Fed Govt targets highly skilled migrants

The Federal Government has announced changes to the skilled migration test, which will now emphasize the importance of English, work experience and high level qualifications.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said the changes are designed to ensure no one factor guarantees migration.


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Well if you are from India and wanna "get in" to Australia, just enrol yourself in hospitality, cookery, hair dressing and such courses in any TAFE and complete 2 years - Residency gauranteed :) Being a former international student from India, I know of students who done their Bachelors in Civil and Mechanical Engineering in India and came here for accounting and horticulture courses! Apparently their agents in India suggested doing such courses and not to bother studying Masters in engineering because they might find it difficult to pass in Australian universities and that they do their diplomas in TAFE, why bother paying 4 times more fees in university (?!). And there are students who hardly know of Australian cities and tourist destinations outside their city of residence, who graduated with hospitality degrees. An aweful lot of them can speak in English good enough to work only in unskilled jobs in fast-food outlets and cabs and manage their basic day-to-day living in Australia, but they migrated through "skilled" migration program - an absolute disgrace! It was big time the policy makers woke up to this. When nearly 70% of overseas students (mostly from India and China) use "studies" as a backdoor entry to Australia, most Australians are making noise against innocuous boat people who are a trickle in numbers compared to these students. Target the cheeky international students first !!

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