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Australia finalizes Work and Holiday Visa agreement with Greece

Australia has finalized a Work and Holiday Visa agreement with Greece. This will allow more young Australians to work and study in Greece.

The new Work and Holiday Visa agreement with Greece has been in the works since 2014. It will finally come into effect from 1st July 2019.

The new Visa agreement will have an annual cap of 500 visa places for Australian and Greek citizens. Applicants should be within the age group of 18 to 30 years. Applicants will be able to live in Australia for up to 12 months under the Subclass 462 Visa.

Teren Quick, Foreign Minister of Greece, recently visited Australia. The Work and Holiday Visa agreement between Australia and Greece was signed during his visit.

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, said that Australia and Greece share a great friendship, as quoted by SBS News. Greece had shown great interest in participating in the Work and Holiday Program. The new Visa agreement will facilitate more cultural exchange between the two countries. It will also provide more opportunities for work.

The Scott Morrison led Govt. is committed to the Work and Holiday Program. The program has been instrumental in providing farmers and regional employers access to more workers.

Besides Greece, Melbourne houses the largest Greek population in the world.

Greek nationals would be able to apply for a Work and Holiday Visa for a second time too. However, they would need to have performed specific work in the regional areas of Australia.

Greek applicants, who complete 6 months of work in regional areas may be eligible to apply the Visa for a third time too.

Including Greece, Australia now has partnered with 43 countries across the world for the Work and Holiday Program.

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Australia announces a third year for Working Holiday Visas

From this year onwards, Working Holiday Visa holders would be able to apply for the third year provided they meet certain visa requirements.

With effect from 1st July 2019, Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) and Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visa holders would be eligible to apply for the third year. However, in order to do so, they should have completed at least 6 months of specified work. They should have worked this time while on their second visa year.

Thus, to obtain the third year on their WH Visa, applicants should have worked for 3 months in their first year and 6 months in their second. Also, they should have worked in the regional areas of Australia. Their salary, also, should have been in accordance with current Australian legislation. However, the Australian Govt. will also consider work which has been completed after 1st July 2019.

As per the Dept. of Home Affairs, the introduction of the third year will help meet labour shortages in regional areas. This will encourage Working Holidaymakers to work in regions facing a critical shortage. Also, the regional areas will directly benefit with an extra 6 months of work, as per The National Herald.

For applicants holding an Irish or Canadian passport, the upper age limit to apply for the third year is 35. However, for nationals of other countries, the age limit is 31 years to apply for the third year.

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More than 114 occupations available for Australian Regional Visas

The Federal Govt. of Australia has announced 3 special visa agreements. These agreements will allow designated regional areas in Australia to sponsor foreign workers to meet labour shortages.

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, announced three DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreements). These agreements have been signed between the Federal Govt. and the states of Western Australia and South Australia.

The 5-year DAMA for South Australia will allow employers in regional SA to sponsor 750 foreign workers yearly. Regional employers would be able to sponsor workers in more than 114 occupations.

There is also the Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement. Employers would be able to sponsor 300 workers yearly in nearly 60 occupations.

Mr Coleman said that these visa agreements will help address workforce issues in a number of industries. Industries like tourism, agriculture, forestry, hospitality, and construction will benefit out of these agreements.

Mr Coleman also said that the Govt.’s first priority would be to fill jobs with local Australians. However, these agreements would help address the labour shortage faced by regional areas, as quoted by SBS News.

The Federal Govt. has also signed a DAMA with the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region in WA. The agreement will allow regional employers to sponsor 500 foreign workers annually in more than 73 occupations.

The Australian Govt. has already signed similar agreements with Victoria and Northern Territory last December. The DAMA provided concession to foreign workers on salary, experience, and language skills. It also had a provision for Permanent Residence.

John Walker, CEO of the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, hopes the new agreement will help fill 1,500 jobs in the Goldfield area. He believes the new DAMA will encourage foreign workers to live and work in regional WA.

Steven Marshall, Premier of SA, also believes that the DAMA will help the population growth of the state too. It will help growing industries in regional areas of the state to attract a skilled workforce. It will also help boost the population growth in regional areas thereby creating more job opportunities and a stronger economy.

