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Australian Immigration Law Specialist Australian Registered Migration Agent Visa Processing Experts Member of the Migration Institute of Australia Member of Australian Migration Alliance

INTERNATIONAL BORDER REOPENING

Skilled Workers, Students, and Working Holiday Visa holders who are fully vaccinated can come to Australia from December 1 without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

Japanese, Singaporean and Korean citizens can also visit Australia without needing to quarantine.

Visa holders just need to have been double jabbed, have had a PCR test 3 days before their departure, and undertake a Covid-19 test within 2 days of their arrival.

ASC Migration are visa processing specialists with experts in the United Kingdom and Australia at your disposal.

To begin the process of migrating Down Under please complete a free assessment HERE.

OR contact our UK Office by telephone at 74 8753 8231 or by email to lesley@ascmigrationvisas.co.uk

OR contact our Australian Office by telephone 08 9301 5905 or by email to john@ascmigrationvisas.com.au

DOCTORS, NURSES AND OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

The Australian government prioritises certain medical professions.

One major hospital group alone Down Under has 500 vacancies.

The average wage for a Nurse in Australia is $79,094. Compared to the United Kingdom average of $62,050 (converted from £33,384), not only is the average Nurse salary over $17,000 more, there are other reasons to migrate Down Under such as;

1. Multiple Australian cities have been voted every year (independently by the Economist) as the top ‘Liveable Cities’ in the world. Melbourne was voted the winner in 2017, which was its 7th year in a row to do so.

2. The Australian economy is solid, and the Australian dollar has the reputation of being one of the strongest and safest currencies in the world.

3. All permanent residents can eventually qualify to become an Australian citizen, and Australia recognises dual citizenship.

4. Australia is also an attractive migration destination because of its temperate weather. Due to the huge size of the country, Australia has several different climate zones. There is a more tropical-influenced climate in the north, but cool mild summers in the south. CLICK HERE for specific city details.

5. The Australian education system provides free or subsidised primary, secondary and tertiary education.

6. The health system in Australia (Medicare) provides access to a wide range of health care services, free medical care in public hospitals and lower costs for prescription medicines, subsidised or free treatment by health professionals such as specialists, doctors, optometrists, and in specific circumstances other allied health practitioners such as dentists.

CLICK HERE to be redirected to the relevant ‘Medical Professionals’ page on our website and/or CLICK HERE for other helpful links and services.

ASC Migration are visa processing specialists and will guide you every step of the way as we have experts in the United Kingdom and Australia at your disposal.

To begin the process of migrating Down Under please complete a free assessment HERE.

OR contact our UK Office by telephone at 74 8753 8231 or by email to lesley@ascmigrationvisas.co.uk

OR contact our Australian Office by telephone 08 9301 5905 or by email to john@ascmigrationvisas.com.au

WA’s COVID-FREE STATUS ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Students will be allowed into WA when the state reopens early next year. To do so they will only need to comply with the same requirements as all other international travellers such as;

• Return a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to their departure
• Undertake a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of entry into WA

IMPORTANT
• Double vaccinated international students will NOT be required to quarantine.

The WA Education Minister Ms Ellery is confident many international students will come to WA in time for semester 1 of 2022. The minister has stated, “I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t return, as semester 2 is looking great, and semester 1 is a bonus.”

She also stated, “If you were a mum or dad sitting in Singapore or anywhere else, thinking about where you might want to send your 18 or 19-year-old to get the best education, “Western Australia is one of the safest places in the world to do that.”

International Students wishing to migrate Down Under, please CLICK HERE to be redirected to our Student Visa Page for more information.

Alternatively, please CLICK HERE to be redirected to our “Specialist Visa Services and Expert Eligibility Options” page and select “Eligibility Analysis – International Student Visa Applicant” so that we can assess your eligibility.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS AGAIN TO AN UNBELIEVABLE 3.9%

WA’s economy has recovered from the initial impact of COVID-19 with strong support from the mining industry.

The ABS Labour Force report for October showed WA’s unemployment rate fell from 4.1 per cent to 3.9 per cent , as full-time employment grew. This is the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and lowest in WA since July 2012.

WA was the only State in Australia to experience a fall in the unemployment rate, which is now at least 1.2 percentage points lower than any other State.

