Migration Information: International Student Graduates of CDU PRESENTATION OUTLINE • General Skilled Migration (GSM) and Northern Territory Government Nomination • Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) Visa - Graduate Work and Post-Study Work Streams • Employer Sponsored work visas and migration options General Skilled Migration & Northern Territory Nomination General Skilled Migration (GSM) Three (3) visa subclasses 189 (Skilled Independent) 190 (Skilled Nominated) (mandatory State/Territory nomination) 489 (Skilled Regional Nominated Provisional) (mandatory State/Territory nomination) General Skilled Migration (GSM) All people wishing to apply for one of the GSM visas: • must lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) SkillSelect database and • cannot lodge a visa application until they receive an invitation from DIAC to do so. Applicants for the: • Subclass 189 must have a positive skills assessment for one of the occupations on the National Skilled Occupation List (Schedule 1) • Subclasses 190 & 489 can have a positive skills assessment for one of the occupations on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (Schedules 1 & 2) Applicants nominated by a state/territory government receive an invitation to lodge a visa application as soon as their entry is tagged in SkillSelect. SkillSelect When applying for Northern Territory Government nomination an applicant must: • • • demonstrate that they meet relevant DIAC criteria for the visa subclass and the Northern Territory’s criteria for nomination and complete and lodge an application for nomination with supporting documents and complete their SkillSelect EOI when they are advised that their nomination has been successful. Northern Territory State Migration Plan • • Overall, the NT Government has around 1,000 visa places (600 primary applicants and their dependents) available for nomination under the 2012-13 Northern Territory State Migration Plan. Occupations on the Northern Territory State Migration Plan (SMP) are: • reviewed with DIAC every six months; • revised in line with the release of the 2013 Northern Territory Skilled Occupation Priority Shortage List. The Northern Territory SMP list has been recently updated. General Skilled Migration The NT Government (Department of Business) nominates overseas people if they meet the Northern Territory eligibility criteria and: • their skilled occupation is listed on the Northern Territory’s SMP. or • they meet “off-list” nomination criteria (occupations not listed on the Northern Territory’s SMP). To be eligible for an “off -list” nomination an applicant’s occupation must be on the CSOL. Applicants for one of the GSM visas nominated by a state/territory government have the 2nd highest priority for visa processing by DIAC. CDU Student Graduates The NT will nominate all eligible students who have successfully completed a qualification as the result of two years full-time study at CDU (and have a positive skills assessment, meet any registration/licensing requirements for their occupation and meet the DIAC criteria for the visa which they are applying). Nomination can be for either: Skilled Nominated (SC190) – permanent residency or Skilled Regional Nominated Provisional (SC489) - temporary residency leading to permanent residency. CDU student applicants seeking “off-list” nominations are required to show they have good employment prospects in the Northern Territory. All 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. To be eligible to apply for a Skilled Nominated (SC190) or Skilled Regional Nominated (Provisional) (SC489) visa applicants must: • • Have a positive skills assessment by the relevant assessment body for an eligible occupation. NOT hold a Bridging visa D, E or F; Criminal Justice visa; or an Enforcement visa. • • • • Have an IELTS score of no less than 6 on each of the four bands. Achieve at least 60 points on the GSM Points Test. Be nominated by a state/territory government and receive an invitation from DIAC to lodge their visa application . Be under 50 years of age at the time they are invited to lodge their visa application. Factor Description Age 18–24 25 25–32 30 33–39 25 40–44 15 45–49 0 Competent English - IELTS 6* / OET B 0 English language* or equivalent standard in a specified test Points Proficient English - IELTS 7* / OET B 10 Superior English - IELTS 8* / OET A 20 Australian or overseas work experience in a nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation in the past 10 years. At least one year in Australia (of past 10 years) Note: Maximum points that can be awarded for any combination of Australian or overseas skilled employment is 20 points 5 At least three years in Australia (of past 10 years) 10 At least five years in Australia (of past 10 years) 15 At least eight years in Australia (of past 10 years) 20 At least three years overseas (of past 10 years) 5 At least five years overseas (of past 10 years) 10 At least eight years overseas (of past 10 years) 15 Factor Description Points Highest qualification at the time of invitation (Australian or recognised overseas) A qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for the applicant’s nominated skilled occupation as being suitable for the occupation 10 Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia or a qualification or award of a recognised standard 10 At least a Bachelor degree, including a Bachelor with Honours or Masters, from Australia or other degree of a recognised standard 15 Doctorate from an Australian education institution or other Doctorate of a recognised standard 20 Australian study requirement One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian institution and meet the Australian Study Requirement (Minimum two years full-time) 5 Study in a regional area Must meet the Australian Study Requirement while studying in a regional area 5 Factor Description Points Professional Year Completion of a recognised Professional Year for a period of at least 12 months in the four (4) year period immediately prior to the day on which the DIAC invitation was issued 5 Credentialed Community language Credentialed community language qualifications NAATI accreditation 5 Partner skills Primary applicant’s partner meets threshold requirements for skilled migration visa 5 Nomination by a state/territory government (Permanent residency visa) Nomination by a state or territory government (Subclass 190) 5 Designated area sponsorship or nominated by state/territory government (provisional residency visa) Nomination by a state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible relative, for residing and working in a specified /designated area (Subclass 489) 10 Temporary Skilled Graduate (Subclass 485) Visa Temporary Skilled Graduate (Subclass 485) Students will be eligible to apply for either the Post-Study Work or Graduate Work Streams. All applicants must have met the Australian study requirement in the six (6) months immediately before they lodge their visa application. The Australian study requirement; while physically in Australia the student has: • attained a single qualification or