A working holiday visa in Queensland might just be what you need

Travelling to a State of Australia such as Queensland can be both exciting and just a little exhausting, so it just makes sense to take time to stay here for a while and enjoy the place, while making a bit of extra cash.  Generally speaking, the Working Holiday visa is designed for people aged 18-30 years old. This type of visa has a list of terms and conditions that will apply.

Queensland being Australia’s most popular holiday state, offer a terrific work-life balance, great office views (mostly), and adventure around every corner. Here are top five reasons why Queensland might just be the perfect place to stay for a working holiday.

  1. Earn money while exploring the region:

Working for few days while exploring the great scenic places is a great deal. There’s always something to do in this place. You’ll have plenty of time to go on an adventure and experience all that Queensland can offer.

  1. Perfect place to refill your wallet:

You’ll be receiving your pay check in Australian dollars! This is great opportunity to do more and see more in the region.

  1. Weather is perfect all year round:

With sunny weather almost all year round, Queensland provides perfect working holiday stay. Whether you’re working on the fruit fields, or on a beachfront café, you’ll surely enjoy the warm temperatures and blue skies. Swimming on the beautiful beaches during your days off is a memorable thing to do.

  1. Get to know the locals:

Aussies love making friends.  Even native animals like kangaroos and kookaburras love it. There’s always a Queenslander that will be willing to help get you to the right direction and advice of the great places to visit.

  1. Get to know the best State in the country on a deeper level:

Staying longer would give you more time to explore a wonderfully diverse state. You’ll probably would want to stay on once you take on board some Aussie spirit.


There are a lot of towns where you can enjoy your work-life adventure. Here are the top 5 towns that are great for working holidays in Queensland:

  1. Cairns

Known to be as Australia’s most iconic spots for both local and tourists, this town has a tropical climate with tourism being a large part of its economy. It is also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Plenty of work opportunities from holiday resorts, from cleaning jobs at caravan parks and holiday accommodation, to casual hospitality work at restaurants and cafes. Harvest work for sugar cane, avocados, peanuts, mangoes, potatoes, and corn are offered. You can also find indoor work as part of their packing team.

On your rest day, you can have fun at the beautiful beaches nearby and the Great Barrier Reef.

  1. Airlie Beach

You may find work at this town, with the retails, fishing, travel, food and beverage industries. There are also casual jobs found at the coffee plantations, cattle stations, and tropical fruit farms close by.

On your days off, you might enjoy scuba sessions on the nearby reefs.

  1. Bundaberg

This town has plenty of work to offer. Many hostels in this town will be happy to help you with farmers and stations owners needing seasonal workers. The best months for getting fruit-picking work are from April through to December.

The beautiful beaches nearby like Bargara and Woodgate Beach are a must visit during your days off. If you are very lucky, you might witness thousands of baby turtles hatching when the season rolls around each year.

  1. Stanthorpe

This town offers seasonal work of agricultural gigs such as picking and packing of apples, berries, and peaches. During January to April, many related jobs like grape picking, vine and tree pruning are available. Be sure to bring your sweater though, as it gets very cold at night.

  1. Sunshine Coast

Casual work is available with many shops, bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. These establishments are all busy during weekends and you might just get that part-time job that you need.

Nanny work is also a great way to combine work and accommodation. You might just meet a local family who would be happy to show you around.

There’s a lot of other places that you can go for a working holiday. Queensland has a lot to offer to individuals looking to both work and find adventure. Have you experienced a working holiday in Queensland? No? Well why not apply for one? Message us now to get you started.

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BSMQ temporarily suspends nominations for some skilled occupations

Please note that due to an apparent high volume of applications for certain occupations (in the Offshore or Interstate list) as listed below, the Business & Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) has suspended any further visa applications for these occupations until further notice:

  • 221111 Accountant (general)
  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 263111 Computer Network & systems Engineer
  • 262111 Database Administrator
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 313112 ICT Customer Support Officer
  • 263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  • 263212 ICT Support Engineer
  • 263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 262113 systems Administrator
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 313113 Web Administrator
  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  • 611211 Insurance Agent
  • 232511 Interior Designer
  • 221112 Management Acct
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer
  • 225311 Public Relations Professional
  • 251511 Hospital Pharmacists
  • 251513 Retail Pharmacist

Australian Visa Law will post another update once the suspension has been lifted.

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How to prevent your Australian visa application from being rejected

The process of applying for an Australian visa is a complex one. It requires a huge amount of time and attention to detail when filling out forms and submitting relevant documents. Another factor involved when applying for an Australian visa is the dynamic changes often made to Australian immigration laws and regulations.

Understanding the complexity of the immigration process is vital to obtaining a positive result of your visa application. With the help of a registered migration agent (or better still a migration lawyer), the completion of necessary paperwork and these multiple requirements should be dealt with expertly. To ensure that you are dealing with a legitimate agent, you may check their registration on the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) website.

