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

Subclass 457 visa – Recent Government Announcement

Subclass 457 visa – Recent Government Announcement On 18 April 2017, the Government announced a number of changes in relation to the temporary and permanent skilled migration programmes. Changes to the approved occupation list – phase 1 The first phase of a number of intended changes to the approved occupation list for the subclass 457Read more

English Requirements for the 457 Visa

English Requirements for the 457 All applicants applying for the 457 visa must meet the English language requirements. You will either need to sit a relevant English language test OR qualify for an exemption. English Language Tests On the 18th April 2015, the English language testing changed, any applications lodged after this date needed toRead more

General Skilled Migration

Have you got enough points for you GSM visa? The General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa program also known as the points tested migration program. After dealing with so many GSM visa applications over the years, we noticed that most clients are often quite surprised to find out that their actual score is lower than theyRead more

Parent Visas – New rules on pension transfers

5th April 2017 Considering a parent visa….. then consider your pension. If you are from the UK and are planning to come over on a parent visa to retire in Australia you should consider what you want to do with your UK pension scheme. The HMRC last made changes in April 2015 and because ofRead more

Western Australia – Migration Update March 29th 2017

Western Australia – Migration Update Skilled Migration Western Australia has announced an interim list of occupations for state nomination, however the Perth region remains suspended. Invitations issued to intending migrants that were eligible for WA state nomination before 13 March 2017 will be honoured and their applications processed as per current guidelines. WASMOL (Western AustraliaRead more