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The following information is to help travelers who are currently unable to leave Australia due to travel bans imposed in countries worldwide because of the

1. Check your Visa Grant Letter: Does it have a ‘No Further Stay’ condition (8503)?

· If No, then you can extend your visa.

2. Check your Visa Grant Letter: Does it have a ‘No Further Stay’ condition (8503)?

· If yes, then you are not allowed to extend your current temporary Visa unless you request for a waiver and it is granted.

For more details on how to request a waiver OR extend your visa while in Australia, please contact us immediately for assistance. Email: info@sanjicaldera.com


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Disclaimer: the contents in this article is only as per our observations from the research and study conducted by us. This information/criteria/date is bound to change at any given time by the IRCC.

The immigration program implemented by the Canadian and various Provincial governments have proved to be very successful especially since they have invited over 341,180 new immigrants in 2019 alone. The point increment as per the recent months is a clear indication of the immense success of the Express Entry program introduced by the Canadian Government.

However, the increment is a cause for concern for many folks, especially ones between the CRS score of 450-470. The points don’t seem to come down any time soon and this makes the applicant explore other options and programs to gain Permanent Residency.

Provincial programs have become increasingly popular due to this and we have compiled a list of Provincial Programs for you:

Note that out of the following provinces, Saskatchewan, PEI, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia have the best scope for new immigrants as of now.

  1. Saskatchewan
  • You should have a profile in the Express Entry system
  • Minimum of 65 points is needed and you will be measured by age, education, work experience and language ability
  • All occupations are eligible except a few.
  1. Prince Edward Island
  • You must have an active profile in the Express Entry portal
  • An EOI must be lodged into the Prince Edward Island portal
  1. Alberta
  • You must have an active profile in the Express Entry
  • Applicants with CRS Points above 300 will be selected
  • Priority is given for applicants with a strong connection to the province
  1. Those who have a valid Alberta job offer and/or work experience,
  2. A graduate of an Alberta post-secondary institution.
  • Parent, child, brother and/or sister who is a permanent resident living in Alberta, or a Canadian citizen living in Alberta.
  1. Manitoba
  • You must have an active profile in the Express Entry
  • Priority is given for applicants with a strong connection to the province
  1. High points are allocated for people who have a relative or friend living in Canada as a Permanent resident or citizen.
  1. Nova Scotia
  • To lodge an EOI your occupation must be in the demand occupation stream.
  • Very limited jobs are eligible for this province
  1. Ontario
  • You must have an active profile in the Express Entry
  • Ontario sends out NOIs who has points above 400
  • Ontario sends out NOIs to EE applicants with occupations that they determine as high demand from time to time and their quota is much higher than other provinces
  1.  British Columbia
  • Job offer is mandatory
  1. New Brunswick
  • To lodge an EOI the applicant the applicant should currently live and work in the province and a letter of employment from the employer must be included in the EOI.
  1. Northwest Territories
  • To be considered under the PNP you must have a job offer
  1. Nunavut
  • They don’t have a separate EOI system and they select applicants from the EE pool. This doesn’t happen frequently, and they have a very limited quota.
  1. Yukon
  • Job offer is mandatory

By- Savindy Soysa

The basic criteria for immigration is the testing of English language. In fact, without the proof of a valid English language exam you very well must forget the dream of immigrating to any country.

But it has now become a topic of utter dread! Fear not, we have compiled a small tutorial on the ins and outs of the IELTS exam and have combined the most effective tips and tricks to get that perfect score on the exam date.

What is your basic English knowledge? Are you a fluent speaker and user of the English language or do you only have a basic knowledge? Regardless, thorough practise is required- some more than other in certain instances. If you are weak in English, it might be some time before you can sit for the exam. Immigration rules are such that if you are unable to get the required score, you would have to resit for the exam, which incurs an additional cost as well. Therefore, absolute preparation is vital for this exam.

Depending on the band you wish to achieve, always aim for a band higher than what you would expect. Learning English is a slow but sure process where you adopt a new language into your life. In order to get a higher band, the following tips can be followed through.

  1. There are no shortcuts to success! Study over 2 hours daily for 2 months. This enables you to get familiarized with the material as well as the techniques unique to the IELTS test. There are quite a number of material available online with guidelines and tutorials for free. If you need extra help, don’t hesitate to seek classes from teachers, however, make sure the teacher is qualified and is up to date with the current trends and structure of the exam.
  2. Read, read, read! The habit of reading can vastly impact your chance of getting a higher band score. Reading newspapers, magazines or books will expand your vocabulary by learning new words and familiarize yourself with sentence creation.
  3. The best way to sharpen your speaking skills is to communicate in English. Talking with your family and friends in the day to day life improves fluency and you get familiarized with the language. The speaking test is a casual conversation with the examiner who will ask you various questions about different topics. Remember to speak as naturally as possible.
  4. Writing is the hardest that most applicants face, and this could be due to the lack of credibility and correctness in grammar and vocabulary. You can improve by writing essays on various current topics and get them checked by an IELTS teacher. Without professional guidance it can be hard to pass the writing exam and get a higher score. Spelling and incorrect grammar can cause your score to lower even though your content is good. Using synonyms and complex sentences is the way to go in achieving the perfect writing score.
  5. For reading, you should increase your reading speed. It can be a difficult exercise for students who are slow readers, so pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read and practise. The best way to tackle the paper is to first read the questions, then try to match the answers. Most answer seem the same, so be careful when selecting the correct answer.
  6. Listening section requires a lot of undivided concentration. Watching English movies without subtitles is a good way to practise this exercise. During the exam, the recording is only played once, which means you must note down the correct answer quickly.