Here are reasons why some applications may be rejected:

  • Providing false information

With the recent changes with the immigration process, immigration authorities are stricter with applications of migrants. Providing false information would not only hurt your current application, but also future applications. Providing incorrect details on your application may also deny you the right to an appeal. With the help of a registered MARA agent/lawyer, this potential issue should be vastly reduced.

  • Type of visa you are applying for might be wrong

Australia has over a hundred different types of visas and some of these may appear to be the very similar. Consider say working visas, wherein there are several types which has specific requirements and conditions. All of these types of visas are too complex to easily understand and gaining help from a migration expert may just save you from a lot of trouble.

  • Claiming of irrelevant points

During the assessment of points tested visas, you may be incorrectly claiming possible scores for the attributes such as qualifications, and work experience. However, these must to be not only calculated accurately, but also supported with valid documents to verify the authenticity of the points claimed. A migration expert will very carefully gauge your points and help you to maximise your points based on qualifications and work experiences.


Gaining additional points for the General Skilled Migration points test:

There are several ways to gain additional points to boost your points tally.

  • Prove greater English language proficiency (Superior English scores 20 points; Proficient English scores 10 points). These can be obtained through English exams with IELTS, TOEFL PTE and CAE.
  • A Masters degree by research, or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least two academic years in a relevant field. The Department will use CRICOS to determine the standard duration of a course. A course that has a registered duration of 92 weeks is considered to meet the two academic years’ requirement.
  • Study in a Regional or low population growth metropolitan area of Australia, and meet the “Australian Study Requirement”;
  • If possible, obtain skilled employment in Australia and complete at least 1 year of that employment (better still, greater than 3 years and so forth);
  • Gain NAATI Accreditation in a community language;
  • If your partner can meet the basic requirements for a skilled migration visa: you may claim partner skills if, when you are invited, your partner:
    • is under 50 years of age
    • has competent English
    • has an occupation that is on the same skilled occupations list as your nominated occupation
    • has been assessed by the relevant assessing authority as having suitable skills for their nominated occupation
    • is coming to Australia with you
    • is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Studying a course in Australia that meets the “Australian Study Requirement”;
  • Completing a professional year course specified by the minister.
  • If applying for a Skilled Nominated visa, you will be granted 5 extra points by obtaining State/Territory Nomination.

If you apply for State/Territory Nomination (which has to be approved by State or Territory Government) you must include that detail in your “Expression of Interest”.  Once the State Nomination is approved the points will be confirmed and an invitation may then be issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

As the ever-changing Australian immigration laws and regulations become more complex and the immigration process more rigid and demanding, seeking help from a migration expert is vital.  The team of experts at Australian Visa Law may help you clear up confusion, maximise your chances and lodge your best application.

Do not hesitate; contact us now to get expert professional advise!

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Australian Migration gets tougher and visa processing times grow longer

As Australian Migration Law and Regulation become tougher, the processing times for General Skilled Migration visas appear to be getting longer. Visa processing times are impacted each month by changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, complex cases, and incomplete applications. The updated current expected processing times for the majority of General Skilled visas are as follows:

  • 189 Skilled – Independent visa is from 8 up to 11 months
  • 190 Skilled – Nominated visa is from 9 up to 13 months
  • 489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Skilled Regional – GSM visa is from 6 to 9 months
  • 489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes – GSM is from 8 up to 14 months

Circumstances that may affect processing times

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) assesses applications on a case-to-case basis. Actual processing times may vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether a complete application was lodged, as well as all relevant and necessary supporting documents;
  • how promptly an applicant responds to any requests for additional information;
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided;
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements;
  • in relation to permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration program and;
  • in relation to citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.

All this underlines why you are best placed with expert advice and assistance!

The current processing times can be viewed on the page for the specific visa subclass or citizenship type you are applying for. A complete application must be submitted, to ensure your application falls within the published processing times.

To ensure that your application is on the right track and prepared correctly, our team of experts at Australian Visa Law are available to guide and assist.

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South Australia’s skilled visa options

South Australia (SA) is a state located in the southern, central part of Australia. Considered as the 4th largest state by area, and 6th by population density, there are plenty of work opportunities in SA, especially in the health care and social assistance sector. Adelaide, SA’s capital city ranked 5th in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability index for 2016. The liveability rating quantifies 30 factors related to Safety, Healthcare, Culture and environment, Education and Infrastructure.

On 20 July 2017, South Australia have released an update on their Skilled Nomination Occupation List from their website. If your occupation is listed, SA can nominate you for either a provisional or permanent visa to help you start a new life in there.

