Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tier 1 (General) to close overseas and new interim limit set for Tier 2 (General)

21 December 2010

The UK Border Agency has announced that it will stop accepting Tier 1 (General) applications made overseas from 00:01 on 23 December 2010. This is to ensure that we do not exceed the limit set by the government for issued Tier 1 (General) applications between 19 July 2010 and April 2011.

Tier 1 (General) overseas will not reopen for applications. Tier 1 (General) in the UK will remain open until 5 April 2011. There will be transitional arrangements beyond 6 April 2011 for some applicants who are already in the UK, and we will announce details of these in due course.

Following a court judgement on Friday, the government has also set a limit until 5 April 2011 on the number of certificates of sponsorship that are available to licensed Tier 2 sponsors under Tier 2 (General). The level of the limit will be 10,832, and the changes will take place immediately.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said:

'This ruling is about process, not policy - the policy of having a limit has not been found to be unlawful. The court's ruling rests on a technicality, which we have set right today to ensure that from now on the interim limit is back up and running.

'This judgment does not affect the annual cap in any way. The interim limit was a temporary measure introduced specifically to tackle a rush of applications ahead of the introduction of the annual limit.

'As a result of the volume of applications received since the interim limit was introduced last July, no more Tier 1 visa applications from overseas will be accepted after 22 December.

'The government remains firmly committed to reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.'

The changes are set out in a new Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules (HC 698).

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

UK Immigration Cap Lifted : UK Court Verdict

An interim cap introduced last summer has been deemed unlawful by the UK High Court; High Court Judges have ruled that ministers needed parliamentary approval before going ahead with the temporary immigration.

As a result, the temporary immigration cap is no longer in force. If you wish to apply for a tier 1 visa or tier 2 visa you should apply as soon as possible. Ministers can introduce a new cap when Parliament returns in January. MPs and Peers would then have an opportunity to oppose the immigration cap within 40 days.

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Ministers introduced the temporary cap -- set at 24,100 a year -- last summer as an attempt to reduce net immigration into the UK. The cap was challenged by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and the English Community Care Association.

Lord Justice Sullivan and Mr. Justice Burton found that the home secretary had not gone through proper channels when implementing the cap; The proposals should have been put to a vote in Parliament.

"There can be no doubt that [Theresa May] was attempting to side-step provisions for Parliamentary scrutiny set up under provisions of the 1971 Immigration Act and her attempt was for that reason unlawful," they stated.

Because of this, the High Court ruled that no limits were to be in place for Tiers 1 and 2 of the points based immigration system.

The English Community Care Association said the cap was implemented without regard for how it would affect care providers. Vacancies could not be filled by British staff. There is insufficient demand for these jobs among the UK Citizens and residents.

The immigration cap has been highly controversial, even within the UK Government. The Lib Dems the junior Coalition partner has called for the cap to be more flexible so that UK companies can hire the highly skilled staff they need from abroad.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Western Australia Demands Skilled Workers

The Western Australian government is trying its best to attract overseas skilled workers in an attempt to deal with labour shortages in its mining sector.

Western Australian Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier announced a WA workforce development plan to address these issues. One of the problems is finding skilled labour for the expected $220 billion worth of natural resource-related projects.

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According to Collier, the increasing population and aging workforce will cause a gap of about 150,000 workers in Western Australia in the next seven years. Bringing in skilled migrants into Australia will help Western Australia deal with skills shortages in the labour market.

"Training and preparing West Australians for the workforce is our number one priority," said Collier. "However, targeted migration will be an important strategy in filling those high value vacancies unable to be filled by the local workforce."

The government of WA has signed an agreement with the Australian federal government which will allow the state to sponsor 6000 visa applications under the regional sponsored category of the General Skilled Migration program.

The General Skilled Migration program is Australia's points based immigration system which allows skilled workers to gain permanent residence in Australia with or without a job offer from an Australian employer.

Some visa categories under this program allow state or regional governments in Australia to sponsor a visa applicant.

The General Skilled Migration Program has been very successful for Australia and has influenced immigration systems in other countries such as the UK.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Today's announcement by UK Home Secretary Theresa May means that the Tier 1 (General) visa previously known as the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme will in effect be abolished.

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The new UK 'highly skilled' tier presumably to be introduced in April 2011 will allow entry of entrepreneurs, investors and small numbers of people of exceptional talent. The number of people allowed under the Tier 1 (General) visa (or it's replacement) scheme will be reduced from 13,000 to one thousand. It will continue to be the case that an unlimited number of visas can be issued under the Tier 1 entrepreneur and investor visa scheme; These schemes are only relevant for a very small number of people.

The current Highly Skilled immigration programme that allows entry of skilled migrants as long as they gain enough points under qualifications, previous earnings, age, etc will end. It seems that the new Tier 1 immigration system will concentrate on businessmen and a very small number of people coming under the 'exceptional talent' category. Those coming under exceptional talent will be limited to people such as top scientists, artists and sportspeople.