For example, one online employment agency over 26,000 vacancies currently advertised in WA alone.

Comments attributed to WA Premier Mark McGowan

“Western Australia’s world-leading response to the COVID-19 pandemic has laid the foundation for strong economic growth.

“Today’s data not only highlights WA success but also the economic impacts that COVID-19 has had in NSW and Victoria – with both States’ unemployment rates much higher.

“With investment in WA growing and more and more projects coming online, our unemployment rate has dipped to its lowest level since 2012.

WA is now regarded as the safest and strongest State in the nation

ASC Migration are visa processing specialists and will guide you every step of the way as we have experts in the United Kingdom and Australia at your disposal.

To begin the process of migrating Down Under please complete a free assessment HERE.

OR contact our UK Office by telephone at 74 8753 8231 or by email to lesley@ascmigrationvisas.co.uk

OR contact our Australian Office by telephone 08 9301 5905 or by email to john@ascmigrationvisas.com.au

Western Australia Border – Open Date ‘Locked In’

The WA premier has said a date will be set to reopen its internal borders once the vaccination rate reaches 80%.

For overseas and international arrivals they must;

• Return a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to departure
• Undertake a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of entry

Also;

• Double vaccinated international travellers will not be required to quarantine
• International travellers who are not double vaccinated will be required to complete 14 days quarantine in a ‘designated facility’

WA’s Labour Market

• Western Australia’s labour market continues to strengthen. Total employment reached new record highs in September as the unemployment rate fell to 4.1% (which was the lowest rate since January 2013).

• The outlook for Western Australia’s labour market is positive. Internet vacancies have been steady at over 26,000 a month over the past 7 months and increased economic activity has also created strong competition for labour and skills.

Our advice is to start the process of migrating Down Under now, as demand for places is expected to be considerable.

ASC Migration are visa processing specialists and will guide you every step of the way as we have experts in the United Kingdom and Australia at your disposal.

To gauge your eligibility please complete a free assessment HERE.

OR contact our UK Office by telephone at 74 8753 8231 or by email to lesley@ascmigrationvisas.co.uk

OR contact our Australian Office by telephone 08 9301 5905 or by email to john@ascmigrationvisas.com.au

Skilled Migration Program – Queensland

Queensland is looking for skilled migrants to fill a range of critical skills, and their skilled program will remain open until the nomination quota is filled. The following visas are available under their skilled program:

1. Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa
This is a points-tested visa for skilled workers who want to live and work in Queensland permanently. The graduate degree stream also offers streamlined conditions for Queensland PhD graduates.

2. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa.
This is a 5-year, points-tested visa that leads to permanent residency and requires nominated skilled workers to live and be employed in regional Queensland (even the Gold Coast is regional). Visa holders in this category are eligible for Medicare.

If you want to migrate to Queensland on a skilled visa, please complete a Free Assessment HERE and note that State-nominated visas allow you to live and work permanently in Queensland.

OR contact our UK Office by telephone at 74 8753 8231 or by email to lesley@ascmigrationvisas.co.uk

OR contact our Australian Office by telephone 08 9301 5905 or by email to john@ascmigrationvisas.com.au

Skilled Regional Work Visa

A visa in this category is for ‘Points-Tested’ applicants who are nominated by a State or Territory government or those who are sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in Regional Australia .

‘Regional’ Australia is now regarded as every part of Australia (except the cities of Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane). However, regional areas of NSW & Victoria are eligible in this
category such as the ‘Gold Coast’ in ‘Queensland’ or ‘Byron Bay’ in NSW.

Also note that the entire States of South & Western Australia (including the cities of Adelaide and Perth) are also regarded as Regional Australia for the purposes of this visa.

There are over 500 more additional occupations available to regional applicants to work in regional Australia than exist in the ‘Independent Skilled Migration’ category and visa
applications in this category get priority processing.

