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NSW Occupation Lists for 2017/18 Released!

The NSW occupation lists for 2017/18 are out! The list for the Skilled (Nominated) 190 visa has shrunk to 130 occupations. 51 occupations have been removed and there are 10 new occupations. Find: NSW occupation lists   New on the 190 list 232111 Architect 233111 Chemical Engineer 233411 Electronics Engineer 233511 Industrial Engineer 233513 Production... Continue Reading

Nominating an ICT occupation for Victoria State Sponsorship?

Skilled (Nominated) visa (subclass 190) On 1 July 2017, Victoria reopened applications for ICT occupations as well as introduced a new application process specifically for those nominating an ICT occupation. Due to the high amount of interest, Victoria now requires that applicants are invited before they can apply for state nomination. However exemptions to this... Continue Reading

South Australia’s Chain Migration Pathway

Skilled (Nominated) visa (subclass 190) Chain Migration? Well in our twenty years of operation we have never heard of such a term, but it is catchy. There used to be an Family Reunion pathway, but that was when I was a much younger man. Does it mean you arrive in chains? Or perhaps it’s what... Continue Reading

New South Wales Not Issuing Invitations

New South Wales hasn’t produced an occupation list for programme year 2017/18 yet. Applications that have been made in the last weeks of June will be assessed within the service standard of 12 weeks. No invitations are currently being issues to apply for NSW nomination. Invitations will begin to be sent out again when the... Continue Reading

University of South Australia to Provide Full Refund

Last week we wrote to you about Anupamdeep Kaur and her struggle in attaining a refund from the University of South Australia (UniSA). The release of our article last week set things in motion. The Australian newspaper contacted us and Julie Hare the Editor of the Higher Education wanted to cover what had happened to... Continue Reading

University of South Australia faces possible human rights breach probe

Complaints have been made against the University of South Australia (UniSA) to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) over the education institution’s failure to return any portion of the prepaid tuition fee amounting to AUD$15,880, to an international student who never was able to travel to Australia to start her Masters Degree. The international student... Continue Reading

Tasmanian Sponsorship for 190 & 489 Visas Revisited

There’s been a few changes recently so instead of making you dig back through articles, we thought we’d lay it out cleanly for you instead. Here are Tasmania’s nomination criteria broken down by visa.   Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s requirements for the Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190): Nominated... Continue Reading

Tasmania Amends Recent Reform to Stop the Exodus of International Students

Just last week Tasmania announced changes to its nomination requirements. They introduced new pathways for overseas applicants, but tightened onshore rules for their state sponsorship. Amongst those rules were to lengthen the minimum study requirement for international graduates from one year to two years who intend to be applying for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).... Continue Reading

Changes to Tasmanian State Sponsorship Requirements 

Tasmania is changing their requirements for state sponsorship in toughening up some requirements and opening some new options. Read: Tasmania’s Nomination Criteria for the 489 Visa Read: Tasmania State Sponsorship 190 Visa   From 1 July 2017: New category for overseas applicants applying for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) Applicants with eligible family members... Continue Reading

Karl Konrad: Founder of Australian Immigration Law Services

Who is Karl Konrad? Karl Konrad has, over the span of nearly two decades, developed a reputation for being the guy to go to if you wanted accurate, non-meandering advice. Being armed with no more a simple assessment form filled with some key questions on your situation, Karl will form an actionable game plan in... Continue Reading

Relative Option on the State Sponsored 489 Visa

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) is a state or relative sponsored visa that automatically awards 10 extra points to your points test score. The basic requirements: Under the age of 50 years Meet 60 points on the points test (489 sponsorship gives 10 points) Competent level English Relative sponsored (eligible relative) or state... Continue Reading

Western Australia is Reopening RSMS Applications

Recently Western Australia (WA) put a pause on processing Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) 187 visas. We are happy to let you now that applications are being processed again, with RSMS applications before 13 March 2017 assessed under the requirements that were in place at the time of application. Invitations issued before 13 March 2017... Continue Reading

Tasmania’s Nomination Criteria for the 489 Visa

Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) is a state or relative sponsored visa that for those who are just shy of 60 points, or are struggling with a long wait because they are in a pro rated occupation, may consider. The basic DIBP requirements: Under the age of... Continue Reading

The Little Known Advantages of Tasmania’s State Sponsored 190 Visa

 Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) Perhaps you’ve been sitting in the SkillSelect pool for a while. Maybe you’re an accountant, for which spots are released pro rata, and you’re anxious as those ‘minimum’ point scores keep going up due to the heavy competition from other high scorers (SkillSelect skims off the top with the highest... Continue Reading

In the News..

ABC News: Premier Mark McGowan quick off the mark on foreign worker policy changes One of Premier Mark McGowan’s pledges to Western Australia was to have it removed from the Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS). Within a few days of being sworn in, he’s already making good on that promise and Western Australia (WA) has... Continue Reading

Beyond the Visa: Divya

immiNews has been all about how-tos, breaking down the visa application process and explaining regulations in a more easy to digest way. It is to inform and educate, and it is for you. But you is not just an application. You is a story. We know that and we don’t want anyone to forget that... Continue Reading

Queensland State Sponsorship

Applying for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa with Queensland We’ve done a trek round Australia and now we’re here in our last state, Queensland. This is the sunshine state, home to so many natural beauties and a city that is just blooming. Just Google for images of Queensland and we promise you’ll start drooling. Queensland’s... Continue Reading

Northern Territory State Sponsorship

Applying for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa with  Northern Territory Home to the famous Uluru rock and numerous other spectacular, bucket-list worthy natural features, the Northern Territory (NT) is advertised as a place that you “come for a holiday and stay for a lifetime”. With a low population density and a young median age, NT... Continue Reading

Western Australia State Sponsorship

Applying for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa with Western Australia Did you know that there is a statue along the Swan river that is often dressed to amuse the many people who take Mounts Bay road daily? No one is sure who dresses it. It even has it’s own Wiki page! You will often find... Continue Reading

New Occupation Lists for Orana and South Australia

Orana has revised their skilled occupation list, which will be e ffective from 1 July 2017, and reviewed its application process. These affect applications for sponsorship of Skilled – Regional Sponsored (provisional) visas [subclass 489]. Visit the Orana migration site here to learn more. South Australia has also made changes to its state nominated occupation list. This... Continue Reading

Victoria State Sponsorship

Applying for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa with Victoria Melbourne is well known for its culture, its coffee and its nightlife. What a city! Another state for which state sponsorships are hotly contested. As such, meeting the minimum eligibility criteria for Victorian state nomination is the first step in the assessment processes, however it does... Continue Reading

Tasmania State Sponsorship

Please refer to the updated article Tasmanian Sponsorship for 190 & 489 Visas Revisited Applying for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa with  Tasmania Tasmania, with all its raw beauty, is often thought of mostly as a holiday destination, but boasting a vibrant community and plenty of career opportunities, it is as beautiful a place to... Continue Reading

South Australia State Sponsorship

Applying for a 190 visa with South Australia You know the drill, state sponsored 190 visas require: your nominated occupation to be present on the state’s occupation list(s) a suitable skills assessment in that nominated occupation satisfying the state’s eligibility criteria meeting the minimum Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) score of 60 on the points... Continue Reading

New South Wales State Sponsorship

The Opera house and harbour bridge marks an unforgettable skyline amid vibrant city lights, contrasted by and in full harmony with the gorgeous beaches cradling the harbour, Sydney is the stuff of dreams. The basic rules apply with applying for any state sponsored 190 visa . You must be on the NSW occupation list and have a... Continue Reading