Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Visa
The Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 visa is available for international students completing studies in Australia.
It allows students to remain in Australia for between 18 months and…
The Impact of the Federal Budget to Immigration
The Federal Budget for 2013-14 was released last week and there are a few important announcements in the Immigration portfolio.
The main announcements are:
Independent Skilled Visas
For Skilled Migration visas, automated invitation rounds are done twice a month. It is difficult to predict the processing time for invitations, as this depends on the number…
Reform of the Employer Sanctions Bill
The Employer Sanctions Bill was passed by the Senate on 27 February 2013 and will come into effect in the next few months.
There is an…
News for Australian Visitor, Tourist and ETA Visas
Major changes to the visitor, business visitor and ETA visa subclasses came into effect on 23 March 2013.
The majority of the previous visitor…
Three Tips for IELTS
It's important to be realistic about the time it takes to improve your ability to speak, write or understand a second language. There is no magic recipe…
The occupation ceiling is a limit on how many people could be invited to apply for a skilled visa from a particular occupation group. Its purpose is to prevent…
What is Currently Happening with Permanent Employer Sponsored entry(ENS) Applications?
This information is for all applications lodged through the Parramatta office which are for those company’s whose head offices are located…
Subclass 457 Visa Changes
Changes to the 457 Employer Sponsored visa have been announced by The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship , Brendan O'Connor, and will come into effect on 1…
Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa
From 24 November 2012 changes to this visa will be minimal. The name of the Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457) visa will change to Temporary…
Expansion of Label-Free Travel
Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Mongolia and Nepal have been included in the list of countries that are able to travel to Australia without…
Greater access to APEC Business Travel Card
More small and medium-sized businesses will now have access to the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC).
Under the stage 2 eligibility criteria, businesses will be…
ENS / RSMS Processing Issues
There is no immediate and instant solution to the ENS / RSMS processing issues caused by the huge number of pre-1 July 2012 applications combined with deficiencies…
New Temporary Work Visas from 24 November 2012
New Select Legislative Instrument commences on 24 November 2012 and will repeal 12 current temporary work visas Subclasses and introduce three new temporary…
Visa Application Charge Increases – from 1 January 2013
The Government has announced as part of its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) the following increased Visa Applications Charges (VACs) to…
Onshore Partner Visa Processing Times and Priorities
DIAC has published the following advice about current onshore Partner visa application processing times and priorities:
Processing Times and Priorities for the Onshore Partner Program
SmartGate- Fast entry into Australia for USA passport Holders from 01.11.2012
New Legislation adds United States of America ePassports as eligible passports for the purpose of accessing the SmartGate automatic border…
The coming year's skill shortages for New Zealand
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is midway through its annual review of its skill shortage lists. The Ministry administers two lists…
Processing of all visa classes have blown out dramatically due to departmental resources going to offshore processing and asylum seekers.
Partner Visas lodged onshore in Australia are taking 12-13 months.…
Globalisation – The Race for Talent
There has been a fall in numbers of working aged people in Australia with the 65-84 age group set to double by 2050.
There has always…
Five Year Tourist Visa To Be Granted To Parents Of Australian Residents
Moving to a new country is often a challenge experience. Homesickness, culture shock and a sense of isolation could…
SkillSelect: First Round Offers
Doctors, dentists, nurses and engineers have dominated the first round of skilled migrants invited to formally apply for visas under the government’s new online SkillSelect service.
SkillSelect: Second Round Offers
Software programmers, accountants, ICT Business and System Analysts have dominated the second round of skilled migrants invited to formally apply for visas under the government’s new online SkillSelect service.
New Zealand’s essential skills shortage lists
The Essential Skills in Demand Lists includes the Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL); the Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL) and the Canterbury Skills Shortage…
ENS/RSMS Processing Times
In response to the MIA’s enquiries about lengthy and inconsistent processing times for ENS and RSMS applications, Stephen Russell, Director of Program Delivery, ENS/RSMS, DIAC, has advised that…
New Skills Select System
The new SkillSelect system has come into place from 1 July 2012, which means big changes to the General Skilled Migration program. With these changes come some…
Changes to Salary Levels for 457
Changes have been made to the salary level for 457 visa applications and have come into effect from 1 July 2012.
The TSMIT (Temporary Skilled…
The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List
The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) is the occupations list for use for the following types of visa applications:
457 Business Long Stay – where nominated by…
Exceptions for Age & Skill Requirement for Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas
Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visas have changed significantly from 1 July 2012.An important part…
Changes to work visa applications for entertainment industry personnel
Changes in visa requirements for temporary workers in the music, screen and entertainment industry take effect on 30 April 2012. The changes…