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Occupation Ceiling 2015 - 2016

The occupation ceiling for 2015-16 has recently been released by the DIBP.

Unfortunately, Accounting profession ceiling value has been slashed by half with slight changes in other profession’s ceiling value.

Dental Practitioner has been removed from the current Skilled Occupation List (SOL) whilst Panel Beater and Cabinetmaker have been reintroduced into the SOL.

The below three occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the programme year:

  • ICT Business and System Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Accountants.

 

Below is the table for comparison between last year’s occupation ceiling value and the current ceiling value:

ANZSCO code

Occupations  this year and last year

2014

2015

1331

Construction Managers

5178

5640

1332

Engineering Managers

1428

1014

1335

Production Managers

3132

3582

1341

Child Care Centre Managers

1000

1000

1342

Health and Welfare Services Managers

1356

1410

2211

Accountants

5478

2525

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

1188

1000

2241

Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

1000

1000

2245

Land Economists and Valuers

1000

1000

2312

Marine Transport Professionals

1000

1000

2321

Architects and Landscape Architects

1476

1650

2322

Cartographers and Surveyors

1000

1000

2326

Urban and Regional Planners

1000

1000

2331

Chemical and Materials Engineers

1000

1000

2332

Civil Engineering Professionals

2850

2970

2333

Electrical Engineers

1332

1230

2334

Electronics Engineers

1000

1000

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

1680

1788

2336

Mining Engineers

1000

1000

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

1000

1000

2341

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

1000

1000

2346

Medical Laboratory Scientists

1092

1362

2347

Veterinarians

1000

1000

2349

Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

1000

1000

2411

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

1404

1980

2414

Secondary School Teachers

7002

8352

2415

Special Education Teachers

1044

1158

2512

Medical Imaging Professionals

1014

1092

2513

Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals

1470

1578

2514

Optometrists and Orthoptists

1000

1000

2521

Chiropractors and Osteopaths

1000

1000

2523

Dental Practitioners

1000

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2524

Occupational Therapists

1000

1000

2525

Physiotherapists

1188

1104

2526

Podiatrists

1000

1000

2527

Speech Professionals and Audiologists

1000

1000

2531

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

3672

3558

2532

Anaesthetists

1000

1000

2533

Internal Medicine Specialists

1000

1000

2534

Psychiatrists

1000

1000

2535

Surgeons

1000

1000

2539

Other Medical Practitioners

1000

1000

2541

Midwives

1000

1000

2544

Registered Nurses

15042

13872

2611

ICT Business and Systems Analysts

1620

1536

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

5004

5364

2631

Computer Network Professionals

1788

1986

2633

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

1000

1000

2711

Barristers

1000

1000

2713

Solicitors

3426

3252

2723

Psychologists

1248

1212

2725

Social Workers

1968

2166

3122

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

1000

3123

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

1000

3132

Telecommunications Technical Specialists

1000

1000

3211

Automotive Electricians

1000

1000

3212

Motor Mechanics

6444

6108

3222

Sheetmetal Trades Workers

1000

1000

3223

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

4482

4416

3232

Metal Fitters and Machinists

6816

8070

3233

Precision Metal Trades Workers

1000

1000

3241

Panel Beaters

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1134

3311

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

1506

1656

3312

Carpenters and Joiners

7164

7290

3322

Painting Trades Workers

2448

2802

3331

Glaziers

1000

1000

3332

Plasterers

1980

1866

3334

Wall and Floor Tilers

1110

1284

3341

Plumbers

4464

5130

3411

Electricians

7854

8772

3421

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

1626

1038

3422

Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

1000

1000

3423

Electronics Trades Workers

2580

2076

3513

Chefs

2547

2475

3991

Boat Builders and Shipwrights

1000

1000

3941

Cabinetmakers

------

1530

4112

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

1000

1000

 

To see the current numbers and occupation ceiling value please visit DIBP SkillSelect.

Changing Course in Australia

If you are thinking about changing your course, you need to ensure that you continue to meet the conditions of your student visa. Here we listed a few scenarios if you are planning to change course in the future.

 

Changing course advice for streamlined visa holders

If you want to change to a new course and you were granted a visa under the streamlined visa processing arrangements you must maintain enrolment in a streamlined visa processing eligible course (or package of courses) with an education provider participating in the arrangements.

