Partner Visas

 Proposed changes to Partner Visa were expected in 2017 but it has been deferred to 2018. This is because the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016(Cth) (“the Bill”) is still before the Senate and has not been enacted. If the Bill is enacted, it will establish a sponsorship framework for partner visas, placing more focus…

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Temporary sponsored parent visa

In the 2017-18 federal budget, a new temporary sponsored parent visa was announced – to be available from November 2017. However, the new visa which will allow migrants’ parents to stay in the country for extended periods has been delayed. The Bill enabling the new visa to come into effect has not yet been approved…

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Most current SkillSelect scores – 9 November 2017

SkillSelect scores released for the 9 November 2017 show that for the pro-rata occupations listed at least, scores have become extremely competitive. Visa Subclass Points score   Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 70   Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 80   Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the…

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457 visa delays hurting small businesses

The 457 visas won’t be abolished until March but Simon Christie’s business is already feeling the pinch from the federal government’s changes to the visa system. Christie owns video production company Adventure Set Production and has spent the past two years trying to hire two Chinese staff on 457 visas to try and target the China market…..

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Skilled visa crackdown threatens start-up goldrush: StartupAUS report

Australia’s start-up community saw a record $1.32 billion of venture capital funds raised in 2016-17, and a record low need for offshore investors to fund deals, but this momentum risked being derailed by restrictions on skilled visas and the research and development tax incentive, a major report warned. In a foreword to the 2017 Crossroads report by advocacy body StartupAUS,…

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Subclass 457 visa applicants taking longer to process

What is the change? Processing times for subclass 457 visa applications are taking longer than normal to process in the final months before the category is abolished and replaced. What does the change mean? According to the most recent Government updates, as of 30 September, 75 per cent of Subclass 457 visa applications are being processed within…

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Stop worrying about automation: the real problem might be too few workers

Ignore the employment doomsayers — chances are we’re going to run out of workers before automation causes mass unemployment. While neoliberalism is — correctly — the villain du jour, one of its unalloyed successes has been in getting people into jobs. Unemployment has not been above 6.5% since 2002; it was above 6.5% for nearly…

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