IMMIGRATION NEWS AILS logo small                
1st March 2013
Volume 235

 Subscribe To Our Newsletter

In This Issue
Disaster Looms for thousands of international business students
Recent News Stories
Dear students, 


Welcome to IMMIGRATION NEWS and to our new subscribers. This free service is brought to you by Australian Immigration Law Services. You can subscribe by using the link on the right hand side or by visiting our web site. Please feel free to forward this email to any of your friends.

A few weeks ago in Volume 228 we reported on the proposed changes to the laws for the Graduate Skilled 485 visa. Now we are beginning to see the frustration of potentially thousands of business and other students who's occupations are not on Schedule 1 of the CSOL and have no access to the new 485 visa because they held or applied for a student visa before the 5th November 2011. 


These students will have to leave Australia before their student visa expires according to the DIAC's description of the new rules they released last year for the new 485 visa program.

Alla Photo 1
Alla Kisika contemplates her future after realizing she cannot apply for her 485 Graduate Visa

Disaster Looms for thousands of international business students 


Tanaya Das Reports 


For decades Australia has been seen as a multi-cultural country welcoming foreigners with open arms and for being extremely tolerant of different ethnic backgrounds. 


The fact that the various city councils willingly spend increasing amounts for News year's eve fireworks, Chinese New year festivities and the GLBTQ Mardi Gras celebrations points to the fact that modern Australia is a place even the most marginalized can hope to call home.


Beginning in the late 1990s, the government made it easier for foreign students to apply for immigrant visas while still in Australia after graduation. According to a new report for the federal government Australia's export education industry can grow by 30 per cent to 520,000 international students, spending $19 billion to study at Australian universities by the end of the decade.


Increasingly education in Australia is being viewed as a stepping-stone to subsequent residency, which is why changes in the migration policy have far reaching effects in the lives of the students who choose Australia to pursue their studies.


The recent proposed changes to the Skilled - Graduate (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 485) by dividing into two distinct streams, the Post Study Work Stream (PSWS) and the Graduate Work Stream (GWS), is having a wide range of reactions from the international student community. 
The new PSWS of the 485 visa is going to be the preferred option for it will not require students to have a skills assessment and makes it easier for them to stay in Australia after completing certain courses. A large number of international students will welcome the change but there is going to be a massive number of students who will be disadvantaged by this new policy because it is available only to students who held or had applied for their student visa after the 5th November 2011. 
If you held a student visa or applied for one before the 5th November 2011 then you can only choose an occupation from Schedule 1 of the CSOL. This list leaves out many occupations, particularly those related to business such as marketing and management. 
Speaking to Alla Kisika, a Post graduate student has shed light on exactly how unfairly treated international students not eligible for the new PSWS or the GSW are feeling. Alla, a vivacious and ambitious girl in her late twenties from Riga, Latvia has recently finished her Master's degree in Business, majoring in marketing. 
She was studying for a degree in marketing and finance in Latvia before she joined an international furniture marketing company as a project manager. After losing her job to the far reaching effects of the GFC, she decided to move to Sydney to pursue a diploma in marketing management at a friend's suggestion. She says "I had the choice to study in the UK, spend € 4,000 a year and work full-time but I chose to come to Australia and spend $50,000 so far on my studies in spite of being allowed to work only 20 hours/ week on a student visa because I preferred the life I thought Australia would offer someone like me". 
She speaks flawless Russian, Latvian, English is a bit rusty with her French, is considering learning Mandarin and states "I was planning to work for a year to gain further professional experience after my degree, then work for myself and give back to the society in anyway that I can". On asked why choose Australia, she answered succinctly "The people are so warm, the weather is perfect, its a beautiful place, the beaches are amazing and above all I feel safe at night, as a single woman I don't feel afraid or threatened".
She can't understand why students who paid more to study here and are going to be good additions to the society are being left with no possibility to continue to live and work in Australia. "I thought in Australia I would have equal opportunities like anyone else but I discovered yesterday that although its going to be easier for foreign students to live and work in Australia from now on, I am excluded because I applied for and was granted my student visa before a certain date, where is the fairness in that?" 
Speaking to her one senses the quiet determination that made her pursue and finish an online interior design course along with Uni even though she states she found it hard initially to write university level essays in English. She says "I braved loneliness, being far away from my family and friends, worked jobs well under my skills set just to get a brand new start in a country I chose to make home only to discover that in spite of everything I went through, I might have to leave in a month and a half".
Knowing that there is a huge number of students facing the same situation as Alla, it gets easier to understand the desperation the international student community are feeling right now. 

