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How to Find Sponsored Jobs in Australia

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (21)

The burning question on every would-be migrant to Australia is, "How do I find sponsored jobs in Australia?". Well - now you can find out exactly that!

A new product has just been released that will increase the success rate of all of those people who are seeking sponsored employment in Australia.

This product is designed for people from overseas who want to migrate to Australia through sponsored jobs, and either don't know where to start; or have had no luck trying so far.

The guides included in this package will teach you all you need to know about finding jobs in Australia with employer sponsorship; as well as what strategies you should be applying and how to tap into the hidden job market to find sponsored jobs in Australia.

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The package is made up of one main guide, "How to Find Sponsored Jobs in Australia"; which offers step-by-step instructions on how to apply each of the various strategies that have helped others secure employer sponsorship in Australia; as well as detailed guides on how to write your CV and cover letter for employer sponsorship in Australia, templates, databases, trackers and more.

The package has only been released for two weeks, and already is proving extremely popular amongst sponsored job seekers, and is available at a special launch price of only AU$47.

We recommend you take advantage of the package, especially whilst at such a low price; and improve your job sponsorship results today!

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Need Help With Your Australian Job Search?

Posted on June 17, 2011 at 8:29 AM Comments comments (13)

Are you getting good responses from your job applications?

Are you getting interviews?

If you answered no to either of these questions above, perhaps it is time to take a look at how you are presenting yourself on your CV.

If you have not yet used the free CV assessment tool, we encourage you to do so now, by clicking here.

If after completing your assessment you are uncertain about your CV; or due to the negative responses you are receiving from your job search you would like professional assistance; send your CV to our team at info@nabthatjob.com and we will provide you with a quote for creating an effective and competitive CV for the Australian market.

 

 


Looking For a Sponsored Job?

 

If you are looking to be sponsored by an Australian employer so that you can migrate to Australia, and are not already a member of Sponsorship Australia; this could be the reason you have not yet had success.

Members of Sponsorship Australia receive bi-weekly alerts listing current jobs in Australia that are offering employer sponsorship and can access articles and guides about how to improve their chances of finding employer sponsorship in Australia.

Premium Members of Sponsorship Australia can apply to all of our jobs with sponsorship in Australia posted on the site, get access to exclusive sponsored jobs through our recruitment partners, access our database of companies and recruiters who are sponsoring in Australia; are getting head-hunted by our recruitment partners and have access to success stories, strategies and tools to assist them to find employer sponsorship in Australia.

You can become a member of Sponsorship Australia now, by clicking here.

 

 


Job Search Assistance

If you require assistance with your job search in Australia and would like to learn how to maximise your results by tapping into the hidden job market in Australia, we recommend you check out the following services:

Tailored Job Search Strategy For Job Sponsorship (if you require employer sponsorship)

 

Tailored Job Search Strategy For Job Search (if you already have a visa or PR)

 

Basic Job Search Strategy For Job Sponsorship (if you require employer sponsorship)

Basic Job Search Strategy For Job Search (if you already have a visa or PR)

 

 


Migration Assistance

 

Did you know that we provide professional migration assistance for Australia? Our registered migration partners are here to assist you to have a smooth and fast migration process.

If you would like to get in touch with our migration partners for a professional assessment to determine your migration options, click here.

If you would like to engage our migration agents to assist you with your migration application, contact us now at info@nabthatjob.com and one of our professional migration agents will contact you regarding the process and costs involved. Our fees are very competitive and we assure you a pleasant and professional experience.


 

 

 

We hope you find the above information useful to your job search and migration to Australia; and we look forward to assisting you further.

Level III Job Search Packages Now Available!

Posted on June 17, 2011 at 8:22 AM Comments comments (4)

You may be aware that our Level III Job Search and Job Sponsorship Packages have been at capacity for the past several months; meaning that temporarily we could not take any further clients on for these packages.

However, we are pleased to advise that the Level III Packages are now available to all of our members, and we no longer have a pre-qualifying process.

