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Introducing new visa in November 2016

The department of Immigration and Border Protection is seeking feedback on the proposed policy for the new visa to be introduced in November 2016.

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A consultation process for a new Entrepreneur visa has started last week, seeking feedback on the proposed settings for the visa. The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, said Australia wants to attract the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent and skills. The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, said the visa would help promote innovation and encourage individuals to take part in the consultation process. The Entrepreneur visa will be introduced in November 2016.
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Skilled Occupations List (SOL)

The new skilled occupations list for the 2016 – 2017 budget year is now available.

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On 1 July 2016, a new SOL will be introduced with a number of changes to the occupations. If you intend to apply on or after 1 July 2016 for an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa or a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream visa, you need to make sure your occupation is listed on the new SOL. If you have lodged a valid application before 1 July 2016, your application will not be affected by these changes.

Occupations being added to the SOL from 1 July 2016 are:

  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912)
  • Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711).

Occupations being removed from the SOL from 1 July 2016 are:

  • Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO 233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO 233612)
  • Metallurgist (ANZSCO 234912)
  • Environmental Health Officer (ANZSCO 251311)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO 251312)
  • Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO 411211)
  • Dental Prosthetist (ANZSCO 411212)
  • Dental Technician (ANZSCO 411213)
  • Dental Therapist (ANZSCO 411214).

The review of the SOL has not impacted the composition of the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL).  Occupations currently listed on the CSOL will continue to be listed from 1 July 2016.  For more information on the CSOL see Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).

For further information on the review of the 2016-17 SOL see Review of the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

Information on the occupation ceiling levels for the 2016-17 SOL will be available on the SkillSelect page from early June.

You must nominate an occupation from the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) if you are applying for an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa or Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream.

Applicants who require a skills assessment as part of their visa application must contact a relevant assessing authority directly to obtain a skill assessment. The assessing authority will provide all necessary applications forms and associated information relating to the assessment.

There will be a charge by the assessing authorities for the assessment.

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Cooly Rocks On is here

Cooly Rocks On is on again from 3 June to 13 June 2016. Who will be Miss Cooly Rocks On 2016? Click here to view the 12 finalists!

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Gold Coast Marathon

Gold Coast Marathon from 2-3 July on Australia’s flattest, fastest and most scenic course. Click here for more details.

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Why we love Gold Coast

Can you blame us? Photo by Jaycinta Lee courtesy of Visit Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Could you pass Australia’s citizenship test?

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Since 2007, more than 650,000 people have taken Australia’s computer-based citizenship test. A little more than 7,200 people (1.1 per cent) have failed since testing started.

The government says the test ensures applicants have a basic knowledge of the English language, an adequate knowledge of Australia and of the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship and an understanding of the nature of their application.

The test asks questions about Australia’s political system and values, and is a requirement for most people who apply for citizenship in Australia.

Many are exempt from sitting the test, including people younger than 18 and older than 60 years of age and people who have impaired vision or hearing.

People who fail three times are able to take a course-based test run over 20 hours. More than 2,600 people have done so, the Australian government says.

Put yourself to the test – you need to answer 15 questions correctly (75 per cent) to pass the test.

Check out the full SBS News story and try the test yourself here.

 

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This one’s for the Kiwis in the house (err…in Australia)

This is a recent (funny) post I made on Facebook. The offer still stands…
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  • Real, proven solutions to complex migration problems from an industry leader
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Apply for Australian Permanent Residence now

Do you currently hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass) 457 Visa and wish to apply for Australian permanent residence? You might be eligible for the following visas under either the ‘Direct Entry’ of ‘Temporary Entry’ schemes:

  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) Visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Subclass 187) Visa

 

Alternatively you might be eligible to apply for one of the following skilled visas:

  • Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa
  • Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) Visa

 

Please contact 0490 362 612 or brettruehland@gmail.com for a FREE assessment of your circumstances. I’ve helped thousands of clients successfully obtain residence.