The New TSS (SC482)

From 18 March 2018, Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS) SC482 takes effect while Temporary Work (Skilled) SC457 will be abolished.

TSS (SC482) will have three streams. The Short Term (ST), the Medium-Long Term (MT) stream and the Labour Agreement Stream.

The Short-Term stream allows employers to sponsor/nominate skilled overseas workers in the occupations listed on the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for a maximum period of two years with an option to be renewed once for further two years. Applicants have an option to reapply for further Short-term stream visa outside Australia when the maximum four years have been reached. Applicants under this stream will have to satisfy a “genuine temporary entrant” requirement, which includes assessment of their circumstances, immigration history, compliance with visa conditions and other relevant matter.

The Medium – Term Stream allows employers to sponsor/nominate skilled overseas workers for occupations on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) for up to four years. There are no restrictions on renewals while in Australia.

The Labour agreement stream will enable skilled overseas workers to be employed under a labour agreement with the Commonwealth government.

Eligibility to the Employer Nomination Scheme (SC186) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (SC187) will have to meet changes to requirements on age, employment history, salary, English Language and eligible occupations. The changes will not apply to persons who held or had applied for SC457 visa on 18 April 2017.

Primary applicants for SC482 must have at least two years relevant work experience. They must be under 45 years old. Short-Term stream applicants will have the same English language requirements as SC457 while Medium-Term stream applicant will require an overall 5 in the International English Language testing system or equivalent with a minimum of 5 in each component score. Visa application charge for the short-term stream will have a small increase while the medium- term stream will be closer to the VAC for skilled migration visa.

All applicants must satisfy a more stringent health criterion. SC482 visa holder must work only in the occupation related to the SC482 visa that was granted.

The visa period for dependent children who are members of the family unit will cease at the end of the day before the holder turns 23 years old.

Some changes to the SC186 and SC 187 visa include:

  • a labour agreement stream
  • lowering of the primary applicant’s age to 45 years or under
  • the requirement for the primary applicant to have at least three years relevant work experience for Direct Entry
  • the requirement for an applicant nominated in the TRT stream to have worked at the time of nomination for three years our of the previous fours years in relation to the SC457 or SC482 visa held
  • TRT and DE stream will require applicant’s nominated occupation to be on the MLTSSL at the time of nomination. Additional occupations will be available in a regional area.

Why is Australia the 3rd most popular international student destination?

Australia is the third most popular destination for international students in the world – why is this so?

Australia’s education system is highly regarded and internationally recognised as being of a very high standard.

Eight Australian universities are listed in the 100 top universities in the world, and Australia is ranked 9th in the University world ranking, topping Germany, New Zealand and Japan.

There are many courses to choose from (around 22,000) and a large choice of institutions at which to study (approximately 1,200).

Australia also has five “best student cities” out of 30 in the world.

There are 2.5 million international alumni of Australian Institutions who are making a difference around the world including 15 Nobel Prize Laureates. It’s been claimed that 1,000 million people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations every day.

Secondly, Australia is clearly a migrant nation. Based on the 2016 Census, Australia has a population of 24.8 million people – two thirds (67%) who were born in Australia, and over 6 million people who were born overseas. England and New Zealand are the most countries of birth after Australia, followed by China and India.

The composition of Australia’s population is constantly changing. Since the last Census in 2011, the proportion of people born in China increased from 6.0% to 8.3 % of the Australian population, and India from 5.6% to 7.4%. The Philippines moved from number 8 to number 6, overtaking Italy which moved from 6th to 8th. Representing 0.6% of the Australian population, Malaysia replaced Scotland in the top ten countries of birth. There are over 260 languages spoken in Australia.

Thirdly, as well as being the biggest island in the world with over 500 national parks and more than 2700 conservation areas, Australia also claims to be a sporting nation with more than 1,200 registered sporting organisations.

…..and finally, Australia is also the 4th “happiest” country in the world.

It’s no wonder why so many international students are coming to Australia.

What are the requirements to be granted a student visa?

Evidence to be provided by student visa applicants includes:

  1. Financial capacity including access to the funds.

Financial evidence comprises living costs and course/tuition fees for the first 12 months, and return airfare to country of origin.

From 1 February 2018, the cost of annual living amounts will increase.

Evidence of funds required should include:

  • Student or guardian AUD$20290,
  • Partner or spouse AUD$7100, and
  • Child AUD$3040.

2. Evidence of English proficiency (unless exempted) must also be provided.

3. Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement with sufficient information and supporting documents.

Any study gaps or employment should be explained and if the field of study is unrelated to previous study or employment, the reason must be addressed. The statement must also show the student’s circumstances.