Important: If your new course is not with an education provider participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements, read the information below about changing education providers.

If you enrol in a course (or package of courses) that is not eligible for streamlined visa processing, you no longer meet the criteria for which your visa was granted and may be considered for visa cancellation.

 

Changing course advice for visa holders who are not on streamlined visas

If you want to change to a new course at the same level of qualification, you do not need to apply for a new student visa unless your current visa is about to expire.

If your new course will be with a different education provider, read the information below regarding changing education providers.

 

Changing your level of qualification

If you want to change your level of qualification, you will need to apply for a new student visa because your visa subclass will change.

Example: You want to change from a bachelor degree to Certificate IV.

Important: Your eligibility for a visa may be affected if you change your course(s) of study before a decision is made on your visa application.

 

Changing education provider advice for streamlined visa holders

If you were granted a visa under the streamlined visa processing arrangements you must stay enrolled in a streamlined visa processing eligible course with an education provider participating in the arrangements.

Important: If you enrol to study with an education provider that is not participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements, you no longer meet the criteria for which your visa was granted and may be considered for visa cancellation.

 

Changing education provider advice for visa holders who are not on streamlined visas

If you are intending to change education provider, you should contact your current education provider for information. In most circumstances the new education provider will be restricted from enrolling you if you have not completed six months of the main course of study for which your visa was granted.

If you want to change provider before completing the first six months of your main course of study you must contact your current education provider for permission and receive a release letter. You will require a letter of offer from the new provider in order to apply for a letter of release from your original education provider.

If your education provider does not give you permission and you are not satisfied with the outcome you should first access the internal appeal process with your education provider. If you are still not satisfied you can appeal the education provider’s decision at an external complaint handling body, such as the State or Territory Ombudsman or the Overseas Student Ombudsman. 

Assessment Level 4 Removal

ASSESSMENT LEVEL 4 REMOVAL

 At the time of the Review no countries had been assigned as AL5. The removal of AL4 results in all students who were formerly subject to AL4 instead being assessed as AL3.

Former AL4 visa applicants benefit from this change as there is a reduction in the level of evidence of English language proficiency, financial capacity and previous study that they need to provide to the department for the grant of their visa.

For example, international students seeking a Schools sector (subclass 571) visa from countries that were previously AL4 are now able to enrol in Australian schools from Year 7 instead of from Year 10. This provides a substantial benefit for both students and schools.


What are the financial reductions for AL3 student visa applicants?

Prior to 22 March 2014 an AL3 student visa applicant was required to provide evidence of funds from an acceptable source to pay for their expenses for the first 18 months of their stay in Australia.

The department has now reduced the evidence of finances required for AL3 students from 18 months to 12 months.

However, as a result of this change, funds for AL3 applicants now need to be provided by the student visa applicant or their close relative.


Why did the department reduce the financial requirement for AL3 student visa applicants?

The department’s reduction to the financial requirement for AL3 student visa applicants brings the overall financial requirements for an Australian student visa in line with key competitor countries, enabling education providers to more effectively compete internationally based on the quality of their education.

This reduction to the financial requirement for AL3 student visa applicants is made possible by the existence of the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement which provides an additional integrity safeguard that was not in place when the AL Framework was initially established.


The review did not recommend any changes to arrangements for AL1 and AL2 applicants.

Immigration crackdown VISA

Student Visa Cancellation

THE Immigration Department cancelled more than 10,000 student visas in the past financial year, with many students failing to fulfil course requirements.

The department revoked 2219 student visas in 2011/12 for failure to meet course progress or attendance benchmarks.

Two visas were cancelled on character grounds and 15 visas withdrawn for providing wrong information or bogus documents. A department spokesman said student visas were also cancelled if the holders falsely claimed to be students.

The department cancelled 3107 visas for non-genuine students, breaches of visa conditions and voluntary requests for cancellation. The department is currently compiling figures for the previous financial year.

Earlier this week, The Age reported an underground market for university essays in Australia was proliferating with ''online essay mills'' targeting international students through Chinese language social media sites.

In the year to August, there were 461,477 enrolments by full-fee paying international students in Australia. But enrolments had declined by 7.6 per cent compared with the same period the year before, according to Australian Education International.

