The core business of the Australian Migration Centre (AMC) is facilitating migration, specializing in Australian PR migration services thereby assisting a vast number of families to successfully relocate to Australia on various types of visas.
AMC is proud to highlight that we are the largest migration service provider in Sri Lanka, handling the highest number of offshore skilled migration visa lodgments. Also, AMC has its presence in the Middle East, offering highly skilled professionals in the region to move to Australia on permanent basis.
AMC upholds exceedingly high standards of service delivery and veracity of documentation at each and every level of interaction with clients, thereby ensuring a superior and honest service to all clientele. We believe in enforcing the migration law at all levels and will at no point deviate from its practices and policies, when assessing each individual’s eligibility to migrate to Australia.
It is mandatory that all migration advisers and consultants are registered with the migration agents registration authority (MARA), which is the governing body of migration professionals. The MARA is consistently overlooking all migration agents activities and administered by the Department of Immigration and Boarder Petrol (DIBP). All migration consultants must hold a current practicing license and the process of licensing is subject to annual study of immigration law and practices, maintain ethical practice and is open to Australian citizens and residents. At AMC, we employ two renowned MARA registered migration consultants that have a collective practice of over 22 years.
AMC works with one of the world’s largest law firms which employees a number of well experienced Solicitors and Migration Agents to cater the needs of special cases.
Strong Economy, Abundant job opportunities, Unbeatable living conditions are synonymous with this vibrant Country we all know as the Lucky Country.
Australia has one of the world’s most advanced migration systems, and a program that attracts thousands of legitimate migrants annually. Among the people who come to Australia for work, most come under permanent visas that are offered through the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program. Australia is the most popular destination among skilled migrants for various reasons. As everyone is aware, Australia ranks highest among the nations paying a very high level of salaries for skilled professionals. Not to ignore the fact that employee rights are well protected by government regulations and Australians enjoy a quality of life that is considered as one of the most regarded in the world. Most of all, everyone who live in Australia on a permanent basis has access to world class health and education systems.
Benefits of having Permanent Residency in Australia
Whether permanently moving or just considering as an option for future plans, you can enjoy all the benefits below (not exhaustive),
Social Benefit :
Australian income support system states that only Australian residents qualify for social security.
There is no waiting period for family assistance payments - income supplements intended to assist families with the cost of raising children (such as Family Tax Benefit).
As a PR, you'll immediately receive free medical care as part of the Australian government's basic insurance package.
Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world with an excellent balance of public healthcare (Medicare) and a thriving private health sector.
Australian offers diversity in its Education system. All permanent residents have access to free public schools.
As a PR, you only pay from half to a third of overseas-student tuition fees and you'll qualify for various government grants.
Australia is away from biological threats (bird flu/SARS).
ustralia has low crime rate, political stability and is a harmonious society.
Australian network of transport links and telecommunications is first-rate.
Australia has one of the highest per capita usage of Internet and telecommunication devices in the world (www.telstra.com.au).
In a globalize economy, language skills are a key workforce advantage. Although Australia is an English-speaking country, more than 4.1 million of its people speak a second language.
Way of Life:
Australia offers the full range of cultural facilities.
A good climate is something that everyone readily associates with Australia.
The incredible choice of places and activities within Australia for a holiday, or even short breaks.
In recent years, Australia has become the most popular destination among skilled migrants. The Skilled Migration Program is a Government initiative to identify potential skilled migrants who can make a valuable contribution to the economy and to overcome skill shortages in the workforce. More and more people are seeking employment opportunities in Australia by taking advantage of the skill migration program. You have the opportunity to migrate to Australia, if you are a skilled professional, a tradesperson, or an overseas student completing studies for more than two years in Australia. Assess your eligibility instantly for an Australian Skilled Visa. Further Info
Australia welcomes business people who can bring business skills, expertise and investment to Australia. Under the new scheme, business migrants are granted a Provisional Visa for four years at the beginning, and after establishing the business or maintaining their investment, they can apply for a Business Skills Residence Visa. There are four business visa categories that fall into this scheme.
Business Owner category
Senior Executive category
Business Talent Category
This visa is given initially for a period of four years as a provisional visa. Once the business is established or the required level of investments is maintained, applicants are eligible to apply for permanent residency under this scheme.