If you wish to emigrate to the UK as a highly skilled immigrant you will probably need to apply in the next few months. If you apply from April 2011 it is highly unlikely that you will qualify under the Tier 1 visa scheme. You will have to be one of the small number of people who qualify under the Tier 1 entrepreneur or Tier 1 investor scheme or be one of the very small number of people who qualify under the new 'exceptional talent' Tier 1 visa scheme.

UK Immigration Will Be Reduced By 25 %

On 18 November 2010, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), a body set up to advise the UK Government on UK immigration including the UK's points based system, recommended that the UK Government reduce immigration by up to one-quarter.

The MAC said that Tier 1 visa and Tier 2 visa immigration numbers should fall to between 37,400 and 43,700. In 2009, some 50,000 work related Tier 1 and Tier 2 immigrant visas were granted.

Both Tier 1 visas and Tier 2 visas would see an annual drop in visas of between approximately 3,150 and 6,300 if the Government follows the MAC recommendations. Moreover, it was recommended that Tier 2 visas for skilled workers with job offers from UK employers should receive priority over Tier 1 visas.

Skilled immigration would account for 20 percent of the recommended reduction with the rest of the cuts taking place in family and student based immigration.

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The MAC also advised that the Government should raise the threshold for earnings and qualifications. They even suggested that migrants may need to be stripped of their right to settle in the UK in future if immigration numbers are to be reduced.

However, according to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, the proposed cap may affect fewer than 1 in 100 migrants entering the UK.

Businesses were not happy with the recommendations, stating that reducing immigration would hurt Britain's economy. The recommended cut in immigration would result in fewer visas than the current interim immigration limit already in place. A permanent immigration cap is due to start in April of 2011.

The British Chambers of Commerce told Reuters that any cap would need to be flexible to allow global talent to flow into Britain. Universities UK, Britain's education body, said the plans would make it more difficult to bring in top students from outside the European Union.

The Government has yet to make a decision on the final numbers for the cap. They have said that steps would be taken to make sure that the cap would not damage the British economy. A statement released by the UK Border Agency said that Tier 2 visa intra-company transfers would remain exempt from any immigration cap.

"Britain will remain open for business, and we have already announced that managers and specialists will continue to be able to come to the UK through an exempted intra-company transfer route," Immigration Minister Damian Green said.

Green is seemingly trying to placate UK businesses by allowing in more skilled workers than expected. However, the situation remains uncertain. It seems likely that entry of skilled workers on tier 1 and tier 2 visas will become more difficult in future. Now may be a good time to consider your immigration options for entry to the UK.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

UK Immigration Visa Fees to Increase on 22nd November 2010

This is a reminder that UK visa fees are due to go up on 22 November 2010. Even if the visa fee increase is delayed again it seems likely that visa fees will go up very soon. Certain UK visa fees for dependents applying to remain in the UK will double or triple in price.

There will also be large increases in UK immigration fees if you are applying for Tier 1 visas and Tier 2 visas from outside the UK. This may put off some people interested in skilled immigration to the UK.

UK Tier visa fee increases are as follows:

•Tier 1 visa at Consular Post from outside the UK £690 to £750
•Tier 1 visa from within the UK £840 to £850
•Tier 2 visa fee from outside the UK £270 to £350
•Tier 2 in-country from £475 to £500
•Tier 4 visa from £199 to £220
•Tier 4 visa from within the UK kept at £357
•Tier 5 visa from £128 to £130

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

UK Immigration Cap will be Relaxed in Next Year 2011

According to the Daily Telegraph, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to significantly increase the number of non-EU immigrant skilled workers allowed to enter the United Kingdom each month.

Businesses have been among the groups criticizing the UK Government for imposing the cap, which they say prevents badly needed highly skilled immigrants from working in the UK.

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The current limit of 2,600 skilled worker immigrants from outside the EU is likely to be increased which will benefit both Tier 1 and Tier 2 visa applicants. By the tenth day of November all visas were used up for the UK's highly popular Tier 1 (General) Visa, a points based immigration visa aimed at highly skilled workers. The Tier 1 visa is so popular because you do not need a job offer to come under the Tier 1 visa and you can work for any employer.

The UK Government is expected to increase the immigration cap next year to more than 4,000 per month; UK businesses have said that they need more immigrants with the right skills to fill labour shortages.

The current cap is a temporary arrangement until a permanent cap is introduced next year. Details on the permanent cap are expected to be announced later this month.

This week, the Migration Advisory Committee is expected to publish its recommendations for the level at which the permanent cap should be set. A number of scenarios will be put forward, ranging from a liberal immigration cap to a more hardline immigration cap.

