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Australian Immigration: Skills Recognition

08th January 2010
By dylan in Immigration Law
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Immigration via an Australian Business visa requires skills recognition assessment. There is no single authority that assesses or recognises all overseas qualifications. Several government, professional and other organisations are involved depending on they qualification and purpose of the assessment.

When applying for a General Skilled Migration visa. You must provide evidence that your skills have been assessed for your nominated occupation. This is not an assessment of your suitability for employment, but rather the chances of success or failure to obtain Australian permanent residency.

Each assessing authority has its own procedures, timeframes and fees. Once the assessment proves to be successful and you are eventually granted a visa, it does not automatically mean that you are employable in your given field. Some areas require additional licensing or registration requirements before you can practice your profession.

If you are planning immigration to Australia under employee sponsorship, then there may be different requirements for skilled recognition. Your sponsoring employer should be able to tell you what these are.

Most Australian states and territories that accept immigration to Australia have also established Overseas Qualification Units. These assist migrants to obtain recognition of the overseas gained skills and qualifications. They can offer information on how to obtain specific assessment per occupation and regulatory and licensing requirements that apply. They also provide statements of educational comparison for qualifications earned in other countries. They can also provide information on further training.

Finally, the Mutual Recognition Act of 1992 allows a person who is authorised to practice their occupation in one Australian State or Territory to be do so in a second State or Territory. There are certain conditions or exceptions that may apply.

Dylan Lautner
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