Australian Population is Constantly Increasing

australian-populationIt is not surprising that Australian population just reached 24 million. Based on the figures, the number of people migrating to Australia has the biggest part for 54% population increase last year.

Last Tuesday, Australia population ticked over to 24 million and more than half of that growth is because of the unstoppable growth of new migrants.

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English Language: Why is it Important for Australia Immigration?

reading-a-book (1)Studying, working and living in an English speaking country will be a challenge if you are unable to communicate. However brilliant your ideas may be will not matter if you cannot be understood. To enjoy the work-life balance Australia has to offer, a good command of the language is a necessity. Also, however skillful you may be, you cannot be put to good use in the economy if you do not have the ability to communicate.

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Are You Healthy Enough for your Australian Visa?

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Migrants applying for Australian Permanent Residential Visas are required to undergo medical assessment. Failure to meet the health criteria will most certainly result in a visa refusal.

Unlike a tourist or social visit visa, many permanent, provisional and temporary visa applicants, such as those applying to emigrate, study, work, do business, join family or loved ones who will have to undergo a full body medical examination, including a chest x-ray, blood and urine test.

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Migration Requirements – 1st of July 2015

1-july-2015-immigration-changesThe new fiscal year has arrived with changes announced and taking effect on the 1st of July 2015. The following changes to both the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) will affect all applicants wishing to migrate to Australia henceforth.

https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2015L01059

Summary

The following occupations have been moved from the SOL to the CSOL; therefore, these occupations now require state sponsorship.

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Changes to Temporary Work Visa English Requirement

sc457English language average test scores are now accepted for employer sponsored visa subclass 457 applications. For example, an overall band score of 6 in IELTS will now be accepted for 457 visas – previously, a minimum of 6 in each band (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking) was required.

This change will lessen the enormous frustration of applicants taking the test repeatedly to get a minimum score in each band in a single sitting.

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Many More Migrants Still Needed in Australia

2015-migration-council-of-australiaA study conducted by the Migration Council of Australia (MCA) claims that an increase in migration intake is critical to Australia’s future prosperity.

MCA is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit body established to enhance the productive benefits of Australia’s migration and humanitarian programs.

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TOEFL and PTE Academic Now Accepted As IELTS Alternative for English Test

toefl-pte-ieltsThe department has announced that it will accept test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) as alternative English tests for visa applications lodged on or after 23 November 2014.

These tests will be applicable for Australian visa applications including Skilled Migration and Business Innovation & Investment Programs.

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Skilled Migration: 2014-15 Occupational Ceilings Announced

occupation-ceilingThe Occupational Ceilings for the 2014-15 year have been announced. Changes to the number of places allocated to Engineers, IT Professionals, Accountants, Teachers, Constructions Trades, and Chefs were substantial.

What is an Occupational Ceiling?

An occupational ceiling is the total number of invitations issued by the Australian Immigration Department for a particular occupation under the skilled migration program for an entire financial year.

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