So one of my favourite things to do at Halloween is dressing up. Yep I’m one of those people.
Halloween is great fun for some people (like me) and for others (like my husband) the idea of getting dressed up and going crazy with costumes, unusual make up techniques makes them want to run for the hills.
Anyway coming back to visas, recently I received a question from a woman based here in Ireland wanting to know if she would be eligible under the skilled migration visa system if she was a make up artist with 6 years of experience – hence the introductory paragraph about Halloween as soon as I read make up artist I thought of the big H. Can’t wait!!
Ok I digress, so here a bit of info for someone like her, a qualified make up artist with 6 years of experience or actually any amount of work experience and sorry its not really positive.
The Australian government really doesn’t favour migrants who are make up artists, doesn’t matter how well qualified or how much work experience you have. For the skilled migration programme the Australian government (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) put this occupation on the list of occupations which needs state sponsorship as part of the requirements – this means there has to be a state government who wants to sponsor make up artists to their state because their job market has a demand for it.
So and for example, in theory you could be a make up artist with say a minimum of at least 12 month experience and be eligible to apply for the state sponsored skilled migration visa subclass 190..did I say “in theory”, well I’ll say it again because it sounds promising but it isn’t. The trouble is even though make up artists are on the government’s list of occupations for skilled migration to Australia, most state governments don’t offer sponsorship for make up artists so applying for this skilled migration visa isn’t actually an option.
Just by way of an explanation a state government is like the New South Wales state government or Queensland state government. They are in charge of their own state affairs.
I know make up artists who have been sponsored to work in Australia but I’ve never know one to have emigrated under their own steam through the skilled migration visa programme. Its a shame, make up artists are a really talented profession. On Halloween as part of my transformation into whatever scary thing I’m going to dress up as, I love having a go at being my own make up artist.
Written by Mege Dalton, Australian Visa Expert, Ireland