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June 5, 2024

This article on student visas refusals is written by our immigration agent Fabio Nocilla (MARN 1801445), but it does not constitute legal consultation and is for informational purposes only.

The first months of 2024 have brought us face to face with a historically rare event: the refusal of Student Visa applications. The markets most affected so far are those of Indian, Asian, and South American students. The primary factors generating ‘rejection anxiety’ are twofold:

  • Statements from ministers repeatedly expressing (for political purposes) their intent to reduce the number of Student Visas issued
  • Various rejections of applicants from other nationalities
  • The slow processing of visas

Currently, the greatest uncertainty is due to the very long wait times experienced by holders of visa 408. This does not translate into a mass refusal as each application will be judged on an individual basis.

What happens if I receive a refusal?

It’s useful to prepare for the worst-case scenario and understand what it means to receive a refusal and request a review of the decision (also known as an ‘appeal’). Many people believe that a refused visa means having to return home. This is not correct. Additionally, many people see a refusal and an appeal as a ‘blemish’ or a negative record in the eyes of the Department and an obstacle to future visa applications (which is only partially true).

Do I have to leave the country after a refusal?

If you receive a refusal of a Student Visa applied for in Australia (IMMI Refusal Notification with Records), the official letter will give you the following options:

  • Leave the country within 35 days, or
  • Request a review of the decision within 21 days of the refusal at the AAT

What is a review of the decision – appeal?

When the Department issues a negative verdict, it is also required to explain the reasons. Generally, Student Visas are denied on the basis that the delegate has concluded that the applicant does not genuinely intend to study. This criterion is subjective: it is about what the examiner believes the applicant’s intentions are. In simple terms: it is their opinion. Very often the reasons are generic, for example:

  • The applicant has not demonstrated how this visa will be useful to them in the future.
  • The applicant would find much better working conditions in Australia compared to their home country.

In essence, those who decide to deny the visa argue that the interest in studying is not the primary factor behind the choice to apply for a Student Visa.

If the visa was applied for within Australia, it is possible to challenge this decision and request that a new one be made.

Who makes the new decision?

The decision is made by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The name itself can create anxiety. The common imagination refers to a real court, with judges and lawyers. Nothing could be further from the truth. The AAT is an external division of the same department, a sort of office to which the appeal request is presented. Very often the entire review procedure is devoid of any contact with officials (everything is completed through documents). In the event of a hearing, it is often by telephone or a simple in-person conversation, in which one can be assisted by their agent.

How does the review (also called ‘appeal’) work and how long does it take?

The review request is very quick, and the operation is completed in one day. However, the time before the AAT makes the new decision is quite long. The AAT website reports a wait time between 314 and 646 days (between 1 and 2 years).

Once the review request is completed, you are allowed to remain in Australia awaiting the new decision (thus, for about a couple of years).

What visa do you wait for the new decision with?

When applying for the visa that was later refused, a Bridging Visa was obtained (generally a Bridging Visa A). When the review request is completed, that bridging visa is extended to an ‘indefinite’ date, as it depends on when the tribunal will make the decision.

What conditions and work rights do I have while ‘on appeal’?

During this long waiting period, the conditions and work rights present on the previous visa are extended until the moment of the new decision. Here are some examples based on the visa held at the time of refusal:

  • Tourist -> no work rights during the appeal waiting period
  • Working Holiday Visa -> work rights during the appeal waiting period, but there is a six-month limit
  • Student Visa -> part-time work rights during study periods, full-time during holidays
  • Visa 408 Covid Visa -> full-time work rights while awaiting the appeal

How much does it cost to request a review?

The fee to be paid to the AAT at the time of the appeal is $3,374. In case of a positive outcome, 50% of this amount is refunded.

What factors can favor a positive outcome?

Your delegate has decided that you are not genuinely intending to study as you declared. However, in the meantime, one or two years have passed. It is clear that a determining factor will be your academic performance. Can you demonstrate that you have passed various exams? Have you attended classes? This will help a lot because it creates an objective fact that cannot be ignored. Certainly, the AAT will also try to understand future plans, such as an intention to return to your home country. However, the most important factor will be related to academic performance.

