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Within the 2017-18 Migration Programme year the DIBP have announced the introduction of a new 5 Year Temporary Residency Sponsored Parent Visa to facilitate parents of Australian Permanent Residents / Citizens to spend more time with their children. http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visi/temporary-spons... Currently Parents can use the Parent Migration Program, Visitor Visa or Investor Retirement Visas to spend time with children. This will open up a new pathway. The application process will be ... Read More
As part of the Portfolio Budget Statements 2017-18 the DIBP have indicated that Visa Application Charges are due to increase from 1st July 2017. The last time Visa Application Charges increased was 1st July 2015. This time, unlike the last increase, the increases are in line with inflation. The DIBP have also outlined that the Visa Application Charges will be indexed annually in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index (CPI) and rounded to the nearest $5. This will apply to the First ... Read More
The Australian Government is strengthening the requirements to become an Australian citizen, by: • Increasing the general residence requirement, to a minimum of four (4) years permanent residence (instead of current 1 year) immediately prior to their application for citizenship; • Introducing an English language test, which means applicants will need to demonstrate competent English language (equivalent to IELTS 6 in each component) listening, speaking, reading and writing skills before being ... Read More
As you may be aware, yesterday, 18th April 2017, in a Facebook-first announcement Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed the Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visas for foreign workers would be replaced by a new class of visa, Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, which will be supposedly better targeted to ensure that foreign workers were only brought in to fill genuine skills shortages. What we know so far The Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visas will be abolished and replaced by ... Read More
We often get asked “how long will my visa application take to process?” The DIBP now publish meaningful global visa and citizenship processing times on their website. Please visit http://www.border.gov.au/about/access-accountabili... To have the best chance that your application is processed within the published processing times, ideally you must lodge a Decision Ready Application – one that meets all legislative criteria and also has all supporting evidence included. Visa applications are ... Read More
The SOL is reviewed annually through a two-step process. The first is identifying occupations that are most susceptible to supply constraints and the second step is to assessing the medium to long-term skill needs. You can read more about the review here https://www.education.gov.au/skilled-occupations-l... Flagged Occupations for possible removal in the future due to excess supply in the labour market. There is no guarantee these occupations will be removed. ANZSCO Code Occupation 133513 ... Read More
On 24 February 2017 Mr John Azarias released his report on Review of the Temporary Skilled Migration Threshold (1MB PDF) Key Recommendations include: That current TSMIT continue to be $53,900. That TSMIT be indexed annually on 1 July with indexation to commence from 1 July 2017. Indexing will be based on seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index for the March quarter of the current year The current discrepancy where the 457 programme applicants must meet TSMIT, and ENS/RSMS applicants are not ... Read More
July 1st 2013 Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 and ENS/RSMS visas Changes There have been significant legislative changes regarding the Subclass 457 visa and ENS/RSMS visas. The new laws act to strengthen the 457 temporary visa system ensuring Australian employers only use the program to fill genuine skill shortages and requiring businesses to look first for suitably qualified local employees before hiring overseas skilled workers. Some of the major changes include: Standard Business ... Read More
July 2013 Visa Application Charges Increased From July 1st 2013, Department of Immigration and Border Patrol (DIBP) has announced some significant changes to the Visa Application Charges (VAC) structure as well as increasing the amounts for many charges. Normally the VACs are paid in instalments with the first instalment required when the application is lodged, and the second instalment prior to when the visa is granted. Under the new system, the amount for the first instalment will depend on ... Read More
From 1st July 2013 the following occupations have been removed from the SOL Schedule 1: • Hospital Pharmacist    ANZSCO 251511 • Retail Pharmacist    ANZSCO 251513 • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) ANZSCO 323111 • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)  ANZSCO 323112 • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures) ANZSCO 323113 DIAC update the SOL at least annually on the basis of advice from the Australian Workforce Productivity Agency (previously known as Skills Australia).   The ... Read More