IMPORTANT CHANGE – SkillSelect

Australia has introduced a major change to manage its skilled migration program with the introduction of the so called “SkillSelect” initiative that helps to ensure that the skilled migration program addresses the economic needs of Australia.  The program supports the Australian Government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. This has resulted into significantly reduced processing time. In addition, SkillSelect also helps address regional skill shortages allowing intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This is of particular benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia.

THE OPTIONS:

Skilled Independent visa:

For skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member. A visa holder can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. The applicant must nominate an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list, obtain a suitable skills assessment for that occupation, must be under 50, achieve pass mark of 60 and possess at least competent level of English language skills.

Skilled – Nominated visa:

This points-based visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory. A visa holder can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) visa:

For skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area in Australia. The visa is valid for four years, and a visa holder must live and work in a specified regional area.

Subclass 457 visa:

This visa allows a business to employ someone from outside Australia in a skilled job in Australia. If you hold this visa, you can:work in Australia for up to four years, bring your family with you, travel in and out of Australia as often as you want

Employer Nomination Scheme:

This visa is for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who live and work in Australia. It has three streams.

  1. The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years and their employer wants to offer them a permanent position.
  2. The Direct Entry stream is for people who have never, or only briefly, worked in the Australian labour market.
  3. The Agreement stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour or regional migration agreement.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme:

This visa is for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who live and work in regional Australia. It has three streams.

The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years and their employer wants to offer them a permanent position.

The Direct Entry stream is for people who have never, or only briefly, worked in the Australian labour market.
The Agreements stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour or regional migration agreement.

Please complete our Online Assessment Form for Skilled Workers if you have already emailed us your CV and received an initial review otherwise you can email us your detailed CV at info@amirismail.com for an initial review of your eligibility. Our team of experts has been assisting clients in immigrating to Canada since 1991 and we are confident that we will be able to provide you competent and reliable immigration representation that we are known for.