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Fee increases announced for nurses and midwives applying for skills assessment

by Lauren 26/05/2011 18:20:00

Aother Australian skills assessing body has announced that they will be increasing their fees for Australian visa applicants - the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).  They released the following statement:

"ANMAC is aware of the new DIAC visa points system coming into effect on 1 July 2011, and the implications that it may have for people applying for skilled migration. Our online application form and required documents are being amended to incorporate the new requirements and will be available in the coming weeks." 

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

The ANMAC is the designated assessment authority for the following skilled occupations on the Australian General Skilled Migration Program Skilled Occupation List (SOL):

ANZSCO Code Profession
254111 Midwife
254411 Nurse Practitioner
254412 Registered nurse (aged care)
254413 Registered nurse (child and family health)
254414 Registered nurse (community health)
254415 Registered nurse (critical care and emergency)
254416 Registered nurse (developmental disability)
254417 Registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)
254418 Registered nurse (medical)
254421 Registered nurse (medical health)
254422 Registered nurse (mental health)
254423 Registered nurse (perioperative)
254424 Registered nurse (surgical)
254499 Registered nurse

As of 1 July, 2011, ANMAC's fee for a Modified Assessment of an application (for applicants with current Australian or New Zealand registration) will be going up from AUD$215to AUD$300 and their fee for a Full Assessment of an application (for applicants without current Australian or New Zealand registration) will be going up from AUD$710 to AUD$825.

You can read more on the ANMAC website.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager of the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Poms in Paradise now showing on ITV

by Tom 17/05/2011 18:14:00

Stuart Snell is one of the migrants featured
on Poms in Paradise. (Image: ITV)
Poms in Paradise is a new prime-time television show that follows Brits who've chosen to move to Australia's Gold Coast. The series started last week and is currently being shown on ITV1.

You can catch the first episode on ITV Player, with episode 2 showing this Wednesday, 18 May at 7:30PM on ITV1 and next week's episode showing on Wednesday, 25 May at 7:30PM on ITV1.

The series is similar to Wanted Down Under, in that it gives an insight into the Australian lifestyle and what life is like for Brits who've made the big step of applying for an Australia Visa and have emigrated Down Under.

The first episode featured 31 year old Stuart Snell, a Brit who moved to the Gold Coast and has who has dominated the Surf Life Saving event for the past two years (a beach sport competition which combines Iron Man challenges and life guarding skills).

Speaking on the differewnces between life in Australia and his native South Wales, Stuart said: "When I was doing it back in Wales it was quite difficult, it was cold it was miserable, putting on a wetsuit to paddle in the water, whereas here we walk down in our togs, and surf’s up."

The programme also featured Marcus, Lorraine and their daughter Sky who made the move to Australia a year ago. They wanted a change of lifestyle and now have a waterfront house. However, even they do the same jobs as in the UK (with Marcus working as a builder and Lorraine as an accountant), they revealed that they are £10,000 better off in Australia.

- Tom Blackett is Online Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Fee increases announced for Australian assessing bodies

by Lauren 17/05/2011 17:53:00

Following the announcement that Australian visa application fees will be increased for skilled and family visas, a number of Australian skills assessing bodies have followed suit and announced that they too will be increasing their fees.

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) 

The AITSL is the designated assessment authority for the following skilled occupations on the Australian General Skilled Migration Program Skilled Occupation List (SOL):

ANZSCO Code Profession
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher
241213 Primary School Teacher (not in schedule 3)
241411 Secondary School Teacher

As of 1 July, 2011, AITSL's fee for an assessment of an application will be going up from AUD$450 to AUD$550. You can read more on the AITSL website.

Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) 

The AIQS is the designated assessment authority for the following skilled occupation on the Australian General Skilled Migration Program Skilled Occupation List (SOL):

ANZSCO Code Profession
233214 Quantity Surveyor

As of 1 July, 2011, AIQS' fee for an assessment of an application will be going up from AUD$400 to AUD$490. You can read more on the AIQS website.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager of the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Australian visa application fees increasing by 15% from 1 July, 2011

by Lauren 16/05/2011 11:16:00
As part of the Australian federal budget, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will be putting the fees up for a number of visa subclasses from 1 July, 2011. They have stated that many visas will have their application fees go up by 15%.

