Friday, 23rd Nov 2018


Issue #1



ACT 190 visa


ACT's 190 Visa Process Explained


How to get a Partner Visa approved in less than seven months


New Australian business visa that doesn't require investment


Where are Australia's new citizens coming from?


Available Jobs in Australia


ACT's 190 Visa Process Explained

Subclass 190 is designed for skilled visa applicants who have submitted an expression of interest (EoI) in SkillSelect and, after being nominated by a State/Territory government body, have received an invitation to apply for this visa. Subject to receiving an invitation to apply, persons can apply for the subclass 190 visa from in or outside Australia. Each Australian state and Territory is responsible for managing their 190-visa intake. This includes management of occupation lists as well as any other additional requirements imposed by the State.

From 29 November 2018, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is replacing the current first-in, first-served system with a merit-based assessment matrix that will moderate supply and demand throughout the year and more effectively address the ACT's skills needs. The 190 visa subclass will continue to focus on occupations that are listed as 'in-demand', and assess a range of factors that support successful settlement and contribution to the ACT economy, such as previous residence and other ties to the ACT, English proficiency, and employment in the ACT.

Impact on existing applicants:

The ACT Government's current system will go OFFLINE at 4pm (AEST) on Tuesday 27 November 2018 to enable the system to change over to the new rank and select process known as the Canberra Matrix. Accordingly, any applicants who are yet to submit their nomination should do so prior to system being taken off-line. If you are a Canberra resident and you start an application for ACT nomination of an 'open' occupation, you must submit the application (and pay the service fee) before 4 pm on 27 November 2018. Any 'in progress' applications that have not been submitted (and service fee paid) by 4pm will automatically lapse and cannot be reactivated.

Any applications lodged and paid for before 4pm on Tuesday 27 November will be assessed and finalised under the existing guidelines. This includes having your occupation on the current skilled occupation list for ACT.

The ACT Occupation List identifies the skills that are currently in demand, or ‘open’ in Canberra. The demand for each occupation is used to determine availability of ACT nomination for that occupation. While a major analysis of the demand for occupations will be undertaken twice a year (in February and August) the demand for each occupation will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once it is determined that the demand for an occupation has been met, the occupation will be closed without further notice.

ACT's site advised that ACT Occupation List is not linked to specific job vacancies and it is not a guarantee of a job in a nominated occupation. You must be satisfied that there are sufficient employment opportunities in your nominated occupation before you apply for ACT nomination.

Impact on future applicants:

New guidelines for ACT 190 nomination program reopens to ALL applicants on 29 November 2018. Applicants can express interest in ACT 190 nomination by completing a score-based Canberra Matrix where they are allocated points for demonstrated economic benefit and/or a genuine commitment to the ACT.

New applicants must meet the following minimum criteria before being eligible to express an interest in ACT 190 nomination:

  • If you hold, or have previously held a student/temporary graduate visa within the last two years:
  • You must be resident in Canberra for at least 12 months at time of invitation.
  • From 1 July 2019, the minimum ACT residence criteria for student/temporary graduate visa holders will increase to two years.
  • You must be working in Canberra for at least three months.
  • If you are nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must demonstrate a 'Proficient' level of English as defined by Home Affairs.
  • You must sign a Statutory Declaration committing to continuing to live and work in Canberra for at least two years from date of subclass 190 visa grant

Canberra Matrix score (available on ACT’s website) will be ranked against other expressions of interest received and higher rated candidates invited to apply for ACT 190 nomination. The timing and number of invitations issued may vary according to the economic priorities of the ACT Government, but as a guide, the ranking and issue of invitations will be conducted monthly.

Source: Migration Alliance

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How to get a Partner Visa approved in less than seven months

partner visa

Every year, around 50,000 partner visas are granted by Australia. Here are some tips and advice on how to fast track your partner or spouse visa applications.

Applying for partner visa is a complex process and depending upon the individual circumstances a serious effort and a substantial amount of documents might be required to get the visa approval.

The Partner visa lets the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to stay in Australia temporarily.

