June 17, 2018

Making the move to Australia can be an exciting time, but also somewhat daunting if you are looking at moving under a Work, Employer Sponsored or Skilled Visa. Or you may be already in Australia on a temporary visa and need to find work suited to your qualifications.

One of the most common questions we receive as a migrant specialist is “How do I find work in Australia?”

There are a number of different ways to find the perfect job for your immigration journey. Let’s get started by breaking them down here.

How to find work in Australia: Check Out the Government of Australia Website

1. Check Out the Government of Australia Website
This is a great starting point. This website (in particular this page here) lists skill shortages. Skilled Visas are designed to target genuine skill shortages, which means the industries are actively looking for recruitment. The Australian Government likes to keep these updated in order to diversify the country’s business expertise and increase entrepreneurial talent. Take a look and see if you fit the profile.

2. Search the Job Classifieds
There are a number of common websites in Australia that list vacancies and job classifieds. It’s worth checking these out to see if you can find a vacancy that suits you first. In particular, the sites compiled in the list below will often state whether the job will be suitable for immigrants and whether or not the employer will provide visa support. This is a really helpful tool, which will save time during your job search.
• Seek.com.au: When looking for employment in Australia, Seek is the first website you should go to. Bookmark this page and refer to it often. There are thousands of jobs in all different fields.
• Australian Government Job Search Site: Again, this is a great site to bookmark. It is recognised as the second most effective resource for those seeking employment in Australia.
• Career One: Career One has an easy-to-use interface, helpful blog articles on employment in Australia, and features vacancies for larger companies, like Uber.
• Recruit.net: Another larger website for Australian vacancies be sure to adjust your country on the homepage to “Australia” before searching.

3. Find Information on Australian Government Department Websites
The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment. They maintain a regularly updated site with a list of most employment websites Students can also use the Graduate Careers site, established by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia.

How to find work in Australia: Search the Job Classifieds

4. Get Networking
A simple business and professional concept, but a good one! Network through any means you have. If you have a professional qualification where the equivalent is recognised in Australia, try emailing the governing Australian organisation for specific advice on membership and job opportunities.
Do you have friends or family members, professional contacts or acquaintances that have already moved to Australia? Perhaps you are in Australia under a Visitor Visa or Student Visa, and have made friends along the way. Often word of mouth is one of the best ways to create contacts and make your intentions for permanent work and immigration known. Networking is also very effective, if you are looking for a business or organisation to sponsor you on an Employer Sponsored Visa.

If you don’t already have one, a LinkedIn profile is a great tool to add to your portfolio. This professional social network is a fabulous resource for building contacts in many fields, networking with other professionals, and maintaining a professional online presence.

How to find work in Australia: Check Out the Government of Australia Website

5. Contact a Migration Specialist
If you have exhausted all of your personal searching options, and find you are meeting a “dead-end” of sorts, it may be worth to contact a migration specialist for some further advice. Our Migration Specialists at Northern Immigration Australia work daily within the field and it allows us to network on your behalf, know of opportunities that are perhaps not advertised, or we can simply point you in the right direction for your skills and expertise.

In our personal experience, moving to Australia and finding work as a migrant can be a wonderful opportunity, opening doors to many new probabilities. We wish you the best of luck on your job seeking; remember to check job and Government sites every day and don’t forget to set-up your LinkedIn profile! Keep applying for jobs and never give up! You only need one person to say yes. Keep going. All the best!

How to find work in Australia: Contact a Migration Specialist
January 17, 2018

Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a good start to 2018. We are back from our break and ready for an interesting and exciting year ahead! We kick off our blog for 2018 with an overview of the newest changes in Immigration.

I) Immigration Department’s change of name and structure

Most of you would have already noticed that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) changed its name to Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).  The establishment of the Home Affairs Portfolio brings together Australia’s federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs and immigration and border protection related functions and agencies, working together to keep Australia safe.

All information previously found at www.border.gov.au can now be found at www.homeaffairs.gov.au

The Department of Home Affairs, remains responsible for Immigration and Border Protection, and the following functions:
• National security and law enforcement policy
• Emergency management, including crisis management and disaster recovery
• Countering terrorism policy and coordination
• Cyber security policy and coordination
• Countering foreign interference
• Critical infrastructure protection
• Multicultural affairs
• Countering violent extremism programs
• Transport Security

II) Occupation List changes – 17 January 2018

Since 1 July 2017 there two major lists: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL). The Immigration Department advised that the occupation lists will be reviewed and updated every 6 months.