 

Changes to the Level III Job Search / Sponsorship Packages

Our Level III Job Search and Job Sponsorship Packages have changed slightly in the following ways:

  • There is no longer a fee of $1897 payable to Nab That Job if we are able to place you in a position in Australia
  • There is no longer a 6 month on-going job search assistance service included in the package
  • The package includes your CV remaining on our database indefinitely, so that we can contact you if one of our recruitment partners has positions in Australia that suit your skills
  • The number of companies that your CV will be distributed to has increased to up to 100
  • The number of suitable jobs that your CV will be distributed to has increased to up to 50 Reasons for Changes to the Level III Packages

Success Fee & 6 Month On-Going Job Search Change

The main reason that we cancelled the success fee and the 6 month on-going job search is because during the past 6-12 months, although we have secured several sponsored jobs in Australia for our customers on the Level III Package; a large portion of these customers changed their minds at the last minute, turning down the offers of sponsored employment, and deciding to remain in their home countries instead. This was due to unforeseen circumstances, as well as customers realising late in the process that it would be a better decision to remain in their home countries.

We in no way blame any of our customers for these decisions, as in many cases it was due to circumstances out of their control.  However; with the many many hours of work and effort put into these 6 month job searches being at the cost of Nab That Job, it is no longer feasible to include this in the Level III Package.

Further, we feel that it is of much better benefit to our customers if we "teach them how to fish", so to speak, by giving them a boosted job search in the first month or two, and guiding them how to continue their search on their own.

 

Keeping Your CV on Our Database

Nab That Job has over the past 3 years forged business partnerships with many Australian recruitment agencies who have positions that are open to overseas applicants.

These recruitment partners advise us on a weekly basis of the current vacancies that they are trying to fill that are open to Nab That Job's members (ie you).

By keeping your CV on our database indefinitely, we can consider you for these roles as they become available and submit your CV to our recruitment partners.

 

Increased Number of Companies & Jobs for CV Distribution

Experience has shown that the more companies and jobs that receive your CV, the more likely we are to find a company who is interested in your experience and skills. It is therefore a numbers game; and in saying that, we have found that it quite often requires a minimum of 100 companies to receive your CV before we receive a positive response.

Our aim is to ensure that you have the best chance possible of finding employment in Australia, and we feel by increasing the number of companies and jobs that we send your CV out to with our highest recommendations; we are in turn increasing your chance of securing suitable employment in Australia.

 

Sign Up Now!

If you would like to take advantage of our Level III Packages now being available, select which package you are interested in below, depending on whether you require employer sponsorship or not.

Australian Job Sponsorship Package Level III (if you require job sponsorship)

Australian Job Sponsorship Package Level III (if you already have PR or Australian citizenship)

 

If you have any questions about our Job Search and Job Sponsorship packages, do not hesitate to contact us, by clicking here.

 


Assistance For South Africans Migrating to Australia

Posted on July 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM Comments comments (23)

Hoe gaan dit, South Africa!  We are very excited to be coming to you in August 2010!

 

If you are a South African who is looking to migrate to Australia, or perhaps you are already in the process of migrating - Nab That Job in Australia is here to help you!

 

Throughout August, Ms Myers, Managing Director for Nab That Job in Australia!, will be available to you in South Africa to answer whatever questions you have, and support you in your dream to migrate to Australia.

 

Ms Myers' specific expertise is in the job search field in Australia, and for years has been assisting overseas migrants to land their ideal job in Australia.  Through specific job search strategies and modern job search techniques, Ms Myers gives her clients the edge when applying for jobs in Australia, especially when employer sponsorship is required.

 

Nab That Job in Australia! has had great success assisting clients to find sponsorship in Australia, as well as assisting those who already have PR, to receive a job offer so they can finally make their move to Australia.

 

With a high percentage of Nab That Job in Australia's clients being South African, it was easy for Ms Myers to make the decision to visit your beautiful country - one of her favourites, which she calls her "second home".

 

Ms Myers works very closely with Registered Australian Migration Agents, so has access to up to date information that you need for migrating to Australia.

 

If you are at the beginning stages of migrating to Australia, or perhaps you have been researching your dream of migrating to Australis for some time - whatever you situation, we recommend that you make an appointment for a free consultation with Ms Myers whilst she is in South Africa.

 

To apply for an appointment with Ms Myers, Managing Director of Nab That Job in Australia!, send your CV now to info@nabthatjob.com, indicating your location in South Africa and your availability for a telephone or in-person consultation during August.

 

We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you further with your migration to Australia!

Modern-Day Job Search Tools

Posted on June 26, 2010 at 12:38 AM Comments comments (4)

If you’re reading this, you are currently seeking employment in Australia, and are wondering whether you're missing anything.  Or perhaps you just want to be sure that you're covering all bases in your job search.


No matter what level of your career you are at - whether you’re finishing your education in Australia and seeking your first role, planning on changing careers, or are seeking a job in Australia from overseas (or perhaps you've just migrated to Australia) you will want to have the most up-to-date tools at your disposal to help you land the job you want in Australia.


