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Regional and State/Territory Specific Schemes  Australian Government and State Government Responsibilities  Northern Territory Government Sponsorship.

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2 Regional and State/Territory Specific Schemes  Australian Government and State Government Responsibilities  Northern Territory Government Sponsorship for General Skilled Migration (GSM) Visas  Occupation assessments for TRA and VETASSESS  GSM pathways for CDU International Graduates  Employer Sponsored Visa options  GSM future directions - SkillSelect Presentation Outline

3 Six States & Two Territories make up the Commonwealth of Australia.  The Commonwealth Government is responsible for making laws on some issues, while State/Territories Governments retain all other law-making rights.  The Commonwealth Government generally has responsibility for laws on matters affecting the whole of Australia. For example: money, postal & telephone services, international relations, immigration, quarantine, and defence.  State governments influence migration policy & facilitate migration by participating in state specific and regional migration programs. Australia’s Government – Migration

4 The whole of the Northern Territory, including its capital Darwin, is regional for migration purposes. The Northern Territory and Regional Migration

5 Regional and State/Territory Specific Schemes Skilled – Sponsored or Skilled Regional Sponsored The Northern Territory State Migration Plan enables the Northern Territory Government (Department of Business and Employment) to sponsor people whose skilled occupations are: Listed on the NT’s State Migration Plan or An ‘off list’ nomination. To be eligible for an “off list” nomination an applicant’s occupation must be on the SOL Schedule 2. A CDU student applicant seeking an “off list” nomination by the NT must demonstrate their employability in the NT. Applicants for one of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas who have State Government sponsorship have 2 nd highest priority for visa processing by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

6 Regional & State/Territory Specific Schemes The NT Government will nominate all eligible students who have completed two years study at the CDU (and have positive skills assessments for either:  Skilled Sponsored; or  Skilled - Regional Sponsored (Provisional). To be nominated by the NT Government applicants, including eligible CDU graduates, whose occupations are not on the DIAC endorsed NT State Migration Plan must show that they have positive employment prospects or are in employment (in their skilled occupation) in the Northern Territory. Applicants sponsored by the NT Government must give an undertaking to live and work in the NT for no less than two years from when their visa is granted.

7 Eligibility Criteria - Onshore General Skilled Migration To be eligible to apply for one of the onshore General Skilled Migration visas applicants must: Successfully graduate with Diploma, Degree or higher qualification following two years of full time study while in an Australian campus Have a positive skills assessment by the relevant assessment body for an eligible occupation Be under 50 years of age at the time they lodge their visa application Have an IELTS score of no less than 6 on each of the four IELTS testing bands Achieve no less than a score of 65 points on the General Skilled Migration Points Test If applying for a Skilled Sponsored or Skilled Regional Sponsored visa have sponsorship from a State or Territory Government.

8 Summary of points awarded Factor DescriptionPoints Age18– – – – –490 English language * or equivalent standard in a specified test) Competent English - IELTS 6*0 Proficient English - IELTS 7*10 Superior English - IELTS 8*20 Australian or overseas skilled employment in nominated occupation or a closely related occupation undertaken in the past 10 years Note: Maximum points that can be awarded for any combination of Australian or overseas skilled employment is 20 points One year in Australia5 Three years in Australia10 Five years in Australia15 Eight years in Australia20 Three years overseas5 Five years overseas10 Eight years overseas15 General Skilled Migration – Points Test (1July 2011)

9 FactorDescriptionPoints Qualifications (Australian or recognised overseas) Australian Diploma or trade qualification or other qualification recognised by a relevant Assessing Authority 10 At least a Bachelor degree15 Doctorate20 Australian study requirementMinimum two years full-time (Australian study requirement) 5 Study in a regional areaMust meet the Australian Study Requirement while studying in a regional area 5 Professional YearCompletion of a recognised Professional Year5 Credentialed Community languageNAATI accreditation5 Partner skillsPrimary applicants partner meets threshold requirements for skilled migration visa 5 Nomination by state/territory government (subclass 176 or 886 visa) Nomination by a state or territory government under a state migration plan 5 Designated area sponsorship or nominated by state/territory government (subclass 475 or 487 visa) Sponsorship by an eligible relative living in a designated area or nomination by a state or territory government under a state migration plan 10

10 Occupational Assessment for International Students Skills assessments for a large number of occupations changed from 1 July Trade Skills Trade Recognition Australia (TRA) now requires international graduates who are applying for permanent or provisional residency nominating a trade occupation to be ‘Job Ready’. The TRA Job Ready Program is a four step process Professions assessed by VETASSESS International student graduates seeking assessments from VETASSESS must meet new assessment criteria including having a relevant Australian level qualification and no less than one year’s experience in the skilled occupation for which they are to be assessed Other Professions Some changes to assessments conducted by the professional bodies e.g. Accountants

11 Provisional Skills Assessment for Graduate Skilled (subclass 485) - can only be used for this visa subclass application. Skills Testing for Trades Onshore Graduates Must register online through the Job Ready Online Application.Job Ready Online Application

12 Trade Recognition Australia’s Job Ready Program is a four step process: Skills Testing for Trades Onshore Graduates Step 1: Apply for a Provisional Skills Assessment. With this provisional skills assessment students can only apply for a Subclass 485 Skilled Graduate (18 month temporary visa)Provisional Skills Assessment Step 2: Complete the Job Ready Employment. A subclass 485 visa will give applicants 18 months to complete the 12 months of full time employment required to gain skills & Australian work experience Job Ready Employment Step 3: Complete a Job Ready Workplace Assessment. Demonstrate the trade skills in the workplace to a TRA approved assessor.Job Ready Workplace Assessment Step 4: Apply for a Job Ready Final Assessment. Submit all the evidence required during Steps 1 to 3 to apply for a final assessment required to apply for permanent migration under one of the GSM visasJob Ready Final Assessment

