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[…..]
The capping of applications for General Skilled Migration (GSM) applications lodged prior to 1 September 2007 has been put into effect via the 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[…..]