Author: Michelle LeFevre

Newsletter February 2017

Newsletter February 2017   Sharing all things migration and visa related with our valued clients We hope you find this month newsletter informative First Class Migration Australia has had a cracking start to 2017 and we hope you have all had a great start to 2017 – the Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster! TheRead more

Changes to Australian Parent Visas & the introduction of a temporary Parent Visa

The Australian government has been assessing the Parent visa pathways currently offered as part of Australia’s Permanent Migration Programme and are discussing changes to be implemented on 1 July 2017.

Amendment to Backpackers Tax

Backpackers Tax The backpackers tax has been a controversial issue in parliament for longer than they should care to admit. Whilst the Coalition agreed to reduce the tax from 32.5% to 19%, Labor remained committed to a 10.5% tax. (This percentage being applied to every dollar earned in Australia) The argument in the Senate finallyRead more

NO CHANGES AS YET TO THE AGE ELIGIBILITY FOR WORKING HOLIDAY MAKERS

NO CHANGES AS YET TO THE AGE ELIGIBILITY FOR WORKING HOLIDAY MAKERS Whilst the media has prominently been advocating changes to the age eligibility for Working Holiday Visas, namely increasing the age limit from 30 to 35 – No such changes to legislation have come into effect. The Australian Government is currently considering options forRead more

TEMPORARY GRADUATE (SUBCLASS 485) VISA

TEMPORARY GRADUATE (SUBCLASS 485) VISA The Subclass 485 visa is for those whom have studied in Australia and wish to remain for work experience or transition to permanent residence through the General Skilled Migration Scheme. This subclass is divided into two streams, being the Graduate Work and the Post-Study Work stream. Here are some ofRead more

POTENTIAL SHAKE UP TO THE TEMPORARY WORK (SUBCLASS 457) VISA SCHEME IN 2017

POTENTIAL SHAKE UP TO THE TEMPORARY WORK (SUBCLASS 457) VISA SCHEME IN 2017 2016 has been an eventful year. A transitional year of what can only be deduced to people wanting to see change. In June 2016, 52% of the United Kingdom voted for a Brexit. In November 2016, America voted for Donald Trump to becomeRead more

NEW LIMITATIONS ON APPROVAL OF SPONSORSHIPS FOR PARTNER AND PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE VISA APPLICATIONS

NEW LIMITATIONS ON APPROVAL OF SPONSORSHIPS FOR PARTNER AND PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE VISA APPLICATIONS From 18 November 2016, sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applicants are required to meet additional legislative criteria pertaining to their character. Sponsors will need to provide Australian or foreign police checks to DIBP when requested and consent in their sponsorshipRead more

CANADA V AUSTRALIA – THE GREAT DEBATE

CANADA V AUSTRALIA AMERICANS!: Unhappy with a Trump presidency? Thinking about relocating? Deciding whether you should cross the border to Canada or travel across the world to Australia? Here is a list of reasons as to why you should consider a Trump-free new life in Australia:   CANADA AUSTRALIA X – It’s cold √ –Read more

UPDATE ON CURRENT LEGISLATIVE CHANGES

UPDATE ON CURRENT LEGISLATIVE CHANGES The Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) has recently made three important changes in legislation which will affect a number of current and future visa holders: Temporary Work (Subclass 457) Visa – Condition 8107 Changes This change affects those Subclass 457 visa applicants whom are granted a Subclass 457Read more

TAX ARRANGEMENTS FOR WORKING HOLIDAY MAKERS

TAX ARRANGEMENTS FOR WORKING HOLIDAY MAKERS There has been a lot of media speculation as to how Working Holiday makers are taxed in Australia. For clarification, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released an article specifying the tax arrangements in place for those individuals on Working Holiday Visas. Working holiday makers are taxed solely onRead more