13 Recent International Student Graduates who intend to apply for a Skilled – Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 485) General Professional Assessment by VETASSESS For a VETASSESS assessment applicants are now required to have not less than 12 months employment in the occupation they nominate. VETASSESS offers a ‘qualifications only assessment’ for applicants applying for the Subclass 485 Skilled Graduate visa. Step 1:Apply for a ‘qualifications only’ assessment. Applicants need a qualification which is comparable to the AQF Bachelor Degree in a field of study highly relevant to the occupation they nominate may only nominate managerial, administrative, or professional occupations on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) from Group A or B. Step 2: Apply for Subclass 485 visa to gain sufficient relevant employment experience to apply for a full Skills Assessment from VETASSESS Step 3 Apply to migrate under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) or Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS).

14 Group A Occupations: AQF Bachelor degree (in a highly relevant field to the nominated occupation) and at least one year in last five years skilled employment in closely related field. Group B Occupations: AQF Bachelor degree (in a highly relevant field to the nominated occupation) and at least one year in last five years skilled employment in closely related field. Either two or three years of relevant employment if the qualification/s has a shortfall in content relevance. Applicants who have occupations in Group C and D cannot apply for assessments for the Subclass 485 visa Group C Occupations: AQF Diploma, in a highly relevant field to the nominated occupation and at least one year in last five years skilled employment in closely related field. Two years of such employment is required if the qualification/s has a shortfall in content relevance. Group D Occupations: AQF Certificate IV, in a highly relevant field and at least one year in last five years skilled employment in closely related field. Two years of such employment is required if the qualification/s has a shortfall in content relevance. General Professional Assessment by VETASSESS Recent Australian graduates can only apply for a Subclass 485 visa if they nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List from Group A or B.

15 GROUP A OCCUPATIONS (Examples) ANZSCO Occupation Accountant - Internal Auditor Agricultural Consultant Agricultural Scientist Community Worker Environmental Research Scientist Vocational Education Teacher Urban and Regional Planner GROUP B OCCUPATIONS (Examples) ANZSCO Occupation Advertising Specialist Marketing Specialist Management Consultant Information and Organisation Professionals nec Environmental Health Officer Graphic Designer Hotel or Motel Manager (Degree level) VETASSESS PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATION GROUPS

16 GROUP C OCCUPATIONS (Examples) ANZSCO Occupation Architectural Draftsperson Building Associate Building Inspector Dental Therapist Hotel or Motel Manager (Diploma level) Office Manager GROUP D OCCUPATIONS (Examples) ANZSCO Occupation Building and Engineering Technicians nec Civil Engineering Technician Metallurgical and Materials Technician VETASSESS PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATION GROUPS

17 Transitional Arrangements When the Commonwealth Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced changes to the Skilled Occupation List and the GSM Points Test. These transitional arrangements in place for international students who: Held a Graduate Skilled visa as at 8 February 2010 or Had applied for a Graduate Skilled visa before 8 February 2010 The transitional arrangements will only apply to applicants who lodge their visa applications before 1 January 2013.

18 The Northern Territory State Migration Plan State/Territory sponsored applicants under the GSM will be given priority by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for visa processing – Group 2 processing priority Overall the NT Government has approximately 1000 visa places available for nomination under NT SMP in The NT SMP is reviewed with DIAC every six months Occupations on the NT SMP are revised each year in line with the release of the Northern Territory Occupation Shortage List – usually March/April

19 Eligible CDU students will continue to be able to apply for nomination from the NT Government for: SKILLED SPONSORED. (Permanent Residence Visa) Occupations on the NT SMP or ‘off list’ occupations provided the applicant can demonstrate positive employment prospects in their skilled occupation. SKILLED REGIONAL SPONSORED. (Provisional Visa leading to Permanent Residence) Occupations not on the NT SMP or demonstrated connections to the NT EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS. Many international students will need to show employment experience in their skilled occupation before they can gain a full occupation assessment. There are good employment prospects for skilled graduates in many occupations in the NT. The Northern Territory Advantage

20 Employer Sponsored Visa Options Permanent Residence:  Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS): This Employer Nomination visa applies to employers in regional Australia including the whole of the NT. RSMS provides concessions to regional employers to sponsor employees to full time employment where they cannot employ from within the local labour market. The NT requires nominated applicants for RSMS to be paid market salary rates. Temporary Residence subclass 457 visa:  Employers can sponsor skilled overseas workers to meet skill shortages on temporary work visas for periods between one month and four years.

21 SkillSelect SkillSelect is scheduled for introduction by DIAC on 1 July Under the SkillSelect model people wishing to migrate under the General Skilled Migration Program will: lodge relevant information into the system apply to State/Territory Governments for nomination and then lodge their information into the DIAC system Of all the potential migrants who lodge Expressions of Interest only those candidates who are invited by DIAC to lodge visa applications will be assessed for migration.

22 Please make an appointment if you want to discuss your case with the one of the Business and Skilled Migration team. Please note: We cannot predict future changes to migration policy. Therefore we will be unable to advise you on your eligibility until you have almost completed your studies If you , please include all the details relevant to your situation. To provide meaningful advice BSM officers need to have detailed personal and professional information. The NT Government provides a migration information service. Students who have questions about their skills assessment will need to make contact with the relevant skills assessment bodies. Seeking Assistance or Advice

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