Getting Your PR - Top 10 tips for International Students 2013 (Part Three)
By Mark Webster
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
8. Employer SponsorshipMany students find employer sponsorship a good alternative to General Skilled Migration - in general there is no skills assessment requirement, a wider range of occupations (CSOL) and a lower English requirement than General Skilled Migration. The main options are:
- 457 Temporary Work (Skilled): this is a 4-year visa which requires a 5 in IELTS and minimum salary of $53,900. Employers need to meet financial and training requirements to be able to sponsor
- Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS): this is a permanent visa which most 457 visa holders will become eligible for after holding their 457 for two years. It is possible to apply directly for ENS providing you pass skills assessment and have at least 3 years of work experience in your occupation
- Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS): this is a permanent visa requiring a job offer in a regional area of Australia. Students can in general qualify directly for this option without needing skills assessment or to first hold a 457 visa.
9. Get Your Bridging Visa RightBridging visas can be a particularly tricky area for international students - getting this wrong can mean that you could end up being in Australia illegally. Below are some of the most important things about bridging visas:
- Lodging an Expression of Interest does not give you a bridging visa: you do not receive a bridging visa until you have received an invitation and lodge your GSM application
- Most students will not have enough time to lodge a GSM application prior to expiry of their student visa: as a result, many opt to apply for either a further student visa or a Graduate Temporary visa to maintain their status in Australia whilst they prepare for their GSM application
- Overseas Travel: overseas travel is possible whilst on a bridging visa. However, you will need to apply for a Bridging B visa prior to your travel. This involves payment of a fee and you will need to explain the reason for your travel.
- Work Rights: students in general get full work rights on their bridging visas whilst awaiting the outcome of their GSM application.
10. Keep Up To DateAustralian immigration law is constantly changing. The following resources may assist in keeping on top of the changes:
- SkillSelect Website: updates on EOI invitation rounds
- Migration Blog: updates on changes to immigration laws
- ComLaw: migration legislation and updates
- Procedures Advice Manual: the Department of Immigration's policy manual, not publicly available
- State Migration Plans: each state and territory government produces a list of occupations in demand in their area.
- Skills Assessment Authorities: each skills assessment authority has their own criteria. We recommend that you monitor the site for your occupation to pick up any changes
- Acacia Immigration News: updates on changes to any of the above and explanations of how they will affect you
- Acacia Facebook: ask a quick question to Acacia
- Acacia Twitter: live feed of updates from Acacia and other sources
- Acacia on Campus: migration seminars and on-campus advice sessions