Category: First Class MIgration News

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

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

Filled Occupations – March 28th 2017

Two occupations have been filled by the March 15th invitation rounds – these being “Computer Network Professionals” and  “Other Engineering Professionals”. This means that no further invitations will be issued this financial year for subclass 189 or subclass 489 in these occupations. It is also expected that the following occupations will be filled in theRead more

Newsletter March 22nd – Fight On The Beaches Charity Ball

Newsletter March 23rd 2017   Sharing all things migration and visa related with our valued clients We hope you find this month’s newsletter informative First Class Migration Australia are very proud to announce that we are this year sponsoring a local Northern Beaches charity, Fight on the Beaches, which is very close to our hearts.Read more

What is a registered migration agent?

What is a registered migration agent? At First Class Migration, we provide a professional service to those whom wish to stay temporarily or permanently in Australia. We thought to provide an insight to our clients and prospective clients about our profession and how our expertise assists you. In order to become a migration agent, oneRead more

Amendment to Backpackers Tax

Backpackers Tax The backpackers tax has been a controversial issue in parliament for longer than they should care to admit. Whilst the Coalition agreed to reduce the tax from 32.5% to 19%, Labor remained committed to a 10.5% tax. (This percentage being applied to every dollar earned in Australia) The argument in the Senate finallyRead more