Changes to Skilled Occupation Lists Announced

What do property managers, psychotherapists and real estate representatives have in common? Each of these occupations have been added to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List as eligible  for a Subclass 457 Visa. The Government has completed their six-monthly review of the skilled occupation lists, with changes effective immediately from 17 January 2018. Revisions to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) reflect the eligible … [Read more...]

Short Term Skilled Occupation List to change from 17 January

As you may know, if you are interested in applying for a skilled visa such as a 457 or Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa (from March 2018), your nominated occupation will need to be listed as eligible on the skilled occupation lists: Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). Every six months, the Government reviews the STSOL to ensure it reflects changing Australian market needs. … [Read more...]

Visa information matched with tax records to ensure compliance

As part of the 457 Visa program's transition to the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa in March 2018, businesses and visa holders will be need to meet requirements to provide information to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for data matching. The initiative is designed to identify non-compliance with obligations under taxation and superannuation laws and prevent the exploitation of visa holders working in Australia. Here's what businesses … [Read more...]

How the March 2018 visa changes will affect current 457 visa holders

As you may know, the current 457 Visa program will soon be replaced by the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa in March 2018. Under the TSS Visa, applicants will need to meet more rigorous English language requirements and mandatory police clearances. It will also be more likely for applicants to undertake a skills assessment. But what if you are already on a 457 Visa? While changes are taking place to abolish and replace the 457 Visa … [Read more...]

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...]