New Work Visa for Graduating Foreign Students Introduced

studentsA new work visa to allow foreign students work in Australia after completing their studies was announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Also known as Post-Study Work Visa, this will be an additional stream under the existing 485 visa subclass (Temporary Skilled Graduate) and will be renamed to ‘Temporary Graduate’.

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Australia Launches the Golden Ticket Visa

australia-golden-ticketAustralia has launched a new visa called ‘Golden Ticket’ which is intended to welcome wealthy migrants who are willing to invest millions in the country.

This will allow foreigners obtain permanent residency as long as they have at least AUD$5 million (SGD$6.4 million) to invest. However, the money must be invested in certain assets that are based in Australia including government bonds, managed funds, and infrastructure projects.

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NSW Announces New Migration Plan for General Skilled Migration

nsw-migration-planA new list of occupations has been announced by the government of New South Wales for skilled migration.

Compared to the previous one, the new list has more occupations, shorter work experience and lower English requirements. This is good news for anyone who is planning to apply for General Skilled (points tested) visa to migrate to Australia.

Below are some of the occupations included in the list:

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Australia’s Employment Rate Grows To 94.8 Percent in July


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced that Australia’s seasonally adjusted employment rate grew to 94.8 percent.

The number of people employed increased from 11,512,600 to 14,000 to in July. The growth in employment was boosted by the addition of full-time employment, up 9,200 people to 8,073,700, and part-time employment, up 4,800 people to 3,439,000. The growth in employment was driven by an increase in full-time jobs and more female part-time employment.

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India Tops Number of Migrants in Australia

indian-migrantsThe Australian Government announced that India, for the first time, has become the largest source of permanent and skilled migrants in Australia. The 2011-2012 migration program has 185,000 places and Indian migrants comprised a total of 29,018 places, that’s 15.7 percent of the overall total.

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Skilled Migration Pass Mark Changed

skill-selectThe Department of Immigration and Citizenship announced today the changes to the skilled migration pass mark. People who want to migrate will first need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for their Australian visa application. This applies to the new SkillSelect visa subclasses 189, 190 and 489.

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