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

List of removed occupations

Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupation on 19th April 2017 are listed below. Occupation ANZSCO Code Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker 411511 Actor 211111 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers NEC 211199 Aeroplane Pilot 231111 Air Traffic Controller 231112 Air Transport Professionals NEC 231199 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) 323111 AmusementRead more

Understanding Caveats for the subclass 457 visa programme

We have been forwarded the information below from the DIBP 457 visa section to assist us in understanding the caveats which are going to apply to 59 occupations caveated under the 457 visa stream – I have not detailed all 59 occupations as many are not relevant to our client base, i.e rural/agricultural – IRead more

The New TSS Visa Program

The new TSS Visa Programme On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and aRead more

Changes to the Australian Permanent Visa

Reforms to Australia’s permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programme. Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa (ENS visa) – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) visa (RSMS visa). Implementation of these reforms will begin immediately and be completed by March 2018. What is changing? Changes from April 2017  From 19 April 2017, for new applicantsRead more