If you are eligible, these are the types of visas you can apply for in South Australia:

  • Skilled Nominated permanent subclass 190

This visa allows you to live and work in South Australia. An additional 5 points is provided to you when you obtain state nomination from SA. This is to help you qualify for a visa under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) point test.

  • Skilled Regional provisional subclass 489

This visa allows you to live and work in South Australia for up to four years. Additional 10 points will be provided to you when you obtain state nomination from SA to help you qualify for a visa under the DIBP point test. If you live in South Australia for two years and work full-time (35 hours per week) for at least 12 months during that period of time on a 489 visa, you may be eligible then to apply for permanent residency through DIBP 887 visa.

SA state nomination requirements include:

  1. You need to commit to living and working in South Australia for a period of two years from when you arrive, with a view to long-term settlement.
  2. You must be under 45 years at the time of nomination.
  3. Your occupation must be listed on the State Nominated Occupation List as ‘available’.
  4. You must have obtained a positive General Skilled Migration skills assessment from the relevant authority.
  5. You must have at least one year of skilled work experience in the last three years. Some occupations have a higher work experience requirement.
  6. You must be able to meet Immigration SA’s minimum English language requirement for your occupation. If you are a passport holder or citizen of the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand, you don’t need to provide an English test result.
  7. You must have sufficient funds to settle in South Australia.
  8. You will need to have an EOI, which meets the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) criteria and Immigration SA nomination requirements.

Our team of migration experts at Australian Visa Law would be happy to discuss your visa options for South Australia. Grab your free first assessment now!

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WA Skilled Migration List now down to 18 eligible occupations

On 21 June 2017, the State Government of Western Australia released an updated version of the WA Skilled Migration List (WASMOL). The list used to have 178 occupations, including bricklayers, engineers and nurses. A total of 160 occupations were removed, and only 18 eligible occupations were left. These occupations were mainly in the health sector.

Premier Mark McGowan said that the state government would like to maximise employment opportunities for Western Australians followed by this reduction of eligible occupations. The 18 occupations which make up the WASMOL are said to be in areas where there is a genuine need, and includes midwives, psychiatrists and several classes of registered nurses.

“Our policy will ensure that, whenever possible, Western Australians will be given first preference on WA jobs. It doesn’t make sense to fast-track workers from overseas when there are unemployed Western Australians who are capable of doing the work.”, he said.

“Our economy has changed dramatically since the height of the mining boom and we need to do everything we can to get Western Australians back to work.”, he added.

From 28 March 2017 the WASMOL has been simplified into one list targeting those occupations which are of a specialist nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

ANZSCO​​ code*​Skilled​ ​o​ccu​pationEligible visas (190 visa)Eligi​ble visas (489 visa)Assessing authorityStatus
​251412 ​​​Orthoptist VETASSESS Available
252711AudiologistVETASSESS Available
253111​General Practitioner Medical Board of Australia​Available
253316GastroenterologistMedical Board of Australia​Available
253323RheumatologistMedical Board of Australia​Available
253411PsychiatristMedical Board of Australia​Available
253513NeurosurgeonMedical Board of Australia​Available
253515OtorhinolaryngologistMedical Board of Australia​Available
253521Vascular SurgeonMedical Board of Australia​Available
253913Obstetrician and GynaecologistMedical Board of Australia​Available
2539​18Radiation OncologistMedical Board of Australia​Available
254413Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)ANMACAvailable
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)ANMACAvailable
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)ANMACAvailable
254422​Registered Nurse (Mental Heal​th)ANMACAvailable
254423​Registered Nurse (Perioperative)ANMACAvailable

Note: 190 Visa = Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

489 Visa = Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

Applicants are required to provide evidence of a minimum one year full-time employment contract for all occupations on the WASMOL.

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Good news to Spanish passport holders who would like to both work and holiday in Australia

The Australian government recently announced that after 1 July 2017, the number of Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) places for Spanish passport holders was increased from 600 to 1500 annually.

The reciprocal work and holiday arrangement allows young people from Spain and Australia, aged between 18 and 30, to holiday for up to 12 months in each other’s countries and undertake short-term work.

Note that prior applications received before 1 July 2017 may be considered invalid and not be eligible for a place in the new Work and Holiday programme. This may also apply to clients from Poland and Portugal.  Careful advice needs to be in relation to where and how valid applications should be made.

Australian Visa Law will be able to help you throughout the process of applying for a Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462).

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Australia ranked number 4 – Best Countries for Migrants

The US-based analytics and ranking organisation “US News and World Report“ recently released survey results of the best countries for migration. Survey data showed that Australia was ranked number 4 on the list. The countries were ranked according to their performance in a number of key business, economic and quality life indicators.

