189 Skilled Workers Visas Australian Immigration Made Easier

Emigrate as a Skilled Migrant To Australia

189 Visas Offer Permanent Residence To Skilled Workers

Emigrate to Australia as a skilled worker with confidence

Our team of lawyers, ex-immigration officers and Australian immigration experts all agree that the 189 visa is the premier visa Australia has to offer skilled workers who wish to emigrate.

It is, therefore, unsurprisingly the most popular choice for our clients. No other skilled visa can offer so much, so quickly.

Providing permanent residency immediately on arrival, allowing you to live and work anywhere in Australia.

Once you hold a 189 visa you really can relax knowing Australia is waiting to welcome you to your new home.

How Our Free Assessment Works

In our experience every person and their families needs are unique.

This is where the internet begins to fall over. only by understanding a person's history and reason to emigrate fully is it possible to truly understand their situation and begin to offer meaningful advice. The general information available online cannot compare to the personal touch our experts can offer in a free consultation.

Our traditional approach means taking the time to fully understand a person's needs.

Our 1-minute assessment is fast and easy to use. Once you submit your assessment our experts will provide feedback on all your immigration options as quickly as possible.

Qualifying Criteria To Become A Skilled Migrant

To Emigrate You Will Require 65 Points

To be eligible to apply a person must first evidence they are able to equal or exceed 65 points on the general skilled migrant worker visa test, this will require a formal skills assessment. The persons profession must also be in demand and listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for regional sponsorship.

Our experts quickly guide you through the skilled migration assessment process and will let you know which states currently have the highest demand for your skills.

On securing the required skills assessment and points a person can then entered their Expression of Interest to emigrate. This is where their application is entered into a competitive pool of similar candidates applying to emigrate to Australia as skilled migrants.

There is no room for "horse trading" with the immigration officer at this stage as case need to be presented "visa ready". If an officer is not satisfied with everything they see on their first inspection, they will put the case to one side and move on to the next. Currently, Australia receives 30,0 application per day globally.

That is why it is important all cases should be "Visa ready" before they are filed, as those all important first impressions do count.

An Overview On How Points Are Awarded

How Points Are Awarded

The Australian General Skilled Immigration System system takes various factors into account when awarding points. A minimum of 65 points is required before a case can be entered into the Express of Interest pool.

Points are awarded as follows:

  • Age
  • Qualifications
  • English Language Ability
  • Experience In Your Profession
  • Record Of Prior Learning In Australia And Off Shore
  • Previous Study or Employment In Australia
  • Your Spouse Skills If Applicable
  • Your skills must be in demand - To find out if your skills are on the list complete our free assessment

Based on these criteria, a candidate who earn the required 65 is then eligible to submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) to emigrate.  If you do not achieve 65 points, you may be eligible to apply for a (489) State Sponsored visa or a (190) State Nomination visa instead.

At Haskew Law we work on finding the perfect visa to meet your needs and eligibility factors.

Australia Skilled Worker Visas Statistics

Australian Immigration Is A Competitive Process

Australian immigration is a competitive process, as "Australia Plc" acts like any other potential employer in looking to recruit only the most talented people from a global pool of candidates. Australia only accept the best-skilled candidates, who meet their current immigration recruitment criteria. And like any employer, Australia only has limited opportunities available each year, and once they meet their quota in any given profession, they stop offering further invitations to those waiting to emigrate.

While more than 190,0 places were available this year across Australia for Skilled workers, 

  • 68% of migrants arrive in Australia on this visa
  • 42% of all visa applications are rejected
  • 32% of migrant workers arrive on a Family Class visa
Key Facts About Working Life In Australia

Working In Australia Differs From Working In The UK

Recently, we noted some of the big etiquette differences between the UK migrants going emigrating to Australia and Australian work culture.

We decided to look into cross-cultural communication that noted the tendency of Australian managers to swear in meetings. It got us wondering about the other surprising elements of Australian business culture, so we asked some skilled workers who emigrated from the UK to Australia what were the key differences they noticed when working in Australia. Here’s a distilled version of what they said.

Let's start by swearing at work

Profanity has a natural place in the Australian vocabulary. It’s regularly used in workplaces to express frustration, to exaggerate for effect, or for humour. For example, "bastard” is frequently a term of endearment in Australia and isn’t really considered swearing. But saying this, gauge the room. You wouldn’t drop the f-bomb in front of gran or a conservative executive.

