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General FAQ

The migration program is the mechanism by which the Australian Government determines how many applicants it will allow to settle permanently in Australia in any given year - and is sub-divided into two programs: the Migration Program and the Humanitarian Program.
The Migration program is further divided into family, skilled and special eligibility migration. The Humanitarian Program also has further categories such as refugees, special humanitarian migrants and special assistance.
The largest component of the migration program is the family reunion stream, where preference is given to a spouse, child, adoption, parent and preferential family. There is also a residual class -- the Skilled-Australian-sponsored class -- whose numbers may be controlled by the operation of a 'pool' of potential applicants who may be processed to meet the targets set for the migration program in any particular year.
The planning level for the migration (non-humanitarian) programme for 2012-2013 is set at190, 000 places, which is an increase of over 5000 from the previous year. For skill Visa the planning level is 129250.
The main purpose of a visa is to give visa holders legal permission to remain in Australia either temporarily or permanently. Your visa may also include permission to travel to and enter Australia.
If you are a citizen of New Zealand or a permanent resident of Norfolk Island who meets certain requirements, you need no visa to travel to Australia but require a visa to remain in Australia. However, if you are a citizen of another country, you must obtain a visa before travelling to Australia. Certain nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) if they intend to stay in Australia for less than three months, for tourism or for business.
If you are transiting through Australia for less than 72 hours, on your way to another destination via the next available flight, you will require a transit visa. Transit visas are free of charge. If you choose to have a short break in Australia for tourism purposes, you should apply for a visitor visa, not a transit visa. Please note that airlines may refuse to allow travelers to board their aircraft without valid visas / ETAs and passports.
If you intend to stay for more than three months or are not eligible for an ETA, a visa application must be lodged with the Australian Embassy/Consulate-General, together with the required fee.
If you would like to know your eligibility to apply for a Immigration Visa to Australia, you or your partner should satisfy the essential criteria (please note: only essential requirements are listed) for general skill migration programme only under Skill Select Visa.
1. Age - less than 50 years (an ideal age - less than 33 years)
2. English language - ability to achieve score of at least 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 in General or Academic IELTS, depending on your occupation & assessment authority requirement.
3. Successful qualification or qualification and work experience assessment
4. Skill Select - a successful completion of the online Skill Select process (EOI)
5. State Government or Territory nomination (not compulsory required)
6. Work experience - at least 1 - 8 years, depending on your occupation
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Fees payable (if any) to the Australian Government vary for permanent, temporary and other resident visas. Currently the Final Application lodgement fee at DIAC is 3060 AUD for Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189), Skilled Nomination Visa (Subclass 190), Regional Nominated Visa (Subclass 489).
Depending upon the class of visa for which you apply, you may also need to pay an additional fee for such things as
Assessment authority fees for Qualification & work Experience Assessment.
Sate nomination Fees (depends upon state & if required to get the state nomination).
Police checks : Character Requirement PCC
Health examinations : Australia Health Medical Requirement
English language testing
When you really come to think about it, the lifestyle and social security you and your family will be able to experience and enjoy in Australia will far overshadow the cost in terms of fees you pay to us and in terms of the lodgement fee you have to pay to DIAC. To ensure that the right type of immigrants enter Australia, the government here spends a considerable amount of time and money. In return for your honesty and professional and business expertise, Australia offers you and your family, a unique lifestyle second to none in the world.
The best time to apply is 'NOW'. Because as you get older you get fewer points and if you are over 50, you would not be eligible to apply to migrate to Australia. Also, with each change to the migration act and regulations, it becomes increasingly more difficult to migrate.
If you consider the past record then you come to know why? Because before July 2009 one can be eligible to get the PR with 5.0 band. But the department make the process tougher & tougher for PR. Now aspirants required to satisfied different criteria with Assessment Authority, State Nomination & the threshold criteria of DIAC.
JSK Consultants will not proceed with any matter unless we believe that there is a genuine and realistic chance of it succeeding. We never entertain any no hope cases for making money. We believe in build up the strong reference base through our satisfied customer.
