Vote fears over Australian visas

In the last decade national elections Down Under have resulted in changing policies relating to Australian visas and migration. Tens of thousands of people around the world were previously left in limbo when the government introduced changes to Australian visa rules and the preferred skills list. Demand for Australian visas and migration has increased in…

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Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

On 1 July 2016, a new SOL will be introduced with a number of changes to the occupations. If you intend to apply on or after 1 July 2016 for an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa or a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream visa, you need to make sure your occupation is…

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Key, Turnbull agree on NZ citizen deal

Malcolm Turnbull and John Key have agreed on an easier way for New Zealanders to become Australian citizens. New Zealanders who have lived and worked in Australia for five years or more will get easier access to citizenship under a new deal. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met with his NZ counterpart John Key in Sydney…

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New bill to make payment for 457 Visa’s illegal

The Turnbull Government today introduced legislation to the Parliament to make it a criminal offence for a sponsor to be paid by a visa applicant in return for securing a migration outcome. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said on coming to Government, the Coalition commissioned a comprehensive, independent…

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Australian announces more measures to help working visa holders

The Australian Government has announced further measures to help protect vulnerable workers by providing additional information and resources to visa holders so they understand their workplace rights. Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash said it is rolling out improvements to visa grant notices across a range of temporary visas, with notices to students and temporary graduates…

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Looming trades skills shortages

Australia’s trades are suffering a mid-life crisis, as half the nation’s young apprentices drop out of their training. NSW Skills Minister John Barilaro said with the average age of a tradesperson being 40, there was a looming shortage of plumbers, electricians and builders. “We’re paying the price of two or three decades of telling kids…

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Better Compliance, Not More Laws, Needed To Protect Integrity Of Working Visa Program

Reports that some temporary visa workers are not being treated in accordance with Australian laws demonstrate the case for improved enforcement rather than new laws, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Kate Carnell AO, CEO of the ACCI, said: “Enforcing compliance is critical to maintaining public confidence in the migration system. The…

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Citizenship for sale: government explores price-based immigration system

The scheme could help the government rein in the budget deficit by bringing in tens of billions of dollars in extra revenue. The Australian government would sell the right to immigrate to Australia – with migrants no longer accepted based on their skills or family connections – under radical proposals being examined by the government’s…

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Liberals tighten checks on 457 visas

INTEGRITY checks on the 457 skilled visa program will be strengthened, including by sharing data with the Australian Taxation Office, to ensure overseas workers receive their nominated salary and are not undercutting Australian jobs. A new penalty will also be introduced as part of the revamp to make it illegal for businesses to accept payments…

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