Chinese Students Need To Be Aware Of Western Laws

Chinese Students Need To Be Aware Of Western Laws

Chinese parents are famous for their discipline and control over their children, and their expectations for their children to excel and succeed. In China, in part due to the one child policy of the Chinese government of the last few decades, many children are very spoilt by their parents and also grandparents. Under their parents’ protection, they are controlled. But when they go to America, or even Australia, they sometimes lose control; with tragic results. It’s a prevalent trend for middle class and upper middle class Chinese parents to want their kids to study abroad, because Chinese education is often perceived as being not as prestigious.

Many of these Chinese parents want to send their children to Harvard or Yale, or an Australian university like Sydney or Melbourne. However, things such as bullying behaviour that you may be able to get away with at a Chinese campus can land a young person in jail for a long time in the USA or even Australia. Chinese students need to be aware of western laws when studying here. These issues are also affecting Chinese kids attending secondary schools in the United States; they call these kids ‘parachute kids’. This is because these children are sent to study in the US from as young as eight years of age, and they do not live with their parents, but with relatives or other students. The lack of real guardian supervision can impact on their behaviour as teenagers and young adults with disastrous results.

Three young Chinese parachute kids have recently been sentenced to between six and thirteen years gaol by a Californian court for severe bullying and beating of another Chinese girl. Obviously, something has gone seriously wrong with their upbringing whilst living and studying in America. The value that some people place on money and status can backfire when young human beings are neglected of love and nurture. They would feel like aliens in a strange world and how they react to that constant ‘outsider’ status may warp them from the inside. A secular education in a highly materialistic culture like the United States, without the backbone of parental nurture and the reflection of your own cultural identity seems to be a recipe for failure.

Chinese students need to be aware of western laws; and even more importantly they need parental nurture if they come to western countries as relatively young children.


How Filipinos Can Get A Working Visa To Australia

Australia provides many opportunities for people who are willing to work and looking for a career challenge. It has over hundred thousand visa places available for skilled workers to help improve the work force and give people a chance to live the Australian lifestyle. Filipinos are encouraged to apply for Australian visas to help reduce the Australian labour shortages. The Australian government with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is encouraging individuals with specific skills and capabilities to apply for available job opportunities for skilled worker positions in Australia.

We here at ACM Group will help you take the next step to find out how Filipinos can get a working Visa to Australia. We have identified over 80 additional career paths from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and over 120 additional career paths from Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)  Filipinos who are 18 – 49 year old can apply for a work visa to Australia. Successful applicants can work and migrate in Australia temporarily or permanently.

There are a range of Australian work visas including:
Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) permanent work visa for Filipinos not sponsored by a state, territory or employer. Applicant must be under 50 years of age and can demonstrate the qualification in an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List. Applicants do not require sponsorship. Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be viewed by Australian employers, state and territory governments who have the ability to extend an invitation to lodge a visa application. Successful applicants can become permanent residents of Australia and are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis.

Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) permanent visa for a Filipino who cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain a Skilled Independent Visa but obtained nomination by a state or territory government. To be nominated, applicants must have occupation skills on the state or territory shortage list or demonstrate specialised skills in a particular state or territory. This category is open to Filipinos under 50 years of age who are qualified under the Skilled Occupation List. Successful applicants can work and look for better career pathway in Australia and family members may be included.

Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489) is a provisional work visa for Filipinos who cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain a Skilled Independent Visa but have the qualification and skills required to address Australia’s skill shortage. Applicant must obtain sponsorship from a participating State or territory government or from an eligible relative living in a Specified Regional Area of Australia. Applicant must be related to their sponsors as a child, parent, brother or sister, niece or nephew, aunt or uncle. Applicants must be prepared to live for two years and work for at least 12 months in Specified Region. This visa is valid for up to four years and provides a pathway to permanent residence.

The following areas are considered regional:
New South Wales – except metropolitan areas of Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong
Queensland – everywhere except Brisbane and Gold Coast areas
Victoria – everywhere except Melbourne
Northern Territory – everywhere
South Australia – everywhere
Tasmania – everywhere
Western Australia – everywhere

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) this scheme is designed to address shortages in the Australian skilled labour market while enhancing its ability to compete globally. ENS grants permanent residence to Filipinos who are sponsored by their Australian employer. Australian employer must obtain sponsorship status. Applicants must be less than 49 years of age and hold the necessary skills and qualifications for the nominated position. Successful applicants can become permanent residents of Australia and are entitled to live, work and study in the country. Additional benefits for permanent residents include access to Medicare, social security benefits and ability to apply for Australian citizenship.

Temporary Business Long Stay Visa (457) we here at ACM Group have discovered that this is the most common pathway of business sponsorship for Filipino workers. This scheme grants temporary work visa that allows employers to sponsor workers to fill nominated skilled positions. Applicant must have an employer willing to sponsor them as part of the visa application process. This visa is valid for up to four years but the work experience gained on this visa may lead to permanent residence either through sponsorship by an eligible employer or the skilled migration program. This visa permits the holder to live and work in Australia with the sponsoring employer, immediate family member can be included in the application can also live and work on this visa type.

Visa applicants must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language proficiency, occupation skills qualification, health and character.