South Australia is, at present, piloting a new Entrepreneur Visa scheme that allows foreign entrepreneurs to set up their businesses in the state. Unlike other Entrepreneur Visas, this visa does not have any specific capital requirement.

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Do you know about the new South Australia SOL?

South Australia has reviewed and updated its Skilled Occupation List following the changes to the federal SOL. Changes have been made to the SNOL (State Nominated Occupation List) as well as to the SSL (Supplementary Skilled List).

South Australia has added three new occupations to the SNOL. They are:

  • Software and Application Programmer nec
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Statistician

South Australia has also removed 5 occupations from the SNOL as these occupations were removed from the Combined Skilled Occupation List.

No changes have been made to the occupations on the RSMS (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme), as quoted by SBS News.

The below occupations are no longer available for state nomination:

  • Textile, Clothing, and Footwear Mechanic
  • Watch and Clock Maker
  • Library Technician
  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
  • Chemical Plant Operator

The following occupations have been added to the Supplementary Skilled List:

  1. Horse Trainer
  2. Pressure Welder
  3. Telecommunications Network Planner
  4. University Lecturer
  5. Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec
  6. Meteorologist
  7. Metallurgist
  8. Conservator
  9. Life Scientist nec
  10. Zoologist
  11. Microbiologist
  12. Marine Biologist
  13. Botanist
  14. Biotechnologist
  15. Biochemist
  16. Life Scientist (General)
  17. Hydrogeologist
  18. Geophysicist
  19. Environmental Scientist nec
  20. Environmental Research Scientist
  21. Environmental Consultant
  22. Food Technologist
  23. Chemist
  24. Engineering Professionals nec
  25. Petroleum Engineer
  26. Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum)
  27. Economist
  28. Statistician
  29. Musician (Instrumental)
  30. Environmental Manager
  31. Goat Farmer
  32. Deer Farmer

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ACT, Australia is now accepting applications for state sponsorship

Australian Capital Territory has updated its occupation list. There are now 84 occupations which are now open for state sponsorship applications.

The ACT is now accepting applications for state sponsorship (Subclass 190). It had made major changes to the nomination process last year.

As per the ACT Govt, applicants must now submit a formal Expression of Interest. They have to do so by completing a Canberra Matrix which is score-based. The matrix consists of points allocated against an economic benefit or a genuine intent of being a part of the ACT community.

Candidates who score 20 points or above will be ranked. The highest-scoring candidates are then invited to apply for a Subclass 190 nomination. 363 invitations have been issued by the ACT after the list was updated on 12th March.

The ACT will conduct its next invitation round on 28th March, as per SBS News.

Below is the list of open occupations:

