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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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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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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Australian Skill Shortages Creating More Job Opportunities for Expatriates

Specialists in international removals, Interdean, have commented on the recent news that skill shortages are becoming widespread across Australia and that numerous industries are calling for skilled expatriates to relocate there in order to make up the shortfall. Australia has recently seen a boom in demand for skilled positions in certain sectors. Key industries such…

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Relaxing 457 visa laws will spoil the economic pie

Contrary to the Abbott government’s claims, flagged changes to the foreign worker 457 visa program won’t be good for the Australian economy. The Abbott government yesterday announced sweeping changes to the 457 “temporary” work visa program to make it much easier for Australian businesses to import so-called skilled foreign workers. These changes include relaxing English…

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Report recommends robust new foundations for 457 programme

The report of the independent review into integrity in the 457 programme released on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 recommends that robust new foundations should be implemented, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said today. ‘The report identified 22 recommendations that strive to achieve a balance between encouraging flexibility and…

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The price is right for Australia’s ‘golden ticket’ visa

For Australia, our significant investment visas program is another way to capitalise on China’s economic boom. Simply put, we offer a pathway to permanent residency in exchange for pouring funds into country. Earlier this year, analysis revealed that Australia’s SIV program – which was introduced in 2012 — brought in around $4 million a day for our…

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457 visa holders taking up permanent residence in greater numbers

Trends in the 457 visa program have been previously discussed and there are some interesting statistics surrounding the increasing number of 457 visa holders successfully making the transition to permanent residence. Figures released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) show that in the migration program year ending December 2013, the number of…

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