In 2008 we founded Bravo Migration because we had a vision, a vision such that we still hold dear and that guides everything we do: to offer innovative solutions to advance the lives of everyone we deal with, our clients, staff and associates.
I believe that you cannot advance in life without change, without choosing to change more specifically and if your change requires you to move to another country, where you think you will be happier, then we’re here for you.
Last week we held workshops in South America for the first time since Bravo started operations in Brazil. We had presented seminars in Brazil before, under the Bravo banner. I still remember all my trips to Brazil and Peru, speaking about General Skilled Migration 10 years ago, sometimes to rooms with 300, 400, even 500 people.
Back then not many people knew about the Australian General Skilled Program and I often got asked if it was real, as it sounded too good to be true. I had to tell people over and over that yes, Australia was seeking skilled migrants and that yes, if you qualified the Australian government would give you a visa to move here and you could change your life.
Now the media cannot stop talking about the program, and many times I see incorrect information published everywhere in blogs and other places, but it’s great to see that people finally understood the possibilities that Australia offers.
Organising Workshops in Sao Paulo and Rio last week had a different taste however: we wanted something more interactive and intimate, where the people attending could have a chance to ask questions, where we could discuss their cases and really add value.
The seminar format is great, but we wanted to do something different. It was a success. We only had 25 places at each workshop and they were both fully booked in 72 hours, with another 25 people in each workshop expressing interest in attending if there was a place. So watch this space as we will have another one very soon!
We have always offered services to people who are not in Australia from our Sydney office, but as myself and Michel, the founders of Bravo, were both born in Brazil, I have to admit it feels great to be able to offer our services to people there. The more lives we can change, the better.
We have obtained visa approvals for thousands of people – I have been registered with the Department of Immigration in Australia for 11 years – and I have to say, I never get tired of telling someone their visa was approved.
We want to make that phone call to thousands of people more. Hopefully one day I will be calling you!
Check out some photos of the workshops in SP and Rio below, and thanks to those who participated, your feedback was amazing!
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Co-Founder, Director and Registered Migration Agent 0532487
The Department of Immigration has published the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for the next financial year.
The financial year in Australia starts on the 1st July.
The occupations of Accountants and Chef will remain on the list for another year, and we know this is going to make a lot of people happy.
IT Professionals will also be happy as all IT occupations that were on the list have been kept on. That includes ICT Business Analysts, Systems Analysts, Analyst Programmers, Developer Programmers, Software Engineers and Computer Networks and Systems Engineers also remain.
Most Engineers have also been kept on the list, with the exception of Mining Engineers and Petroleum Engineers, which were removed from the list. We believe this reflects the end of the “mining boom” and what the government thinks will happen to those industries in the next few years.
Also gone from the list are the technical Dental occupations of Dental Hygienist, Dental Prosthetist, Dental Technician and Dental Therapist.
The Department of Immigration has also removed Occupational Health & Safety Adviser, Metallurgist and Environmental Health Officer from the list.
New additions to the list this year include: Audiologists, Orthotists/Prothetists and Panelbeaters.
BE CAREFUL: there is a lot of confusion between the SOL and the CSOL.
The Department of Immigration released both, but the list used to apply for the most sought-after visa, the Permanent Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189, is the SOL, and not the CSOL.
The CSOL is used to apply for the Permanent Skilled State-Nomination Visa Subclass 190 (if your occupation is also on a State or Territory list) and visas within the Employer Nomination Program, such as the Sponsorship Work Visa (if you have a job offer from an Australian employer).
