Advantages of Australian citizenship

7 advantages of becoming an Australian Citizen There are many advantages of becoming a citizen of this country but before we talk about that, let’s have a look at who can become a citizen of Australia. Anyone living lawfully in Australia for four years and for at least one year of that 4 year period…

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Labor’s ‘Protecting Local Workers’ Package

Promoting local employment or unduly stifling temporary work visas? Introduction Immigration policies will be a key focus at the upcoming Federal election. In a press release dated 23 April 2019, the opposition Labor party released the first details of its proposed ‘Protecting Local Workers package’ (‘PLW package’). Advocating significant alterations to the present 482 programme…

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New visas will help job vacancies outside the cities

The think tank known as the ‘Regional Australia Institute’ claims that millions of people in regional Australia will benefit from the government’s population policy. The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has welcomed the core elements of the federal government’s Population Policy which Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled last week. The policy includes a permanent migration intake very…

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New skilled regional provisional visas

There will be two new skilled regional provisional  visas introduced in November 2019: Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia; and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa: for  people who are nominated by a State or  Territory government or sponsored by an eligible  family member to live and…

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Regional cities back the Australian Government’s new migration plan

PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT: Bathurst councillor Monica Morse wants the Federal Government to provide more support systems before sending new migrants to regional areas. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 101714ztrans3 WILL the Morrison Government’s new regional migration plan be a success? It depends on who is answering the question. In general, members of local councils and business communities in the Central…

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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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