A 2011 census by ABS revealed that one in four Australians is born overseas making Australia one of the most multicultural countries in the world. Australia ranks highly internationally in terms of health, education, economic freedom, lifestyle and education. All of Australia’s major cities fare extremely well in global comparison, with Sydney being voted as one the top 10 cities to work in and Adelaide being voted as one of the most livable cities in the world. Australia is among the top ten wine producing regions of the world.
Australia is one of the wealthiest in world with a survey in 2012 stating that Australia had the world’s fifth highest per capita income. Australia is often referred to as the “Lucky Country”, with its spacious surroundings, high standard of living, excellent health and education system, temperate climate, wide and varied landscape, political and economic stability, and a general quality of life envied by many around the world. Australia is special, unique, beautiful, and a great place to settle in and is viewed by many as the “land of opportunity” for people of all races
Ethisphere Institute has rated Melbourne as the sixth best sustainable city in the world. It also has been voted as the second best city in the world for men to live in.
The Economist Intelligence Unit has consistently rated Australia cities, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne as the most livable cities in the world.
Global 2012 City Reputation Index has ranked Sydney and Melbourne as two of the world’s most reputable cities in the world.
The Australian Immigration system
Australia is one of the most sought after destinations in the world for people wanting to visit or live. Consequently, there is an enormous demand on the Australian immigration system which has developed itself into a complex set of rules to cover every request to enter or remain in Australia. In fact, the Australian immigration system is generally regarded as one of the most structured in the world and is all set down in thick Acts of Parliament, Regulations, Policy Documents, Ministerial Directives and Skills Recognition Assessments just to name a few.
There are over 100 different types of visas and are of four broad types – visitors, temporary residence, permanent residence and bridging. There are detailed rules governing entry in each visa category which are clearly laid down in the immigration legislation. Some visas allow for applications to be made off-shore only, some on-shore only, and some can be made either off-shore or on-shore.
The difficulty with all this legal complexity is that the average applicant does not have the time or skill to be able to find out the regulations which apply in their individual case and understand properly how these regulations will be interpreted and affect the outcome of his or her application. For the newcomer, the maze of legal documents is very difficult to wade through and sometimes impossible to understand.
Australia Skill Select is essentially a ground-breaking and highly useful online facility from the Government of Australia to improve its national immigration system and help skilled professionals, from across the globe, to move to the country, in a much better and superior way. The facility introduced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) reveals how the nation ultimately administers &manages its skilled, business, & investor immigration plans. The innovative online facility enables the trained manpower from abroad to be located by the regional administrations, and the national job providers/firms, for the purpose of skilled migration to the nation.
The online facility enables trained specialists & tradespersons from out-of-the-country--who could be inspired with Australia immigration--to suitably submit their particulars, via an Expression of Interest (EOI), so that their entries could be duly reviewed, for an Australian skilled visa Australia.
The online scheme ensures that the immigration and visa plan, meant for qualified candidates, is based on Oz’s particular economic needs. The facility helps Canberra to manage, in a much better manner, the applicants who submit submissions for skilled migration. Not only the administration thus gets to manage the overseas movement of people to Australia, it is also enabled to welcome people when it feels like, and also in the numbers which could suit its requirements. That all this helps the DIBP to process a visa-petition relatively swiftly cannot be refuted.
Skill Select also ensures that the deficiency of skilled people, plaguing the many regions/states of the country, is positively addressed. The program also makes it possible for the aspirants to illustrate that they are not only well prepared to reside in a given region of Oz but also get professionally engaged therein.
The program has proved to be boon for Australian firms/recruiters fighting regional skill scarcities. The program has also proved highly valuable for the Australian state & territory administrations, and now they are busy settling the migrants across the regional Australia.
Important: Under the new arrangement, now it has been made compulsory for every migrant--motivated with the points based skilled migration, and/or business investment & innovation permit plans--to suitably submit an EOI, before they gain an invite, so that they can present a submission for a Permanent Residence (PR) Visa for Australia