For those whom we represent JSK Consultants commits its best efforts resulting over the year in many great results on behalf of clients. However, because each case involves many different factors, results will always be different from case-to-case. For that reason, the result JSK Consultants achieves in one case is no guarantee that we will obtain the same or similar result in any future case. Every case therefore is dependent upon its special facts.
Every application is unique and processing times mainly depend on the type of visa being applied for. As a common rule however, it takes most applicants for permanent residence visas in Australia 9 to 12 months (including the time required to prepare the application before lodgement) to receive a decision on their visa application.
How it calculate:
The overview of processing time is only from our experience & it is just for overall idea of Process. Processing time is always very upon case to case depending occupation demand, application rush, etc.
Assessment Process: 3 to 4 Months
EOI & State Nomination: 3 to 4 Months
Invitation & Application Lodgement to final Visa Outcome: 4 to 6 Months.

Delays can possibly result from and include:
Poor documentation and presentation
Misunderstanding of visa requirements
The need for an interview
Health issues
Complications regarding the criminal or security status of the applicant or dependants
Applicant's difficulty in obtaining satisfactory supporting documents
Requests by the Visa Office for additional supporting information
Visa Office workload demands, staffing limits, application backlogs and identified priorities
No, you do not requireto apply separately for your family to migrate to Australia. Just single application will include all family members in your application. You even don't require paying any extra charge to include them in your application. You have to remember one thing that only your spouse and Children will be considered as your family member. You cannot include your parents, brother or sister in your application; unless you can prove them to be wholly and substantially reliant on you for financial, food, shelter and other support and prove that they are more reliant on you than on any other person.
The visa will permit you unlimited travel and entry to Australia for five years from date of grant, and indefinite stay on your arrival provided entry is made before the expiry date. Where you travel overseas and return to Australia after the specified date, you will need to obtain a five-year Resident Return Visa (RRV) to renew your permanent residence.
To renew your permanent residency, you must have been lawfully present in Australia for a period of, or periods that total, not less than two years in the period of five years immediately before the application for the RRV and, during that time, you must have been the holder of a permanent visa. Limited exceptions to the two-year rule apply.
This visa allows you, your spouse or interdependent partner and any dependant included in your visa application to live as permanent residents in Australia.
Australian permanent residents can:
Live and work in Australia on a permanent basis without any condition.
Study in Australia at school or university (No need to pay international student fees and no 20 hour work limitation)
Receive subsidized healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods)
You can go in & out of Australia as and when you like.
Get an Australian Citizenship after 4 years of stay in Australia.
Can sponsor people for permanent residency or visit to Australia.
There is a growing demand for skilled personnel. One has to obtain the required points in the Skills/Employability criteria, apart from other factors as mentioned in the foregoing. Having satisfied the visa officer that one is highly skilled in his respective field and gained the required points to qualify, the application will proceed to a grant of visa. Therefore, when a prospective migrant arrives into the country, he/she is entitled to join the work force immediately. Registration or licensing may be required in some instances.
It must be understood that, the Australian Government has taken into consideration the basic needs of a new immigrant, and has an infrastructure to welcome and accommodate such persons, who can approach employment agencies, which will assist them in seeking employment suitable to their qualifications. Private Employment Agencies and Internet browsing could be other avenues used to seek employment.
A job search is advisable after visa grant and prior to one's departure, but a personal interview with your future Employer is mandatory in most cases. In short, an immigration status is granted to highly skilled persons permanently unlike a placement or work permit which is for a temporary period.
You may become a citizen of Australia in one of three possible ways. These are:
By birth: In Australia people automatically become an Australian citizen if they are born here and one or both of their parents is an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
By descent: If you are the child of an Australian citizen but you are born overseas you will generally be granted Australian citizenship. There are a number of rules that might apply to people in this category. These are indicated in the Australian Citizenship Act, 2007.
