Permanent Residency

An attractive option for students is to seek Permanent Residence (PR) after they complete their studies in Australia. Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia is similar to the Green Card in USA where a person can retain ones nationality to live and work in the country.

In addition to providing an outstanding educational opportunity, once you have completed a registered course of 2 years study in Australia you may be eligible to apply within Australia for a Skilled Permanent Residency Visa under the Graduate Overseas Student Subclass. This will entitle you to permanent residency status thus allowing you unrestricted work rights in Australia.

Your Australian qualification will allow you to claim extra points in the Skilled Visa Points test, which is for a total of 120 points.

While grant of PR is based on the Points System as determined by the Australian Government, it is interesting to note that some parts of Australia are ‘special’. That is, if a student completes his/her education in those areas, they will get an ADDITIONAL FIVE POINTS for PR purpose.

Applicants who have completed an Australian doctorate as a result of at least 2 years’ study in Australia will now be eligible for 25 points.

To be eligible for 15 points, applicants must complete a total of three years’ study in Australia that has resulted in the applicant completing:

a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree
•  a Bachelor’s degree and Honours (at least second class (division 1)) or
•  a Bachelor’s degree with Honours (at least second class (division 1)).

Any applicant who has one or more Australian degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications and who meets the 2 year study requirement will continue to be eligible for 5 points.

Furthermore if you studied in a regional area of Australia you may be eligible for additional points.

Most importantly, if you study for an Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification (the result of 2 years full-time study in Australia), then you may be able to be nominated for a 60-point occupation from the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and be able to remain in Australia after completion of your course and lodge a skilled visa application.

If one studies in the following universities within NORTHERN TERRITORY and SOUTH AUSTRALIA, they get this additional benefit:

1. Charles Darwin University (University of Northern Territory)
2.  Flinders University
3.  University of South Australia
4.  University of Adelaide

Please note you must gain a skills assessment result and submit your visa application within 6 months of completing your qualification. As an onshore overseas student, you will receive a concession for not having recent work experience. Provided you have suitable qualifications for your nominated occupation and you receive a positive skills assessment, you will be exempt from the recent work experience requirement. This could make gaining a skilled visa much easier.

If your skills assessment processing is likely to take longer than the expiry date of your student visa you can apply for a Graduate Skilled Temporary Visa which will keep you in lawful status.

About Permanent Residency
Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia is similar to the Green Card in USA where a person can retain ones nationality to live and work in the country. After completion of their 2 years educational program in Australia, international students can apply for Australia PR. Else one have to accomplish the course along with the occupation category accumulating to 2 years, which will be assessed to secure 120 points (which was previous 60 points) as an eligibility to clear the pass mark for Permanent Residency. In the mid of 1999, the government of Australia has stated that students with a diploma from the universities or business college can get the citizenship of the country.

How to Get Australian Work Permit
Since 2000, Australian student visa has been set a policy that international students are not permitted to work without the consent of immigration authority. The process of obtaining work permit will be initiated with the course in Australia. Students have to enroll for the work visa at least 3 months before the expiry of the student visa. Students have to approachDIMIA with a letter signed by the school, confirming your enrolment and attendance, along with your passport and pay the tax of about Aus$ 60. Whereby, you will get a stamp permitting you to work in Australia. The whole application process can be performed through online and will take one week of time period. The work permit will be applied for all the international students.

To stay in Australia after completion of the studies, you have to apply for the work visa. There are various choices to get work permit in Australia based on the skills and competence of the individual, their profession and even their home country. In such situation it is always recommended to contact DIAC or any registered immigration agent.

New List of Occupations Under MODL, as on 17th May 2008
MODL (Migration Occupations in Demand List) is the list of all the professions that are recognized as the highly demanded occupation in Australia. This list of occupations is identified by DEEWR (Department of Education and Workplace Relations). The following table provides you the current list of occupations that are in demand for obtaining Australian Permanent Residency.