multiple qualifications with at least two (2) years of academic study and • undertaken the study in no less than 16 months. Temporary Skilled Graduate (Subclass 485) Australian Study Requirement The courses must: • be registered through CRICOS • have been successfully completed • have resulted in an eligible qualification • have had all instruction in English • have been completed while physically in Australia • have been completed while holding a visa allowing study in Australia • be counted only once towards the Australian study requirement. English proficiency courses and enabling programs cannot be used to meet the Australian study requirement. Temporary Skilled Graduate (Subclass 485) Post-Study Work Stream The course must have resulted in one of the following eligible qualifications: • Bachelor degree • Bachelor (honours) degree • Masters by coursework degree • Masters (extended) degree • Masters by research degree • Doctoral degree Study resulting in a diploma or trade qualification WILL NOT be considered for the Post–Study Work Stream. Degree courses that are packaged with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma may be considered. Temporary Skilled Graduate (Subclass 485) Graduate Work Stream To be eligible: • The Australian study must have resulted in a degree, diploma or trade qualification. The student may complete two consecutive Diploma level courses and satisfy the Graduate Work Stream provided the other Australian study components are satisfied. • The qualification must be closely related to the student’s nominated skilled occupation. • A provisional skills assessment is required • The nominated occupation must be on the National Skilled Occupation List (Schedule 1). This means that the SC485 is not an option for architectural draftspersons, retail managers, community workers and medical laboratory technician who do NOT have a Degree or higher qualification obtained in Australia . Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Summary Post-study Work Graduate Work Apply within 6 months of completing studies Attained a single qualification or multiple qualifications with at least two (2) years of academic study Bachelor or higher study NOT for trade or diploma qualifications Study resulting in a diploma or trade qualification No requirement to nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List Qualification must be closely related to the student’s nominated skilled occupation No skills assessment required Provisional skills assessment required for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List Employer Nomination Temporary & Permanent Visa Options Employer Nominated - Temporary Skilled Work (Subclass 457) Visa Employers can sponsor overseas workers on Subclass 457 visas for periods between one day and four years to meet skill shortages. To be eligible the position must be: • full time • on the Consolidated Occupation Shortage List (Schedules 1 & 2) • offer a market salary and that salary (for 38 hours) is no less than the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT).TSMIT is currently $51,400 pa for a 38 hour week. If the market rate for a position being nominated under Subclass 457 is not equal to or greater than TSMIT then DIAC will not approve the position. Employer Nominated - Temporary Skilled Work (Subclass 457) Visa (continued) Employers must be approved by DIAC to sponsor workers under SC457 and to gain this approval they must meet a range of criteria. Overseas skilled workers must be able to meet: • skills requirements (formal skills testing is required for a number of trade occupations) • any relevant Australian occupation registration/licensing requirements • English language requirements - IELTS 5 on all four testing bands for trade level occupations (and chefs). Employer Nominated Permanent Residence - Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Subclass 187) Employers in areas designated regional for migration can nominate overseas skilled workers for permanent residence. The whole of the NT is considered regional. To be valid all RSMS nominations and visa applications must be lodged electronically. There are three RSMS streams: • Temporary Residence Transition A streamlined process to permanent residency for someone who has worked for their employer for two years on a SC457 visa. • Agreement Overseas workers who came on SC457 visa under a special agreement e.g. Labour Agreement , Enterprise Migration Agreement or Regional Migration Agreement. • Direct Entry For skilled workers who do not qualify for other RSMS streams. Employer Nominated - RSMS (Subclass 187) Direct Entry Stream Before DIAC can make a positive decision of a Northern Territory employer’s RSMS nomination under the Direct Entry Stream it must have advice from the Department of Business. Regional employers must meet a range of criteria for nominations to be approved under RSMS. These include: • nominate a position that falls under the ANZSCO Skill Levels 1 to 3 • provide full-time skilled employment to their overseas nominee for at least two years • offer a salary that is at market rate for the position and employment terms and conditions the same as those they offer their local workers in similar positions • demonstrate they cannot fill the position from within the local labour market. Employer Nominated - RSMS (Subclass 187) Direct Entry Stream (continued) RSMS nominees must also meet a range of criteria, as well as the health and character criteria for Australian permanent residence. A visa applicant for the RSMS Direct Entry Stream must: • have a formal skills assessment for the majority of trade level occupations, except where an applicant holds an Australian qualification • Where Australian qualifications are held it must meet the requirements for the occupation as listed in the ANZSCO. • have an IELTS 6 on all four bands - there are very limited exceptions • be less than 50 years at the time they lodge their visa application - there are very limited exceptions. Employer Nominated - RSMS (Subclass 187) Direct Entry Stream (continued) Only Direct Entry Stream nominations for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme are considered by the Regional Certifying Body. Positions nominated must offer salaries at the market rate appropriate for the occupation. Employer Nominated - RSMS (Subclass 187) Direct Entry Stream Skills Assessments for Australian Graduates - MUST have the qualifications and/or experience as listed in ANZSCO. e.g. Welfare Support Workers must have at least a: • Diploma (no experience required) or higher level qualification OR • At least 3 years relevant experience Employer Nominated - RSMS (Subclass 187) Direct Entry Stream Skills Assessments for Australian Graduates - MUST have the qualifications and/or experience as listed in ANZSCO. e.g. Welfare Workers (Skill Level 1) must have at least an: 1. AQF Bachelor degree or higher level qualification OR 2. At least five (5) years of relevant experience. Even though some applicants may have a positive skills assessment based on a AQF Diploma level qualification this will not be sufficient if a degree is required.