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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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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Subclass 457 visa applicants taking longer to process

What is the change? Processing times for subclass 457 visa applications are taking longer than normal to process in the final months before the category is abolished and replaced. What does the change mean? According to the most recent Government updates, as of 30 September, 75 per cent of Subclass 457 visa applications are being processed within…

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Stop worrying about automation: the real problem might be too few workers

Ignore the employment doomsayers — chances are we’re going to run out of workers before automation causes mass unemployment. While neoliberalism is — correctly — the villain du jour, one of its unalloyed successes has been in getting people into jobs. Unemployment has not been above 6.5% since 2002; it was above 6.5% for nearly…

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Temporary 457 visa program still broken

The Turnbull government’s overhaul of the 457 visa system needs some serious tweaks if Australia is going to attract the best and brightest to these shores says a submission from innovation industry groups. Back in April the Turnbull government announced it was ditching the 457 visa system and creating a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa….

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Australians…where are you?

Push to make it easier for migrants to come to Australia and take hard-to-fill jobs in regional areas SOUTH Australia should be the test site for a radical plan to boost the population in country towns and small cities with foreigners who want the jobs that locals refuse, a leading think-tank has proposed. The new…

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457 changes to impact Australia tourism industry

Top chefs, including Neil Perry, say the 457 visa axing will cripple a key part of Australia’s tourism industry A key plank in Australia’s tourism marketing strategy is being put at risk because of changes to the 457 visa program and the country’s top chefs say they’re “freaked out” as a result. Tourism Australia has invested tens…

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