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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 155 auSTRalian ReSiDency Australia has a shortage of skilled workers in certain areas and the program favours graduates with qualifications in those areas. While points will no longer be awarded on the basis of occupation, all applicants must still nominate an occupation on the applicable Skilled Occupation List. The Skilled Occupation List details jobs that are in demand in Australia. The list covers a wide range of occupations at all employment levels – managers and administrators, professionals, associate professionals, and tradespersons and related workers. Note that the skilled migration program aims to meet the current needs of the Australian economy. You should not make educational choices solely on the basis of hoping to achieve residency, as the program will continue to adapt to Australia’s economic needs. Study in a regional area for additional points On an application for a General Skilled Migration visa, you will receive extra points for studying in a regional area of Australia or a low-population- growth metropolitan area for two years or more. Many quality universities and vocational institutions are located in regional areas across Australia. The low-population-growth metropolitan areas are Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin. A regional area is defined as anywhere in Australia except Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, the NSW Central Coast, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne and the Australian Capital Territory. When you study in a regional area, you gain the added benefits of smaller cities and towns, and becoming part of a friendly, local community. other types of visas Skilled migration to Australia is highly competitive and requirements adjust over time according to Australia’s skills needs. Not everyone will be able to meet the requirements for skilled migration. You may want to consider your eligibility to apply for an alternative migration option, such as the Employer Nomination Scheme or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme enables employers in regional and low-population-growth areas of Australia to sponsor highly skilled workers either from overseas, or from people temporarily in Australia to fill skilled vacancies in their business. The Employer Nomination Scheme enables employers to sponsor highly skilled workers to fill skilled vacancies in their business. Skilled workers can be recruited either from overseas, or from people temporarily in Australia. gaining further qualifications for a visa If you find 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 qualification as a result of at least two years of study. ■ Sources: Department of Immigration and Citizenship; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Above: Australia is a vibrant, multicultural society with around a quar ter of its population born overseas. ‘Australia was one of the first countries in the world to develop a comprehensive, integrated range of settlement services for immigrants.’ finD ouT MoRe Department of immigration and citizenship www.immi.gov.au/immigration general Skilled Migration program www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled- migration/ Regional employment www.immi.gov.au/skilled/regional- employment/ ‘By studying in Australia for two years or more, you can gain extra points on an application for a skilled migration visa.’
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