Why do people emigrate to Australia?

WHY DO PEOPLE MIGRATE TO AUSTRALIA

Background

Migration is defined in the Oxford dictionary as the movement of people to a new area or country to find work or better living conditions. Globalization can be seen as one of the primary issues that have affected our world in recent decade through the promotion of people movement from one country to the other, one continent to the other coupled with free international trade policies between countries. This process is vital to the new look of the flow of ideas, innovation, economic development as well as investment in the world at large. Various people have different opinions and thought relating to their preferred destination country before they migrate finally. To mention a few of such reasons include, but not limited to; the country’s economic stability, the social amenities, the employment opportunities and sometimes how famous the country is compared to the rest of the world. This assertion varies from one individual to the other and choosing Australia as a final destination is no exception from the other developed nations. At this point, one may ask who Australia is.

According to Wikipedia, Australia is a country and a continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities are Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide. Its capital, Canberra, is inland. The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses. In recent time, Australia has experienced a rapid increase in the number of migrants into the country as seen in figure 1 below.

Figure 1

Source: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/reports-publications/research-statistics/statistics/live-in-australia/migration-programme

From figure 1 above, it can be inferred that most of the people who migrate to Australia are skilled labor and hence help to supplement the labor in our country. Another clear reason why people migrate is based on family reasons which form about 32% of the total migrant to Australia as at 2014 and 2015. Although migration to Australia will help build the economy, shape society, support the labor market and reunite family, there is the need to investigate the true reason why people move to our historical continent and country.

Seeking Greener Pasture

To get started, it is a myth that most people that migrate to developed nations are largely from developing countries and are always running to seek greener pasture in Australia. Australia is believed to be one of the developed economies in the world and full of career advancement opportunities hence a more appropriate place to live and earn a good quality standard of living.

Searching for greener pasture by most migrants in Australia believes their way of their personal life will be much better. For example, if we consider a random sampling of 20, 6 out of 20 usually migrate to search for a better climate and lifestyle which is not far from why most people do migrate to our country. A better quality life includes proper health care system and better returned on services.

In Australia, the Medicare system provides access to a wide range of health care services for free medical care in public hospitals and lower costs for prescription medicine. The accessibility of this facility is open to some categories of Visitors, Citizens and Residents which serves as an attraction to migrate who intend to seek a better way of life of which quality health care is included.

Tourism

Again, tourism is an important component of Australian economic development and growth, hence cannot be ruled out on its effect on the country’s development, Information from Wikipedia confirmed that in the financial year of 2014 and 2015, tourism formed about 3.0% of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contributing about $47.5 billion to the national economy. Most people migrate to Australia for tourism purpose and to learn the culture of Australians. Adventure is part of an individual socialization process, hence the motivation for some travelers to come to Australia to see the biggest Island in the world. The coastline cities of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are the most popular tourist destinations in Australia upon arrival of tourists. Also, the high profile destinations in the regional Queensland, the Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef which happens to be the world largest reef are also popular destinations. The unique Australian wildlife is also another significant point of interest in the country’s tourism. This served as an attraction point to invite a lot of people into the country. Also, people who choose Australia as their tourist destination are attracted by the temperate weather in the country and the political stability of the country. Australians are naturally friendly and welcoming people; hence the Australian hospitality serves as a factor to draw more tourists into the country.

Family and Romance

Another reason why people migrate to Australia is because of their family. When we think of family, we are quick to conclude that they are those that are the traditional nuclear or extended members that we share a blood bond with. However, the family goes beyond that definition. It is seen as a group of people that share emotional bonds, common values, goals and responsibilities and contribute significantly to the well-being of each other.

A lot of people who move to Australia based on family reasons usually migrate permanently, especially when it has to do with the other spouse living in the country. When two people are romantically attached to each other, it is always a pain to live far from each other hence the motivation for some people migrating to establish the rest of their life with their partners in Australia. This move is usually a blow to some of the partners considering the change in the environment and the idea of starting a new life all over again.

However, they are encouraged by the fact that they are with the people the love. Spousal migration is a very common reason why people move to Australia. In addition, other family member like the parents of the migrant are also motivated to move to Australia in order to still maintain that family tie they have with their family that are already in the country.

