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1. Post-study working in Australia:

If you have studied in Australia for 2 academic years or more and have completed your course within the last six months, you may be eligible for a Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485). This visa has 2 streams:

Graduate Work Stream – Length of Stay: 18 months

The Graduate Work stream is for international students who have recently graduated with skill and qualifications that closely relate to an occupation identified as being in need in the Australian labour market.

Post-Study Work Stream – Length of Stay: 2 – 4 years depending on your qualification

The Post-Study Work stream is for international students who have recently graduated with an eligible qualification from an Australian educational institution, regardless of their field of study.

– Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Degree with Honours, Masters by Coursework Degree or Masters (extended) Degree: Your visa is valid for 2 years.
– Masters by Research Degree: Your visa is valid for 3 years.
– Doctoral Degree: Your visa is valid for 4 years.


2. Engineering Graduates:

If you have completed an engineering degree at a recognized institution (in Australia or overseas) within the past two years, you may be eligible for a Skilled-Recognised Graduate visa (Subclass 476). This visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to 18 months for skilled work experience. The following specializations in Engineering are deemed suitable for this visa:

• Civil Engineering
• Structural Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Electrical and Electronics Engineering
• Mechanical, Production and Plant Engineering
• Mining and Material Engineering.


3. English Language Ability:

In order to meet eligibility criteria for the above visa’s, you must have evidence to demonstrate that you have sufficiently met the English language requirement. However, if you hold a passport issued by the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or Ireland and you are a citizen of that country, you are exempt from this requirement. Otherwise, you must demonstrate one of the following:

• You have achieved an overall score of at least 6 with a minimum a score of 5 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.

• You have achieved a score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four test components of an Occupational English Test (OET) that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.

• You have achieved a total score of at least 64 with the following minimum test scores in each of the four test components: 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking, in a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) test that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.

• You have achieved an overall test score of at least 50 with a minimum score of 36 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.

• You have achieved an overall test score of at least 169 with a minimum score of at least 154 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test that has been undertaken on or after 1 January 2015 and prior to lodging the visa application.


4. Professional Year Programs:

These programs are available for international students who have graduated in the following disciplines:

• Accounting
• Information Technology
• Engineering

The professional year training program runs for 44 weeks which will also include a 12 a week internship with a host organization for industrial based training. The aim of this program is to drastically increase your opportunities for employment in Australia.

There are numerous other benefits to a professional year when applying for migration:

• Completion of the professional year will add 5 points to your overall score for General Skilled Migration.

• Accountants: The professional year is a substitute to the usual English language criteria for a CPA skills assessment (7.0 in each band of Academic IELTS or equivalent)

• IT Professional: The professional year is a substitute to the usual work experience requirement for an ACS skills assessment (1-year post qualification work experience in IT)


5. Family:

Your family can join you in Australia and can be included in your application. You can include the following people in your visa application at the time of lodgement:

• Your partner
• Your child/step-child or partner’s child/stepchild

You cannot add any other family member to your application.


6. BONUS TIP – ALWAYS use a MARA registered migration agent/immigration lawyer:

Only registered migration agents can legally give immigration assistance in Australia. To do this, they must be listed on the Register of Migration Agents, held by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

To check a migration agents credentials, please refer to this link on the MARA website:

To check our credentials please enter our 7-digit MARA registration number in the search bar on the MARA website: 0635492


For a FREE assessment of your eligibility, please click on the link below: 



For all inquiries:

Keith Hepponstall – Director (Business Development)
Mobile: +61 420 949 195
E-mail: keith@sanjicaldera.com

Contact us: http://www.sanjicaldera.com/contact-us/


Australian Business Visa


“Established entrepreneurs across the Arabian Gulf now have the opportunity to invest in business in Australia leading to permanent residency and citizenship thereafter.” – Mr. Sanji Caldera (Director/ Principal Migration Consultant – Sanji Caldera Associates Pvt Ltd)

Sanji Caldera Associates Pvt Ltd (SCA) is a multi-national immigration consultancy firm that specialises in Australian migration. Our head office is based in Melbourne, Australia with branch offices strategically placed in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Dubai, UAE. The organization also has representation in India as well as a joint venture with a partner company in London, UK. SCA holds a solid market place in Southern Asia and across the Arabian Gulf where the majority of our customer base is located.

We have built a reputation within the industry as an organisation that provides professional services in the most efficient and effective manner. This is mainly attributed to our business model which is exceedingly customer focused that values ethical and moral practice above all. We have always been highly committed to providing an outstanding service that will achieve the most successful desired outcomes for our clients.

SCA constitutes a variety of expertise on Australian business visa’s. We specialise in advising prevalent businessmen who are interested in establishing business ventures in Australia which will eventually lead to permanent residency and Australian citizenship.

