How the changes to RSMS have affected small businesses

The changes introduced in March 2018 to the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (subclass 187) visa have changed the face of skilled migration to regional areas significantly, much to the detriment of regional employers. The RSMS is a permanent residence visa for skilled migrant workers to work in regional Australia on a full time basis….

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Australian permanent residency visas? No thanks

While thousands struggle to meet the requirements for Australian permanent residency, some in-demand trade occupations are seeing very low, or even no applications at all. Australia is among the most sought-after immigration destinations across the world with tens of thousands of people trying their luck to migrate down under every year as skilled migrants. While…

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Minister u-turns on parent visa change

The Turnbull government has scrapped a controversial new rule that forced poorer migrant families to earn more if they wished to financially support visa applications for relatives. Social Services Minister Dan Tehan, in early April made the change to the assurance of support income threshold from $45,185 to $86,606 for single people or a combined…

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Increased income requirements for Parent visa sponsors

The Amendment On 26 March 2018, the Minister for Social Service Dan Tehan introduced a legislative instrument to amend the financial criteria for Assurance of Support in which all Australian citizens and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their overseas parents to come to Australia under 143 Contributory Parent visa program have to meet. Under…

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Australia needs more local IT interns (as well as the new visa scheme)

We have to shift our focus from short-term approaches to filling job vacancies and start investing in the next generation of local talent. Supplied by Brett Adam By 2022 Australia’s IT sector will need to fill an additional 81,000 jobs, according to Australia’s Digital Pulse, a study by Deloitte Access Economics and The Australian Computer Society. This problem was…

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Cutting immigration risks economic growth, business leader says

Designer Karla Spetic, originally from Croatia: ‘We all come from somewhere — that’s the beauty of being Australian’. Picture: John Feder The head of a leading business group has hit back at calls to cut immigration, warning skills shortages are emerging in sectors such as manufacturing, construction and defence and reducing the program risks economic…

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Turnbull government to exclude 457 visa applicants excluded from new restrictions

The Turnbull government has walked back its hard-line position on 457 visas, announcing visa applications in the pipeline will not to be subject to new restrictions on permanent residency set to come into effect in March. But migration agents are treating the announcement with caution and advising parties to lodge permanent residency applications as soon…

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Immigration SA priority processing trial for Business nominations.

Immigration SA have advised MIA of the following changes to processing priority for subclass 132 and 188 state nomination applications: •    Effective for applications submitted from 25 January 2018, priority processing will be given to those applicants that have previously visited South Australia (this visit can also occur after 25 January 2018).  Evidence of this will…

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