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Employer Sponsored Permanent Residency / Migration Visa Changes On 9 March 2012, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Chris Bowen MP announced changes to the Permanent Employer-Sponsored visa program to be implemented from 1st July 2012. These changes will impact the following current visa types: •Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) •Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) •Labour Agreements program. Following a a comprehensive review, the reforms include: • collapsing the ... Read More
Amendments to the Social Security Act 1991 from 1 January 2012, will allow access to Special Benefit payments for the holders of temporary Partner visas. This will align with access to Special Benefit for the holders of permanent Partner visas. Thus, during the Partner (temporary) visa holder's initial two-year residence in Australia, the visa holder must prove they are in financial hardship and have experienced a substantial change in circumstances beyond their control since arrival in ... Read More
DIAC will commence allocating some General Skilled Migration (GSM) Priority Group 5 applications this program year (2011-12). This group comprises approximately 27 347 onshore applications, and 15 284 offshore applications. About 1000 priority cases are given to case officers each week. As of 18 November 2011 there were approximately 751 onshore applications and 5544 offshore applications in Priority Group 4 awaiting allocation. DIAC has given the following advice on how processing of Group 5 ... Read More
DIAC Fee Increases and Form Changes from 1st July 2011   DIAC have increased Visa Application Charges from  1st July 2011. http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/990i.pdf DIAC have also updated some Visa Application Forms from 1st July 2011. http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/application-form Read More
New Points Test from July 1st 2011 The legislation for the new GMS points test has been released and there have been some minor changes to the previously published version. These include: The points allocated for work experience. The new version allows points for employment undertaken in the 10 years prior to application. Up to 20 points can be obtained from both overseas and Australian work experience. Also there is no longer the ability to claim the points for Community Languag based on ... Read More
New Skilled Occupation List (SOL) From 1 July 2011 DIAC has released a new Skilled Occupation List, Annual Update of Skilled Occupation List - 1 July 2011, following the annual review based on advice from Skills Australia. This document also has information about transitional arrangements for eligible applicants. The following occupations have been removed from the SOL: Optometrist [251411] Orthoptist [251412] Panel Beater [324111] Vehicle Painter [324311] The following occupations have been ... Read More
2011 - 2012 Budget Changes to Migration Program On Tuesday 10 May, the Federal Government released its 2011-2012 Budget, including limited but significant changes to the Migration Program. There were increases in places available within the Skilled (+12,000), Family (+4000) and Humanitarian (+1000) Streams, bringing the Program total to about 185,000 annual entrants. An increased focus on regional migration was revealed for the coming year, including: 6000 additional places added to the Regional ... Read More
Skilled Migrant Selection Model DIAC are considering introducing on 1 July 2012 a new General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa application model which will incorporate an electronic system based upon a 2-stage process: 1. Prospective applicants first submit claims for skilled migration through an online Expression of Interest (EOI) 2. Prospective applicants may be invited to make a visa application. Invitations to apply for a visa will be issued at regularly scheduled intervals, beginning in January ... Read More
Changes to the Employer Nomination Skilled Occupation List (ENSOL) Effective from 5th December 2010 occupations added to ENSOL and one occupation removed: Occupations added: Advertising Manager – 131113 [AIM] Art Administrator or Manager – 139911 [VETASSESS] Biotechnologist – 234514 [VETASSESS ] Chief Executive of Managing Director – 111111 [AIM] Conference and Event Organiser – 149311 [VETASSESS] Construction Estimator – 312114 [VETASSESS] Education Reviewer – 249112 [VETASSESS] Fisheries ... Read More
Changes to GSM Skilled Occupation Lists (SOL) From 5th December 2010, the changes to the Skilled Occupation Lists are: Schedule 2 SOL 1. Building and Engineering Technicians nec - 312999 Engineers Australia has been added to Vetassess as an Assessing Authority. 2. TRA is now the Assessing Authority for the following occupations: Motor Mechanic (General) - 321211 Diesel Motor Mechanic – 321212 Motorcycle Mechanic – 321213 Electrician (General) – 341111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic – ... Read More