By grant: If you are a non-citizen of Australia you can apply to become an Australian citizen. You must meet several requirements, which generally are that you:
Are an Australian permanent resident
Are over 16 years of age
Have lived in Australia as a lawful resident for a total of four years where absences of a cumulative duration of less than 12 months will not matter, including 12 months as a permanent resident immediately preceding the date of application where absences of a cumulative duration of less than 3 months during this period will not matter
Are of good character
Have a knowledge of basic English
Have an adequate knowledge of your responsibilities and privileges as a citizen
Are likely to reside in, or to maintain a close and continuing association with, Australia if granted citizenship
The Australian Government encourages all permanent residents to apply for citizenship as soon as they are eligible to apply. You may apply to become a citizen when you have accumulated a total of 4 years residence in Australia out of the last 5 years immediately before you submit your application. We would also encourage you to apply for citizenship once you are eligible.
No assurance whatsoever exists that just filing an EOI will lead to an invitation. The applicants have to bear the costs while preparing their EOIs and if the application is not picked out of the pool, then he will not get refund of costs incurred in giving IELTS test and skills assessment.
Normally, your arrival must be within one year from the date of your medical tests or police certificates, which occur during the processing of your Australian residence visa application. So, if you deduct part of the official processing time, you will generally be left with 6 to 12 months to land in Australia.
This will vary according to your personal circumstances, such as whether you are bringing family with you to Australia, where you intend to live, whether you have already secured employment in Australia, and other lifestyle choices.
JSK Consultants's practice exclusively in the provision of immigration advice and services and as such is not able to assist you in searching for a job in Australia. However, there are a number of Australian organisations that offer this service.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer you any guarantees regarding the outcome of your application. For a visa application to be successful, you as the applicant must satisfy all requirements of the visa class being applied for. This is ultimately up to the Department of Immigration & Citizenship.
But we assured you with our Money back policy. As if you can't get the outcome as committed by JSK Consultants then we will refund our service charge after deduction the admin cost. Please refer our Money back policy for more detail.
The most common way in which evidence of the grant of the visa is given is by placing a visa label in your passport. In some cases no evidence of the grant of the visa is required to be given.
There are various reasons why an application is refused least of all is the reason that your application does not meet one or more of the criteria or prerequisites required for the particular category of visa that you are applying for. Another reason could be that you or a member of your family does not meet health or medical requirements. Another reason could be you provided false or incorrect answer to one or more of the questions that you were required to answer. Another reason could be that you or a member of your family failed to meet Australian national security requirements. This list is not conclusive and there could be other reasons that could lead to refusal of your visa application

Assessment FAQ

The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) was developed by Skills Australia (now AWPA) for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship as part of the reforms to the General Skilled Migration program. It is used to determine eligible occupations for independent migration to Australia and identifies occupations which are of high value and will assist in meeting the medium and long term skill needs of the Australian economy.
The SOL is not a list of occupations that experience short term skill imbalances or shortages. It is intended to facilitate sufficient numbers of skilled migrants, without distorting the underlying domestic training and labour markets
To apply for a General Skilled Migration visa you must nominate an occupation that is on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) at the time you apply and when your application is assessed. The Skilled Occupation List lists all eligible occupations for General Skilled Migration.
Regardless of which General Skilled Migration visa you apply for, you must provide evidence that your skills have been assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation before your visa can be granted.
The SOL provides a complete list of the relevant assessing authority for each occupation on the list. Each assessing authority has its own assessment procedures, timeframes and charges. JSK Consultants is working since more than five years in Australian Immigration continuously & Our professional is very familiar with SOL & Assessment Authority. After carefully assess your resume we will intimate you the best suitable occupation according to your Qualification & Work Experience.
In almost all cases, assessing bodies will require that you have post-secondary, such as university or trade, qualifications in order to receive a positive assessment of your skills.
In a small number of occupations, substantial relevant work experience may be acceptable. Each assessing authority will be able to advise you what the qualification requirements are for the occupations they assess.
DIAC introduce the CSOL list from JULY 2012 for new Skill Select Visa. Under this CSOL there are two separate lists one is Schedule 1 & the other one is Schedule 2.
The CSOL comprises 642 occupations, a combination of Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 below.