What factors can favor a negative outcome?

It often happens that people take advantage of the review period to stay in the country without studying, paying for school, and working as much as possible. Similarly (but in the negative), this creates an objective fact that cannot be ignored.

During the appeal waiting period, can I travel outside Australia or am I stuck inside?

Many people fear being stuck in Australia in case of refusal of their visa during the appeal period. However, it is almost always possible to leave and re-enter the country if necessary. In fact, if at the time of the visa application you received a Bridging Visa A, even after the refusal it will be possible to convert it into a Bridging Visa B and obtain travel and return rights.

You might be interested: what are bridging visas?

During the appeal waiting period, can I apply for other visas? Like sponsor, skilled visa, or Partner Visa.

In general (but there are exceptions) it is not possible to apply from within Australia for a visa if you have received a refusal. This is by virtue of Section 48. However, from outside Australia, this is possible. Since it is also possible to obtain a Bridging Visa B, thus leaving and re-entering the country, this can allow applications for other visas even while awaiting review.

Do you need more information? Contact us at infopoint@atlasmigration.com

March 5, 2024
March 5, 2024

The announcement’s out about the upcoming visa, set to replace the 482 visa. It’s dubbed the “Skill in Demand Visa.”

Get ready for another round of changes in Australia’s migration scene come 2024. As highlighted in the ‘strategic document’ by the Immigration ministers, Australia’s immigration system is gearing up for a makeover, leaning towards quickly attracting individuals with skills the country needs. Oddly enough, it seems the first casualty of this revamp might be the recently overhauled classic sponsor, known as the TSS 482 visa. For those who’ve been following closely, you might remember our predictions about the next step being a reform of the lists system.

What’s on the horizon (albeit currently just hearsay) is a fresh visa called the Skills in Demand Visa. We’re expecting its debut sometime in 2024. It looks like it might run for four years (though how long the transition to permanent residency will take remains unclear).

This visa will come in three tiers:

Specialist Skills Pathway

This pathway opens doors for nearly all occupations to apply, almost independent of specific lists (barring a few like trade workers, laborers, and drivers). The crucial criterion shifts to salary: you’ll need to hit a minimum of $135,000 per year to qualify. There’s an annual cap of 3000 spots.

Core Skills Pathway

Here’s where a new list called the ‘Core Skills Occupation List’ will take center stage. Those seeking sponsorship should boast salaries between $70,000 and $135,000 per year. The Department of Home Affairs aims to process applications here within 21 days. This stream is likely to cover most jobs eligible for sponsorship. The future prospect? The Core Skills Occupation List is expected to evolve dynamically, constantly updated to reflect shortages in skilled personnel in Australia.

Essential Skills Pathway

This tier is for workers in demand but whose salaries fall below $70,000. The department plans to start with aged and disability carers before considering other necessary professions.

This new visa introduction will also usher in changes in mobility rules. Sponsor transfers will be doable within 180 days (that’s six months!), and there’s a possibility of working for other employers during this period, potentially even in roles different from the sponsored one.

These reforms seem credible, outlined in detail in the strategic paper released on December 21, 2023, by the Department of Home Affairs. As of now, the known sponsor visas remain unchanged (TSS 482, ENS 186, Regional 494).

Once the legal texts (Acts, Regulations, Policies, Legislative Instruments, Directions, etc.) are official, count on us to navigate you through the alterations and timelines.

Questions? Reach us anytime at infopoint@atlasmigration.com.

May 9, 2023

Long story short, if you work with the elderly, you may be able to obtain permanent residency.


May 2023 will likely be remembered as the month of structural announcements regarding immigration. As far back as 2014, there were rumours about a possible pathway for workers employed in nursing homes to permanent residency, but nothing ever followed officially.

However, this week we are witnessing the implementation of a new Labor Agreement: the Aged Care Industry Labour Agreement.

This means that it will now be possible to obtain permanent residency as:

  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Aged or Disabled Care

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Until recently, this was not possible due to the absence of these professions on the relevant lists, but now workers employed in nursing homes can obtain a permanent visa after two years of work with their employer.