Our team comprises of specialized migration consultants who have had extensive dealings with such businessmen in the past. Not to mention, our principal migration consultant Mr. Sanji Caldera is also a FCMA rank CPA Chartered Accountant. A considerable portion of the business visa process requires accounting expertise and this is one of the main reasons why Sanji is a highly sought-after consultant for business visa’s, due to the fact that he possesses a skillset combination in both immigration law and accounting.

According to research, Businessmen across the Middle-East who derive from all parts of the world including Asia and Europe, are considered to be the most lucrative markets in terms of Australian Business Migration.

To meet the minimum requirements, Businessmen need only to be able to show a business portfolio proving they have had ownership interest in an established business or businesses that have been able to turn over the equivalent of AUD $500,000 consistently in the past two years and also possess AUD $800,000 in assets.

We sincerely hope that you will consider giving us the opportunity to advise you when you are ready to make the move to Australia and establish yourself as a successful businessman in your new home country.

For a Free Assessment of your eligibility, Please E-mail the following documents:

  1. Company Profile/s
  2. Resume
  3. Business Activity Statements (Profit & Loss)

E-mail address: info@sanjicaldera.com or keith@sanjicaldera.com

For more information on Australian Business Visas, please click on the follow link:



Changes to the Australian General Skilled Migration Program – 1st July 2017


Numerous changes are expected to take place in the Australian General Skilled Migration program as of 1st July 2017. The changes comprise of the following:

  • The skilled occupation lists will be reviewed
  • Multiple occupations via state sponsorship are likely to reopen
  • The maximum age limit will be reduced from 49 to 44 for Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189
  • Occupational Ceilings (Number of invitations that can be issued through SkillSelect per year) to be announced


Skilled Occupation List Review

As per usual expectations, the turn over into the new financial year will bring forth reviewed occupation lists for the Australian General Skilled Migration program. The revised Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and The Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) will be released on 1st July 2017.


Nominated State Sponsorship Occupations to Re-open

The state sponsorship program (Subclass 190 & 489) have either closed or restricted nominated occupations after reaching their quotas toward the tail-end of the financial year. The Australian states will reopen occupations after the 1st of July with refreshed quotas.

Applicants who have already processed their skill assessment and obtained required IELTS score are advised to lodge as soon as possible as it is highly likely that popular state nominated occupations will fill quickly.


Maximum Age Limit Change – Subclass 189

The Maximum age limit will be reduced from 49 to 44 for Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189, effective as of 1st July 2017.

However, the change DOES NOT affect Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 or Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 489 where the maximum age limit will still remain at 49 years.


New Occupation Ceilings To Be Announced

Occupational ceilings constitute the maximum number of EOI Invitations that can be issued through the “SkillSelect” system for the year. The occupational ceilings only affect Skilled Independent Visa Sub 189 and Skilled Regional (Family Sponsored) Visa Subclass 489.

Note: Skilled Regional (Family Sponsored) Visa Subclass 489 and Skilled Regional (Provisional) 489 are two separate visas and not one in the same. Therefore, the latter will not be affected.


To find out more about Sanji Caldera Associates (Pvt) Ltd: 

CONTACT US – 077 905 5332 / 076 601 3381 / 077 889 7853                                      

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Are You Interested in Studying in Australia?


You can now achieve your goal of becoming a qualified professional from a prestigious Australian university with worldwide recognition. Obtaining a Diploma, Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D or a Trade qualification has become easier and more accessible. The application process for student visas has been streamlined and simplified. The Department of Immigration refers to this as the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF).

The Simplified Student Visa Framework makes the application process for low risk students a lot more straightforward. The following changes will be highly beneficial:

  • Simplified visa arrangements making the process easier to understand
  • Less documentation required for low risk students

Sri Lanka is now an assessment level 1 country and considered Low Risk, applying for a student visa has never been easier.

Risk Level:

Risk level depends on the risk level of the country of passport and the education provider. If your provider and or passport level are considered low risk, then it will be possible to lodge your student visa application with minimal restrictions.

For education providers, there is a huge advantage in maintaining a low risk rating under the new system. The elimination of current student visa subclasses and the introduction of the new subclass 500 (Student Visa) means less restrictions on English and financial requirements for prospective students. This change has made it more accessible for genuine students who would have otherwise not qualified under the previous regulations.

English Requirement:

Prospective students are required to complete IELTS before applying for a student visa. The required score is determined by the study program the student will be applying for.


