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ASC Migration are specialist Australian migration agents. Our dedication to our clients guarantees that they will receive expert professional advice and assistance during every step in the immigration process.

Our specialist understanding of immigration law and its processes ensures we apply the most up-to-date and cutting-edge immigration solutions to any potential migrant’s matter. This is particularly evident in circumstances whereby a client’s frustration and confusion necessitates some clever and innovative consolidation.

Drastic Changes to Australia's Immigration Policies

As you may have already heard through various media outlets, Australia’s immigration policies are being overhauled. These changes may benefit some and prove a hindrance to others, however, the constant is that the Australian Government is making it far more difficult to enter, stay and become a Citizen of Australia. With the removal of 457 visas, RSMS visas and a reduction in the amount of professions on the skills list being reduced to 18 professional pathways, you can expect that those processing visas at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to be more focused on finding applications that do not meet the already strict criteria required to attain a visa. These changes can be viewed as a benefit to local workers while those looking to enter Australia as a skilled or sponsored worker are likely to feel more apprehensive about their chances of success.

It has never been more important for prospective migrants to utilise the services of an immigration expert to navigate these new waters. While the main concern of most prospective clients is the cost associated with the visa application as well as migration agent fees, we at ASC Migration provide a staged migration process that ensures your financial expenses are minimal during the initial qualifying period and we will only push ahead with an application that we are confident will have a positive result. We offer a Free Assessment service to check the basic information and if you meet those basic threshold requirements we will conduct an in-depth consultation with you for $120 to assess the finer details before beginning the application process. The $120 consultation fee is credited towards the cost of your application should we decide to take your case on. This staged migration process costs you far less than spending, say, $7200 on a Skilled Visa application for you and your family (partner plus two children) only to have it refused. Our process will identify the perfect migration pathway for you to minimise costs, stress and risk to the point that 100% of our clients say they would recommend our services to friends and family.

Applying to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a visa is not unlike going to court; you need evidence combined with its appropriate application to the legislation. The evidence in question would be your personal details, qualifications, work history, language proficiency and many other areas that overlap and are individual to the 61 various visa subclasses currently available. We see lots of instances of visas being refused due to individuals thinking that they need to apply for a certain visa when the evidence they can provide actually applies to a different subclass as well as incorrect and incomplete evidence being provided to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. While a refusal doesn’t prohibit someone from applying again, you would be surprised how many clients have come to us over the years due to attempting an application themselves first before realising they need to engage an immigration expert to handle their case.

We expect that further changes to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s criteria will change even more in the near future as well as expecting their application fees to rise as well. Australia’s economy, like many around the world, requires its government to make changes like the ones we have seen to bolster the local workforce as well as being more focused and targeted in its approach to attract the professionals the country needs through its various migration pathways. If you desire to come to Australia, we expect these changes have you concerned about your eligibility, which is completely normal. While we cannot predict any precise changes that are likely in the future, the best advice we can provide to you at this time is this; if you have been thinking about the move, have your eligibility assessed ASAP. It’s highly unlikely that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will make things much easier after making things much more difficult. 

ASC Migration believes in transparency as well as a staged migration process. You will find we are very open about our fees as well as the confidence we have in our ability to handle complex and straightforward cases with unrivalled expertise. We have provided you with a process that is within any potential migrants’ financial capabilities with a Free Assessment followed by an Expert Consultation before we begin a formal application process. Just as we are sure that the changes expected in the future may make things more difficult for you to enter Australia, we expect things in your home country are deteriorating to the point that you view this journey as being essential to your livelihood, which is why we take all of our clients’ concerns and outcomes seriously. These changes needn’t worry you unnecessarily. Our love of Australia and desire to see it filled with people who have been called to its shores to live a happy and fulfilling life compels us to see you through the visa application process with ease and efficiency.

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SkillSelect Invitations



During the 2015-2016 year 29,366 invitations were issued under SkillSelect.

These figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses as State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.

In July 2016 there were 3250(2 invitation rounds) and so far in August 1500 invitations have been issued. To ensure your application is enhanced and amplified Contact Us now for precise and accurate information because migration is all we do.

ASC Migration - Highly Skilled & Professional.

