This year is flying by and we are now talking about what we are going to do for Christmas! Worldwide there has been an increase in visa applications for Australia, with New Zealand experiencing the same increase in activity.
As I am sure you are aware Auckland just got voted the friendliest city in the world and of the ratings of top cities in the world Australia has 5 in the top 20. Having spent 2 weeks in New Zealand with my daughter in July, I was blown away by how accommodating and friendly my fellow Countrymen are. As a result my daughter has expressed a strong desire to study there.
As a registered migration agent for both countries and the only one based in Africa, I am constantly assessing clients and potential clients eligibility to migrate and I am always stressing the importance of timing. Seriously, the criteria for both countries, as far as gaining the necessary pass marks to emigrate, are becoming ever harder and as they are high up on migrants preferred list of places to start a new life, I can only see them becoming more difficult in the future.
Recent news for Australia includes changes to the ACT & Victoria State Nomination Lists. ACT have closed almost 70% of their occupations previously listed and Victoria has “paused” the ICT related occupations on their list while they process the outstanding applications in these occupations. I have suggested before that if in the next few years you and your family see a need to apply for visas you must err on the side of caution and start the process sooner rather than later.
I TURN MORE PEOPLE AWAY THAN I HELP, PURELY BECAUSE THEY NO LONGER QUALIFY DUE TO FACTORS LIKE AGE OR THEIR QUALIFICATIONS NO LONGER BEING ON THE SKILLS LISTS FOR THEIR COUNTRY OF CHOICE.
Find out if you qualify by filling in the assessment form on our website or sending your CV`s to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free assessment. All information is held in the strictest confidence. We will contact you personally with the procedures, costs and time frames so you are able to make an informed decision on a way forward for you and or your family. Andrew Kerr