May 2018

Australian Immigration - Work and Live in Australia

Australia owing to its beautiful weather, beaches and other forms of natural beauty has not only attracted tourists from all parts of the world but it has also been the favorite immigration destination for all nationalities as well. Skill shortage in many sectors has encouraged the government to invite interested candidates with a good profile to make Australia their home.

Australian Immigration process is a complex one. From determining eligibility to processing of documents, each stage has different requirements and seeking professional guidance becomes a necessity. Australian Department of Immigration encourages interested skilled workers to seek assistance from licensed agents thereby making the process of immigration to Australia a simpler one. In fact, Australian Department of Immigration insists on the use of services of licensed agents called MARA agents for the purpose of immigration advice and visa processing. This way you can ensure your application is an error free one and the process absolutely hassle free.

Woodbine Migration Services has been offering Australian immigration services under the expert guidance of its MARA agent, Ms. Zara Rehman from Sydney, Australia since 2014 in UAE. Zara has been in this industry since more than 10 years now with thousands of immigration cases to her credit.

Australian Immigration Process can be broken down into three stages on an average and the duration of the whole process usually varies between 6 to 12 months. General Skilled Migration has mainly 3 visa categories-189, 190 and 489. Eligibility, documents requirements and visa conditions vary from one category to the other. It is very important to determine you qualify for the visa category you are interested in before starting the process. If you need professional guidance, please email your CV for eligibility assessment to

Once your PR Visa has been approved, you may enter Australia on or before the date specified on your visa grant letter. As a permanent resident, you will be entitled to all the benefits that a citizen of Australia has except the right to vote. You can apply for citizenship after 4 years in Australia.

Types of General Skilled Migration Visas in brief

Australia Visa subclass 189- If you wish to apply under this visa category, your occupation should be on MLTSSL and you must meet the minimum points’ criteria for this visa category. If approved, you may migrate to any state in Australia.

Australia Visa Subclass 190- You may apply under this category, if your occupation is either on MLTSSL or STSOL and you have received state nomination from one of the Australian states. You must also meet the eligibility points’ criteria for this visa subclass. Once approved, you are required to migrate to the state that nominated you for the visa.

Australia Visa Subclass 489- This is a temporary, regional 4 year visa leading to a permanent residence in Australia.

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December 2017

Understanding Permanent Residency Visa (PR Visa)

Permanent residency refers to a person's resident status in a country of which they are not a citizen of. Australia and Canada are two such countries that provide skilled workers an opportunity to permanently migrate and avail nearly all the benefits offered by these countries to its citizens.

The rights offered by Australia and Canada to its citizens/ Permanent Residents are decided by its governing bodies. The basic rights that permanent residents have include medical coverage, child’s education, retirement benefits, getting paid by the government for being unemployed and many more.  There are certain rights that are offered only to its Citizens, for instance, vote or run a political office, hold some jobs that need a high-level security clearance.

Permanent residency (PR Visa) for someone gets activated on the very first entry in that country and is valid for a period of 5 years. One is allowed to make multiple entries and exits during this period and is free to work, live and study anywhere in that country. A permanent resident can live outside the country of their PR, but must live in that country for at least 2 years in a period of 5 years.  If one lives outside the country of their PR for a longer time, they may lose the permanent resident status.

For those of you looking for permanent residency, please feel free to contact us. Woodbine is an immigration consultancy with many successful Australian and Canadian permanent residency cases to its credit. We shall be happy to assist you in immigrating to Australia or Canada in a very hassle free manner.



August 2017

Why Canada is a popular immigration choice of millions

Canada is one of the most popular countries that people choose to immigrate to as it has excellent job opportunities as well as opportunities for personal growth. It is indeed a country for those in search of a better and calm quality of life.

Here are the reasons why Canada appeals to everyone:

  1. Canadian immigration rules are not as rigorous and tedious when compared to other countries which makes it much easier to qualify and process an application. Even in the times of world recession, Canada has not cut down on its immigration quota.

  2. Canada has a dynamic range of programs for immigration. Skilled category (Express Entry), self-employed and business categories (Canada Investor Visa or Canada Entrepreneur Visa) being the most popular of them all. For those not qualifying under the above-mentioned immigration programs, the country still offers non-immigrant options such as student programs (Canada Student Visa) or Work Permits (requires job offer to apply).

  3. This country also offers the most supporting social security benefits program for immigrants and their families. Canada’s educational and health facilities are among the best in the world and are highly subsidized for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR Visa) holders and citizens.

  4. Diversity can be found throughout the country, not just in certain states. As it has opened its doors for all nationalities across the globe. So it is still the biggest immigration support hub globally.

  5. A Canadian Citizen Passport holder also enjoys a visa free travel to almost all major countries across the globe.

  6. Canada permits its residents to live and work anywhere in Canada. This country allows freedom of religion, culture and language.

  7. Universal health care: meaning stress-free doctor and hospital visits, and if you get sick they won't let you die or go bankrupt. You are their responsibility!

  8. And last but not the least, Canadians are actually the politest and the happiest people ever. Believe you me, if you crash into someone on the street, you will find them apologizing to you before you realize what happened! Who wouldn't want to be a part of such a lovely place!



June 2017

Australian dream- Why you need us?

One of the most common questions that all MARA agents probably face from a prospective client is why they need us? The simple answer would be that we are the experts. But unfortunately, nothing is simple and straightforward when it comes to immigration rules and regulations. While there is no rule which says that an applicant cannot complete the process on his own, it is highly recommended by the Australian Department of Immigration (DIBP) that prospective applicants seek out the services of a MARA agent to ensure their application is error free and the process is smooth.

A MARA agent can in no way guarantee a successful application. DIBP prohibits them from giving guarantees. A MARA agent’s job is to give their clients the best professional advice possible under the given circumstances so as to make the process easy and hassle free for the applicant.

The Australian Department of Immigration requires all MARA agents to go through tough training programs before they are allowed to practice. By the time they are ready to handle a case, they have been so well trained in immigration law that having a case handled by them will only ensure that your application proceeds error free. With their up-to-date knowledge of the changing rules and regulations they are able to ensure you get the best advice possible with respect to your case. You therefore benefit from their knowledge and experience.

Anyone looking for immigration assistance should, without thinking twice, register for the services of MARA agents to ensure their application is in safe hands!

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