November 22, 2017

According to the Migration Legislation Amendment Regulations 2017 that came into effect on 18th November 2017, an existing condition, 8303 has been amended to expand its scope. Under the new migration rules, many Australian temporary visas will be subject to a condition that will enable the Immigration Department to cancel a person’s visa if they are found to be involved in online vilification based on gender, sexuality, religion, and ethnicity.
Before 18 November 2017, the condition that earlier applied to only a few visas, is now applicable to most temporary visas applied for on.  This condition now also applies to

  • temporary graduate visa (Subclass 485)
  • skilled regional (485),
  • student visa and
  • visitor visa.

The Immigration Minister now has the power to cancel a visa if there is evidence of a visa holder engaging in harassment, stalking, intimidation, bullying or threatening a person even if it doesn’t amount to a criminal sanction. These activities may include public ‘hate speech’ or online vilification targeted at both groups and individuals based on gender, sexuality, religion, and ethnicity.
The Department of Immigration says that the new change: “It sends a clear message, explicitly requiring that the behaviour of temporary visa holders is consistent with Australian government and community expectations.  It advises visa holders what sorts of behaviour can result in visa cancellation.”
The Immigration Department says its officers have the discretion to determine whether the condition has been breached. They also have the discretion to not cancel the visa even when the condition has been breached.
No one should break the law but even behaviour that may not necessarily warrant a criminal sanction can be deemed a breach of this condition. So it is important to remember that your actions online may have consequences just like your real-life actions.

November 15, 2017

Australian economy is growing exponentially with spectacular economic boom in almost all engineering diciplines but espacially, Civil, Industrial, Mechanical, Mechatronics, and Production engineering sectors. Civil, Industrial, Mechanical, Mechatronics, and Production Engineers with relevant experience are in greater demand in Australia.
Australian Government has opened skilled migration visas for Engineers to reduce the serious shortages of overcome the delay in projects. Civil, Industrial, Mechanical, Mechatronics, and Production Engineers are in great demand in Australia.
The minimum entry requirement for these occupations is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.
Industrial Engineering Professionals (ANZSCO Skill Level 1) Investigates and reviews the utilisation of personnel, facilities, equipment and materials, current operational processes and established practices, to recommend improvement in the efficiency of operations in a variety of commercial, industrial and production environments. Registration or licensing may be required. Industrial Engineers may have specialization as Process Engineer.
Mechanical Engineering Professionals (ANZSCO Skill Level 1) Plans, designs, organises and oversees the assembly, erection, operation and maintenance of mechanical and process plant and installations. Registration or licensing may be required. Mechanical Engineers may have specialization as an Airconditioning Engineer or Heating and Ventilation Engineer.
Production Engineering Professionals (ANZSCO Skill Level 1) Plans, directs and coordinates the design, construction, modification, continued performance and maintenance of equipment and machines in industrial plants, and the management and planning of manufacturing activities. Production may have specialization as an Automation and Control Engineer.
Required Job Tasks for Civil, Industrial, Mechanical, Mechatronics, and Production Engineers 

  • Studying functional statements, organisational charts and project information to determine functions and responsibilities of workers and work units and to identify areas of duplication „
  • Establishing work measurement programs and analysing work samples to develop standards for labour utilisation „
  • Analysing workforce utilisation, facility layout, operational data and production schedules and costs to determine optimum worker and equipment efficiencies „
  • Designing mechanical equipment, machines, components, products for manufacture, and plant and systems for construction „
  • Developing specifications for manufacture, and determining materials, equipment, piping, material flows, capacities and layout of plant and systems „
  • Organising and managing project labour and the delivery of materials, plant and equipment „
  • Establishing standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance according to engineering principles and safety regulations
  • Inspecting plant to ensure optimum performance is maintained „
  • Directing the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment, and coordinating the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules

Immigration to Australia for Civil, Industrial, Mechanical, Mechatronics, and Production Engineers
Industrial, Mechanical, and Production Engineers needs to prepare Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) before applying for Skilled Migration for Australia. Engineers Australia is the designated authority to assess professional and Para-professional qualifications in engineering for the purposes of skilled migration to Australia for most engineering occupations.
Occupational Categories to Assess Engineering Degree from Engineers Australia
Engineers Australia recognises three occupational categories within the engineering team in Australia:

