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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
154 Australia – The Education Destination aPPlicaTionS anD viSaS Australia is a country built on migration from the arrival of the First Fleet from Britain in 1788. Since then, Australia has welcomed new residents from countries across the globe. Today, around one in four of Australia’s residents was born overseas. Australia was one of the first countries in the world to develop a comprehensive, integrated range of settlement services for immigrants. The most commonly spoken languages in Australia are English, Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Mandarin and Vietnamese. Australia’s migration program aims to fill skills shortages across the country and contribute to the economy. Australia administers separate migration and humanitarian programs. The programs provide a balance between Australia’s international humanitarian obligations and the Australian Government’s economic, social and environmental objectives. Australia’s visa and migration program is run by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. If you want to work and live in the country after graduation, you must apply to stay in Australia. There is a range of temporary and permanent residency visas, including sponsorship by an employer and the General Skilled Migration program. australia’s general Skilled Migration program International students can apply for permanent residency through the General Skilled Migration program. These visas are for people who have graduated with an Australian qualification or have skilled work experience and are not sponsored by an employer. The Australian Government recently announced a number of changes to its General Skilled Migration program. A new points test for applications will be introduced this year. The changes will deliver the best and brightest skilled migrants by emphasising high level qualifications, better English language levels and extensive skilled work experience. The program aims to select migrants with the high value, nation-building skills that are needed by the Australian economy and labour market. a combination of skills and experience Applying for a residency visa involves passing a points test. Points are allocated based on factors such as age, IELTS test score, work experience and qualifications. The new points test balances the different factors that are considered when determining whether someone will be granted a skilled migration visa. Under the new points test, the maximum age threshold for applicants has been raised to 49 years old. Applicants must have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0. You gain extra points in recognition of two years’ full-time study in Australia. Successful migrants will need to possess a combination of skills and experience. The changes focus on better English language skills, more extensive skilled work experience, higher level qualifications obtained in Australia and overseas, and different age ranges. Top left: By studying in a regional area of Australia or a city with low-population growth, you can gain extra points in an application for a skilled migration visa. Top right: Australia has a skills shor tage in cer tain professions and uses its migration program to select workers with the right skills for the economy. JoB oPPoRTuniTieS foR MeDical PRofeSSionalS There is currently a shortage of doctors and nurses in Australia, particularly in regional areas. General practitioners or specialists can apply for a visa to work in Australia if they have obtained their primary medical qualification in a country other than Australia or gained their medical qualifications in Australia and are not an Australian permanent resident. Nurses are also in high demand in Australia with opportunities for permanent and temporary work available. web: www.immi.gov.au/skilled/medical- practitioners/ working in australia after graduation if you’re interested in living and working in australia permanently, then studying in an australian institution may be your first step.
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