Grant Erica a Skilled-Graduate visa (485)
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This petition is meant to assist in granting Erica Lawrence a graduate visa, which would allow her to stay within Australia for a further 18 months.
Upon her arrival to Australia in Feb 2010, the profession Naturopath was on the Skilled Migration List (SML), which meant that following her studies she would be eligible for permanent residency.
The SML has since been minimized, resulting in the relevant skill being removed. A Graduate Visa was implemented to allow students affected by the changes an opportunity to work/study full time for 18 months in hopes of finding sponsored work, her only option of an extended stay in Australia.
Erica has graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy, which renders her a qualified and insured practitioner under Australian legislation and is a professional member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).
Despite Erica being a qualified, practicing naturopath, there is a chance a graduate visa will not be granted due to a double standard within the industry in which immigration policy states a bachelors is required to receive a positive skills assessment for naturopathy.
Please sign this petition in hopes of showing the Department of Immigration that Erica Lawrence is deserving of an additional 18 months in the country, where she can continue to contribute to the natural therapies industry, the economy, and the health and wellness of the Australian population.