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New Pathway to Permanent Residency for Skilled Migration

It is exciting to know that The Morrison Government has created a pathway for highly skilled migrants to remain in Australia and continue to work in in critical sectors.  This will be a win-win as it will benefit highly skilled migrants as well the Australian economy which continues to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes will benefit Existing Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa holders in the short-term stream, and Legacy Temporary Work Skilled (subclass 457) visa holders who no longer meet the age requirement. From the 1st of July 2022, they can apply for permanent residency under subclass 186. This will allow them to stay here in Australia and provide a pathway to Australian citizenship.

Alex Hawke, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs has explained,

“Eligible skilled workers, already in Australia, will continue to support local  businesses facing critical shortages, particularly in health, hospitality, and our  regions. This recognises the economic value-add of these critical workers and  retaining them will greatly assist in Australia’s economic recovery. The changes  complement the Government’s recent announcement that fully vaccinated eligible  temporary and provisional visa holders may enter Australia without a travel  exemption from 1 December 2021. There are currently about 20,000 primary  Temporary Skill Shortage and 457 visa holders in Australia who may benefit from  these arrangements”

The Government has also advised that they will extend visas for skilled regional (provisional visa) holders (subclass 489, 491 and 494) because they been adversely impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions.​ This will also provide them additional time to meet regional work requirements for permanent residence.

Can I Stay in Australia After Graduation?

So, you’ve been in Australia as an international student and now you’ve graduated. What do you do now? Can you stay in Australia? Do you need another visa? All these questions are valid and often arise once international students have graduated, if not earlier.

Once an international student graduates, they are able to stay in Australia for 18 months to four years, depending on their qualification. In order to stay, they need a Graduate Temporary Skilled Visa (subclass 485).

There are two types of Temporary Graduate Visa. These are the Post-Study Work Stream Visa and the Graduate Work Stream Visa.

To be eligible for these visas, the graduate’s qualification must be in a field which is in demand. The eligible occupations are listed on the Skilled Occupation List. Work must be sought in a field that is the same as, or closely related to, the subject in which the qualification was gained. For example, if a graduate has a bachelor’s degree in commerce, they cannot work as a tradesman.

Post-Study Work Stream Visa

This visa allows graduates and their family to live, work, travel and study in Australia for between two and four years if they have graduated from an Australian education institution within the past six months.

The length of their stay depends on their qualification level. Those with a bachelor degree (including honours) can stay for two years. If they have a master’s degree they can stay for two or three years and holders of a doctorate can stay for four years.

However, if the qualification is below that of a bachelor degree (eg: certificate III, diploma or graduate diploma), graduates do not qualify for this visa.

Graduate Work Stream Visa

This visa allows graduates and their family to live, work, travel and study in Australia for 18 months if they graduated from an Australian education institution within the past six months.

Unlike the Post-Study Work Stream Visa, they are eligible for this visa even if their qualification is below that of a bachelor degree, eg: a diploma or trade-level certificate.

To qualify for a Graduate Work Stream visa graduates must pass a skills assessment in an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List.

In order to qualify for either these Temporary Graduate Visas, applicants must:

  • be under 50
  • be in good health
  • be competent in English (an IELTS score of 6 or a passport from an English-speaking country).

There may be other options available to you, depending on your circumstances.

If you would like to learn more about staying in Australia after graduation, contact the Journey Group 03 9907 0901

5 Ways a Migration Agent Could Help You with Your Visa Application

Are you looking for a reliable migration agent in Melbourne to settle down in Australia? If so, you have come to the right place. Many of you might be dreaming about living and studying in Australia- the land of sunshine and beaches. But some people might try to do it themselves to apply for a visa to Australia with could be very stressful.

Instead, why not work with an experienced service provider in Melbourne to secure your study or job visa in Australia? A registered migration agent can help facilitate your migration process by sorting out complex visa processes for you. This article provides information on 5 ways a migration agent can help you with your visa application.

Areas That A Migration Agent Can Help

Visa Options

There are so many visa options to choose from when migrating to Australia. A migration agent will explain all the visa options available to you when migrating to the land of sunshine and beaches.

Recommending The Best Solution

An inexperienced individual may not know which visa option suits him/her the best. When you work with a registered migration agent, the service provider will recommend the most suitable visa option for your needs.

Information About The Assessment Required

An expert migration agent has a thorough understanding of the Migration Regulations as well as the Department of Immigration Procedures Advice Manual. They will provide you with the necessary information about the assessment process so that you can go prepared and have a better success rate of obtaining the visa.

Preparing & Submitting Documents

Many first-time visa applicants are not fully aware of the most important documents required to obtain a visa to migrate to Australia. A registered agent has the experience to help applicants better understand and submit the necessary documents to successfully obtain the visa. You will benefit by working with a reliable migration agent when you decide to migrate to Australia.

Representing You

The agent will represent you in matters before a review tribunal in relation to the visa process.

Limits Of A Migration Agent

Your migration agent cannot help you if:

. You don’t meet the basic visa requirements
. You don’t provide them with the necessary information required for your visa

How Can I Get Started?

When you are looking for the best agent to help with visa application, you don’t need to look further than Journey group. We can certainly deliver a high-quality solution to make your dreams come through!

Success Stories Straight from Clients

“We Deliver Experience”

    Neha Afsheen
    Neha Afsheen
    Maheep, Amandeep Kaur and journey group team helped me in guiding regarding the course and student visa process. They know their stuff. Highly recommend journey group for all your visa related queries.
    Sandeep Singh
    Sandeep Singh
    Very good staff specially Jashandeep paji Recently I got it my New Zealand visa Very happy Thanks 🙏 journey group team
    Gur Mann
    Gur Mann
    Thank you so much for the tremendous support and guidance you gave us for our US visitor visa. Whole team was humble and patient in answering each and every query of mine. We highly recommended journey group to everyone. Once againThank uuuu soooo much for helping us in each and everything.😇😇😇
    Bal Kang
    Bal Kang
    thanku journey group for your excellent service thnks to maheep singh virk and his all team who r so helpful and loyal about their service they r really a blessing to us thats why i highly recommend journey group to my friend and family who is looking for a great immigration agent keep up the good work and keep helping other to make theirs dreams b fullfield here in australia
    karthik pandya
    karthik pandya
    Professional and excellent service. Highly recommend.
    Harshpreet Singh
    Harshpreet Singh
    Amazing experience with journey group. Really love their work. Highly recommended 👍
    Amrinder Brar
    Amrinder Brar
    I cannot thank Journey Group enough for helping me secure my visitor visa quickly and efficiently. Their team was incredibly knowledgeable, responsive, and supportive throughout the entire process. I highly recommend Journey Group immigration to anyone in need of immigration .