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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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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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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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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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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