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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Student Visas To Be Streamlined

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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 […]

Australian Family Visa Scheme

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We’ve already written an article providing an overview of the Australian Skilled Migration Visa Categories. This time we’ll provide you with an overview of the Australian Visa types relating to Family Migration. Applicants applying under one of the family related visa classes are selected on the basis of the family relationship to […]

457 Visa Retail Jobs On The Rise In Australia

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The number of retailer sponsored 457 Visa’s is on the rise with Australian retailers searching overseas for skilled staff because years of cost-cutting, under-investment in training and the online retail boom has led to a critical skills shortage in the retail sector. Experienced merchandisers, planners, buyers and e-commerce managers are […]