Parents are entitled for migration to Australia if children living in Australia are sponsoring the parents. The children of the applicant must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. To be eligible for this visa, one must pass the “balance of family test”. Passing the test will mean that the applicants will have more children in Australia than in any part of the world, and the sponsors are settled in Australia.
One will qualify for a spouse visa if;
You are married to an Australian citizen or permanent resident
You are in long-term relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident
You are in a de-facto relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident
You are in an interdependent relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident
Spouse visa is initially given on a temporary basis for two years. If the applicant is able to prove the relationship is ongoing and genuine, at the end of the two-year period, the applicant will be granted a permanent visa.
One of the leading migration consultants, primarily catering to the Sri Lankan community both in and outside Sri Lanka, Hemantha holds an immigration practicing license from the MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority, no 0209063). By profession a Migration Consultant Hemantha has over 10 years experience in the industry and hold a practicing MARA license since 2002. While specializing in Skilled Migration, he has a wealth of experience and knowledge in Spouse, Parent, Student and Business visa categories. His employment at Sirva International, H&S Associates and Australian Migration Centre has helped further enhance his knowledge as a Migration Consultant. Hemantha possesses the talent of successfully dealing with culturally diverse societies which has come about through his work experience where in his day-to-day duties he deals with individuals from various social backgrounds. In addition his flexible nature and attitude helps him adapt to new environments quickly.
Sri Lanka No 0772104260
Australian No 006177098888
Surani completed her primary studies at Sirimavo Bandaranayake Vidyalaya and moved to Visaka Vidyalaya for her secondary studies. After completing her G C E Advanced level in the stream of languages, she moved to Tokyo for her post secondary education. Surani completed a Bachelor of Japanese from Kyorin University and later on was excepted by prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo to do a Masters in International Relations. After completing 7 years of education in Japan, she moved to Melbourne. Surani was a Japanese teacher, a program coordinator for a Bilingual Japanese program in and headed the Japanese teaching at Wesley College in Melbourne.
Her career move towards migration consultation began with her Husband’s starting up a Migration services Business in Melbourne. She joined her husband as a full fledged migration consultant after completing education in Migration Law. Surani is a registered with the MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority) in Australia, and currently is in her 8th year of practice. She is the sole female registered consultant, permanently based in Sri Lanka and has provided migration services to thousands of people seeking advice in Australian laws and procedures. Her current designation is the Consultant to the Australian Migration Centre.
The following people are called an ‘exempt person’.
These people can provide immigration assistance for a visa, but only if they do not charge you a fee:
your spouse, parent, brother, sister, child or adopted child
your sponsor or nominator
parliamentarians (State or federal) and their staff
members of diplomatic missions, consular posts or international organisations.
If you are applying in Australia, officials whose duties include providing immigration assistance (for example, legal aid providers or departmental staff performing their duties) are also exempt people.
02. How can I protect myself from dishonest migration agents?
Somebody pretending to be a migration agent might give you false or misleading information to take advantage of your desire to travel to Australia. If you become a victim of fraud, you could lose your life savings, have your identity stolen, or your visa (if granted) cancelled.
There are a number of warning signs you should look out for:
They do not advertise a Migration Agents Registration Number (MARN). You can find the number and check their registration by using the search page at the Authority's website.
They ask you to pay up front in cash and provide no receipt.
The fee seems extremely high (the Authority lists average charges by registered agents on its website).
They do not give you a contract or statement of services and fees.
They ask to meet in a public place rather than at their office address.
They supply only a post office box or mobile phone number.
They claim that:
- they can ‘guarantee’ you a visa
- this is a once in a lifetime opportunity or your only chance to get a visa
- they have a ‘special’ relationship with us
- they need to keep the original of your passport, birth certificate or marriage certificate.
03. When will I get the result of my visa application?
Any person or agency recognised by the law of the country in which you live can certify documents. All our offices outside Australia have a person who can certify or witness documents. You might have to pay for this service.
05. What if my visa application is refused or my visa is cancelled?
If your visa is refused or cancelled, you might be able to have the decision reviewed by one of the following review bodies:
Merits Review Tribunal (MRT)
Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT)
Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
The relevant review body is dependent on your individual circumstances. Not all decisions to refuse or cancel a visa are reviewable by these review bodies.
You cannot apply to have a decision reviewed by the AAT if the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection personally decides to refuse or cancel your visa under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958.
06. What is a ‘certified copy’ of a document?
A ‘certified copy’ is a copy of an original document such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate or proof of identity that has been authorised (or stamped) as being a true copy of an original.
