Australia – invites you to make it your home

In his statements at the Business Council of Australia on 7 Aug 2018 the Minister for
Citizenship and Multi cultural Affairs, Hon Alan Tudge shared his views on Australia’s
skilled migration program.

It was emphatically stated that Australia is built on migrants and the quest to seek the
brightest from the world over remains vital to Australia. Some of the strategies and
key reasons highlighted in his speech on why Australia needs skilled migrants were
as follows:


-Skilled Migration brings in a talent pool and innovation from overseas.
-Skilled Migration leads to economic and population growth which is currently at about 70%.
-The GDP per capita grows with migrants coming into Australia
-Skilled Migrants contribute to the tax considerations, about 80% higher than the Australians
-Younger migrants bring more value to Australia in terms of tax paying, thus the upper age limit was lowered from
49 to 45 om July 1, 2018.
-While Skilled Migrants are extremely important to the development and economy, policies have been amended to
ensure that migrants contribute when they first arrive and not go onto welfare. Extending the waiting period to
access welfare benefits from two years to four years. Perhaps, an undertone to this also reflects in more occupations
becoming eligible for 489 sponsorship.
-Regional migration set for a clear boost to fill the labor gaps in order to optimize the services and curb inflation.
-Skilled Migration to be evenly distributed throughout Australia and removing pressure from the overpopulated
Sydney and Melbourne with a mere 13% of the 111,000 skilled migrants arriving in the year, settling outside these
two major cities.
-South Australia, presumably, to continue as a state absorbing skilled migrants with an additional 15,000 skilled
migrants required every year.

A strong message about the quality skilled migrants being welcomed to Australia was sent by the Minister in
his parting remarks, “Australia has been built on migration. Successive waves of migrants have come to our
shores, help build our economy and made Australia the greatest multicultural nation on earth.”


Speech synopsis by Diamond Sodhi, Source: Department of Home affairs, Australia




With the new census data released on 18 July ’18 a startling revelation is brought to public light with a whopping figure of almost 300,000 permanent migrants arriving in Australia from India between 2000 and 2016. Undeniably, India ranks as the No.1 country for sending in migrants to Australia.

In my personal opinion Australia, for years, has been a country popular for its resettlement and employment avenues for Indians with Point based Skilled Migration being more popular as than the family stream visa. What this means is that people choose Australia for the benefit the country has to offer to a migrant with no family ties and support system in Australia, unlike it is in Canada.

A notable fact is that Indians who migrated to Australia on Skilled Migration had good English proficiency and fared well enough in Australia to buy their own homes, something which could have been a far stretched dreams for them in India.


In addition to the skills and expertise Indians brought with them to Australia, more than 95 percent of Indian immigrants spoke English exclusively, well or very well.

The figures released reveal that out of the Indian migrants to Australia, a total of 234,395 – were on skilled visas [Subclass 189, 190, 489 etc], followed by 56,402 on family visas and 1,097 on humanitarian visas. A strapping figure of Skilled Migration to Australia is a clear evidence of the increasing popularity of Skilled Migration to Australia amongst Indians and an evincing evidence of Australia welcoming Indian migrants.

By Diamond Sodhi


Australia Skilled Migration : The New 65 Points Pass mark


In an announcement by the Department of Home Affairs [DHA] today, the Pass points for General Skilled Migration Program for subclasses 189 [Skilled- Independent Permanent], 190 [Skilled- Nominated Permanent] and 489 [Skilled- Regional Sponsored (Provisional] have been increased from 60 to 65, with effect from 1 July 2018.

The implications of the increase in the pass points would be as follows:

• Those waiting for an ‘invitation to apply’ under subclass 189 [Skilled- Independent Permanent], typically Engineering Professionals and Accountants [to name a couple] would be in for a major disappointment as they would now need to either increase their cumulative point score or route their applications through state nomination or sponsorship.

• Regional areas of Australia will get a flip as many applicants would need additional points to reach the 65-point mark. A sponsorship for subclass 489 would give the applicant the much needed 10 points in order to make it to the 65- points pass mark.

• The DHA clearly seems to direct the inflow of migrants to spread out into the low population regional areas that would ensure a balance of migration population evenly as opposed to the current cluttering in Sydney, Melbourne and other metropolitan cities of Australia.

In a broader sense, the decision to increase the pass points to 65 is good as the DHA’s stand on ensuring the quality of migrants coming into Australia is affirmed.

This change in policy does not affect the visa applications that have either been lodged and the applicants who have already received invitations to apply for visas.

