Change in migration list adds up to fear

UNIVERSITIES fear another crash in international enrolments as a debate rages about whether accountants should stay on a key migration priority list.

The federal government and the Finance Sector Union say Australia is awash with overseas-born accountants.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/change-in-migration-list-adds-up-to-fear/story-e6frgcjx-1226559548412#

Cooks lead the way in Australia’s skilled migration program

AUSTRALIA’S skilled migration program has been called into question with the revelation that cooks received more visas than any other group last year.

Hairdressers also made the top five in a system that is supposed to target the most needed skills for the nation.

More than 8000 cooks got permanent visas in 2012-13, followed by 5700 accountants, 2160 software engineers, 1550 IT business analysts and 1500 hairdressers.

Skilled migration is dominated by Indians and Chinese, who comprised about half of the 129,000 places approved last year.

Monash University migration expert Bob Birrell said the spike in visas for cooks and hairdressers was caused by allowing former foreign students who were living here to apply for permanent residency.

Dr Birrell said that these people were caught out by changes to the skilled migration rules but the Immigration Department had unwisely told them they could continue to apply for residency.

“Now that demand for migration is tapering off a bit they are obliged to deal with these applicants,” he said.

“They are filling up their quota with these warehoused applicants, that’s why we’re getting so many cooks.”

Dr Birrell said it was ridiculous to say that Australia had a highly skilled migration program. “The program has a life of its own and it’s continuing at very high levels notwithstanding the sharp downturn in the need for skilled migrants,” he said.

According to the department’s 2012-13 Migration Program Report, the skilled migration system focused on migrants to help fill critical skill needs, particularly in regional areas.

This included almost 50,000 places nominated by employers and state or territory governments, and 44,000 in the skilled independent category.

There were more than 114,000 applicants waiting to be processed for skilled migration as of June 30 last year.

 

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/cooks-lead-the-way-in-australias-skilled-migration-program/story-fni0fit3-1226814857835

More than 1000 partner visas cancelled in migrant marriage sham

FOREIGNERS in fake relationships with Australians have been stripped of their visas as the migration system is swamped with people trying to get residence here through marriage.

More than 1000 partner visas have been cancelled since mid-2010 for reasons including bogus claims, bad character and incorrect information.

Most of the cancellations involved people on permanent or temporary visas who were outside Australia.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the figures showed the Abbott Government had to be vigilant to stop people abusing the program.

“The threat is not limited to what happens on our borders,” he said.

The number of partner visas issued annually has doubled since the early 1990s, with some 50,000 processed in 2012-13.

A further 58,000 applications were in the pipeline as of June 30 last year.

Almost 12,000 spouse and partner visas were issued for Victoria last year, including more than 2000 to Indian-born people, 1245 for Chinese and about 1000 for UK-born applicants.

It has been estimated about a third of marriages in Australia involve migrant spouses.

Monash University migration expert Dr Bob Birrell said the partner visa was a popular route for permanent residency because all applicants would succeed provided they could demonstrate they were in a genuine and continuing relationship.

“It’s an as-of-right program, there is no assessment of a person’s skills or English language ability,” he said.

Dr Birrell said the huge backlog of cases was putting enormous pressure on migration officials.

“They are literally swamped with the client load, it’s very difficult to seriously evaluate whether the relationship is genuine and continuing,” he said.

More than 100 visas were cancelled in the six months to December 31, 2013, 228 were cancelled in 2012-13 and 713 between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2012.

 

http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/more-than-1000-partner-visas-cancelled-in-migrant-marriage-sham/story-fnii5sms-1226811451190

The work experience or professional year program is assessed for suitability of the full skills assessment

The following changes will come into effect on Jan 15, 2014:


•    The ACS Temporary Graduate – 485 skills assessment will clearly state that it is specifically for the purpose of applying for a subclass 485 visa application.  Applicants with an Australian study component that are applying for a subclass 485 visa will be assessed on the Australian qualification only, based on the completion of the relevant Australian Bachelor degree or higher.

•    Applicants with an Australian study component that wish to apply for permanent residency will require either 1 year of relevant work experience or completion of an ACS Professional Year Program to receive a suitable skills assessment which can be used for general migration purposes.

•    The ACS Post Australian Study Skills Assessment is intended to support graduates in applying for permanent residency under the General Skilled Migration or Employer Nomination Scheme after completing an Australian study component.

•    The Australian study component is taken into consideration because of the value of studying in Australia and the exposure to Australian culture and language, which in turn places applicants in a better position to be employed in their nominated occupation.

•    The work experience or professional year program is assessed for suitability of the full skills assessment and the applicant is considered skilled from the completion date of the relevant Australian degree.  The Post Australian Study Skills Assessment can be used for migration purposes in general. 

 

Temporary Graduate – 485 Skills Assessment Criteria

  • This skills assessment can only be used to apply for a subclass 485 visa.
  • You will require to have competed an Australian Bachelor degree or higher with a major in ICT which is closely related to the nominated occupation (ANZSCO) to meet the suitability criteria. 


Post Australian Study Skills Assessment Criteria

  • This application is only if you have completed an Australian Bachelor degree or higher and wish to apply for a permanent residence visa.
  • You will require an Australian Bachelor degree or higher with a major in ICT which is closely related to the nominated occupation (ANZSCO) plus one of the following requirements for a suitable skills assessment:
    • 1 year of relevant work experience completed after the completion date of the relevant degree, or
    • Completion of an ACS Professional Year Program.