It is expected that the Government will reject the more hard-line immigration cap proposals from the Migration Advisory Committee. However this is not certain. If you meet the current immigration requirements for say a Tier 1 visa or Tier 2 visa it may be best to apply sooner rather than later.

If you apply in the future for immigration to the UK it may also be more difficult to gain permanent residence. If you apply now you will hopefully come under the current immigration rules for gaining permanent residence (indefinite leave to remain) instead of stricter rules in future.

New Priority Processing for Australian Skilled Migration.

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has set new priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. These arrangements take account of the changes to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) that came into effect on 1 July 2010, as well as the revocation of the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL) and the Critical Skills List (CSL). These priority processing arrangements apply to applications already lodged with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, as well as to future applications.

The new priority processing arrangements apply to the following visas:

• Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)
• Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)
• General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas listed on page two of this fact sheet.

From 14 July 2010, processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) are:

1. Applications from people who are employer sponsored under the ENS and the RSMS.
2. Applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency with a nominated occupation that is specified on that state or territory’s state migration plan.
3. Applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 3 in effect from 1 July 2010.
4. All other applications are to be processed in the order in which they are received.

Monday, November 15, 2010

State Migration Plans are being introduced for each state and territory over the coming months in 2010.

State Migration Plans are being introduced for each state and territory over the coming months in 2010.

The plans will provide state and territory governments with flexibility within the Migration Program to address specific skill shortages and local labour market needs as each agreement will be tailored to the individual requirements of each jurisdiction.

State Migration Plans that have commenced

The following table lists the implementation date of the State Migration Plans for each state and territory.

Australian Capital Territory 5 November 2010
New South Wales TBA
Northern Territory TBA
Queensland TBA
South Australia TBA
Tasmania TBA
Victoria 3 November 2010
Western Australia TBA

Australian Skilled Immigration is Getting More Tougher in July 2011.

Introduction of New Points Test

It is proposed that a new points test for skilled migration visa applications will be introduced on 1 July 2011. It complements the series of reforms the Australian Government announced in February 2010.

The new points test is focused on selecting highly skilled people to deliver a more responsive and targeted migration program. It was developed following a review of the current points test, which considered submissions from a variety of experts and the wider Australian community.
The new points test balances the different factors that are considered when determining whether someone will be granted a skilled migration visa. It will deliver the best and brightest skilled migrants by emphasising high level qualifications, better English language levels and extensive skilled work experience.

The new points test will continue to award points for study in Australia, including regional study, community languages, partner skills and completing an approved Professional Year. Points will no longer be awarded on the basis of an applicant’s occupation, but all applicants must still nominate an occupation on the applicable Skilled Occupation List.

It is important to note that the new points test will only apply to one component of the skilled migration program. This change won’t affect every type of skilled migration visa and only applies to the following visas.

• Subclass 885 Skilled Independent
• Subclass 886 Skilled Sponsored

• Subclass 175 Skilled Independent
• Subclass 487 Skilled Regional Sponsored

• Subclass 176 Skilled Sponsored
• Subclass 475 Skilled – Regional Sponsored

It is proposed that the new points test will apply to applications made from 1 July 2011, unless the applicant is eligible for transitional arrangements.

Transitional arrangements apply to people who, on 8 February 2010 held or had applied for a Temporary Skilled Graduate visa (subclass 485). Until the end of 2012, this group is able to apply for a permanent skilled visa under the points test in effect as at 8 February 2010.

Student visa holders who lodge an application for points tested skilled migration from 1 July 2011 will be assessed under the new points test. There are still transitional arrangements which may apply to those students affected by the reforms announced on 8 February 2010. People who held an eligible Student visa on 8 February 2010 still have until the end of 2012 to apply for a Temporary Skilled Graduate visa (subclass 485) under the arrangements in place for that visa as at 8 February 2010.

The pass mark is the number of points required to be eligible for skilled migration. The pass mark is a tool that allows for management of the skilled migration program and is always subject to change. It is expected that the pass mark will be set at 65 points.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Job Opening in Australia - Production Manager

133512/1222-11 Production Manager
Australian Capital Territory (Australia)

Australian Group of Companies in ACT, which specialises in the manufacture and marketing of electronic key management systems, seeks an experienced, energetic and enthusiastic individual who is prepared to roll up their sleeves and take ownership of Production.

Reporting to the Operations Manager and managing a small Production team, you will take responsibility for the company’s Production output within a ‘lean’ environment.

To be successful in this role you will need to be able to address the following criteria:

• Qualification or experience in a production or project related discipline
• Ability to meet tight schedules and cost and time targets while satisfying agreed upon production outputs
• Understanding of and commitment to the principles of ‘Lean’ management
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
• Ability to work closely with others
• Ability to motivate and manage direct reports
• Ability to meet agreed outcomes

Salary Range is $70,000 to $80,000 pa depending on skills and experience.

