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Visa Changes for Applicants in Same-sex Relationships

As of 9th December 2017, following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, you may apply for a visa as your partner’s ‘spouse’ if you are in a same-sex marriage. These same-sex marriage changes mean you can apply as your partner’s ‘spouse’ as opposed to their ‘de facto partner’. The following Partner visas are affected […]

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Skilled Visa E-news

Changes to Eligible Postcodes in Regional Australia  Regional boundary changes for Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) As of 17 November 2017, a new legislative instrument (IMMI/059) commenced. This amends the geographic boundaries for RSMS to exclude Perth and surrounding area. The list of Regional Certifying Bodies (RCBs) has also been updated. Due to these changes, […]

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Grandfathering provisions 457 to ENS/RSMS Announced

DIBP Fact Sheet Two: Reforms to Australia’s permanent skilled migration program This update provides advice on the grandfathering provisions for holders of Subclass 457 visas up until 18 April 2017. These visa holders can access certain existing provisions under the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream: Occupation requirements remain the same There are no restrictions if […]

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Mygration Visa Updates

New notices: Changes in regulation enhancing Community Safety and Visa Integrity New payment methods in ImmiAccount   Changes in regulation enhancing Community Safety and Visa Integrity New regulations have been implemented by the Government, enhancing visa integrity and clearly communicating what is expected of non-citizens while staying in Australia.   Temporary Visa Changes Individuals applying […]

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Illegal workers detained in Western Australia

The Australian Border Force (ABF) released a statement regarding the recent detainment of 14 illegal workers who were under employment at a Western Australian farming property.  The workers were from Malaysia and Indonesia and were all working illegally at the property.  Several had had their working visas cancelled due to breaching visa conditions while the […]

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Regional Australia in need of skilled workers

Skilled workers are needed in regional Australia  and not the capital cities due to labour shortages in the oil and gas industries, according to Mr Andrew Smith, the Chairman of Shell Australia. “Today Australia’s economic growth is being driven by Melbourne and Sydney with their diverse economies. But as we strive for a more prosperous […]

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Tertiary qualifications improving chances of employment in Australia

With the number of skilled visa applications to Australia increasing every year, the competition between applicants is proving that having a tertiary qualification is becoming a distinct advantage in finding employment. The Australia Bureau of Statistics has released figures showing that the number of successful skilled visa applicants holding a tertiary qualification has risen from […]

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Knowing your sponsorship options as a business

Any business owner knows the value of a good employee and what a difference their contribution can make to a business. So when that golden employee is currently working for you through a skilled visa, what are your options as an employer if you are considering sponsoring them? There are several steps you need to […]

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SkillSelect Invitation Rounds for August

There have been a few changes from the usual occupations listed on the Australian Governments SkillSelect program.  The most significant one being the amount of the Pro Rata Occupations which has been doubled from 3 to 6. An occupations becomes classified as Pro Rata when an above-average number of Expressions Of Interest has been lodged […]

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Skilled migration targets Tradespeople

A recent review of the required skills for Australia has highlighted a new skill set that is in high demand and it isn’t IT. There appears to be a significant shortage of tradespeople so much so that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection have advised that if you have 5 years experience but no […]

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