Third year for Working Holiday Makers announced

From mid-2019, working holidaymakers will be able to apply for a third-year visa if certain requirements are met. Regulations set to be introduced on 1 July 2019 will give Subclass 462 Work and Holiday and Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa holders the opportunity to apply for a third-year visa provided they complete at least 6 months of […]

Partner Visa Sponsorship – Changes are coming!

Further to our earlier articles on the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill that was recently passed in parliament, we wish to remind potential Partner visa applicants that there will be significant changes to the visa process, and these changes are coming soon. Immigration intends to bring in a separate application for Partner[…..]

Parent Visa

Parent Visa *** NEW 870 PARENT VISA *** SPONSORED PARENT (TEMPORARY) VISA (SUBCLASS 870) On 17 April 2019, applications open for a new parent visa subclass (870). The 870 parent visa allows parents to live temporarily in Australia for three years or five years without needing to depart the country. Further information here: Sponsored Parent (Temporary)[…..]

Skill Select February 2019 Update

Immigration has sped up their release of monthly round data for SkillSelect, with the February 2019 details now available. These show a drop in invitations issued – down from 2490 in January to 1490 this round. Point scores for non-pro rata occupations remain unchanged: The points score for non-pro rata 189 has remained steady at[…..]

There is great news for the sciences Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL).

On 11 March Immigration introduced a number of new occupation lists affecting General Skilled and Employer-sponsored migration. This update follows a review and consultation period with the Department of Jobs and Small Business, to ensure that ‘the entry of skilled foreign workers to Australia remains carefully calibrated to Australia’s needs’. There is great news for the[…..]

Skilled Occupation List Changes March 2019

On 11 March Immigration introduced a number of new occupation lists affecting General Skilled and Employer-sponsored migration. This update follows a review and consultation period with the Department of Jobs and Small Business, to ensure that ‘the entry of skilled foreign workers to Australia remains carefully calibrated to Australia’s needs’. There is great news for the[…..]

Government Fundraising or Money Grab? Millions Collected from Australian Businesses

A recent Freedom of Information (FOI) report obtained by a colleague in NSW and shared by our peak membership association, the Migration Institute of Australia, implies a staggering $7 million dollars has potentially been taken by the Australian Government for Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) nomination applications that went nowhere. The FOI report shows the number of TSS[…..]

Skill-select Update for Round

The December Skill Select Invitation Round data is the latest information available from the Department of Home Affairs, showing over 1800 fewer invitations were issued for the final month of 2018. Invitation numbers have decreased: The total number of invitations for 189 occupations in the December round decreased by over 40 percent from 4340 places[…..]

Tougher visa process for violent partners

People with a history of domestic violence trying to migrate to Australia will face tougher application process under the new law.   The new laws have passed the Senate, making it more difficult for people who have a history of domestic violence to sponsor a partner visa. More than two years after being introduced to[…..]

Partner visas: One mistake and your application can be denied,

Partner visas: One mistake and your application can be denied, even if you amend it The application process for a partner visa requires an applicant to provide truthful and verifiable information while providing misleading or false information – regardless of the intention – can lead to the application being rejected. In particular, decision-makers apply what is known as Public[…..]