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From 1 July 2010, the Migration Regulations 1994 (the Migration Regulations) are amended to effect the annual adjustment of most fees and visa application charges (VACs).  For the latest Visa Application Charges please see the July Version of Form 990i http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/990i.pdf Certain fees and charges under the Migration Regulations are increased by 1.8 percent, in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  The second installments of the VACs for Contributory Parent and ... Read More
From 1 July 2010, the Migration Regulations 1994 ('the Regulations') are amended to: extend the definition of "skilled occupation" to allow the Minister to specify in an instrument in writing occupations that are applicable to classes of persons including that an occupation is a skilled occupation for a person who is nominated by a state or territory government agency require applicants for certain General Skilled Migration visas to be nominated by a state or territory government agency or to be ... Read More
From 1 July 2010, the Migration Regulations 1994 ('the Regulations') are amended to: insert definitions of ASCO and ANZSCO and transition from the use of ASCO to ANZSCO in nomination criteria relating to the Subclass 442 (Occupational Trainee) and Subclass 457 (Business (Long Stay)) visas enable the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship to refund the fee for nomination for the Subclass 457 (Business (Long Stay)) visa where on or after 1 July 2010 the person nominates an occupation by ... Read More
On 26 May 2010 the Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill 2010 (the 'Bill') was introduced into the Parliament. The legislation seeks to fine tune existing laws to provide the Government with a tool for the targeted management of all aspects of the migration program. The Migration Act 1958 currently provides the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship with the power to cap and terminate all applications for a certain class or subclass of visa. The new Bill proposes to allow the Minister to cap ... Read More
The Rudd Government will simplify and streamline Australia’s complex visa system under innovative changes announced today. The Government will: • reduce the number of temporary work visas by 50 per cent by 2012; and • by 2015, extend this initiative to all visa subclasses, targeting a reduction of 50 per cent in the total number of visa subclasses. Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans said: ‘Australia's visa system is currently highly complex with 90 visa classes and 149 ... Read More
On 26 May 2010 the Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill 2010 (the 'Bill') was introduced into the Parliament. The legislation seeks to fine tune existing laws to provide the Government with a tool for the targeted management of all aspects of the migration program. The Migration Act 1958 currently provides the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship with the power to cap and terminate all applications for a certain class or subclass of visa. The new Bill proposes to allow the Minister to cap ... Read More
A new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has been developed based on advice from the independent body, Skills Australia (established by the Australian Government to provide expert and independent advice on matters relating to Australia's current, emerging and future workforce skills and workforce development needs).    The current Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has more than 400 occupations.   The new SOL, which was announced by the Minister on 17 May 2010, includes 181 occupations. Some of the ... Read More
The Government will sharpen the focus of the skilled migration program on areas of skills shortage but will maintain the current overall size of the migration program, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said today. The overall size of the migration program will remain unchanged with a total of 168 700 places, comprising a total skill stream of 113 850 places, a total family stream of 54 550 places and 300 special eligibility places. The overall level of skilled ... Read More
Skills assessment changes from 1 January 2010 Applicants for Skilled - Independent (Subclass 885), Skilled - Sponsored (Subclass 886) and Skilled - Regional Sponsored (Subclass 487) visas must have their skills assessed as suitable for their nominated occupation before the visa application is lodged. See more here (PDF). Subclass 885, 886 and 487 applicants who have nominated a trade occupation must have had their skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority, on or after 1 January 2010. ... Read More
The Minister has today announced a temporary suspension of certain general skilled migration visas. The move hopes to ensure that all offshore general skilled applications made after today are in accordance with the occupations included on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL), to be released later this month. The Minister has not indicated when the suspension will be lifted, however it will be no earlier than the announcement of the new SOL. The Minister has announced that his Department will ... Read More