Company operates a Smoke-free workplace and is an Equal Opportunity employer. Please email your application and CV to

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Refusals based on the points-based system’s (Tier 1, Tier 4 Tier 5 etc.) maintenance (funds) requirement

Following an important High Court victory on 23 June 2010 it was judged that maintenance funds assessment must be in line with the immigration rules. UKBA had brought in a requirement that the relevant maintenance funds had to be in your bank account for a continuous period of three months instead of just on the day the application is made as under the immigration rules.

UK immigration now says that you will meet the requirement as long as in any one day in the one month period preceding your application you had sufficient maintenance funds for both you and your family. This is actually more generous than under the immigration rules.

The new immigration policy will cover you in the following circumstances:

If you and any dependents had applied for a Tier 1, 2, 4, or 5 visa from within the UK and had applied on or before 22 July 2010 and were refused solely due to not meeting the maintenance requirements.

If you and any dependents had applied for entry to the UK on a Tier 1, 2, 4, or 5 visa and applied between 23 June and 22 July 2010 and were refused solely for not meeting the maintenance funds requirements. This only covers a one month period and is so is somewhat less generous compared to those who had applied from with the UK.
You will also need to meet one of the following requirements to benefit from the new immigration funds policy:

You have a current application.
You have a pending appeal.
You had an application refused with no right of appeal.
You had your appeal dismissed.
If your application or appeal has already been refused you will need to apply for a review by 22 June 2011. If you have a pending application or have appealed then you should automatically be considered under the new immigration maintenance policy. If you need to apply for a review of your application you have less than eleven months to do so.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Immigration limit for Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system

19 July 2010

From 19 July 2010, there are two important changes for migrants making initial applications under Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system:

■the introduction of an interim limit for Tier 1 (General) applications made outside the UK, for the period until 31 March 2011; and
■an increase in the number of points required for an initial Tier 1 (General) application, from 95 to 100.
Interim limit for Tier 1 (General) applications
On 19 July 2010, the UK government introduced a limit on the number of initial applications from outside the UK that can be granted under Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system until 31 March 2011.

The UK Border Agency is administering the limit on a monthly basis. However, the way that you apply for permission to enter the UK under Tier 1 (General) remains the same.

If your application meets all the requirements and the limit has not been reached for the month when you applied, we will issue you a visa in the usual way.

If your application meets all the requirements but the limit for that month would be exceeded if we issued you a visa, we will defer your application to the next month when the limit allocation reopens. If your application does not meet the requirements, we will process it as normal even if the limit has been exceeded. You can still submit your application even when a monthly limit has been reached.

All applications will be processed in the order in which they are received, as far as operationally possible. You will be informed in writing of the final decision on your application.

When making any travel plans, you should expect that your application may take longer than normal if the limit is reached.

The interim limit will not affect:

■applicants who are already in the UK (with current permission to stay in any immigration category);
■dependants of Tier 1 (General) applicants; or
■applicants to the Investor, Entrepreneur and Post-study work categories of Tier 1.
The Monthly Tier 1 (General) immigration limit page contains more information about the interim limit.

Increase in the points required for Tier 1 (General) applications
From 19 July 2010, the number of points required for an initial Tier 1 (General) application has increased from 95 to 100. Additionally:

■the points awarded to those with previous earnings of £150,000 have increased from 75 to 80; and
■the points awarded to those who have an eligible MBA have increased from 75 to 80.
These changes apply to all initial Tier 1 (General) applications paid for on or after 19 July 2010, whether they are made inside or outside the UK.

The points requirement will remain at 95 points for applicants who are currently in the UK under one of the following highly skilled worker categories:

■Tier 1 (General)
■Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
■Self-employed lawyer
■Writer, composer or artist

Sunday, July 4, 2010

UK Immigration has confirmed that the interim limit on Tier 1 (Genera) visas will start on 19 July 2010 (Previously it was thought to be 16 July 2010). The permanent limit on Tier 1 (General) applications under the points based system will start in April 2011. If you are affected by the Changes in the Tier 1 (General) points system and new Tier 1 limit you should consider applying before 19 July 2010.
The changes to the Tier 1 Visa System are as follows:
  • The passmark for the Tier 1 visa (General) will increase from 95 to 100 points from 19th July 2010 for many applicants. This will mean that fewer people will qualify for the Tier 1 (General) visa from 19th July 2010. Further details of people who do not have to come under the hight passmarks can be found below.

  • There will be a monthly interim limit on Tier 1 (General) visas from 19th July 2010. If in any one month your application is received after the limit is reached you will have to wait and your application will then be considered under the limit for the following month. The good news is that many people are excluded from this limit.

  • If you wish to come under the Investor, Entrepreneur and Post Study Work categories of Tier 1 you will not come under the interim limit. There will be no limit on the number of applications that can be made.

