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Career Opportunities Follow Skilled Migration

For Queanbeyan based Bobby Varghese, RDA Southern Inland’s sponsorship of his 489 Visa has given him the chance to work in Australia following completion of his Masters of Professional Accounting at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The 489 Visa allows skilled workers to live and work in specified regional areas in Australia for up to four years. It is a one of the pathways to permanent residency in Australia.

Mr Varghese’s visa was granted on 7 November 2016 and he is currently employed as a Task Manager at Spearpoint Solutions and Technology in Queanbeyan. He is undertaking the Chartered Practising Accountant (CPA) Program and will move into accounts at Spearpoint in the longer term.

Learning and increasing his skills and qualifications are important to Mr Varghese.

“I always wanted to get my Masters outside India. I preferred Australia, as the education standards are high in comparison to other countries. I was extremely focused during my studies in Queensland as I knew that if I did well I would have a better chance of getting a job,” he said.

Mr Varghese has a background in finance and also has a Masters in Business Administration.

“I like learning. Studying in Australia is more job oriented and applicable to the workplace,” he said.

Applying sponsorship for his 489 Visa through RDA Southern Inland was a quick and efficient process, Mr Varghese said, and he received his sponsorship invitation within 6 weeks.

He decided on locating to Queanbeyan due to its solid employment market.

“I didn’t struggle to get a job and relocation has been a good experience There is a good sense of community here and everyone is friendly,” he said.

“People [outside Australia] are not as aware of skilled migration opportunities as they should be.”

As for advice for anyone considering skilled regional migration, Mr Varghese believes flexibility is the key.

“There will be cultural differences of course but you need to accept these differences and make an effort to understand the culture.”

Mr Varghese is from Kerala, India and arrived in Australia to study in 2013. His visa was granted in November 2016.

“My family just joined me recently,” he said.