As Kim Kardashian once said “At the end of the day, life is about being happy, being who you are, and I feel like we are so blessed to have the support system and the best family to really just support each other no matter what we’re going through”. This saying summary why family is one of the main reasons why people relocate to Australia.

Education

Knowledge is power and Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today (Malcolm X). Studying overseas is one of the major reasons why people migrate to Australia. The education system in Australia is believed to be well structured and advance in the usage of technology as well as research facilities. Also, Australia is noted to include best-in-class educational system and it has ranked 8th position in the worldwide rankings. This has served as the incentives for most migrate to consider the country as their study destination.

According to a survey report by InterNations GmbH, the majority of student move abroad to go to school or university (90%) while ten percent want to improve their language skills in general. According to the report, despite being able to communicate easily, students still struggle to make local friends abroad. More than two in five find it hard, compared to a global rate of 36%”. It is not very easy to make new German friends here”, Chinese expat says. Some students also see staying in Australia as a means to gain an extra 5 point on their visa application, especially those that has the intention to stay over after their education and apply for skilled migrant status. The student life in Australia is a fun and interesting concept. Most students, especially university level don’t live on campus rather live at their respective home and attend lectures on campus as at when they have classes.

The whole idea of student life is different in Australia and for one to embrace it, you need to forget your own anticipations of what you are used to. Students are free to choose to engage with their university experience or otherwise. Engagement with the university is entirely your choice and decision. The fact that student choose whatever they wish to do does not mean that there is no such thing like campus life in Australia. In fact there is an even more fun activity on various campuses, especially those universities in the cities. There are clubs and societies that are being managed by the students. As a club which is formed under the university, they usually receive financial support from the university budget that they use to put on events and services for its members, such as barbecues, concerts and daytime picnics. Most clubs in the universities host trips and events that bring both local and international students together and often charge a subsidized fee. All these activities improve socialization and networking on campus, which build their social life.

All this said, usually, temporary visas are designed for specific purposes like study activities in the Australia. The Student visa program is made up of a range of visa classes that mostly correspond to education sectors. Students must study with an education provider and on a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. There is a need to know the statistics on the number of students that are granted visa to migrate into the country as a student.

Following some data from the Australian Home Affairs Department, there is a need to analyze and assess the number of students that are granted visa to enter the country for the purpose of studying as seen in the data below in figure 2

Table 1

Citizenship Country 2016-17 to 31/12/16  2017-18 to 31/12/17 % change from 2016-172017*18 as % of Total
China, People Republic of (excl SARs)                          28,600                          28,934                                      1.227%
India                          11,082                          12,364                                    10.412%
Nepal                            5,323                            7,612                                    30.17%
Brazil                            5,685                            5,145–                                  10.55%
United States of America                            3,092                            3,721                                    16.93%
Vietnam                            3,542                            3,515–                                    0.83%
Colombia                            2,347                            2,870                                    18.23%
Japan                            1,870                            2,688                                    30.43%
Indonesia                            2,866                            2,601–                                  10.22%
Malaysia                            1,997                            2,091                                      4.52%
Korea, South                            1,991                            2,035                                      2.22%
 Spain                            1,744                            2,029                                    14.02%
Pakistan                            1,467                            1,820                                    19.42%
Thailand                            3,220                            1,793–                                  79.62%
Hong Kong (SAR of the PRC)                            1,992                            1,767–                                  12.72%
Other Countries                          24,726                          25,366                                      2.524%
Total                        101,544                         106,351                                       4.5 100%

Source:https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/statistics/student-temp-grad-program-report-dec-2018.pdf

The table above shows the number of student visa applications granted in 2017-18 to 31 December 2017 where the clients were Outside Australia by citizenship country by compared with the same period in previous years. From the table above, we can say that most of the migrant that comes to Australia to study are from China, People Republic of (excl SARs) and the other countries that are less represented in Australia for the purpose of Studies include people from Spain, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the like although these countries are closer to Australia in terms of proximity.

Figure 2: Migration to Australia by purpose of Studies.

Source:https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/statistics/student-temp-grad-program-report-dec-2018.pdf

From the graph, we can conclude that there are a lot of Chinese and other citizen’s students rather than those names above in Australia more than any other country in the world. One major reason that comes in mind is proximity to Australia and the willingness to learn the English language could be a promoter.

