jueves, febrero 17, 2005

Electronic Health Assessments for Online Visa Applicants

A new electronic system has been developed to help in assessing the health status of online visa applicants to Australia, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said today.

A world first, the new system allows applicants to record their medical information online as they are applying for their visa.

‘The system reflects the Government’s determination to ensure the application of the latest technology to improve dealings with agencies,’ the Minister said.

‘The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs is constantly striving to improve service to clients through new technology,’ the Minister said.

‘Applicants are required to visit an approved radiology clinic for a digital chest x-ray and photo to verify their identity. These images are then linked electronically to their visa application.

‘An approved doctor conducts a physical health assessment and reviews the radiology results. This data is transmitted electronically to Australia and if there are no problems the visa application can proceed. The images are held in a database and will be accessed for any future applications.

‘The new system, which is faster and more efficient than before, will eventually be made available globally, starting with online applicants from early this year,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘If an applicant can arrange for the necessary appointments on the same day, the application and health assessment process can be completed in as little as 24 hours,’ she said.

The system began piloting in Singapore in November 2003 with online student visa applicants.

‘The trial proved highly successful, with nearly 90 per cent of applicants opting for the new system over the slower, paper based method.

For more information on online visa application, visit the DIMIA website at www.immi.gov.au 14 January 2005

- Media release from the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

Student Visa Reform Success

Changes to the Australian Government’s Student Visa program since 2001 have been an outstanding success, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Amanda Vanstone, said today.

‘A statistical review of the program’s performance during 2003-04 has shown that visa approval rates have continued to rise while non-compliance levels have fallen,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘As a result, the Student Visa Assessment Levels for a number of countries and education sectors will be reduced from April 2005 to reflect the lower risk, providing more people with the opportunity to study in Australia.’

The Minister said the English language and financial test for student visa applications from certain countries and education sectors will be lower.

‘This is good news for Australia’s international education industry as it will help the industry grow,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘Overseas education is one of Australia’s largest export industries, estimated to provide revenue in the vicinity of $5.2 billion.

‘The Australian Government recognises that new markets must be opened so that the Australian overseas education industry can continue to grow – however, students must actually study in Australia and abide by their conditions,’ she said.

During 2003-04 a record number of student visas were granted – 171,616– an increase of more than five percent on 2002-03.

Further details of the Assessment Level changes can be found on the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs website http://www.immi.gov.au/study/providers/lcu.htm.

- Media release from the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

viernes, febrero 04, 2005

Trabajos normales!

Raver nos pregunta:" Primero que todo un gran saludo y abrazo a todos los Venezolanos que estan ya en Australia.

Mi pregunta es la siguiente.

¿Alguno de ustedes ha trabajado en restaurantes, centro comerciales, locales nocturnos o tiendas de ropa allá en Australia?

Para no gastarme mis ahorros quisiera llegar trabajando así sea de Bartender o Dish Washers lo cual ya hice en EEUU en unas vacaciones.

Y bueno la mejor pregunta, se puede vivir con eso mientras se consigue un mejor trabajo? :D"

Mucha gente comienza haciendo ese tipo de trabajos mientras consigue algo mas acorde a sus expectativas, y si bien esto no cubre el 100% de los gastos a los que se aspira, permite vivir moderadamente."