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2 May 2018

How many points do you really need for General Skilled Migration?

If you are eligible for Australia’s General Skilled Migration program you may be able to permanently migrate to Australia on a skilled visa. The opportunity to obtain permanent residence is sought after by many skilled individuals each year, therefore the Government issues invitations to apply for General Skilled Migration based on a number of points tested…

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1 May 2018

3 reasons why think tanks, economists and infrastructure groups say cutting migration isn’t the answer

Cutting Australia’s migration intake has been frequently discussed in the media lately, however infrastructure groups, think tanks and economists are strongly opposing migration intake reductions, saying it isn’t the solution to congestion, housing affordability and stagnant wages. Here’s three reasons why. 1. It’s not all about demand – we need to manage supply Professor of Economics…

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1 May 2018

The new Subclass 482 Visa | Changes for employers and skilled visa applicants

For over 20 years, 457’s were Australia’s most commonly used employer-sponsored visa program. Its replacement with the 482 Visa has resulted in significant changes to the way in which individuals can be sponsored for a skilled visa and there are now several new factors to consider. Here’s some of the main changes: New requirements for…

Filed in: Visas

1 May 2018

Visa merge decreases Australia’s skilled migrant intake by 10,000

There are now 10,000 fewer visas available to overseas skilled migrants due to the Government’s decision to merge a visa for New Zealanders with the existing skilled migration program without increasing the placements offered. New Zealanders who are already living and working in Australia on a Subclass 444 Visa will have access to the 44,000…

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15 Mar 2018

TSS Visa will replace 457’s from Sunday 18 March 2018

The Government has today released legislation for the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa and confirmed the new program will commence from this Sunday 18 March 2018. As a result, new applications for an employer-sponsored visa will need to be made under the TSS Visa program rather than the 457 scheme from Monday 19 March. Support throughout the changes…

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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…

Filed in: Visas

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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