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<ul><li><p>A Presentation By Visa Guide Mudassar Lone</p><p>The Information produced was up to date at the time of the Program that may have changed. Please consult the official webites of Australian Immigration for recent informationwww.immi.gov.auAUSTRALIA</p></li><li><p>AUSTRALIA</p><p>Australia is a natural wonderland of beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, amazing ancient rock formations and pristine rainforests.</p><p>Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and has the lowest population density per square kilometre.</p><p>Australia has 16 world heritage listed properties with its historic townships, bustling cities, vivid landscapes and exotic flora and fauna all adding to its unique appeal.</p><p>Much of Australia's exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world and the lifestyle is one second to none.</p></li><li><p>AUSTRALIACulture and CustomsThe culture and customs consists of a rich tapestry of nationalities including traditions, legends, myths and folklore. The indigenous 'Dream time' forms the base of tens of thousands of years of spiritual aboriginal art and culture.</p><p>LanguageIn Australia over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken, including 45 indigenous languages. The most commonly spoken languages (other than English) are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin.</p><p>Business OpportunitiesAustralia offers a wealth of opportunity for businesses to succeed. Businesses can expect a stable and efficient regulatory environment, a highly skilled and multi-lingual workforce and a culture of innovation.Our unparalleled economic record, world-class industry capabilities and unique cultural and geographic advantages in the worlds fastest growing region all form part of Australia's impressive reputation as an investment destination. </p></li><li><p>Work VisasSkilled Independent VisaSkilled Sponsored VisaSkilled Regional Sponsored Visa457 (Temporary Business) VisaWorking Holiday VisaEmployer Nomination SchemeWork and Holiday Visa</p><p>Business VisasBusiness Owner VisaInvestor VisaSenior Executive VisaBusiness Talent Visa</p><p>Retirement VisaFamily VisasSpouse VisaProspective Marriage VisaAged Parent VisaRemaining Relative VisaParent Visa</p><p>Student VisasEnglish Language Study VisaSchool Student VisaVocational Training VisaHigher Education VisaPostgraduate Research VisaNon-Award Student Visa</p><p>Travel VisasShort Travel VisasElectronic Travel AuthorityBusiness Visitor Visa</p><p>VISATYPES</p></li><li><p>WORK VISA The Australian Skilled or Work visa program is specifically tailored to encourage individuals with specific skills and capabilities to migrate to Australia to improve Australia's economy and work force.</p><p>Australian Work visa applicants who are able to obtain sponsorship through an employer or be nominated under one of the participating State Migration Plans are given priority processing.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Skilled Independent Visa</p><p>The Skilled Independent visa is a permanent work visa for individuals who have the qualifications and skills required to fill Australia's skill shortages.</p><p>Skilled Independent visa applicants are required to obtain a minimum of65 pointson a point assessment. The assessment is such that applicants are required to be under 50 years of age and be able demonstrate that they have a qualification and/or skills in an occupation on theSkilled Occupation List(SOL). </p><p>Applicants for the Skilled Independent visa do not require sponsorship.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Skilled Independent Visa</p><p>Basic Requirements</p><p>The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has set specific basic requirements that all applicants must meet in order to apply for a visa in the General Skilled Migration program.</p><p>To qualify for a Skilled visa, applicants (or their partner) must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language ability, occupation, skills, qualification, recent work experience, health and character.</p><p>In addition, applicants for a Skilled visa must also pass a points test. Points can be claimed in areas related to age, English language ability, specific work experience, spouse skills and other bonus categories.</p><p>The current pass mark for the Skilled Independent visa is65 points.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Skilled Independent Visa</p><p>Visa Entitlements</p><p>Successful applicants and holders of an Australian Skilled Independent visa become permanent residents of Australia. </p><p>Australian permanent residents are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis. </p><p>Additional benefits of Australian permanent residence include access to government-subsidized healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Skilled Sponsored Visa</p><p>The Skilled Sponsored visa is a permanent work visa for individuals who have the qualifications or skills that are needed by the Australian economy, but cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain aSkilled Independentvisa.