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Australian Migration Agent Fees – 2013

By |August 19th, 2013|

It was all the way back in 2011 when we last wrote about the fee’s charged by registered Australian migration agents.

With this in mind I thought it would be useful to provide an update for those of you currently contemplating using a migration agent to emigrate to Australia.
Australian Migration Agent Fees
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Australian Working Holiday Visa’s May Address Labour Shortages

By |July 10th, 2012|

According to an article published on the news international website today, the federal government is in talks to bring more overseas workers to Australia on holiday visas to address labour shortages in the tourism industry.

Federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson says using visitors with Australian working holiday visa’s is one strategy the government is pursuing to address the problem.

He said Prime Minister Julia Gillard had recently announced an increase in the number of working holiday visa arrivals from Indonesia. […]

Australia Work Visa – An Overview

By |July 6th, 2012|

Australia Work Visa is one of the more common search terms used by visitors to getting down under HQ. With this in mind and in an effort to provide a slightly more succinct answer for those seeking information on the Australian Work Visa, we thought we’d pull together this article

If you want to apply […]

457 Visa – A Guide To The Australian 457 Program

By |June 27th, 2012|

As the 457 visa is the most commonly used program for Australian or overseas employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers to work in Australia temporarily, we thought it would be useful to provide an overview of this popular visa class.

The full title of this subclass of visa is Temporary Business (Long Stay) – Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457) and in a nutshell, the 457 program allows employers to hire skilled overseas workers where experienced Australian workers are not available. It’s the simplest and fastest option that helps businesses deal with skill shortages.

Starting on the 1st July 2012, non-resident workers on the 457 skilled immigration visa will also be able to transition to permanent residency if they have 2 years with the employer who has sponsored them and if the employer provides a full-time position in the 457 visa holder’s nominated occupation. […]

Skilled Migration Pass Mark To Be Reduced Under Skillselect

By |June 18th, 2012|

Perhaps it’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to the changes associated with the new Skillselect Visa Program with the Australian Immigration Department announcing that the Skilled Migration pass mark is to be reduced from 65 points.

From the 1st July 2012, the pass mark for the new SkillSelect visa subclasses 189, 190 and 489 will be 60 points. Intending migrants will first need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) and be invited to make an application for these visas.

A Department of Immigration and Citizenship spokesman said the change to the pass mark was in the context of the series of reforms to the skilled migration program undertaken by the Australian Government since 2008. […]

Investors And Entrepreneurs Targeted By New Skilled Visa Reforms

By |May 30th, 2012|

Do you have a spare $5 Million dollars burning a hole in you pocket?

If you do then you may be interested to read that the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten MP, have announced new Federal Government reforms to attract successful investors and entrepreneurs to Australia.

Mr Bowen said the government would introduce a new visa program, the Significant Investor visa, targeting migrants who could make an investment of at least $5 million in the Australian economy. […]

Permanent Residence To Be Fast-Tracked For 457 Visa Holders

By |May 9th, 2012|

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months, most of you will be aware of the reforms to the permanent employer sponsored migration program. One of the benefits to these reforms is the way in which the pathway for 457 visa holders to permanent residence will be simplified.

The reforms, effective 1 July, are designed to help the Australian Government respond swiftly to labour market demands, while ensuring that limited program places go to those who will make the greatest contribution to Australia.

A new visa structure will be introduced, which comprises two new visas replacing the current employer sponsored visa classes and subclasses. (more info available here) […]

Three New Point Tested Skilled Migration Visa From July

By |May 2nd, 2012|

As our regular readers will know, reforms to Australia’s skilled migration program take effect on 1 July 2012.

Included in these reforms are changes to points tested skilled migration visas for migrants who wish to live and work in Australia without employer sponsorship.

Simplifying eligibility requirements, the changes include the introduction of three new points tested skilled migration visas:

Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa
Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa
Skilled Regional Sponsored (subclass 489) (provisional) visa.

The distinction between onshore and offshore points tested visas and some threshold requirements will be removed – with more importance being placed on the points test to find the best suited independent skilled migrants. […]

American Workers Australian Visa Applications Fast Tracked

By |April 3rd, 2012|

Australian visa applications for American workers will be processed before arriving in the country in order to relieve Australia’s growing labour shortage.
The booming mining and construction industries may have saved Australia from recession but the industries’ continuing growth has resulted in a widening skills gap which the country is struggling to fill. In order to address this gap, the government has announced plans to ease Australian visa restrictions for Australia plumbers, electricians and construction workers wanting to take advantage of employment opportunities in the Outback.

