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25 Jul 2019

Australia’s new Regional Points Tested Visa

On 16 November 2019, the current Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa will soon be replaced by a new regional points tested visa, known as the Subclass 491 Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa. If you’re interested in becoming sponsored by an Australian State or Territory Government for skilled work in regional areas, here’s how this change…

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25 Jul 2019

Applicants with high-demand occupations now need 85 to 95 points to migrate to Australia

The bar has been raised for skilled migrants who apply for independent permanent residence through a Subclass 189 Visa – particularly for high-demand occupations such as accountants, engineers and IT professionals. The 189 Visa is highly sought by skilled migrants because it provides access to permanent residence without requiring employer sponsorship. However, the process is…

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25 Jul 2019

Australia relaxes its Work and Holiday Maker Program restrictions

Amended legislation to relax Australia’s Work and Holiday Maker Program arrangements commenced on 1 July 2019. More young migrants can now apply for the Work and Holiday Maker program, and visa holders may have a pathway to stay an additional year to assist farmers and regional businesses with critical labour shortages. A third year on…

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25 Jul 2019

Will Australian Citizenship rules change in 2019?

Last month, the Courier-Mail reported the Government may not go ahead with legislative changes that will require permanent residents to wait longer and meet tougher tests to become eligible for Australian Citizenship. Changes to Citizenship laws were originally expected in 2017, however the changes were heavily contested in the media and opposed by the Senate…

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7 Jun 2019

Independent Skilled Migration to get more competitive in 2019/20

The Government has confirmed less invitations will be issued to skilled migrants for a General Skilled Migration visa in 2019-20. It is a trend we have already begun to notice in recent invitation round figures. In April 2019, only 100 invitations were issued for a Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa across Australia – this was…

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7 Jun 2019

Australian Immigration Plans – Post Election 2019

The 2019 Federal Election has passed and we now have a clearer view of Australia’s immigration policy directions over the next three-year Government term. Prime Minister, Scott Morrison will continue to lead the Australian Government with a focus on regional migration initiatives, a lowered annual migration rate, greater availability of migrant support programs and an…

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9 May 2019

Permanent Residence pathway changes for nurses in Australia

We are expecting to see changes to the way in which overseas-trained nurses can become eligible to apply for permanent residence through the General Skilled Migration program. Instead of the existing option to undertake a three-month bridging program, nurses may soon need to take an outcomes-based assessment to qualify. The outcomes-based assessment will involve cognitive…

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9 May 2019

Extra points for skilled migrants from November 2019

Migrants seeking to apply for Australia’s Independent skilled visas could claim extra points from 16 November 2019, when the Government’s revised points system commences. Details of the revised points allocations were released under the Migration Amendment (New Regional Skilled Visas) Regulations 2019, following the Government’s review of Australia’s Regional Skilled Visas. Australia’s points-tested visas require…

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8 May 2019

New Regional Visa conditions before Permanent Residence

Australia’s new Skilled Regional Visa options will require migrants to work for three years in regional areas before applying for permanent residence. Currently, migrants in regional areas can apply for permanent residence directly through the Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa. However, under the Migration Amendment (New Skilled Regional Visas) Regulations 2019, the…

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15 Apr 2019

Major Partner Visa Changes On the Horizon

Major partner visa changes relating to the Partner Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) will soon result in a more onerous and lengthier process to obtain a Partner Visa, and will particularly impact those lodging their application from within Australia. The legislative amendment will allow the Government to: – Require the Australian citizen/permanent resident…

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