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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Partner Visas

 Proposed changes to Partner Visa were expected in 2017 but it has been deferred to 2018. This is because the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016(Cth) (“the Bill”) is still before the Senate and has not been enacted. If the Bill is enacted, it will establish a sponsorship framework for partner visas, placing more focus…

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Temporary sponsored parent visa

In the 2017-18 federal budget, a new temporary sponsored parent visa was announced – to be available from November 2017. However, the new visa which will allow migrants’ parents to stay in the country for extended periods has been delayed. The Bill enabling the new visa to come into effect has not yet been approved…

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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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457 visa delays hurting small businesses

The 457 visas won’t be abolished until March but Simon Christie’s business is already feeling the pinch from the federal government’s changes to the visa system. Christie owns video production company Adventure Set Production and has spent the past two years trying to hire two Chinese staff on 457 visas to try and target the China market…..

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