</p><p>Skilled Sponsored visa applicants are required to obtain a minimum of65 pointson a points assessment and must either obtain sponsorship from an eligible relative living in Australia or nomination from a participating State or Territory government. </p><p>The assessment is such that applicants are required to be under 50 years of age and be able to demonstrate that they have a qualification or the skills of an occupation on theSkilled Occupation List(SOL).</p></li><li><p>WORK VISA</p><p>Australian Skilled Sponsored Visa</p><p>Basic Requirements</p><p>The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has set specific basic requirements that all applicants must meet in order to apply for a visa in the General Skilled Migration program.</p><p>To qualify for a Skilled visa, applicants (or their partner) must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language ability, occupation, skills, qualification, recent work experience, health and character.</p><p>In addition, applicants must also pass a points test. Points can be claimed in areas related to age, English language ability, specific work experience, spouse skills and other bonus categories.</p><p>The current pass mark for the Skilled Sponsored visa is65 points.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Skilled Sponsored Visa</p><p>To be sponsored by a relative, an applicant's relative must live in Australia* and be either:an Australian citizen;an Australian permanent resident; oran eligible New Zealand citizen.The applicant (or their spouse) must be related their sponsor as either:a non-dependent child - including a natural, adoptive or step-child;a parent - including adoptive or step-parent;a brother or sister - including adoptive or step-siblings;a niece or nephew - including adoptive or step-niece or nephew; oran aunt or uncle - including adoptive or step-aunt or uncle.*Additional requirements must be met if an applicant's relative lives in Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle or Wollongong.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Skilled Sponsored Visa</p><p>To be nominated by a State or Territory government, applicants must satisfy specific criteria, as set by the particular State or Territory. These may include:having an occupation on the skills shortage list in that State or Territory; ordemonstrating specialized skills in a particular region of that State or Territory.</p><p>Visa Entitlements</p><p>Successful applicants and holders of an Australian Skilled Sponsored visa become permanent residents of Australia. Australian permanent residents are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis. Additional benefits of Australian permanent residence include access to government-subsidized healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and the ability to apply for Australian citizenship.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa</p><p>The Skilled Regional Sponsored visa is a provisional work visa for individuals who have the qualifications and skills required to address Australia's skill shortage, but cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain aSkilled Independent visa.</p><p>Skilled Regional Sponsored visa applicants are required to obtain a minimum of65 pointson a points assessment and must either obtain sponsorship from an eligible relative living in a Specified Regional Area of Australia or nomination from a participating State or Territory government.</p><p>The assessment is such that applicants are required to be under 50 years of age and be able to demonstrate that they possess a qualification or the skills of an occupation on theSkilled Occupation List(SOL).</p><p>Applicants for an Australian Skilled Regional Sponsored visa must be prepared to live for two years and work for at least twelve months in a Specified Regional Area of Australia. A Skilled Regional Sponsored visa is valid for up to three years and provides a pathway to permanent residence.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa</p><p>Basic Requirements</p><p>In order to satisfy labor market shortages, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has set specific basic requirements for people who are interested in applying under the Skilled Migration Stream.</p><p>To qualify for skilled migration, applicants (or their partner) must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language ability, occupation, skills, qualification, recent work experience, health and character. In addition, applicants for a Skilled Regional Sponsored visa must obtain sponsorship from a participating State or Territory government and pass a points test. Points can be claimed in areas related to age, English language ability, specific work experience, spouse skills and other bonus categories.</p><p>The current pass mark for the Skilled Regional Sponsored visa is65 points.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa</p><p>To be sponsored by a relative, an applicant's relative must live in a Specified Regional Area of Australia* and be either:an Australian citizen;an Australian permanent resident; oran eligible New Zealand citizen.The applicant (or their spouse) must be related to their sponsor as either:a non-dependent child - including a natural, adoptive or step-child;a parent - including adoptive or step-parent;a brother or sister - including adoptive or step-siblings;a niece or nephew - including adoptive or step-niece or nephew; oran aunt or uncle - including adoptive or step-aunt or uncle.