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17 Jan 2018

Skilled Occupation List Changes Announced

Changes to the skilled occupation lists have now been announced, with changes effective immediately from 17 January 2018. Revisions to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) reflect the eligible occupations for a Subclass 457 Visa, whereas changes to the Medium to Long Term Strategic Skilled List (MLTSSL) indicate the eligible occupations for a long term or permanent residence visa. You…

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12 Jan 2018

Eligible occupations for a 457 Visa will change from 17 January

If you are looking to apply for a skilled visa such as a 457 or Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa (which will replace 457’s from March 2018), you may already know that your nominated occupation will need to be listed as eligible on the skilled occupation lists: Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)…

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20 Dec 2017

How the 457 Visa Changes Affect Current 457 Visa Holders

As you may know, the current 457 Visa program will be replaced by the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa in March 2018. The new TSS Visa will require applicants to meet more rigorous English language requirements and mandatory police clearances and in addition, the requirement for skills assessments will also be more likely. You…

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19 Dec 2017

Visa information matched with tax records to protect visa holders from exploitation

As part of the 457 Visa program’s transition to the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa in March 2018, businesses and visa holders will need to meet requirements to provide information to the Australian Taxation Office for data matching. The Australian Taxation Office expects to begin acquiring information from businesses and visa holders so it can electronically match the…

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16 Nov 2017

Transitioning to permanent residency from a 457 visa

If you’re a business employing 457 visa holders or if you are a 457 visa holder yourself, here’s what you need to know about changes to the transitional arrangements for permanent residence.  Employees with a 457 Visa on 18 April 2017 The Immigration Department has confirmed that 457 visa holders and those who had lodged a 457 visa…

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7 Nov 2017

Top 8 Reasons To Become An Australian Citizen

If you’re a permanent resident, here’s 8 things to know about the freedoms of becoming an Australian citizen. Hassle-free travel in and out of Australia Although permanent residents can stay in Australia indefinitely, it is a requirement to apply for a Resident Return Visa every 5 years in order to leave the country and come…

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30 Oct 2017

Restaurant industry ‘at risk’ after 457 visa changes

Despite high numbers of overseas workers keen to work in Australia’s hospitality industry, some restaurants are being forced to face local skill shortages for chefs and cooks since the 457 visa changes. The 457 visa changes have reduced the ability for some Australian restaurants to employ chefs or restaurant managers from overseas. Under the changes,…

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20 Oct 2017

Been an Australian permanent resident for at least a year? You could be eligible for citizenship before changes on 1 July 2018.

After a number of months of discussion in parliament as to whether the proposed citizenship requirements will be applied retrospectively, the Government has confirmed that citizenship applications received on or after 20 April 2017 will be processed under the current citizenship laws until 1 July 2018 when changes will apply. The decision has opened up…

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10 Oct 2017

Perth beats Sydney in ‘liveability’ report

If you’re thinking of migrating to Australia, you might be keen to know Perth has again ranked as the world’s seventh most liveable city, beating Sydney which came in at number 11. The Economist’s ‘liveability’ report is a guide used by businesses to determine extra pay levels for skilled professionals who move abroad. Businesses use the guide to…

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4 Oct 2017

457 Visas | Updates for businesses and visa holders

It has been a few months since the 1 July changes to 457 visas, however we can expect to see ongoing changes to the requirements for businesses to nominate visa holders until March 2018 when  the 457 visa program transitions to the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa. Here’s what has businesses and 457 visa holders…

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