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8 Jun 2018

SAF Levy Update and Labour Market Testing Requirements

This month we are anticipating news from the Department of Home Affairs on the commencement date of the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy legislation. Although the Senate has recently passed legislation for the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy, it is not yet operational. We expect the SAF to begin to apply in mid-June. Once implemented, businesses will…

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8 Jun 2018

3 reasons why citizenship processing times have blown out by months

The average wait time for Australian Citizenship government processing has stretched from 12 months in March 2016 to 16 months this financial year. Here’s three reasons why. Growing number of applicants According to Department of Home Affairs Officer, Luke Mansfield one factor driving the increased wait time is the sheer growth in the number of…

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7 Jun 2018

Businesses and Unions join forces to defend skilled migration

Businesses and union groups don’t always see eye to eye – except it seems when it comes to the importance of skilled migration and its benefits to the Australian economy. Several of Australia’s business groups and union bodies recently joined forces to release a policy document cautioning the Federal Government to maintain permanent migration levels…

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7 Jun 2018

Australia’s permanent migration intake: ‘A ceiling not a target’

While the Government recently confirmed Australia’s migration intake will remain at 190,000 permanent residence visas for the 2018-2019 financial year, Immigracious migration agent, Sheila Woods says migrants need to be aware that the full quota may not be reached. Although the Government has confirmed Australia’s migration intake, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has said, “We’ve made…

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7 Jun 2018

Parent Visa Changes reversed reducing financial pressure on sponsors

The Government has decided to reverse legislative changes introduced on 1 April that effectively doubled the income requirements for sponsors wishing to migrate their mother or father on a Parent Visa. The changes were introduced as a legislative instrument change which took effect immediately and didn’t require a bill to pass through parliament to become…

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30 May 2018

Calls for more skilled visas for regional Australia

In response to current debate to cut Australia’s migration levels, think tank The Regional Australian Institute is calling for the Government to redistribute skilled migration to regional areas and smaller cities in need of a population boost. The Regional Australian Institute presented a policy paper this month urging the Government for a strategy to assist country…

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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…

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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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