By Diamond Sodhi

Australia: Pass Points Increased from 60 to 65


Pass Points Increased from 60 to 65 for General Skilled Migration Program from 1 July, 2018

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has made an unexpected announcement that from 1 July 2018, the minimum point score that one would need to pass for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas (subclasses 189, 190 and 489) will be raised from 60 points to 65 points.

The new regional occupation list released

In a dramatic turn of events the Department of Home Affairs [DHA], Australia sprung a surprise at the time of replacing the 457 visas with TTS 402 on 18 March 2018. The abolishment of the former and introduction of the new visa pertaining to work permits was a planned change scheduled for March 2018.

What came as a thrilling flash of news was the interim Regional Occupation List [ROL]. This is the third list of eligible occupations in addition to the two lists introduced in 2017- MLTSSL and STOL. The new Regional Occupation List, however, is available only for those applying for a Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa [Subclass 489] that is state or territory nominated, and some of its occupations being available for the new TSS visas as well.

The introduction of the ROL has brought back many occupations that are now available for applying for a subclass 489 Visa. With this move, the DHA’s serious intentions to channelize the migrants to regional or low population areas of Australia make a headway.

A regional area, however, must not be confused with a backward or an underdeveloped region as the regions classified as ‘regional’ essentially refer to areas targeted for population growth. With the students, as well as migrants, coming to Australia under subclass 189 and 190, the metropolitan cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth remain cluttered with the migrating population. In order to spread out the migrants evenly to other areas of Australia, the 489 visa makes available a larger occupation list for those intending to settle outside the major non-regional cities of Australia. After complying with the two-year condition of living and working in the regional area, one is free to choose to live elsewhere including metropolitan cities of Australia.



5 Migrant Visas in 7 Days – CAAN Wings

Dear Prospective Migrant,

Thank you for your interest in Australia’s Skilled Migration Program- the immigration program that has helped over 190,000 migrants each year to resettle in Australia.

The Australian Immigration Authorities are welcoming immigrants like never before. In addition to an exhaustive list of eligible occupations, the immigration process is faster than before to help make your transition to Australia faster.

We take great pride and immense pleasure in sharing the names of some of our clients who very recently received their Skilled Migrant Visas with families are:

Some of the questions and confusions the above clients struggled with before initiating their immigration visa applications with us have been clarified for you as under:

Is Australia Immigration a long process?

The Immigration program is a permanent settlement route with family which can take longer than a visitor or student visa. However, with the Fast Track processing option recently introduced by the Australian departmental offices, it is now possible to get your Skills approved in 3-10 days. The processing time for one of our applicants was 3 months from the initial application for Skills Assessment to the grant of the visa.

Has Australia Skilled Migration been recently closed?

There has been a lot of confusion and chaos regarding some visas becoming obsolete, however, the offshore Skilled Migration Program for subclass 189, 190 & 489 remain unchanged. A lot of occupations on the Department of Home Affairs lists of eligible occupations make it possible for overseas applicants who intend to permanently migrate to Australia be eligible over those who intend to come to Australia for a temporary stay or a work permit.



Is it easier to get to Australia on a Study visa?

A student visa is essentially a non-immigrant temporary stay visa which. Though it takes a shorter duration to obtain this visa, the path to permanent residence, however, can be very long and cumbersome under this visa option:

  • Under the student visa obtaining 7.0 bands, each becomes mandatory while for an Offshore Skilled Migrant Visa a score of 6.0 ban s each can also be sufficient, depending upon the points calculation.
  • Under the student visa, an applicant is required to spend thousands of dollars before becoming eligible for PR, whereas an Offshore Skilled Migrant is eligible to apply for PR based on his/her current profile.
  • Due to the changes in Immigration policy and frequent occupation lists revision, a student can be stranded/ineligible to apply for PR if the occupation is removed after completion of his/her studies. However, an Offshore Skilled Migrant does not have to face such uncertainties as the critical stages of the visa are usually completed before the occupation lists are revised.

 Are self-employed or those working in family businesses eligible?

Yes, and this is a very important question- as there are myths and falsified information by many consultants that those self-employed are not eligible to apply for Migration/PR. Many of our clients who get their Migrant visas are either the business owners/self-employed or working within family businesses with their parents, spouse or other family members as the employers.

What is the right time to start the Immigration process?

Although there is no deadline to start your Migrant visa application process, the right time is always NOW! Logically speaking, whenever the occupation lists [most of which are a short time and valid for 6 months] are revised it is an ideal time to get started around that time as you can be sure that your immigration visa steps will be easily completed within that time span before the lists undergo further changes. Since the lists have been last revised on 17 January 2018, this is a great time to begin your application process.