These figures include students studying at university, TAFE and secondary school.

Foreign students make a massive contribution to the Australian economy with international education accounting for $16.3 billion in export income in 2010/11.

But International Association of Universities secretary-general Eva Egron-Polak said international students offered far greater value than income.

Ms Egron-Polak, who spoke at an international education conference in Melbourne this week, said universities around the world needed to foster stronger cultural and academic links with international students. ''They really do enrich our lives and our study,'' she said.

Ms Egron-Polak said Australian universities would face stronger competition to attract foreign students from Asian countries, including China and Malaysia, which were improving the quality of their higher education sectors.

''Those countries have invested heavily in building their own capacity in higher education. China is now almost balancing the number of outgoing and incoming students,'' she said.


Source:
http://www.theage.com.au/national/immigration-crackdown-over-10000-student-visas-revoked-20121005-274wj.html

 

Streamlined Visa Processing

The Australian government has recently changed the requirements for student visas to make it easier for students to come to Australia to study called as the University Sector Streamlined Visa Processing.

This University Sector Streamlined Visa Processing commenced on 24 and 26 March 2012

International students who enroll in a Bachelor or Master degree course at a university now need only satisfy the minimum financial and English language evidentiary requirements (similar to the current Assessment Level 1 criteria) regardless of country of origin. This change will also help student by reducing their visa processing times.

This means that these applicants will generally have reduced evidentiary requirements when applying for a Student visa.

There are also changes on the work condition for Student Visa Holder.

Postgraduate Research (subclass 574) visa holders can now work unlimited hours once their courses have started and an extra six months added to their student visa to allow for thesis marking.

All other Student visa holders work entitlements are also now changed to 40 hours each fortnight instead of 20 hours each week. Please be noted that the changes apply to both new and existing Student visa holder.

 

 

Cost of Living in Australia

A lot of people wonder how much it will cost them to live in Australia as an International student.

You will need to do budgeting before you come to Australia.  You will need sufficient funds to cover your living expenses (Accommodation, food and transport fees), health insurance, as well as your school or university tuition and other fees.

So, how much money will you need?

In general, you can get an idea by looking at the university brochure or handbook. They usually give their potential student ideas of how much it will cost. The cost of living in Australia rate is varying tremendously. It will be cheaper to live in smaller town or rural areas. If you live in a big city, apartment rent can cost twice as much as it does in smaller town.

The cheapest course in Australia starts from $ 1,100 per term (3 months) and can be as expensive as $ 25,000 per semester. 

For more information about the courses fees, duration and the course available for international student, you can visit iApplication.

Moreover, Australian Government also give a general idea of average rate for living expense of international student, which is $18,000 per year.

However, Budgeting is a continuous process. At this stage, work on a "big picture" budget that will include tuition, room and board, transportation, and living expenses. Later you can be more specific, taking into consideration all the additional expenses of moving and settling in as well the unnecessary part of expense that you can cut so you can save up.

The best part of being an international student in Australia is beside its internationally recognized education, you can also work 20 hours per week or 40 hours fortnightly.

Bear in mind that this part time job will only be added to your allowance. It is not suggested to count on earning enough from working in Australia to pay your way.

Contact Us for more information

 

 

Genuine Temporary Entrant

DIAC has proposed to introduce GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) Requirements from 5th November.

The Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement meant that, not only does a prospective student have to prove that they are a “Genuine Student”; they must now also prove that they are a “Genuine Temporary Entrant” to Australia.

This new requirement is to ensure the integrity of the student visa program resulted in a high number of offshore student visa refusals.

According to the immigration website, a genuine student is a student who intends to obtain a successful educational outcome and has the language, educational and material background to have a reasonable chance of achieving this educational outcome.

Factors that the department considers as part of the GTE requirement include:

The applicant's circumstances in their home country
  • What is the reason the course cannot be studied in the applicant’s home country?
  • What personal/ family ties does the applicant have with their home country?
  • What economic incentive does the applicant have for returning to their home country?
  • Are there military/ national service commitments that the applicant may be trying to avoid?
  • Is there political/ civil unrest in the applicant’s home country?