Please find below a summary of the changes effective from 17 January 2018:

REMOVED FROM LISTS (2)
-Building Associate
-Hair or Beauty Salon Manager

ADDED TO STSOL (3)
-Property Manager
-Psychotherapist
-Real Estate Representative

STSOL to MLTSSL (2)
-Horse Breeder
-Management Consultant

MLTSSL to STSOL (0)
NONE

Caveat Changes on the following (6) occupations:

NEW CAVEATS for:

1) Accommodation and Hospitality Managers
• excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia
2) Management Accountant
Excludes any of the following positions:
• clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees

AMENDMENTS TO CAVEATS for:

3) Massage Therapist
Excludes any of the following positions:
• are non full-time
• are not based in a therapeutic setting
• involve the provision of non-medical relaxation massage; or
• are in a retail setting.
4) Recruitment Consultant
– Base salary requirement raised to $90,000
– Excludes any of the following positions:
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
5) Supply and Distribution Manager
Annual turnover requirement does not apply where international trade obligations apply
6) Taxation Accountant
– Size of business requirements added
– Excludes any of the following positions:
• clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.

2018 will be bringing many changes in Australia’s Immigration and Visa System. The next major changes will be introduced in March 2018. We recommend to lodge your visa application as soon as possible. Please contact us if you require our assistance. You can book a consultation, and/or use our service to have your visa application completed by a Registered Migration Agent. We are happy to help and work with both, employers and individual clients. We look forward to hearing from you!!

July 5, 2017

Today, Northern Immigration Australia’s director and Principal Migration Agent, Manuela Seiberth has been published in the NT News about the changes in Australia’s Immigration Laws introduced on 1 July 2017.

We understand the changes are causing confusion and uncertainty for both, employers and applicants. Please contact us if you have any questions, or would like assistance with your visa application. We are happy to help!

You can read the full article below:

The new financial year, July 1, marked the date for major changes in Australian immigration law. This year has already been a turbulent year in immigration and the Australian Government released a few shock announcements in April such as significant changes to the 457 visa and the axing of more than 200 occupations from the skills occupation list.

Both state and territory governments, as well as industry groups, have been lobbying the Government to consider their interests when changing migration laws this month. It appears some have been more successful than others.

Winners & Losers

The IT industry has emerged as a winner from the Federal Government’s revised list of occupations eligible for skilled visas. For example, many IT roles have been upgraded from the two-year category to the four-year visa class, which allows them to apply for onshore renewal and permanent residency after three years.

The biggest losers are the real estate and shipping industries, with numerous occupations removed from the skills occupations list, like real estate agents, property managers and ship engineers.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the updated lists would allow employers to recruit foreign workers for high-demand occupations where there are skills shortages locally. He said the lists were designed to be dynamic and the Government will update the lists on a six-monthly basis to ensure the best outcomes for Australian workers and employers alike. “The government recognises the importance of enabling Australian businesses to tap into global talent to remain internationally competitive and support a strong national science and innovation agenda,” Dutton said in a statement.

General changes

Age limit: reduced from 50 to 45 years old. The Australian Government provides exemptions for NZ citizens.

English: all permanent skilled visas have tightened English language requirements.

Character: All visa applicants are now required to undergo mandatory criminal checks as part of their application.

Increase of Visa Application Charges (VAC): All current VACs will be indexed annually in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index and rounded to the nearest $5.

Northern Territory and Regional Australia

In April 2017, the Australian Government announced that there will be concessions for Regional Australia such as Northern Territory. The whole of the NT is considered regional. There are already two immigration pathways that can only be used in Regional Australia: firstly, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa Subclass 187 which allows employers in regional areas to sponsor skilled migrants on permanent visas for two years at no costs for businesses and organisations.

Secondly, the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) NT: The Northern Territory is the only region which has this kind of labour agreement with the Federal Government. The DAMA NT allows employers in the NT to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled workers under a 457 visa. This is used particularly by the hospitality industry, where companies can apply for an exemption of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) which is currently $53,900 per annum. Additionally, applicants with a lower level of English can apply for language concessions.

To date we are still awaiting the full details regarding further regional concessions.

Australian immigration comprises a highly sophisticated visa system which is constantly evolving. Currently it offers more than 100 visa types which all have different requirements.

The Government has its focus on promoting skilled migration which includes nomination by states, nomination by businesses and self-skilled nominations.

May 26, 2017

Are you planning to apply for a partner visa? On 1 July 2017, the Department of Immigration will introduce the following changes:1) Australian sponsor has to undergo a screening and approval process before visa application can be lodged (e.g. mandatory police check)2) Visa application charge will increase to $7,0003) Fee for 2nd stage will be introduced (it is not known yet how much this will be)4) Wait time between 1st and 2nd stage will increase from 2 to 3 years. This means it will take longer to gain permanent residency.We recommend to apply asap before 1/7/17! Read our blog post for more info on the partner visa. Contact us for a quote – we have helped many couples to get their visa and live together in Australia happily ever after!

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