Study a Trade – Obtain Australia Permanent Residency

Having goals means facing challenges – that is a fact of life; These challenges might be time-related, for example, if you want to open a business before you reach a certain age. Maybe the challenge is overcoming personal fears or working harder than usual to earn the income you need to make your goals happen. Perhaps even, you want to move to a new country, and you are clueless about when and how you are supposed to take your first step.  

When calculating our possibilities of reaching our goals we sometimes end up feeling discouraged; Whether we are not sure about how to handle them, or because we are feeling exhausted from having to find new solutions over and over again… Whatever the reason, we tend to think that perhaps, real opportunities are reserved to people with some sort of “natural luck”, when, in fact, the opportunity we have been looking for, or, that ‘lucky break’ we need to move forward has been sitting right under our noses.

If your current goal is emigrating to Australia, then you probably already realized that you might be going for a ride; There are more than 60 visas available, including visa subclasses, ever-changing policies, and an impressive amount of bureaucracy ahead. So, naturally, you are most likely already thinking that this dream is not for you, that it’s just too big to become true… However, you will soon find out how realistic this dream of emigrating to Australia really is, and how you can make it happen with relative ease.

Maybe you are looking at all the wrong visas, or maybe you just don’t know enough about emigrating to Australia to identify the available possibilities (you know, those previously mentioned opportunities that are sitting right under your nose), and that is O.K! Because today you will learn how by studying a trade you can obtain Australia permanent residency.

Study a Trade – Obtain Australia Permanent Residency

If you already have a skilled trade – you will find the following guidelines useful to you as well. However, before getting into specifics, we are going to explain the steps required for those who don’t have a skilled trade and would like to learn about this opportunity to eventually obtain Australia permanent residency:

First of all, what is a skilled trade?
Why would Australia accept workers with skilled trades over someone who has a degree?
Why even hire an immigrant instead of hiring ‘in-house’?

We imagine that these might be the first questions that popped into your head, and they are extremely common as well. Many people don’t realize how vital it can be to have a skilled trade when considering moving to another country. Or, in this case, Australia.

Having a skilled trade means having an occupation that requires special and specific skills, knowledge, or abilities that can be obtained through a college, technical school, or specialized training. It is just as important as a university degree.

Usually, completing a skilled trade certification takes 2 years or less, which is half the time than a university degree.

Skilled trades are divided into 3 categories:

  1. Skilled Industrial Trades: engineers, mechanics, machinists, welders, locksmiths.

  2. Skilled Construction Trades: technicians, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, bricklayers.

  3. Skilled Service Trades: chefs, hairstylists, child and youth workers, educational assistants.

Keep in mind that these listed professions are just several examples out of hundreds. Also, you should check what are the in-demand trades in Australia through Australia’s Skilled Occupation List (SOL) before starting your visa application, because not all trades will lead you to obtain Australia permanent residency.

Skilled trades don’t require you to have a degree, and they take much less time. As mentioned, you get very particular training right off the bat and without the hassle of learning other unrelated subjects as part of the conditions to complete your studies.

As for the third question, Australia is unique in its approach towards immigrants; The government recognizes the contribution and value that foreign nationals bring with them to Australia – be it innovation, new job opportunities, tax money, or other. Additionally, immigration helps Australia battle the aging demographics and early retirement age, thus being able to support a stable and strong economy for almost 3 decades.

You Picked a Trade – Now What?

Technically, there are two ways you can go about this: study a skilled trade in your home country or apply for an Australia study visa and go study there.

If you decide to study a skilled trade in your home country, you should check whether your trade certificate is recognized by Australia. Otherwise, when you decide to apply for a work visa, Australia might not accept your qualifications.

Personally, we recommend starting your trade studies in Australia. Apply for an Australia study visa and enter a world-class university, familiarize yourself with the culture, environment, and overall way of life; when you complete your studies, you will have an easier transition into more advanced studies (should you choose that path) or straight into the Australian job market.

Moreover, an Australian institute will probably be more equipped to provide you with the exact education, tools, and programs you will need to qualify for available jobs in Australia.

Once you have selected the right institution for you, all you will need to do is apply for an Australia study visa called: Student Visa – Subclass 500.

Australia Study Visa – Study in Australia

This student visa can be granted for up to 5 years, depending on your enrollment. You will be able to use this visa not only to study – but also to participate in some part-time work; You will be eligible to work up to 40 hours per week and travel in and out of Australia as much as you would like.

Applying for an Australia study visa is relatively simple; you will need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must register with a course of study and provide evidence

  • You must meet language requirements

  • You must meet health and character requirements

  • You must have health insurance

  • You must have sustainable funds

  • You must have genuine intention to stay temporarily and return to your home country when your visa expires

Once you have completed your studies in Australia and are officially certified, you will be able to apply for 1 of 2 work streams for graduates: The Graduate Work Stream or The Post-Study Work Stream.

If you decide to make Australia your new home – apply for the Graduate Work Stream. This visa will enable you to obtain Australia permanent residency, live and work anywhere in the country, and sponsor your family or partner to come live with you.

If you decide that you love Australia but not enough to become a permanent resident, you can apply for the Post-Study Work Stream to work in Australia temporarily or simply return to your home country once your student visa expires.

Getting Started

Studying a trade is a recommended path for international students who are considering emigrating to Australia and obtaining permanent residency.

It takes half the time to complete your studies and if you study in Australia – you will already immerse yourself in the way of life there, which will make it easier for you to blend in with the job market later. Not only that but applying for an Australia study visa is a clear and straightforward process.

If you already have a skilled trade and have gained 1 year of work experience or more, you can apply for one of Australia’s work visas through the General Skilled Migration Program. This program also provides a path to Australia permanent residency, with all its benefits.

Speak with an immigration professional today for guidance on how to apply for an Australia study visa, or to check your eligibility for one of Australia’s work visas.

At UIS Australia we work exclusively with fully authorized Regulated Australian Immigration Consultants. These are consultants of good standing, certified by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).

Our team can provide a variety of services that can benefit you in your process of emigrating to Australia:

  • Document collection and meeting visa-specific requirements

  • Job searching tools

  • Connecting you with Australian universities

  • C.V optimization services

  • Professional consultation and legal assistance

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Ron Ford

Ron Ford immigrated with his family to Australia in 2005 to work as a social worker. Following their difficult immigration process, he slowly turned to blogging and creating content about immigration: "…As a family of 5, we struggled to make ends meet. I was working around the clock and Clarissa was working in housekeeping any time she could spare. The move to Australia completely changed our lives, but it cost us a lot of money, time, and tears. Ever since I've wanted to help others on their journeys the way I wished someone had helped us".

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