Lombard and Laurence Newsletter — October Migration Updates


Changes to PTE Academic Test

Pearson Academic has announced changes to be made to the test are to come in on 16 November 2021. The exam will be shortened to 53-64 questions, with two hours duration.

An online version of the exam will also be offered from this date. Bookings will be able to be made on the site from October 25th. However, the online test will not be accepted for visa applications and can only be used for study applications.

The shortened version will continue testing the four skills and will include the 20 question types that the existing version also includes. It should also be noted that assessment and scoring guidelines remain the same.

South Australia to Open Nomination for Offshore Applicants

South Australia has announced that the state will open 70 new occupations to offshore applicants. This change is set to come in on 28 September 2021.

Offshore applicants will need to meet the minimum requirements before submitting a Registration of Interest. Applicants must:

  •  Have an occupation listed on the Skilled Occupation List, which has been listed as available to offshore applicants;
  • Be under the age of 45;
  • Have a valid skills assessment issued in the last three years;
  • Have relevant skilled experience in the nominated occupation;
  • Meet minimum English language requirements; and
  • Meet the minimum points requirement for your occupation.

List of Occupations

NSW Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) Visas

NSW has now begun accepting nomination applications for the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) – Entrepreneur stream. Prospects cannot apply directly and must register their interest through the NSW website.

Applicants must be:

  • Under the age of 55;
  • Must be accepted by a NSW Startup Accelerator Program or Startup Incubator Program;
  • Must show adequate funding secured to complete the proposed project from an approved entity;
  • Must clearly demonstrate how the proposal will benefit NSW; and
  • Applicants must have a genuine and realistic commitment to permanently live and work in NSW.

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Australian Myths Frequently Heard by New Migrants

Australians have been sharing the joke myths about life in Australia that they have shared with new migrants in the past.

Many posts centred on Australian wildlife. Some have been told that one can work as a koala swatter to remove animals like kangaroos and koalas from the Harbour Bridge. Others have heard the myth of drop bears, a type of carnivorous koala, or hoop snakes, which is often told to scare tourists.

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