4. Previous visa history

Applicants must declare any previous visa refusals or cancellations from any country for themselves, as well as family members, even if the family member is not intending to travel to Australia. Incorrect information provided in response to this question may lead to a refusal of a visa application under Public Interest Criteria (PIC) 4020 (false and misleading informtion).

3 Things to Look for in Your Migration Agent

Choosing your migration agent is as important as your decision to go to Australia. Whether you intend to study, get a job or simply have a good time, you need the services of an expert to help you in processing your request with the Australian Government.

You see, having the funds and all the necessary documentation does not guarantee your being granted a visa to travel to Australia. It is how your requirements are presented to the Australian Embassy case officer that will make all the difference. With all the very similar paperwork that get to these officers’ desks, how do you convince him or her that you do deserve to be granted a visa?

This is where the services of a migration agent comes in. With the wealth of experience under the agent’s belt, he or she would know exactly how to present your case so that favourable action is taken. That’s how important a migration agent is to your travel plans.

However, your choice of a migration agent should withstand a due diligence test. Google can help you, but here are some things you should look for:

  1. MARA Registration

MARA or the Migration Agents Registration Authority, as the name implies is responsible for accreditation. And mind you, the requirements are stringent. These include a Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice and a clean bill of health from the National Police, so to speak, among others. A search on the MARA website will give you the status of your migration agent.

  1. Testimonials

Go through your migration agent’s website and find out if they have happy clients. This is one sure gauge of their success rate.

  1. Empathy

Only when he or she has a good understanding of your case can your migration agent successfully help you present your case to the case officer for positive results. This can only result from genuine care from your migration agent, who will see you as a person with a unique situation and not just a customer.

We at World2Australia know exactly what it cost you to embark on your journey, not just the financial costs but also the emotional and psychological costs. Despite living in Australia for the last 20 years, Gloria Collins is very much in touch with her Filipino heritage. Hence, she never fails to deliver high quality services.

Move Closer to Your Dreams with the Right Culinary Internship

Culinary arts is a niche that can well be conquered by Filipinos because of their passion for food – food dominates every life event in a Filipino setting. As diverse is the geography of the Philippines, so are the methods of cooking. Dishes normally reflect resources and methods indigenous to the region. Hence, one dish, though known by the same name, will have different flavours in the various regions of the country.

It is in this background from which an aspiring Filipino chef comes from. It is also no wonder why they aspire to be so. Armed with the requisites to become a great chef – passion for food fortified by patience and perseverance, Filipinos can become great masters of culinary arts.

However, becoming a chef takes more than being passionate, let alone becoming great. One needs to learn the techniques and tools of the trade, from food preparation to presentation. A degree in culinary arts will provide you with the basic culinary arts skills, even some exposure in the internship program built into the course but for mastery you will need much more than that.

An opportunity for bigger things await you with the QUEENSLAND HOSPITALITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (Q-HIP). Offered by Frontier Education, this 2-month culinary arts internship program will enable you to put into action your skills as you experience real international hospitality workplaces.

Frontier Education works with the leading 4-5 star hotels and resort chains and takes great care in finding the best available match between you and your host organization, taking into serious consideration your skill set or academic background, as well as industry demand.

By the end of your Australian experience you would have gained the following:

  • Opportunity to excel within the culinary arts sector.
  • Networking events / opportunities with industry professionals.
  • Learnedand operatedwithin global workplace standards.
  • Upskill in industry specific code of conduct and responsibilities.
  • Enhancedyour communication and customer servicing skills.
  • Carveda professional edge for yourself in the global workplace.

How can one pass up an excellent opportunity like this. Whether you intend to apply your skills back home or work abroad, the experience of a different culture, flavours and ingredients will be with you forever, and will enhance the shaping of your culinary trademark.

Sign up now to see how you can get closer to your dreams!

Hack Into the World of Successful Filipino Nurses

If you think your exemplary nursing school records and your professional license are your tickets success, you have another think coming. Oh, you probably know that by now. What with all the difficulties and attendant expenses you have experienced sending out your CVs with no viable prospects in sight.

Why go through unnecessary efforts, expenses and heartaches when you can get equipped with the necessary qualifications to work in Australia. Let’s get you started on a sure-fire way of getting you the job of your dreams and spare you the agony of being rejected AGAIN.

Let’s get you qualified

EPIQ or Education Program for Internationally Qualified Nurses is specifically designed for internationally qualified RNs who are looking at Australia for jobs as registered nurses. This means you have to be a Registered Nurse with work experience and have achieved a proficient score in an English proficiency test.

Completing the course will provide you with a Graduate Certificate of Australian Nursing.

