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Why you need a Migration Agent when applying for Visa?
1. They help you fight for your visa.
2. They help make your application comfortable and less stressful
3. They provide you beneficial advises for your visa.
4. They are updated and has the best knowledge when it comes to migration laws.
Warning: be careful with Unregistered Migration Agents trying to give you advise and their services.
DOHA Rules and Regulations changes all the time. MATES International has two Australian Registered Migration Agents (MARN 1678926 and MARN 0745797) who lodge all visa applications and are bound by the MARA Code of Conduct.
All visa applications go through a rigid process of review and document validation. MATES International, has a 3-tier processing system to make sure that each visa application has the best chance of approval.
|FIRST Tier||Documentation Validation and Verification by Documentation Officer|
|SECOND Tier||Regulations Check and Lodging by Associate Migration Agent|
|THIRD Tier||Final Review and Submission by Senior Migration Agent|
What you must remember is that a visa refusal will remain in your migration history. While MATES International does not guarantee visa approval, our experienced Migration Agents, will make sure that your application is lodged according to the standards set by Immigration Department. There are no appeal for offshore visa applications and a re-application will be more strenuous and will cost more in the long run.
Why open the possibilities of going through this strenuous route, when you can avoid it?
TRUST the Experience and Achieve results with MATES.
Skills Assessments are done to check your skills whether or not meets the standard set by relevant occupation. This is issued by skills assessing authorities.
It is mandatory to have skills assessment for some visas such as 485 (Graduate Stream), Subclass 189 (points tested stream), Subclass 190 and Subclass 491. In some instances, subclass 482 and 494 also requires you to have positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation. so, in order to have your skills assessed:
Students now a days want to explore more, are passionate about their dreams, and careers. To get the most of it prefer abroad study. For an international student to study in Australia, there are some basic requirements set by Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. We have mentioned our step by step procedure of application.
- Counseling about the programs and educational institutes providing the selected program
- Pick the most suitable program of your interest
- Apply for offer letter in that educational institute
- After you get offer letter, accept or deny
- If accepted, make program fee payment
- Receive Confirmation of Enrollment
- Medical test to be eligible for Overseas Student Health Cover
- Visa Processing
- Visa outcome
Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485
This visa is for international students who have recently graduated from Australian institution(s). This visa allows the international students to live, study and work after finishing their studies for a period of 18 months to 4 years.
This visa has two streams: Graduate work stream and Post-study work stream. Graduate work stream is for international students who have recently graduated and possess the skills and qualifications for one of the occupations in Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). People who were granted their first visa on the basis of an application made before 5th November 2011 might also apply under this stream.
Post-study work stream is for international students who applied their first student visa on, or after, November 5, 2011 and have graduated with higher education degree(s) from Australian education provider(s). This visa is valid for 2 to 4 years, depending upon the highest qualification obtained in Australia. One needs to complete Bachelor or higher qualification for this stream.
General requirements for main applicant for both streams:
- be under 50 years of age
- hold an eligible visa
- be in Australia
- meet the 2-year Australian study requirement
- hold adequate health insurance
- meet health and character requirements
- meet English language requirements
- meet specific requirements of the stream
The visa applicant must satisfy the English language requirement with either of the following test formats:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – an overall score of at least 6 with a minimum score of 5 in each of the four test components
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic – an overall score at least 50 with a minimum score of 36 each in each of the four test components
- Occupational English Test (OET) – a score of at least B in each of the four test components
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) – an overall test score of at least 169 with a minimum score of at least 154 in each of the four test components
The visa applicant must have sat the English language test in the two years before applying and the results should be provided with the visa application.
Health, character and insurance requirements
- The visa applicant and dependant family members included in the application must meet health requirements by completing the required health examinations as part of the visa application process.
- All visa applicants who are in Australia and 16 years of age or older must satisfy character requirements. S/he must provide evidence of clearance or should have applied for an Australian Federal Police check, in the 12 months prior to application date.
- All visa applicants must have adequate health insurance
The TWO STREAMS
1. Graduate work stream
This is for international students who have recently graduated and possess the skills and qualification for one of the occupation in Skilled Occupation List (SOL). This visa is valid for 18 months from the date of grant.