Managers and Administrators ASCO code
Child Care Coordinator 1295-11
Engineering Manager 1221-11
Professionals ASCO code
Accountant 2211-11
Anesthetist 2312-11
Architect 2121-11
Chemical Engineer 2129-17
Civil Engineer 2124-11
Computing Professional – specialising in CISSP * 2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in C++/C#/C * 2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in Data Warehousing 2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in Java * 2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in J2EE * 2231-79
Computing Professional – Linux 2231-79
Computing Professional – .Net technologies 2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in Network Security/Firewall/Internet Security* 2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in Oracle * 2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in PeopleSoft * 2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in SAP * 2231-79
Computing Professional – specialising in SIEBEL * (especially Siebel Analytic) 2231-79
Computing Professional – Solaris 2231-79
Computing Professional – Unix 2231-79
Dental Specialist 2381-13
Dentist 2381-11
Dermatologist 2312-13
Electrical Engineer 2125-11
Electronics Engineer 2125-13
Emergency Medicine Specialist 2312-15
External Auditor 2212-11
General Medical Practitioner 2311-11
Hospital Pharmacist 2382-11
Mechanical Engineer 2126-11
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 2391-11
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) 2127-11
Obstetrician and Gynecologist 2312-17
Occupational Therapist 2383-11
Ophthalmologist 2312-19
Optometrist 2384-11
Pediatrician 2312-21
Pathologist 2312-23
Petroleum Engineer 2127-13
Physiotherapist 2385-11
Podiatrist 2388-11
Psychiatrist 2312-27
Quantity Surveyor 2122-11
Radiologist 2312-29
Registered Mental Health Nurse 2325-11
Registered Midwife 2324-11
Registered Nurse 2323-11
Retail Pharmacist 2382-15
Specialist Medical Practitioners (not elsewhere classified) 2312-79
Specialist Physician 2312-25
Speech Pathologist 2386-11
Sonographer 2391-17
Surgeon 2312-31
Surveyor 2123-13
Associate Professionals ASCO Code
Chef 3322-11 (part)
Dental Technician 3492-15
Trades Persons ASCO codes
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) 4114-15
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) 4114-11
Automotive Electrician 4212-11
Baker 4512-11
Binder and Finisher 4913-11
Boat Builder and Repairer 4981-13
Bricklayer 4414-11
Cabinetmaker 4922-11
Carpenter 4411-13
Carpenter and Joiner 4411-11
Cook 4513-11
Drainer 4431-15
Electrical Powerline Tradesperson 4313-11
Electrician (Special Class) 4311-13
Electronic Equipment Tradesperson 4315-11
Fibrous Plasterer 4412-11
Fitter 4112-11
Floor Finisher 4423-11
Furniture Finisher 4929-13
Furniture Upholsterer 4942-11
Gasfitter 4431-13
General Electrician 4311-11
General Plumber 4431-11
Hairdresser 4931-11
Joiner 4411-15
Landscape Gardener 4623-13
Lift Mechanic 4311-15
Locksmith 4115-15
Mechanical Services and Air-conditioning Plumber 4431-19
Metal Fabricator (Boilermaker) 4122-11
Metal Machinist (First Class) 4112-13
Motor Mechanic 4211-11
Optical Mechanic 4999-11
Painter and Decorator 4421-11
Panel Beater 4213-11
Pastry Cook 4512-13
Pressure Welder 4122-13
Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Mechanic 4312-11
Roof Plumber 4431-17
Roof Slater and Tiler 4413-11
Solid Plasterer 4415-11
Sheet-metal Worker (First Class) 4124-11
Stonemason 4416-13
Toolmaker 4113-11
Tree Surgeon 4623-15
Vehicle Body Maker 4215-11
Vehicle Painter 4214-11
Wall and Floor Tiler 4416-11
Welder (First Class) 4122-15

Students nominated for any of the above specialised occupations will be awarded MODL points. These points are considered by ACS (Australian Computer Society) to evaluate their skills required to reach the expectations of the assessing body.

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