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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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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

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

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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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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