Check the entire SOL below:
|Construction Project Manager||133111|
|Production Manager (Mining)||133513|
|Child Care Centre Manager||134111|
|Nursing Clinical Director||134212|
|Primary Health Organisation Manager||134213|
|Welfare Centre Manager||134214|
|Other Spatial Scientist||232214|
|Production or Plant Engineer||233513|
|Medical Laboratory Scientist||234611|
|Physicist (Medical Physicist only)||234914|
|Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher||241111|
|Secondary School Teacher||241411|
|Special Needs Teacher||241511|
|Teacher of the Hearing Impaired||241512|
|Teacher of the Sight Impaired||241513|
|Special Education Teachers (nec)||241599|
|Medical Diagnostic Radiographer||251211|
|Medical Radiation Therapist||251212|
|Nuclear Medicine Technologist||251213|
|Orthotist or Prosthetist||251912|
|Specialist Physician (General Medicine)||253311|
|Intensive Care Specialist||253317|
|Renal Medicine Specialist||253322|
|Thoracic Medicine Specialist||253324|
|Specialist Physicians (nec)||253399|
|Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon||253517|
|Emergency Medicine Specialist||253912|
|Obstetrician & Gynaecologist||253913|
|Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist||253917|
|Medical Practitioners (nec)||253999|
|Registered Nurse (Aged Care)||254412|
|Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)||254413|
|Registered Nurse (Community Health)||254414|
|Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)||254415|
|Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)||254416|
|Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)||254417|
|Registered Nurse (Medical)||254418|
|Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)||254421|
|Registered Nurse (Mental Health)||254422|
|Registered Nurse (Perioperative)||254423|
|Registered Nurse (Surgical)||254424|
|Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)||254425|
|Registered Nurses (nec)||254499|
|ICT business Analyst||261111|
|Computer Network & Systems Engineer||263111|
|Telecommunications Network Engineer||263312|
|Civil Engineering Draftsperson||312211|
|Civil Engineering Technician||312212|
|Electrical Engineering Draftsperson||312311|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||312312|
|Radio Communications Technician||313211|
|Telecommunications Field Engineer||313212|
|Telecommunications Network Planner||313213|
|Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist||313214|
|Motor Mechanic (General)||321211|
|Diesel Motor Mechanic||321212|
|Small Engine Mechanic||321214|
|Sheetmetal Trades Worker||322211|
|Welder (First Class)||322313|
|Fitter & Turner||323212|
|Metal Machinist (First Class)||323214|
|Carpenter & Joiner||331211|
|Painting trades workers||332211|
|Wall & Floor Tiler||333411|
|Airconditioning & Mechanical Services Plumber||334112|
|Electrician (Special Class)||341112|
|Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic||342111|
|Technical Cable Jointer||342212|
|Electronic Equipment Trades Worker||342313|
|Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)||342314|
|Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)||342315|
|Boat Builder & Repairer||399111|
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Since the Department of Immigration started accepting other forms of English Language evidencing (as in, tests) for all visa and migration applications for Australia recently, there is one test in particular making waves among visa applicants and prospective migrants: the PTE Academic.
We have seen clients who had been struggling with scoring the minimum required on IELTS, obtain what they needed on PTE after one or two tries. The results overall for everyone have been better, the results are received faster, and there are a lot of happy people out there, all due to the PTE.
But what is this exam anyway and should you also give it a try?
PTE stands for Pearson Language Tests and there are a couple of versions of the test:
• PTE Academic,
• PTE General (formerly London Tests of English),
• PTE Young Learners (formerly London Tests of English for Children)
If you are applying for a visa to Australia and you are required to take an English exam, the one you need to take is the PTE Academic. The careful as this is the requirement from the Department of Immigration only. If you need to do a Skills Assessment as part of your visa application, you may need to take other types of PTE or even other types of exams altogether as the Skills Assessment authorities are organisations completely separated from the Department of Immigration.
The PTE is part of the Pearson PLC group, which is, according to Wikipedia, “a British multinational publishing and education company headquartered in London. It is the largest education company and the largest book publisher in the world.”
And it seems that they are about to experience growth again, as thousands of applicants for Australian visas rush to sit for this exam.
The test is computer- based meaning that you will take the test in a computer. It covers the normal 4 components of Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking, but interestingly, you will take the Writing and Speaking components together. The whole test takes 3 hours.
You will not have a human examiner in the same manner as the IELTS exam and being marked by a computer reduces time in obtaining results, which are ready faster than results for the IELTS exam.
Scores are from 10 to a maximum of 90 and the score you need to achieve will depend on the type of visa that you are applying for.
A quick search on the PTE website shows that at the moment of writing there are 10 Testing Centres in Australia:
- Navitas English Test Centres, in Sydney and in Brisbane
- Educational Enterprises Australia in Adelaide
- Pearson Professional Centres in Melbourne an in Sydney
- PLT at Cliftons in Melbourne and in Sydney
- RMIT in Melbourne as well
- USQ in Toowoomba
- Central Institute of Technology in Perth
The PTE costs AUD$330.00 (same as IELTS!!!)
Co-Founder, Director and Registered Migration Agent 0532487