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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Civil Unions get a reprieve in Queensland

Premier Campbell Newman says Queensland’s same-sex civil unions laws will not be completely repealed, but will be amended to bring the legislation into line with other states. Under the proposed changes, same-sex couples would still be able to register their relationship with the government, but would no longer be able to have a state-sanctioned declaration…

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NZ citizens in Oz snookered by 1 July 2012 changes

Bad news is on the horizon for New Zealand holders of Special Category  (sc 444) and New Zealand Family Residence (sc 461) visas, with the proposed revamp of the existing 2 year temporary visa pathway to permanent residence through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS). Under the current on-shore ENS visa regulations, there are a number of temporary…

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New Resources Sector Jobs Board goes live today!

The new Resources Sector Jobs Board goes live today to help Australians make the most of employment opportunities in the mining boom, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, and the Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis, announced today. The Jobs Board is part of…

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