Immigration News: News

Occupation Ceilings on DIBP Website Fixed! 

Last week when the occupation ceilings were released, there were a few errors on the website; for one the occupation group for ICT security specialist was missing from the list. The DIBP has since updated its website and it’s now all fixed. Occupation group 2621 – Database and systems administrators and ICT security specialists have... Continue Reading

Accounting and ICT Students Very Happy Today! 

Occupation Ceilings for Programme Year 2017/18 Programme year 2017/18 occupation ceilings for the MLTSSL have been finally been released! Below you will find our comparisons between the ceilings for 2016/17 and 2017/18. The rightmost columns are the occupation ceilings for programme years 2016/17 and 2017/18.   ID Occupation Group 2016/17 2017/18 1331 Construction Managers 5289... Continue Reading

University of South Australia to Provide Full Refund

Last week we wrote to you about Anupamdeep Kaur and her struggle in attaining a refund from the University of South Australia (UniSA). The release of our article last week set things in motion. The Australian newspaper contacted us and Julie Hare the Editor of the Higher Education wanted to cover what had happened to... Continue Reading

University of South Australia faces possible human rights breach probe

Complaints have been made against the University of South Australia (UniSA) to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) over the education institution’s failure to return any portion of the prepaid tuition fee amounting to AUD$15,880, to an international student who never was able to travel to Australia to start her Masters Degree. The international student... Continue Reading

SkillSelect Glitches

It appears that SkillSelect has been causing a little grief. Forum posts report malfunctioning of the system; the last thing you want after all the hard work in getting your application ready, especially with all the new changes and the time sensitivity involved in making an application. The system seems confused by the occupation lists, with... Continue Reading

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA): Changes to the 457 Program and OSAP

From 1 July 2017, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan holders applying for Temporary Work (Skilled) visas (subclass 457) for nominated occupations Chef and Cook require a suitable skills assessment by TRA or Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) Find: TRA – Changes to the 457 Program and OSAP

Changes to Tasmanian State Sponsorship Requirements 

Tasmania is changing their requirements for state sponsorship in toughening up some requirements and opening some new options. Read: Tasmania’s Nomination Criteria for the 489 Visa Read: Tasmania State Sponsorship 190 Visa   From 1 July 2017: New category for overseas applicants applying for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) Applicants with eligible family members... Continue Reading

Occupation Lists Are Out! Accountants, Engineers and IT Specialists Survive for Another Year..

Medium to Long Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) It’s all happening now. Here to ruin or make someone’s Friday, the adjusted occupation lists have just been released. The now renamed Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) – previously the Skilled... Continue Reading

Australian Permanent Residency and Citizenship for New Zealanders

Commencing 1 July 2017, the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) was split into two streams – points tested and New Zealand. Read: Changes to the Skilled Independent 189 Visa The criteria under the New Zealand stream are as follows: Main applicant is at least 18 years of age Main applicant is a New Zealand citizen and... Continue Reading

What’s Happening with the Citizenship Bill?

Labor has opposed the citizenship bill in objection to the requirement for citizens to meet a competent English proficiency level. This means that this issue will move on to the Senate crossbench, and it is reported that the Bill is likely to receive support to move forward. The English requirement will definitely be a challenge... Continue Reading

The Citizenship Bill, if Passed..

For all citizenship applications on and from 20 April 2017, the applicant must  Hold permanent residency for at least four years before they can apply for citizenship In their time as a permanent resident, cannot have spent more than 365 days overseas Provide evidence of competent English language proficiency – the scores for competent English... Continue Reading

Citizenship Requirements Legislation Soon to be Released

The news on tougher requirements to gain citizenship was disappointing news for many. With the Bill in review, dissent within the government is also emerging. The new citizenship requirements include: The applicant must have been a permanent resident for at least four years before they can apply (previously one year permanent residency and total four... Continue Reading

Karl Konrad: Founder of Australian Immigration Law Services

Who is Karl Konrad? Karl Konrad has, over the span of nearly two decades, developed a reputation for being the guy to go to if you wanted accurate, non-meandering advice. Being armed with no more a simple assessment form filled with some key questions on your situation, Karl will form an actionable game plan in... Continue Reading

Federal Budget 2017: New Foreign Worker Levy

Immigration into Australia has been frequently and heavily discussed in the recent years and whilst the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has been steadily tightening regulations, it has not enough been able to quiet the burgeoning crowd of unhappy voices. Within a span of a month, the DIBP has dropped a few significant... Continue Reading

Q&A: Recent Changes to the 457 / 186 / 187 Visas

From the DIBP Do the changes affect 457 visa grant holders? No they do not, unless there is a change in employer or position (including business restructuring) which will require a new nomination application, and will be subject to the latest regulations. If the new nomination is for an occupation that is on the STSOL,... Continue Reading

Tougher Requirements for Citizenship Applications

This week has been full of upheaval, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement of the reformation of employer sponsored visa programmes and the changes in the occupation lists. Today, Australia received another unexpected announcement; the Australian citizenship application now has higher requirements; the new requirements will apply to all new applications for Australian citizenship.  ... Continue Reading

Major Changes in Occupation Lists and Employer Sponsored Visas

The announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has certainly altered the landscape of migration, especially for those working on applications for employer sponsored visas. Whilst we are all adjusting to the changes, here are important the updates.   Occupation Lists The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) have been replaced effective... Continue Reading

457 Visa Soon to Be Replaced, Announces PM Malcolm Turnbull

We are looking at the end of the 457 visa. Just this afternoon, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull released a video (view links below) announcing plans to replace the 457 visa programme with one that will complement Australia’s needs better. The 457 visa has been under great scrutiny in the recent years with the increasing abuse of... Continue Reading

SkillSelect Round Results

Visit 29 March 2017 SkillSelect Round Results Learn more SkillSelect and pro rated occupations We’ve taken a look and there are a few other occupations that are close to hitting their occupation ceilings [invitations issued/occupation ceiling]: Accountants [2492/2500] Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers [1375/1413] Electronics Engineers [937/1000] Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers [1501/1539] ICT... Continue Reading

Western Australia is Reopening RSMS Applications

Recently Western Australia (WA) put a pause on processing Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) 187 visas. We are happy to let you now that applications are being processed again, with RSMS applications before 13 March 2017 assessed under the requirements that were in place at the time of application. Invitations issued before 13 March 2017... Continue Reading

In the News..

Occupation ceilings reached The SkillSelect round results for 15 March 2017 have been released and the intake allocated for Other Engineering Professionals [2339] and Computer Network Professionals [2631] has been exceeded. There will be no more invitations issued for these two occupations groups for the rest of the programme year 2015/16, which ends in June.... Continue Reading

The Little Known Advantages of Tasmania’s State Sponsored 190 Visa

 Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) Perhaps you’ve been sitting in the SkillSelect pool for a while. Maybe you’re an accountant, for which spots are released pro rata, and you’re anxious as those ‘minimum’ point scores keep going up due to the heavy competition from other high scorers (SkillSelect skims off the top with the highest... Continue Reading

In the News..

ABC News: Premier Mark McGowan quick off the mark on foreign worker policy changes One of Premier Mark McGowan’s pledges to Western Australia was to have it removed from the Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS). Within a few days of being sworn in, he’s already making good on that promise and Western Australia (WA) has... Continue Reading

The 408 Visa for Religious Workers

Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408) Religious workers previously had their own visa subclass, but now (from 19 November 2016) fall under one of ten activity types under the Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408). The activity types: Entertainer Sport Invited participant Religious worker Researcher Special program Exchange Superyacht crew Domestic worker (executive) Australian Government Endorsed Event... Continue Reading