The author of this story Tanaya Das is a former international student who did her post graduate studies in journalism from UTS. She has written many stories in the past for Immigration News covering the collapse of some of Australia's notorious business colleges. She has also worked as a researcher for programs aired on ABC and SBS and as an Online content Editor for Thomson Reuters.







Recent News Stories  

Some light reading?  
Have a few spare minutes and nothing to do? Try reading one of our riveting historical newsletters to give you a buzz.

Won't exactly blow your mind but might rattle loose a filling.


For the recent ones using the new newsletter format, they can be found here;   

For our older newsletters they can be found on our web site through the following link;

Expression of Interest Lodged Free of Charge*

Australian Immigration Law Services are offering GSM prospective GSM applicants to lodge there EOI free of charge.


*This offer is for clients who have a consultation in our office, or by telephone to discuss their points score ensuring their eligibility for the EOI system. The usual consultation fee of $165 will apply. The EOI must be ready to lodge within a week of the consultation.


After we are sure the EOI is suitable for you we then lodge the Expression of Interest free of charge. This promotion is for the lodgement only of your EOI. If you wish our company to manage your EOI for the two year period then further professional fees will apply of $165 for every six months you remain in the EOI system.


Of course the EOI is not a visa application and there is no guarantee that you will be issued an invitation to lodge a visa. However if an invitation is sent to you then it is vital that the information you lodged in your EOI be an accurate representation of your individual points score.


Please use the details below to book your appointment.

If you would like to join the other 10,500+ subscribers then click on this link to Subscribe to Our Newsletter or the link on the right above the Editorial.


Kind regards,

Karl Konrad, Managing Director


Jee Eun HAN, Executive Manager     

Australian Immigration Law Services

MARN: 9904238, 0850073 

AILS stuff photo
 At Australian Immigration Law Services (AILS), we offer professional advice and practical solutions to all migration matters. Our team of licensed agents and consultants specialise in various areas of immigration law, such as skilled migration, business, family, and reviews.


저희 회사에는 한국인 스탭도 일하고 있습니다.








When is the government going to learn that you have to treat people fairly in order to maintain a good reputation in life. Governments should think like businesses when making decision which affect a multibillion dollar industry. It's not acceptable anymore just to make laws without some careful consideration on what is fair and just.


This government seems it wants to ride on Australia's popularity as a place to live and has no concerns about damaging it's reputation towards a minority of students. They may be a minority but the effect ripples out and touches many more lives than you can imagine.


Alla Kisika's plight is a perfect example of new rules which are going to prove unjust. Why should she be disadvantaged just because she has been here studying in Australia before the 5th November 2011. In reality she has been here longer and invested more money that her counterparts who arrived after this critical date.


Yes students like Alla are a minority but they should still be treated fairly and they are still important.


As I mentioned in my comments on this issue last year  (Volume 228) when details on these new 485 laws were released, the new GTE requirements do not produce some form of super student. In reality it is knocking out many genuine students who wish to study in Australia and this means we are loosing business as they then decide to study elsewhere abroad.


On another note, there are calls to go back to the John Howard years of politics and offer more international students places in the permanent residency programs. It is amazing when you have around long enough how you watch these patterns in history repeat themselves.


There could be no better migration program in the world where one selects only the brightest and perhaps even the most affluent of young people to contribute to their new homes. They have the skills to blend into society as if they were born here. They bring the spirit of determination to be entrepreneurial in business and have family money to turn that into a reality. There can be no better program that produces young migrants who are young, smart and begin their own small businesses which is the mainstream of employment in this country.


Now if we could only go back to Johnny's great program of giving asylum seekers temporary residency instead of the current permanent visa carrot, we could stop the incredible waste of taxpayer's money on trying to turn these leaky tubs around.


And for all the touchy feely left wingers out there who think asylum seekers deserve a permanent visa, don't bother sending your complaint emails, I'm too old to care.








Karl Konrad

Karl Konrad

Managing Director

Han Photo with Jacket

 Executive Manager

Jee Eun HAN


Australian Immigration Law Services  

phone: 61 2 92791991 | fax: 61 2 9279 1994
email: | website: 


 Level 13, 37 York Street Sydney NSW 2000

Disclaimer and Copyright

IMMIGRATION NEWS is intended to provide general information on migration issues and does not constitute legal advice and no responsibility is accepted by Australian Immigration Law Services (AILS) for the accuracy of material appearing in IMMIGRATION NEWS.


People seeking advice on migration law should seek advice from a registered migration agent
and you should be aware that the law can change tomorrow without notice so you have the responsibility to keep up to date.  
The copyright of IMMIGRATION NEWS belongs to Australian Immigration Law Services (AILS) and no part of IMMIGRATIONNEWS is to be reproduced by any means without the written consent of AILS. Australian Immigration Law Services is a trading name licensed to AILS INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD