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27 Jul 2018

The controversial Australian values test – How it could impact migrants

You may have heard in the news this week Australia’s Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister, Alan Tudge has discussed controversial plans to introduce an Australian values test as part of the permanent residence visa process.   Does Australia need a values test? Much of the controversy exists around whether an Australian values test should be…

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17 Jul 2018

New English language standards considered for Permanent Residence

Are you intending to migrate your partner or family members to Australia? The Federal Government are considering changes to ensure all permanent residence applicants, including dependent partners or family members, can meet English language standards at least at a primary school level before being granted permanent residence. A range of options are being considered by the…

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8 Jun 2018

How your business can access a refund for the SAF Levy

Once the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy is implemented, businesses will need to pay a contribution towards the Levy for each visa holder sponsored. It can be reassuring to know however, that businesses will be able to access a refund for their contribution to the SAF Levy. Businesses who sponsor visa holders will be able to…

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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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