Australians often talk about race in a specific way

Australians are proud of their melting-pot culture, but people are also proud of their own heritage. Playful ethnic epithets can be used by people to describe their background. For example, it is not unusual for a person whose parents are from Greek, Lebanese or Italian backgrounds to refer to themselves or their family as “wog”. This can really shock visitors. One Scot said it “absolutely startled me, for sure.” when he first heard the term.

On the flip-side it’s never acceptable to address someone or refer to them by a racially pejorative name – it’s reserved for self-reference.

It’s rude to sit in the back of a taxi if you’re travelling on your own

This comes down to “mateship”, the term for the culture of equality in Australia. You can have a chat with anyone, even a stranger, and therefore be courteous and sit next to the guy doing you a favour. One of our colleagues from the UAE says: “Aussies are some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. They’re happy to strike up friendly conversations with total strangers”.

Australians might be laid back, but being late is uncool

Tardiness won’t win you any favours. But being too early can come across as over-eager and annoying. Overall, just don’t waste people’s time. Know when you’re meeting and be prepared and keep it short, sharp and simple.

Casual conversation is expected at the start of a lunch meeting

While we like to keep office meetings short and sharp, getting straight to the point at a business lunch could be seen as trying to rush the meeting, or as being too aggressive. If a person is taking the time to leave the office, it’s expected to be a relaxed and genuine catch-up where you have the opportunity to talk about common interests or topical subjects.

Australians socialise after work a lot

While a Friday night drink after work might be the norm in many countries, in Australia the day of the week doesn’t define when you socialise. A few beers after work at the local pub offering “tight-arse Tuesday” pizza or parmigiana is totally fine.

Australians get 20 days of annual leave a year

This is a divisive issue, depending on where you’re from. Americans are shocked at how many holidays we get, the British are appalled at how little it seems. One of our English colleagues said: “For a laid back country, 20 days of holidays is shocking! The supposedly ‘more uptight Brits’ have 25 as standard - and up to 30 in many places”.

We don’t cause a fuss…

The laid-back attitude of Australians flows through most aspects of life and to outsiders, Australians can seem surprisingly relaxed in stressful situations. One English colleague was pleasantly surprised to find we will happily (and politely) queue for anything. “Transport, food, at ATMs, for tables in restaurants” she said. “For a country known for being ‘laid back’ the no-fuss order/structure is great.”

… but don’t confuse this with a lack of a work ethic

Australians regularly feature in the lists of countries with the world’s longest working weeks. There’s even a well-worn saying for hard work – “hard yakka” – and it’s a badge of pride. Low levels of fuss are a way of keeping things on an even keel while getting things done.

Office romances are OK

It’s not considered a big deal to be in a relationship with a colleague. This can freak out some foreigners, particularly Americans. As long as you’re professional during office hours and remain transparent, people don’t care what you do with your spare time.

How good is this rhetorical question?

Questions not requiring an answer are a common feature of everyday conversation. The classic is “How good is that?” This isn’t an invitation to quantify the quality of something, but simply a statement that the subject of the comment is good. A simple “how good is this weather?” is often a polite way of filling an awkward silence.

Shoes are optional

It’s perfectly acceptable to go to the shops or walking around your local area without them, which can freak people out. It’s also OK to wear thongs (sandals or flip-flops) while walking to work. Whether it’s the warm climate or our lack of interest in being cramped up in heels or suit shoes, Australians often will bring their work shoes in a bag and put them on when they arrive at the office.

Office hierarchies are notably flat

Hierarchy doesn’t really exist in many Australian offices. A lot of companies encourage the same level of respect and engagement with all employees, so you need to be wary about fawning all over senior people while ignoring other staff.

It’s likely you’ll sometimes see more of a colleague than you bargained for

Seeing your work colleagues or business contacts at the beach on the weekend and in their bikinis or boardshorts is pretty normal. The same can be said for lycra as riding to work is a popular mode of transport for those who work in the major CBDs.

Australians will often take on more work to avoid saying they’re too busy

Refusing tasks isn’t on. One of our English colleagues said: “I soon learnt in my first job to pretty much respond with ‘no worries’, ‘too easy’ or ‘no dramas’. If you respond truthfully that you have a lot on or you’re finding it hard to deal with the workload it’s seen that you’re incapable, so people distance themselves thinking you can’t handle the job.”

Care is needed with greetings involving kisses

Most European countries kiss at least twice, once on each cheek when greeting or saying goodbye to someone. This is not on in Australia. In fact, it is totally OK to simply offer a handshake, particularly in the case of a business meeting. You would not welcome a client with a kiss. In a social setting or once you get to know each other better, a peck on the cheek becomes acceptable between members of the opposite sex.

