Category: General Visa Information

Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Expected To Be Released In The Next Four Weeks

Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Due to be Released in the Next Four Weeks  A friendly reminder to all of our corporate clients that the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy is anticipated to be released within the next four weeks. We encourage anyone eligible to lodge a Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482), Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)Read more

Increase In Department Of Home Affairs Fees; MasterCard Credit Card Surcharge

VISA APPLICATION CHARGE INCREASES AS OF JULY 2018 We would like to advise our clients that as of July 2018 the Department of Home Affairs has increased their visa application charge (VAC) fees across a number of visa subclasses. This has and will continue to affect all visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2018.Read more

Introducing The Temporary Skills Shortage (Subclass 482) Visa

INTRODUCING THE NEW TEMPORARY SKILLS SHORTAGE (TSS) (SUBCLASS 482) VISA Yesterday, Sunday 18 March 2018, the long-anticipated subclass 482 visa came into effect, signifying the end of an era for the Temporary Work (formerly Temporary Business) subclass 457 visa. The greater part of the new legislation for the 482 visa has been released and we are pleasedRead 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 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