  • If you are applying for entry at a British Embassy or Consulate from outside the UK you will have to gain the higher 100 points to come under Tier 1 (General).
This is a major change to the Tier 1 visa system. If you are affected by the above changes and wish to apply under Tier 1 visa scheme you should consider applying as soon as possible. For many people, it will be more difficult in the future to come under the Tier 1 (General) Visa Scheme.

New Canadian Skilled Worker Occupations List Announced

Canadian Immigration plans to increase economic immigration in its 2010 plan. However, it is increasingly the case that you will need to have a job offer to come under the skilled worker category. Recently the number of indemand occupations that qualify under the skilled worker category has been reduced further to 29 in-demand occupations i.e.

1. Restuarant & Food Service Manager

2. Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)

3. Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners

4. Biologists and Related Scientists

5. Architects

6. Specialist Physicians

7. General Practitioners and Family Physicians

8. Dentists

9. Pharmacists

10. Physiotherapists

11. Registered Nurses

12. Medical Radiation Technologists

13 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists

14. Licensed Practical Nurses

15. Psychologists

16. Social Workers

17. Chefs

18. Cooks

19. Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades

20. Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades

21. Electricians (Execpt Industrial & Power System)

22. Industrial Electricians

23. Plumbers

24. Welders & Related Machine Operators

25. Crane Operators

26. Drillers & Blasters - Surface Minning, Quarring & Construction

27. Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics

28. Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Services

29. Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management

Canadian Immigrant Investor scheme suspended - Investment requirements to double

Canadian immigration also intends to significantly increase the investment requirements for the immigrant investor program:

•A personal net worth of $1.6M instead of $800,000

•An investment requirement of $800,000 instead of $400,000
Canadian immigration feels that that the investment requirements are too low. The investment requirements have not changed for more than ten years. The current system attracts more applicants than are required each year under the immigration plan. This has resulted in an increase in processing times.

Canadian immigration will not be accepting any more Canadian immigrant investor applications until the new system is operational. This is to prevent a surge of applicants before the change in the immigration requirements.

Immigration Minister Kenney had the following to say about the immigrant investor program:

"Canada needs investor immigrants."

"These changes are necessary to keep Canada's program competitive with that of other countries, and keep pace with the changing economy

Saturday, June 26, 2010

New Australian Skilled Occupations List ANZSCO Announced

Australian immigration has released the full skilled occupation list to be introduced from 1 July 2010. This provides full details of the points awarded for the General Skilled Migration visas and 457 visas from 1 July 2010.

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) will from 1 July 2010 replace ASCO Australian Standard Classification of Occupations and "is a system developed to collect, publish and analyse occupation statistics across government agencies." This will be used to provide data for all visa, immigration and citizenship programs.

If you are interested in immigration to Australia and would like to have further details of your prospects for immigration contact us now for an evaluation.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Temporary suspension of certain General Skilled Migration (GSM) applications – 7 May 2010

The Australian Government has decided to temporarily suspend the acceptance of certain General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applications. This temporary measure commenced on 8 May 2010 and is expected to remain in effect until the end of 30 June 2010.

The temporary suspension applies only to primary (main) applicants for the following visa subclasses:

•Subclass 175 – Skilled Independent (Migrant) visa
•Subclass 176 – Skilled Sponsored (Migrant) visa
•Subclass 475 – Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa.

Minister's announcement of new Skilled Occupations List – 17 May 2010

On 17 May 2010, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, announced the list of occupations included in the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The introduction of a new list of occupations is part of a package of reforms that reflects the Government's commitment to a labour market demand-driven Skilled Migration Program.

