Are you fit to migrate?

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Health checks are an essential step in the visa process if you are looking to migrate permanently to Australia but do you understand the importance of passing the medical test? And are you aware of the ‘one fail all fail’ system – whether a member of your direct family unit is migrating with you or not, they must undergo a medical screening and, if they do not pass the health test, your application can be refused.

So while you may get a clean bill of health, an ‘unhealthy’ family unit member may jeopardize the success of your visa application.

Australia screens closely for TB, Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS as well as other diseases and conditions that could affect the health of Australians, or that require medical services in short supply here. For more details download a fact sheet.

Many permanent and temporary visa applications have been refused for medical reasons – including diabetes, obesity, kidney  and heart conditions and most cancers.


As part of your visa application process you should know that:

1) You will be required to attend an Australian Government approved panel doctor to have the required medical examinations as part of the visa application process. And remember, that goes for your direct family unit members as well.

2) If you know that either you or a family member has a health issue, then you can have your health status analysed at the beginning of your migration process. It is possible to get a medical opinion on the likelihood of passing the medical screening from an Australian consulting medical practitioner familiar with the Australian visa medical requirements.

Instead of waiting until the end of the process – after all the time and money has been spent –get the advice at the beginning, saving expense and heartache.

In some cases, your health and the health of your family can be improved with a change in diet and correct exercise – helping your chances of a successful migration.

3) Depending on the visa category in which you intend to apply, a health ‘waiver’ may be available, making it possible to obtain a visa despite having a listed disease or condition.


Aspire Australia can help you plan your visa application process – including helping with obtaining a medical opinion – so that you have the best chance of successfully fulfilling the requirements and being able to start a new life in Australia. Call us now for expert advice.

5 great reasons to migrate to regional Australia

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A great way to move to Australia and enjoy everything this land has to offer is to consider moving to a country or regional area. Regional Migration visas can be granted to overseas workers who are willing to come to Australia and live in a regional area to start a new life and bring valuable skills and trades that are needed in these districts.


5 reasons to consider moving to a regional area:

  1. Regional NSW has a wide range of employment opportunities from farming, industrial mining and tourism, to essential services such as the health and education
  2. Far from being isolated, most regional areas have well established and welcoming communities of migrants
  3. Compared to the main cities, regional areas have lower housing costs and a higher standard of living for the average wage earner
  4. Public schools, secondary and primary, are generally smaller and well funded so children can get a great education
  5. Regional NSW is becoming more popular with Australians who want to get out of the city, bringing more business and helping to grow the economy of the area.


Key regional services are often run by franchise businesses – service stations, convenience store and fast food outlets are found in small towns and regional centres across NSW. Frequently these business owners have migrated to the area themselves understand the challenges faced by individuals and families migrating to a regional area in a new country.


Migrating to a regional area is becoming a popular choice – in 2014, there were 16 538 visas granted in the RSMS category (representing 12.8% of the skilled visas granted that year and 8.7% of the total migration programme) and 29 756 in the state sponsored categories (which includes some metropolitan areas).  Together these categories represent a significant proportion of Australia’s overall migration programme.


You can apply to move to a regional area of Australia through the General Skilled Migration – Regional Sponsored programme or through the Regional Sponsored Migration employment visa programme. Both mean that you will move to a regional area (places outside of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and Newcastle).


For more information on in-demand industry sectors and required skill-sets for regional areas, see SkillSelect

Aspire Australia can help you find the right regional visa for your skill-set. Contact Aspire Australia to discover your potential opportunities.

It’s not all about coding: the other IT jobs that can help you move to Australia

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The Australian IT industry is booming and while there is demand for specialist computer programmers, employment opportunities are not limited to coders. There are job vacancies across all IT industry skill sets. If you are looking to migrate to Australia as a skilled worker, , it is not necessarily your coding language you may need to brush up on – improving your English language skills may serve you better.


3 IT industry jobs that don’t require programming expertise:


IT Project Managers

Good project managers have a mix of specialist technical knowledge, great planning skills, communication skills to a range of people, leadership skills and the ability to motivate. You will need to be able to oversee a project from conception through planning, budgeting, to build, testing and delivery, as well as managing ongoing support and maintenance. Communication skills are key in this role as you will be excepted to speak to clients, managers as well as your technical team – it is your job to make sure each of these understands the details of the project.


Account Managers

Account Managers are part diplomat and part therapist. This is a ‘client facing’ role and your communications skills need to be very good as your role is to make sure the client is happy with the service, comfortable with the process and confident that their project is in the best possible hands. You also need to make sure the project manager fully understands the clients’ expectations and that any project constraints are clearly defined and communicated. Budgeting skills are also very useful in this role.



Sales Reps

Again, communication skills are key in the performance of this role. You need to fully understand the ICT product or service you are selling and be able to clearly communicate the features and benefits to potential buyers. Many sales positions require that you build a relationship with potential buyers and can mean that you are not only at a desk making calls but going out to meet business prospects to understand their needs. Language skills and personal presentation are an important part of this job.


Whether you are out there selling or managing complex ICT projects, there are opportunities for you to migrate to Australia and claim an IT industry job. Independent Skilled Migration and Employer Sponsored visa programmes are available to ICT professionals who have the right mix of technology know-how and communication skills.


If you are an ICT professional who does not want to be stuck behind a monitor then Call or email us here at Aspire Australia today to find a pathway for your move to Australia to work in the IT industry.

Hospitality Industry Opportunities for Hungry Workers

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Do you work in the food or food service industry? If so, have you considered migrating to Australia? The door is open for skilled and employment visas.

Australia has one of the most diverse food palates in the world. As a nation we have been built upon the cultures of many other nations – starting with the British (who admittedly didn’t contribute much in the culinary stakes!) to the Afghans who helped access the vast interior, the Chinese, Italians and Germans who came for the Gold Rush and subsequent national infrastructure projects such as the Snowy Mountains Scheme to the more recent Asian migrants. In Australia today, food has become even more diverse, and restaurants, eateries, food trucks and cafes are continuously opening.  Fresh, raw, local, organic, fusion and everything in-between – the food industry is thriving across Australia.

While New South Wales offers the greatest number of opportunities both in the major cities and regional areas, the food revolution is booming right across the country. Many smaller regional areas are becoming known for specialist culinary outlets that showcase local farmers and suppliers. And many of these food businesses – restaurants, hotels, function centres – need to supplement their workforce with specialist chefs and hospitality professionals.

Chefs & Cooks

There are several options to apply to live and work as a chef or cook in Australia. An experienced and/or qualified chef can access employer sponsored visas (the 457, ENS or RSMS), a great option if your prospective employer is willing and able to sponsor you. The employer could be a small restaurant with specialized cuisine, a large hotel, an events centre or catering company. You would be employed according to Australian standards and workplace legislation, including wages and working conditions. You would need vocational English. General skilled migration is also available to chefs and cooks, who would need to first obtain a skills assessment.

Restaurant Managers & Hotel Managers

If hospitality is your life, and you have qualifications for management positions, there are opportunities to apply under the employment (457, ENS, RSMS) and GSM programmes.

English language proficiency is a requirement – the better your proficiency the bigger the advantage – and your skills may need to be formally assessed. Click here for more Skills Recognition Information.

Look for job openings in regional areas if you wish to apply for a Regional Skilled Migration Scheme visa (RSMS). Regional Australia covers all of Australia except Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong in NSW, Brisbane metro and Gold Coast areas in Queensland and the Melbourne metro area of Victoria. Consider stand alone restaurants, restaurants in hotels, hotels either small or large or resorts.

Discover more about the various employer sponsored categories and compare the criteria by clicking here.