Changes to Skilled Occupations Lists Flagged for Mid 2018

The Department of Jobs and Small Business has published a draft bulletin for public comment on proposed changes to the skilled occupations lists to take effect in mid-2018. The “Traffic Light” system continues to be used with some occupations flagged to be removed from the skilled occupations lists, and others to be moved between the[…..]

Visa Application Charge Increases

Visa Application Charge increases Department of Immigration Visa application fees is set to increase for a number of visas lodged on or after 1 July. For many visa types, the visa application fees have been increased in line with CPI. Changes for some common visa types are below: Visa Type Current Fee From 1 July[…..]

Abolition of 457 and Introduction of Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 Visa – Frequently Asked Questions

The 457 visas are abolished as of 18 March 2018 and are being replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 visa. This will be a change which affects all employers who sponsor staff, and the changes to the legislation are extensive. We have summarised the information which is most important for employers to[…..]

Employer Sponsorship – Update January 2018

Following the Government's announcements on 19 April 2017, there have been rapid and constant changes to the migration program, particularly, the employer sponsorship of temporary and permanent visas. More changes are being introduced over the coming weeks and months. This article talks about the changes expected in January 2018 and March 2018 and briefly looks[.....]

New Australian Immigration Minister Announced

Chris Bowen was announced yesterday as the new Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. Mr. Bowen replaces Chris Evans as the Minister for Immigration. The announcement was part of the Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Cabinet reshuffle after forming a minority government supported by the Greens and a number of Independents after the recent Federal Election. The new[…..]

Cap for Pre-September 2007 Offshore General Skilled Migration Applications Finalized

The capping of applications for General Skilled Migration (GSM) applications lodged prior to 1 September 2007 has been put into effect via legislative instrument. The cap specifies a maximum number of applications in certain subclasses to be granted in the 2009-10 program year. Any applications not granted before 30 June 2010 in the relevant subclasses[…..]