How does this labor agreement work?

Firstly, the aged care provider (i.e., the nursing home and employer) must contact one of the following entities:

And obtain a “Memorandum of Understanding (MoU),” which is a kind of authorization to participate in this labor agreement.

Key sponsorship features:

  • This type of sponsorship will be processed with priority
  • The visa to apply for will be the TSS 482 visa, and the 186 Transition Stream visa will be accessible after 2 years
  • Exceptions to the minimum English level will be allowed for those who can prove “relevant community language skills” in their mother tongue
  • Minimum salary $51,222 (unless the local minimum wage is higher)

Applicant requirements:

  • A minimum tertiary qualification equivalent to a Certificate III is required
  • The Certificate III in Individual Support is clearly the most appropriate, as it is often required for employment in nursing homes even when temporary visas are held. The qualification can be substituted with 12 months of experience (or equivalent part-time experience)
  • IELTS level 5 or equivalent in English is required, but exceptions are allowed in cases where 4.5 is sufficient
  • Those who use non-Australian qualifications for the educational level (Certificate III) or use the experience requirement to substitute for the qualification must obtain a Skills assessment from ANMA or ACWA


For any other questions email us at infopoint@atlasmigration.com

February 23, 2023

In this article we will explain in detail how the recognition of degrees in Australia works; how to obtain it and how to use your bachelor’s or master’s degree to work and migrate to Australia.

Once you become aware of wanting to move to Australia, it often happens that you start a web search and come across articles or government pages that talk about ‘educational requirements for sponsor visas’, ‘qualifications as conditions for obtaining a skills assessment’ or ‘ post-qualification work experience. It therefore becomes clear that a qualification obtained in Italy or elsewhere can in many cases have value and be usable. That’s right: educational qualifications play a central role in Australia both as regards the search for a specialised job and in being able to satisfy entry requirements for university courses but above all for obtaining permanent visas.

Recognition of a nursing or engineering degree in Australia

What is complicated is understanding the value that a qualification obtained in a foreign legal system assumes when one tries to use it in the Australian one. In fact, it is very common for us to receive emails asking for assistance in having a particular Italian degree recognised, such as nursing, to cite an example, or that of the faculties of engineering or political science.

Why have your degree recognised in Australia?

It is important to make a first clarification that justifies the bewilderment that one can feel in this regard: there is no simple and unambiguous answer. First of all, you need to answer some preliminary questions:

  • What is the goal we have associated with the recognition?
  • Who exactly do we want the degree to be recognised by?
  • For the objective we have, is the recognition (of the profession), the conversion of the title or the translation of the degree certificate more suitable? (No, the three terms are not synonymous). Definitions (in order of simplicity):

Translation of the Italian degree:

This is the very simple transposition of the contents of the degree certificate into English. Therefore of the translation of the qualification in the literal sense.

It makes sense to keep in mind that high school diplomas are almost entirely issued in various languages and that Italian universities issue a document free of charge, called the Diploma Supplement, which contains the contents of the degree in English and provides information aimed at facilitating comparison with other qualifications foreigners. If these official language documents are not available, NAATI certified translations are accepted in Australia.

Conversion of educational title only:

This is an official recognition by an authoritative body (Assessing Authority) of only the qualification in isolation from any previous or subsequent work experience. It will probably surprise you: not only is this option the rarest, but it is not even always possible and in the rest of the article we will see precisely why (accento su perché). In this case, the institution analyses the foreign degree and compares it with the analogous reference qualification in Australia and provides the holder with a percentage of similarity. The VETASSESS assessment authority, for example, is able to offer this service for graduates who qualify as financial advisers or for psychologists who need an external assessment of the degree by an acknowledgment body that has the expertise to assess the work experience but not educational qualifications.

Recognition (of the profession):

As can be seen from the intentional use of the parentheses, this process is very different as it is not based only on the educational qualification, but above all on the work experience gained in the years following (and sometimes prior to) obtaining the qualification. This means the mere possession of a degree without any relevant work experience hardly results in obtaining recognition of one’s profession. In Australia we refer to the process just described as Skills Assessment and when this is successful we talk about ‘Positive Skills Assessment’.

