• Migration is up down under


    Australia allocates 190,000 permanent resident visas for skilled migrants, family-sponsored visa applicants as well as those in the special eligibility stream.

    For those seeking to migrate based on their occupation, talent, skills (OFWs mostly), Australia has created the SkillSelect program, patterned after New Zealand’s Expression of Interest route.

    This online selection program enables qualified applicants outside Australia – and it is a convenient way for our OFWs in the Middle East especially– to pursue permanent residency in a country closer to home compared to Canada, the UK or the US of A.

    Australia’s Migration Program levels (similar to the new one) comprise:

    ●128,550 places for skilled migrants including employer sponsored migrants, general skilled migrants and business migrants.

    ●60,885 places for family migrants who are sponsored by family members.

    • 565 places for special eligibility migrants, who include former permanent residents and have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia.

    As explained by DIBP, “the skill stream comprises around 68 per cent of the program, while the family stream comprises 32 per cent.”

    For the skilled migrants, a cap or ceiling per occupation is established. This year’s occupation ceilings are shown below.
    SkillSelect program explains:

    “An occupation ceiling will be applied to invitations to apply to migrate under the points based skilled visas of the general skilled migration program. There will be a limit on how many invitations are issued in these subclasses for a particular occupation to ensure that the migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations.

    Occupational ceilings do not apply to, State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.”

    Certain occupations attract more applicants; hence a “pro rata” scheduling for the occupations below has been arranged.  Arrangements vary from one program year to the next.

    ICT Business and Systems Analysts, Software and Applications Programmers and Accountants.

    What’s up ‘mate? Here’s what.

    The DIBP table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2014-2015 program year for each occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group, and the number of invitations issued for each occupation in the current program year to date.

    Applicants must provide evidence of English proficiency and a suitable or positive assessment from the designated assessing organization.

    Occupations ceilings for the 2014-15 programme year

    For more information on how to qualify, and assessment of eligibility for Australian residency, please email your complete and updated resumes to options@visacenter.org


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