Financial Stability

Furthermore, people migrating to Australia to secure financial stability. The Australian dollars are among the one of the highest denomination in the world and has been very stable for in the last few years. A stable currency means a stable economy and standard of living are better and cost of living is moderately low compared to other developed nations. Consequently, influencing the decision, why some people move to stay in our country.

Conclusion

We can therefore conclude that migration is inevitable in this our world where Australia is no exception. Most of the reasons why people migrate to our beautiful country are to get better opportunities and greener pasture, for tourism purpose, family ties, and educational purposes as well as securing financial stability. Gael Garcia Bernal once said “Migration is as natural as breathing, as eating, as sleeping. It is part of life, part of nature. So we have to find a way of establishing a proper kind of scenario of modern migration to exist. And when I say ‘we,’ I mean the world. We need to find ways of making that migration not forced” which we intend to agree with him. It is there prudent for the world to assess the positive impact of migration to their economies and make good policies to drive it.

Pakistanis Settling in Sydney

Suburbs 

 Just to name a few, the suburbs where majority of Pakistanis reside in are Auburn, Lakemba, Punchbowl, Granville, Parramatta, Mt. Druitt, Blacktown, Bankstown, Rooty Hill, Surry Hills and Fairfield. A few of the mentioned suburbs are not really considered as the “posh or rich suburbs of Sydney”, due to factors such as low-medium rent, distance from main CBD, etc. Although living in these suburbs is great if you are a Pakistani because it gives the advantage to draw closer to the Pakistani community, multicultural events, mosques and a wide variety of Pakistani/Halal cuisines.

 

Mosques

 Majority of Pakistanis are Muslims, therefore, before choosing a location to live in, the location of the nearest mosque/prayer hall does play a vital role in the decision making process. In Sydney alone, there are over 50 mosques spread out. A list of some mosques are:

  • Auburn Gallipoli Mosque
  • Bankstown Mosque
  • Blacktown Mosque
  • Granville Mosque
  • Lakemba Mosque
  • Surry Hills Mosque
  • Rooty Hill Mosque
  • Macquarie University Mussalah
  • Hornsby Mussalah
  • Sydney CBD Mussalah

 

Employment

Depending on your skills, qualifications and experience you can find a suitable job. Most of the professional jobs are located in the main Sydney CBD area. There are also many security jobs where you would require a security license to work.  You can also work in the Childcare field once you have successfully completed a Certificate IV. There are options to drive as delivery drivers for apps or as an Uber driver to earn some extra cash on the side. You can find full-time, part-time and casual jobs on websites such as Seek, Gumtree and Indeed.com.

 

Public Transport

More than 4 million people reside in Sydney, therefore, you can expect some heavy traffic. It is best if you reside near public transportation and work at a place where you can reach right on time. The best way to commute from one place to another is by using the Sydney Train Transportation System. You would require an Opal card to ride these trains and may even be eligible for a discount for example if you are a senior or a student.  Usually malls, restaurants and main buildings are located near the train stations. You can also use different modes of public transportation such as Sydney Buses, Ferries, Uber and Taxi depending upon where you need to go.

 

Islamic Schools 

There are a number of Islamic schools around Sydney. These schools offer a variety of courses relating to Islamic studies and learning Arabic.  Some of these are listed below:

  • Australian Islamic College of Sydney located in Mt. Druitt
  • Al-Faisal College located in Auburn
  • Al-Amanah College located in Bankstown
  • Malek Fahad Islamic School located in Greenacre

 

Activities to Do

Sydney is full of fun filled activities, you hardly can ever get bored in this busy city. In your spare time you can indulge in different sports and activities such as:

  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Cycling
  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Shopping

 

Halal/Pakistani Restaurants and Fast Food Places

Pakistan is known for its famous dishes like “Biryani”. From my personal experience and popular reviews from customers, here are a few restaurants I will name that are great in taste and flavour. Following restaurants are Halal certified around Sydney:

  • Lal Qila – Surry Hills
  • Lahori Dhaba – Punchbowl
  • Faheem Fast Food- Enmore
  • El Jennah – Granville
  • Nandos – multiple locations
  • Student biryani – Auburn
  • Himalaya Pakistani and Indian Restaurant- Surry Hills
  • Kabul House- Merrylands

If you are looking to eat at Fast food restaurants. Pakistani/Muslim majority suburbs such as Auburn, Bankstown, Granville, Merrylands, etc. have McDonald’s, KFC and Hungry Jacks that are Halal Certified. If you are unsure, it is best to speak with management for them to display their Halal Certification.

