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Blog Archives: 2017

24 Mar 2017

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme changes

Since 2011, WA businesses have used the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) as a visa option to sponsor skilled overseas employees for work in Perth. However, the Federal Government is now deciding whether to exclude Perth from using the Scheme. What this could mean for your business or as a skilled worker intending to work in Perth If the change…

Filed in: Visas

1 Mar 2017

Concerns over Minister seeking greater powers to review visas

A new bill proposed by the Australian Government could allow Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton the power to require certain groups of immigrants to revalidate their visa if he deems it to be in the public’s interest to do so. The proposed bill would allow the Minister to refuse to revalidate a person’s visa where there…

Filed in: Visas

1 Mar 2017

Government 457 visa fees may be increased

Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten is exploring options to increase the 457 visa fee to encourage the use of local workers according to The Australian newspaper. Mr Shorten signalled his support for raising the application fee for 457 visas to reportedly allow for greater government investments in TAFE and technical educational institutions that train people locally. He…

Filed in: Visas

1 Mar 2017

Journey’s shared | Domino’s workers’ alleged visa exploitation

An investigation by Fairfax has uncovered allegations that franchisees at Domino’s Pizza have been underpaying workers and selling visa sponsorships to Australian immigrants. The investigation included a phone recording between a franchisee and a prospective employee. The franchisee was recorded saying a visa sponsorship by the company would be possible in exchange for over $100,000. Former…

Filed in: Visas

1 Mar 2017

Economists advocate the value of migrants

In response to Tony Abbott’s recent comments that immigration should be scaled back to ease house prices, economists for The Australian Financial Review argued that immigrants play an important role in boosting the economy and should be welcomed. The economic reasons why immigrants should be welcomed – Sinclair Davidson, Economist for The Australian Financial Review,…

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1 Mar 2017

Government urged to explore partner visa loopholes

An Indian couple was jailed last week for running a marriage visa scam, which involved paying Australian women to marry Indian men desperate to obtain permanent residence in Australia. The scam prompted debate on Australia’s partner visa program, with One Nation leader, Pauline Hanson raising her party’s concerns regarding international students marrying Australian citizens to…

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