FIRST CLASS MIGRATION AUSTRALIA – NEWSLETTER JUNE 15TH 2017

Registered Migration Agents

July 1st 2017 – Changes There are a number of changes to the 457 visa which come into effect on 1st July 2017 as detailed below. We do advise our clients to contact us asap if you have any 457 visa applicants in the pipeline so we can ascertain if it is better to lodgeRead more

First Class Migration Australia – Newsletter May 26th

Visa Application Fee Increases As part of the 2017-18 Budget, the Government announced a number of changes to existing visa application charges. These will take effect on July 1st 2017. Visa Type Current Fee From 1 July 2017 General Skilled Migration $3,600 $3,670 Partner Temporary $6,965 $7,000 Parent (Contributory) $3,695 $3,945 457 $1,060 $1,080 ENS/RSMS $3,600Read more

Visa Application Processing Times – Updated 17th May 2017

    Visa Type   Stream   75% of applications processed in   90% of applications processed in Work & Skilled Visas 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Agreement 5 Months 7 Months 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry 9 Months 11 Months 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 8 Months 10 Months 189 Skilled –Read more

Newsletter May 19th 2017

Registered Migration Agents

Sharing all things migration and visa related with our valued clients We hope you find this month’s newsletter informative South Australia If you are currently on a 457 visa working in South Australia, you may qualify for state nomination for a 190 or 489 General Skilled Migration visa. You can nominate an occupation on eitherRead more

Health Insurance – 457 Visa

Health Insurance

All applicants must hold adequate health insurance during their stay in Australia, this can either be; A private health insurance policy; or Medicare, if eligible to enrol under the Reciprocal Health Care Arrangements (RHCA). Insurance must cover the primary applicant and any family members included in the application. RHCA (Reciprocal Health Care Arrangements) The AustralianRead more

BUDGET 2017: AUSTRALIAN MIGRATION OVERVIEW

budget overview

The Australian Government has made radical changes to migration over the last weeks and last night’s budget was no exception. Below are highlights of how the 2017 budget will affect Australian businesses and visa applicants: Visa Application Charges (VAC) increase: Unsurprisingly, VAC will increase come 1 July 2017. All current VACs will be indexed annuallyRead more

BUDGET 2017: HOW IT WILL AFFECT AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES & VISA APPLICANTS

budget 2017

The Australian Government has made radical changes to migration over the last weeks and last night’s budget was no exception. Unsurprisingly, Visa Application Charges (VAC’s) will increase come 1 July 2017. The Government has announced that all current VAC’s will be indexed annually in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index. Further, there will beRead more

Working Holiday Visa – Extension

Applicants who wish to extend their current working holiday visa, can do so after completing 3 months of specified work in regional Australia. Meaning of ‘Specified Work’ All specified work performed on or after 1 December 2015 must be remunerated in accordance with the relevant Australian legislation and awards, you should be paid at leastRead more

Obligations for 457 Temporary Business Sponsors

When businesses are approved as sponsors under the 457 programme they have certain legal obligations that must be complied with, both during and beyond the term of sponsorship approval. The main obligations are; Cooperation with Inspectors Employers must comply with workplace inspectors. Employers cannot; Prevent access to the workplace Conceal documents or the person InsultRead more

Australian Citizenship

Australian Citizenship. The Turnbull government is tightening the requirements for Australian citizenship, with applicants to face a stand-alone English test and asked to commit to embracing Australian values. Applicants will also be required to have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least four years (up from one year) and will only beRead more