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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
The Migra?on Ins?tute of Australia is the peak professional body for migra?on agents. Maurene Horder, CEO of the Migra?on Ins?tute of Australia, offers sound advice on avoiding pi?alls, and ge?ng professional advice on visa and residency applica?ons. Maurene Horder CEO Migra?on Ins?tute of Australia In recent ?mes we have seen many students fall vic?m to illegal educa?on scams in Australia that promise quick and easy solu?ons to those who wish towork, or gain permanent residency, in the country. Sadly, instead of achieving the desired outcome, students can become caught up in a messy situa?on which can a?ract a range of penal?es including never being eligible to apply for permanent residency again, or even being allowed to visit Australia. The fact is that many people who come to Australia on student visas will at some stage decide that permanent residency is a?rac?ve. The Australian Government has a migra?on program which is designed to a?ract workers who are skilled in par?cular areas. It is necessary to understand though, that student visas are offered solely for the purpose of ge?ng an educa?on. But, if a student wants to pursue permanent residency it is advisable to carefully consider studies that match with occupa?ons where there is an ongoing skills shortage in Australia. It is vital to note that the official ‘in demand’ occupa?on list can change. Nobody can guarantee that by studying a par?cular course that a student will necessarily qualify for permanent residency by the end of the course - but good advice will maximise chances and help avoid disappointment. The number of skilled migrants and skilled temporary residents coming to Australia has doubled in recent years. This year’s immigra?on intake alone is 190,000 people making it the largest migra?on program in Australia’s history. It’s important to note that an Educa?on Agent is qualified to offer educa?on advice while a Registered Migra?on Agent specialises in migra?on advice. So, for professional help, seek out an appropriately qualified person - a Registered Migra?on Agent - preferably one who is also a member of the Migra?on Ins?tute of Australia - or an officer of the Department of Immigra?on. Drawbacks to ‘Do It Yourself’ applica?ons include possible failure to maximise chances of success and, if refused, the possibility of having to leave Australia before being allowed to apply again. There is no subs?tute for tailored immigra?on advice from a professional who is on your side. MIA members’ knowledge is up-to-date and theyundergo con?nuing professional educa?on so they are well-qualified and knowledgeable about visa requirements. MIA agents - many of them mul?-lingual - are located all around the world and you can look them up on the ins?tute’swebsite - www.mia.org.au Visa advice and informa?on can also be found on the Department of Immigra?on’s website -www.immi.gov.au Ge?ng The Right Immigra?on Advice The Migra?on Ins?tute of Australia Recommends: • Do not rely on gossip or hearsay - get the right advice from qualified professionals • Don’t fall for illegal shortcuts - it’s too risky • Only use a REGISTERED Migra?on Agent - preferably one who is also a member of the MIA [all MIA members are Registered Migra?on Agents] • Search for an agent whose staff has specific language ability - www.mia.org.au • Check that your chosen agent is registered - www.themara.com.au • Only Registered Migra?on Agents are legally allowed to offer migra?on advice www.mia.org.au
Australia The Education Destination 2010