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The latest immigration and visa news for the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and select European countries - straight from the leading immigrant advocates in the Philippines.

Options for Working in Australia

In the wake of reports about scammers online offering jobs, we're spilling tea about working in Australia.

Crispin Aranda

Options for Working in Australia

Like most governments, Australia protects its citizens and permanent residents regarding available jobs. The government requires employers to prove that they search locally first.

A company could only offer jobs to overseas applicants if:

  • It couldn't find qualified, eligible workers to fill a vacancy
  • The occupation must be in Australia's Short Term Skill Shortage List.

Any firm may also hire unskilled or skilled workers not on the current list, but it must deal with near insurmountable obstacles to do so successfully.

Interested in skilled immigration? Get an overview of skilled immigration to Australia.

If your profession or trade isn't on the shortage list, you should know that finding a job in Australia without a qualified, sponsoring employer is extremely difficult at best.

Then, there may be existing laws in your country that will require you to process an application to work overseas. In the Philippines, a citizen must obtain a POEA Certification of Eligibility. Then, he must apply for the appropriate work visa.

It isn't enough to have a tourist visa. There have been cases when Filipinos, with a visitors visa, were not allowed to leave at the airport. The reason for being off-loaded? They fit the profile of someone who intends to work overseas.

Get an overview of your visa options if you intend to work in Australia.

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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