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ASC Migration are specialist Australian migration agents. Our dedication to our clients guarantees that they will receive expert professional advice and assistance during every step in the immigration process.

Our specialist understanding of immigration law and its processes ensures we apply the most up-to-date and cutting-edge immigration solutions to any potential migrant’s matter. This is particularly evident in circumstances whereby a client’s frustration and confusion necessitates some clever and innovative consolidation.
John Kavanagh is ASC Migration’s owner and managing director and is an Australian Registered Migration Agent. The legal requirements of Australian Registered Migration Agents are that they must maintain an up-to-date knowledge of immigration law and practice. Consequently potential immigrants can be assured their matter will receive the most advanced and professional advice available.
John and his family migrated to Australia in 1997. Therefore having experienced all that is required to migrate to, or remain in Australia, he is acutely aware of the requirements of a visa application and the processes involved therein for potential immigrants.

Drastic Changes to Australia's Immigration Policies

As you may have already heard through various media outlets, Australia’s immigration policies are being overhauled. These changes may benefit some and prove a hindrance to others, however, the constant is that the Australian Government is making it far more difficult to enter, stay and become a Citizen of Australia. With the removal of 457 visas, RSMS visas and a reduction in the amount of professions on the skills list being reduced to 18 professional pathways, you can expect that those processing visas at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to be more focused on finding applications that do not meet the already strict criteria required to attain a visa. These changes can be viewed as a benefit to local workers while those looking to enter Australia as a skilled or sponsored worker are likely to feel more apprehensive about their chances of success.

It has never been more important for prospective migrants to utilise the services of an immigration expert to navigate these new waters. While the main concern of most prospective clients is the cost associated with the visa application as well as migration agent fees, we at ASC Migration provide a staged migration process that ensures your financial expenses are minimal during the initial qualifying period and we will only push ahead with an application that we are confident will have a positive result. We offer a Free Assessment service to check the basic information and if you meet those basic threshold requirements we will conduct an in-depth consultation with you for $120 to assess the finer details before beginning the application process. The $120 consultation fee is credited towards the cost of your application should we decide to take your case on. This staged migration process costs you far less than spending, say, $7200 on a Skilled Visa application for you and your family (partner plus two children) only to have it refused. Our process will identify the perfect migration pathway for you to minimise costs, stress and risk to the point that 100% of our clients say they would recommend our services to friends and family.

Applying to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a visa is not unlike going to court; you need evidence combined with its appropriate application to the legislation. The evidence in question would be your personal details, qualifications, work history, language proficiency and many other areas that overlap and are individual to the 61 various visa subclasses currently available. We see lots of instances of visas being refused due to individuals thinking that they need to apply for a certain visa when the evidence they can provide actually applies to a different subclass as well as incorrect and incomplete evidence being provided to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. While a refusal doesn’t prohibit someone from applying again, you would be surprised how many clients have come to us over the years due to attempting an application themselves first before realising they need to engage an immigration expert to handle their case.

We expect that further changes to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s criteria will change even more in the near future as well as expecting their application fees to rise as well. Australia’s economy, like many around the world, requires its government to make changes like the ones we have seen to bolster the local workforce as well as being more focused and targeted in its approach to attract the professionals the country needs through its various migration pathways. If you desire to come to Australia, we expect these changes have you concerned about your eligibility, which is completely normal. While we cannot predict any precise changes that are likely in the future, the best advice we can provide to you at this time is this; if you have been thinking about the move, have your eligibility assessed ASAP. It’s highly unlikely that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will make things much easier after making things much more difficult. 

ASC Migration believes in transparency as well as a staged migration process. You will find we are very open about our fees as well as the confidence we have in our ability to handle complex and straightforward cases with unrivalled expertise. We have provided you with a process that is within any potential migrants’ financial capabilities with a Free Assessment followed by an Expert Consultation before we begin a formal application process. Just as we are sure that the changes expected in the future may make things more difficult for you to enter Australia, we expect things in your home country are deteriorating to the point that you view this journey as being essential to your livelihood, which is why we take all of our clients’ concerns and outcomes seriously. These changes needn’t worry you unnecessarily. Our love of Australia and desire to see it filled with people who have been called to its shores to live a happy and fulfilling life compels us to see you through the visa application process with ease and efficiency.

