Let's talk Skilled Independant Visas (subclass 189): Top 5 Questions


 

 

(1)    Who is the 189 Visa for?

The Skilled Independent - Subclass 189 visa (commonly known as General Skilled Migration) is designed for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, the Australian government, or a family member living in Australia. If approved, you will be granted Australian permanent residence (PR), which would allow you to live, work and remain in Australia permanently.

 

(2)    What type of industries are listed to apply for the 189 Visa?

When you apply, you must express your intention to work within a particular skilled occupation.

The Australian government has a list of eligible occupations, many of which require post-secondary education or specialised technical training. The list does change, however eligible occupations at the moment includes: Health professionals; Engineers; Construction Managers; Architects; Physicians; Teachers; IT professionals; Social Workers; Mechanics; Welders; Carpenters; Electricians and others.

 

(3)    How do you apply and how many points do I need to obtain?

As part of the application process, you will initially need to submit an ‘expression of interest’ and wait for an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).

In order to apply, you will also need to obtain at least 65 points. Points will be awarded to you, based on the following areas: 

  • Age
  • English language ability
  • years of relevant employment experience in Australia and overseas courses you have completed, and studies undertaken in Australia
  • skills from your spouse

 

Essentially, the higher number of points you will be able to achieve, will affect how quickly you will receive your invitation from DOHA.

 

(4)    Is there an age limit and English threshold for the 189 Visa?

You will need to be 45 years of age at the time of invitation, and you will need to have at least a ‘competent’ level of English. Evidence may include the following:

  • achieve the relevant score in an English test from an approved English language test provider. You must have undertaken the test, no more than 36 months before you are invited to apply for the 189 Visa.
  • you are a citizen of, and hold a valid passport from, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

Where applicants are over the age limit, Oz Migration will be able to assess whether you will be eligible for alternative pathways for PR. Other visa considerations may apply to business owners or investors who are able to invest/setup a business in Australia.

 

(5)    Why should I use a migration agent, oppose to applying myself?

At Oz Migration we consult with numerous clients where they have applied incorrectly themselves for the Subclass 189 visa, and lost thousands in fees for the same reasons. In many instances, they needed to restart their applications which meant waiting another 1-2 years. At Oz Migration Solutions, we have three dedicated Migration Agents, each with other 10 years industry experience. Our agents will be able to formulate a strategy to ensure you achieve the highest points available when applying, which will ultimately enable you to fast track your PR.

If you would like to pursue the Skilled Independent – Subclass 189 Visa, please contact our team to start the process. 

Let's talk Student Visas: Top 5 Questions


 

 

(1)    What are my work conditions on a Student Visa?

 

Generally, Student Visa holders are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight and without limitation when the course is no longer in session. E.g. during holiday periods.

 

(2)    What can I study on a Student Visa?

 

There is a wide range of areas which you are able to be trained, and in all kinds of courses in Australia on the student visa. To keep things simple, we will outline three main areas of studies:

 

  • University studies: these would include Degree programs, Masters, PhDs etc. You can study these programs in public or private universities, as well as private colleges.

 

  • Vocational Training: these courses are more practical-oriented than university studies, and some can be flexible, more affordable and to allow you time to work in many cases. Course outcomes includes Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diploma and covers professional based occupations, semi-professional and trades etc.

 

  • English Courses: these courses are able to be short tailored courses, to long term intensive programs.

 

(3)  Is my partner, child and family able to be included on my Student Visa?

 

It is possible to add a dependent family members on your Student Visa. Your spouse won’t need to study and he/she will also able to work – usually part-time jobs with a maximum of 40 hours every fortnight. Children will be permitted to attend appropriate schooling.

 

(4)    How can Oz Migration Solutions help with facilitating work rights?

 

We understand the living costs, and studying in Australia can be an expensive exercise requiring upfront payments. At Oz Migration Solutions, we would be able to provide guidance with selecting the most appropriate course, which would allow you to obtain a Graduate Visa once you complete your studies. The Graduate Visa would permit full time employment for up to 18 months to 4 years. This additional visa period with full time work rights, has proven effective with providing financial assistance, especially with the upfront fees paid during course completion. Hence, at Oz Migration we don’t simply apply for visas. We package our fees to provide advisory services - identifying the correct course and devising a strategy to apply for a work visa, and potentially permanent residency at a later date.   

 

(5)    Is it important to choose the right course of studies to apply for Permanent Residency later on?

 

We consult with many students who visit our office after course completion, because they aren’t able to obtain PR because they chose the wrong course – by this time it’s too late!

 

It is extremely important to choose the correct course, and develop a strategy to enable a pathway towards Permanent Residency. At Oz Migration Solutions, our agents track and monitor the occupations list for work visas/PR on a continuous basis. At Oz Migration Solutions, we have a team of three registered migration agents, and have devised successful plans for thousands of applicants who have since obtained permanent residence. Please contact our team and ask for Rob Lu using rob.lu@ozmigration.net.au to find out more. Rob Lu is a Migration/Visa Specialist with over 10 years of experience, who will be able to connect with you via phone/email to commence the eligibility process.

