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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
Best time to exchange pounds for Australian dollars in almost 3 weeks   25.03.2013 Peter Lavelle   Welcome to Pure FX's latest update of the pound to Australian dollar exchange rate.   Sterling flies!   It's the best time to exchange pounds for Australian dollars in almost 3 weeks this week, or since the 7th March, as the pound hits 1.466.   To put this into context, sterling was as low as 1.4381 on the 12th March. Hence, it's since climbed +1.94%, or almost 3 cents.   A £250,000 transfer would ... Read More
Australian Dollar Exchange Rate Update - 18th March 2013 18.03.2013 Peter Lavelle Welcome to the Pure FX update of the Australian dollar exchange rate. This week: The Australian dollar hit a 6-week high against the US dollar, at 1.0415. The Australian dollar hit a 9-week high against the euro, at 0.8019. The UK pound hit a 1-week high against the Australian dollar, at 1.4625. (Please bear in mind, these are the interbank rates at the time of writing. This means the exchange rate may have changed ... Read More
New General Skilled Migration (GSM) Points Test Pass Mark of 60 Points from July 1st 2012 From July 1st 2012 the Pass Mark for points tested skilled migrants who complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the new SkillSelect portal will be lowered from 65 points to 60 points. SkillSelect is the online administrative basis for managing the GSM program. Prospective applicants who do not have an employer sponsor will need to complete an EOI. Based on claimed skills and attributes (which will ... Read More
Changes to General Skilled Migration, Employer Sponsored, Business Skills Visas and Introduction of SkillSelect The following is article source is from notes taken by the author whilst attending the DIAC Melbourne Skilled Migration Seminar scheduled on 29th May 2012. All copyright, along with all other content on this website, is reserved by Neo Phoenix Pty Ltd and no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without the ... Read More
30.5.2012 Changes to General Skilled Migration, Employer Sponsored, Business Skills Visas and Introduction of SkillSelect The following is article source is from notes taken by the author whilst attending the DIAC Melbourne Skilled Migration Seminar scheduled on 29th May 2012. All copyright, along with all other content on this website, is reserved by Neo Phoenix Pty Ltd and no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means ... Read More
An updated Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will be implemented from 1 July 2012, with 4 occupations to be added to the list and 4 occupations to be removed. The updated SOL will apply to all new independent (unsponsored) and family sponsored skilled migration applications lodged on or after 1 July 2012 unless they are from applicants eligible for transitional arrangements. Additions to the SOL 133513 Production Manager (Mining) 234912 Metallurgist 251411 Optometrist 263111 Computer Network and ... Read More