 

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Student Visa cancellations

According to the Department of Immigration, although the new 'Simplified Student Visa Framework' process intends to simplify a student application and its grant more quickly, this will also likely to lead to more cancellations.

Student visas may be cancelled on various grounds, such as non or insufficient attendance and plagiarism.

However, to ensure a simple and skilled visa application and grant process Contact Us now for precise and accurate information because migration is all we do.

ASC Migration - Highly Skilled & Professional.

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Students and Visas

Australian universities produce about 9500 engineering graduates each year, but annual demand for engineers has ranged from 13,000 to 20,000 in the past decade. The peak body, which represents about 100,000 engineers, has been urging Australian state and federal governments for the past 25 years to adopt a national registration scheme, which would ensure high professional standards are maintained in the sector.

Engineers Australia (EA) chief executive Stephen Durkin said while most government representatives have seen value of such a program, the general response has been “but buildings aren’t falling down’. Mr Durkin said he supported skilled migration, saying most of Australia’s engineers were overseas born.

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BENEFIT FROM EMPLOYING AN AUSTRALIAN REGISTERED MIGRATION AGENT

Your chances of success will increase because it’s not an easy process, as Australian Law is complex and gaining entry is not an easy task. Australian Registered Migration Agents know exactly what is wanted and needed for a potentially quicker visa approval. By law they need to be familiar with a vast range of immigration laws including the Australian Migration Act, Migration Regulations & Migration Policy

As no two cases are alike, a potential migrant’s decision to step beyond Google, Blogs, A Friends Advice and Unregistered Agents to get professional help from an Australian Registered Migration Agent will always be a wise one, and in the long-term a more satisfying one!

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Incomplete subclass 457 applications

The Department of Immigration has warned that 457 applications including sponsorship, nomination and the visa application must be decision-ready or risk refusal. This means an application could be refused the very next working day, after lodgement.

As with all applications we strongly recommend you engage the services of an Australian registered migration agent who is a highly skilled professional that is likely to ensure this will not happen to your application.

Remember, only an Australian registered migration agent must attend ‘Continuing Professional Development (CPD)’ which will ensure they keep abreast of the ever-changing migration regulations.

Contact Us now for further information.

ASC Migration – Skilled and Professional - Migration is all we do

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Business Migration in Australia

There are certain dynamics of the Australian market that make it an ideal place to start a business. The chances of an innovative business idea working in Australia are high.

When considering starting a business in Australia, or to migrate to the country as the owner of a business or investor, knowing which immigration route suits you best is important. Once you know which immigration strategy you need to use to apply for a business visa, the process of planning the start of your business in the country will be a lot easier.

The main categories of business visas are:

-        Business Innovation and Investment whereby the applicant must have an established and operated a successful business or a maintained investment in bonds. Both business owners and investors can avail this visa.

-        Business Talent visas are permanent visas granted to people with a history of successfully owning a business or people who have venture capital funding in the country.

-        Significant Investor Subclass Visa is for  people who are willing to make an investment of 5 million dollars in Australia

-        Business Visitor Visas may interest people who want to visit Australia for short term business purposes such as meetings, or to look into the market for business related opportunities. Valid for up to 3 months.

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Partner Visas

Partner visas were a quarter of total immigrant intake in Australia last year as almost 50,000 people got visas as brides, grooms, fiancés etc, China accounted for 5,366 visas, followed by India (5,175), Britain (4,339), the Philippines (3,331), and Vietnam (2,832).

As partner visa applications now cost almost $7000 a simple mistake could derail your application and you may forfeit this as a result. Contact Us and a professional will guarantee your eligibility to proceed.  

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Skill Select Invitation Round - September

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 - 2300 Skilled Regional Sponsored Subclass 489 – 80

Please note the following: Those with the highest ranked points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa, but for those with equal points scores, the time at which they lodged an eligible application will determine the order of invitation.

Contact Us now and we'll ensure your application is enhanced so your points allocation is maximised. 

Next invitation round – 9 October (Watch this space)

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World's Most Liveable City

Melbourne has topped 140 rivals to be crowned the world's most liveable city 4 years in a row since 2011. And as a further confirmation of Australia's fantastic cities and lifestyle, 3 more of them made it onto the top 10. 

