Among America’s most glaring problems is our bleeding heart, humanitarian immigration policy, or rather, lack thereof. The current system does the American people little good. It only drives down wages, invites crime and welfare abusers. Enough already!

President Trump understands this and made it part of his platform when running for President. He is doing a stellar job stemming the tide of illegal immigration and sending illegal immigrants home. But, what about legal immigration? We have no real qualifying criteria for admission. We accept practically everyone. And once an immigrant is in the United States, most bring in many relatives, who, in turn, bring in many more. It is called chain migration, and frankly, it is stupid!

President Trump is proposing a merit-based immigration system as well as an end to chain migration, both noble goals. Ending chain migration is self-explanatory, but what does merit-based immigration look like? Australia has the perfect model.

Australia is extremely selective in who it allows to immigrate into the country with among the most strict immigration qualification requirements in the world.

A list is developed by the Australian government bi-annually publicizing that particular year’s most in-demand occupations. The current list…. Australian Skilled Occupation List 2017-2018

Following are the nuts and bolts of the Australian immigration model. Please take our poll at the end of the article regarding what type of immigration system you would like to see the United States adopt.

From The Guardian

To qualify for a range of Australian skilled visas, people must satisfy a points-based assessment. Points are awarded in a number of categories.

Age requirements

Applicants must be under 50. Any applicants aged between 25 and 32 automatically start with half of the required 60 points. Those aged between 45 and 49 start with zero.

Competency in English

All applicants must demonstrate a basic competence in English. But they are only awarded points if their language skills are deemed “proficient” or “superior”.

Qualifications and experience

The remaining points to achieve the minimum 60 are awarded for certain qualifications and employment histories – gained in Australia or overseas – or other factors including tertiary education and whether an applicant’s partner fulfils certain requirements. A doctorate from an institution recognised by Australia is worth 20 points, for example.

Prospective residents can also gain points if they have previously worked in Australia, or if they have studied in certain specified parts of the country, such as metropolitan areas with low population growth.


For some visa subclasses, sponsorship by an employer or family member or nomination by a government is required.

If an applicant is not sponsored by an employer, their occupation must be on an approved list. For each occupation, there is is a limit on the number of applications that can be accepted. For the 2015-16 intake, Australia has already approved all 1,000 available visas for auditors, company secretaries and corporate treasurers; the 1,788 industrial, mechanical and production engineers; and 1,000 other engineering professionals.

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