It is still possible to search for jobs using the classified section of print newspapers in Australia (although job postings are now limited through this medium), help wanted signs in the windows of shops and offices (for entry level or hospitality posts), and word-of-mouth.  Infact, it is recommended that you continue to use these methods of searching for jobs if you currently reside in the geographical area in which you would like to work.   Even if you don’t, friends and business contacts may be able to help you find job leads in other cities, through the power of networking.


Whatever the case, it is always a good idea to be flexible in your Australian job search strategies, using the most effective methods to reach your desired outcome: your ideal employment situation.


With that said, at present, over half of all employers worldwide use the Internet for recruiting. Millions of job seekers submit their resumes online everyday and view job postings on hundreds of popular job search sites.  The Internet has given people the ability to view and apply for job openings all across the globe, including Australia.


Read on to review some of the online job search tools available to you - some that you may already know of  – and others  you may discover as new job search tools to aid you in your search.


Job Search Engines


Job search engine sites allow users to search the major job sites, company sites, associations and other online job sites by keyword and location.  They also frequently have tips and ideas about how to conduct a powerful jobsearch.  I’ve listed a few of the major ones below.  Depending on your area of interest, you can use www.Google.com to search for other job search engines.  For example, if you are looking for sites based in Australia, search for “job search sites Australia.”, and try using www.Google.com.au, so you receive local Australian results.


Indeed.com

http://www.indeed.com.au/


Use this multi-site search engine tosearch job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages.


Linkup.com

http://www.linkup.com/


LinkUp is a very useful job search engine that searches jobs on company sites. The job postings are from small, mid-sized, and large company career sections, and are updated whenever the company web site is updated.


Social Networking Sites


Face-to-face networking is still one of the most powerful tools in your job search.  Likewise, online networking is one of the most important components of your online job search.  Below are some of the top social and professional networking sites you can use to enhance your career and boost your job search.


LinkedIn

http://au.linkedin.com/


Network with present colleagues, contact potential employers, and increase your visibility by using this popular professional network.


Twitter

http://www.Twitter.com


Employers and job sites post job openings on Twitter, and job seekers use Twitter to help facilitate their job search.  Use http://www.twitjobsearch.com/ to search for recent postings in your area of interest.


Facebook and MySpace

http://www.Facebook.com & http://www.myspace.com


The two giants of social networking can be used to create contacts. They also often times have networks based on industry, alumni of academic institutions, and geographical area. Use these sites to connect with people you already know, and may have lost touch with.  However, please bear in mind that potential employers may be able to view sensitive information on your profile. If in doubt, leave those scandalous photos off a public profile.


Online Job Applications


There are hundreds of websites in Australia where you can post your resume online and complete an online job application. You can both apply online via a job board, like Seek.com, or apply online directly at the company's web site. There are hundreds of job boards where you can post your profile: it’s best to search according to geographical location (e.g. Australia, or Sydney) to find the job board that most closely matches your needs.


In some cases, you are required to register and to build an employment profile. On others, you can upload an existing resume. Once you've created your profile, you can apply for jobs online and set up search agents to email you when new jobs are added to the system.


If you are interested in working for a particular company visit their web site. Career information is usually listed in the "About Us" or “Careers” section of the site. Follow the instructions for searching for and applying to jobs online.


Searching Specifically for Sponsored Jobs in Australia


There aren't many job search websites that list out sponsored jobs for you - with most of the Australian job boards you need to trawl through dozens, if not hundreds, of jobs, before you find any that are eligible for sponsorship.  For this reason, we have combined efforts with SponsorshipAustralia.net and now provide a weekly updated list of jobs in Australia that are offering sponsorship to overseas applicants.  You can subscribe to this mailing list by clicking here to register, and you can also search these lists anytime you like on Nab That Job in Australia, under "Search Sponsored Jobs"; or directly on the Sponsorship Australia website, by clicking here.

Linked In & Job Search in the 21st Century

Posted on June 22, 2010 at 9:31 PM Comments comments (1)

With major companies including Microsoft, Ebay, and Target using LinkedIn for hiring, you may be wondering whether it's time to invest some time in creating a LinkedIn profile. Well, look no further, as below I will describe how Linked In is changing the face of the job search in the 21st century.

