LETTERS: Work visa in Australia

I am writing this to acknowledge that most friends and relatives that I know of have been asking me whether they can apply for a work visa from Nepal to come to Australia.

Honestly speaking , I am not entitled to give any suggestions in this regards as to what they have to do for applying for Australia’s work visa, because I am not officially the immigration lawyer or even remotely the right person to talk about this issue precisely.

However, I can share one thing that is getting work visa of Australia is not that easy because I know what it took me to get this visa after a Herculean academic struggle plus the longstanding work experience.

In general this is a kind of visa that a skilled person or applicant can apply for and for the most part the proficiency of English test is also one of the mandatory requirements. The English requirement may be superseded or not needed in various cases.

For example a person whose mother language is English does not need English tests such as IELTS. Australian degrees may largely attach importance to the applications. However, the foreign degrees and qualification can also be given equivalence to how they are honoured.

In a nutshell, this visa is the road to permanent residency after working in the related fields for at least two years. I would like to suggest that I am not responsible for this advice, and this is my own experience that I am sharing.

Shiva Neupane, Melbourne


This is in response to an important human-leopard conflict issue raised in the Letter to Editor section (THT, April 18, 2017). Indeed the range of Indian/South Asian leopard is huge stretching between Pakistan in the west to Bangladesh in the east; with Nepal and Bhutan in the north to southern tip of peninsular India.

The species are highlighted as vulnerable based on the current status by IUCN. It is interesting to note that there are nine sub-species of leopards: African, Arabian, Persian, Indian, Sri Lankan, North Chinese, Amur, Indo-Chinese and Javan leopards.

However, true and reliable information on Indian leopards distributed across the subcontinent, including Nepal, is doubtful. Current estimates are placed at around 13,000-14,000, the largest among all Asian sub species.

But how reliable this information is is questionable since other than India no other country has ever initiated any leopard census at an international level.

One of the biggest challenges facing the Indian leopard across the subcontinent is its habitat loss and habitat fragmentation due to illegal human encroachments, infrastructural development cutting across prime leopard habitats and lack of proper prey bases in their highly fragmented habitats; pushing them into adjoining human settlements for their survival and sustenance.

The blame should not be placed on this majestic species but on improper planning and management, corruption, illegal human settlements into old leopard habitats and travel corridors.

Saikat Kumar Basu, Canada