 

Events

There are many cultural and fun-filled events that are held around Sydney which usually takes place on the weekends or on public holidays. These events are great as people can come together and enjoy with their family and friends. Some of these events include:

 

Chand Raat Eid Festival 

This is a grand festival where Muslims celebrate just before Eid Day. At this event you can find the Muslim community coming together. There is a wide variety of food stalls, henna stalls, music, dances, different cultural performances, ice cream, toys, jewellery and the list just goes on! There is also a mini carnival and games for the kids to enjoy. Usually this event takes place at Rosehill Gardens.

Pakistan Independence Day Celebrations 

There are quite a few functions held for Pakistanis to celebrate Pakistan Day. The main highlights in these type of events are food stalls, music, dances and fireworks.

 Halal Expo Australia 

The name says it all. You will get to find that this event showcases and creates awareness of the halal lifestyle and displays different halal products and services.

 

Pakistani Cinema

If you are in the mood to watch a Pakistani Movie or even a Bollywood movie, there are cinemas in Sydney that play the latest movies. Cinemas such as Events Cinemas and Hoyts Cinema do play popular Pakistani and Bollywood films. These movies are usually in Urdu/Hindi language with English subtitles. A lot of Pakistani celebrities also visit Australia to promote their movies, you can find out by following your favourite celebrities through their official accounts on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Places to Visit

Sydney has wonderful attractions. It is a very popular destination that attracts tourists from all around the world. There are many places to visit with you family and friends such as Landmarks, Zoos, Amusement Parks, Beaches, Aquariums, Museums, Malls, etc. Here are the names of some popular places to visit:

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Darling Harbour
  • Wild Life Sydney Zoo
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Royal Botanic Garden
  • Luna Amusement Theme Park
  • Bondi Beach
  • Manly Beach
  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
  • Powerhouse Museum
  • Madame Tussands
  • Sydney Olympic Park

 

I hope you enjoyed this article and gained some insights about the Life of a Pakistani in Sydney Australia!

Thank you, Sonia.

ABS figures highlight Australia’s transient population

A summary of migration in Australia recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has highlighted just how much the population moves, revealing that in 2016-17:

  • 377,000 people moved interstate
  • 276,000 moved overseas
  • 539,000 people arrived as migrants

Director of Migration Statistics at the ABS Myles Burleigh said that the number of people moving interstate was the highest in 13 years, and the number of arrivals of overseas migrants was the highest on record.

“However, factoring in departures, in net terms overseas migration was 262,000, which is below the record high of 300,000 in 2008-09”, Mr Burleigh said.

Of the 539,000 people who migrated to Australia in 2016-17, 315,000 arrived on a temporary visa, including just over 150,000 international students, just over 50,000 working holiday makers, and 32,000 workers on temporary skill visas.

There were 106,000 migrants that arrived on permanent visas including 45,800 on skill visas, 29,800 on family visas and 23,900 on humanitarian visas.

Mr Burleigh said that New South Wales had the largest population increase from net overseas migration of any state or territory, with an addition of 104,000 people.

“However, New South Wales also had the largest net loss through interstate migration, with a net loss to other states of 15,200 people.

“Western Australia experienced its highest net loss to other states on record, with a net loss of 14,000 people”.

Mr Burleigh also said that Victoria had the largest gain in population from interstate migration of any state or territory, just ahead of Queensland.

“In 2016-17, 86,700 people moved from another state or territory to Victoria and 68,500 people from Victoria moved interstate. This produced a net gain of 18,200 people, Victoria’s highest ever figure.”

“Queensland was just behind, with a net gain of 17,800 people”.

