No. 8 - August 2007
- NEW ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
We are still awaiting clarification from the Australian government on how the
English language requirements from September 1st will be assessed.
Some recent reports in the UK media have criticised the Australian government
for the new system, which requires English-speaking applicants to “prove that
they can speak English”!
Under the new system, the points awarded for English language ability will be
15 or 25 points, rather than the current breakdown of 15 and 20 points.
Applicants who are passport holders from an English speaking country should
automatically be granted 15 points. However the main point of controversy is
that under the new system to score 25 points, applicants will need to sit an
English language test, even if born and educated in an English speaking
It still remains to be seen if this will be the case and many groups are asking
the Australian government to waive the English language test for those who can
show that English is their native language.
Once we have any more news on how this will be implemented, we’ll update you.
- UPDATE ON THE NEW ENGLISH LANGUAGE CHANGES
In our previous newsletters we announced some significant changes in relation
to the selection criteria for Skilled Migrants to Australia. These changes have
now taken place and one of the most important changes is in relation to the points
for English language.
This means that maximum English language points can only be awarded to those
applicants who sit an English language test (IELTS).
Passports holders from English speaking countries such as the UK, Ireland,
Canada etc… will now only be automatically awarded 15 points. To score the
maximum points of 25, a score of 7 will be needed in the IELTS test.
We did hope that the Australian government would make an exception for
applicants born and educated in an English speaking country, but this has not
happened. It is therefore vital that every applicant has their points
eligibility full reviewed to see if their application will require the
additional English language points and therefore require the test to be
- MORE DETAILS ON SEPTEMBER 1ST CHANGES FOR TRADES APPLICATIONS
We now have some indication of the new process affecting
applications for 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
The new process will be overseen by an Australian organisation
named VETASSESS and will involve 2 main stages. The first will
be a paperwork-based assessment of the applicant’s
qualifications and work experience. The applicant will need to
be able to show competency in all main duties of the
occupation. If the applicant successfully passes this stage,
he / she will be set a date for a practical assessment. This
will examine the applicant’s practical skills in the trade
and also include a detailed technical interview.
Overall the application process will take longer and the
proposed application fees are to increase. However the new
process is expected to make it easier and quicker for
applicants to register in their occupation when they arrive in
The full list of Trades subject to the new assessment process
- General Electrician
- General Plumber
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
- Motor Mechanic
- Carpenter and Joiner
- Electrical Powerline Tradesperson
- Cable Jointer
Please note that this does not affect applicants who have
already passed a Trades Assessment.
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 new criteria.
1 - January 2007
2 - March 2007
3 - April 2007
4 - May 2007
5 - May 2007 - Australia
6 - June 2007
7 - July 2007
8 - August 2007
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KINGDOM - LIFE IN THE UK TEST
We wish to remind all our UK visa clients about the “Life
in the UK test”. This is now a mandatory requirement for
all applicants for UK indefinite leave to remain and UK
The test must be passed before we can submit your
application. There are over 90 test centres in the UK, where
the test can be undertaken. All applicants will need to
prepare for the test by reading the “Life in the United
If you have any queries on the test, then please feel free
to contact us.
NEW MIGRATION OCCUPATIONS DEMAND LIST (MODL)
Some new occupations have been added on to the Migration Occupations Demand
List. These include:
- External Auditor
- Quantity Surveyor
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
- Locksmith, Optical Mechanic
- Painter & Decorator
- Furniture Finisher
Occupations on this list are awarded more points when applying for Australian
residency. If you work in any of these occupations, your chances of migrating
to Australia just got much better! Contact us now for a full assessment.
CANADA – MICROSOFT ATTRACTING FOREIGN WORKERS TO NEW CENTRE IN CANADA
U.S. technology giant Microsoft Corp. recently announced that it will be
setting up shop in Vancouver, British Columbia. The location of the new Microsoft
Canada Development Centre was chosen because the city is both “a global
gateway with a diverse population,” and “is close to Microsoft corporate offices in Redmond,
However, the most significant reason, and the one that has stimulated much
debate, centres on immigration and temporary foreign workers.
With a high demand for foreign information technology (IT) workers, Microsoft
chairman Bill Gates has long lobbied the American government to ease
restrictions on temporary work visas (H1-B visas). Recognizing that American
immigration policy is not likely to change in the near future, Canada’s more
open immigration system for foreign skilled workers has become a more
attractive option for Microsoft. The Canadian software development centre will
allow “the company to recruit and retain highly skilled people affected by
immigration issues in the U.S.”
In Canada there is no annual limit on the number of work permits issued;
Canadian companies in labour-tight industries eagerly use the Temporary Foreign
Worker Program to recruit foreign talent. Attracting information technology
workers has been deemed a priority in Canada, and special immigration
provisions for IT workers have been implemented to facilitate their entry into
the Canadian work force.
There is a fundamental difference between the thinking behind temporary foreign
workers in the United States and in Canada. A Canadian temporary work permit is
seen as the first step to becoming a Permanent Resident and then a Canadian
citizen, whereas American H1-B holders are aware that their stay in the U.S. is
only temporary. Those Microsoft employees on H1- B visas, who would have to
leave the United States when their visas expire, now, have the option to
transfer to the Microsoft development centre in Canada.
If you have a potential offer of employment in Canada and you are looking for a
temporary work visa, then please contact us.
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
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