The applicant must meet the following requirements for the grant of the visa:
- Nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and provide evidence that s/he holds a successful skill assessment outcome in the nominated skilled occupation from a relevant assessing authority.
- Prove that degree(s), diploma(s), or trade qualification(s) used to meet the Australian study requirement is closely related to nominated skilled occupation.
2. Post-study work stream
This visa is for international students who applied their first student visa on, or after, November 5, 2011 and have graduated with higher education degree(s) from Australian education provider(s). This visa is valid for 2 to 4 years, depending upon the highest qualification obtained in Australia.
Post-study work visa duration
- For Bachelor Degree / Bachelor Degree with Honours / Masters by Coursework Degree / Masters (extended), the visa would last for 2 years from the grant date
- For Masters by Research Degree applicants, the visa would last for 3 years from the grant date
- For Doctoral Degree applicants, the visa would last for 4 years from the grant date
Including family members in the application
The following family members can apply for this visa to join the main applicant in Australia:
- partner (married or de facto)
- dependent children
Another migration stream would be the skilled visa. Under this stream, the applicant submits an expression of interest and nominates a skill in the SOL or the CSOL. Eligibility is point tested based on English level, education, age, and work experience among others.
General Skilled migration
General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas are for people who have a positive skills assessment in their nominated occupation which appears on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List, Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL) depending on the chosen subclass. GSM includes three different visa subclass which are:
Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent)
This visa has two streams, namely: Points Tested Stream and New Zealand Stream.
Whilst the points tested stream requires you to have at least 65 points and positive skills assessment for an occupation contained in the Medium and Long- Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the New Zealand Stream is for New Zealand citizens who have been earning the minimum income specified in the legislation for at least five years.
Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated)
This visa requires you to have a positive skills assessment in an occupation contained in either Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or Short-Term Skills Occupation List (STSOL) and meet the minimum points score of 65. One also needs to meet the requirements of state or territories where they want to get nomination from.
Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional)
This visa has two streams – state/territory nominated, or eligible family sponsored. This visa requires you to have a positive skills assessment in an occupation contained in either Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or Short-Term Skills Occupation List (STSOL) and meet the minimum points score of 65. One also needs to meet the requirements of state or territories where they want to get nomination from. Apart from state and territories, eligible family members can also sponsor prospective migrants for this visa. This is a provisional visa providing pathway for permanent migration after three years provided one meets other requirements as well.
Employer Sponsored Visas
Subclass 482 (Temporary skills shortage)
This is an employer sponsored visa which will let you work for your nominated employer for two or four years depending on your nominated occupation. The visa applicant must have at least two years’ work experience in nominated occupation, have suitable qualifications and meet the English language requirement and skills amongst others.
If the nominated occupation is on the Short-Term Strategic Occupation List (STSOL), only two years visa will be granted with the possibility to renew it once while the applicants are in Australia (unless International Trade Obligation applies where a four years visa can be granted). If one needs to renew it more than once, the application has to be lodged offshore. Applicants will also need to satisfy the GTE criteria for the grant of this visa. Subclass 482 visa with the nominated occupation in the STSOL will not qualify for permanent employer sponsored visa.
On the other hand, if the nominated occupation is on the Medium- & Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), applicants will be granted visa for four years with the possibility to apply employer sponsored permanent (ENS) visa after working three years with the nominating employer.
Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)
The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia for their sponsoring employer.
This visa allows to permanently reside in Australia. The visa applicant can be in or outside Australia when the application is made. The visa application can only be made post nomination application and if the nomination has been approved, the visa application should be lodged within six months of the nomination being approved. For the visa application to be granted, the applicant must apply for the visa in the stream and occupation in line with the employer nomination. This visa has three pathways, namely, direct entry (DE), temporary residence transition stream (TRT) and Labor Agreement Stream (LE).
Apart from these visas, we frequently deal with family migration visas consisting of Partner visas (both onshore and offshore), Prospective marriage visa, Child visas (both offshore and onshore) and Parent migration (both contributory and non-contributory).