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SkillSelect Invitations



During the 2015-2016 year 29,366 invitations were issued under SkillSelect.

These figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses as State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.

In July 2016 there were 3250(2 invitation rounds) and so far in August 1500 invitations have been issued. To ensure your application is enhanced and amplified Contact Us now for precise and accurate information because migration is all we do.

ASC Migration - Highly Skilled & Professional.

 

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Student Visa cancellations

According to the Department of Immigration, although the new 'Simplified Student Visa Framework' process intends to simplify a student application and its grant more quickly, this will also likely to lead to more cancellations.

Student visas may be cancelled on various grounds, such as non or insufficient attendance and plagiarism.

However, to ensure a simple and skilled visa application and grant process Contact Us now for precise and accurate information because migration is all we do.

ASC Migration - Highly Skilled & Professional.

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Students and Visas

Australian universities produce about 9500 engineering graduates each year, but annual demand for engineers has ranged from 13,000 to 20,000 in the past decade. The peak body, which represents about 100,000 engineers, has been urging Australian state and federal governments for the past 25 years to adopt a national registration scheme, which would ensure high professional standards are maintained in the sector.

Engineers Australia (EA) chief executive Stephen Durkin said while most government representatives have seen value of such a program, the general response has been “but buildings aren’t falling down’. Mr Durkin said he supported skilled migration, saying most of Australia’s engineers were overseas born.

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BENEFIT FROM EMPLOYING AN AUSTRALIAN REGISTERED MIGRATION AGENT

Your chances of success will increase because it’s not an easy process, as Australian Law is complex and gaining entry is not an easy task. Australian Registered Migration Agents know exactly what is wanted and needed for a potentially quicker visa approval. By law they need to be familiar with a vast range of immigration laws including the Australian Migration Act, Migration Regulations & Migration Policy

As no two cases are alike, a potential migrant’s decision to step beyond Google, Blogs, A Friends Advice and Unregistered Agents to get professional help from an Australian Registered Migration Agent will always be a wise one, and in the long-term a more satisfying one!

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Incomplete subclass 457 applications

The Department of Immigration has warned that 457 applications including sponsorship, nomination and the visa application must be decision-ready or risk refusal. This means an application could be refused the very next working day, after lodgement.

As with all applications we strongly recommend you engage the services of an Australian registered migration agent who is a highly skilled professional that is likely to ensure this will not happen to your application.

Remember, only an Australian registered migration agent must attend ‘Continuing Professional Development (CPD)’ which will ensure they keep abreast of the ever-changing migration regulations.

Contact Us now for further information.

ASC Migration – Skilled and Professional - Migration is all we do

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Business Migration in Australia

There are certain dynamics of the Australian market that make it an ideal place to start a business. The chances of an innovative business idea working in Australia are high.

When considering starting a business in Australia, or to migrate to the country as the owner of a business or investor, knowing which immigration route suits you best is important. Once you know which immigration strategy you need to use to apply for a business visa, the process of planning the start of your business in the country will be a lot easier.

The main categories of business visas are:

-        Business Innovation and Investment whereby the applicant must have an established and operated a successful business or a maintained investment in bonds. Both business owners and investors can avail this visa.

-        Business Talent visas are permanent visas granted to people with a history of successfully owning a business or people who have venture capital funding in the country.

-        Significant Investor Subclass Visa is for  people who are willing to make an investment of 5 million dollars in Australia

-        Business Visitor Visas may interest people who want to visit Australia for short term business purposes such as meetings, or to look into the market for business related opportunities. Valid for up to 3 months.

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Partner Visas

Partner visas were a quarter of total immigrant intake in Australia last year as almost 50,000 people got visas as brides, grooms, fiancés etc, China accounted for 5,366 visas, followed by India (5,175), Britain (4,339), the Philippines (3,331), and Vietnam (2,832).

As partner visa applications now cost almost $7000 a simple mistake could derail your application and you may forfeit this as a result. Contact Us and a professional will guarantee your eligibility to proceed.  

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Skill Select Invitation Round - September

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 - 2300 Skilled Regional Sponsored Subclass 489 – 80

Please note the following: Those with the highest ranked points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa, but for those with equal points scores, the time at which they lodged an eligible application will determine the order of invitation.

Contact Us now and we'll ensure your application is enhanced so your points allocation is maximised. 