You may be interested: what is the Skills Assessment?

The objectives.

Generally the goals that drive us to act towards our qualifications are: (ripetizione di ci spingono)

  • Educational: admission to a degree course or professional courses

When, for example, an Australian university or college needs to recognise our qualification to admit us to another course of study.

Australian universities are satisfied with original qualifications issued in English (such as the High School Diploma or Diploma Supplements) or, in the absence of these, with certified translations.

  • Employment: Obtaining a desired job

In most cases, what you want to achieve in the early stages of your experience in Australia is for an Australian employer to be able to understand what you have studied. Simple example: you have just obtained a specialist degree in marine biology and we are anxious that whoever receives our email with your application is able to understand that the subjects studied at the University coincide with the knowledge required for that position. In this case, the simple translation represents a cost-effective solution, because it could be free or very cheap and in any case be sufficient for your situation. However, sometimes you want to guarantee the owner that your professional figure is comparable to market standards of Australian work (drawn up and classified by the government agency ANZSCO – Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of the Occupations). Simple example: it is easy to find CVs with years and years of vaunted managerial experience in the sales sector. Not infrequently the employer discovers, with disappointment, that this is actually more or less occasional and that it is more operational than managerial. In this case, one way to guarantee the authenticity not only of the educational qualification but also of the related work experience is to include recognition in one’s application, i.e. a positive Skills Assessment (which in the case of managers in the sales sector is issued by the ‘Institute for Managers and Leaders). The inclusion of recognition of one’s profession in a job application instead becomes a necessity rather than a choice when the desired job can be exercised in Australia if in the presence of recognition or a qualification from an Assessing Authority. This is the case for many medical professions: an example above all is that relating to holders of a nursing degree, who can work in Australia only after having obtained full recognition of their profession (as well as a state exam). In summary, if the goal is simply to work in Australia, it makes sense to proceed with an intense practice such as the recognition of one’s profession only if this is really necessary.

Degree conversion for migration purposes: stay in Australia for the long term.

The conversion of educational qualifications is, in most cases, a phase that is part of a strategy with the aim of permanent migration. In fact, all the independent migration programs (also called Skilled Visa) have the access requirement precisely to obtain recognition of the profession (positive Skills Assessment). We saw earlier that if you simply want to work in Australia, for less complex professions it’s not worth trying the process of recognising your profession. Let’s take an example: the hairdresser. Being conversant with the profession, it is not difficult to get a job as a hairdresser in Australia without recognition; however, this becomes essential for obtaining permanent residence through an independent migration program such as the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa, which requires recognition from the Assessing Authority Trade Recognition Australia.

You may be interested: what is the 190 visa?

Recognition of qualifications to apply visa 186

Not only independent migration programs, but also some permanent migration programs through employer appointment require recognition of one’s profession: this is the case of Subclass 186 – Direct Entry Stream (through which permanent residence can be obtained through an employer but without restrictions term with it) or even the case of Subclass 494 Regional Employer Sponsored (allowing sponsors in regional areas for jobs not available in urban areas).

You may be interested: what is the 186 visa?

Skill Level 4-5 Recognition

Finally, the recognition of the profession becomes important for professions that appear among the less complex (Skill Level 4-5) such as bartender, floor supervisor or beautician, when these programs are compatible with permanent residence through special agreements between regional territories and federal government: the so-called DAMA Agreements.

Example: Beauticians can obtain permanent visas in Cairns under the provisions of the DAMA Agreement Far North Queensland, but only with Trade Recognition Australia recognising the profession.

Nursing degree recognised in Australia

In rare cases it is possible that work experience is not necessary to obtain recognition of one’s profession. Examples are some degrees (such as nursing or teaching) if these were obtained in Australia or in a compatible system such as the UK, New Zealand or Canada. The nursing degree obtained in England, for example, is recognised in Australia much more simply than the Italian one. Even figures who do not require a university degree such as the Community Worker can be included in permanent migration programs such as the 190 visa in New South Wales and obtain recognition with a simple Diploma of Community Services as long as this has been accredited by the ACWA Assessing Authority.

