Christmas Period Office Hours

Interstaff will be closed over the Christmas period from 5pm Thursday 21 December and will re-open on Monday 8 January 2018. For any urgent matters, please call 08 6263 4406 to be transferred to our out-of-office mobile. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2018. … [Read more...]

Upcoming Skilled Visa Changes – 457 and 187 Visas

Stay sharp with our updates on changes to skilled visas such as Subclass 457 Visas and 187 Visas over the next coming months. New Health Insurance Requirements for Subclass 457 Visa Applicants Subclass 457 visa applicants will no longer be required to provide evidence of their health insurance from 18 November 2017. Details will instead be confirmed via an online form. A new visa condition (8602) has been added to legislation. From 18 … [Read more...]

Perth confirmed to be no longer eligible for 187 Visas (RSMS)

New legislation introduced from 17 November has confirmed businesses will no longer be able to access the 187 Visa program for positions in the Perth metropolitan and surrounding areas. Since 13 March 2017, the WA Government had been declining certification requests for 187 Visas pending a decision by the Commonwealth on Perth's exclusion from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS). A decision has now been confirmed and the … [Read more...]

Transitioning to Permanent Residence from a 457 Visa

The Immigration Department has confirmed there will be an available pathway to transition to permanent residence for those who held a 457 visa or applied for a 457 visa when the visa changes were announced by the Government on 18 April 2017. Stay sharp with our update on transitioning to permanent residence from a 457 Visa. Transitional Arrangements for employees holding a 457 visa on 18 April 2017 Can I apply for permanent residence if I held … [Read more...]

New rules to introduce a 10-year review period for false information

Applicants who have provided false or misleading information on their visa applications in  the past 10 years will be barred from being granted an Australian visa under new immigration legislation coming into effect on 18 November. The new rules are a significant change from current legislation, which only bars individuals who have provided false or misleading information on their visa applications in the last 12 months. The Department advised … [Read more...]

Citizenship Explained | 8 Advantages of becoming an Australian Citizen

Why become an Australian citizen? Here’s 8 things Australian citizens can do that permanent residents can’t. Hassle-free travel in and out of Australia Although permanent residents can stay in Australia as long as they wish, they do have to apply for a Resident Return Visa every 5 years so they can leave the country and come back. Their right to retain permanent residence is dependent on their continued residence in Australia and their … [Read more...]

Have you been an Australian permanent resident for at least one year? You could be eligible for Australian citizenship before 1 July 2018.

After months of parliamentary discussion on whether the proposed citizenship requirements will be retrospectively applied, the Government has decided that any citizenship applications received on or after 20 April 2017 will be processed under the current citizenship legislation until 1 July 2018. The decision has re-opened a window of eligibility for those who are permanent residents in Australia for at least a year and who meet all other … [Read more...]

Lifestyle News | Perth beats Sydney in ‘liveability’

Thinking of migrating to Australia? You might be interested to know Perth has maintained its ranking as the world's seventh most liveable city, beating Sydney at number 11. The Economist ranked Melbourne in the number one spot, with Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary making up the rest of the top five. The Economist's 'liveability' report is a guide for businesses to decide on extra pay levels for skilled professionals who move abroad. … [Read more...]

457 Visas | Updates on nominating visa holders

As the 457 visa program transitions to the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa, we expect to see ongoing changes to the requirements businesses need to meet in order to nominate visa holders. Here’s what has changed recently for businesses and 457 visa holders. Changes to Market Salary Rate Requirements The Immigration Department has strengthened market salary requirements, meaning employers will need to provide additional documentation to … [Read more...]

Plans to make provisional visas mandatory before permanent residence

The Australian Government is exploring the idea of making provisional visas a mandatory step before permanent residency, meaning migrants may need to spend a certain period of time in Australia before becoming eligible for permanent residence. According to the Immigration Department’s recent discussion paper, around half of Australia’s permanent visas were granted to people on a temporary visa in 2015-16, with temporary residence increasingly … [Read more...]