Next invitation round – 9 October (Watch this space)

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World's Most Liveable City

Melbourne has topped 140 rivals to be crowned the world's most liveable city 4 years in a row since 2011. And as a further confirmation of Australia's fantastic cities and lifestyle, 3 more of them made it onto the top 10. 

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Australian Government supports 457 Visas and slashes red tape

The new Australian government has vowed to remove "union red tape" on 457 visas as business steps up its demands for the turn-around on the scheme designed to bring overseas skilled workers to Australia. In a closed-door speech yesterday, Australian Mines and Metals Association chief executive Steve Knott advocated the dumping of Labor's (the previous government) "pre-election, last-minute, politically driven, ill-considered, unnecessary and cumbersome" labour market testing requirements for 457 visas. The testing requirements were introduced by the previous government to require companies to demonstrate that they have tried for four months to recruit Australians before nominating a foreign worker for a 457 visa. The New Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison said last night: "We strongly opposed these measures in opposition and will be consulting on how best to cut red tape on 457s, while maintaining legitimate protections that support the integrity of the scheme

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Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

An ENS allows business owners to sponsor overseas workers, or those that are already employed in Australia on temporary visas, to live and work in Australia.

The ENS contains three different "streams" or application pathways.

The Temporary Residence Transition Stream is for people who already hold a Subclass 457 visa and have worked in Australia for a minimum of two years.

The Direct Entry Stream is for those who are brand-new, or at least relatively new, to working in Australia.

The Agreement Stream is for people who have been sponsored by an employer under "a labour or regional migration agreement".

Employers can use the ENS to fill positions in your business that are suffering from skills shortages. These positions must be listed on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List, or CSOL.

If you are a business owner, you may want to have a look at this list and determine whether your sector or the position you are trying to fill is represented on it. Complete the free Business Assessment Form for further information. 

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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) allow employers in regional or low population growth areas in Australia who have been unable to fill a skilled position from the local labour market to sponsor overseas workers and professionals. 

Under the RSMS, employers can fill vacancies by nominating skilled workers and professionals from overseas or temporary residents already in Australia. The RSMS gives sponsored migrant employees and their dependant family member’s permanent residence.

The employment vacancy must be full-time and must be certified by a Regional Certifying Body.The vacancy must provide working conditions that are no less favourable than provided for under the relevant Australian legislation and awardsThe position be a highly skilled occupation that is on the Employer Nomination Scheme Occupation ListThe vacant position must meet the minimum salary level for RSMS.The applicant must demonstrate they have the appropriate skills, qualifications and/or experience to fill the positionApplicants must meet any mandatory licensing, registration or professional membership requirements.Applicants must be under 45 years of ageApplicants must have Vocational English language ability.

Please contact us if you would like further information regarding an RSMS visa.

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Permanent Employment Visa

Australian businesses can recruit skilled workers and professionals on permanent visas to fill full-time highly skilled positions which cannot be filled from the Australian labour market.

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows employers to sponsor overseas workers and professionals for a permanent visa to work in Australia.

Applicants must be under 45 years and had their skills assessed as suitable for their nominated occupation by the relevant skills assessing authority (and have at least 3 years full-time work experience in the occupation before the visa application is lodged). 

They must also meet English language competencies subject to the occupation however, it is possible to seek exemption from age, skill, and English language levels under exceptional circumstances conditions. Employers must provide working conditions that are no less favourable than provided for under the relevant Australian legislation and awards.

Meet the minimum salary level for ENS. To gauge if you are eligible in this category please complete a Free Assessment

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Points Tested Migration

For points based skilled migration and business innovation and investment visa programs, you will be ranked according to the appropriate points test. You will be able to submit an EOI even if you do not meet the pass mark; however, you will not be invited to apply for a visa. 

Meeting the points test therefore is an important part of applying for a visa as is developing a strategy or a pathway to gaining additional points if you fail to meet the pass mark.

It is important to remember that meeting the points test pass mark does not guarantee you an invitation to apply for a visa.

If you select the Employer Nomination or Regional visa(s) you will receive the appropriate points for nomination or sponsorship. For example if you select the Employer Nomination visa you will receive 5 points which will be added to your points score. Your points score based on your claims in your EOI will then be displayed before you submit your EOI.

