The latest breaking news relating to Australian Immigration

Federal Government announces changes to 457 visa program

By |March 25th, 2015|

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 State, Territory and Commonwealth government […]

Australia Working Holiday Now Available Visitors From Poland

By |September 10th, 2014|

On 28 March 2014, Australia and Poland announced that a reciprocal work and holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement between the two countries had been signed.

The arrangement enables young adults (aged 18 – 30 years) from Poland and Australia to enjoy an extended holiday in each other’s country, during which they may undertake short term work […]

Spain Added to Australia’s working holiday program

By |September 4th, 2014|

The signing of a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement between Australia and Spain will give young people from both countries a unique opportunity to experience the vibrancy of each other’s culture, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash […]

Australian Parent Visa Gets The Axe

By |June 20th, 2014|

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 (Carer)

Why is the Government ceasing new applications for these visas?

The focus of […]

More choice in English language testing

By |June 3rd, 2014|

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 Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) […]

Overseas Skills Registry Connecting Overseas Skilled Workers With Victorian Employers

By |March 25th, 2014|

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 skilled workers can create an online profile […]

Next Skillselect Invitation Monday 10th February

By |February 6th, 2014|

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.

Please note invitation rounds will be held on the second and fourth […]

New South Wales State Sponsorship Nomintions (sc190) Closed

By |January 6th, 2014|

Despite provising no prior notification about cutoff times, the NSW government announced this week that their quota for State Sponsored Nominations (sc190) has now been met.

From their NSW government website:
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) – NSW nominations closed for 2013/14

NSW is pleased to announce that program targets for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) have […]

VETASSESS Skills Assement Processing Delays

By |December 9th, 2013|

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 a current application with all the […]

Investment Options Added For Significant Investor Visa

By |December 2nd, 2013|

So if the press release issued last Friday is anything to go by, the Australian government is really starting to focus on widening the net to attract wealthy immigrants to Australia.

Back in November we wrote about the government’s plans to fast track the significant visa application process, now it seems the government is looking to […]

Highly Skilled Occupations Exempted From Labour Market Testing

By |November 29th, 2013|

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 required Australian employers to advertise jobs in Australia under LMT before employing foreign workers under the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457). The new law requiring LMT was due to come into force on 23rd November 2013.

In June, speaking as the opposition immigration spokesman at the time, Scott Morrison, opposed the introduction of LMT saying that it would be costly and unnecessary. Mr Morrison is now the Immigration minister for the new Coalition government. […]

Western Australian Population Surges With Australian Visa Holders

By |November 22nd, 2013|

The population of Western Australia increased to 2.5 million people in March this year according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics – with over 60% of the growth due to Australian visa holders.

Western Australia is the country’s largest yet most remote state, meaning the state has relied on Australian visa holders to capitalise on its abundant natural resources in the height of the mining boom.

The state’s population has been growing steadily as both Australian and international workers have flocked to high paying positions in the state’s remote mining and construction projects, finally reaching 2.5 million people for the first time earlier on this year.

“WA’s population nudged 2.5 million people at the end of March, 2013 and grew at annual rate of 3.4% or 82,600,” said Bjorn Jarvis from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). […]

Australian Significant Investor Visa To Be Fast Tracked

By |November 15th, 2013|

The new Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison has said that he wants to fast-track 400 wealthy visa applicants for permanent residence.

The 400 applicants have applied under the Significant investor visas (subclass 888) that we announced back in November last year.

The immigration minister believes that, between the 400 applicants, they have about AUS$2bn to invest in […]

Israel Now Eligible For Electronic Lodgement Of Australian Visas

By |November 12th, 2013|

Looking to visit Australia from Israel? If so, the whole process got that little bit easier.

From tomorrow (14th November) Israeli citizens will have fast-tracked access to visas for short-term visits to Australia.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, senator Cash said with the addition of Israel to the list of eligible countries for electronic lodgement […]

Student Visas To Be Streamlined

By |November 3rd, 2013|

The Australian government announced last week measures to streamline the Australian student Visa.

It is proposed that streamlined visa processing arrangements will be available to certain low immigration risk non-university education providers who offer Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degree courses. This would be an extension of the arrangements that have been available to the university sector since March 2012.

It is also proposed that the student visa Assessment Level Framework would be reduced from five assessment levels to three (AL1 to AL3). Currently no country or education sector is subject to AL5. It is proposed that countries and education sectors currently subject to AL4 would be reduced to AL3.

It is also proposed that the financial requirements for an AL3 student visa applicant would be reduced from the current 18 months to 12 months. These funds must be provided by a close relative of the student visa applicant. […]

Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List

By |October 26th, 2013|

Just a heads up that the Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development will release the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) for 2013-2014 on 28 October 2013.

If you’re looking to apply via the State Nomination visa route, it’s important to remember that you must have an occupation on the WASMOL to be […]