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Recognition of the profession. Yes, but which one?

A not uncommon problem is identifying the profession for which to apply for recognition. This is because each qualification can be associated with different job positions and give different recognitions as a result. The basic problem is that even very similar positions can have access to very different migration programs (some that give the possibility of permanent residence, while others don’t, or not everywhere). Let’s take a simple example: a degree in Marketing and Communication.

On the basis of the work experience gained after obtaining the qualification, recognition can be obtained as:

  • Degree in Marketing + 1 year or more of marketing experience: recognition possible as a Marketing Specialist
  • Degree in Marketing + 1 year or more of experience in the advertising sector: recognition possible as an Advertising Specialist
  • Degree in Marketing + 1 year or more of management experience in the advertising sector: recognition possible as Advertising Manager
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing + 1 year or more of Sales Management experience: possible recognition as Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing + 3 years experience in a non-marketing related field as Customer Service Management Experience: recognition possible as Sales and Customer Service Manager
  • Degree in Marketing + 3 years of experience in a non-marketing related field such as experience analysing business related data: recognition possible as Business Analyst

Now, all these professions have different migration schedules.

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Engineering degree recognised in Australia?

A contrary case instead concerns the profession of the engineer. Let’s go back to the examples: the Italian degree in mechanical engineering is recognised in Australia, but then the Assessing Authority must find a correspondence between the specialisation of the degree and the field of application of work experience.

Are there unrecognisable degrees?

Technically speaking, no, because having a degree means being able to show the Australian government that you fall into the so-called ‘Skill Level 1’, that is the category of graduates. However, there are less expendable degrees, such as those dealing specifically with legal systems outside the Australian one.

Can I have my law degree recognised?

A law degree, if obtained in Italy, specialises in laws that are not usable or valid in the Australian legal system. Therefore, using it for a recognition as a Lawyer or Solicitor is not possible, but this does not mean that it is not expendable. In fact, it would be possible to use it to be admitted to a Master of Law or to associate it with three years of experience in certain tasks such as marketing experience, however they would still give a positive result for recognition as a Marketing specialist (which would not be possible without a degree). Obviously, unlike those with a degree in Marketing, with a degree in law the years of experience to obtain recognition as a Marketing specialist must be three and not one, because the degree is not recognised by the Assessing Authority as ‘Highly Relevant’.

Moral of the story: there are no unrecognisable degrees, only some that are less expendable.

The article is long, it could go on and on, but it stops here. If you feel lost, it’s normal: it’s not easy to have an overall view of the situation, and despite the attempt to put things in order, an article can only do it up to a certain point.

What can help you tidy up is to put your specific circumstances at the center of the analysis (professional profile, immigration history, age, level of English, geographical position, etc.) and obtain a migration plan! This is what we do during the course of a consultation!

Book one today with one of our agents!

January 18, 2023
January 18, 2023
Today we are analysing the visa known as the Covid Visa. The formal name of this visa is actually very long: Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) Australian Government endorsed events (COVID-19 Pandemic event). With this visa, you may have the permission for one year of unlimited working rights.
In a time where obtaining a permanent residency is possible for categories of people who were excluded before 2020, this visa represents an excellent solution to avoid the application of other expensive visas. Furthermore, since there is no age limit on this visa, the use of the Covid Visa helps to keep refusals in Student Visa applications away for people over 40 who are generally more subject to refusals.
Before going into technical details here is a direct link to the official source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-activity-408/australian-government-endorsed-events-covid-19 
The 408 Covid Visa is considered by many  ‘too good to be true’ and that’s why we suggest to apply for it if you can.
This visa, which has been in use for many years, was redeployed in May 2020 as a quick solution for people ‘stranded in Australia’. It was later adapted to help keeping up with the lack of manpower in the countryside and avoiding the loss of crops. Nowadays, the 408 visa purpose is to encourage workers who, if not incentivised would leave the country, to stay in Australia and avoiding slowing down the post-pandemic economic recovery.

So, yes it’s a good visa both for the government and migrants:  it helps migrants as much as they help Australia get back to pre-pandemic production rates.

How long is the visa meant to be available for?

