New points based Oz visa system to target brightest and best

by Ray Clancy on November 15, 2010

New visa points system aims to grant entry to only the best

Australia is targeting the brightest and best potential newcomers with a new points based visa system that will come into play in July next year.

Applicants face a range of new eligibility criteria as all those applying for any skilled visa will have to pass the new points based test designed to target those most closely suited to Australia’s needs.

According to Australia’s immigration department, the changes will focus on better English language skills, more extensive skilled work experience, higher level qualifications obtained in Australia and overseas and different age ranges.

‘These changes to the points test are an important next step in the series of reforms to the skilled migration program announced by the Government in February this year,’ said Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.

‘The reforms set the foundations for a skilled migration program that will be responsive to our economic needs and continue to serve Australia’s interests in the medium to long term,’ he explained.

‘The existing points test has not always led to outcomes consistent with the objectives of the skilled migration programme. For example, the current test puts an overseas student with a short-term vocational qualification and one year’s work experience in Australia ahead of a Harvard educated environmental engineer with three years’ relevant work experience,’ he added.

Meanwhile, the country is clamping down on visa fraud relating to working holiday visas after a scam was uncovered. The warning comes after immigration officials arrested a British man in relation to the scam. Officials said that they would not tolerate anyone else trying to cheat the system.

The man faces charges relating to supplying fraudulent information in support of an acquaintance’s Australian working holiday visa. He was arrested at the airport in while on his way home to Britain.

‘It will be alleged this man aided and abetted a breach of the Migration Act and therefore, according to the criminal code, he is taken to have committed the same offence,’ said a spokesman for the Australian immigration department.

These working holiday visas are for 12 months. When this period expires, they can be extended for a further 12 months provided the applicant fulfils certain requirements including three months of regional employment in a specified industry.

‘The applicant, who has already been fined $5000, and this man allegedly together provided false and misleading information in an effort to secure a second visa for this woman,’ the spokesman added.

Australian immigration officials have already cancelled 162 extensions for Australian working holiday visas on the basis of fraudulent claims.

‘Temporary visa holders who become involved in immigration fraud can face charges with possible jail terms of up to 10 years, as well as visa cancellations resulting in visa exclusion periods for submitting false documents or false information to the department,’ the Australia immigration spokesman explained.

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aaron April 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

hi im new to the site in-fact this is my first post, im 23yrs old and have been a Police Officer in the uk for 4yrs, will be 5yrs in Jan 2013, im trying to find out as much info as I can re employment prospects in Australia for young ambitious people seeking to emigrate. I would love to hear of similar people to myself and from anyone with any helpfull information re Police recruitment in Australia. In regard to the new points based system it would be really helpfull to find out how this would apply to potential new Police recruits.
Thanks for taking the time to read.

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