Category: First Class MIgration News

BIG Changes Announced to the Skilled Occupation Lists

17 JANUARY 2018: CHANGES TO OCCUPATION LISTS AND RELATED INSTRUMENTS  The changes to the occupation lists have been announced. These changes will apply from 17 January 2018. Please note, this does not apply to applications lodged before 17thJanuary 2018 that are in the pipeline, it only effects applications lodged on or after 17thJanuary 2018. The occupationRead more

Important MIA Update: Changes to Partner and Prospective Marriage (PMV) Application Arrangements

First Class Migration Australia have received confirmation from the Department, via our industry association, notifying of changes to Partner (SC 309/100 & 820/801) and Prospective Marriage (SC 300) visa application arrangements. On or after 18 November 2017 the following changes will occur to Partner and Prospective Marriage Visa (PMV) application arrangements: Partner and PMV visas must be lodged online. PaperRead more

Hot News – Transitional Arrangements March 2018 –  Employer Sponsored Permanent Residency (Subclass 186)

News out today 14th November 2017 People who held, or had applied for, a subclass 457 visa on 18 April 2017 will be able to access certain existing provisions under the Temporary Residence Transition stream: Occupation requirements remain the same (i.e. there are no restrictions as long as the nominee continues to work in the same position forRead more

The 2017 Australian Goverment’s ‘Shake -Up’ to Skilled Migration

Grab a coffee as this is a long newsletter but certainly worth the read and insight for all of our corporate clients to get a summary of all of the legislative changes since April 2017 through to March 2018!  It’s not unheard of and it is in fact common, to hear of changes being madeRead more

Changes to company training benchmarks

Many approved Standard Business Sponsors or companies whom have nominated those for permanent residency will be aware of the training benchmark. The benchmark was designed to demonstrate a company’s commitment to training Australian labour. A company is required to either place 2% of their 12-month gross payroll into an industry training fund or 1% ofRead more

1 July 2017 changes: How they will affect New Zealanders

On 1 July 2017, there were a few legislative changes that effect New Zealand (NZ) Citizens. These include changes to the: New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) (Subclass 461) visa; and Independent Skilled (Subclass 189) visas. Let’s begin with the changes to the Subclass 461 visa. The Australian Government now stipulates that ‘eligible NZ Citizens’Read more

Subclass 186 (ENS) – July 1st 2017 – changes to the occupation lists

Occupation Lists There are two occupation lists for Subclass 186 (ENS) applications: Medium and Long- Term Strategic Skills Lists (MLTSSL) Short-Term Skilled Occupation List Please find a link below to these two lists (combined): https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/combined-stsol-mltssl These lists can be used until March 2018 for Direct Entry ENS and Temporary Transition Stream ENS Caveats: The caveatsRead more

Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL)

On June 21st 2017 the new Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) was released. The Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) used to carry 178 occupations, this was changed in Labours first day of government in March 2017. The 18 occupations now left on the list are mainly in the health sector whereRead more

Citizenship Newsletter

Peter Dutton, the Minister for Immigration, last week introduced to Parliament the Governments’ proposed Changes to the requirements for Australian Citizenship which were announced on 20 April 2017. This legislation must still pass Parliament, however this draft Bill makes their intentions much clearer. Labour and Greens declared yesterday they will be voting again these changes –Read more

The benefits of an initial consultation with a migration agent.

Registered Migration Agents

There are numerous reasons as to why a paid consultation with a migration agent would be of invaluable use to visa applicants. Whilst the Department of Immigration’s (DIBP) website, various forums and Facebook pages provide advice as to the type of documentation that is required, it does not highlight the significance of when it isRead more