Article published by Ian Marshall - Advice on Migration March 2017.
With a great deal of uncertainty following Brexit many professionals are considering opportunities abroad in more stable and secure environments.
A destination high on the list for British and Irish engineers continues to be Australia. Most engineering occupations are on the priority skilled occupation list and for those with a four year engineering degree opportunities abound. For those whose degree wasn’t majored in engineering but have a long and successful track record behind them, Australia is still a realistic option.
But there is a fly in the ointment! Australian immigration policy is constantly under review. This time it is the popular 457 temporary worker’s visa reported by Phil Mercer of BBC News, Sydney. The article can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39128738.
The 457 visa has been popular with many employers as historically it has been a relatively straight forward and quick process. However, governments love bureaucracy and because it has been abused by some employers there have been increased restrictions and processing delays. The government also needs to be seen to manage this and to assuage those fearing immigrants are taking their jobs.
The other downside to the 457 visa is that is temporary and that means a risk for the visa holder. If the job disappears within two years, not unusual on contract work, then the visa holder has to find a new employer within 28 days or come home with family in tow.
However, there is good news. For most qualified Professional Engineers the process to secure Permanent Residency has been in our recent experience just 6 – 8 months. That is from your first enquiry to having the visa issued. That’s just brilliant because it allows you to live and work anywhere in Australia. This provides you and your family with security and flexibility if you want to move on. British and Irish Engineers are highly regarded and attractive to Australian employers.
Engineering Associates and Technologists need degree/diploma qualifications together with a competency demonstration report.
Applicants for visas need to score of 60 points to make a valid application as shown below. A co-ordinated approach to making a successful application requires bringing together the many elements needed to make a cohesive and successful application. This includes the necessary skills assessment and then the immigration application itself. Part of the process involves placing your details in the Department of Immigration system where you register your details. Your information is then made available to approved employers and state governments who can also nominate you for a position or through the state for priority processing.
Diploma / Trade Qualification10 points
Bachelor / Masters Degree15 points
Doctorate Degree20 points
18-24 (inclusive)25 points
25-32 (inclusive)30 points
33-39 (inclusive)25 points
40-44 (inclusive)15 points
45-49 (inclusive) 0 points
English Language Ability
3 years5 points
5 years10 points
8 years15 points
Applicants can also be awarded extra points for; Australian qualifications, Australian employment experience, State / Territory sponsorship and Partner skills.
Obviously, occupations present on the Skilled Occupation List for Australia due to a recognised demand. Therefore Engineers can be confident that their inclusion on the list means very good employment prospects Down Under.
Updated 19 April 2017 (Subject to change)
Production or Plant Engineer
Telecommunications Network Engineer
Civil Engineering Draftsperson
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
Electronics Engineering Draftsperson
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
Telecommunication Field Engineer
Telecommunications Network Planner
Telecommunications Technical Officer
Managers and Administrators
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