Tag: #lawchanges #189visa

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

457 visa – July 1st 2017 – changes to the occupation lists

Occupation lists MLTSSL and STSOL For subclass 457 temporary business visas, there are two occupations lists which are relevant, being the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short Term Skilled Occupation List. Applicants with occupations on the MLTSSL will be approved a visa for a period of 4 years. Applicants with occupationRead 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

FIRST CLASS MIGRATION AUSTRALIA – NEWSLETTER JUNE 15TH 2017

Registered Migration Agents

July 1st 2017 – Changes There are a number of changes to the 457 visa which come into effect on 1st July 2017 as detailed below. We do advise our clients to contact us asap if you have any 457 visa applicants in the pipeline so we can ascertain if it is better to lodgeRead more

First Class Migration Australia – Newsletter May 26th

Visa Application Fee Increases As part of the 2017-18 Budget, the Government announced a number of changes to existing visa application charges. These will take effect on July 1st 2017. Visa Type Current Fee From 1 July 2017 General Skilled Migration $3,600 $3,670 Partner Temporary $6,965 $7,000 Parent (Contributory) $3,695 $3,945 457 $1,060 $1,080 ENS/RSMS $3,600Read 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

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