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  • How Does Skill Select Work?

    Skill Select is a three-stage process that involves: 1.                 lodging EOI, 2.                 receiving an invitation to apply, and 3.                 Lodging a visa application. The GSM visa program uses a point test system. Once you submit the EOI form, the system ranks your position according to your score and the date of effect. You can see...
  • Proficient English: IELTS VS OET

    Applicants for GSM skilled migration must have COMPETENT English language proficiency. Additional points are awarded to applicants with better English language skills as below: English Level Points Awarded Competent English 0 Proficient English 10 Superior English 20 To claim 10 points for having Proficient English, applicants must sit a prescribed language test to demonstrate their...
  • Changes to Accountants Skills Assessment Criteria from 1 July 2015

    **IMPORTANT ALERT: NEW IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCOUNTANTS** From 1 July 2015, new changes will be introduced by skills assessment authorities CPA Australia/CA  which may affect you if your nominated occupation is in the accounting area. Please note, We have a confirmation from CPA Australia that the new changes also apply to those who has passed the provisional...
  • What does Immigration Dept think of Migration Agent

    Immigration Department has published a post on their migration blog in regard to “What to expect from a registered migration agent’. Here is the summary of the things mentioned in the post: It’s against the law for anyone who is not registered to advise about eligibility for a visa or provide assistance  Registered migration agents...
  • Partner Sponsor Limitation – When did the past 5 years start to count

    In order to prevent people abusing partner visa program, the migration regulation has placed some limitations on partner sponsorship. A 5 years ban is one of such limitations, that is, Your sponsorship might not be approved if you: a) were sponsored for a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa within the past five years or b)...
  • When can my employer nominate me for PR

    Today I like to address a type of question I often got from my clients: “I don’t have a skills assessment and I only work for my 457 employer for 3 months, when can my employer nominate me for PR?” Here are the summary to answer this type of question: There are a number of...
  • Medibank Health Solution no longer perform visa medical

    From 28 July the provision of visa medical examinations and assessments to clients in Australia will commence with Bupa Medical Visa Services. Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) will no longer provide this service when its contract with Immigration Department expires on 25 July 2014.  For more details, please visit Immigration website at: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/arranging-health-exam.htm  
  • How long is your skills assessment valid for

    How Long Is Your Skills Assessment Valid For Migration Purpose? This is supposed to be a straightforward question. However, in reality, it is a bit complicated. In the past, it was forever, in other word, even, it stated it is valid for 5 years on your assessment result letter and those 5 years has passed,...
  • From 457 visa to partner Visa – can I work for others?

    Given the current economic condition, particularly in WA, we see more and more 457 visa holders made redundant by their sponsors. With only 90 days to find another employer, some of them manage to lodge an onshore partner visa SC820/801. Although they will a Bridging Visa A (BVA) automatically granted by doing this, but it...