 

You may remember the time when the job search was conducted with the help of friends, school mates, co-workers, and perhaps a look through the classified section of the newspaper. You likely have realized that those times are gone, and now rely on online job search engines, resume sites, electronic newspapers, and job search databases. While these will remain critical to your job search, you may not yet be aware of LinkedIn and the unique opportunities it poses for your career objectives.

 

Launched in May 2003, LinkedIn is a professional networking site with close to a million users in Australia and over 67 million users worldwide. LinkedIn members comprise 130 different industries, and include 130,000 recruiters. With every Fortune 500 company represented, LinkedIn is composed of many of the movers and shakers in the business world. And what do they use it for? There are many uses, such as maintaining a list of business contacts, researching potential helpful contacts, and perhaps most important for us, hiring new employees.

 

Kay Luo, Director of Corporate Communications at LinkedIn, describes how this works: "The main reason that companies are using LinkedIn is to find passive job candidates. Another reason why companies are using LinkedIn, is because referrals from their employees are highly valued because they typically have a higher success rate. LinkedIn helps companies leverage the networks of their employees."

 

One LinkedIn member I spoke to said she found her current job through the website. Recruiters working for her employer, searched LinkedIn's database of information for people with relevant skills sets and experience pertaining to their position's requirements. The recruiter discovered her  work history,downloaded the information, circulated it to group managers, and then contacted her. After a several emails and phone calls, her current employer scheduled a non-site interview. After that, it the normal hiring process was set into motion.

 

LinkedIn is your public face to the professional world. The first step in creating a profile is posting  work history, interests, and education. Once this is done, you can start connecting with professional contacts you already know. Next, you can search your list of contacts for potentially helpful second- and third-degree contacts. Employers can now see your profile and the connections you have made – and you can search for available positions.

 

LinkedIn's Australian Managing Director, Cliff Rosenberg, says that it is not only the job search that has changed, but the very nature of the employee in the 21st century. In the past, professionals thought of a long-term career with a single company.However, in present times, says Rosenberg, “today’s professional increasingly acts as a small business rather than an employee and is constantly looking for new growth opportunities. With that thinking in mind, LinkedIn provides the perfect solution for professionals to navigate this new way of thinking and operating.”

 

So, now you may be wondering whether LinkedIn can help with your job search in Australia. Well, as it happens, there are some reasons why it is even more useful to your job search down under.  First, the geographical size of Australia and its distance from other countries can present challenges to face to face meetings. Second, the time zone difference between Australia and other parts of the world can make even telephone conferencing challenging. So, given the fact that your work history and contacts can searched at any time, maybe it's time that you become the next LinkedIn member?

 


Success Story - Pradeep Kunnath

Posted on June 17, 2010 at 6:19 PM Comments comments (12)

Carry sufficient cash for at least six months, have your CV rewritten by a professional Australian Emigration Job Search Strategist, develop contacts before your arrival, be patient and, most of all, never never give up.


These tips come from Pradeep Kunnath, an Indian national who migrated to Australia last November, who finally found a job after eight months of intense searching.


The position Pradeep secured in Australia was not just any job, however, it was the job he had been dreaming about, the job he gained experience in in  his own country.  Thanks to Pradeep's strength, his talent, and thanks to the help of Nadine Myers, Founder and Director of Nab That Job in Australia!, and Australian Emigration Job Search Strategist, he finally landed a great role in Australia.


Pradeep was seeking a role  in Human Resources.  He had tried to applying for jobs before arriving in Australia, however he eventually discovered that this was a bad idea: “People want to see you in person”, says Pradeep, “above all if you are looking for a position as Human Resources Officer.  And in Australia they don’t care about previous experiences in your country: they really appreciate your local experience”.


So there was a problem, because Pradeep did not have the often required local experience in Australia.


That’s why the help of the consultants at Nab That Job in Australia, who rewrote Pradeep’s resume in an a professional, Australian style, was one of the keys of his success: “I learned that the CV should be designed on local conditions, and that the jobs that really suit my profile were never advertised.  The interaction with Nadine and Nab That Job in Australia was one of the best things I found about migrating in Australia”.


Pradeep signed his first employment contract just one month after his arrival in Australia, and finally landed his current role in Human Resources with a top, multi-national firm, after eight long months of searching.


Using job search websites may help you in your Australian job search, however, according to Pradeep’s experience, it’s more important to develop contacts in person and apply for jobs with those organizations who are truly global.


