Increases to visa application fees have been announced to take effect for applications lodged on or after 1 July 2018. Whilst the fees have been increased in line with CPI, not all applications will have a price increase and applicants are urged to seek professional advice before lodging their application.
As the 2017-2018 migration program comes to an end, we take a look at the common trends over the last 12 months and what we might expect to see from 1 July 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[…..]
The next Traffic Light Bulletin proposing changes to the skilled migration occupation lists has been released by the Department of Jobs and Small Business. This is your opportunity to provide submissions before 20 June 2018.
The 2018-19 Budget included important immigration measures including the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017 which provides for the new training levy and further labor market testing requirements.
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[…..]
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[…..]
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[…..]
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[…..]
Malcolm Turnbull, Liberal Member of Parliament for Wentworth, recently spoke at a Bondi Chamber of Commerce event. I asked him a question about his views on immigration, pointing out that both sides of politics had promised to cut immigration and that this would be bad for Australian business. I invited him to outline how migration should be[…..]