Changes to SkillSelect Invitation Rounds Frequency

The Department of Home Affairs have announced that: “SkillSelect invitation rounds for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) Visas will occur once each month, on the 11th day of each month, effective 11 August 2018. There is no change to the overall number of invitations provided each month.”
Previously, there had usually been two invitation rounds per month. The last invitation rounds taking place on the 06th and 20th June 2018.
We are still waiting for the July round of invitation results to be published and it will be interesting to see how many invitations were made so that we have an idea of how things may move forward.

Discuss the SkillSelect changes our on Australia Migration Forum @ https://www.pomsinoz.com/topic/202359-invite-rounds-changing-to-once-per-month/

For information, below is a chart showing the occupation ceilings for the 2017-2018 program year and the number of invitations issued per occupation.

Sending money back to the UK from Australia

Money Transfers

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Whether you’ve moved to Australia for good, or are working Down Under and plan to head back to Blighty one day, you may still need to transfer funds to the UK. This could be to transfer rental income from a property, or it might be to maintain a home in the UK or send money to a child or grandchild studying in the UK. Whatever your reason for sending money back to the UK, using a foreign exchange specialist rather than your high street bank could make a significant difference to the amount of sterling that arrives in your account.

This is not only because you will have the benefit of great exchange rates and low transfer fees, but also you will be provided with expert market guidance and specialist services to help you make the most of your money.

A specialist can talk you through the transfer process and their in-depth market knowledge can help you mitigate the risk of the unpredictable foreign exchange market and potentially protect against rate volatility.

Another aspect to consider, particularly if you’re making regular payments to and from the UK, is how the transfers take place. As well as dealing with foreign exchange specialists over the phone, you should be able to make transfers online and even set up automated regular payments to cover, for example, a mortgage payment or property maintenance costs. Once you understand your alternatives, it becomes much easier to make the most of your money when repatriating funds.

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Australian Govt grapples with the problem of enticing migrants to remain in regional areas

It’s a problem which many goverments have faced – how to encourage population growth in regional Australia.

Over eighty-five percent of Australians live in urban areas and nearly seventy percent live in the capital cities, making Australia one of the world’s most urbanised countries.

According to new data from the Department of Home Affairs released last week, 1 in 10 skilled migrants who move to regional Australia move to a city within 18 months

Back in May, the Australian Govt announced that it was working on changes to regional sponsorship visas in a bid to force skilled migrants to stay in those areas.

The department’s Continuous Survey of Australian Migrants revealed of the 6% of skilled migrants who settled in a regional area, 10% moved to a major city between 6 and 18 months later.

Australia brought in 4,766 skilled workers to regional areas in 2016-17 but almost half of them settled in Perth. The government removed Perth as a “regional” destination in November.

Darwin, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart remain eligible for the regional visa.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government was “working on” options to improve retention of talented migrants in the regions.

Australia has a number of visa programs designed to bring migrants to the bush, including the Skilled Regional (887) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187).

The government is trying to find ways to prevent the drain to the cities without impinging on the right to freedom of movement.

In May, Nationals MP David Gillespie told SBS News many regional employers were left with a “sour taste” when migrants skipped town to pursue opportunities in the cities.

Dr Gillespie would not comment on the government’s legal options but raised the example of overseas doctors, who often came on visas that linked their Medicare billing to a regional centre for up to 10 years.

Last week, the government released its final migration statistics for the last financial year.

Permanent skilled and family migration fell by 20,000 places to its lowest level in a decade, prompting an angry response from employer groups.

James Pearson, head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the regions would suffer from the reduction.
“This is a real crisis,” Mr Pearson told SBS News.

“Politicians have failed to plan properly for the population growth in Sydney and Melbourne, and regional Australia is now paying the price because of this cutback in our skilled migration by stealth.”

Australian business group slams highly politicised immigration rhetoric

In the run up to the forthcoming by-elections in Australia, the subject of immigration has become highly politicised, with Labor and the coalition trying to outdo each other with tough talk.

On the coalition side, they were heralding the fact that the number of migrants obtaining permanent residency (PR) visas last year was the lowest number in ten years – the drop apparently due to the government enforcing stricter vetting procedures to cut down on fraudulent applications.

In turn, Labor slammed the Turnbull government for allowing over one and a half million people to reside in Australia on temporary visas with some form of work rights.

What has become an absolute problem has been the explosion, the misuse and abuse, of issuing of temporary work visas,” shadow minister for employment Brendan O’Connor said.