Alcohol plays a big part in the culture

Exhibit A: The Prime Minister smashing in a few beers at the cricket recently while chatting with senior business people. Yes, there’s work socialising mentioned above, but the open consumption of alcohol can rattle people from cultures where drinking is frowned upon or an occasional pursuit. “You’d think I wouldn’t be surprised by how much people drink. But here Australians don’t binge drink, it’s just a thing that they do. All the time.”

Australians use blunt humour to diffuse tension

This is particularly useful in awkward situations. Rather than letting a horrible situation continue painfully, Australians will often call it out and then move on with a few harmless tongue-in-cheek jokes. For some, this can come across a little harsh,  but getting things out in the open is seen as preferable to sweeping issues under the carpet.

The number of rules and regulations in Australia can be intimidating

There’s a lot of government in Australia. National workplace safety laws called Occupational Health and Safety, or OH&S, lead to important reporting rules on spills or the most minor of injuries sustained at work. It can be very difficult for companies to dismiss staff – sackings on the spot are practically unheard of. On the positive side, there are firm rules governing discrimination and inter-office behaviour to ensure everyone gets along and gets on with their jobs. There are all sorts of strictly enforced rules around outdoor cafe seating, smoking in public places, opening hours for restaurants and bars and door policies.

Australians are exceptionally well-travelled

If you’re visiting Australia your complaints about your long-haul flight won’t receive much sympathy. Australians have to travel hours on a plane to get anywhere outside of the country. Even Australia’s favourite holiday destinations involve hours of airtime – New Zealand is three hours away and Bali is six hours from Sydney.

Improving your Australian Immigration Points Score

Every Application Has Room For Improvement

There are a number of factors a person cannot change, regardless of how effective we are in developing their case. Of these age is the most obvious. However, with effort most others can be improved. We often find ways to improve cases that would otherwise have fallen short.

A classic example is completing an English test if you hold a UK passport. While you may not need to complete an English test to qualify to enter Australia, if you do complete your test to a superior level this action alone immediately provides an additional 20 points. Many cases can achieve 65 points just from securing these additional points. We assist our clients in finding the right test centre, and provide guidance to ensure they achieve the maximum points.

Other key areas of improvement include a person's record of prior learning, and how they present their capabilities, family history, character tests and family history.

To ensure a successful outcome, a case should not be filed until it is fully compliant in all areas, and provides the best possible representation of the facts relevant to the current Australian Immigration policy.

Skilled Worker Visas Assessments

Positive Skills Assessments

This area is one of the most complex of all and carries a large number of issues, pitfalls and dangers but likewise, it also holds opportunities for improvement. Often our clients are fantastic in their role and know how to do their job way above the Australian standards. Like many exams, it is not necessarily what you have done previously, or even what you know, but how you present that knowledge to the assessors.

Our team works hard in this area as we understand it is the foundation of everything that comes later in your 189 visa case.

There's little point being amazing if you fail to present the facts in a clear and impressive way. Assessors are busy people and they will not give you the benefit of the doubt. But bear in mind, it is also commercially advantageous for them to err on the side of rejection, if it means they are likely to secure further fees when you re-apply once rejected!

Employment Reference for skilled migration cases

Many Documents Need To Be Amended To Meet The Australian Standards

It is not enough to have a glowing reference, it also matters what that reference says exactly, and how well it is presented. Over the years, we have had many calls from people who could not understand why their assessment was rejected, or why they could not attract an Australian Employer, when one look at their references immediately revealed the issues.

Never assume your UK or international references will meet an Australian employer's requirements or the Australian immigration authorities needs.

A CV is a document often embellished, and without documentary evidence to support each claim made, it will be quickly dismissed. It is important for Australian Immigration purposes that we prepare your references, not only to support your CV, but also to enhance it.

Proposed changes to Skilled Migration for Australia

This visa Class Is At Risk - So Don't Delay

As we post this, the Australian government is reviewing their policy of allowing permanent residency on arrival, because they want to introduce a probationary period for all new migrants.

These proposed change would require all new migrants to complete a two-year probationary period in Australia before becoming eligible for permanent residency, affecting all the benefits permanent residency provides.

These proposed changes, if adopted, would remove the most attractive element of the 189 visa. Therefore, we recommend you begin your case as soon as possible to ensure you benefit from the current policy.

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