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Working Holiday Visas For Spain

Spain has become the 11th country to be added to Australia's working holiday visa program which will allow young Spaniards to engage in short-term work and study. An agreement has been signed which will also allow young Australians to experience the vibrancy of Spain's culture as a result of this new reciprocal agreement.

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Successful Australian Immigrants

Former Vietnam refugee Hieu Van Le is the new governor of South Australia. 37 years ago he fled war-torn Vietnam with his partner, moved to South Australia and has been contributing to that State ever since. Hieu Van forged a career as a very successful accountant and his office is filled with the accolades from his work as a patron of hundreds of charities and other organisations

Hieu Van's journey from immigrant to governor of South Australia is proof that a successful career and future is within everyone's reach. Begin you journey downunder here.

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Work and Holiday Visas - Further Expansion

Australia's Working Holiday Maker visa program grew by close to 16% last year with the grant of over 258,000 visas.

The latest country which will enter into an agreement with Australia is Israel. This type of visa can be a popular stepping stone to the subclass 457 visa and subsequently to permanent migration in Australia.

A commencement date will be announced soon which will add to previous expansions with Greece, Poland, Spain and Portugal.

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Continued Labour Shortages

There are expected to be severe labour shortages in Australia by the end of the next decade and a serious labour shortage which is expected to reach 2.3 million workers by the year 2030.

A range of solutions to ensure Australia's future economic growth include boosting skills training, as well as extending the skilled migration program as the economy and employers will require high level skills and will need to get them from a well-trained workforces or a skilled migration programme. 

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Family and Carer Visas

Family and Carer visas (previously scrapped) have been reactivated. Consequently it is now possible that thousands of Australian families will have a chance to reunite with relatives from around the world.”

The four visas in this category now re-available are, Age Dependent Relative Visa, Remaining Relative Visa, Carer Visa and the Aged Parent Visa.

Family reunion is now very much back in vogue. For specific advice contact us now.

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Student Enrolments Surge

The rate of overseas students in Australian educational institutions has grown by a massive 10% in the last year which is double the growth rate in the preceding 10 years. Indian and Chinese students continue to lead the way in new enrolments however Republic of Korea and Thailand follow.

New stringent requirements introduced in the last couple of years, requires a student to carefully plan their pathway to permanent residency. Consequently the necessity to engage an Australian Registered Migration Agent is more important than ever. Begin your journey to Australia here

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Jobs in Demand and New Projects

3500 job vacancies will be required for one project alone at the Ichthys Gas Project near Darwin Australia. Thousands of other jobs like Carpenters, Plumbers, Electricians, Riggers, Formworkers, Pipelayers and Welders are also in demand.

And with Bricklayers, Wall and Floor tilers and Chefs been added to the ‘Skilled Occupations List’, Australia is an attractive proposition with a great future for migrants and their families. Begin your journey to Australia HERE

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Permanent Partner Visa

The Department of Immigration will no longer issue permanent partner visa notifications by letter.

Partners in Australia on a temporary De Facto Spouse or Partner visa will now be notified at the permanent processing stage by email.

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Expansion of Working Holiday Visa Program

Presently there are 19 countries on the Working Holiday Visa (WHV) list. These are Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Region, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and United Kingdom.

However the Department of Immigration intends to expand the number of eligible countries and add Greece, Mexico, Spain, Poland and Israel.

Applicants must meet a number of requirements such as being aged between 18 & 30 years of age, not travelling with dependent children, have enough funds to support their arrival in Australia, hold a passport from one of the eligible countries listed and have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. 

However, if you are from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay or USA, you may be eligible to apply for a Work and Holiday visa which has a few additional requirements.

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English Language Choices

Applicants for Australian visas will have more choice in English language testing.

Soon applicants for a number of visas will have two additional tests to choose from when proving their English ability to the Immigration Department. Temporary graduate, Skilled, Work and Holiday are a few examples of visas subclasses which will accept scores from alternative tests. For further information on the list visa subclasses contact us now. 

The two added tests are the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic. Changes will come into effect in November this year.

Even further expansion of English language test market is anticipated in early 2015. 

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