STUDY IN AUSTRALIA
BEING AN AUSTRALIAN, I NATURALLY WENT TO UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA. A lot of Australians study and go to school here, of course. A lot of foreigners would like to do the same, if bogans and racist hooligans on trains and buses would let them be. Charles Sturt University in Bathurst was my college of choice. I went there for the Communications course, which was said to be once of the best in the land. I landed in a dorm room in Cottrell House, on the ground floor. With only an AM/FM radio to keep my company (not even a TV -- can you imagine living like that!) But I lived it I did. E.S. the Armenian hottie -- it was obligatory that I had a crush on her.
"For them it is an attractive option to apply for permanent residency in Australia when they have finished their course. At the moment the Australian economy is strong, there is low unemployment, and international graduates are in demand to fill job vacancies for skilled people.
"Each year thousands of international graduates are being granted Australian permanent residency. For example, in the 12 month period from July 2005 to June 2006 over 12,000 international students were granted general skilled migration visas in what is called the E80 sub-classy.
"What do you need to be eligible for an 880 visa? The Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), has a number of minimum requirements. To begin, you have to be under 45 years of age, you have to have studied for more than two cupations on the DIAC Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
"Then you need to check how many points you have on the DIAC points test. This depends on your age (the younger you are the more points you earn), the type of qualification you have (you will probably need to be in an occupation which earns maximum points), and your English skills as measured by the IELTS test.
"You need 120 points to be eligible for an 880 permanent residency visa. To check where you rate go to the section of the DIAC website which deals with skilled migration www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration.
"There, you can learn about the points test and see which occupations make you eligible for skilled migration.
"The E80 sub-class visa Eis not the only way for an international student to become eligible for permanent residency in Australia. The rules are complex and if you want to become a permanent resident of Australia after you graduate you need more information.
If you are still at the stage of thinking about whether or not you will study in Australia then the decision about whether you will one day want to use your Australian educational qualification to help you get permanent residency in Australia is several years away.
"Between now, and the time when you might apply for permanent residency, the Australian immigration rules may well change. So even if you choose a course which will give you the points you need when you graduate, by the time you do graduate the conditions on this visa may have changed.
"For this reason we advise you not to base your decision about studying in Australia, and what course to choose, solely on permanent residency considerations. It is best to make your decision about which Australian qualification you choose based on the advantage it will give you in building your career in your home country, or in another country where you have the right to work."
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Charles Sturt University (CSU) is an Australian multi-campus university located in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. It has campuses at Bathurst, Canberra, Albury-Wodonga, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange , Wagga Wagga and Ontario (Canada). It also has specialist centres in Manly (Sydney), and Broken Hill.