Skilled Migration Processing Update

DIAC has issued an update on Skilled Migration allocation and processing on its website, including the following processing priority groups and order of processing: Priority Group 1 RSMS applications Priority Group 2 ENS applications Priority Group 3 Applications nominated by a State or Territory Government for an occupation specified on that State Migration Plan (SMP),…

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Visa Application Charge Increases – from 1 January 2013

The Government today (11 December 2012) confirmed the following increased Visa Application Charges (VACs) across a range of visas by between 25% and 33% to come into effect on 1 January 2013: On-shore Partner visas: increase from $3060 to $3975 Off-shore Partner visas: increase from $2060 to $2680 Skilled Graduate (Subclass 485) visas: increase from…

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Cutting visa red tape for temporary visas

In a recent statement, the government will make it simpler for people to apply for a specialist temporary work visa, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Deregulation, David Bradbury MP, announced yesterday. ‘The government is delivering on a pledge to simplify the application process by…

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DIAC visa labels go electronic

More and more of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) services no longer involve the physical exchange of paper forms, letters or visa labels. This reflects a government-wide move to make more services available online and make them more accessible and convenient to use. In November 2011, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced…

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Qld Govt welcomes migrant workers

OVERSEAS workers will have more opportunities to work in the mines in Queensland as the government moves to boost its skilled migration visa availabilities. Last financial year, Queensland sponsored 212 skilled migration and business migration visas while 22,247 state-sponsored spots were filled across the country. In an attempt to ease the skill shortage in the…

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Government extends tourist visas for parents of Australians

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 The Gillard Government will extend tourist visas for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents to enable them to visit their family in Australia for longer, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, announced today. ‘I know that many people are patiently waiting in the queue for a parent…

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SkillSelect: First round offers go to skilled professionals

Doctors, dentists, nurses and engineers have dominated the first round of skilled migrants invited on the 1 August 2012 to formally apply for visas under the government’s new online SkillSelect service. Accountants, ICT analysts and programmers were also strongly represented in the 100 invitations in the first round, which drew the highest scoring candidates from…

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457 visa salary threshold (TSMIT) increase

Every year, the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold – or TSMIT – is adjusted in accordance with the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures on average weekly earnings (AWE), which ensures that this threshold keeps up with fluctuations in Australian salaries across the board. During the previous 2011-12 financial year, the TSMIT was $49,330…

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Priority Processing for Skilled Migration Visas -1 July 2012

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), Chris Bowen MP, has set new priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. These arrangements include the new skilled visa subclasses introduced in the skilled migration reforms and continue to give regional employer sponsored visas the highest processing priority. The priority processing arrangements enable the department to…

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Good news for New Zealand citizens in Oz

Previously, under proposed 1 July 2012 changes to the Permanent Employment Scheme (ENS/RSMS), Special Category (444) visas and 461 NZ family Residence visas (amongst others) were excluded from the Temporary Residence Transitional stream to ENS as this was restricted to 457 visa holders only. The implication was  that New Zealand citizens could only apply through…

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