assessment process include:  
 - General Electrician
 - General Plumber
 - Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
 - Motor Mechanic
 - Bricklayer
 - Carpenter and Joiner
 - Electrical Powerline Tradesperson
 - Cable Jointer

We will bring you a further update on the new assessment process, once we have more information. Feel free to call us on (+44) (0) 20 8365 3380 or complete an Online Assessment form on our website.


All clients need to be aware that new government application fees apply for all Australian visa applications, effective from July 1st.

Please contact us to ensure you are paying the correct government fee.


We met last week with representatives of the Western Australia Department of Health.

At the moment, Western Australia is experiencing an acute shortage of Registered Nurses, Registered Mental Health Nurses and Midwives. This shortage is expected to continue for many years, in part due to an ageing workforce but largely due to the growing provision and investment in healthcare throughout Western Australia. 

The good news for overseas Nurses is that the WA government are looking to sponsor such professionals for permanent residency. Furthermore, newly qualified Nurses and Nurses over 45 years will also be eligible for sponsorship (which is a change from the General Skilled Migration criteria).

So, if you are a qualified Nurse or Midwife, or are soon to qualify, then please send us your CV or complete the Online Assessment form on our website. We can then present your details to the WA Department of Health with a view to securing employment and permanent residence visas for you and your family.

Contact us

Commonwealth Immigration Consultants Ltd.
59 Cambridge Gardens
London, N10 2LN
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)20 8365 3380

The Canadian government have recently launched a new service named the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO). Its aim is to assist immigrants and potential immigrants to find the information and access the services they need to put their skills to work quickly in Canada.

The FCRO will function as a one-stop shop for information and referral services to individuals both overseas and in Canada.  It will provide information on the Canadian labour market and processes for credential assessment and recognition in Canada. They hope this will help internationally trained individuals to find employment commensurate with their skills and experience more quickly.

Canada is still a very attractive destination with continued high growth and increasing employment in many Provinces. Please feel free to complete the Online Assessment on our website so we can ascertain if you will qualify for Canadian residency.


Are you looking to apply to the Home Office for a UK visa? If so, maybe you would like to avail of our Same Day Application Service?

Commonwealth Immigration are designated agents for the Home Office based in Croydon. We can submit your application for a UK visa as your appointed representative and have it considered and approved on the same day!

If this is something you are interested in, then please contact us.

Please note that not all applications can be submitted through the Same Day Service.

Newsletter 1 - January 2007
ter 2 - March 2007
  Newsletter 3 - April 2007
  Newsletter 4 - May 2007
  Newsletter 5 - May 2007 - Australia
  Newsletter 6 - June 2007
  Newsletter 7 - July 2007
  Newsletter 8 - August 2007

We hope that this newsletter has been informative for you.  However, remember everyone's circumstances are different so if you or a friend or family member want to check your eligibility to emigrate then either

1) complete the Online Assessment form on our website
2) give us a call on (+44)  (0) 20 8365 3380

We would love to hear from you!

Tim McMahon
Commonwealth Immigration

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