Getting this visa is the first step towards a permanent Partner visa followed by a pathway to permanent residency.

The Department of Home Affairs' current processing time for partner visa applications is between 17 to 21 months.

The global processing time for these applications was last updated on 21 November 2018 for the month ending 31 October 2018.

The key to a successful application lies in following the so-called 'five pillars' that establish the genuineness of a relationship:

  1. Mutual commitment - The evidence can be provided on how the couple is committed to a long-term relationship e.g. written statements on knowing each other's background, families, the terms of their wills etc.
  2. Financial aspect - Evidence supporting joint financial liabilities including bank accounts, investments and savings can be provided.
  3. Household aspect - The applicant needs to establish how they share joint household responsibilities. The evidence may include joint utility bills, lease agreements, mortgage etc.
  4. Social aspect – The applicant needs to prove how society accepts them as a couple. The documents including photographic proofs can be submitted for joint invitations, joint activities, travel together etc.
  5. The evidence and the statements on how they met and the development of their relationship.

The number of partner visas has remained 47,825 out of the 57,400 places for the annual family migration program planning levels since 2014-15.

Source: SBS


New Australian business visa that doesn't require investment

business visa no investment

The new visa doesn't require any massive financial outlays and the English language requirement has been set low at 5 bands in each of the four components of IELTS. But applicants need to have an innovative business idea in order to secure a visa.

A special visa aimed at boosting the economy of South Australia is being made available on Wednesday for a period of three years.

The visa, first announced in March this year during the lead up to the South Australian state election, won’t require any capital outlay as is the case with most business and innovation visas.

The Federal Government endorsed-Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) visa will allow visa holders to stay in Australia for three years along with their families.

The applicants need to be under 45 years of age and have an endorsement from the South Australian state government for establishing an innovative business in the state upon submitting a written business plan.

The Government of South Australia allocated a sum of $400,000 in the state budget to run the program.

English requirement and investment

This visa will be different from the existing entrepreneurial and Business & Innovation visas as it will not require any mandatory funding outlay. Most of the available business visas require a financial outlay of a minimum $200,000.

The English language requirement for this visa has been kept relatively low at vocational English language proficiency which is band 5 in each of the four components of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

With the new visa, foreign entrepreneurs and investors with an innovative idea and a supporting business plan will be able to apply for a temporary visa to establish their venture in Australia.

The applicants' business proposals will be examined by the State or Federal Government and those successfully establishing their business venture in Australia will become eligible to apply for permanent residence.

The state government will monitor the business activity of the visa holders and if it is not “sufficiently” associated with the business plan, the visa may be considered for cancellation.

The South Australia pilot of this visa commences on Wednesday, 21st November 2018 and will continue until the end of November 2021. The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that there's no cap on the number of visas that can be granted while the scheme is on.

Source: SBS

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Where are Australia's new citizens coming from?

australian citizens

India has emerged as the top source of Australian citizenship, overtaking the United Kingdom, with over 118,000 Indian-born migrants pledging allegiance to Australia since 2013-14.

Indian migrants have emerged as the top source of citizenship by conferral in Australia during the last five years, overtaking the United Kingdom.

During the five years between 2013-14 and 2016-17, over 118,000 people born in India have pledged their allegiance to Australia by becoming Australian citizens.

Indian-born applicants also top the list of visa recipients by country under Australia’s annual permanent immigration program.

Former Citizenship minister Alan Tudge revealed the country-wise break up of the citizenship statistics in the federal parliament earlier this year.

Of the 54,419 citizenship applications approved as of 28th February 2018, Indian migrants formed the biggest cohort with 10,168 applications of the Indian-born migrants having been approved.

  • 10,168 - India
  • 9,195 - United Kingdom
  • 2,617 - South Africa
  • 2,399 - Philippines
  • 1,996 - Australia
  • 1,962 - Sri Lanka
  • 1,731 - Republic of Ireland
  • 1,559 - Peoples Republic of China
  • 1,200 - South Korea
  • 1,193 - Malaysia
  • 20,399 - Other countries

In the year 2016-17, over 22,000 Indians pledged their allegiance to Australia, while 19,617 people from the UK became Australian citizens.

