Introducing Liz Yue Chen our new Registered Migration Agent in Canberra
Liz Yue Chen is a woman on a mission.
Highly focussed and driven from an early age, she set herself a target to visit 30 countries before she reached the age of 30 and at 29, she’s already broken that record by visiting 33. Liz has recently joined us as a Registered Migration Agent and brings her skills and expertise to the people of Canberra serving clients on the east coast. Her love of travel is one of the reasons she enjoys her job so much.
“I am a very social person and love meeting people from all walks of life and different cultures and that’s why migration work is ideally suited to me, everybody has their own story to tell on why they want to come to Australia.”
Liz was born in China and came to Australia when she was 5. Her parents were given scholarships to study at the University of New England in Armidale in New South Wales. Her Mother and Father eventually progressed from student visa to residency to citizenship.
“My Father was an education agent at the university which meant that he was involved in helping people from overseas move here to study, especially prospective students from China. He enjoyed sharing his own experiences of migrating and this made me think about a career in migration.”
Swapping accountancy for migration
But migration wasn’t Liz’s first career path.
“I didn’t go to university immediately, my very first job at the age of 18 was in the accounts payable department at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. I then moved onto the Department of the Environment and studied a commerce degree in accountancy. Once I completed this I studied a Graduate Certificate of Australian Migration Law, so my career path to date has been quite diverse.”
Liz says having visited so many countries herself and explored new places she can really appreciate how much Australia can offer people from overseas.
“Australia has plenty of sunshine, and an array of job opportunities. Canberra itself was recently voted as having the highest quality of living in the world, making it one of the most desirable cities in the world. Now, I am seeing a lot of Koreans, Chinese and Japanese who want to move here. Many are coming over as students and then moving onto the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). It’s a pathway to permanent residency and is extremely popular as it gives them the opportunity to work and settle into Australian life.”
Many relatives on Liz’s Mother’s side have now moved to Australia and some on her Father’s side. She has a younger brother and sister who live close by and Liz appreciates how lucky she is to have family on her doorstep. In her spare time, she likes to socialise and visit other Australian cities and of course she still has plenty of countries to explore on her bucket list.
“I am very happy with my life now. Having been born in China and speaking Mandarin, I feel I can relate to a lot of people I meet in my role as a Migration Agent. I like building a relationship with a client, being their motivator and spurring them on to make Australia their home. There’s real job satisfaction in helping them to achieve their dreams.”