The ABC reported today that overseas-born Australian residents can expect to live longer than those born in Australia (according to new research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)) . The AIHW report into mortality inequalities compares death rates of Australian-born residents to those from the UK and Ireland, other parts of Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world. It found Asian-born Australian residents had the lowest death rate of these groups, 36 per cent lower than Australian-born residents. To read the full article follow this link. ABC
A typical reason for applicants being refused the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) is due to not including evidence of 'Competent English' at the time they apply for the visa. One of the common ways to prove 'Competent English' is to have scored an IELTS band score of 6 or more in each component of the test. Many applicants lodge their visa believing they only have to sit the test before a decision is made. This is incorrect as evidence of their IELTS score of 6s or higher should be included at the time the visa is lodged. If it is not included and no test has been sat with the required score before lodgement then the Department Of Immigration will refuse the visa application. This can lead to a significant amount of stress for applicants having to submit applications for review with the Migration Review Tribunals (MRT).
Yesterday the Department of Training and Workforce Development released the new Western Australian skilled migration occupation list ( WASMOL) for 2014-2015. You require an occupation on this list to be eligible to receive an invitation for WA state sponsorship. A large number of occupations have now been added including telecommunications engineers, electrical engineering draftspersons/technicians, accountants, recruitment consultants and financial investment advisors. Once approved by the WA state for nomination you may be eligible for the Skilled Regional (subclass 489) or the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visas. For further information on your eligibility please send your details through our 'Contact Us' form.