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VETASSESS trade assessments for cooks can now be done in UK

There’s nothing like home cooking 🙂

News has filtered through that VETASSESS trade assessments for cooks are now beind done in Britain.

This is good news for any potential Australia visa applicants in blighty who want to emmigrate to Australia under the General Skilled Migration Program.

Cooks prepare, season and cook food in dining and catering establishments. Australia is a popular immigration destination for many Asian cooks. Asian cooks prepare food from a number of Asian Countries including from Vietnam, Japan, India, China or Thailand. Asian food may be prepared and served in a range of hospitality establishments including in restaurants, hotels, clubs, cafes, cafeterias and catering operations.

GSM is for professionals and other skilled migrants who have skills in particular occupations required in Australia and who are not sponsored by an employer. Australian Immigration uses a Skilled Occupation List (SOL) as part of their points system. In order to qualify for skilled migration to Australia, you must nominate an occupation from the SOL. Fortunately the Cook occupation is on the SOL. Applicants must also be between 18 and 50 years of age and speak good English.

In order to qualify for immigration to Australia as a Cook, you must meet the following requirements:

Have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience in Australia of AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3), OR
At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above.

Before emigrating to Australia as a skilled migrant you need to have your skills assessed by the relevant assessment authority for your occupation. For this occupation you will need to be assessed by VETASSESS. They assess your post-secondary educational qualifications against the educational level requirements of your nominated occupation. If you successfully complete the assessment process you will receive an Australian Certificate III qualification that lists the units of competency you successfully achieved.

Once you have your positive assessment letter from VETASSESS, you can apply for the skilled migration visa electronically and count your assessment points in the points test in order to qualify for the visa.

Please note that from 1 July 2012, Australian immigration will be introducing significant changes to their skilled migration program. In order to apply, you will have to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). The new program, called SkillSelect, will work as an electronic two-stage process where prospective visa applicants first submit a claim for skilled migration through an online EOI. Following this, applicants may then be invited to submit an Australian visa application on the basis of their EOI.

Australian skilled migration pass mark lowered

The pass mark for the new SkillSelect visa subclasses 189, 190 and 489 will be 60 points. Intending migrants will first need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited to make an application for these visas.

A Department of Immigration and Citizenship spokesman said the change to the pass mark was in the context of the series of reforms to the skilled migration program undertaken by the Australian Government since 2008.

“These reforms have ensured the skilled migration program is a responsive and demand driven program,” the spokesman said. “The cornerstone of this migration reform package will be the introduction of SkillSelect from July 1.”

SkillSelect is a new electronic service for managing the skilled migration program. Intending migrants without an employer sponsor wanting to live and work in Australia will need to complete an online EOI, then based on claims of their skills and attributes, will be allocated a score against the points test. SkillSelect will rank intending migrant’s scores against other EOIs.

The highest ranking migrants across a broad range of occupations may be invited to apply for a skilled visa.

“Delivery of a balanced migration program requires careful management,” the spokesman said. “SkillSelect will provide greater control over who can apply for a skilled visa and when they can apply.”

The previous pass mark was appropriate in the context of the skilled migration reforms, with a greater emphasis on employer-sponsored skilled migration and managing a growing pipeline of unsponsored skilled migration applications.

The pass mark for existing general skilled migration subclasses 175, 176, 475, 487, 885 and 886 will remain at 65 points.

The pass mark for the new SkillSelect visas will encourage a broader range of people with the skills and attributes needed in Australia to register their interest in migration.

South Australia General Skilled Migration Information sessions

Immigration South Australia conduct monthly information sessions to help new migrants settle into South Australia.

The Information Sessions address the following matters:

  • your responsibilities as a State Sponsored visa holder
  • employment assistance – details of service providers able to assist you to gain employment in South Australia
  • pathway to permanency, for provisional visa subclasses 495, 475 and 487.

Presenters from a variety of agencies are available to speak with after the session if you require further clarification or assistance.

*Please note: If you obtained a visa under the State Territory Nominated Independent “STNI” or the Skilled Independent “SIR, SRS” schemes, you are strongly advised to attend this Information Session.


Information Sessions – GSM

Register for an Information Session:

Time:  1:30pm – 3.00pm  13th June 2012
(registrations from 1:15pm)
Venue: Theatrette, Ground Floor
55 Currie Street, Adelaide

Closure of Provisional Business Visa State Sponsorship

Closure of Provisional Business Visa State Sponsorship

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Provisional Business Visas and State Sponsorship Processing

In anticipation of the 1 July 2012 introduction of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Business Skills Program Reforms, receipt of applications for Provisional Victoria State Sponsorship for the following three visa sub-classes have now CLOSED.

> Business Owner (Provisional) visa #163,
> Senior Executive (Provisional) #164,and
> Investor (Provisional) #165.

Further advice relating to these visas will be posted during July.