Under current Australian immigration legislation, American workers must have their skills assessed onshore, meaning many workers arrive in the country not knowing whether they will qualify for work in the country. The skills assessment can often take months with no certainty, resulting in a gamble many Americans judge to be too risky. […]

Indian Student Visa Applications On The Rise

By |March 7th, 2012|

The number of Australian visa applications from Indian students has more than doubled in the last 12 months, according to recent figures, prompting some to claim that Australia is regaining its appeal as a great country to study in.

The Australian High Commission in India reported that the number of Indian students applying for an Australian visa had increased by more than 100% in the last six months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

“During the six month period from 1, July, 2011 to 31, December, 2011, a total of 5,342 student visa applications were lodged offshore by Indian nationals,” said Shekhar Namian, a spokesperson for New Delhi’s Australian High Commission. […]

Short Term 456 Business Visa Numbers Increase

By |February 20th, 2012|

Australian visa applications for short-term business trips increased to over 120,000 applications in the last quarter of 2011, recent figures show.

An Australian visa in the 456 subclass, also known as the short term business visa, allows the holder to stay in Australia for three months and carry out a range of tasks such as attending conferences, delivering presentations and investigate business prospects.

Australian immigration figures showed an 11.4% increase in applications between September and December 2011, meaning that applications for 456 visas now account for 14% of all visa applications. […]

Changes To Australian Working Holiday Visa Would Boost Economy

By |February 17th, 2012|

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has claimed that relaxing application and extension restrictions on the Working Holiday Visa would provide an extra AU$700 million (£476 million) to the Australian economy.

Currently, the Australian Working Holiday Visa (WHV) programme allows holders to extend their visa for a second year if they complete 88 days in a regional industry such as agriculture, mining and construction.

However, ATEC Managing Director Felicia Mariani claims that of the 162,000 WHVs granted on average each year, just 22,000 choose to travel to regional areas to secure work in one of the eligible industries. […]

Medical Insurance Should Be Requirement For Australian Tourist Visa

By |February 16th, 2012|

The vice president of the Victoria branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for medical insurance to be a requirement on all Australian visa applications.

Dr Stephen Parnis claims that if tourists can afford an Australian holiday, then measures should be taken to ensure they do not abuse the rights their Australian visa affords.

“If people have the means to come to Australia on an international holiday, they should have the means to make allowances for their own healthcare,” said Dr Parnis. […]

Australian 457 Visa Restrictions To Be Changed To Attract Hospitality Workers

By |January 27th, 2012|

The fall in foreign students combined with the rapid increase in highly skilled migrants flocking to Australia’s mines has seen a shortage develop in the hospitality industry.

In response to this shortfall the federal government intends to change Australian visa restrictions to encourage experienced workers for the faltering industry.

Due to changing patterns in Australian immigration routes, the government estimates that the hospitality industry is short 35,000 workers; that number is expected to rise as many as 56,000 by 2015.

The planned changes to the 457 visa requirements are intended to encourage workers such as waiters, bartenders and hotel managers to the country to fill these much needed vacancies. […]

Australian Mining Boom Results In Spike In Greek Migrants

By |January 20th, 2012|

We’ve reported before that the Australian mining boom has been greak for UK workers. Now australia’s thriving economy, demand for skilled workers and relaxed working visa regulations has led to the most short term arrivals from Greece in a decade.

Greece’s slumping economy and growing unemployment rates have meant that thousands of its citizens are leaving the country in droves for work and a better standard of life. And with a mining industry fuelled by Chinese demand, Australian visas are quickly becoming extremely popular in Greece.

With over 1.5% of the entire Australian population being of Greek origin, Australia has been home to one of the largest Greek communities outside of Greece since World War II. […]

Australian Visa Free Online Assessment Tool

By |January 16th, 2012|

Hi Guys, I’ve been meaning to make this service available for a while but it’s taken me a little time to identify an appropriate Australian Immigration Company with whom we could partner with to offer this serice.

I’m pleased to confirm that we have chosen to partner with National Visa’s and in conjunction with National Visa’s we are now able to offer all Getting Down Under visitors a FREE Austraian Visa assessment tool to see if you’d qualify for a visa to move down under. 

The FREE Australian Visa online assessment tool is designed to instantly determine if you may be eligible to apply for a visa to Australia. […]