ANZSCO Code Corresponding occupation

133111 Construction project manager
133112 Project builder
133211 Engineering manager
134111 Child Care centre manager
134211 Medical administrator
134212 Nursing clinical director
134213 Primary health organisation manager
134214 Welfare centre manager
221111 Accountant (general)
221112 Management accountant
221113 Taxation accountant
221213 External auditor
221214 Internal auditor
224111 Actuary
224511 Land economist
224512 Valuer
231212 Ship's engineer
231213 Ship's master
231214 Ship's officer
232111 Architect
232112 Landscape architect
232211 Cartographer
232212 Surveyor
232611 Urban and regional planner
233111 Chemical engineer
233112 Materials engineer
233211 Civil engineer
233212 Geotechnical engineer
233213 Quantity surveyor
233214 Structural engineer
233215 Transport engineer
233311 Electrical engineer
233411 Electronics engineer
233511 Industrial engineer
233512 Mechanical engineer
233513 Production or plant engineer
233611 Mining engineer (excluding petroleum)
233612 Petroleum engineer
233911 Aeronautical engineer
233912 Agricultural engineer
233913 Biomedical engineer
233914 Engineering technologist
233915 Environmental engineer
233916 Naval architect
234111 Agricultural consultant
234112 Agricultural scientist
234113 Forester
234211 Chemist
234611 Medical laboratory scientist
234711 Veterinarian
241111 Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher
241411 Secondary school teacher
241511 Special needs teacher
241512 Teacher of the hearing impaired
241513 Teacher of the sight impaired
241599 Special education teachers nec
251211 Medical diagnostic radiographer
251212 Medical radiation therapist
251213 Nuclear medicine technologist
251214 Sonographer
251411 Optometrist
251412 Orthoptist
252111 Chiropractor
252112 Osteopath
252311 Dental specialist
252312 Dentist
252411 Occupational therapist
252511 Physiotherapist
252611 Podiatrist
252711 Audiologist
252712 Speech pathologist
253111 General medical practitioner
253211 Anaesthetist
253311 Specialist physician
253312 Cardiologist
253313 Clinical haematologist
253314 Clinical oncologist
253315 Endocrinologist
253316 Gastroenterologist
253317 Intensive care specialist
253318 Neurologist
253321 Paediatrician
253322 Renal medicine specialist
253323 Rheumatologist
253324 Thoracic medicine specialist
253399 Internal medicine specialist nec
253411 Psychiatrist May 2010 Page 2 of 4
253511 Surgeon (general)
253512 Cardiothoracic surgeon
253513 Neurosurgeon
253514 Orthopaedic surgeon
253515 Otorhinolaryngologist
253516 Paediatric surgeon
253517 Plastic and reconstructive surgeon
253518 Urologist
253521 Vascular surgeon
253911 Dermatologist
253912 Emergency medicine specialist
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253914 Ophthalmologist
253915 Pathologist
253916 Radiologist
253999 Medical practitioners nec
254111 Midwife
254411 Nurse Practitioner
254412 Registered nurse (aged care)
254413 Registered nurse (Child and Family Health)
254414 Registered nurse (community health)
254415 Registered nurse (critical care and emergency)
254416 Registered nurse (development disability)
254417 Registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)
254418 Registered nurse (medical)
254421 Registered nurse (medical practice)
254422 Registered nurse (mental health)
254423 Registered nurse (perioperative)
254424 Registered nurse (surgical)
254499 Registered nurse
261111 ICT business analyst
261112 Systems analyst
261311 Analyst programmer
261312 Developer programmer
261313 Software engineer
263311 Telecommunications engineer
263312 Telecommunications network engineer
272311 Clinical psychologist
272312 Educational psychologist
272313 Organisational psychologist
272314 Psychotherapist
272399 Psychologists nec
272511 Social worker
312211 Civil engineer draftsperson
312212 Civil engineer technician
312311 Electrical engineer draftperson
312312 Electrical engineer technician
313211 Radiocommunications technician
313212 Telecommunications field engineer
313213 Telecommunications network planner
313214 Telecommunications technical officer or technologist
321111 Automotive electrician
321211 Motor mechanic (general)
321212 Diesel motor mechanic
321213 Motorcycle mechanic
321214 Small engine mechanic
322211 Sheetmetal trades worker
322311 Metal Fabricator
322312 Pressure Welder
322313 Welder (first class)
323111 Aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics)
323112 Aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical)
323113 Aircraft maintenance engineer (structures)
323313 Locksmith
324111 Panelbeater
324311 Vehicle painter
331111 Bricklayer
331112 Stonemason
331211 Carpenter and Joiner
331212 Carpenter
331213 Joiner
332211 Painting trades workers
333111 Glazier
333211 Fibrous plasterer
333212 Solid plasterer
333411 Wall and floor tiler
334111 Plumber (general)
334112 Airconditioning and mechanical services plumber
334113 Drainer
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UK Immigration for Highly Skilled Professionals

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

UK Immigrattion !

Australian Immigration !

Australian Citizenship Requirements !

If you obtain your permanent residence after 1 July 2007, you will need to meet the following requirements to become an Australian citizen:

You have lived lawfully in Australia for at least 4 years; and
You have lived in Australia for at least 12 months as a permanent resident
Note that if you have spent more than 12 months in the last 4 years outside Australia or 3 months in the last 12 outside Australia, you will no longer meet the residence requirements for citizenship.

It is also important to realise that only 12 months of residence as a permannent resident is required. As a result, you can count up to 3 years of residence in Australia as a temporary residence towards the citizenship requriements. For example, if you have spent several years in Australia on a student or 457 visa, this can be counted towards the 4 year residence requirement.

Note that you do not automatically qualify for Australian citizenship in this way, you must make an application for citizenship.

Permanent Residents - Prior to 1 July 2007
If you obtained your permanent residence prior to 1 July 2007, then you can apply for Australian citizenship if:

You have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least 2 of the last 5 years; AND
You have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least 12 of the last 24 months
This means that you must in most cases be a permanent resident living in Australia for at least 2 years before applying for citizenship under this pathway.