To the question regarding the things that really helped Pradeep to find a job in Australia, he answered: “First of all, faith in myself.  I never gave up.  Second, a resume written by Nab That Job in Australia. Third, constant support from Nab That Job in Australia and discussions with the contacts she gave to me. And last, the fact that I did interviews with people who really matter, rather than a job consultant who has no idea about what I was looking for”.


But of course Pradeep faced a lot of challenges and disappointments in his job search in Australia, such as the low knowledge Australian people have about Indian culture and country.  Pradeep quite often did not understand the reasons for his rejections by the Australian job consultants, and was frustrated by not being given an audience to explain his real work experience.


Pradeep is now satisfied with his new role, and is happy with his career prospects in Australia.  However, if he looks back there are few things he would have done differently: for example, using an Australian job search professional to rewrite his CV earlier, and avoiding applying for every position which matched his experience on job search websites.


For Pradeep, the best thing about immigrating to Australia was, in few words, the people he met along the way: “I really love the camaraderie of people and the fact that I really feel at home”.


When we asked Pradeep to give some suggestions to people who want to work and live in Australia, he was very straight forward and stated simply: “This is not a free lunch.  I recommend that you plan your move in advance: carry some cash with you because it can take six months before finding the right job.  But, most of all, if you have decided to move to any country, the decision is truly yours and do not regret it”.


In the end, the real successful key of Pradeep was finding the right people who really helped him. People like the consultants at Nab That Job in Australia, with their useful website, http://www.nabthatjob.com, who are helping people from all over the world to find employment and fulfil their dream lifestyle in Australia.


A country which offers a lot of opportunities if you believe in yourself and never, never, give up.


To get started on your positive job search and migration to Australia, click here to do our quick CV assessment now.

 

Written by Angelica Giambelluca

 

 

Business As Usual For Employer Sponsored Visas

Posted on May 23, 2010 at 1:39 PM Comments comments (2)

The changes to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for Australia has caused some panic for people who had intended on migrating to Australia through the General Skilled MIgration program, however, whose occupations are no longer on the SOL.


Although it may seem that all is lost, this is not always the case.  It is worthwhile for you to look into the Employer Sponsored Migration scheme for Australia, if you feel you have run out of options.


The good news is, the Employer Sponsored Migration scheme has not been affected by the changes to the SOL.  In fact, Since the announcement of future changes to Australian migration on February 18, 2010, Employer Sponsored visas are being prioritised so that these types of visas can be rushed through.


This is of benefit to both the employer who is sponsoring, as well as the overseas national.  The Australian employer can now fill their vacancy faster, and the overseas national can migrate to Australia sooner.


If you want to find out whether you qualify for job sponsorship in Australia, we recommend that you review the ENSOL list - Employer Nominated Skilled Occupation List - to ensure that your profession is listed, and that you do indeed qualify.


The next step would be to confirm that you qualify through a Professional Australian Migration Assessment, whereby a Registered Migration Agent can assist you on your next steps.


If you would rather do your own research and apply without the use of a migration professional, we suggest you review the ENSOL, determine who the authorised assessing body for your occupation is, and visit their website for further research on how to qualify for this occupation, and what you need to do for your assessment.


Once you have completed your assessment, and you have received a positive result, ie you are eligible for applying for sponsored  jobs in Australia under your profession; you are now ready to start applying for sponsored jobs in Australia.


You can apply for jobs through the usual job search channels (ie Australian job boards and news papers), and/or through the hidden job market in Australia.


If you are seeking job sponsorship though, we recommend that you spend the majority of your energy applying for jobs through the hidden job market, as there is less competition for you in this job market in Australia.


Applying for jobs through Australian job boards will often involve applying through Australian recruitment agencies, whom are not always your friend when you are applying for job sponsorship in Australia.


Nab That Job in Australia! can assist you with preparing your resume for Australia, to identifying key Australian companies to apply to for sponsored jobs, to coaching you to gaining as many interviews as you can.


We offer packages from to assist you to find a sponsored job in Australia, which include:

  • A professional, high-impact,
  • Australian CV
  • A professional, effective Australian Cover Letter
  • A Tailored Australian Job Sponsorship Strategy, providing step-by-step instructions enabling you to tap into the 'hidden job market' in Australia
  • Research & Identification of prominent Australian companies in your industry, with instructions on how to best approach them for sponsorship
  • Distribution of your CV to reputable Australian recruiters in your industry, with our highest recommendation for interview

These packages range from AU$247 - AU$297, depending on your level of experience.


To learn more about these packages, or to purchase, click here.


To read testimonials from our clients who have achieved success with our services, click here.