The current CSOL (schedule 1 and 2) is relevant for
Points based skilled migration applicants who are nominated by a State or Territory government agency under a State Migration Plan
Point based Skilled migration applicants who meet want to apply independent Skilled visa
Applicants applying under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), who must have been nominated by an Australian employer to fill a position in an occupation that appears in the CSOL
Temporary Business Long Stay – 457 Subclass
Occupational Trainee Visa – Subclass 442
If your occupation falls in Schedule 1 then you can apply under Subclass 189, 190 & 489. (here we consider only point tested general skilled migration visa). If your occupation falls in Schedule 2 then applicant must need to get the state or regional nomination. i.e. Applicant can only apply for 190 & 489 visa if their occupation fall in Schedule 2. You also need to check the relevant state nomination list for sponsorship availability & their criteria if your occupation falls in schedule 2

Skill Select FAQ

On July 1, 2012 DIAC introduce a new system for the GSM program called Skill Select. For General skilled migration, an expression of interest will need to be lodged before "an invitation" is issued to apply for a visa.
Potential applicants must first lodge an 'Expression of Interest' from which the Australian government, or Australian state governments, will select the applicants they deem to be the 'best and brightest', migrants to fill available places in the Australian migration programme.
Your expression of interest is valid for 2 years. If you are selected to apply for an Australian visa, you then must lodge your visa application within 2 months of the invitation.
This means that you must complete a skills assessment and sit and receive your International English Language Test Score (IELTS) before you lodge your expression of interest (EOI). If you do not complete these preliminary steps but receive and invitation to apply for an Australian skilled visa, you simply will not be ready to lodge a valid application in time.
Certain categories of visa applications require you to obtain a minimum total amount of points. Broadly speaking for a General Skilled Migration category of visa you are required to obtain at least 60 points to qualify for immigration into Australia. If you are sponsored by an eligible Australian relative or Australian State or Territory Government, you can get the additional points for it.
The points tested skilled migration visas - subclasses 189, 190 and 489 have a points test pass mark of 60 points.
Yes. He can apply under such a situation. If he/she has the valid assessment.
An EOI is not a visa application. It is only an expression of interest in being considered for the grant of an Australian skilled visa.
Depending on the visa(s) potential migrant wishes to be considered for, they will need to provide a range of basic information in their EOI, including:
basic personal information
details of the nominated occupation
relevant work experience
study and education qualifications
level of English skills
details of a Skills Assessm/ent, related to the nominated occupation
Once lodge an EOI application under Skill Select applicant can apply for State Nomination together. Once State Nomination application approved, then EOI is updated. With this updation DIAC will issued the Invitation to Apply for further application.
This will depend on your visa preference(s).
As part of the EOI process, you will be asked to select the skilled visa(s) you are interested in submitting an EOI for. You may express interest in one or more visa(s).If you choose to be considered for a state or territory or employer sponsored visa, you are agreeing to allow state or territory governments and/or employers to access your details in SkillSelect.
Employers will not be able to view any identifying information such as your name, date of birth, gender, or nationality. Employers can only access information that will assist them to consider you for employment; this may include your occupation, your work experience, and your level of English ability.
If you express interest for only the independent or family sponsored visas, the information recorded in your EOI will only be available to the department.
Applicant can change the Visa Subclass before the Invitation issued. For Example if any applicant has 55 points with 6.0 band & required to get the nomination from State to meet the Pass Mark requirement. Meanwhile if he/she achieves 7.0 bands in each module then applicant is eligible for 189 visa with 65 points. He/she can change the Visa Subclass from 190 to 189.
You do not need to provide a written statement when you submit your EOI. The EOI will ask questions based on the visa(s) you are interested in. The answers you provide will contain enough information for your EOI to be submitted.
Submitting an EOI on the Skill Select database will be free of charge. No supporting evidence or documentation will be required in order to submit an EOI on the Skill Select database.
It is important, however, for intending skilled visa applicant's to have the requisite information / documentation prepared prior to submitting their EOI, as an invitation to make a visa application may be issued shortly after their EOI has been submitted. On receiving an invitation, Applicants have just sixty days to prepare and submitted the necessary documentation to support of their skilled visa application
Yes, provided he fulfills certain criteria. The EOI is not a visa application, and he would not be offered with a bridging permit/visa. In case he is offered with an invitation to file a visa application, he should fulfill the requirements to have that permit/visa.
