One of the benefits of EMSA being an Education and Migration Agency is that we have a team of specialists in both Education and Migration. This allows us to give our clients the best advice from the beginning in all areas. This includes everything from choosing the right course to study all the way through to the options this will provide upon graduation.
As migration agents, we like taking a holistic approach and given that immigration rules can change, one of the most important this to consider when choosing what to study is…
studying something that you are passionate about!
Immigration rules and regulations can change and having seen clients advised to study courses not related to their interests solely for residency purposes, can result in both wasted time and money.
At EMSA, we pride ourselves on helping find a course that is both closely aligned to where you are in your career or studies and provides you with options to stay in Australia either through post-study work visas, skilled migration or even employer sponsorship if that’s your goal. Being a migration agency, we know what courses meet the requirements for what skills and can even help chose the right subjects to meet a certain occupation.
Example of Study Pathways:
When studying IT, there are a range of occupations and some qualify for skilled migration and some don’t. Whether you qualify for an occupation or not can come down to the subjects that you choose as part of your course. When assessing skilled occupations, the Australian Computing Society rules have just changed in January 2014 and under the current rules, if you are relying on Australian studies, you need to have a major in computing that is closely related to your skilled occupation (i.e. Computer and Network Systems Engineer) and then gain a graduate visa (post-study work or graduate skilled) and then gain one year experience or do the professional year in order to get a full skills assessment and meet the requirements to apply to submit an expression of interest and apply for permanent residency.
Similarly, if you’re looking at a trade occupation (Chef, Mechanic, Carpenter etc), then you need to complete a Certificate III / IV in your trade occupation, gaining 6 months worth of experience during your course. You can then apply for a provisional skills assessment and with this, apply for the graduate skilled visa and during your time on this visa (it lasts for 18 months), gain 1 year full time experience in your occupation, complete the job ready program and then get a full skills assessment and meet the requirements to apply to submit an expression of interest and apply for permanent residency.
Recently immigration has started cracking down on what is considered closely related when it comes to study. This means, that where certain combination of study may have been eligible for a graduate work 485 is in the past, now under the current policy, more applications are being refused. This is why it is really important to ensure that you use migration agent when applying for graduate visas.
Ensuring that a course meets history and study requirement is also extremely important and where we see some visas get refused. All courses need to be registered to 92 weeks or more on CRICOS (government registration site). What counts for the 92 weeks has changed overtime and it’s really important to make sure that you get advice before lodging an application
Order of completing documents
When applying for graduate visas(485), the legislation (rules) for this visa is from 2006/7 and based on this the order in which you do things is extremely important. Lodging a police clearance after your application or not having the correct health insurance could result in a refusal and again is another reason you should visit in education and migration agency.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to course options and potential pathways. When it comes to studying, EMSA offers a free service to help you enroll and apply for your visas with the support of registered migration agents for the best advice and to give you the best chance of success in the process.
We’ve helped hundreds of people successfully navigate the migration system and some more information on our ‘success stories; see the testimonials.