Overall, consistent practise is the way to go for IELTS. Even a native speaker would not be able to get a higher band score if they sit for the exam without it. We sincerely wish all our client’s good luck with their exam! All the best!

By- Savindy Soysa

Work And Holiday Visa Holders visa Conditions revised 

As per the recommendations from the MIA(Migration Institute of Australia), the Department has relaxed the visa conditions implemented to subclass 417 and 462 work and holiday visa holders.

The changes are implemented to assist the applicants with the bush fire recovery.

The changes are that the work and holiday visa holders can work with the same employer for a period of 12 months instead of six months.

The definition of “Specified work” has been revised for work and holiday visa holders to ensure the construction work in a disaster declared area has been captured and also the paid and volunteer work in declared areas of the bush fires will count towards the specified work which is required for the second or third year of 417 or 462 visa holders.



Below is the table which summarises the number of invitations issued in the Skill Select invitation round on 10 January 2020.

  1. Skilled Independent Visa – subclass 189 – 1000 number of invitations
  2.  Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa subclass 494 – Family Sponsored – 300 number of invitations

10 January 2020 Results 

Points scores and the cut off dates of effect for different occupations for the  10 January 2020 invitation round

Subclass Occupation ID Description Minimum points score Latest date of effect
189 2211 Accountants 95 23/04/2019  1:56pm
189 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 95 18/10/2019  10:51am
189 2334 Electronics Engineer 90 25/09/2019  6:35am
491 2334 Electronics Engineer 95 3/01/2020  3:10pm
189 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 90 1/06/2019  4:20pm
189 2339 Other Engineering Professionals 90 28/08/2019  12:31pm
189 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 90 1/09/2019  9:12am
189 2613 Software and Applications Programmers 90 2/10/2019  8:32am
491 2613 Software and Applications Programmers 90 11/12/2019  7:33pm
189 2631 Computer Network Professionals 90 30/09/2019  4:46pm
491 2631 Computer Network Professionals 90 20/11/2019  2:40pm


On 1st of February 2020, Australian Government has announced all travellers arriving from the mainland China to be subjected for the border control measures to ensure the health,safety and well-being of the Australian community.

Australia will be denying entry to any person who has left or transited mainland China from 1st February except of Australian Citizen, Permanent Residents or immediate family members of Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents including spouses, minor dependent and legal guardians.

Below are some of the scenarios, and the Fact sheets issued by the Department.

  1. I am a visa holder in Australia, my visa is about to expire and I cannot return to China. Can I stay in
    If you wish to remain in Australia beyond the expiry date of your current visa, you must apply for a further visa.
  2. When should I apply for another visa to remain in Australia?
    Applications should be made before your current visa expires. In this case a bridging visa will be granted which will keep you lawful in Australia until a decision is made on your application.
  3. I am a visa holder in Australia and my visa has condition 8558 (Non Resident cannot stay for more
    than 12 months in any 18 month period) and I have already been in Australia for nearly 12 months in the last 18 months? Do I need to apply for a new visa in order to remain?
    If you currently hold a visa which includes condition 8558, and you wish to remain in Australia for more than 12 months in any 18 month period, you will need to apply for a further visa in order to avoid breaching this condition.
  4. I am a visa holder in Australia and my current visa has the ‘No Further Stay’ condition attached? Can I stay in Australia?
    If your current visa includes a ‘No Further Stay’ condition (includes 8503, 8534 and 8535), you are unable to make a valid application for most other visas while you are in Australia. If you wish to remain in Australia beyond your visa’s expiry date, a request to waive this condition must be made.
    We recommend that you not make a request for a ‘No Further Stay’ waiver if your current visa still has more than two month’s validity remaining.
  5. I am currently overseas and will not be able to enter Australia before my visa ceases. What do I need to do to travel to Australia?
    Prospective visitors must check Australian Government travel advice before making any travel plans.
    If you are outside Australia and are unable to enter before your visa’s validity ceases, you will need to apply for a new visa if you wish to travel to Australia. It is not possible to extend the validity period of a visa.
  6. I am a Chinese national and I want to apply for a visa at an Australian Visa Application Centre
    Prospective visitors must check Australian Government travel advice before applying.
    Most Australian visas can be lodged online.

Subclass 491 is a provisional visa which lets the skilled workers live and work in regional Australia for a period of five years. Subclass 491 has an option to apply for the permanent residency in the future.

How to apply for this visa?