To rank countries, the US News and World Report team surveyed over 21,000 participants from 36 countries in four regions including the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. These participants were engaged migrants, who are broadly representative of the global migrant population. There are nearly 250 million international migrants in the world. US News paired countries with different attributes to fully describe the country.

Each country received a score on 65 country attributes and these attributes were rolled into 9 sub-rankings.  Sub-rankings ranged from adventure, and how likely the person was to visit the country, through to how well they treat their citizens, and what types of business opportunities the country possessed. US News also studied statistics published by the World Bank and the United Nations.

The following countries made up the Top 10 best countries for international migrants:

2Canada7United States

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Update on the ACT Occupation List

From 5 July 2017, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government released an updated occupation list for their skilled migration program. It identifies the skills that are currently in demand in Canberra.

The ACT Occupation List is used to determine the eligibility for ACT support of the following programs:

  • Skilled Visas: ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa.
  • Employer Nomination: Regional Certifying Body support of an Employer Nomination under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.

Applicants must meet nomination criteria and their occupation must be listed as open on the current ACT Occupation list, to be eligible to apply for ACT nomination.

Before applying for an ACT nomination, you must read the ‘Guidelines for applying for ACT nomination’ and make sure that you meet the nomination criteria. Applicants must also meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa criteria.

The ACT Occupation List will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the current demand in the ACT for each occupation. Once it is determined that the demand for an occupation has been met, the occupation will be closed without further notice. The demand for all occupations will be reassessed in February 2018.

The ACT Migration Program will reopen to overseas applicants on Monday 10 July 2017.

The following occupations are currently open under the ACT Occupation List:

132111Corporate Services ManagerOpen
134212Nursing Clinical DirectorOpen
134213Primary Health Organisation ManagerOpen
134214Welfare Centre ManagerOpen
212412Newspaper or Periodical EditorOpen
212413Print JournalistOpen
212415Technical WriterOpen
212416Television JournalistOpen
212499Journalist & other writers (nec)Open
225311Public Relations ProfessionalOpen
232112Landscape ArchitectOpen
232411Graphic DesignerOpen
232414Web DesignerOpen
233211Civil EngineerOpen
233212Geotechnical EngineerOpen
233213Quantity SurveyorOpen
233214Structural EngineerOpen
233215Transport EngineerOpen
233311Electrical EngineerOpen
233411Electronics EngineerOpen
233511Industrial EngineerOpen
233512Mechanical EngineerOpen
241111Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) TeacherOpen
251211Medical Diagnostic RadiographerOpen
251212Medical Radiation TherapistOpen
251213Nuclear Medicine TechnologistOpen
251513Retail PharmacistOpen
252411Occupational TherapistOpen
252712Speech PathologistOpen
253111General PractitionerOpen
253112Resident Medical OfficerOpen
254311Nurse ManagerOpen
254411Nurse PractitionerOpen
254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)Open
254413Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)Open
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)Open
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)Open
254416Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)Open
254417Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)Open
254418Registered Nurse (Medical)Open
254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)Open
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)Open
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)Open
254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)Open
254425Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)Open
254499Registered Nurses ( nec )Open
272111Careers CounsellorOpen
272112Drug & Alcohol CounsellorOpen
272113Family & Marriage CounsellorOpen
272114Rehabilitation CounsellorOpen
272115Student CounsellorOpen
272199Counsellors ( nec )Open
272311Clinical PsychologistOpen
272312Educational PsychologistOpen
272313Organisational PsychologistOpen
272399Psychologists ( nec )Open
272499Social Professionals ( nec )Open
272511Social WorkerOpen
272612Recreation OfficerOpen
272613Welfare WorkerOpen
321211Motor Mechanic (General)Open
321212Diesel Motor MechanicOpen
321213Motorcycle MechanicOpen
321214Small Engine MechanicOpen

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Queensland Skilled Visa Nomination has re-opened

From 3 June 2017, the Business & Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) announced that they have re-opened their skilled visa nomination program for visa subclass 190 and 489. In line with that, a new Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) has been released on their website.

The QSOL reflects the current labour demand for qualified positions throughout Queensland. Applicants must obtain a positive Skills Assessment from the relevant assessing authority and registration (where necessary), prior to lodging their Expression of Interest (EOI).

In the event that you may have already submitted an EOI with SkillSelect which has not been considered prior to the Queensland program re-opening, your EOI will be considered invalid and you will be required to resubmit an EOI which meets the new criteria.

There are currently 3 categories for skilled nominated migration through BSMQ:

To be eligible for Queensland nomination, the applicant must meet both the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) criteria and BSMQ criteria for the chosen category.

In order to be considered, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Please make sure you read the information about Queensland skilled visa nomination, in particular:

  1. About state nomination for skilled migrants
  2. Skilled Visa Options
  3. Important information for all applicants
  4. Fees

Australian Visa Law would be glad to assist you with all your visa options.

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