CEOs, university lecturers among those now able to apply for skilled worker visa

A refined list of occupations eligible to apply for a skilled worker visa comes into effect today, after the Federal Government made a number of concessions. The changes will see people with some occupations such as chief executives or university lecturers now able to apply for a four-year temporary visa instead of a two-year visa….

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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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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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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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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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Australia remains a top destination for UK emigration

Australia remains a top emigration destination for UK residents, the latest Office for National Statistics migration figures show. The February 2015 quarterly statistics show that 137,000 UK Citizens emigrated from the UK in the year ending September 2014. Australia is among the most common destinations for British citizens, with work the main reason given for…

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Permanent residency becoming more competitive

Migrants need a long-term well-considered strategy if they want to have a realistic chance of obtaining permanent migration to Australia. Rising costs, tougher rules, a stricter enforcement regime and a tight job market could easily derail poorly considered migration plans. With the government preferring temporary visas and forcing tough competition in the capped permanent visa…

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