Business Migration Q&A’s

We received a number of great questions from HR professionals and business owners during our recent seminar on the 457 visa changes. Click through to find out what Interstaff's registered migration agents had to say about the new English requirements, how working holiday visas can lead to a transition to skilled visas, and possibilities to renew 457 and Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visas. “Is the Government essentially saying that if … [Read more...]

Skilled visa updates for visa holders and employers

A number of changes to Australia's skilled visas took place from 1 July 2017 and we have received some important updates on how the implemented changes are being managed by the Immigration Department. Here's what businesses and skilled visa holders need to know. Training benchmark legislation updates The Immigration Department has recently updated migration legislation to reflect the new training benchmark requirements for nominations and … [Read more...]

Resource industry wins occupations back on the revised 457 visa list

Since the Government announced changes to the skilled occupations lists in April, resource and energy industry bodies have been urging for certain occupations to be reclassified to better meet industry needs. The revised skilled occupations list has since been confirmed and there have been a few wins for the industry, but there are also more restrictions and caveats put in place to limit the use of the 457 visa program for particular … [Read more...]

Has your occupation been removed from the 457 visa list?

What options do you have if your occupation is removed off the 457 visa list? And what if your sponsoring company goes into liquidation? Interstaff's Managing Director, Sheila Woods was recently live on Perth's 6PR radio station - listen to the interview.   … [Read more...]

Businesses ask our migration agents | Securing longer term employment and permanent residency

We received a number of great questions from HR professionals and business owners about employee pathways to permanent residency during our recent seminar on the 457 visa changes. One of the main impacts of the 457 visa changes for businesses has been the reduced ability to secure permanent residency for employees. Previously all employees on a 457 visa had a pathway to permanent residence, however the recent changes generally mean only … [Read more...]

Businesses ask our migration agents | Perth’s removal from 187 visas (RSMS)

As part of our Q&A session for HR professionals and business owners, Interstaff recently addressed how businesses employing visa holders have been impacted by Perth’s removal from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) for subclass 187 visas. As you may know, since 2011 businesses have used the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) as a visa option to sponsor skilled overseas employees for work in the Perth metropolitan area … [Read more...]

Businesses ask our migration agents | Working holiday pathways to 457 visa

Recently at our Q&A session for HR professionals and business owners, Interstaff's migration agents addressed how working holiday visas could be used as a pathway to a 457 visa. The question posed to us was: “Following the new short and medium-term arrangements for 457 visas, has the government mentioned any likely flow-on impacts to working holiday visas?” During the seminar, we explained that from March 2018, the new Temporary Skills … [Read more...]

Are you a nurse or medical practitioner wanting to stay in Australia? Your occupation may be eligible for permanent residency.

The State Government has dramatically reduced the ability for skilled overseas professionals to work in WA, with 160 occupations removed from the WA Skilled Migration List (WASMOL), however those in the health and medical field may find their occupation is still eligible for a work visa on the revised list. Only 18 occupations remain eligible for a skilled visa on the WASMOL. Many of the remaining occupations on the list are in the health … [Read more...]

Government confirms CEO’s won’t be impacted by retrospective changes to permanent residency

CEO’s who had applied for permanent residency before 1 July and are awaiting approval from the Immigration Department will no longer be impacted by the retrospective application of the Government’s new permanent residency rules. Foreign executives and senior managers had expressed backlash from being excluded from permanent residency and the government has since backed down on their decision to apply the changes retrospectively. Under the … [Read more...]

Businesses ask our migration agents | New English requirements for 457 visas and PR

We received several great questions from HR professionals and business owners at our recent seminar on the 457 visa changes. Here’s a few of our Q&A’s regarding the new English requirements, which you may find useful. One question posed to us was: “Is the Government essentially saying that if you can’t pass the English test you won’t get a visa?” During the seminar we explained that from 1 July 2017, there would be mandatory English … [Read more...]