Skilled Migration To Australia

Australia Skilled Worker Visas

The 189 visa is the premier visa Australia has to offer for skilled workers. The main advantage is that it provides permanent residency on arrival. This affords the holder and their family peace of mind and security for the future. Being a visa for life the holder and their family are free to live and work anywhere in Australia, have access to free education, Medicare and can make pension contributions. There are also no restrictions on the property the holder can purchase. Once you hold a 189 visa for Australia you really can relax knowing Australia is your new home.

Proposed changes to Skilled Migration to Australia

Currently, the Australian government is reviewing the policy allowing permanent residency on arrival and wants to introduce a probationary period after arrival. The proposed change would require all new migrants to complete a 2 years probationary period in Australia before becoming eligible for permanent residency and all the benefits permanent residency provides.

If these proposed changes are applied, it will remove the most attractive element of the 189 visa. Therefore, we recommend you to file your case as soon as possible if you wish to avoid future disruption to your plans.

Learn how to emigrate as skilled Migrant

To secure a 189 visa a person must be invited to apply from the Expression Of Interest pool. After filling an E.O.I, the immigration case is evaluated on several criteria set by the Australian Government ranging from your skills and experience, family history to your character and health. Australia is clear in who they want to invite and even though each case is unique and dealt with on its own individual merits how a case is present to the Australian government remains paramount to its success.

The Easiest Way To Emigrate to Australia

The 189 visa requires every case to be "visa ready" prior to submission. To apply a person must achieve 60 points on the skilled visa calculator (our assessment will calculate your points) they must also have a profession in demand and listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). Then their case is entered into a competitive pool of similar candidates all hoping to be selected for a 189 visa. There is no room for "horse trading" with the immigration officer who is deciding on who to select from the pool and who to leave behind. An officer will simply put a case to one side and move on to the next if they are not satisfied with everything they see on their first inspection. This visa allows people like you to live and work freely in Australia and allows them to take employment of their choice.  It also allows them to bring their immediate family who can enjoy all the advantages of Australian life. Competition and demand are high.

Australia Immigration Points System Explained

The Australian General Skilled Immigration System works on a point based system which takes into account several factors.

  •     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 person will earn points and will be required to achieve 60 points to be eligible to submit an expression of interest to emigrate.  If you do not achieve 60 points you may like to apply for a State Sponsored visa or 190 visas.

Australia Skilled Worker Visas Statistics:

190,0 places 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

Improving your Australian Immigration Points Score

There are a number of factors you can not affect regardless of how effective we are in developing your case.  Age is the obvious one but the others are always possible to improve no matter how good your case;with a little effort we can always make it better.  The following are ways we have improved cases that have fallen short prior to putting in some effort.

English language for Immigration

A classic one is completing an English Test if you hold a UK passport,or some others,you may not need to complete an English test to qualify to enter Australia however if you do complete your test to a superior level this action provides an immediate additional 20 points to your case.  Many cases can achieve 60 points easily just from securing the additional points.  We assist our clients in finding the right test centre and providing guidance on ensuring they achieve maximum points.

Skilled Worker Visas Assessments

This area is the most complex of all and carries a large number of issues,pitfalls and dangers but likewise,it also has huge 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 work 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 the benefit of the doubt, it is also commercially advantageous for them by securing more fees if you need to re-apply once rejected!

Employment Reference for skilled migration cases

It is not enough to have a glowing reference but again it matters what that reference says and how it is presented.  We have had many calls over the years from people who could not understand why their assessment was rejected or why they could not attract an Australian Employer, one look at their references allowed us to see the issues.  Never assume a reference meets the Australian employer's requirements or the Australian Immigration needs.  A CV is a document often embellished without documentary evidence to support each claim made.  It is important for Australian Immigration purposes that we prepare your references,not only to support your CV but to enhance it.

Other Australian Immigration Factors

This is where the internet falls over a little as we start to go into specific needs of individual cases.  No two people or cases are ever the same as we mentioned previously and only by understanding a persons history and background fully can we develop a winning case. We advise people not to rush in;take your time to ensure you build a case based on your core strengths to avoid any future issues.

Key Facts About Being A Skilled Migrant In Australia In Work

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 Migrants who had emigrated from the UK to Australia what are the key differences when working in Australia. Here’s a distilled version of what they said.

First,on the swearing at work

Profanity has a natural place in the Australian vocabulary. It’s regularly used in workplaces to express frustration,used 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,legit” 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 expecting it 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,while the British are appalled. One of our English colleagues said:“For a laid back country,20 days of holidays is shocking! The supposedly ‘more uptight Brits’ get 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,people 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 businesspeople. 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 over here. 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.

189 Visas
Emigrate to Australia 189 visas

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Description:These are the most common visas to emigrate to Australia with for skilled workers. There are a limited number of them available per year within each profession and demand is high. A person also is required to meet qualifying criteria before applying. Once in Australia the holder becomes a permanent resident immediately.

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