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As a migrant to Australia myself, I really understand just how important your visa application is to you and your family.

Changes to English language testing requirements across various visa programmes

Changes to English language testing requirements across various visa programmes

The Department of Immigration has recently released some good news for visa applicants in regards to the English language, providing more alternatives to meet this requirement across the Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident, and Work and Holiday visa programmes. From November 2014, the department will accept English language test scores from 2 different providers: Test [...]

Top 3 reasons for using a Registered Migration Agent in your next visa application

Top 3 reasons for using a Registered Migration Agent in your next visa application

This month, I want to discuss one of the first and most important questions that anyone coming to Australia faces: Should I use an Agent to help me with my application or should I do it by myself? People have many different reasons to come to Australia and it is important for you to understand [...]

What is a Skills Assessment?

What is a Skills Assessment?

This month I will write about one of the first major hurdles applicants face when starting their visa process: obtaining a positive skills assessment. Whether you wish to apply for a skilled permanent visa, a skilled temporary graduate visa or (some) employer sponsored visas, you will most definitely require a positive skills assessment for your [...]

Graduate visa for gaining 18 months of work experience in Australia

Graduate visa for gaining 18 months of work experience in Australia

Engineering Professionals are amongst the most highly sought after professionals in Australia. The Australian government recognises their contribution to our society and their value as highly trained professionals with a visa specifically designed for them. The Skilled–Recognised Graduate Visa (subclass 476) allows recent engineering graduates (from certain universities and programs) to gain up to 18 [...]

Skilled Migration is more cost-effective with National Visas

Skilled Migration is more cost-effective with National Visas

As many of you may be well aware, last year the Department of Immigration announced a new visa fee structure for all visa applications, which included an increase to all visa application charges as well as adding additional costs for secondary applicants (family members) and a subsequent temporary visa application charge for applicants lodging a [...]

Finding the best pathway in Skilled Migration

Finding the best pathway in Skilled Migration

Finding the best pathway to obtain a skilled visa is not as simple as it may seem. One of the reasons for this is that Australian migration legislation is constantly changing and evolving. The same goes for other important requirements for skilled visas such as skills assessing authorities’ guidelines for skills assessments. Lodging an application [...]

Establishing your occupation for Skilled Migration

Establishing your occupation for Skilled Migration

What does nominating an occupation involve and why is it so important? Think about the traditional board game “snakes and ladders”; imagine that every time you make a decision is like rolling the dice. If you have been making the right decisions, you will be able to continue and get to the top; however, if [...]

Common pathways to Permanent Residency via a Skilled Visa

Common pathways to Permanent Residency via a Skilled Visa

As many of you may be aware, obtaining permanent residency in Australia can be a challenging and complex thing to do. In this month’s article I provide a brief overview of some of the most common pathways for skilled workers to get permanent residency in Australia, and I highlight a couple of points applicants commonly [...]

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