20 Nov 2018

New pathway to permanent residence for retirees

Permanent residence for retirees has now become easier under a new pathway introduced from 17 November 2018.  Under the new pathway, retirees may be able to access permanent residence through the Parent Visa (Subclass 103) or the Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 143) without passing a Balance of Family test.   Permanent residence for retirees –…

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13 Nov 2018

Australia relaxes Working Holiday Visa program restrictions

The Government has announced Australia’s Working Holiday Visa program restrictions will be relaxed, which is good news if you would like to work in regional areas of Australia for a few years while taking the opportunity to do some sight-seeing. Over the past year, agricultural businesses have been actively advocating for visa changes to more…

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16 Aug 2018

New TSS Labour Market Testing

Does your business sponsor visa holders? It’s important to understand how new TSS Labour Market Testing requirements to sponsor an overseas worker on a Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 Visa impact they way in which you will need to undertake advertising before engaging a visa holder. New legislation governing the Labour Market Testing (LMT) and advertising…

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14 Aug 2018

SAF Refunds for Sponsoring Employers

The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) commenced on Sunday 12 August 2018 and is now in effect with SAF refunds available in some circumstances. Sponsoring businesses will now need to pay a ‘Nomination Training Contribution Charge’ (NTCC) into the SAF for each visa holder sponsored on a: – Subclass 482 Visa (Temporary Skills Shortage – TSS) – Subclass 186 Visa (Employer Nomination…

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10 Aug 2018

How Australia’s citizenship changes could impact you

If you are a permanent resident you may be keen to understand how Australia’s Citizenship changes that will be reviewed in parliament over coming months may impact you if they are passed into law. The amendments propose several changes to the eligibility requirements for Australian citizenship and could result in more migrants becoming ineligible to apply…

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7 Aug 2018

SAF Levy to apply to Subclass 482, 186 and 187 Visas from Sunday 12 August 2018

We have now received confirmation from the Government that the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy will begin to apply to all nomination applications for Subclass 482, 186 and 187 Visas from Sunday 12 August 2018. Businesses will be required a ‘Nomination Training Contribution Charge’ (NTCC) into the SAF for each visa holder sponsored. What is the SAF? The SAF…

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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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