To get started, you can use our CV Assessment tool to help you to determine whether your CV will be competitive in the Australian job market.  Click here to use the CV Assessment tool now.


New Australian Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

Posted on May 16, 2010 at 8:43 PM Comments comments (6)

New Australian Skilled Occupation List (SOL) Announced

 


Finally, on May 17, 2010, the Government announced the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL), after a long wait for many would-be migrants to Australia.


 

Many people have been waiting to see whether they still qualify to apply for General Skilled Migration to Australia, after the Australian Immigration Department revoked the MODL in February this year, and announced that the SOL would be replaced in mid 2010. 


 

The Fact Sheet announcing the changes to the SOL, explain that the Australian Government has been making use of the independent body, Skills Australia, to provide 'expert and independent advice' relating to Australia’s 'current, emerging and future workforce skills and workforce development needs.'


 

The new SOL, which will replace the previous SOL, was created to better service the Australian labour market demand-driven skilled migration program.


 

The Fact Sheet states that "The number of places available to independent skilled migrants in the skilled migration program is expected to fall as the number of places available for employer-sponsored skilled migrants increases."  It is felt that migration through the Employer Sponsored route, matching skilled foreign nationals 'directly to jobs in Australia', will make Employer-sponsored migration 'the best method to ensure the labour market gets the skills it needs now.'


 

The new SOL has been created to ensure that 'skills that are critical to Australia’s economic development in the medium to long term' are addressed.


 

The current SOL contains 400 occupations that are allowed to apply for General Skilled Migration.  However, the new list will contain a meer 180 occupations, which is more than half of the current skilled occupations lost.  However, if your occupation has been removed from the SOL, you may still be eligible for employer sponsored migration to Australia.


 

To determine whether your occupation will be removed from the current SOL, or will remain, visit: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/whats-new.htm


 

The new SOL includes managerial, professional, associate-professional and trade occupations, and will be reviewed annually, to ensure that the SOL meets the demands of the Australian work force, however, it is expected that the list will remain 'relatively stable over time'.


 

The current SOL will remain in effect until July 1st, when it will be replaced by the new SOL.  This date ties in with the current suspension of certain General Skilled Migration applications, which ends on June 30th, 2010.


 

If you find that you are not eligible for independent migration based on the new SOL, it may be that you are eligible to apply for migration in other visa categories, including employer sponsored migration.  More information is available in a fact sheet on the Australian Immigration department’s website at: www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/whats-new.htm


 

The department is also operating a dedicated phone line to respond to any queries on the new list of occupations. The contact number is 1300 735683.


 

If you would like to have an assessment to determine which migration program is best for your situation, we recommend that you book an assessment with our Registered Australian Migration Agent, Danielle Ferris, by clicking here now.


 

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for the Fact Sheet on Options for those people who are not eligible for general skilled migration (under the new SOL)

 

 


Australian Skilled Migration Program Suspended

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 5:26 PM Comments comments (3)

The Australian Government have announced that they have temporarily closed certain General Skilled Migration Programs, commencing May 8, 2010, and will remain suspended until the end of June, 2010.

 

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

  • Subclass 175 – Skilled Independent (Migrant) visa
  • Subclass176 – Skilled Sponsored (Migrant) visa
  • Subclass 475 – Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa

We were meant to hear an announcement about the changes to the Skilled Occuppation List in late April, however, this announcement has been put on hold, until later this month, when the announcement will be made and publication of the new Skilled Occupation List for Migration purposes will be made.


The reason the Government has made this decision to suspend Subclass 175, 176 and 475 visa applications, is because "the number of pending GSM applications continues to grow as the demand for GSM places exceeds the available supply". The temporary suspension is being implemented to ensure that "the occupational profile of applicants for GSM clearly reflects the needs of the Australian labour market".


If you submit your application for one of the above visa subclasses on or after 8 May 2010, your application will be considered to be invalid, and will be returned to you with your Visa Application Charge refunded.  However, associated fees such as those incurred for medical examinations, English language tests and skills assessments cannot be refunded as these payments were not made to the Government.


If you are about to submit your application for oneof the visa subclasses affected by this suspension, you are better to wait until the suspension has been lifted, which at this stage, will be after June 30, 2010. 


More information on this change andother initiatives affecting the GSM program is available on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s website at: www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/whats-new.htm


If you would like professional migration advice during this time, please feel free to contact our Registered Australian Migration Agent, Danielle Ferris, by clicking here.


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