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Old 09-21-2010, 12:28 AM
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Question Advice on best visa option

My boyfriend and I are really quite confused as to which visa he should apply for. He eventually wants PR here, so we're just after a bit of advice as to how we should go about that.
He is currently here on a student visa (from Kenya), it will expire in March 2011 - in November he would have completed a diploma in Community Services, Lifestyle and Leisure.
He hasn't had any work in this field apart from the work placement included in his course - therefore we were thinking that the Skilled - Graduate temporary visa may be a good option??
Other than that - we figure he could extend his student visa, how easy is that process?
He has a brother and sister who both live here in Australia and are both PR's, they sponsored him when he first came to Australia and are still willing to do that for any further visa he needs.
He and I have been together for almost a year, but have not lived together - we're hoping to move in with each other at the beginning of next year, providing he can obtain a new visa! So the partner/spouse visa isnt an option for us
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 09-21-2010, 11:48 AM
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PR skilled visas are based on skills in demand and people need appropriate qualifications and either experience if applying from outside of Australia or when studying appropriate courses in Australia that may create eligibility to apply from within, it being determined by qualifications studied for.
The Skilled Occupations List link via Professionals and other Skilled Migrants - Workers - Visas & Immigration is the determiner.
There is also the ENSOL list and list for TR 457 employer sponsor visas.
I do not think a diploma in Community Services will necessarily meet the qualification requirements for any particular occupations on the SOL.
A-Z Occupations List - Australian Skills Recognition Information will be helpful re qualification levels.
You'll also find the Graduate visa has occupational qualification requirements.
He can look at further study and having a student visa already, that should have him familiar with the process though there have been changes re financial support to be available, but it is not and ideal approach to study for the sole purpose of PR for regulations can be changed and no result is guaranteed for a skilled visa one sort or another is a totally separate visa.
And that's really the crux of the situation for whereas many people may want to get PR, the immigration process is designed around required skills Australia needs and not the desire of people for PR.





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