Visa Application Process:
1. Be clear on the purpose of your visit to Australia. Determine the visa subclass you wish to lodge your visa application. Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for further information. Download the visa application form and checklist. Complete and sign your visa application form and affix your photograph.
2. Gather all required supporting documentation for your application. Check the link  for the application checklist.
3. Pay the visa fee in the form of Manager’s Cheque payable to “Australian Embassy” (other forms of visa fee payment is not accepted)
4. Make an appointment to submit your application.
5. Submit completed Visa Application form with all the supporting documents in-person via (AVAC) Australian Visa Application Centre. You may also send your application by courier.
6. Track your application
7. Wait for your application to be processed. Collect your Visa Letter from AVAC, wait for courier delivery or check your email if you opted for the Visa Letter to be communicated to you electronically.

If you want to work in Australia, it is important to apply for the correct visa type. You can apply the old-fashioned way through VSF Global, Australian Embassy’s partner or via a third party service provider to get your visa but you will be charged an additional service fee on top of the visa fee aside from the courier fees for document collection and return. Contact a relevant assessing authority directly to obtain a skill assessment, they will provide all the necessary application forms and associated information relating to the assessment. You will be charged by the assessing authorities for the assessment. How soon your application can be approved depends on which type of visa you are applying for. You should not book flight or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia.

How Will The Year Of The Monkey Affect Global Events?

It is the year of the fire monkey in 2016; the year of the red monkey. Monkeys are clever but often naughty, and they are wily beasts and very much on the ball; so watch your step this year. A focus on global financial events is predicted by the year of the monkey; and the world economy may face some dangerous moments this year. It is advisable to pay extra close attention to your investments this year, if you do not want to fall foul of the red monkey; and end up in the red.

The status quo may dramatically change in the year of the fire monkey. I immediately think about China and the Chinese economy; will we see a worsening or an improvement here? The year of the monkey indicates a change in fortune and status. We here at ACM Group hope that the forecast will see a big improvement in the Chinese economy and that the red monkey will bring much luck to Chinese people everywhere.

North Korea is being a naughty monkey at the moment by firing its missile test; international condemnation followed immediately. North Korea claim that it is a satellite launch and celebrated the firing of the rocket with a public fireworks display on Monday evening. The United States claim that this is a front to test a long range ballistic missile. The monkey likes to show off and the missile test coincided with the Chinese New Year, and the Super Bowl in America.

In Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who very often grins like a monkey, a chimpanzee comes to mind, will contest his first election as PM. We at ACM Group foresee a victory for the smiling wily Malcolm Turnbull in the year of the red monkey. There may, however, be financial corruption uncovered within the government and a leading Liberal will lose his place in the government. Tony Abbott, who also has ears like a monkey and grimaces like a monkey, may be involved in naughty and disruptive political activities; this will help Malcolm Turnbull to win the election. Bill Shorten will be the unlucky monkey and will be deposed, or he will quit his position as leader of the ALP.

In America, Hilary Clinton will not win the US Presidential election and she may not even win preselection. Hilary is very un-monkey like and a candidate with more monkey charm will win out in the year of the red monkey. Bernie Sanders, perhaps, or will it be Ted Cruz?


Chinese New Year Events Around Australia

Monday February 8 is Chinese New Year and it sets off the Year of the Monkey. Having a Monkey ascendant in my own Chinese horoscope I am hoping for a fun filled year; in the tradition of the playful monkey. There will be a host of events and happenings to celebrate the Chinese New Year around Australia. Here are a few of them that you might like to attend:

The City of Sydney is celebrating twenty years of the Chinese New Year Festival in the premier state. Festival curator, Claudia Chan Shaw recently was quoted as saying, “I grew up in Sydney and the Chinese New Year celebrations have always been a highlight for our family”. There are eighty events happening in Sydney from New Year to the 21 February 2016. The incredible Lunar Lanterns will light up the city with the twelve animals from the Chinese zodiac. Being a dragon, myself, I am sure that this will be the most impressive of all the giant lanterns. Then K-Pop superstars Boyfriend and JJCC perform at the Carriageworks for two nights. There will also be a Lunar feast with some amazing Chinese menus at Spice Temple and Bennelong at the Opera House. Dragon boat racing on the harbour will be full of furious fun, colour and noise.

In Melbourne the Lunar Markets will pop up for eleven days from the 4 Feb to 14 Feb 2016. Celebrate with great Asian food, drinks and live music at the Harbour Esplanade Docklands from 4pm to 9pm or 10pm on Thurs, Friday and Saturday. Chinese lanterns will colour the night sky and fun for all the family will be there to have.

In Perth around Northbridge, the home of Chinese restaurants, there will be the annual Chinese New Year Fair and this takes place on 14 February from 12pm to 9pm. This massive free street carnival attracts tens of thousands of West Australians and is a riot of colour and noise.

In Adelaide the 2016 Lunar New Year Street Party will unveil the year of the monkey. Taking place in Chinatown on Mounta and Gouger Streets on Sunday 13 February from 12pm to 10.30pm. This lively annual event attracts in excess of twenty thousand people and is full of colour, sounds and sights. A great day and night of family entertainment under the stars in Adelaide; don’t miss out!