To find out more about Sanji Caldera Associates (Pvt) Ltd: 

CONTACT US – 077 905 5332 / 076 601 3381 / 077 889 7853                                      

VISIT US AT – www.sanjicaldera.com

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/sanjicaldera.migrationconsultants/


New Requirements to Acquire Australian Citizenship


The Australian government has announced that they will be introducing new reforms to strengthen and reinforce the Australian citizenship process by enforcing 6 new requirements to all new Australian citizenship applicants. These changes will be effective as of 20th April 2017.

Peter Dutton (Minister of Immigration and Border Protection) said “Our reforms will ensure applicants are competent in English, have been a permanent resident for at least four years and commit to embracing Australian values”
The main intention behind his statement was to emphasize that becoming an Australian Citizen is a privilege and will only be granted to those who support Australian values, respect Australian laws and want to work hard towards contributing to a better Australia overall.

He further stated that “Citizenship is at the heart of our national identity. It is the foundation of our democracy. We must ensure that our citizenship program is conducted in our national interested”

1.The new requirements to acquire an Australian Citizenship are as follows:

2.All applicants are required to pass a stand-alone English test, involving reading, writing, listening and speaking.

3.Applicants are required to have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least four years (instead of one year at present).

4.Citizenship test will be strengthened with new and more meaningful questions that assess an applicant’s understanding of – and commitment to – shared values and responsibilities;

5.Applicants will be required to show the steps they have taken to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community. Examples would include evidence of employment, membership of community organisations and school enrolment for all eligible children.

6.An applicant can fail the citizenship test only three times (at present, there is no limit to the number of times an applicant can fail the test).

7.An automatic fail will be issued to applicants who cheat during the citizenship test.

The government will introduce new citizenship related legislation into the parliament by the end of 2017. However, the new requirements that are stated above will apply to all new applications for Australian citizenship effective 20th April 2017.


Flagged Occupations 2016-2017


The following occupations have been flagged and are currently under review as the quota’s are soon to be filled up. Get your application in as soon as possible to secure your place before the occupation closes. Please see link below:



Applying For Visa via Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)


Australia welcomes skilled professionals from all over the world to come and work in the country, and is the dream destination of thousands of people. The Skilled Independent Visa allows people to migrate to Australia to get employment.

In this post, we are going to discuss what you need to do to migrate to Australia through the Skilled Independent Visa route (subclass 189).

The Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)

This is a point based work visa recommended for people who are skilled professionals but have not been sponsored by their employers, the state or a member of their family living in Australia. Once you are granted this visa, you will be able enjoy the benefits of permanent residency in Australia, live and work anywhere in the country and include family members in your application. This permanent visa gives the applicant complete work rights.

What you need to do to apply for the Skilled Independent Visa

To apply for the skilled independent visa, you need to check if your occupation is listed in the skilled occupation list. If it is, then you need to do the following to be invited to submit an application:

  • Have your qualifications assessed by SkillSelect
  • Submit an expression of interest through SkillSelect
  • You need a minimum of 60 points in the points test. You will be awarded points on the basis of your age, skills and qualifications, work experience, language skills, and partner skills.
  • Give basic English language tests and score enough to meet the requirements

Moreover, the age of the applicant should be between 18 and 50 years to be eligible to apply for the visa and you can apply for it regardless of whether you are in Australia or abroad. Once you receive your invitation, you will have to submit your application online within 60 days. The details of what you need to include in your application and the process you need to follow will be explained in your invitation letter.

The Benefits

One of the main features of this permanent work visa is that you get to include eligible family members in your visa application. This is because the Australian government understands that living with family increases the contentment and therefore, the productivity of skilled workers.

The following family members can be included in your visa application:

  • Your partner
  • You or your partner’s children
  • You or your partner’s dependent parents or relatives

Apart from living and working in Australia for an indefinite time period, the skilled independent visa gives you the following perks:

  • Enrol on Medicare
  • Study in Australia’s schools, colleges and universities
  • Social Security
  • Sponsor family members for permanent residency

After you have fulfilled your residency criteria, permanent residents are also able to apply for Australian citizenship so they can enjoy all the rights granted by the country to its citizens.


Subclass 457 Review Recommendations Released


Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison, today discussed the Government’s response to the just-released report by the panel conducting the Independent Review into Integrity in the Subclass 457 programme.Speaking at at the National Press Club, the Minister praised the report for its “balanced and measured” 22 recommendations.Minister Morrison did not give any details of the implementation date for the recommendations, but said that the Government would give a detailed response “in the weeks and months ahead”.



2014-2015 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list now available


The Department of Training and Workforce Development has released the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) for 2014-2015.You must have an occupation on the WASMOL to be invited to apply for State nomination.If you lodged an application for State nomination prior to the release of the new WASMOL, your application will not be affected by the change of list.See the occupations in demand section of the website for
further details.

Click here to View the list.