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa</p><p>To be sponsored by a relative,</p><p>*The definition of Specified Regional Area of Australia depends on whether the applicant is sponsored by a relative or nominated by a State or Territory government.As a general indication, the following areas are considered regional:New South Wales - everywhere except Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong;Northern Territory - everywhere;Queensland - everywhere except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast;South Australia - everywhere;Tasmania - everywhere;Victoria - everywhere except the Melbourne metropolitan area; andWestern Australia - everywhere.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa</p><p>To be nominated by a State or Territory government, </p><p>applicants must satisfy specific criteria, as set by the particular State or Territory. These may include:having an occupation on the skills shortage list in that State or Territory; ordemonstrating specialized skills in an area of need.</p><p>Visa Entitlements</p><p>The Australian Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa is a temporary (provisional) visa which entitles the holder and their accompanying family to live and work or study in a Specified Regional Area of Australia for up to three years. This visa also provides a pathway to permanent residence.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian 457 Visa</p><p>The Australian 457 visa (Temporary Business Long Stay) is a temporary work visa that allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to fill nominated skilled positions. The 457 visa is currently the most common pathway of business sponsorship for overseas workers.</p><p>457 visa applicants must have an employer willing to sponsor them as part of the visa application process. Employers must meet specific sponsorship and nomination steps before the prospective employee can apply for a 457 visa.</p><p>A 457 visa is valid for up to four (4) years and work experience gained in Australia on this visa may lead to permanent residence either through sponsorship by an eligible employer or the skilled migration program.</p></li><li><p>AUSTRALIAN 457 VISA</p><p>Basic RequirementsIn order to qualify for a 457 visa, applicantsmusthave an employer who is willing to sponsor them. There are three steps in the visa application process:</p><p>1. SponsorshipEmployers must seek and obtain approval to sponsor and recruit overseas workers. A business will be approved for a specified number of overseas workers over a 2 year period.2. NominationEmployers must nominate each of the positions they wish to fill with an overseas worker. The nomination must relate to an occupation which meets a minimum skills threshold covering managerial, professional, associate professional and trade occupations. The nominated position must also be paid a minimum salary level as specified in a Gazette Notice.3. Visa ApplicationThe overseas workers identified to fill the vacancy must apply for a 457 visa to enter and remain in Australia. The applicant must demonstrate they have skills to match the nominated position and must be offered employment at not less than the salary indicated in the nomination application.The applicant is also required to satisfy certain health and character requirements to meet the 457 visa criteria.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian 457 Visa</p><p>Visa Entitlements</p><p>The 457 visa is a temporary visa valid for up to four (4) years and permits the holder to live and work in Australia with a sponsoring employer.</p><p>Immediate family members (such as a partner and dependent children) included on the application are also entitled to live and work on this visa type.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Employer Nomination Scheme</p><p>The Australian Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) grants permanent residence to overseas workers who are sponsored by their Australian employer. </p><p>The Employer Nomination Scheme is specifically designed to enhance Australia's ability to compete globally while satisfying genuine shortages in the Australian skilled labor market.</p></li><li><p>WORK VISAAustralian Employer Nomination Scheme</p><p>Basic RequirementsThe Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows overseas workers or temporary workers in Australia to be sponsored for permanent positions that the employer has been unable to fill from within the Australian labor market or through their own training efforts.The Employer Nomination Scheme visa application process is made up of two important stages:</p><p>1. Nomination by the employerThe Australian employer must obtain sponsorship status. To obtain sponsorship, the employer must:demonstrate that they are actively and lawfully operating in Australiahave a commitment to training existing employeesOnce the employer has demonstrated they satisfy the sponsorship criteria, the position to be filled (or nominated) must also meet certain requirements. For example, the position must be full time for...</p></li></ul>

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