Australian Citizenship conferrals lowest in 15 years

However, the number of Australian citizenship conferrals have plunged a 15-year low in 2017-18 with under 81,000 migrants receiving the Australian citizenship by conferral - the lowest since 2002-03.

There are also concerns about a mounting backlog of citizenship applications awaiting approval and ballooning waiting times.

According to the Department of Home Affairs, nearly 245,000 applications were awaiting processing at the end of June this year and the global processing time for citizenship by conferral is now between 17 and 19 months.

The Department attributes the delay in processing to an enhanced focus on "integrity and community safety", an increase in demand for Australian citizenship and an increase in the number of cases requiring "complex identity assessment".

However, the Department said it's taking measure to manage the increased volume of applications and processing times and anticipates a higher number of citizenship applications being processed during the current financial year.

"The Government has established a 50-person task force within the Department of Home Affairs to deal with highly complex citizenship applications and ensure they are dealt with as efficiently as possible," Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, David Coleman said.

"An additional 150 staff are also being allocated to focus solely on the processing of applications, with all additional staff expected to be in the role by the end of the year," Mr Coleman added.

He said these measures have already shown results with improves processing of applications during the first three months of this financial year.

Source: SBS


Available Jobs in Australia

Jobs in Australia

Job2Go is a local recruitment company based in Adelaide, Queensland and Sydney, and has been providing staffing solutions and human resource services to small to large sized companies throughout Australia. We are hiring for the following positions.


An exciting opportunity had opened for an experienced Cook! Our client has been providing high quality authentic Indian food for the past 20 years. The right candidate will have excellent knowledge of dishes from all over India.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience as a Cook in similar position is preferred.
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment where you will be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • The ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Attention to detail and be a good team player.

Panel Beater

Well established Brisbane Auto Centre is seeking to employ an experienced Panel Beater.

Your role will require you do the following:

  • Conducting finishing touches on panel repairs including grinding, filing, polishing, painting and spray painting.
  • Fitting and replacing damaged vehicle parts with new panels.
  • Utilising welding equipment in cutting and fitting new parts onto the vehicle.
  • Filling small and large depressions with plastic fillers.
  • Repairing dents and damaged panels.
  • Utilising hydraulic equipment to straighten, realign and repair damaged vehicle parts.
  • Removing upholstery and other vehicle parts.
  • 5 years experience with exclusive European cars like Ferrari, Maserati, Audi, Porsche etc.
  • Assisting in any other work the supervisor sees fit.

Office Manager

Our client has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Office Manager to join their team! This family owned business specialises in commercial printing including digital, wide format and offset printing. Proven to be very successful, they are currently undergoing a major expansion and therefore are in need of an Office Manager who possess high standards of organisational skills.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Experience within a professional service firm
  • Formal qualifications required
  • Strong work ethic and be highly organised and attention to detail with accountability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and balance several tasks and work with deadlines with a demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Strong administrative skills including record keeping and note taking

Pastry Chef / Baker

With an established brand, our company requires individuals who has trade qualifications and experience as a Baker/Pastry Cook.

The position broadly entails:

  • Preparing and mixing ingredients according to formulas and methods
  • Operating manufacturing equipment
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy work area
  • Understanding and implementing different cooking processes.

The individual applying requires:

  • Trade qualifications in baking
  • Available for full time work
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Knowledge of baking industry
  • Good communication skills
  • A positive work attitude and professional manner
  • Demonstrate a high degree of attention to detail

If you believe you are an applicable candidate and have plenty of energy and enthusiasm, then please forward your resume and cover letter.

Medical Administrator

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • At least a Bachelor degree or at least 5 years’ of relevant experience.
  • An understanding of medico-legal issues and the legislative framework for public health services
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of an inter-disciplinary team and to communicate with clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Ability to analyse and critically evaluate relevant information and apply to medical management issues
  • Well-developed written and communication skills

Contact Job2Go on 1300 562246. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send your resume to

Alternatively you can check our website for further details


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