You should provide 'certified copies' of original documents, rather than the original documents.
07. How long is my police clearance valid for?
Sri Lanka police clearance valid only for One year from the date of issue.
08. What about qualifications ?
Bachelors degree or 2 years full time Diploma
09. Does age matter ?
Yes. You have to be over 18 years and under 50 years
10. What about my children ?
The PR VISA will be granted for the whole family including spouse and children
11.Do I have to send original documents with my application?
NO. Certified true copies are required.
IELTS original certificate will be requested by some assessment authorities.
12. If I am approved, how long do I have before I must travel to Australia?
This depends on the validity of the Medical examination undertaken and the current police clearance. Usually you will get 8 -10 months time.
13. I know I need to travel to Australia before the initial entry date on my visa but am I required to migrate to Australia before this date as I have a home to sell and/or other assets to dispose of?
Yes, travelling to Australia before the initial entry date is a must. It is not possible to change this date. If you fail to meet this requirement, your visa will get cancelled.
14. How can I prove I have competent English?
To prove that you have competent English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
you have achieved a score of at least 6 for each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application you have achieved a score of 'B' for each of the four test components of an Occupational English Test (OET) that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application you hold a valid passport from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland and you are a citizen of that country.
15. How can I prove I have functional English?
To prove that you have functional English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test result of an average band score of at least 4.5 based on the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing). Your test must have been completed within 12 months of visa application lodgement or can be completed during visa application processing
a positive assessment by an Adult Migrant English Program service provider in Australia that you have functional English
completed all years of primary education and at least three years of secondary education in an educational institution in or outside Australia and all instructions were in English
completed at least five years of secondary education in an institution in or outside Australia and all instructions were in English
completed at least one year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study towards a degree, higher degree, diploma, or associate diploma in an institution in Australia and all instructions were in English
completed a degree, a higher degree, a diploma or a trade certificate that required at least two years of full-time study or training in an institution in or outside Australia and all instructions were in English
the functional level of the Australian Assessment of Communicative English Skills (ACCESS) test certified by the relevant testing body. Your test must have been completed within 12 months of visa application lodgement or can be completed during visa application processing.
16. Who can translate my documents into English for me?
Any document in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
A translator in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.
A translator outside Australia does not need to be accredited, but they must endorse the translation with their full name, address, telephone number, and details of their qualifications and experience in the language being translated.
The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters has more information.
We would like to thank you and your staff for providing us guidance and support throughout the process of getting PR for Australia.
As you are aware, we were among the delayed few from 2009 to receive visa due to various policy changes occurred at that time. Therefore we were feeling very down about our decision to apply for the visa as well. But, after Vishmi was assigned to handle our file we felt much happier and satisfied ourselves and about your service as well. Therefore we would specially like to thank Vishmi for her skills and ability to satisfy customers.
Thank you everyone again at AMC for your support and friendly assistance through out the process!
Prabhath Sooriyabandara & Sulochana Colombage
05/2014 Kasun Premarathne
We have booked tickets to go to Perth end of June directly from Qatar. Unfortunately it will be the winter season but we had no other choice.
I really thank your and Vishmi's efforts in application process. Although I might not get a chance to thank you and Vishmi in person before I go to Perth, I will do so when I come back to SL.
We have logged in to the VEVO system and obtained the printouts. Is there anything else ( in-terms of obtaining entry to Aus) we need to do before we enter ?
Is there any other advice you wish to provide us ? ( in terms of WA state office issues and or any other legal or entry related issues or any usually over looked smart moves :) )
We really appreciate your contribution.
Thank you again Hemantha
05/2014 DUSHANTHA BOGAHALANDE
It is to convey my gratitude to Mr & Mrs Punchihewa, Ishani, Sandamali, Madushani, you and everybody else at AMC who helped me throughout the process and made my dream come true yesterday. Yesterday will be among the most imporatnt days in my life forever and I thank you all for giving the professional guidance and marking a wonderful ending in the migration process for me. I guess that I don't have any more words to express my appreciation and hope that this short response will suffice to say how good your processes and people have been in handling my case.
Moreover I came to Mr. Punchihewa through some referrals that I came across last year and as they testimonied the acceptance of a case by AMC itself indicates that you are just 25% behind your goal. It's a good word of mouth I believe, so I suggest to do nothing special but to keep up the present service level.
