WA Skilled Migration List reduced to 18 eligible occupations

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). Only 18 occupations remain eligible for a skilled visa on the WASMOL. Many of the remaining occupations on the list are in the health sector, including midwives, psychiatrists and several classes of registered nurses. Here is the list of eligible occupations on … [Read more...]

Citizenship laws have now come before parliament

The Federal Parliament will now consider the Prime Minister’s proposed changes to Australian citizenship requirements which were announced on 20th April this year. Since the announcement, the citizenship changes have been a controversial topic in the media. According to SBS News, there are concerns that one of the laws brought before Parliament will grant the Immigration Minister the power to overrule decisions by the Administrative Appeals … [Read more...]

Skilled Migration options temporarily suspended in Queensland and ACT

Yesterday we advised that Northern Territory’s state nominations for skilled migration has been suspended for applicants outside of the Northern Territory. In addition to this, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory (ACT) state nominations for subclass 489 and 190 visas have also been temporarily suspended for cases where applicants are outside of Queensland and the ACT. What this means for you or your business The subclass 489 and 190 … [Read more...]

Skilled Migration visa options temporarily suspended in the Northern Territory

We’ve recently received news that the Northern Territory nominations for subclass 489 and 190 skilled visa applications have been temporarily suspended for cases where the applicants are outside of the Northern Territory. What this means for you or your business The subclass 489 and 190 visas usually allow skilled workers to live and work in the Northern Territory through nomination by the Northern Territory government. If you have a … [Read more...]

7 Oil and Gas jobs that industry groups are fighting to put back on the 457 visa list and why

After being swamped by industry complaints about the crippling impact of abolishing the 457 visa on sectors such as mining, science and technology and hospitality, the Department of Immigration has called for key industry groups and corporations to urgently agree on the occupations which they believe need to be put back on the list. Here are the 7 jobs that the industry is fighting to have returned to the list of eligible occupations for 457 … [Read more...]

Federal Budget increases costs of sponsoring visa holders

The cost of employing foreign workers on temporary working visas will increase significantly from March 2018 with the introduction of a ‘Skilling Australians Fund’. Details of the fund were provided by the Federal Government in the budget papers released last night. The fund will be established by March 2018 and will replace the current training benchmarks for standard business sponsors. Once implemented, it will support the new Temporary … [Read more...]

How the Federal Budget Impacts Foreign Investors

The Government announced a number of changes yesterday as part of the release of the Federal Budget papers. Here’s how foreign investors will be affected. A new Foreign Investors Tax Levy A Foreign Investors Tax Levy of $5,000 per year will apply to foreign investors who do not occupy or lease their Australian properties for at least 6 months of the year. Changes to the way Capital Gains Tax is applied The Government will extend … [Read more...]

New Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa available from November

A new temporary sponsored parent visa will be introduced in November 2017, however the intake will be capped at 15,000 visas per year. The visa will allow migrants to sponsor their parents in Australia for periods of up to three or five years with an option to renew the visa for a cumulative stay of up to ten years. Under the new visa, the sponsoring child will have legal liability for any public health expenditure (including aged care … [Read more...]

How the Federal Budget impacts Australian migration

The Government announced a number of changes as part of the Federal Budget papers released last night. Read on to see how the announced changes will affect businesses employing visa holders, people interested in migrating their parents to Australia, and foreign investors. Changes for businesses The cost of employing foreign workers on temporary working visas will increase significantly from March 2018 with the introduction of a ‘Skilling … [Read more...]

5 things 457 visa holders need to know about applying for permanent residence

The Government has announced that the 457 visa program will be abolished and replaced by a new temporary visa known as the Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (TSS Visa) in March 2018. Some changes have already taken place and further changes are expected in July and December 2017. If you’re a 457 visa holder hoping to stay in Australia as a permanent resident, it’s important to understand how these changes affect you. Here’s what you need to … [Read more...]