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Is Migrating To Australia A Right Decision?


 

It is, if the Filipino Visa Applicant is in TOTAL CONTROL!

Philippines is No. 5 in driving Australian migration in March 2017 but can the current Temporary 457 program survive?

The latest migration figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that India was the biggest source of Australian migration in March, with a total of 2,250 new migrants arriving in the country.

China, with 1,720 migrants, was the second highest. Iraq, New Zealand and the Philippines rounded out the top 5 at 460 migrants.

The March statistics are the most recent release of figures since the government revealed major changes to the Temporary 457 work visa program. On 18 April the Australian government announced that the long-running work visa scheme will terminate in March 2018.

Its replacement, the temporary skills shortage visa (TSS), will have two streams for short and medium-term employment and stricter eligibility requirements.

The government also reduced the list of eligible occupations for skilled visas. The new TSS visa will also have a much stricter pathway to permanent residency.

The migration statistics for March won’t reflect the major visa changes. But it will be interesting to see if or how the changes affect migration patterns in the months ahead.

Permanent migration explain

Australia’s permanent Migration Programme incorporates economic migration conditions and is the main pathway to permanent residence for professional Filipinos. The Skilled Migration Programme is based on non-discriminatory principles. Filipino professionals who meet the criteria set out in the Migration Act 1958 can successfully apply to migrate to Australia from the Philippines.

Permanent migration refers to the number of outcomes in any given year, without taking into account whether the visa recipient actually arrived and settled in Australia. Skilled migration focuses on facilitating the permanent entry of those who can make a positive contribution to Australia through their skills and qualifications and employment potential.

Below is a historical table of migration to Australia from the Philippines dating back to the financial year 2011 – 2012 until the financial year 2014- 2015?

Migration category

2011–12

2012–13

2013–14

2014–15

Per cent change
on previous year

Per cent change
for the period

Skilled migration (points tested)

Skilled Regional

836

384

315

258

-18.1

-69.1

Skilled Independent

1,029

1,095

1,824

2,107

15.5

104.8

State/Territory Nominated

606

593

852

1,113

30.6

83.7

Skilled migration (non-points tested)

Business Innovation and Investment

0

 < 5>

 < 5>

 < 5>

-50.0

n/a

Distinguished Talent

 < 5>

0

 < 5>

 < 5>

50.0

0.0

Employer Sponsored

6,583

4,736

3,464

4,640

33.9

-29.5

Total: Skilled visa grants

9,057

6,812

6,459

8,122

25.7

-10.3

Skilled visas as a proportion of all permanent visas (%)

70.0

64.0

62.2

68.3

n/a

n/a

The Skilled migration (points tested) program is a permanent visa application pathway that is initiated from an off-shore (e.g. Philippines) perspective and once granted the Filipino visa applicant enters Australia as a permanent resident already.

However, the soon to be phased out Temporary 457 visa program could lead to permanent residency but was being abused somewhat by the visa applicants themselves and unscrupulous companies in Australia which made the journey to permanent residence that much more perilous for the Filipino skilled visa applicant.

RESPALL (Migration) Aust. has been conducting General Skilled Migration Assessment Seminars in the Philippines for over 18 years and consistently advocated to our clientele base that a permanent visa application process was more beneficial for those Filipino professionals looking at migrating permanently to Australia from the Philippines with their families, if applicable.

‘I have always encouraged our Professional Filipino Visa Applicants to pursue a permanent visa application process to migrate permanent to Australia under the SkillSelect Visa pathway’.

‘The process is far less risky than the current Temporary 457 visa program. I saw the effects of the GFC had on these Filipino contractual worker’s and the ‘on-going battle’ between employee and employers in Australia. The level of disputes and litigation between both parties was breathtaking and it all revolved around the fact that it was initially a temporary visa to entre Australia and the ‘employer was holding most of the aces’in the decision to apply for permanent residency to the detriment of the Filipino visa applicant once they arrived in Australia’

‘In a SkillSelect Visa Application the professional Filipino visa applicant is TOTALLY IN CONTROL of the application process. Once granted, the professional Filipino applicant enters Australia as a permanent resident and is also en title to many benefits upon arrival’.

This and many other aspects, such as a) how to fund the application, b) how to create an Australian Style Resume that can ‘nail your dream job in Australia’, of the SkillSelect Visa application process are covered and explained in our SkillSelect Visa Assessment Seminar.

May 25, 2017