The applicant’s circumstances in Australia
  • What personal/ family ties does the applicant have with Australia that might encourage them to try to remain in Australia long-term?
  • What courses has the applicant studied already? Does the student’s proposed study in Australia show the development of career skills?
  • What economic incentive does the applicant have for trying to remain in Australia?
  • Can the applicant show that they have researched their intended course of study, education provider, the requirements for entry to the course, and general living conditions in Australia?

The value and relevance of the course to the applicant’s future
  • Is the applicant applying for a course that is consistent with their level of education?
  • Will the course assist the applicant to obtain employment or improve employment prospects in their home country?
  • Is the proposed course relevant to the applicant’s past/ future career or study pathways?
  • What salary could the applicant expect to receive in their home country, compared to Australia, with the proposed qualifications?
 
The applicant’s immigration history
  • Has the applicant previously had an Australian visa refused or cancelled?
  • Has the applicant previously had a visa application to another country refused or cancelled?
  • Did the applicant previously comply with the conditions on their previous Australian visas (if applicable)?
  • Did the applicant previously comply with the immigration laws of other countries they have visited?
  • How long has the student been in Australia on student visas?
  • How many courses has the student enrolled in overall?
  • Has the applicant successfully completed any qualifications during this time?
  • Is the new proposed study relevant to these qualifications?
  • How long has the student been in Australia on temporary visas overall?

Any other matter considered relevant
  • Information provided by the applicant in their application
  • Information available to DIAC from other sources about the applicant
  • Information available to DIAC from other sources about a relative of the applicant
  • Information available to DIAC about the country of origin

We offer assistance with preparing a student visa application.

Contact us for more information

 

 

After Graduation, What to do?

First of all, Brightannica team would like to congratulate you on your Graduation. After that long work of assignment, exam and all other stuffs, you finally graduate.

As now, you will have many options running through your head what to do next.

Have you decided to return to your home country and start to develop your career there?Or, do you feel that you are not ready to leave Australia and still in doubt whether to continue your study even further or can you just stay and work in Australia?

If you still not sure what to do, there are a lot of graduate school throughout Australia with different subjects you can choose.

Open iApplication and search for available courses for international student as well as information about duration and cost.

Brightannica is also a registered migration agency, with MARN number: 0214675.

We offer range of migrations services that you can enjoy. We can also assess your eligibility to apply for Temporary Residence or even Permanent Residence.

Contact us for more information

 


Having visa issues/ problems?

To Live, Study and Work in Australia you need an official document called visa. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), the Australia immigration agency, requires every foreign national to get an Australian visa before one can gain entry to Australia. With any application process, applying for an Australia visa entails time, effort and stress, especially for one who is not familiar with the visa application process.

Just like any other official government transaction, it is important that any preparation and lodgment of any Australian visa application is properly organized and well-managed, with all required Australia migration and visa documentations accurate and complete – even minor errors in your documentation could effect in a delay or even rejection of any of your Australia visas application, it is an important as this is your key to successfully gaining entry into Australia. We are pretty sure that you do not want any disappointment nor any additional cost in applying your visa.

Visa issues for Student visa, Working Holiday visa or other type of visa:

As an international student and migration agency, we offer services to help you with your visa application or your visa problem. We can help you through all of your enquiry about:

  • Qualification  for your visa;
  • Permanent Residency;
  • Visa Level Assessment;
  • Appeal Decision to Department of Immigration; and
  • Other Visa Information

We will also help you to identify which type of visa suits your condition best. Moreover, we are an experienced and registered migration agency that can provide you with relevant advice based on a case study of previous similar cases, advise for a new application and we can also represent you in dealing with any review process.

Contact us to help you with the application process. Click here:  Brightannica Team

 

Cheap Course in Sydney

IF you are thinking of working while studying to pay the school fee by yourself or even save up some money then you are looking at the right place.

2011 Price for CHEAP Business, Accounting and IT Courses
(Limited seats and Limited time only)

Now, 3 Months for $1350 and payment every 3 months.
Student can apply for 2  years Student Visa with possible Extensions.

  • Most Affordable course in Sydney if you are on tight budget.
  • It's CRICOS Approved for International student.
  • And YES, you can apply Student Visa with this course.
  • Right in the middle of the Sydney CBD.
  • English course for $160/week if needed (Min 10 weeks).

For more info or other States' Economical Course, please contact Brightannica Team.

