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Australia Immigration
Why Australia?
Australia is a hot spot destination for skilled migrants. Apart from having a well-built economy, the country is famous around the world for its scenic beauty. Over the past few years, Australia has been engaging in efforts to attract educated migrants to move in.

The Australian Immigration Laws and Schemes are systematic and provides for a variety of programs for dissimilar individuals with diverse backgrounds to immigrate to Australia. Depending upon the circumstances like age, work experience, qualifications and needs, an applicant can apply for the program that best suits him. Opting for the right visa clearly reflects the way an individual can contribute to the competitive Australian economy.
Australia Immigration System
Applicants are judged for permanent residency or immigration on the basis of Points Based System known as General Skilled Migration (GSM) points system. According to Points Based System points are awarded to the applicants for :
  • Work Experience
  • Qualifications
  • Language Proficiency
Fresh Changes in GSM
  • More points would be awarded for good English language skills
  • 15 subclasses have been cut down to 9 subclasses

Subclass Visa Categories under GSM
Onshore Visa Subclass- This option is valid for people who are already staying in Australia and want to apply under GSM. It includes:
  • Skilled - Independent (subclass 885)
  • Skilled - Sponsored (subclass 886)
  • Skilled - Graduate (subclass 485)
  • Skilled - Regional Sponsored (subclass 487)
  • Skilled - Regional (subclass 887)

Onshore Visa Subclass-
This option is valid for people who want to permanently immigrate to Australia from outside as skilled migrants. It includes:
  • Skilled - Independent (subclass 175)
  • Skilled - Sponsored (subclass 176)
  • Skilled - Regional Sponsored (subclass 475)
  • Skilled - Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)

Various Routes to Enter Australia
  • Area Specific Residence: If you are willing to reside in a specific region of Australia, you can win permanent residence permit
  • Business Opportunities: If you have business skills and you are keen to invest in Australia
  • Student Visa Program: If you have good English language skills and want to get education from sophisticated Australian institutions
  • Working Holiday Visas: Specifically meant to permit young immigrants to come and earn in Australia.
  • Via Skilled Migration Program

Australian Immigration Programs

  1. Australian Skilled Independent Visa: On 01 September 2007, both the Skilled - Independent (subclass 136) visa and the Skilled - Independent New Zealand Citizen (subclass 861) visa were replaced by the new visa system called the Skilled- Independent (subclass 175) Visa. Those who do not have any Australian sponsor or relative residing in Australia can apply under the Skilled- Independent (subclass 175) Visa program for immigration.
    • Under the Offshore Skilled - Independent Visa, the applicant is requires120 points to get the visa and 100 points to become eligible to be put in the reserve pool.
    • Under the Skilled - Independent Visa, applicants who receive the permission to immigrate can go and work in any Australian region and can choose any occupation.
  2. The Australian Family Migration (for relatives of people settled in Australia)
  3. The Humanitarian Programs (for refugees)

Eligibility Factors for a Skilled - Independent (subclass 175) Visa

  1. Applicants’ age must be below 45.
  2. Applicants must fulfill the English language requirements- competent English threshold for students and vocational English threshold for businessmen or traders.
  3. The skilled migrant must be able to score 120 points to clear points test threshold.
  4. The applicant must meet requirements of health and character.
  5. The applicant must be eligible or should have opted for any of the jobs enlisted in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The applicant must get an evaluation done for his skills  related to the nominated job from a Relevant Assessing Authority like:
    • SOL- Managers and Administrators
    • SOL- Professionals
    • SOL- Associate Professionals
    • SOL- Trades Persons and related workers