By the way there's one more clarification i need from you and look forward for a response. As appearing in the visa grant notice it is not mandatory for all applicants to travel together to make the first entry. My plan is to go there in July and get settled so my wife and the child can join me few months later before the first entry date. How does it sound?
Thanks and Regards,
DUSHANTHA BOGAHALANDE B.Sc.(Hon's) ACIM(UK)
Head of Sales & Marketing
07/2014 July 2014
This is to confirm receipt, of the email regarding the Visa being granted. Vishmi, thank you very much for all your efforts in facilitating a quick responce on our behalf and for your guidance and support. Thanks also to, Niloo who was very helpful in addressed any issues during the intial phase of the process. We would also like to thank Mr Punchihewa and his wife for all the guidance and advice regarding the migration process.
Our experiences with regard to the services rendered by your organization has been very positve and we appreciate the honesty and friendliness of all your staff members.
Iranga and Indika
Thank You very much for the great news and I hereby confirm that I have received your email with the Visa Grant Notification attachment.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the support and advice extended to us throughout the application process. Your help was much appreciated and thank you for coordinating all visa related matters on my behalf.
You and your team at AMC have impressed us with your excellent service and I'm more than happy to recommend AMC to anyone who intends to apply for migration to Australia.
Thank you once again and we will keep in touch with you.
07/2014 Ravi Antony
Dear Mrs Vishmi,
I received Visa Granted details.
Mean while,I want to thank all of your staff who has been dealing with me throughout this process that was unforgettable event in my life .
Especially ,i need to Thank Mrs Niloo and you ,who have done excellent job and i always told my friends that AMC is good place to start migration process.
As well as,i would like Thank Mrs Surani Punchihewa and Mr Hemantha Punchihewa on their fullest cooperation.
Once again Thank you all
Best of Luck
07/2014 Chathura Ekanayake
noted, received visa document , thank you very much.. i am totally satisfied about your great service.i did not face any difficulties dealing with your organization during last one and half year time period. so i greatly appreciate about your service.
Thank you very much for all the support and great to work with you.
Let me also thank you all for the great professional service. I am in a meeting and will send a email later to your Nugegoda office staff.
I will continue to work with you for possible citizenship matters and hope that you would be able provide assistance in the future.
08/2014 Rakkitha & Umesha
Dear Mr Hemantha, Surani, Nilu and Vishmi,
It’s a great pleasure to receive such a professional service from Aus Migration center. I am more than delighted to hear the outcome of my application.
Thank you very much.
Rakkitha & Umesha
11/2014 Ihsan Ali
Dear Mr. Hemantha,
Thanks for your email with such a great news.
It was really a great experience & pleasure of having you & your team taking care of my case. The professionalism that your office has shown is really impressive and undoubtedly appreciable. That is the reason i am recommending AMC to my colleagues and friends in circle all the time for their cases. I am really thankful to you and all in your office for assisting me to get through.
I wish you all the success in your business.
11/2014 Nelum Peiris
Dear Mr Punchihewa & the team,
Noted with thanks. I’m grateful to you & the team for handling the case & taking me through the complex process. The support was highly appreciated.
Thank you, Sandamali, Niloo & Vishmi for the great support.
11/2014 Madhura Fernando
Dear Mr. Punchihewa,
This is to confirm the receipt of your email.
I would also like to thank you and your team for the assistance and guidance provided throughout the entire process.
I do have few points i need to clarify on the granted Visa which I will coordinate with Vishmi.
Thanks & best regards
Dear Mr. Punchihewa,
Thank you for forwarding the letter and for all your support and service so far. Your service was up to the standards and is appreciated.
All three girls Sandamali, Niloo and Vishmi were good and they really an assets you have.
Thanks again for your service and I definitely recommend you guys to anyone.
11/2014 FARHAN WAHEED
Thank you very much i received the email.
Its my great pleasure and we are really happy with your services.Thatswhy my friends and my brother already started process with you.And i hope in future my more friends will contact with you.As many are very impressed right now.
And i will also contact with you in Australia.If i need any help or any information.
Thank you very much for you and your all team.
Nov / 2014 irosha samarasinghe
This is great news indeed.
We would like to thank you and your staff for seeing this process till the end. It was pleasure working with you.
We will keep you posted.
November 2014 Ishan Perera
I have received your e-mail and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for everything!