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4 02, 2018

Public Interest Criterion 4020

By |February 4th, 2018|Australia Work Visa|

Source: Department of Home affairs PIC 4020 enables refusal of a visa if an applicant provides a bogus document or information that is false or misleading in relation to their application, or if the Minister is not satisfied of an applicant’s identity.   If PIC 4020 is part of the criteria for the particular visa you have applied for you must satisfy PIC 4020 in order to be granted your visa. Visas affected by PIC 4020 If you have applied [...]

4 02, 2018

10 benefits of Australian citizenship

By |February 4th, 2018|Australia Work Visa|

SBS World News' Kelsey Munro takes a look at what Australian citizens can do that permanent residents can't. Updated 1 December 2017 By Kelsey Munro Over 133,000 people from 190 different countries became Australian citizens in 2015-2016. The largest share of these new Australians came from India and the UK, with people from the Philippines and China hot on their heels. Permanent residents already enjoy many of the benefits of living in Australia: a prosperous, democratic society, with a clean environment, and a [...]

4 02, 2018

Permanent skilled changes for March 2018

By |February 4th, 2018|Australia Work Visa|

What is changing? As previously communicated, the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (Subclass186) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187) programs will also be impacted by the March 2018 changes. The main changes, as outlined in Fact sheet two: Reforms to Australia's permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programme (598KB PDF)are as follows: the nominee's occupation will need to be on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)unless: their employer is in a regional area, in which case additional [...]

4 02, 2018

Changes for visa applicants in same-sex relationships

By |February 4th, 2018|Australia Work Visa|

From 9 December 2017, you can apply for a visa as your partner’s ‘spouse’ if you are in a same-sex marriage following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia. Under the changes, if you are in a same-sex marriage you can apply for a visa as your partner’s ‘spouse’, rather than as their ‘de facto partner’. The changes will apply to Partner visas (subclasses 100, 309, 801 and 820) and to all other visas where you can include your spouse [...]

17 05, 2017

Changes in respect of Subclass 186 and 187 visas

By |May 17th, 2017|Australia Work Visa|

The following changes will occur on 1 July 2017: 1. The STSOL will be reviewed based on advice from the Department of Employment. 2. The MLTSSL will be revised based on outcomes from the Department of Education and Training’s 2017-18 SOL review. 3. A requirement of Competent English an IELTS (score of 6 in each component) for both direct entry and transitional streams 4. An upper age limit of 45 (at the time of application) will apply to Direct Entry [...]

10 05, 2017

Introducing a five year temporary sponsored visa for parents

By |May 10th, 2017|Australia Work Visa|

On Friday 5 May 2017, the Government confirmed that, subject to the passage of relevant legislation, the temporary sponsored parent visa will be introduced during the 2017-18 Migration Programme year. Purpose The temporary sponsored parent visa is designed to allow the parents of Australians to spend longer periods of time with their children in Australia without placing additional burden on Australia's health care system. Commencement date The introduction of the temporary sponsored parent visa is subject to passage of the Migration [...]

10 05, 2017

Budget 2017: foreign worker levy will hit business

By |May 10th, 2017|Australia Work Visa|

Businesses that use temporary visa workers will have to fork out up to $1800 a worker per year as part of a new visa tax expected to raise more than a billion dollars towards training local workers. The 2017 budget revealed the government will impose an annual foreign worker levy on employers from March 2018 to fund its new Skilling Australians Fund, which aims to support 300,000 apprenticeships and traineeships in high-demand occupations that rely on skilled migration. However, the fund could struggle [...]

10 05, 2017

Changes to General Skilled Migration

By |May 10th, 2017|Australia Work Visa|

We now have the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) in place of the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) To apply for the following visas applicants must have an occupation on the MLTSSL: Subclass 189 visa Subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream) Subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored) The occupations on the MLTSSL are the same as those previously found on the SOL. The MLTSSL is included in the STSOL (which is used for state/territory nominated visas) but there are 16 [...]

10 05, 2017

Update on 457 Visa

By |May 10th, 2017|Australia Work Visa|

If you have lodged a 457 application or your application is pending, you will be affected by the changes in the occupations list. This would cover both: Occupations removed from the new list (the STSOL); and Occupations with caveats such as minimum salary, minimum work experience, position details and size/nature of business If you are in one of the affected occupations, you are likely to receive correspondence from Immigration asking you are will be able to meet the new requirements. [...]

10 05, 2017

The Consolidate Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL)

By |May 10th, 2017|Australia Work Visa|

From 19 April 2017, the Consolidate Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) has been replaced the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). Applicants must have an occupation on the STSOL if applying for: Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visas Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visas (State Nominated) Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 visas (Direct Entry) Temporary Worker (Skilled) Subclass 457 visas Training Subclass 407 Visas - Occupational Training Stream Occupation ANZSCO Assessing Authority MLTSSL Regional Exclusions Chief Executive or Managing Director 111111 AIM 457: Excludes: [...]