This pathway will be open until 1 July 2010 - if you apply for citizenship after this date, you will be assessed under the new Citizenship Act 2007.

Most Popular Australian Immigration Destinations

Recently the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Australia announced that the most popular immigration destinations in Australia for the period 2008 to 2009 are New South Wales and Victoria.

Australian Immigration figures for skilled immigration show the following:

•In the period 2008-08 69 456 skilled migrants came to Australia.

•55 per cent of skilled immigrants moved to New South Wales and Victoria.

•19 071 immigrants settled in New South Wales and 18 630 immigrants settled in Victoria.

Major Immigration Source Countries were the following:

This includes figures for skilled, family and humanitarian immigration

•By birth the greatest immigration source Countries are New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Almost 30 per cent of the 158 021 new immigrants in 2008-09 came from these two Countries.

•Indian immigration went up from 15 338 to 17,283.

•Chinese immigration went up from 12,959 to 15,803.

•South African immigration went up from 5166 to 7201.

Australia remained a popular immigration destination during the economic downturn. Australia did relatively well compared to many Countries during the period 2008-09. Levels of unemployment continue to go down as more and more jobs are created in Australia

Australia Second Best Country to Live in...

Earlier this month the UN ranked Australia as second in the World for quality of life. Norway is ranked number one at the moment. Australia could very well end up as number one for quality of life in next year's report. In Australia over a period of a year life expectancy went up three months and income rose four percent.

The United Nations Development Program's Human Development Report 2009 for the period 2007/2008 covered the following in 182 Countries:

•Life Expectancy
•School Enrolments
The US went down one place to 13 and the UK stayed at number 21. Niger was the lowest followed by Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. Most of the top ten Countries in the report are in Europe:

•The Netherlands
According to the report "Most migration, internal and international, reaps gains in the form of higher incomes, better access to education and health and improved prospects for their children,".

"Migrants boost economic output at little or no cost to locals. Indeed there may be broader positive effects," it said.

"Migrants who are marginalised - due, for example, to temporary or irregular status or high levels of unemployment - may resort to antisocial or criminal behaviour, confirming the security fears of locals," the report said.

Dr Klugman the author of the report had the following to say about migration "It's not something to be feared or which is growing out of control."

Out of the fifty-two Countries surveyed attitudes towards migration were generally positive. In fact there is competition in developed Countries for skilled migrants.

Dr Klugman said: "There's competition at the top end where countries like Australia do well relative to some countries in Europe which have had difficulties in attracting skilled people."

Dr Klugman also went on to say that more should be done to allow entry of lower skilled migrants:

"The need for low-skilled people is just as significant. There are very large parts of the economy that require the services of people in childcare, aged care and a whole range of services

Living Standard of Australia !

Australia has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Australia offers a superb climate, a unique and beautiful environment, and a well developed society.

Australia has the third lowest cost of living in the major developed world, behind only USA and New Zealand.

Five of Australia’s mainland capital cities have been ranked in the top eleven liveable cities in the world.

Australia’s lifestyle attracts people from all over the world. The country’s quality of life was judged the best in the Asia-Pacific region by the 2007 World Competitiveness Yearbook.

The Quality of Living Survey 2006 from Mercer Human Resource Consulting placed Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane among the top 35 cities in the world in which to live. Which ranked them ahead of London, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo and New York.

Australia’s human development index (HDI) is the third best in the world, behind only Norway and Ireland. Australia’s life expectancy (81 years) has been judged third highest in the world behind Japan and Hong Kong.

Australian’s love to eat out, a typical restaurant meal will be around $60 per head. With an entree or starter at around $9-15 and a main course $30-$40.

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Australia !

Australia is fast becoming a preferred destination for immigrants in terms of its great lifestyle and excellent career opportunities. Due to its booming economy, getting jobs in Australia whether skilled or professional has made easier and the chances of being employed becomes higher and better. Currently, there are over thousands of employment opportunities are awaiting for qualified workers. But before one could land down under to start their new life and career, he must secure first an Australian Visa as a legal document for his immigration to Australia.

Australia offers an excellent quality of life to be enjoyed. With its high standard of living, pleasant climate, outstanding cities with awesome attractions, safe and multicultural environment with friendly and easy-going residents, stable economy and great culture. What else can you ask for? All of the best things that you consider for a country to live and work, Australia has it. And to give you some detailed information why most immigrants prefer to receive the benefits of Australian living, here are some of the top reasons.

Affordable Cost of Living:

Compared to other developed countries, Australia is a better place for immigrants to live in because of its affordable cost of living most especially if you have a child who wants to study in any of its reputable universities and colleges.

