Working Holiday visas

From 1 July 2019, WHM visa holders who carry out 6 months of specified work in regional areas while on their second Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa or Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa may be eligible to apply for a third visa. Eligible types of work and regional areas will correspond with the requirements for the second…

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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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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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Most current SkillSelect scores – 9 November 2017

SkillSelect scores released for the 9 November 2017 show that for the pro-rata occupations listed at least, scores have become extremely competitive. Visa Subclass Points score   Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 70   Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 80   Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the…

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Skilled visa crackdown threatens start-up goldrush: StartupAUS report

Australia’s start-up community saw a record $1.32 billion of venture capital funds raised in 2016-17, and a record low need for offshore investors to fund deals, but this momentum risked being derailed by restrictions on skilled visas and the research and development tax incentive, a major report warned. In a foreword to the 2017 Crossroads report by advocacy body StartupAUS,…

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Citizenship for sale: government explores price-based immigration system

The scheme could help the government rein in the budget deficit by bringing in tens of billions of dollars in extra revenue. The Australian government would sell the right to immigrate to Australia – with migrants no longer accepted based on their skills or family connections – under radical proposals being examined by the government’s…

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