Why this information session is important?
Australian migration legislations related to skilled migration is soon expected into change. The proposed changes are likely to come to effect from the 1 July 2012. Although these changes are not spelt out in legal terms as yet, information about the expected changes are published in the DIAC website. When analyzing the changes proposed, it looks like making an application worthwhile now if you are eligible to do so. In this information session, we at length about current process of migration. It is important for applicants to know if 65 point test is through before commencing lodgments of applications. In addition, completing the initial process of skills assessment and territory nominations, will take up to 5 months. These processes must be concluded prior to lodgment of the visa. If you are keen on applying while the opportunity exists, you must act now. Unless you qualify to lodge applications under independent or relative sponsored, time for processing will not be sufficient.
New Migration process
The new migration scheme, which will come into effect in July 2012 is likely to have an entirely different approach, where an Expression of Interest (EOI) is lodged at the inception.
The application will remain in a pool until selected and when invited a visa application can be lodged. It is understood at this point the skills needs to be assessed and other requirements such as IELTS testing and obtaining of State/Territory nominations must be completed prior to the lodgement of an EOI. The main difference that is anticipated between the current and post July 2012 proposed scheme would be, under the current system when an application is lodged with the Department of Immigration it must be decided with a positive or negative outcome.
However, in the new system proposed, an invitation must be received by the applicant to lodge a visa. If the skills are assessed along with other requirements to be fulfilled, at the time of EOI, and if not accepted, wouldn’t the whole exercise be an unproductive one? We will know the answers to some of these concerns in due course.
Who should attend this session?
Applicants who are qualified with a Degree, Diploma, Trade certificate or a Post Graduate qualification, having at least 1 year of work experience will meet the basic migration criteria. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate their English language skills with an IELTS test. Applicants having blood relatives in Australia will have an added advantage. There are over 300 occupations sponsored by State/Territory governments giving the applicant the benefit of highest priority in processing.
If you are interested in considering migration to Australia and you are eligible to make an application according to the current regulations, it is best to make the move now. The new regulations are likely to take place in July 2012. Considering the time remaining, you could make the most of the available opportunity. First and foremost, see if you are within the reach of 65 points. Keeping in mind, first, a skills assessment must be obtained from the relevant assessment authority for your nominated occupation.
Some applicants may have decided to go via a state/territory sponsorship, which is the second step. Also, you must complete an IELTS before lodging the visa application, and a visa application to be lodge before 1 July 2012. These steps are time consuming, and good planning is essential if you are preparing the applications yourself.
Meeting the MARA registered consultants
The seminar will be held at the Australian Migration Centre premises, 5/6 Railway Avenue Nugegoda on Sunday the 4 December. The first session is at 10 and the repeat session at 3:30. At the information session, we are hoping to cover many aspects of the GSM programme. You will have the opportunity to discuss if you qualify to live in Australia with an Australian government accredited migration agents. Australian Migration Centre is the only entity in Sri Lanka that has stationed two permanent MARA accredited consultants; Hemantha Punchihewa MARN 0209063 and Surani Punchihewa 0426579. Contact Ishani on 0772932237 or Shaun on 0772932239 to obtain further information on the seminar or to reserve an appointment to meet the registered consultants.