We cannot include the speculations about the end of this visa among the technical considerations as there aren’t official information.
On 12 January 2023 we asked in the Migration Institute of Australia forum, a MIA delegate confirmed the lack of detailed information and he also said ‘the days would now be numbered ‘.
Since the visa is still available at the beginning of 2023 we may assume it will be available until the end of the financial year.
Although the protocol to obtain the visa is very specific (it is a small ‘sponsor’ where the employer is the government), the requirements are pretty simple:

  • a) be physically in Australia
  • b) have a regular job
  • c) your visa must expire in the next 90 days


FAQ on the 408 pandemic visa

Can I apply for the 408 visa on my own or do I need a migration agency? 

It depends on the applicant and how capable he feels of taking care of it himself. There are tutorials online but they are often not updated, applications following them have often resulted in invalid or rejected applications, due to small mistakes or having attached the right documents in the wrong format.

The requirements for this visa are pretty basic but making a tiny mistake in the application can lead in a refusal that needs to be appealed, the court fee is AUD $3,150; is it really worth the attempt?!

You can’t apply for further visas after getting the 408, can you? 

No, this is just a rumor: you can apply and be granted any other visas after obtaining a 408 covid visa.

Can I apply for a 408 visa if I work in ABN?

Yes: if you work in ABN for other companies, for example those working in construction, as the visa is issued with a ‘no-self employment’ condition.
We have had applicants (such as psychologists) who have received this working on their own, however, we prefer to stick to the official regulation where self-employment would not be possible.

Can I change jobs once my visa is approved?

Yes, moreover you don’t need to notify the department about it.

Can I travel once the visa is approved?

Once again the answer is yes.
Once your 408 visa is granted, you can freely enter and exit the country.

When should I apply for my 408 visa?

You can only apply for your 408 visa within 90 til your current visa expires.

When is it more convenient to apply in this 90-day period?

There are two options to be considered:

  • a) apply as soon as possible (when there are 90 days left in your current visa): you waste three months of visa, but you have a one year visa granted
  • b) apply in the last weeks before your visa expires: you use the whole validity of the current visa but there is the risk for the pandemic visa to be removed

There is no right or wrong, there are pros and cons. It’s up to you to decide.

Can I apply for a Covid Visa in between two Working Holiday Visa?

Yes. Even though the department encourages applicants to apply for every other available visa before going for the 408 Covid Visa, we have witnessed a high number of approvals for those applying in between working holidays.

Applying for a covid visa in between working holidays is, indeed, a great way to collect a longer time of full time working right in Australia.

Make sure you complete your 88 days of specific work while on your WHV because you can’t top them up once you are on a 408 visa.

What do I need to apply a 408 visa?

These are the documents we will need in order to process your 408 visa application:

If you intend to apply, please send the documents to infopoint@atlasmigration.com and we will start the procedures as soon as possible.
One of our consultants will also be in touch free of charge to check the requirements again and answer any remaining questions.

Why apply with Atlas Migration?

The cost of the service includes:

  • Visa preparation, check and application
  • Drafting of the GTE Letter
  • Preparation of the Nil VAC statement
  • Preparation of the Reciprocal Agreement Statement to avoid private insurance obligation
  • Assistance with requesting ‘More Information’ from the department including obtaining a Police Check

If you have any questions or would like to be in touch with us:

September 16, 2022
September 16, 2022

Are you considering taking the IELTS, Cambridge or PTE exam but still unsure what’s the best option for you? Check this out!

Taking an English proficiency test might be challenging, especially when your visa or migration plan depends on that. In Australia, there are three valid tests for non-English speakers.

Let’s have a look at each one:


✏️ PTE

The PTE tests English proficiency for both academic and migration purposes. The PTE recognises and accepts American, UK, Australian and Canadian spelling.

The test has 20 different question types, ranging from multiple choice through to essay writing. 



The IELTS tests English language skills for study, migration, and work. 

There are two tests available: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. 

The test you choose should be based on what you want to do. The Academic test is usually for entry into university. General training is used for migration purposes.

 So before you book your test, it is good to check which one is right for you. 

