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Hi,

I am looking into emigrating to Australia.

I am a qualified social worker and therefor on the list of skilled migration. I see that some states offer state sponsorship. I assume this means I would pay for this myself. Is this the same as applying for a skilled migrant visa?

If not what is the best option? What are the costs? And what are the time scales?

Thanks for any advice
Anne
 

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Hi Anne - if you're outside Australia, looking for a skilled migration for permanent residency, you can look at two options:

Subclass 175 - General skilled migration, independent.
Subclass 176 - General skilled migration, state sponsored.

For 175 - if your occupation is on the schedule 1 SOL for Australia, and you can earn enough points (total 65) without sponsorship, you can apply for the 175. This one allows you to choose where you want to live in Oz. You aren't limited to a specific state.

For 176 - for this one you'd look at the individual state SOL lists to find a state that has your occupation in demand. And if they sponsor you, you get 5 points towards your visa application. With state sponsorship, you have a moral obligation to live and work in that state for a minimum of 2 years (after which, you can move wherever you want to).


Here are some links to the state SOLs:
Queensland: Queensland eligible skills
ACT: Business Development - SMP Occupation List
Western Au: http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/skilledmigration/Pages/Occupationsindemand.aspx
Victoria: Victorian State Sponsorship List of Skilled Occupations - Live in Victoria - Live in Victoria
Tasmania: http://www.migration.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/41927/List_SMP.pdf
Northern Territory: http://www.migration.nt.gov.au/documents/SMP_Shortage_List_FA.pdf

I don't have NSW's list handy...

Otherwise - would be a good thing to visit the Australia immigration site and just go through their Visa wizard, because there may be other visas that would work for you. Department of Immigration & Citizenship

Good luck!
 

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Hi

I am currently a business solutions analyst in the UK and have been for the past year - this is a role that covers both business and system analysis. Looking at Victoria State SOL both are in demand, it says :

261111 ICT Business Analyst 7.0 in each band. Must have a minimum of five years experience.
261112 Systems Analyst 7.0 in each band. Must have a minimum of three years experience.

Should I apply in two years time for systems analyst when I have enough experience?? If it still on the SOL that is?
 
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