Australian skilled immigration law and procedure are constantly changing. If your occupation is in high demand, it is likely to be added to the Australian skilled occupation list (SOL) and also have more places within the skilled migration programme. The higher your score, the higher your chances of getting an Australian visa significantly increase.
It is therefore before you start your application when professional advice is of the greatest importance to potential Australian migrant.
The advice and assistance you receive must consider your skills and characteristics as well as other variables such as Australian immigration department visa policy and Australian labour market forces.
This means that planned and correct information is required before an applicant starts the process or they may simply find themselves wasting prestige's time and money in preparing to apply without any chance of a positive outcome.
The Australian government has indicated that the Australian migration programme must be flexible to deliver desirable mid to long term outcomes to the Australian economy and therefore, will continue to change.
You must update your EOI.
If your circumstances change, you are required to update your EOI in SkillSelect. You should update your details to reflect any additional qualifications or experience you have obtained. SkillSelect will automatically take the changes into account and, if appropriate, will update your ranking. This may increase your ability to be invited.
You must tell the Department of Immigration where you intend to live while your application is being processed. If you will be changing your address for more than 14 days you must tell the Department your new address and how long you intend to be there. A form is available for this purpose.
Two years. An EOI will remain in SkillSelect for a maximum of two years. If you are granted a permanent or provisional visa during this time, your EOI will be removed. You can also voluntarily suspend or withdraw your EOI from SkillSelect at any time. The department will also be able to remove your EOI at any time, if you breach the terms and conditions of SkillSelect.
After a potential migrant has completed an EOI and submitted it to the database, the Skill Select system will provide the potential migrant with a 'points score' and ranking result, based upon the claims made in the EOI.
When an EOI is submitted, the potential migrant will be able to view their points score, but will not be able to view their ranking position in the database, because this will change as other potential migrants enter and leave Skill Select.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will then invite the highest ranked potential migrants from the Skill Select database to make a visa application, according to the number of available places within a particular stream of immigration. DIAC asserts that the ranking process will be an objective and automatic process, with no involvement by the DIAC staff.
Intending skilled migrants can update their EOI at any time. If the updated information changes the potential migrant's points score, the Skill Select system will automatically update the ranking of that person.
Where an intending migrant submits an EOI for a visa(s) requiring an English language skills, or to complete a positive Skills Assessment or Job Ready Program, then the applicant will need to have completed these before they submit an EOI.
While it is not necessary to attach any documents to an EOI, it is necessary that all information included on the EOI is accurate and matches the information cited on any supporting documents (which would be included with a visa application if the potential migrant is invited to make one).
If a skilled migrant registered on the Skill Select database is invited to make an application for an Australian visa, the information submitted on the EOI will be used as part of the application, so it is important that any English Language testing, Skills assessments or Job Ready documentation is completed before submitting an EOI.
It is therefore crucial that any potential migrant wishing to submit an EOI to the Skill Select database seek professional advice from expert before they submit their EOI. This will help to ensure their submitted EOI is accurate, complete, and has the best chance of resulting in an invitation to make an Australian visa application.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer you any guarantees regarding the outcome of your application. For a visa application to be successful, you as the applicant must satisfy all requirements of the visa class being applied for. This is ultimately up to the Department of Immigration & Citizenship.
But we assured you with our Money back policy. As if you can't get the outcome as committed by JSK Consultants then we will refund our service charge after deduction the admin cost. Please refer our Money back policy for more detail.
The most common way in which evidence of the grant of the visa is given is by placing a visa label in your passport. In some cases no evidence of the grant of the visa is required to be given.
There are various reasons why an application is refused least of all is the reason that your application does not meet one or more of the criteria or prerequisites required for the particular category of visa that you are applying for. Another reason could be that you or a member of your family does not meet health or medical requirements. Another reason could be you provided false or incorrect answer to one or more of the questions that you were required to answer. Another reason could be that you or a member of your family failed to meet Australian national security requirements. This list is not conclusive and there could be other reasons that could lead to refusal of your visa application