IELTS gives individual scores across all four sections – Speaking, Writing, Reading & Listening– and an overall score on a scale between 0 and 9.

✏️ Cambridge English

Cambridge English also tests English proficiency for studying at a university. Cambridge English tests British English.

The Cambridge Test offers three English language qualifications:

  • Schools: This is designed for school-age students, so its content may not be appropriate for adults.
  • General and Higher Education: Designed for those interested in further education.
  • Business: which is designed for professionals seeking to work in international workplaces.




Do you want to know more? Watch the video we prepared for you with our partner school SBTA.




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September 8, 2022

NSW has released the ANZSCO occupation list for the Skilled Visa (subclass 190). There are significant changes regarding point scores and years of skilled work.

(Click here to read more about this visa)

If you live in New South Wales and are looking for an invitation to apply for a Skilled Nominated Visa, that’s for you!


To be eligible for NSW nomination you must be skilled in an occupation that both:

✅ appears within an ANZSCO unit group identified below, and is eligible for the respective visa


Key to know!

It is important to note that not all occupations within ANZSCO unit groups are eligible for the respective visa. It is the responsibility of the prospective migrant to ensure their occupation is eligible for the visa before obtaining a skills assessment.


New minimum point scores and skilled work experience requirement

The Government has introduced new minimum point scores and years of skilled work experience requirements in the 2022-23 financial year.

To be eligible for NSW nomination you must meet the minimum point score and minimum years of work experience in your occupation’s ANZSCO unit group.

For example, if you are skilled as a Finance Manager (occupation code 132211), you must have a minimum point score of 110 and 3 years of eligible skilled work experience to be considered in an invitation round.



If you have any questions or are planning to apply for this visa, fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you soon!
August 29, 2022
August 29, 2022

Did you know you can be sponsored if you’re working for a restaurant or cafe? And we are not talking about chefs and cooks only. If you want to know more, keep reading.

One of the best ways to apply for a Permanent Residency in Australia is by working as a Chef, as this occupation is on the list MLTSSL. However, it’s commonly said that it is not possible to become a permanent resident as a Waiter/ Waitress. Yet, that might be possible through a Labour Agreement.


What is a Labour Agreement?

The labour agreement enables employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers when a demonstrated need cannot be met in the Australian labour market. These agreements allow applicants to reach Permanent Resident in a profession that usually cannot be sponsored.

The company needs only to demonstrate: be an Australian registered business show that it has been operating in Australia for at least 12 months show evidence of financial viability and show that the business has not been able to find Australian workers for the position.

What arrangements are available for hospitality businesses?

There are 2 main labour agreements that cover the Hospitality sector:

Arrangement #1

Hotel and Accommodation Industry A set of company-specific labour agreement arrangements are now available to support businesses to fill critical skill shortages in the hotel and accommodation industry, including in-house food services. These arrangements are temporary to support recovery from COVID-19 and will be reviewed after 12 months.

A permanent residence pathway for overseas workers. The following seven ANZSCO occupations can apply :

✔️Hotel or Motel Manager

✔️Hotel Service Manager

✔️Accommodation and Hospitality Manager or Café or Restaurant Manager (in-house restaurant)

✔️Cook (in-house restaurant)

✔️Chef (in-house restaurant)

✔️Pastry Cook (in-house restaurant)


Arrangement #2

Premium Dining Industry The Restaurant (premium dining) Industry Labour Agreement lets you sponsor skilled overseas workers in Australian premium quality dining restaurants as cooks, chefs, café or restaurant managers and trade waiters for periods of up to 4 years and/or for permanent residence.

The positions available through this path are:

✔️Café or Restaurant Manager



✔️Trade Waiter



It is commonly known that you cannot reach a Permanent Residency after you turn 45. This is not always true. You can reach a permanent residency through the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) or through the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) with an associated age concession, available through the Labour Agreement paths.


Book a consultation with our migration agent!



Do you have any questions about this information? Our team is ready to help!

Email: infopoint@atlasmigration.com

Phone: +61 (2) 7900 1260

Visit us: Floor 13/49-51 York St, Sydney NSW 2000



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