With this visa you can;

  • stay in Australia for 5 years
  • apply for permanent residence, if eligible, after 3 years.
  • live, work and study in any part of a designated region of Australia and
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want

The current pass-mark for Points-tested migrants in this category is 65, however, significant incentives to apply for Skilled Migration to Regional Australia exist (conditions apply), and now that Perth in WA and the Gold Coast in QLD is classed as regional, applying in this category has significant incentives such as;

  • The award of 10 additional points to your spouse or de facto partner if they are assessed as skilled.
  • The award of 5 additional points if they are not.
  • The award of 10 additional points to applicants without a spouse or de facto partner (i.e. they are single).
  • The award of 10 additional points to applicants with an Australian citizen or permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen spouse or de facto partner;
  • The award of 10 additional points for certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics qualifications;
  • The award of 15 additional points to an applicant nominated by a State or Territory government agency or sponsored by a family member residing in regional Australia (for an applicant that will live and work in regional Australia)

The English language threshold has also been lowered which will greatly benefit non-English speaking immigrants.

To fully understand the factors that will affect your eligibility and to determine if you meet the basic requirements for a Regional Visa complete a free assessment HERE. so that we can assess your immigration eligibility.

OR contact our UK Office by telephone at 74 8753 8231 or by email to lesley@ascmigrationvisas.co.uk

OR contact our Australian Office by telephone 08 9301 5905 or by email to john@ascmigrationvisas.com.au

State Nomination South Australia

As the Australian economy rebounds from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, from 2 November 2021, South Australia will open an additional 24 Engineering occupations for applicants currently residing outside Australia.

These new occupations are;

Engineering Manager
Chemical Engineer
Materials Engineer
Civil Engineer
Geotechnical Engineer
Quantity Surveyor
Structural Engineer
Transport Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Electronics Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Production or Plant Engineer
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
Agricultural Engineer
Biomedical Engineer
Environmental Engineer
Engineering Professionals nec
Civil Engineering Draftsperson
Civil Engineering Technician
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
Electrical Engineering Technician
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
Mechanical Engineering Technician

To be assessed for any of these positions and to begin your journey down under please complete a free assessment HERE. We will assess your submission and define your immigration eligibility.

OR contact our UK Office by telephone at 74 8753 8231 or by email to lesley@ascmigrationvisas.co.uk

OR contact our Australian Office by telephone 08 9301 5905 or by email to john@ascmigrationvisas.com.au

Travel Exemptions For Parents

The Minister for Home Affairs has announced that from 1 November 2021, parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for travel exemption, for travel to Australia.

The definition of parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents includes:

Biological Parents
Legal (including adoptive) Parents and
Step-Parents

Before travelling to Australia as a visitor, a parent must apply for a travel exemption, then a visa if they do not hold one already (an approved travel exemption does not guarantee the grant of a visa).

Parents must also have a valid passport, have proof all the required vaccinations have been administered, and provide evidence of a parental relationship with an Australian citizen or a permanent resident.

All international travellers remain subject to state and territory quarantine arrangements.

For more information, please contact us HERE.

OR contact our UK Office by telephone at 74 8753 8231 or by email at lesley@ascmigrationvisas.co.uk

OR contact our Australian Office by telephone 08 9301 5905 or by email at john@ascmigrationvisas.com.au

State Nomination Western Australia

A new updated ranking system is now active in WA.

State nomination will be used for issuing invitations and gives preference to applicants currently residing in Western Australia.

The ranking system in the General Skilled stream will target applicants;
1. Currently residing in Western Australia
2. Currently residing in another Australian state or territory
3. With the highest EOI application points score and
4. With the oldest EOI application submission date.

The ranking system in the Graduate Skilled stream (Higher education graduates) will target applicants;
1. Currently residing in Western Australia
2. Currently residing in another Australian state or territory
3. Who completed a PHD or Masters qualification in Western Australia
4. Who completed an Honours degree or other higher degree in Western Australia
5. Who completed a Bachelor degree in Western Australia

The ranking system in the Graduate stream (VET graduates) will target applicants;
1. Currently residing in Western Australia
2. Currently residing in another Australian state or territory
3. Who completed a VET qualification at Advanced Diploma level in Western Australia
4. Who completed a VET qualification at Diploma level in Western Australia
5. Who completed a VET qualification at Certificate IV level in Western Australia.

To begin your journey down under please complete a free assessment HERE. We will assess your submission and define your immigration eligibility.

OR contact our UK Office by telephone at 74 8753 8231 or by email to lesley@ascmigrationvisas.co.uk

OR contact our Australian Office by telephone 08 9301 5905 or by email to john@ascmigrationvisas.com.au