21 Sep 2017

Are the proposed English requirements for citizenship setting the bar too high?

Australian citizenship is a dream for many migrants – but for those struggling with English as a second language, the proposed English requirements could soon become a barrier to citizenship. Currently, an English language test is not required to pass the citizenship test. Those who are able to pass the current citizenship test are considered…

Filed in: Visas

4 Aug 2017

Business Sponsors | “Acceptable expenditure” for training benchmarks

There were a number of significant changes to Australia’s skilled visas that took place from 1 July 2017, including changes to the training benchmarks businesses need to undertake if they choose to sponsor visa holders for a subclass 457 visa or 186 TRT. Here’s what businesses and skilled visa holders need to know about the…

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11 Jul 2017

4 things New Zealanders need to know about their new permanent residency options

Are you a New Zealander looking to apply for Australian permanent residency (PR)? There is good news for you. The Immigration Department has recently approved legislative amendments to allow skilled New Zealanders to access PR more easily through a separate ‘New Zealand stream’ for the Subclass 189 visa from 1 July 2017. Under the new stream,…

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30 Jun 2017

Revised Skilled Occupation Lists Announced

Following consultation with industry bodies, the Government has today confirmed which occupations will remain or be added to the revised Medium to Long Term Skilled Occupations List (MLTSOL) and Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL). Immigracious has made note of several changes to the original skilled occupations lists announced by the Government in April. We have documented these below for your…

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22 Jun 2017

Only 18 occupations to remain on WA Skilled Migration List

The State Government yesterday confirmed (21 June 2017) that 160 occupations have been removed from the WA Skilled Migration List (WASMOL), with only 18 occupations remaining eligible for a skilled visa on the list.   Many of the remaining 18 occupations are in the health sector, including midwives, psychiatrists and several classes of registered nurses.…

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16 Jun 2017

Australian citizenship changes put forward to parliament

  The Federal Parliament is now considering the Prime Minister’s proposed changes to Australian citizenship requirements announced in April this year. The citizenship changes have become a controversial topic in the media and according to SBS News, there are concerns that one of the laws brought before Parliament will grant the Immigration Minister the power…

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11 May 2017

457 visa changes | Our most frequently asked questions

What are the changes to the 457 visa scheme from 19 April 2017? The Government recently announced the 457 visa scheme will be replaced by a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program to be introduced in March 2018. Some changes to the 457 visa are already in place to prepare for the new TSS…

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11 May 2017

4 things you need to know about the Australian citizenship changes

If you are currently a permanent resident, or if you would like to become an Australian citizen in the future, here’s what you need to know about the recent citizenship changes. The 4 main changes: 1. You will need to have been a permanent resident for 4 years instead of 1 year 2. You will…

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