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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4 Oct 2017

Migrants may need to stay in Australia temporarily before applying for permanent residence

Migrants may need to spend a certain period of time in Australia before becoming eligible for permanent residence, if Government’s plans for mandatory provisional visas go ahead. The Immigration Department recently released a discussion paper stating that temporary residence is increasingly becoming the first step to living in Australia. According to the paper, around half…

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4 Oct 2017

Subclass 400 visas under close scrutiny

While news about 457 visas continue to dominate media reports, lately the Subclass 400 temporary work visa category is also coming under close scrutiny. Under the Subclass 400 visa, businesses are able to engage overseas skilled professionals with highly specialised skills knowledge or experience to fulfil their work requirements. Depending on the industry, this can…

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22 Sep 2017

How businesses are managing the impacts of the 457 visa changes

Businesses across Australia have identified skill shortages to be one of their biggest risk factors going forward following the 457 visa changes on 1 July 2017. MYOB Chief Executive, Tim Reed believes the Government’s changes to 457 visas has now made it significantly more difficult to attract the right skills and talent to grow the business.…

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