Shortage of Skilled Workers:

If you are seeking for a wide-range of employment opportunities, Australia offers it. With its continuously growing economy, they are needing for more skilled and professional workers who can help bring valuable benefits to its economy.

English-Speaking Country:

Adopting yourself in the culture and environment of Australia is not difficult. Australia is an English-Speaking country in which most Australians virtually speak English languange. For this reason, communicating and relating to them would not be hard for you.

Excellent Career Opportunities:

Having an Australian qualification, excellent career opportunities are countless. With over thousands of available jobs in Australia, starting your new career down under is within your reach.

High Pay Rates:

Employees in Australia whether they are skilled or professional are given excellent pay rates. This is one the best reasons why a remarkable number of overseas workers most especially for those who need to support their family consider migrating and working in Australia. And what's more? Employers also give merit to those who work extra effort in their jobs. Aside from these competitive salaries, workers also receive valuable benefits such as health care, sick and vacation leaves and other company's incentives.

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Criteria for Skilled Independent Worker Category under sub-class 175 :

To be eligible for migration under the Skilled Visa Program, you must be qualified in a profession or trade occupation which appears on the Australian's Government’s Skilled Occupations List. By May 2010, Australian Government taking measures to develop new points system as well as they preparing to launch new skilled occupations list. On 8th Febuary, DIAC revoked Migration Occupation Demand List ( MODL) and uptil now there is no additional points shall be awarded if someone applies after 8th Feb 2010. More Stingent Language requiest has to be fulfilled or aspirants should apply under 176 visa class for less points.

You must also be under 45 years of age, have good English ability and, in most cases, recent work experience.

Applicants are generally assessed against a Points Test (120pts) which incorporates the basic selection criteria as well as other factors for which you can obtain additional or bonus points towards your final score. To be successful, you must achieve the pass mark i.e. 120 points.

Regional Skilled Sponsor Category under sub-class 176 & 475:

If someone could not score or obtain 120 points, he may then apply under skilled sponsor and regional category. Australia regions also invite applications as per their skill shortage. To be eligible for skilled sponsor or regional category, you need to score only 100 points. However, you will have to meet certain conditions such as live and work for 2 years in nominated region.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New UK Immigration Policy - HSMP Tier 1

One of the most popular UK immigration categories is the Highly Skilled Migrant Program, or what is often referred to as an HSMP visa. It is designed for high achievers (in any field) and young professionals with good potential.

The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) was introduced in January of 2002. It enabled skilled and experienced workers from overseas to obtain entry to the United Kingdom, with a route to settlement in the UK. After 6 successful years, the HSMP system has been replaced with Tier 1 (General) Highly Skilled Visas. The changes were phased in during 2008.

Tier 1 (General) is very similar to the previous HSMP. One notable exception is the removal of the MBA provision which allowed those with MBAs from a list of specific universities automatic qualification. English language requirements are also more stringent under the new HSMP replacement visa, along with maintenance requirements (savings/funds).

Applying for the first tier visa service is an applicant led process and works on a similar premise to the Highly Skilled Migrant Program as it removes the need to apply for a UK work permit visa and affords successful candidates the right to immigrate to the UK with full and free access to the employment market. Holders of tier visas at this level are permitted to live and work in the UK, seek and undertake employment, set up a business or become self employed as they see fit. From 30th April 2009, UK BA had taken measures to tightened Tier 1 criteria and for which the set education criteria equivalent to UK Master Degree. This changes affected 98% highly qualified Pakistani professionals as our Master Degree normally not equivalent to UK Master Degree.

UK BA has now announced to change their policy from 6th of April 2010. Education criteria will again come down to Bachelor Degree and Age points shall also be relaxed till 39 years. In addition, Education factor no more will be mandatory, if you have earned above 150,000 UK pounds equivalent Band then you may be able to score 75 points directly. The HSMP Tier 1 Visa is a points-based immigration scheme. Points are scored in four main areas:

•Educational qualifications
•Past 12 months gross earnings within a 15 month period prior to application
•Your age
•Age points from under 29 years to 39 years.
•Bonus 5 points may be scored if your earnings or educational qualifications were acquired in the UK.
•Language and Maintenance Funds.
You need to score 75 points in attributes and 10, 10 points for English and Maintenance Funds respectively to qualify as a Tier 1 migrant and obtain the visa. It is particularly important that you identify which criteria you are able to claim before making an application, to avoid unnecessary delay and expensive failure.

Initially the Tier 1 visa will be granted for a period of Two years instead of Three years as before. After the initial Two years people on the scheme can apply to stay longer but must re-apply and meet the pass mark of 75 points in attributes and 20 points for language and funds.. The visa will then be extended for a further three years. On completion of the total five years you can also make an application for indefinite leave to remain (permanent residency). Again as requirements stand at present, 12 months after obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for naturalization and to acquire a British passport.

Dependants (partner and children under 18) can be included in your application.

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