Subclass 491 is a point-tested visa for which the applicant need a score of 65 points. The points can be claimed for skills, experience, English skills, age, partner skills, and so on.

Apart from the points scored, the applicant’s occupation must be nominated by the state or territory, or the applicant must be sponsored by an eligible relative.

What are the basic requirements to apply for this visa?

To apply for this visa subclass, the primary criteria is for the applicant to be below 45 years of age and have a total minimum score of 65 points. Apart from these criteria,  the applicant needs to have a positive skill assessment from the relevant skill assessment body.

Does each regional area have a separate occupation list?

Each regional area has a separate occupation list and has a set of conditions that need to be satisfied. For more details, or to calculate your current scores, we would recommend you to contact us.



Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement

The new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement was introduced in December 2019 and was put into effect from 1st January 2020. This agreement can be used by Australian employers to fill the labour shortages in the country by hiring overseas workers due to the shortage of qualified and skilled Australian citizens. The following streams are applicable to this program.

  • Employers can sponsor qualified overseas workers under the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (Subclass 482)
  • Sponsor overseas employees for PR under the following pathways:
  1. The Skilled Employer Sponsorship Regional (SESR) (Subclass 494) visa program will build a path to PR (Skilled Regional) visa (Subclass 191) available after 3 years.


  1. Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) visa program: This program comes into effect after a three- or four-year transitional period on a TSS visa (three years for approved Skill Level 1-3 occupations and four years for approved Skill Level 4-5 occupations)

Language requirement:

  • For the TSS visa, foreign workers must score an overall 5.0 IELTS band, with minimum 4 each in each score.
  • For the ENS and SESR visas, foreign workers must score at least 5.0 IELTS band overall, with a minimum of 4.5 in each band.

Age requirement:

  • Workers can be up to 50 years of age when applying for this visa. These are just some of the proposed changes for this new program.

The advantages of applying under this stream are mainly the concessions it provides towards age and language requirement. These are just some of the proposed changes for this new program. The complete list of occupations eligible under this new stream are stated below:

Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement terms and concessions

Approved occupation ANZSCO Code or nearest equivalent ANZSCO Skill Level   English Concession Permanent Pathway
Irrigation Designer/ Manager 234111* 1   Yes Yes
Agronomist 234112 1   Yes Yes
Entomologist 234518* 1   Yes Yes
Horticulture Grower 070499* 1   Yes Yes
Protected Cropping Grower 070499* 1   Yes Yes
Horticulture Research &
Development Officer
132511* 1   Yes Yes
Mechanical Engineer 233512 1   Yes Yes
Horticulture Farm Manager 070499* 1   Yes Yes
Quality Assurance Manager 139914 1   Yes Yes
Biosecurity Officer 311399* 2   Yes Yes
Facility Plant Manager 149913* 2   Yes Yes
Facility Supervisor 070499* 2   Yes Yes
Maintenance Electrician 341111* 3   Yes Yes
Fitter and Welder 323213 3   Yes Yes
Agriculture Technician 321212* 3   Yes Yes
Mechanic 321211* 3   Yes Yes
Senior Nurseryperson 362411 3   Yes Yes
Nurseryperson 362411 3   Yes Yes
Nursery Supervisor 362411 3   Yes Yes
Truck Driver 733111 4   Yes Yes
Mobile Plant Operator 721111 4   Yes Yes
Fork Lift Driver 721311 4   Yes Yes
Irrigationist 841999 5   Yes Yes
Irrigationist Assistant 841999 5   Yes Yes
Horticulture Section
070499* 5   Yes Yes
Section Supervisor 070499* 4   Yes Yes
Production Horticulture
070499* 4   Yes Yes
Production Horticulturist 070499* 3   Yes Yes
Machinery Manager 149913 or 149999* 4   Yes Yes
Machinery Supervisor 149999* 4   Yes Yes
Cold Storage Manager 149999* 3   Yes Yes


Australian Immigration News

Traffic light bulletin -Proposed changes to the Occupation Lists

Australian immigration has marked quite a number of new changes in the field and has paved the way for more immigrants to land in Australia as a permanent resident. One of the more notable changes is the introduction of the Traffic Light Bulletin, which is due to be released in March 2020.

This is a list of occupations that have been invited or included in the past and the occupations that will be removed/added indefinitely in the future. This list depicts changes to the skilled occupation lists for immigration purposes. A number of changes have been mentioned, including the removal of several trade occupations and adding some related to personal and aged care.

The occupations flagged in red are removed from all occupations lists and included in this list are some of the famous occupations in the past such as hairdressers, massage therapists etc.

Orange occupations are the ones that will move in between the 3 occupation lists as follows:

  • Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Regional Occupation List (ROL)

The green occupations are the ones which are newly added to the lists. Occupations such as Nursing Support Worker and Disabled Carer have been added, provided that there is a mandatory skills assessment.

Furthermore, there is a list of occupations that are not listed in the occupations list, but there may be a chance of them being included in the future. This proposed Traffic Light Bulletin is due to be released in March 2020, and is subject to change.