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Important Immigration News

Government revises skilled migration scheme to focus on key professionals

OVERSEAS students who use hairdressing and cookery courses as a ticket to permanent residency are being shut out.

As the global economy hits the skids the Government has revised its skilled migration program to focus on medical and key IT professionals, engineers and construction trades.

This could affect tens of thousands of students who use hairdressing, cooking, accountancy and IT to qualify for a permanent visa.

The skills program had been first come, first served.

Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Evans said yesterday a revised program for the next six months would fast-track visas for migrants with critically needed skills. People sponsored by employers and state and territory governments would also be favoured.

"This will ensure our migration program is more responsive to the needs of the economy, and assists industries still experiencing skills shortages," Senator Evans said.

"In the current economic climate it is important that priority is given to those applications where the person has skills in critical need."

The immigration intake would remain at a record high of 200,000 this year.

"Employer-sponsored visas (will) occupy an increasing share of the skilled program, with 36,000 visas likely in the current year," he said.

Immigration expert Dr Bob Birrell said increasing numbers of students from South-East Asia, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka had been using cooking, hairdressing and accountancy courses to fast-track permanent entry.

But often they could not find employment in these areas. Their prospects of permanent residency "have been much reduced".

"The program could be cut by at least half if the Government is serious," the Monash University researcher said.

Senator Evans said the existing ceiling of 133,500 skilled migrants would remain. The full critical skills list is expected to be released today.

The krackdown comes amid a sudden contraction in the number of skilled vacancies in Australia, and figures that show demand for skilled workers has slumped by 7.2 per cent this month.

The fall in the skilled vacancy index is the biggest since the 1990 recession.

Demand for tradesmen fell by 9 per cent, marketing and advertising was down 11.5 per cent and metal trades down almost 16 per cent.

The Australian Industry Group welcomed the decision to maintain the current migration intake. "There can be a two-year lag between application and arrival," AIG chief Heather Ridout said.

Cuts could reduce skilled migration just as Australia emerged from the economic crisis.

Foreign Students still Flockin

Taken from: The Straits Times, Singapore / September 17, 2008

By Roger Maynard (Australia Correspondent)

Sydney: Overseas students are continuing to flock to Australia despite the rising cost of enrolling in universities there, government figures have shown.

Despite a strong Australian dollar, which has largely driven the increased costs over the past year, foreign student enrolment has recorded its highest growth since the second half of 2006.

Enrolment rose by 4.6 per cent to 177,954 in the year ended this July, according to Australian Education International statistics. Most of the students came from China, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong, with Singapore in fifth position.

The largest growth of students commencing their studies came from China with a 22.8 per cent increase. Singapore provided 7,445 students, up 1 per cent from the previous year.

While Australian university course fees increase by about 4 per cent a year, it is the strength of the Aussie dollar that has been the overriding factor in pushing up costs. It has risen against the greenback by about 25 per cent in the past two years and nearly 50 per cent in the past five years.

Higher-education specialist Alan Olsen said he was surprised that foreign student growth had continued despite the strong Australian dollar.

“It proves that Australia is not just a price destination,” the consultant for Australia-owned company Strategy Policy and Research in Education told The Straits Times.

He said part of Australia’s success in attracting students was due to word-of-mouth recommendations.

He also pointed out that Australia was good at giving students opportunities to make it to university which they would not have at home.

“In many Asian countries, there just aren’t enough school places,” he said. “In Hong Kong, for example, only a third of 18-year-olds complete school.”

He pointed out that those who did not complete school could not go to university. But he said many of them then enrol in Australian colleges of further education, adding: “When they complete that successfully, they enter university.”

Australia relies heavily on foreign students to fund its higher-education system. Education is its third-largest export earner, netting about A$12.5 billion (S$14.1 billion) last year alone. Around 370,000 students from 190 countries study Down Under.

In May, The Australian newspaper said universities were bracing themselves for a projected A$252 million hit to foreign student intakes, a prediction that now appears unduly pessimistic.

Coincidentally, the increase in number of foreign students was reported in the same week that a study found that more people saw the country’s universities as money-making ventures.

In the Australian National University survey of 1,200 people, almost half believed universities were motivated by business, while just 39 per cent saw them as mainly concerned with providing a sound education.

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