  1. 411411-Enrolled Nurse
  2. 394111-Cabinetmaker
  3. 391111-Hairdresser
  4. 351311-Chef
  5. 342111-Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic
  6. 341113-Lift Mechanic
  7. 341112-Electrician(Special Class)
  8. 341111-Electrician(General)
  9. 334115-Roof Plumber
  10. 334114-Gasfitter
  11. 334113-Drainer
  12. 334112-Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
  13. 334111-Plumber(General)
  14. 333212-Solid Plasterer
  15. 333211-Fibrous Plasterer
  16. 332211-Painting Trades Workers
  17. 331112-Stonemason
  18. 331111-Bricklayer
  19. 324111-Panel Beater
  20. 322313-Welder(First Class)
  21. 322311-Metal Fabricator
  22. 321214-Small Engine Mechanic
  23. 321213-Motorcycle Mechanic
  24. 321212-Diesel Motor Mechanic
  25. 321211-Motor Mechanic (General)
  26. 272613-Welfare Worker
  27. 272612-Recreation Worker
  28. 272511-Social Worker
  29. 272399-Psychologist nec
  30. 272314-Psychotherapist
  31. 272313-Organizational Psychologist
  32. 272312-Educational Psychologist
  33. 272311-Clinical Psychologist
  34. 271311-Solicitor
  35. 261212-Web Developer
  36. 254499-Registered Nurse nec
  37. 254425-Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
  38. 254424-Registered Nurse (Surgical)
  39. 254423-Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  40. 254422-Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  41. 254421-Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  42. 254418-Registered Nurse (Medical)
  43. 254417-Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)
  44. 254416-Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
  45. 254415-Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)
  46. 254414-Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  47. 254413-Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
  48. 254412-Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  49. 254411-Nurse Practitioner
  50. 254311-Nurse Manager
  51. 254111-Midwife
  52. 253112-Resident Medical Officer
  53. 253111-General Practitioner
  54. 252712-Speech Pathologist
  55. 252711-Audiologist
  56. 252511-Physiotherapist
  57. 252411-Occupational Therapist
  58. 251214-Sonographer
  59. 251213-Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  60. 251212-Medical Radiation Therapist
  61. 251211-Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
  62. 249311-Teacher of English to speakers of other languages
  63. 241213-Primary School Teacher
  64. 241111-Early Childhood (Pre-Primary) Teacher
  65. 233916-Naval Architect
  66. 233915-Environmental Engineer
  67. 233914-Engineering Technologist
  68. 233913-Biomedical Engineer
  69. 233911-Agricultural Engineer
  70. 233911-Aeronautical Engineer
  71. 233214-Structural Engineer
  72. 233213-Quantity Surveyor
  73. 233212-Geotechnical Engineer
  74. 233211-Civil Engineer
  75. 232511-Interior Designer
  76. 232414-Web Designer
  77. 232412-Illustrator
  78. 232411-Graphic Designer
  79. 232112-Landscape Architect
  80. 232111-Architect
  81. 225311-Public Relations Professional
  82. 133111-Construction Project Manager
  83. 131113-Advertising Manager
  84. 131112-Sales & Marketing Manager

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Cutting down immigration nos. is based on past experiences: Morrison

Scott Morrison, Australian PM, said that the case for cutting down immigration numbers is based on past experiences. He said that the immigration intake in the past many years has been below the annual cap. He also said that the process rigour will not be changed to bring in more migrants to Australia.

Speaking to reporters in Melbourne, Morrison said that the annual immigration cap for Australia was 190,000. The cap has remained the same since 2011. However, the number of successful applicants has been less than that for many years now.

In the last fiscal year, immigration numbers fell to 162,000. This has been the lowest in almost a decade.

Morrison believes that since Australia has increased the integrity measures, fewer visa applicants have been able to succeed. With eligibility requirements becoming more stringent, fewer candidates are able to now make the cut. He also said that the Govt. does not propose to alter the rigour of the process to let more migrants in.

The dip in the number of immigrants in 2017-18 was due to the reduction in the skilled and family visas. Skilled visas were reduced by 12,000 and there was a 15% reduction in family visas. In comparison, Australia admitted 183,000 migrants in 2016-17, as per SBS News.

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What is the impact of foreign students on the Australian job market?

Data revealed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the impact foreign students have on the Australian job market. More than 40,000 international students depend on the hospitality sector for their income.

As per the 2011 Australian Census, 1 in 3 international students had jobs.15% of these students were working in the hospitality sector. 11% of the students were cleaners or worked in the laundry. 10% of the foreign students were working as sales assistants. 8% of them worked as food preparation assistants.

The work of foreign students is not tracked by the Dept. of Immigration. International students are allowed to work 20 hours a week. They may work full-time during holidays and semester breaks.

Researcher Henry Sherrell believes that it is likely that these students substitute for young Australians. However, it is a complex field of study and it may be too early to seek reforms. International students and backpackers often work for non-pay related incentives like residency. However, young Australians are driven by the wage factor.

The Productivity Commission reported last year that there was a lack of data on employment patterns for foreign students. Hence, it was difficult to assess whether there should be any limitation on work rights. But it is for sure that foreign students do make an impact on the labour market.

Dr Joanna Howe from the University of Adelaide feels that there is a need for increased focus on the work arrangements of foreign students. This will provide a better understanding of their impact on the labour market.

Traditionally, Australia has viewed foreign students as coming to the country purely for study reasons. However, foreign students have a strong desire and need to work. Thus, their work impact is pretty significant, as per SBS News.

Manling Zhu is a Chinese student at the Australian National University. She also works as a part-time tutor. She says that she would reconsider her decision to pursue studies in Australia if more restrictions were imposed on foreign students.

