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Frequently Asked Questions - Employment
- Will having a visa help me secure employment in Australia?
- Are there any guarantees that I will receive employment once in Australia?
- When is the best time to start applying for jobs in Australia?
- Isn't getting a job first via company sponsorship the best way to gain entry in Australia?
- I have completed an Australian post-secondary qualification and would like to live in Australia permanently. What do I do?
- I am a recent graduate from an Australian institution. Do I need work experience before I can apply for permanent residence in Australia?
In Australia today over 98% of opportunities require you to have the right to work and live in Australia, such as those given to permanent residents.
By proactively seeking the path of migration, our clients ensure that they will be eligible to apply for the thousands of opportunities that are currently available in the Australian labour market.
The decision for the Australian government to enhance the skilled entry path is your opportunity to start a new life and career in Australia.
Our consulting service, in combination with our employment partners, will give you an advantage toward finding a job in Australia.
In partnership with LinkMe, an Australian career portal, we can provide you with access to Australia's hidden job market through direct exposure to thousands of recruiters and employers.
Naturally, each applicant must take their own steps to secure employment in the same way that a resident Australian professional would; and as such it is impossible to provide any such guarantee.
However, on a very positive note, the reality is that once you are successful in obtaining your visa and residency is a strong indicator than in the Department of Immigration's opinion, your skills and experience are in demand in Australia and as such, finding a job once you arrive is more than a mere likelihood.
In our experience, most successful applicants are in gainful employment or working on a new business venture within weeks of their arrival - in fact, some even secure an offer before they arrive!
As always, patience is virtue and seeking a job is no different.
Whilst applying for jobs in Australia without residency is the most popular strategy by most global professionals, it is also arguably the least effective approach, as Australian employers and recruitment companies will generally ignore applications that come from applicants that do not have unrestricted rights to work in Australia via the appropriate visa. This means lots of wasted job applications and time.
The most effective approach is to start aggressively applying once your have been granted your visa. This way you are on a level playing field with other Australian candidates. More importantly, the company does not need to sponsor you - which means as soon as an offer is made... you can start your new job.
Most skilled professionals seeking to gain entry into Australia make the mistake of seeking company sponsorship as their primary strategy.
However because the process of sponsorship is generally more expensive and complicated for Australian employers and the agencies that represent them, those who already have the right to work in Australia are invariably the first candidates to be considered.
I have completed an Australian post-secondary qualification and would like to live in Australia permanently. What do I do?
Eligible overseas students in Australia wishing to apply for permanent residence may apply for the 'Skilled - Independent Overseas Students in Australia' visa. You must:
- have studied for at least 16 months full-time (two academic years) in Australia;
- have completed a post secondary course of study within the last six months;
- nominate a 50 or 60 point occupation;
- pass the points test;
- satisfy the basic requirements;
- complete a criminal records check with the Australian Federal Police; and
- undergo a medical examination with Health Services Australia (HSA).
I am a recent graduate from an Australian institution. Do I need work experience before I can apply for permanent residence in Australia?
You may not need to meet the work experience requirement if you have completed an Australian post-secondary qualification less than 6 months before lodging your visa application.
This exemption cannot, however, be used to waive any specific work experience requirement imposed by an assessing body as part of a skill assessment (e.g. occupations assessed by VETASSESS).
If you intend taking advantage of this concession, you should note that the 6 month period begins from the date of completion of the qualification, not from the date the qualification was conferred. A certified copy of your qualifications and/or notification of your results and a transcript of your academic record should be included with your application.
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