  • Professional Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Engineering Associate
  • For migration purposes, an additional category of Engineering Manager is also recognised

Recognising Civil, Industrial, Mechanical, Mechatronics, and Production Engineering Qualifications in Australia
To recognise your Engineering qualification in Australia, you need to assess your qualification/ degree through Engineers Australia. There are two pathways to assess your qualifications. If your Engineering Qualification is recognized by Washington AccordDublin Accord or Sydney Accord, then you need not to prepare Competency Demonstration Report (CDR).
In other case you need to write Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) to assess your Engineering degree and finally to apply for Skilled Migration of Australia.
Degree Assessment from Engineers Australia
You need to submit your application with all relevant documents plus assessment fee. Following documents are required to assess your engineering degree through Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) pathway:

  • Application Form available at Engineers Australia‘s website
  • Declarations Page 
  • Three Career Episodes (CEs)
  • CV/ Resume
  • Continual Professional Development (CPD) Report  
  • Summary Statement (SS)
  • IELTS Result
  • Certified Academic Transcripts and Experience Letters

Note: Engineering degree assessment process may take up to 16 weeks from the date of receipt, however the time period keeps varying depending upon the work load.
English Proficiency Test
Minimum English requirement for your Engineering Degree Assessment through Engineers Australia is overall 6.0 band in IELTS or any equivalent English proficiency test (e.g. Cambridge/ TOFEL, etc.). Your band should not be less than 6.0 in any of the four modules; reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Both General Training and Academic version of the IELTS are acceptable.  Applicants who are native English speakers or who have completed an Australian undergraduate engineering qualification, or who have completed a Masters Degree or PhD program at an Australian university may be exempted from IELTS.
Application for Skilled Migration Visa as an Civil, Industrial, Mechanical, Mechatronics, and Production Engineer
Once you have received your positive skill assessment from Engineers Australia, it means that your qualification is recognized in Australia and you are eligible to work as an Engineer in Australia. After getting the positive skill assessment you can apply for your Skilled Migration Visa (Visa Class; 189 or 190 or 489). You are welcome to Australia along with your family after the approval of your visa application. Presently you can apply for your visa through EOI system on Australian Immigration and Border Protection website.
Visa Agency – Australia is helping engineers from all disciplines and particularly Industrial, Civil, Mechanical, and Production Engineers to review their Competency Demonstration Report (CDR). CDR samples are available that will help as a guideline. Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) is the most critical step for getting Australian Skilled Migration and we don’t recommend you to take any risk.

November 15, 2017

After giving birth to your own baby since migrating down under you will  had a number of comments made on this associated post asking what the immigration status, residency or citizenship status of your own baby will be following the birth.
With this in mind we thought to write up an article to summarise the residency and citizenship status of your baby should you be blessed with the birth of a new child whilst spending your time down under.
If you applied for your Permanent Residency visa before your baby was born the following circumstances will normally apply.
1.If your baby is born in Australia, and at least one parent is an Australian permanent visa holder or Australian citizen,

  • your baby is an Australian citizen by birth.
  • No Australian visa is required for this baby.
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  1. If your baby is born in Australia and neither parent is an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder,
  • your baby will generally automatically acquire the visa of either parent dependent on whichever visa is more “beneficial”.
  1. If your baby is born outside Australia, and at least one parent is an Australian citizen otherwise than by descent,
  • your baby is eligible for Australian citizenship by descent.
  1. If your baby is born outside Australia and at least one parent is an Australian citizen by descent and that parent was present in Australia lawfully for at least 2 years before your baby’s citizenship registration,
  • your baby is eligible for Australian citizenship by descent.
  1. If your baby is born outside Australia, and neither parent is an Australian citizen,
  • your baby has no immigration status in Australia and will need a visa to enter Australia.
  1. If I have my Australian visa, but not validated it, and my child is born outside Australia
  • If your Australian Visa has already been granted to you but you’ve not been to Australia to validate the Visa then you’re newborn child will not automatically be granted a visa as part of your own application.
  • You will have to advise the DIAC about the new addition to your family, as a change of circumstances before you validate your own Visa as your baby will have to be sponsored on a child visa in its own right.
  • This is normally a straight forward process however you should add at least 10 – 12 weeks for the new baby to be added.

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