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Australia will now process Work Visas in just 5 days

The Australian Govt. is now expanding a new scheme which processes Skilled Work Visas faster. The scheme will now include more businesses that have made significant investments in Australia.

The new scheme is called the Accredited Sponsor Scheme. Under this scheme, TSS (Temporary Skill Shortage) Visas are processed in just 5 days. Generally, a standard TSS Visa is processed in around 42 days.

 The scheme will be expanded to include businesses that have invested a minimum of $50 million in Australia in the recent 5 years. The investments should have created jobs in Australia or created export activity.

The Accredited Sponsor Scheme currently includes 900 businesses and Govt. organizations in Australia. David Coleman, Immigration Minister, expects the number to increase to 2,500 by the end of the year.

Mr Coleman said that this scheme will provide access to skilled workers to businesses that have invested at least $50 million in Australia. These businesses can further continue to contribute to the Australian economy through

  • Job creation
  • Innovation
  • More investment

Mr Coleman also said that the Dept. of Home Affairs will put together a dedicated team to invite more eligible businesses to join the scheme. This will create more confidence in the businesses that they will get the necessary skilled workers for their operations, as quoted by SBS News.

To be eligible for this scheme, businesses should have a flawless track record of compliance with migration and employment laws. They will also need to conduct labour market testing to prove that they could not source skilled workers from within Australia. They would be able to sponsor foreign workers only if they meet the above conditions.

Visa applicants who are sponsored under this scheme will need to meet the health and character requirements of Australia. Also, they should be receiving a salary of minimum $53,900 annually on they start working for their employer in Australia.

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Parent Visa costs of Australia reasonable: Coleman

The new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa of Australia has been slammed by many as being overpriced. However, David Coleman, Immigration Minister, feels that the Visa fee is reasonable.

Applications for the new Parent Visa will be accepted from 17th April. The new Visa will allow parents and grandparents of Australian migrants to live in Australia for up to 5 years. However, concerns are being raised for those who are not able to afford the Visa fee.

As per the Dept. of Home Affairs website, parents would still be able to apply for the standard Visitor Visa instead of the new Parent Visa. People who apply for a Visitor Visa usually are granted a stay of up to 3 months. They may, however, be allowed a longer stay for up to 12 months depending on the circumstances. Usually, parent of Australian PR and Citizens are granted a longer period of stay.

The new Parent Visa costs $5,000 for a 3-year stay and $10,000 for a 5-year stay. This high cost has been criticized by many.

Mr Coleman defends the costs of the Parent Visa calling it reasonable. He says that the Govt. should be able to run a sustainable immigration program where the running costs are not borne just by the taxpayers but also by the applicants.

Parent Visa holders would also be able to renew their Visas for a second term. The annual quota for the Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa has been capped at 15,000, as per SBS News.

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Know the latest Skill Select update for February 2019

In the latest Skill Select update for February 2019, the number of invitations issued dropped to 1,490. In the previous round, 2,490 invitations were issued.

For Subclass 189, the cut-off score for non pro-rata occupations remained at 70. Since the number of invitations issues have decreased, the most recently lodged EOI was for the month of November 2018. This has increased the wait time to more than 3 months.

For the Subclass 489 Family Sponsored Visa, 10 invitations are issued per month with a cut-off score of 80. The processing time is around 4 months from the time the EOI is lodged.

Here are the point scores for the pro-rata occupations in the February 2019 round:

Occupation ID Name Minimum points
2211 Accountants 85
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 80
2334 Electronics Engineer 75
2335 Industrial, Mechanical, and Production Engineers 75
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 75
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 75
2613 Software and Application Programmers 75
2631 Computer Network Professionals 75

The points for Accountant has increased to 85. Auditors remained the same at 80 points. The points for the rest of the pro-rata occupations have also increased to 75. This is most likely due to the decreased number of invitations issued in the February round. The minimum score could drop if the number of invitations increases in subsequent rounds, as per SBS News.

Australia updated the MLTSSL, ROL, and STSSL on 11th March 2019. Following the same, South Australia has also updated its occupation list.

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