United Kingdom-based doctor successfully attains an Australian Temporary Skill Shortage visa in time to be with his Australian partner for Christmas using EPG Migration services.

2020 Christmas celebrations will be a shift from tradition as families and friends remain separated across the globe due to current travel restrictions. Alex Honhold, a doctor from the United Kingdom, had his visa granted in record time to spend his first Christmas in Australia with his partner.

Alex Honhold’s move Down Under

Dr Alex Honhold and his Australian partner Nicole are two young professionals who were living in Bristol, UK. The couple were planning to move to Australia mid-2020 when their plans were turned upside. Together the pair faced two quarantine lockdowns and rising pandemic numbers, whilst at the same time Nicole was required to return to Australia in July, making a difficult situation even harder.

Having already been separated for months, Alex and Nicole persevered with their plans to migrate to Australia. Fortunately, Alex was able to secure an exciting new employment opportunity at a Queensland-based hospital. With his partner and a new year career beckoning, the race to migrate in time to be together for Christmas began.

Visa approved in time for Summer

With an exciting employment opportunity in Queensland and a Christmas goal to reach, Alex requested the assistance of EPG Migration. After an initial eligibility process, the team were able to offer a cost effective and fast strategy for Alex and submitted an application on his behalf.

As a medical professional with a skill set that’s in huge demand in Australia, an application for a Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa subclass 482 was the perfect option and approved within days of lodgment compared to standard processing times of 4-5 months.

“Working with EPG has been smooth and easy. Rosa has been incredible and walked me through each step and never lost faith that I’d get to Australia for Christmas. Her service and kindness have been exemplary and I look forward to getting my Permanent Residency with Rosa and EPG’s assistance” 
– Alex Honhold

EPG Migration subsequently secured a Travel Exemption with the Australian Border Force and after almost five months of separation, Alex arrived in Australia early December and is currently counting down his last days in quarantine.

Australian Temporary Skill Shortage visa

The TSS visa enables businesses to supplement existing local workforces and hire global skilled talent to work in Australia.

The Department of Home Affairs statistics show an increase in the number of TSS approved in 2020 compared to 2019, which is great news for economic growth and business across Australia.

Solutions for all scenarios with the EPG Group

There are multiple ways for employers to still access skilled talent from abroad. Our migration services and staffing solutions are underpinned by technology that enables businesses to source top talent globally, mobilise them with compliance and have full visibility throughout the immigration journey. Speak to EPG Migration direct or learn more about the EPG Group.

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