 

Nurses looking to work in Australia on a 457 visa


We've recently been asked about the rules and regulations revolving nurses who wish to come to Australia on a 457 visa and what’s involved in the process.

In order to sponsor Nurses on 457 visas, the usual 457 visa process is followed, however, there are extra registration and licensing requirements. If you’re an overseas nurse looking to come to Australia, you must first be registered in your home country as a nurse, and then you need to apply for Australian licensing via Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). Find the AHPRA online here: www.ahpra.gov.au

Prior to submitting the 457 application, it is essential that you go through the AHPRA’s registration process as the Australian registration is required before the 457 visa can be granted. The registration process assesses your skills and qualifications and makes an assessment as to whether you meet the Australian nursing standards.

In addition, they will also have to have relevant educational qualifications in order to meet the skill requirement for this visa.

Skilled Nomination Visa (Subclass 190) – "What are the limitations when applying?"...


As migration experts, we are bombarded with enquires on a daily basis, this week we were asked “are there any limitations when applying for the I-90 under the skilled migration in certain states?"...


Like most visa’s, there are a lot of requirements which need to be met in order to qualify. In the case of the Skilled Nomination Visa (Subclass190) if you were to try and attain this visa you will need to meet the Department of Immigration and Border Security’s (DIBP) visa eligibility requirements in addition to the individual state/territory sponsorship requirements, (these requirements are imposed by the state they are requesting sponsorship from).


Each state/territory has a State Migration Plan, as well as a set of sponsorship criteria that must be met in order to be nominated. The criteria varies depending on the needs and processes of the state/territory and may include reaching set levels of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results for particular occupations, already being a resident in the particular state, meeting licensing requirements, work experience requirements as well as already having secured an offer of employment in the nominated state etc.


In addition to meeting all the eligibility requirements associated with the 190, one of the main limitations you will face is ensuring that you’re not only meet state sponsorship criteria, but that your occupation is also available on the state’s current Migration Plan. More information about the State Sponsorship can be viewed at: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/nom-by-state-terr-gov.htm


Before submitting an expression of interest to apply for this visa, you must meet the DIBP requirements and the State Sponsorship must be secured.  It is also not guaranteed that you will be extended an invitation to apply for this visa; therefore it is recommended that you meet all the relevant criteria and obtain as many points as possible in the relevant points test.


In addition to obtaining the visa, it is also your responsibility to find employment within the nominating state. This means you need to do your own research, and apply for vacant positions relevant to your skills and experience.

Want to work in Australia?


John Glover from OzMigration Solutions explains how you can work & immigrate to Australia.


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Let's talk Skilled Independant Visas (subclass 189): Top 5 Questions


 

 

(1)    Who is the 189 Visa for?

The Skilled Independent - Subclass 189 visa (commonly known as General Skilled Migration) is designed for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, the Australian government, or a family member living in Australia. If approved, you will be granted Australian permanent residence (PR), which would allow you to live, work and remain in Australia permanently.

 

(2)    What type of industries are listed to apply for the 189 Visa?

When you apply, you must express your intention to work within a particular skilled occupation.

The Australian government has a list of eligible occupations, many of which require post-secondary education or specialised technical training. The list does change, however eligible occupations at the moment includes: Health professionals; Engineers; Construction Managers; Architects; Physicians; Teachers; IT professionals; Social Workers; Mechanics; Welders; Carpenters; Electricians and others.

 

(3)    How do you apply and how many points do I need to obtain?

As part of the application process, you will initially need to submit an ‘expression of interest’ and wait for an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).

In order to apply, you will also need to obtain at least 65 points. Points will be awarded to you, based on the following areas: 

  • Age
  • English language ability
  • years of relevant employment experience in Australia and overseas courses you have completed, and studies undertaken in Australia
  • skills from your spouse

 

Essentially, the higher number of points you will be able to achieve, will affect how quickly you will receive your invitation from DOHA.

 

(4)    Is there an age limit and English threshold for the 189 Visa?

You will need to be 45 years of age at the time of invitation, and you will need to have at least a ‘competent’ level of English. Evidence may include the following:

  • achieve the relevant score in an English test from an approved English language test provider. You must have undertaken the test, no more than 36 months before you are invited to apply for the 189 Visa.
  • you are a citizen of, and hold a valid passport from, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

Where applicants are over the age limit, Oz Migration will be able to assess whether you will be eligible for alternative pathways for PR. Other visa considerations may apply to business owners or investors who are able to invest/setup a business in Australia.

 

(5)    Why should I use a migration agent, oppose to applying myself?

At Oz Migration we consult with numerous clients where they have applied incorrectly themselves for the Subclass 189 visa, and lost thousands in fees for the same reasons. In many instances, they needed to restart their applications which meant waiting another 1-2 years. At Oz Migration Solutions, we have three dedicated Migration Agents, each with other 10 years industry experience. Our agents will be able to formulate a strategy to ensure you achieve the highest points available when applying, which will ultimately enable you to fast track your PR.

If you would like to pursue the Skilled Independent – Subclass 189 Visa, please contact our team to start the process. 

