Immigration News

As we walked with our clients’ on their visa journeys over the years, we realised how many people would benefit from a reliable source of information that detangle confusing regulations and are user-focused.  It serves to educate on all things emigration and immigration, to simplify, clarify and provide the latest of updates in the ever evolving Australian migration laws, and to speak about exciting news. Sometimes even scandals!

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New Temporary Skills Shortage Visa

Coming soon! The Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa is set to replace the Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visa in March 2018. The TSS visa will feature two streams, a short term stream and a medium term stream. The following are TSS eligibility criteria: Meet English requirement Meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) At... Continue Reading

DIBP Updates: 457, ENS 186 and RSMS 187 Visas

Regional postcodes for RSMS and regional caveats Recently the eligible regional postcodes for Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187) were limited, effective 17 November 2017. However The WA Department of Training and Workforce Development (Perth’s RCB) stopped processing RCB applications from 13 March 2017. It is important to check with other Western Australian... Continue Reading

March 2018 Changes to 457/ENS/RSMS Visas, TRT Arrangements

As you know the final stages of the staggered release of changes to employer sponsored visas – Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visa, Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) 186 visa, Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) 187 visa – will be happening in March 2018. Let’s take a look at what’s about to come.   457 visa The... Continue Reading

Need More Points? Bilingual? NAATI May Be Your Answer

Are you applying for a Skilled Independent (subclass 189), Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) or Skilled Regional (subclass 489) visa? Have you ever wondered what “credentialed community language qualifications” on the points test was? It refers to certification from NAATI, the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. Getting NAATI certification will earn you another 5... Continue Reading

WA’s Regional Postcodes for RSMS Have Changed + DIBP Complicit in Migration Scams?

Western Australia’s RSMS Regional Postcodes Have Changed  RSMS Regional Postcodes have changed for Western Australia. Perth Metropolitan is now excluded from the list. The eligible post codes for WA are: 6041 to 6044 6083 to 6084 6121 to 6126 6200 to 6799 Regional postcodes for RSMS for other states and territories remain unchanged. Find: Legislative... Continue Reading

Skills Assessment for Early Childhood & Secondary Teachers

Two long stayers on the Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) are the Early Childhood Teacher and Secondary Teacher occupations. We don’t think they will be going anywhere soon. Are you considering furthering your education? Give a profession in teaching a thought. Getting positively assessed as an Early Childhood or Secondary Teacher does... Continue Reading

New Condition 8304

Condition 8304: The holder must use the same name to identify himself or herself in all official Australian identity documents. If the holder’s name changes, the holder must, as soon as practicable: notify the change to the issuer of any official Australian identity document held by the holder; and take all reasonable steps to ensure... Continue Reading

It’s Just Got Stricter. Revised PIC 4020 Legislation

On the day we released our article on Public Interest Criteria (PIC) 4020, a new legislative instrument was registered. Previously, PIC 4020 would affect applicants who have provided false documentation, misleading or incorrect information, or cannot satisfy as to their identity in relation to a visa the applicant held in the 12 months before the... Continue Reading

DIBP’s Broomstick: 3 or 10 Year Ban for False Information & Documentation

Providing misleading information, false documentation or identification are obvious big no-nos in Australia. There are criminal laws governing such actions but to keep it simple the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has a law where they can by step the police and keep it simple by just refusing your visa. The PIC 4020... Continue Reading

Will You Face a 3 Year Visa Ban?

Every visa has some form of character requirement. If you disregard immigration law, you are likely to find it much more tricky applying for further visas. Don’t become a risk factor! Flouting certain rules can result in you facing exclusions periods. Exclusion periods are a ban on your return to Australia; you may apply for,... Continue Reading

Got an Engineering Qualification? Australia Wants You

Skilled Recognised Graduate 476 Visa – The Visa for Engineering Professionals of the World In the midst of or recently completed an Engineering qualification? This is Australia’s headhunting visa for Engineering professionals. The Skilled Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) stands out because there is no requirement of having studied in Australia at all. All you... Continue Reading

Beyond the Visa: Vishal’s Journey

It took 6 years and 4 visas for Vishal to gain permanent residency Vishal walks through our doors with a huge smile on his face. He’s just been granted his permanent residency. It’s taken Vishal over 6 years and 4 visas to get here. It’s Diwali, a celebratory day for him, but he’s taken time... Continue Reading

Apply for Citizenship Now! No English Test, 1 Year as a Permanent Resident

The citizenship bill has failed to pass the senate. Apply quickly before any new bills are passed! Or call us at (02) 9279 1991 so we can get your application in ASAP! Read: I want to be a citizen!

Are You Stopping over in Australia? Get a Transit Visa.

Transit Visa (Subclass 771) Do you have a long stop over in Australia than is no longer than 72 hours? You may need a visa. Besides, why spend all of your time in the airport or on the ship? Spend those hours exploring Australia instead with a Transit Visa (subclass 771). Have family or friends... Continue Reading

A Detailed Guide to Labour Market Testing and Market Salary Rate

Labour Market Testing (LMT) Labour Market Testing (LMT) is a requirement for the sponsor to demonstrate that they have tried to, but are unable to find a suitable candidate for the nominated position from the Australian labour market. The current Domestic Recruitment Table (DRT) will no longer be accepted as sufficient evidence. Advertising of the... Continue Reading

457 and ENS Visas: Caveats, The Latest Update

The shock announcements regarding the overhaul of employer sponsored visas, in particular, the 457 visa, has left everyone playing catch up, including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) themselves. Information and interim measures have been released slowly through the year, and will continue to trickle through for some time. So here we are... Continue Reading

Short Stay Specialist/Short Term Work – Special Cases, Restrictions and Exceptions

Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa (Subclass 400) The Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400) allows for highly skilled workers to enter into Australia for up to 6 months to perform specialised work. You may be eligible for this visa if you have a skill that is rare in Australia, are introducing or... Continue Reading

Need A Specialist From Overseas to Work Temporarily in Australia?

Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa (Subclass 400) Maybe your business is opening up its first store in Australia and you need someone experienced from your team overseas to manage the opening. Maybe there is a special project that you have that requires very specific skills, and the best person for the job is overseas.... Continue Reading

Did You Know De Facto Relationship Requirements Differ with Visa?

The requirements for de facto relationships, as defined by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), vary depending on the visa that you are applying for.   Criteria applying to all de facto relationships Broadly, de facto relationships (inclusive of same sex relationships) are where the couple: Are both at least 18 years of... Continue Reading

457, ENS, RSMS Updates From the Department

March 2018 Advice on transitional provisions From March 2018, individuals who were existing subclass 457 visa holders (or subclass 457 applicants) as at 18 April 2017 will continue to have access to an employer sponsored pathway to permanent residence. Detailed information in relation to the transitional provisions is not, however, yet available.   Occupations lists... Continue Reading

New Zealand Citizen. Do You Want to Bring Your Partner to Australia?

New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) Visa  (Subclass 461) If you’re a New Zealand citizen in Australia and you have a partner or family who do not hold New Zealand passports, they may be eligible to apply for the New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 461 visa to stay in Australia. This visa is valid... Continue Reading

Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)

The fiance visa Engaged? Congratulations! I’m sure you cannot wait to have your partner here with you in Australia. The Prospective Marriage 300 visa will help you do just that. The Prospective Marriage 300 visa is a temporary 9 month visa for the applicant with plans to get married. Once the couple has married, they... Continue Reading

NSW Occupation Lists for 2017/18 Released!

The NSW occupation lists for 2017/18 are out! The list for the Skilled (Nominated) 190 visa has shrunk to 130 occupations. 51 occupations have been removed and there are 10 new occupations. Find: NSW occupation lists   New on the 190 list 232111 Architect 233111 Chemical Engineer 233411 Electronics Engineer 233511 Industrial Engineer 233513 Production... Continue Reading

Can We Bring Our Domestic Worker to Australia?

Yes, but only in limited circumstances. You can, if you are visiting Australia for tourism or doing a business visit. You can, if you are a foreign senior executive or are here on international relations. But there is no option for an Australian family to hire a domestic worker from overseas nor is it possible... Continue Reading

What is Going On With the SkillSelect System?

This has been a difficult year for those applying for the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189). First off, the cut off points have stayed above 60 points up til the recent invitation round on 6 September 2017. The overall invitations released have also been lower. The big question is why? An examining the occupation ceiling... Continue Reading

Carer 116/836 Visa

The carer visa is a visa for a family member to come to, or stay in Australia, to care for their Australian relative, or to assist their Australian relative in caring for a member of their family unit, who is afflicted by a medical condition that requires attentive and long term care. This is a... Continue Reading

Engineers Australia Has A Few Announcements!

Are you applying for a skills assessment with Engineers Australia? They have a few announcements! PTE (Academic) test results will be accepted from 1 November 2017. Applicants must show a minimum score of 50 in each of the 4 modules. Pakistan became a full signatory of the Washington Accord in June 2017. Applicants holding a... Continue Reading

VETASSESS Date Deemed Skilled

Skills Assessment with VETASSESS for General Professional Occupations Skills assessments determine if an applicant has the appropriate skill set and can perform at the required skill level for their nominated occupation. Why is this important? Occupation lists are created based on the workforce needs of Australia or the State, and it is a necessary that... Continue Reading

Nominating an ICT occupation for Victoria State Sponsorship?

Skilled (Nominated) visa (subclass 190) On 1 July 2017, Victoria reopened applications for ICT occupations as well as introduced a new application process specifically for those nominating an ICT occupation. Due to the high amount of interest, Victoria now requires that applicants are invited before they can apply for state nomination. However exemptions to this... Continue Reading

Visa Processing Times

Are you still waiting for news on your application? You can find out what the typical processing times are for your visa on the DIBP’s website. Find: Visa Application Processing Times   Here are some processing times for commonly applied for visas:   Visa 75% applications processed in 90% applications processed in Visitor 600 –... Continue Reading

South Australia’s Chain Migration Pathway

Skilled (Nominated) visa (subclass 190) Chain Migration? Well in our twenty years of operation we have never heard of such a term, but it is catchy. There used to be an Family Reunion pathway, but that was when I was a much younger man. Does it mean you arrive in chains? Or perhaps it’s what... Continue Reading

New South Wales Not Issuing Invitations

New South Wales hasn’t produced an occupation list for programme year 2017/18 yet. Applications that have been made in the last weeks of June will be assessed within the service standard of 12 weeks. No invitations are currently being issues to apply for NSW nomination. Invitations will begin to be sent out again when the... Continue Reading