CSL confident of rethink for ‘devastating’ 457 changes

Blood products giant CSL is confident the federal government will modify changes to 457 visas for foreign workers that in their current form would be “devastating” for the company and other biotech firms, a senior executive said. A CSL vice-president, Andrea Douglas, said the sweeping reduction in the types of 457 visas showed how the Turnbull government’s…

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New sponsor requirements for Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applications

The Australian government take the safety and security of visa applicants very seriously. To help keep visa applicants safe, new requirements have been introduced for Partner and Prospective Marriage visas. From 18 November 2016, sponsors of these visa applications will need to: • provide Australian and/or foreign police checks when requested • consent to us…

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Temporary closure of ICT occupations for Victorian nomination

Temporary closure of applications for ICT occupations until 6 March 2017 A temporary pause in visa nomination processing is now in place for a number of ICT occupations including: 135112   ICT Project Manager 261111   ICT Business Analyst 261112   Systems Analyst 261311   Analyst Programmer 261312   Developer Programmer 261313   Software Engineer 261314   Software Tester 261399   Software and…

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The Trump effect

Malcolm Turnbull has accused Bill Shorten of playing shabby political games in the wake of Donald Trump’s populist triumph and said the Labor leader’s policy approach was actually a threat to the very Australian jobs he purports to champion. But as the Prime Minister weighed in, Victorian Liberal party president Michael Kroger said the sentiment…

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Temporary Activity Visa Framework – Update

A new Temporary Activity Visa Framework will commence on 19 November 2016.  The framework is designed to reduce red tape by removing sponsorship and nomination requirements for specific short stay activities. The new framework will integrate the existing seven temporary activity visa classes into four visas: Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International…

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NEW AUSTRALIAN 457 VISA COSTS ANNOUNCED FOR JANUARY 2017

New, Australian 457 visa rules that come into force in January 2017 are expected to affect visa holders, with children, living in Southern Australia.  457 visa holders with children will be hit with newly introduced school fees. The 457 visa allows migrants who are sponsored by an Australian business, under standard business sponsorship or under a labour…

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