Let's talk Student Visas: Top 5 Questions


 

 

(1)    What are my work conditions on a Student Visa?

 

Generally, Student Visa holders are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight and without limitation when the course is no longer in session. E.g. during holiday periods.

 

(2)    What can I study on a Student Visa?

 

There is a wide range of areas which you are able to be trained, and in all kinds of courses in Australia on the student visa. To keep things simple, we will outline three main areas of studies:

 

  • University studies: these would include Degree programs, Masters, PhDs etc. You can study these programs in public or private universities, as well as private colleges.

 

  • Vocational Training: these courses are more practical-oriented than university studies, and some can be flexible, more affordable and to allow you time to work in many cases. Course outcomes includes Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diploma and covers professional based occupations, semi-professional and trades etc.

 

  • English Courses: these courses are able to be short tailored courses, to long term intensive programs.

 

(3)  Is my partner, child and family able to be included on my Student Visa?

 

It is possible to add a dependent family members on your Student Visa. Your spouse won’t need to study and he/she will also able to work – usually part-time jobs with a maximum of 40 hours every fortnight. Children will be permitted to attend appropriate schooling.

 

(4)    How can Oz Migration Solutions help with facilitating work rights?

 

We understand the living costs, and studying in Australia can be an expensive exercise requiring upfront payments. At Oz Migration Solutions, we would be able to provide guidance with selecting the most appropriate course, which would allow you to obtain a Graduate Visa once you complete your studies. The Graduate Visa would permit full time employment for up to 18 months to 4 years. This additional visa period with full time work rights, has proven effective with providing financial assistance, especially with the upfront fees paid during course completion. Hence, at Oz Migration we don’t simply apply for visas. We package our fees to provide advisory services - identifying the correct course and devising a strategy to apply for a work visa, and potentially permanent residency at a later date.   

 

(5)    Is it important to choose the right course of studies to apply for Permanent Residency later on?

 

We consult with many students who visit our office after course completion, because they aren’t able to obtain PR because they chose the wrong course – by this time it’s too late!

 

It is extremely important to choose the correct course, and develop a strategy to enable a pathway towards Permanent Residency. At Oz Migration Solutions, our agents track and monitor the occupations list for work visas/PR on a continuous basis. At Oz Migration Solutions, we have a team of three registered migration agents, and have devised successful plans for thousands of applicants who have since obtained permanent residence. Please contact our team and ask for Rob Lu using rob.lu@ozmigration.net.au to find out more. Rob Lu is a Migration/Visa Specialist with over 10 years of experience, who will be able to connect with you via phone/email to commence the eligibility process.

 

Nurses looking to work in Australia on a 457 visa


We've recently been asked about the rules and regulations revolving nurses who wish to come to Australia on a 457 visa and what’s involved in the process.

In order to sponsor Nurses on 457 visas, the usual 457 visa process is followed, however, there are extra registration and licensing requirements. If you’re an overseas nurse looking to come to Australia, you must first be registered in your home country as a nurse, and then you need to apply for Australian licensing via Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). Find the AHPRA online here: www.ahpra.gov.au

Prior to submitting the 457 application, it is essential that you go through the AHPRA’s registration process as the Australian registration is required before the 457 visa can be granted. The registration process assesses your skills and qualifications and makes an assessment as to whether you meet the Australian nursing standards.

In addition, they will also have to have relevant educational qualifications in order to meet the skill requirement for this visa.

Skilled Nomination Visa (Subclass 190) – "What are the limitations when applying?"...


As migration experts, we are bombarded with enquires on a daily basis, this week we were asked “are there any limitations when applying for the I-90 under the skilled migration in certain states?"...


Like most visa’s, there are a lot of requirements which need to be met in order to qualify. In the case of the Skilled Nomination Visa (Subclass190) if you were to try and attain this visa you will need to meet the Department of Immigration and Border Security’s (DIBP) visa eligibility requirements in addition to the individual state/territory sponsorship requirements, (these requirements are imposed by the state they are requesting sponsorship from).


Each state/territory has a State Migration Plan, as well as a set of sponsorship criteria that must be met in order to be nominated. The criteria varies depending on the needs and processes of the state/territory and may include reaching set levels of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results for particular occupations, already being a resident in the particular state, meeting licensing requirements, work experience requirements as well as already having secured an offer of employment in the nominated state etc.


In addition to meeting all the eligibility requirements associated with the 190, one of the main limitations you will face is ensuring that you’re not only meet state sponsorship criteria, but that your occupation is also available on the state’s current Migration Plan. More information about the State Sponsorship can be viewed at: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/nom-by-state-terr-gov.htm


Before submitting an expression of interest to apply for this visa, you must meet the DIBP requirements and the State Sponsorship must be secured.  It is also not guaranteed that you will be extended an invitation to apply for this visa; therefore it is recommended that you meet all the relevant criteria and obtain as many points as possible in the relevant points test.


In addition to obtaining the visa, it is also your responsibility to find employment within the nominating state. This means you need to do your own research, and apply for vacant positions relevant to your skills and experience.

Want to work in Australia?


John Glover from OzMigration Solutions explains how you can work & immigrate to Australia.