if your goal is to migrate here in australia in the SKILLED INDEPENDENT CATEGORY, the website to go to is www.immi.gov.au .
go to VISAS AND IMMIGRATION ( in that website), then go to WORKERS. there youll find the different visa categories you can apply for.
check out the SOL to see if your occupation is needed in Australia (Form 1121i )
there is also a POINTS TEST. check if you generally qualify (kung pasado ang age, skills, english proficiency, work experience) to see if you really have the chance of obtaining a visa.
for example, kung high school teacher ka and you are 30 years old, you are in the skilled occupations list at pasok ka sa age (less than 45 years old)- meaning australia MAY accept you as an immigrant if you can pass the SKILLS ASSESSMENT TEST under the assigned assessing body (in this case, its TEACHING AUSTRALIA-website can be found in the SOL as well) and english test.
SO THIS IS WHERE THE WORK BEGINS.
after finding your category, go to the website of your profession's assessing body. there you can check the required experiences, education and certifications you need to be recognized as a skilled worker.
they may ask for certified copies of your employment certificates, diplomas, seminars attended, proof of education, legal certificates to prove your citizenship etc.
just photocopy the original documents then have them notarized, marked as certified true copies.
the requirements will be different for each and every profession.
TIP: read the guidelines of the assessing body carefully. take into consideration what they are looking for. follow these to the dot. hindi pwede ang pwede na. follow the rules.
you have to send you application to australia to YOUR PROFESSION'S DESIGNATED ASSESSING BODY and then hopefully the results are positive then youre off to the next stage.
if you pass this stage, youll receive a letter from the assessing body and youre almost halfway through the process if you have this.
STEP 2. Take the IELTS or English Test. Look for the IELTS grade required for your nominated profession.
Hopefully, pasado din.
STEP 3. Now that you have been assessed as skilled and have passed the IELTS test, go back to the website, www.immi.gov.au, then download the migration application forms and apply for migration (for you and your family).
if you get 120 points or more, you can apply for the Skilled Independent category, which means once approved, you can settle anywhere in Australia with your family. i fall under this category and for the record, walang show money involved dito.
or if you get 110 points, you can apply under the other skilled categories like the state sponsored or if youve got family there, family sponsored. there are options available.
one such state is victoria (capital city, melbourne) which sponsors certain skilled workers na kulang sa area nila. you just have to submit an application for sponsorship online, send them your skills assessment result and IELTS result (you can scan and send it through email unless they ask for a physical copy of the documents). if they need your skill, theyll sponsor you, theyll send you an email. print that email and send it with your application.
it took 9 months after i lodged our application for our visas to be released. i corresponded with the immigration office via email. it was definitely cheaper. but you have to regularly check your mail to see if the migration office has sent you a notice or needs other supporting documents. be patient. they dont really send out replies for "kulit mails"
about 6 months through that 9 months of waiting, they sent me an email requesting for medical check up from our family. they have appointed clinics you can go to.
other tips: there is a category for the skilled workers called MODL or SKILLS IN DEMAND. this gives you extra points and gives you a bigger chance as far as reaching the 120 points is concerned. if you have a skill under this category, swerte mo.
as far as paying the aus immigration is concerned, you can get a bank check from the ANZ BANK in makati for a fee (P600-800?). that is an acceptable payment method for australian applications.
there is also an occasional background check, hindi to ginagawa sa lahat. pero there have been some applicants na chini check sa workplace or the like to see if the facts they have given are true. ive read this in the international forum for applicants to australia. i did not experience this though. pero might as well be informed.