Temporary closure of ICT occupations for Victorian nomination

Temporary closure of applications for ICT occupations until 6 March 2017 A temporary pause in visa nomination processing is now in place for a number of ICT occupations including: 135112   ICT Project Manager 261111   ICT Business Analyst 261112   Systems Analyst 261311   Analyst Programmer 261312   Developer Programmer 261313   Software Engineer 261314   Software Tester 261399   Software and…

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The Trump effect

Malcolm Turnbull has accused Bill Shorten of playing shabby political games in the wake of Donald Trump’s populist triumph and said the Labor leader’s policy approach was actually a threat to the very Australian jobs he purports to champion. But as the Prime Minister weighed in, Victorian Liberal party president Michael Kroger said the sentiment…

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Temporary Activity Visa Framework – Update

A new Temporary Activity Visa Framework will commence on 19 November 2016.  The framework is designed to reduce red tape by removing sponsorship and nomination requirements for specific short stay activities. The new framework will integrate the existing seven temporary activity visa classes into four visas: Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International…

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NEW AUSTRALIAN 457 VISA COSTS ANNOUNCED FOR JANUARY 2017

New, Australian 457 visa rules that come into force in January 2017 are expected to affect visa holders, with children, living in Southern Australia.  457 visa holders with children will be hit with newly introduced school fees. The 457 visa allows migrants who are sponsored by an Australian business, under standard business sponsorship or under a labour…

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New temporary Parent visa on the table

Following the Coalition’s election commitment to introduce a new temporary sponsored parent visa, Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has announced a new continuous five-year visa for aged parents of immigrants in Australia. The visa offers families a new way to reunite, on the condition they contribute to the cost, as the Turnbull Government tries to…

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Kiwis living long-term locked out of Aussie elections- democracy?

 As Australia rolls towards the polls this Saturday, election talk is everywhere: seeping into cafes, dining rooms and cold nights at the pub. While public confidence in the schoolyard barbs and robotic debates of the main party leaders is dubious, there’s still a feverish expectation in the air. Or maybe it’s just the promise of Australia’s traditional election fare,…

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Vote fears over Australian visas

In the last decade national elections Down Under have resulted in changing policies relating to Australian visas and migration. Tens of thousands of people around the world were previously left in limbo when the government introduced changes to Australian visa rules and the preferred skills list. Demand for Australian visas and migration has increased in…

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Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

On 1 July 2016, a new SOL will be introduced with a number of changes to the occupations. If you intend to apply on or after 1 July 2016 for an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa or a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream visa, you need to make sure your occupation is…

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Key, Turnbull agree on NZ citizen deal

Malcolm Turnbull and John Key have agreed on an easier way for New Zealanders to become Australian citizens. New Zealanders who have lived and worked in Australia for five years or more will get easier access to citizenship under a new deal. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met with his NZ counterpart John Key in Sydney…

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