“If you want to know why unemployment amongst young people is so high compared to other OECD countries, just look at the amount of visas being issued.”

Treasurer Scott Morrison hit back at Labor’s claims about the number of temporary workers last week.

“Bill Shorten needs to check his facts. I mean, this bloke lies like he has breakfast in the morning. The number of people here on temporary skilled visas, here right now, is 20 per cent less than it was when Labor left office.”

In light of this back and forth between the two parties, the Australian Chamber of Commerce had weighed into the debate, slamming the heavily politicised rhetoric being used.

James Pearson, head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry described the debate as “mischievous”, accusing both parties of misrepresenting the migration figures.

“There are lies, damn lies and statistics and I’m sorry to say that the numbers being bandied about in this debate are being bandied about in the most misleading way.”

Mr Pearson said the claims and counter-claims were disappointing and confusing to voters and marked an end to many years of relative bipartisanship on the skilled migration program.

“I regret the fact that what for so long was strong, bipartisan support for a strong, well-managed migration program … seems to have been put to one side,” he said.

The reason for the discrepancy is Labor is counting all temporary visa holders with any right to work, including international students, New Zealanders on special visas, and backpackers, Mr Pearson said.

Those numbers do add to around 1.6 million, but he said the figure was misleading.

“To suggest for a moment that all of those people are working, let alone working full time, is wrong, because many of them are not,” he said.

Working holidaymakers have caps on how much work they can do in Australia, while international students are also limited to 40 hours per fortnight.

Elsewhere, Carla Wilshire of the Migration Council said Labor was taking a “huge cross-section of different visa categories” and combining them to get a large figure.

She too has concerns about the political language being used in the immigration debate.

“I think we need to be very careful. The Australian economy very much relies on a certain level of migration flowing through,” Ms Wilshire said.

Labor alleges the international student issue is exacerbated by students who breach their work limits, often under pressure from employers.

“You have temporary visas being issued as student visas, where the applicant is not primarily studying,” Mr O’Connor said.

The Migration Council said while there were some compliance issues with students, the level of such issues was not “particularly high”.

Ms Wilshire said the recent linking of immigration data with Australian Tax Office records had improved compliance.

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Changes to Occupation lists in 2018

Changes to Occupation lists in 2018

A number of changes were made to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) in April and July 2017.

CHECK IF YOUR OCCUPATION IS IN THE MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM STRATEGIC SKILLS LIST (MLTSSL) HERE

The Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL) is likely to remain the same

The STSOL which is a list of occupations nominated for temporary and short-term visas is likely to see some changes.

Some of the occupations flagged for removal from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List are:

  • Accommodation and Hospitality manager
  • Hair or Beauty Salon Manager
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Building Associate

The following occupations MAY be added to the list:

  • University Tutor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Property Manager
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Real Estate Representative

It is also likely that Skilled Occupations List will include Airline Pilots in 2018 to address the shortage of pilots in Australia.

Following lobbying from the peak body for regional airlines, it’s been reported that the Skilled Occupations List will be revised to allow foreign pilots to come to the country on a 2 year work visa.

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There are some important changes to Parent Visas which are due to be implemented this year.

In the 2017-18 federal budget, a new temporary sponsored parent visa was announced – to be available from November 2017. However, the new visa which will allow migrants’ parents to stay in the country for extended periods has been delayed.

The Bill enabling the new visa to come into effect has not yet been approved by the Senate.

Here are the six must know facts about the new long stay visa for parents:

  1. 3-year-visa will cost $5000, a 5-year-visa will cost $10,000 and a 10-year-visa will cost $20,000, with the opportunity of a single renewal for another five years at the same price.
  2. 15,000 people each year will be granted this long stay parent visa.
  3. Children/Sponsors will be required to pay for their parents’ private health insurance. The children will also need to act as financial guarantor on any extra healthcare costs their parents rack up in Australia.
  4. Those on the new visa will not be allowed to work, however, the government hopes they will take on family roles which would see “reduced pressure on childcare facilities.”
  5. Those sponsoring their parents for the new visa need to be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or “eligible New Zealand citizens”.
  6. The visa-holders would not be allowed to reapply beyond the 10 years and would have no pathway to permanent residency.