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The Skilled Occupation List The Skilled Occupation List details jobs that are in demand in Australia. The list covers a wide range of occupations. Each job is given a value of points depending on its level of demand in the Australian job market, and these points contribute to your mark when applying for a visa. For example, as at December 2008, a qualifi cation to work as a chemist was worth 50 points. The program lists skills at all employment levels – managers and administrators, professionals, associate professionals, and tradespersons and related workers. The Australian Government has also recently introduced a critical skills list of 60 occupations in high demand including engineering, medicine, information technology and the construction trade. You can see an up-to-date list of these jobs and their point values on the website, www.immi.gov.au/skilled/ Under the General Skilled Migration program, there are two types of visa: • the Skilled Independent residence visa (subclass 885) for people who do not have a sponsor but do have a recent Australian qualifi cation as a result of at least two years of study • the Skilled Sponsored residence visa (subclass 886) for people who are sponsored by either a relative or an Australian state or territory government and have a recent Australian qualifi cation as a result of at least two years of study. As part of your application, you will need to have a health examination at a Health Services Australia offi ce and a criminal records check with the Australian Federal Police. Occupations in demand Australia needs qualifi ed migrants to meet its skills shortages. Here are some jobs that are currently in demand. • Accountant • Anaesthetist • Dentist • Electrician • Chemical engineer • Mechanical engineer • Occupational therapist • Pharmacist • Physiotherapist • Secondary teacher • Urban and regional planner • Radiologist • Computing professional For a full list, see the Skilled Occupation List at www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1121i.pdf Below: You gain extra points if you study in a regional area in Australia. Image courtesy of Vision Victoria. Study in a regional area for extra points You can gain extra points towards your pass mark if you spend two years studying in a regional area of Australia or a low-population-growth metropolitan area. You’ll find quality universities and vocational institutions in many regional areas across Australia. The low-population-growth metropolitan areas are Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin. A regional area is defi ned as anywhere in Australia except Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, the NSW Central Coast, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne and the Australian Capital Territory. Gaining further qualifi cations for a residency visa If you fi nd that you need to study for further qualifications before applying for a permanent residency visa, you can apply for an 18 month temporary visa to extend your stay. In this case, you do not have to pass a points test but you must already have a recent Australian qualifi cation as a result of at least two years of study. Online information The Department of Immigration and Citizenship provides detailed information on the types of permanent residency visas, as well as the visa application process, on its website at www.immi.gov.au/immigration. You can also apply for a visa online. ¦ 102 APPLICATIONS AND VISAS
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