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Skilled Regional Work Visa

Every part of Australia, except Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne is now regarded as ‘Regional’ (even Perth, Adelaide, and the Gold Coast are regional).

The SC491 provisional visa is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia and they (and their accompanying family if any) can;

  • ​​​​​​​​stay in Australia for 5 years.
  • live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia.
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as required, while the visa is valid​.
  • apply for permanent residence 3 years after the visa is granted​ and activated.

Applicants for this visa must be nominated by:

  • an Australian state or territory government agency or
  • sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area and be invited to apply for the visa, following submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect.
  • Be under 45 years of age and
  • Have a positive skills assessment

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, some States and Territories made changes to their immigration policy and stopped accepting applications last year. Now, however, as Australia is experiencing phenomenal growth, these programs are expected to resume, and applications rise significantly.

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Considering Migrating Down Under

Australia’s economy is booming, and West Australia currently has the highest growth in the world. If you have a skill that is in short supply or your occupation is in high demand you should consider migrating Down Under.

There are many options at your disposal such as a ‘Skilled Independent’ migrant whereby, although sponsorship is not required, you must be able to demonstrate that you possess the qualifications and skills to do so

Eligibility for the Australian Skilled Independent Visa is that you must have an occupation on the ‘Skills Occupation List’, have a suitable ‘Skills Assessment’ for the occupation, be invited to apply and satisfy the ‘Points Test’.

Points collection is important, and you can do so for employment in your nominated occupation gained over the past 10 years in either Australia or overseas. You can also claim points for a competent English level in International English Language Testing. You must also be under 45 years of age, have good health and meet the character requirements for Australian Visas.  

There are many other options at your disposal, so take a look around our website. If you don’t see what you require or if you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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

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Migration Travel

The Australian and New Zealand travel bubble started today as the first international hard border reopening for Australia!

New Zealand had its last locally acquired case of Covid-19 on the 4th of February 2021 but, like Australia, has been Covid-free for most of the pandemic.

Other “travel bubbles” such as the one with New Zealand are being discussed with other countries, such as Singapore.

Singapore’s Transport Minister, Ong Ye Kung said, “We are exploring with several countries and regions, including Australia, on the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates,” regarding the possibility of quarantine-free travel.

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

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Temporary Visa Holders – A Key Priority

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said recently – “Temporary visa holders are key to regional services and growthwhen he spoke about bringing the economy out of recession and how filling critical workforce shortages with temporary visa holders can actually create jobs elsewhere in the economy and, in particular, sustain growth and services in our regional economies.  

The Prime Minister indicated the government would keep an open mind about reviewing visa classes for temporary worker reliant industries such as agriculture and hospitality, “When Australians won’t do the jobs, the jobs still need to be done,” Mr Morrison said. 

Mr Morrison said visas with a regional condition are a better option for improving migration over the next few year and remember that all of Australia is regarded as ‘Regional’ except Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. 

With a predicated growth rate of 4.5% this year Australia will experience a critical skill shortage with certain skilled occupations in huge demand. So potential migrants should get their eligibility assessed now.  

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

Please contact john@ascmigrationvisas.com.au for further information.

Website: ascmigrationvisas.com.au

New Global Talent visa approvals rise

During that six-month period July 1 to December 31 last year, there were 11,013 visas granted to those who worked in the quantum information, advanced digital data, data science, and IT fields. 

Some of the main categories for visas granted were in the medical technical industry, energy, mining technology, space, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. 

The GTI visa program was first launched in November 2019 to attract global tech talent to Australia. Individuals who apply through this program are assessed based on their individual background, including their earning potential in the field.  

The Department of Home Affairs has stated that this visa program is designed to “respond to very new occupations and new sectors” as it is always a challenge to fit them within the current classification system.  

More Great News as Jobs Bounce Back

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it’s been one of the most remarkable performances by Australians as the unemployment rate falls again to 5.8 per cent from 6.4 per cent for the month of February, beating expectations. This has happened in less than 12 months from when the recession began, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as there are now more jobs in the Australian economy than there were before the pandemic.  
 
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    Economy Recovering

    February unemployment figures to be released shortly are expected to fall from 6.4 to 6.3 per cent as an anticipated 30,000 jobs are added to the economy. Since the beginning of 2021 the unemployment rate has fallen slightly each month as the public adjusts to living under coronavirus restrictions. Economists believe the unemployment rate will hover around this level until June when it will once again fall. 

    Current Western Australia’s Economic Conditions

    The WA economy is recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and grew in real terms by 1.4% in 2019-20, the only state economy along with Tasmania to grow during the year from higher iron ore, gold and nickel prices etc. resulted in the mining industry’s share of the state economy rising to a record high of 43% in 2019-20. 

    The WA labour market has largely recovered from the impact of COVID-19. By January 2021, WA had regained 86% of the decline in employment between February and May 2020. Employment prospects remain positive with internet job vacancies reaching 21,415 in January 2021, the highest level since October 2012 and 31% higher than in January 2020. The large increase in WA’s job vacancies reflects both the demand for workers from a recovering economy and labour shortages in parts of the economy that had relied on overseas and interstate workers. 

    The construction of major iron ore projects, which have supported business investment in recent years, will be complete by 2022 and there is also growing interest in investment opportunities in emerging sectors such as hydrogen and renewable energy. 

    The WA Government’s Recovery Plan also includes actions to deliver long term objectives such as investing in new technologies, building community infrastructure and unlocking barriers to investment. It also provides support funding for the WA International Education Recovery and Renewal Plan, which was launched in December 2020 and articulates proactive initiatives to support the international education sector to reposition, recover and achieve long-term sustainability. 

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    Western Australia’s economy and international trade

    Western Australia has an export-oriented economy, with almost 60% of Australia’s annual exports of goods originating from the state, including minerals, petroleum, agri-food and specialised manufactured goods.  

    The state also attracts many international visitors and students each year. These export industries support employment across the WA economy.  

    The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation publishes the following profiles on WA’s economy and international trade. 

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    WA Economy named ‘Best in the World’

    Global credit rating agency S&P deemed WA’s economy the best in the world over the past 12 months, outsmarting North Rhine Westphalia in Germany which came second place. 

    On the back of a mining boom WA has performed better than any other state or region in Australia or the world over the past 12 months since the pandemic hit. 

     This comes as consumer confidence in WA is also at an 11-year high. WA is expected to run a 2020-21 cash deficit equivalent to 0.6 per cent of state revenue by the end of the financial year. 

    The WA Premier also stated that although the international borders will stay in place for the rest of this year some tourism businesses will find it difficult, although the Federal government is expected to prioritise some skilled visas and employer sponsorship.  

     

    So far, WA has vaccinated more than 7000 people against the coronavirus, and recorded no new local COVID-19 cases with only two in hotel quarantine last Monday.