Immigration and the Budget

The 2019/2020 Immigration budget announcement on 2 April has revealed a number of upcoming changes in the Immigration portfolio, including an increase to application fees and new points for the Skilled Points Test.

Change in Definition of Regional Australia

Change in Definition of Regional Australia Please note that the Department of Home Affairs has announced that “In November 2019, the definition of Regional Australia for all skilled visas will be simplified and expanded to include all of Australia except for the following metropolitan areas: “Sydney “Melbourne “Brisbane “Gold Coast “Perth “Areas within the new[…..]

Express Entry candidates issued invitations in April 11 Manitoba draw April 11 Skilled Workers Overseas draw issues 403 invitations

April 12, 2019, By dates in a draw held April 11 through its Skilled Workers Overseas stream. The Skilled Workers Overseas stream is a key component of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), which allows the province to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence each year. The April 11 draw issued 352 invitations[…..]

Family Visa Sponsorship Changes Confirmed

The Australian Government has just announced that the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018 will commence on 17 April 2019. This amendment allows Immigration to implement a separate sponsorship process for Family Visa sponsors (such as the new Temporary Parent visa) and to require that this sponsorship is approved before a visa application[…..]

A new regional visa and point system

A new regional visa and point system The federal government has introduced a new regional visa and point system for applicants nominated by a state or territory government. According to the Migration Amendment (New Skilled Regional Visas) Regulations 2019, three new visas have been introduced to ‘assist regional Australia.’ The explanatory statement issued by the[…..]

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[…..]