Category: General Visa Information

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 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

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

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

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