If you have been looking for jobs in Australia, or perhaps are keen on relocating to Australia but have been hitting a few brick walls in terms of visa requirements and entry into the country, perhaps you fall into the category of professionals who fall into the Skilled Migration programme?
One way of gaining entry into Australia is through the general Skilled Migration programme. This programme is well-suited to individuals who are not able to find employer sponsorship, but may have a particular skill set which is in short supply and therefore required in Australia.
The programme has been put together in order to attract necessary skills to Australia and make entry less restrictive for those who possess the required skills.
Some general rules apply in order to qualify for the programme, for example, you must be between 18 and 45 years old with full English proficiency and recent skilled work experience or a recently completed Australian qualification.
The most pressing factor in order to fulfill Skilled Migrant programme requirements is whether or not your particular skills or qualifications for an occupation appear on Australia’s skilled occupation list (also known as the SOL). Should your particular skills in your given occupation be nominated on the SOL, then this is half the battle won in terms of obtaining this kind of visa. In order to check this out, you need to research further by consulting Australia’s SOL.
Should you find your skills and occupation are eligible in terms of the SOL,then the next step is an actual visa. In the Skilled Migration programme, there are many visa options available to you, even if you are not able to find an employer who is willing to sponsor you. In fact, if you qualify for an independent migrant visa, a visa sponsored by a relative, or nominated by a State or Territory government.
Indeed, if you suspect your skills and chosen occupation may appear in the Skilled Occupations List in Australia then this is definitely an option worth pursuing, as it opens many doors in terms of entry into Australia. Furthermore, there is an abundance of information available freely online. You are also able to research the availability of jobs within your given profession through one of the many online recruitment services.
Julie Samuels is a freelance writer and human resources professional who enjoys research the international recruitment market.