In January this year, inquiries for worldwide removals organization Anglo Pacific have been up a substantial 45% on the equivalent period of time in 2011. While isolating the stats for Australia by itself, this shot up to 60%. Brand-new legislation effective 1 July 2012 which will make it trickier to get fixed residency in Australia is assumed to be to blame for this increase in interest.
Jason Diggs, Sales Director for Anglo Pacific, details, “Whilst January always sparks a peak in traffic as the British public wallows in winter and post-Christmas blues, 2012 has been particularly unusual. The Australian dollar hasn’t weakened, the British housing market hasn’t strengthened and we’ve seen no mass advertising campaigns or migration events backed by the Australian Government. All fingers seem to point therefore at the biggest change to Australia’s skilled migration programme since the points test was introduced 33 years ago – SkillSelect. From 1 July applicants will face an invitation-only visa system with no guarantee of permanent residency. The message to would-be migrants is to get in your application now and, judging by our enquiry levels, it would appear that the message is coming through loud and clear.”
Whilst the present method allows for anyone who fits eligibility specifications on points to apply for a visa, because of SkillSelect migrants have got to first go through a skills assessment along with an English examination just before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) and with any luck , be put into a skills “pool”. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) should then invite the most able minded candidates with the largest points tallies from the pool to apply for a skilled migration visa within Two months. Desire for a variety of expertise will vary state-to-state although expect nursing, construction and engineering to remain to be sought-after.
Jason continues, “There are several real downsides to SkillSelect. The first is that applicants can remain in this pool for up to two years and never have any guarantee of being invited to progress any further making it hard to form any kind of long-term family or career plans. Once those two years have expired, another EOI must be lodged. Secondly quotas will exist for the number of skilled workers from each sector allowed in the pool each year to stop it from being dominated by certain occupations. Lastly an EOI is not a visa application and therefore will not count as bridging visa. However, if a visa is granted under the existing points system, candidates have a five year window to make the move, so it’s well worth doing the paperwork now even if you’re not quite ready to make the physical leap.”
Anglo Pacific sponsors the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) that represents in excess of 2,000 registered migration agents world-wide. Communications Manager Brian Duff states, “Over the past three years the UK has been Australia’s first or second largest source country for migrants in every major category, except student visas, and it has been of historic importance for immigration. Pull factors such as the climate, way of life and relative economic stability have kept them coming in big numbers. SkillSelect could help Brits to gain greater access to employer sponsorship as their qualifications are more evident and skills more transferable than migrants from arguably any other country.”
Brian continues, “Statistics produced by the DIAC show that there has been a significant decrease, 52% over three years, in the number of General Skilled Migration entrants from the UK but demonstrable increases, 61% over three years, in Employer Sponsored types of visa. At the MIA we fully expect this trend to become more pronounced over coming years as General Skilled Migration is virtually eliminated and Australia proceeds with a much more demand-driven programme. And, by limiting the number of people invited to apply for visas, processing times should dramatically drop.”
Understandably it’s not merely moving inquiries which were up by 60% in January; career registrations through the Anglo Pacific jobseeker service improved by a very much the same 60% year-on-year. If you desire to register your current CV online, at no cost, visit http://www.anglopacific.co.uk/jobs_abroad.htm and we shall connect your abilities with expert recruiters to help you get the process started on a move Down Under – or indeed to Nz or South Africa. For moving questions call Anglo Pacific on 020 8838 8081, email removals@anglopacific.co.uk or visit www.anglopacific.co.uk.
About Anglo Pacific – As the UK’s premier independent world wide removals firm, Anglo Pacific handles approximately 20,000 baggage deliveries and international moving every year. An acknowledged sector leader for transport to Australia, transport to New Zealand, shipment to United states, shipment to Canada and shipment to South Africa, Anglo Pacific have been established for more than 3 decades and possesses an incomparable reputation for pleasant, specialist and reliable container shipment services. In addition, as a fully bonded member of the British Association of Removers, clients’ belongings couldn’t be in safer hands.

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