Signet Consulting & Migration
We are Australian registered migration agents and migration experts providing Australian immigration and visa solutions both to businesses and to persons wishing to migrate to Australia to live and work through skilled migration, employer sponsored visas (Employer Nominated Scheme -ENS & 457 visas), sponsored partner visas, parent visas and other permanent visas.
We assist businesses with Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) nomination and temporary 457 visa sponsorship approvals which allow them to nominate and sponsor work visas. We can also assist with other temporary work visas, short-term business visas, special purpose visitor and tourist visas.
Signet Consulting & Migration also handles Australian citizenship enquiries and is able to assist with citizenship applications.
Registered Migration Agent
Simon Earles is registered by the national Migration Agents Registration Authority ( MARA) since 2002 to give Australian migration advice and visa assistance for a fee. Simon has been practising for 11 years and he is also currently Vice President of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) Queensland & NT branch for a second term.
Employment & Business Visas
- 457 Visa
- Employer Nominated Scheme Visas
- Independent & Nominated Skilled Visas
- Short Term Business Visas
- Business & Investment Visas
457 Visa (Temporary)
The 457 visa is an employer sponsored visa. It is for companies to get approved as business sponsors so they can sponsor skilled workers on 457 temporary visas in occupations on the 457 visa occupation list. It is also for applicants who wish to live and work in Australia on Employer sponsored temporary visas which can lead to Australian permanent residency.
Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) Visas (Permanent)
This category of visa allows Australian companies to nominate applicants for Australian permanent residency on the basis of their employment. We can offer migration help to companies and visa applicants to achieve a permanent Australian visa through the available pathways such as the Temporary Transition Residence (TTR) pathway or the Direct pathways. The regional option is the Regional Sponsored Migration scheme (RSMS) visa.
Independent & Nominated Skilled Visas
This category can only be accessed by registering an Expression of Interest (EOI) online through the Australian government’s immigration portal Skillselect. An applicant’s occupation must be on the relevant skilled occupation list. Depending upon the visa type a nomination may be required prior to invite. Once an invitation has been issued -based upon an applicant’s points ranking a skilled visa application can be made.
Short Term Business Visas
This group of short term Australian business visas has been recently revised so that the only short term business visa with work rights is the Sub class 400. There are however other options for business people to visit Australia to do business in Australia including electronic visas from designated countries and regions.
Business & Investment Visas
This category of business and investment visa under the Business Innovation & Investment program is for individuals who wish to invest in Australia and gain permanent residence through this contribution to the Australian economy. The only stream dealt with in this section is the Significant Investment SC 188 & SC 888 visas. Applicants must first be nominated by a State or territory government by lodging an Expression of Interest (EOI).
Personal & Family Visas
Partner Visa (also known as ‘spouse’ visas) (Provisional)
This category of sponsored Australian visas includes married partner visas, de facto visas (including same –sex relationships) and Prospective marriage visas better known as Fiance visas. To sponsor in this category, a person must be anAustralian citizen, a permanent resident or an eligible NZ citizen over 18 years. With the exception of the fiancé visa, de facto and married partner visas can be granted in or outside Australia.
Parent Visas (Temporary And Permanent Visas Options)
This category is for the parents of settled Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens who pass the ‘balance of family’ test. There are two general visa types , the original Parent visa and Contributory Parent visas which are both available on and off-shore, but only applications lodged in Australia (aged applicants) are entitled to a bridging visa. There have been recent concessions for parent visa applicants when applying for visitor visas during visa processing.
New Zealand Citizens
New Zealand citizens have an unlimited right to work and live in Australia on a Special Category visa (SCV), also known as the 444 visa. Those New Zealand citizens arriving in Australia after 26 February 2001 experience some disadvantages because of this status, but there are also some concessions for New Zealand citizens wishing to sponsor partners or to become permanent residents.
There are a range of visitor and tourist visas available for persons wishing to visit Australia for non-business purposes. This category has been recently revamped into the new 600 series visas (including e-visa) which have a variety of streams depending upon the purpose of the visit such as tourism, business or visiting family.
Our firm can handle all standard Australian citizenship applications , by conferral, descent or by adoption and also unusual matters arising out of failure to meet the required residence requirement at first instance –usually by way of application for Ministerial discretion.
Visa Assessment Service
We offer a thorough Visa Assessment Service which will tell you - If you are in a position to apply; Which visa options you have; The visa option I would recommend and why; A full breakdown of costs; And much more, in a written report.
Due to a large number of recent changes in the Immigration space (including citizenship) and residual uncertainty as result of some of these changes, up-dating of our web-site is a work in progress. We appreciate your patience
Please peruse our Immigration blog for information on latest Australian immigration news and specific questions about most Australian visas You are of course free to ask questions using our Contact Us page or leave a comment on our blog.
457 sponsor company issues
457 visa company sponsorship obligations
General visa issues
New Zealand Citizens
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