New Discriminatory Rule in Australian Migration Regulations

New Discriminatory Rule in Australian Migration Regulations

Lodging a protest for the new discriminatory rule in Australian migration regulations for General Skilled Migration:

The new Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) Regulations which came into effect on 1/7/2011 disadvantages prospective applicants from non-English countries including Bangladesh. The new GSM system requires an applicant to score a minimum score of 6 in each component of the IELTS test to meet the basic threshold criterion for English. But to be able to get the required points of 65 and become eligible for a GSM visa an applicant will have to score a minimum of 7 in each of the four components of the IELTS test. That is not easy. This rule applies even to tradespersons. The result of this change will be as follows: There will be less number of successful migration and PR applications from Bangladesh. Interestingly, applicants from English speaking countries do not have to sit the IELTS test.

This policy is discriminatory and is indirectly taking Australia back to the old white Australia policy.

The Chinese and the Indian communities in Australia, through their respective associations, have protested to this new law pointing out the discriminatory nature of the new migration policy. You can see details of what these two communities have said in the following links.

On behalf of the Bangladeshi community members in Melbourne, the Bangladesh Association Inc. may take similar steps – i.,e lodge a protest by writing to the Immigration Minister and make statements in the media.


Amin Rahman
Phone + 61 3 90171912

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