The reason for the visa fee increase has been cited as to "help offset the wider costs associated with the operation of the migration and temporary entrant program." You can read more about the announcement on this page on the Australian government's website. This increase in Australian visa application charges will not apply to:

  • Second instalment investor retirement visas;
  • Second instalment contributory parent visas; and
  • Humanitarian protection visas lodged in Australia, which are charged at a rate of $30 and not indexed.

While there have yet to be any official announcements of how much the new fees will be, see below for our own projections of what the new fees could be for the permanent skilled migration and permanent family migration subclasses:

 Potential increase to skilled and family visa application fees.

 The new fee figures are not official, only our own projections of what they could be.

 

Current Fee Potential New Fee

Permanent Skilled Migration

$2,575 $2,961 (approx.)

Permanent Family Migration

$1,735 $1,995 (approx.)

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

A closer look at Australian immigration planning levels for 2011/12

by Lauren 13/05/2011 12:02:00
The Australian Migration Program planning levels for 2011/12 were recently announced as part of Australia's annual Federal budget announcement, with the total number raised to 185,000 from 2010/11's total of 168,700.

Regional migration initiatives will now take up a higher
proportion of the Australian skilled migration stream. 

Of this, the skilled migration stream saw an increase of 10.5%, with the most gains made for the Skilled - Independent visa pathway, which went from 34,200 places to 44,350 places. The Employer Sponsored visa pathway also saw an increase of 1,850 places with a greater emphasis put on the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), which went from having 10,160 places in 2010/11 to 16,000 places for 2011/12.

The new focus on regional Australian immigration for skilled workers is a welcome one, though there are some aspects which remain uncertain. For example, one major point that has yet to be clarified is the introduction of 'Regional Migration Agreements'.

However, it is hoped that the end result will be a reduction of 'red tape' and the process of applying for and receiving an Australia visa to work in regional Australia will become easier (and faster too, due to the introduction of priority processing for regional visa categories).

The CEO of the Migration Institute of Australia, Maurene Horder, had the following comments to make:

"While details of these programs are yet unknown, these are good and sensible changes to encourage skilled migration to regional areas where it is needed most.

"The announcement that there will be new procedures for selecting skilled migrants will bring about major changes in the way people apply for visas. The Institute calls for considerable consultation with all stakeholders regarding how this will done, and sufficient notice of the implementation of this new selection method

"The MIA knows from experience that when the Government fails to consult all stakeholders – particularly the migration advice profession that deals most closely with visa applicants – there is a danger of unfortunate, unforeseen consequences occurring. It is imperative that the full details and clarification of all these changes are made known as soon as possible so that potential visa applicants and their advisors can properly make significant decisions for their futures."

For a more detailed understanding of how the Australian migration program for 2011/12 has changed from 2010/11, you might like to refer to the table below which shows the variation from last year's program to this year's:

Variations in the Australian Migration Program

 See below for statistics on how the Australian migration program figures have changed from 2010/11 to 2011/12.
  2010/11 2011/12 Variation % Change
 FAMILY STREAM

Partner

42,000 45,400 3,400  

Child

3,300 3,450 150  

Preferential / Other Family

750 1,250 500  

Parent

1,000 2,000 1,000  

Contributory Parent

7,500 6,500 -1,000  

Total Family

54,550 58,600 4,050 7.4%

% of program

32.3% 31.7%    
 SKILL STREAM

Employer Sponsored

44,150 46,000 1,850  

ENS + Labour Agreement  

33,990 30,000 -3,990  

RSMS 

10,160 16,000 5,840  

Skilled - Independent

34,200 44,350 10,150  

Skilled - State / Territory Sponsored

24,000 24,000 0  

Skilled - Australian Sponsored

3,500 4,100 600  

Distinguished Talent

200 200 0  

Business Skills

7,800 7,200 -600  

Total Skilled

113,850 125,850 12,000 10.5%

% of program

67.5% 68.0%    
 SPECIAL ELIGIBILITY STREAM

Special Eligibility

300 550 250  
TOTAL
168,700
185,000
16,300
9.7%

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.