What the graduate certificate will mean to you

Offered by Southern Cross University, EPIQ is fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Successfully completing the course means you will be eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Registered Nurse in Australia.

Scope of study

EPIQ combines theoretical learning with the opportunity to build on your professional practice in a wide spectrum of the nursing practice – from contextual, professional, collaborative to therapeutic practice in Australia. All these for only a period of six months with an eight week placement.

The course is offered on campus where students complete foundational theory work after which comes a consolidated professional experience placement. Assessments are done during on-campus training and appraisals given in the clinical settings.

And yes, you can work too!

As you may have gathered by now, this course will fully equip you for a rewarding nursing practice in Australia. But that’s not the end of it. Not only will you be getting your qualification via a graduate certificate after successful completion of the course, you get to work part time while you study! How cool is that!

Don’t let your lack of qualifications dampen your dream of becoming one of the successful Filipino nurses. Save yourself the time, effort and financial resources by getting there quicker than you ever imagined. Register for our seminar and be on your way to success.

Your Journey to Culinary Internship in Australia Starts Here

One of the reasons people love to travel it it gives them the opportunity to experience another culture through its food. The unique combination of tastes and smells distinguish one culture from another. The chance of getting a culinary internship abroad is an enriching experience for anyone aspiring to make a career out of culinary arts.

Why Intern Abroad in Culinary Arts

The goal of every culinary internship is to learn another cuisine and be able to prepare it yourself. Not only will you learn new dishes to prepare, you get exposed to new techniques, cooking methods and a wider variety of flavors as well. To be able to do this, immersion is extremely necessary.

Culinary Internship in Australia

Every country offers opportunities to explore the local culinary culture. What better place to learn than from a the country that knows how to produce great master chefs and offers some of the best dining experiences. Being able to actually learn Australian cuisine and take the new skills home would definitely give you the edge that you need to make a name in culinary arts.

True to form, Australia strictly implements exacting standards on any training program offered in the country and this is no different. Your culinary internship will definitely provide you with an invaluable opportunity to gain work experience which will benefit you anywhere in the world.

Consider the career development opportunities that a culinary internship in Australia will bring you! Here’s an excellent chance of working across different food trade industry sectors at home and overseas!

Start cooking your way to success, REGISTER with us today for more information.


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Jeff’s Testimonial

Hi Gloria,

I really thank you for all the help. Seriously, this is a big deal to my family here in the Philippines. Please see the testimonial that I created for your website. This is quite long though, you can edit it if needed. I also attached here the picture of my own family so it will be more impacting to your clients.

Here it goes.

Family is the first word that comes to my mind every time I think of how World2Australia helped me doing the first step for securing my future.

I was an overly confident guy who believed in his self too much. I graduated and passed licensing examination for Philippines Nursing last 2010 but wasn’t able to practice my profession due to high competition which resulted me doing jobs which is not related to my profession.

It was good and I can say that the  previous jobs that I had became my bread and butter. It paid for my basic needs, luxuries and things that I want to buy. For 6 years, I am deserted to my comfort zone and doesn’t want to go out of it saying to myself that I can just stay with it since it can make a living. I didn’t realize that time is passing by and I need to have growth personally and career wise.

Until I have my own family.

I decided to challenge myself to go back to my beloved profession and applied for a student visa in Australia last July of 2016. Since I was too confident that time and thinking that it was only for a student visa, I decided to do it on my own. Starting from having the requirements, down to lodging my visa application, my guide was purely a word of mouth. After 3 months of waiting anxiously, my visa was refused due to insufficient documents. I said to myself that if only I had a professional guidance, probably my visa will get approved.

Immediately after the refusal, I searched the website of Australia to get assistance for my reapplication. I emailed numerous migration agent that I found and it was only Gloria Collins from World2Australia who responded patiently, quickly and professionally to the tons of questions that I threw in. I didn’t feel that I was alone to my journey of conquering the unknown fear that I might face because of the assistance that the World2Australia provided to me. That was the time I decided to get their professional help.

During the process of getting the required documents that I need, Gloria was so responsive to the questions that I have asked. She told me the things need to be done and the things that I need to have in order to have a more positive result in the Student Visa application process.

After over a month, there were no words to express my happiness when they sent me the result of the application. Finally, it got approved without any hassle!

The convenience and peace of mind that their service provided to me is immeasurable by any amount of money. World2Australia provided me the ladder that I need to have that first step to succeed and to secure the future of my family. I realized that in life, sometimes what we need is a helping hand which will always be there in times of need. There are words to express my gratitude with the service provided to me. Now, I am ready to face life in Australia with my family and that is because of World2Australia.