Nominated Occupation

If you are submitting an EOI for a visa that requires you to list a nominated occupation you should establish if your occupation is a skill that Australia needs. You can do this by checking the Skilled Occupation Lists.  You must provide details of a Skills Assessment relating to your nominated occupation in your EOI.

For information about how to calculate the points test or to begin the process of migrating to Australia take a Free Assessment for the visa you are interested in.

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SkillSelect and Expression of Interest

If you want to migrate to Australia as a skilled migrant and you have the skills Australia needs you may need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via the Department of Immigration’s SkillSelect system.

If you are interested in the following visas,

Skilled – Independent (Permanent) VisaSkilled – Nominated (Permanent)VisaSkilled – Regional Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional)VisaBusiness Talent (Permanent)VisaBusiness Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Visa

You can also express interest in the following visa programs on your EOI to be contacted by an employer who may be attracted to your skills and experience.

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)Regional Sponsored Scheme (RSMS)Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled)

You will need to receive an invitation before you can apply for a visa and you can express interest in a range of skilled migration visas in one EOI. You will be asked to provide a range of information in your EOI depending on the visa(s) you want to be considered for, such as:

basic personal informationnominated occupationwork experiencestudy and educationlevel of English skillsdetails of a Skills Assessment, related to your nominated occupationbusiness and investment experience.

An EOI is not a visa application, it is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa. Consequently it is now more important than ever that you engage an Australian Registered Migration Agent who will ensure the important and pertinent aspects of your application are enhanced and amplified so that it attracts the attention it deserves.

For more details on what questions and information you will need to supply in your EOI, you should contact us for the visa(s) you are interested in.

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Skilled Nominated Visa

This points-based visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory in Australia, who can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia and who can include certain family members in this visa application:

You must;

submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be nominatedhave an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation listhave a suitable skills assessment for that occupationbe less than 50 years of age when the invitation is issuedmeet the English language requirementsbe able to score at least 60 on the points test.

Ensure you engage an Australian Registered Migration Agent at ASC Migration who will amplify your skills and experience to enhance your application. This will ensure you meet the strict requirements for visa grant.

If you are invited to apply for this visa you can be in or outside Australia when you lodge your application. Invitations are based on claims made in your EOI and be supported by relevant evidence.

ASC Migration will ensure you provide the relevant documents and applications are by invitation only. Complete a Free Assessment now to begin the process of applying for this visa.

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Partner Visa

Partner VisaTo be eligible in this category, you must either be married, engage to, or in a defacto relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen and this person (your partner) must sponsor you.Married and defacto couples must live together and must show a mutual commitment to a shared life together, whereas couples who are engaged must have a genuine intention to marry.

To determine if you qualify for a partner visa begin the process by taking a Free Assessment now.

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Business Investors and Business Owners

Visas in this category are for investors and business owners who wish to establish business operations in Australia.

This is a 4 year temporary visa and once you have maintained an investment in Australia for 4 years or established an ownership interest in an Australian business, you can apply for permanent residence.

A 2 year extension is also possible in certain circumstances and applicants can also be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government.

Criterion that is common to each visa is applicants must also meet the following:

Receive an invitation to applyBe under 55 years of age, unless the nominating state or territory certifies that you will make an exceptional economic benefitMeet the pass mark in the ‘Points Test’ (currently 65)Have an overall successful career in business or investment

Business migration is extremely complicated which requires a great deal of expertise. To determine you eligibility contact us now.

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Skilled Independent Visa

You can apply for a Skilled Independent Visa in Australia or overseas. You must first lodge an Expression of Interest and then be invited by the Department of Immigration (DIAC) to do so. Once invited it is very important that you have all required documentation prepared to lodge as soon as possible after receiving the invitation.

Other qualification criteria is you:

Meet the pass mark in the skilled migration points test - currently 60Be aged between 18 and 49 inclusivePass Skills Assessment in your nominated occupationHave Competent English or higher (or be a holder of approved passports)Meet health and character requirements

You can include family members (who will have full work rights) in your application:  

ASC Migration are Skilled Visa processing specialists. We can get help you with;

Getting your skills assessedEnsuring the most pertinent aspects of your skills and experience are enhanced and amplified to maximise your points scoreProcessing and lodging all applications and communicating with each statutory authority to ensure your matter is processed without any roadblocks

Please contact us if you would like assistance with your Skilled Independent visa application.

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