Federal Government announces changes to 457 visa program

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On 25 February 2014 the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash announced an Independent Review of Integrity in the subclass 457 programme. In mid-March 2014 the panel began a period of extensive consultations with key stakeholders, including industry groups, unions, peak bodies, academics, 457 programme sponsors and […]

Australian Parent Visa Gets The Axe

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On 2 June 2014 the government stopped taking applicants for the following visas classes: Parent (non-contributory) visas: • subclass 103 (Parent) • subclass 804 (Aged Parent) Other Family visas: • subclasses 114 and 838 (Aged Dependent Relative) • subclasses 115 and 835 (Remaining Relative) and • subclasses 116 and 836 […]

More choice in English language testing

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Applicants for a number of visas are being given more choice in English language testing. From November this year, people applying for Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Work and Holiday and Former Resident visas will be able to provide the department with a test score from the Test of English as a […]

Overseas Skills Registry Connecting Overseas Skilled Workers With Victorian Employers

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The Overseas Skills Registry is a new online service making it easier for overseas skilled workers who have skills in demand to connect with Victorian employers. The registry is designed to broaden overseas skilled workers’ local networks, and support them to access job interviews and employment. Using the registry, overseas […]

Next Skillselect Invitation Monday 10th February

The Australian Immigration Department has just launched their skillselect website which is available at www.skillselect.gov.au.

The next Skillselect invitation round is next Monday 10th February for anyone out there who might be interested. An interesting announcement on the Australian Immigration website (link) though, it looks like for the subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Sponsored) visas, numbers will be limited. Announcement Please note invitation rounds […]

VETASSESS Skills Assement Processing Delays

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VETASSESS is one of the main skills assessment bodies utilised to assess wannabe migrants professional qualifications or vocational skills as part of their Australian migration application process. A recent letter from one of the managers at VETACESS highlights that there are ‘unusual delays’ in the current processing processing times with […]

Highly Skilled Occupations Exempted From Labour Market Testing

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The Australian Immigration department has announced that employers recruiting for ‘highly skilled occupations’ will be exempted from the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement and therefore will not need to advertise jobs in Australia before offering them to temporary foreign workers. In June 2013, Australia’s previous Labor government passed legislation which […]

Engineers Competency Evaluation Guide

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If you’re an engineer looking to emigrate to Australia, then you are probably in the process of writing your Competency Demonstration Report. We’ve already uploaded a number of CDR templates to our site, however we thought that you may also find the attached document of interest. The engineer competency evaluation guide […]