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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: [...]

23 04, 2017

Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa – Government reforms to employer sponsored skilled migration visas

By |April 23rd, 2017|Australia Work Visa|

On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers. This new visa is [...]

9 02, 2017

Student Visas and Restrictions on Hours of Work

By |February 9th, 2017|Australia Work Visa|

When is work “work”? When have you spent too much time working as a cab driver? Yep, if you thought you could continue to do migration work and avoid imponderable questions like this, you were sadly mistaken! And yes, it is too late to contemplate doing any other type of occupation! So, keep reading and the answers will reveal themselves! This question of when work is work came up in a case that was decided in the Federal Circuit Court [...]

9 02, 2017

Stopped at the Airport! Beating Student Visa Cancellations!

By |February 9th, 2017|Australia Work Visa|

Is there anything you can do if your client has a student visa cancelled at the airport (in other words, while in immigration clearance) and is then taken into immigration pending immediate removal from Australia? This is obviously a timely question given how much coverage there has been in the news media about people being detained at airports on the United States thanks to the Executive Order that was signed by the Grand Orange Bogeyman who now occupies the White [...]

9 02, 2017

Trouble! Tribunal Incorrectly Refuses to Consider Family Violence Claim!

By |February 9th, 2017|Australia Work Visa|

Under what circumstances can the Tribunal decline to consider a claim of family violence? Ever or never? That’s a timely question and an important one for RMAs who work with partner visa applications. And even though it has been hotter than hell in Sydney the last 2 days, hot enough to proverbially fry an egg on the sidewalk (that’s” footpath” for those who only speak “Australian” and have not been foolish enough to go to New York in summertime!!), I’m [...]