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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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Legislation Released : Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 Visa, ENS and RSMS Changes

It’s finally here. Commencing 18 March 2018, say goodbye to the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and hello to the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482). There are three streams to this new TSS 482 visa – short term stream, medium term stream and labour agreement stream. Also effective 18 March are some... Continue Reading

Visa Granted Whilst Outside Australia? Beware These Entry Related Conditions: Condition 8515

There are a few ‘entry related’ visa conditions that you should be aware of if you have obtained your visa whilst outside Australia. In this article we will discuss Condition 8515 “must not marry”. Read: Condition 8502 “must not enter Australia before specified person” Read: Condition 8504 “initial entry date”   Condition 8515 Condition 8515... Continue Reading

Visa Granted Whilst Outside Australia? Beware These Entry Related Conditions: Condition 8504

There are a few ‘entry related’ visa conditions that you should be aware of if you have obtained your visa whilst outside Australia. In this article we will discuss Condition 8504. Stay tuned for further editions where we talk about Condition 8515 “must not marry”. Read: Condition 8502 “must not enter Australia before specified person”... Continue Reading

Visa Granted Whilst Outside Australia? Beware This Entry Related Condition: Condition 8502

There are a few ‘entry related’ visa conditions that you should be aware of if you have obtained your visa whilst outside Australia. In this article we will discuss Condition 8502. Stay tuned for further editions where we talk about Conditions 8504 “First entry date” and 8515 “must not marry”.   Condition 8502 Condition 8502... Continue Reading

Student Visa (Subclass 500): Financial Capacity Requirement

The financial capacity requirement is an important criterion when the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) is assessing a Student visa (subclass 500) application. The applicant must have genuine access to sufficient funds to cover the expenses that they and any accompanying family members may incur during their intended stay in Australia. All applicants are required... Continue Reading

Student Visa (Subclass 500): Partner and Child Dependents

Are you pursuing study in Australia and have a partner or child? No need to fret about leaving them behind; they may apply as dependents on your student visa application to accompany you to Australia. Of course there are requirements that must be satisfied. Read: Student 500 Visa   Member of the family unit (MoFU)... Continue Reading

DOHA Refusing RSMS 187 Visa Applications Based On A Lie?

The Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) has been caught out lying to law abiding Australian businesses owners who have applied for nomination approvals under the RSMS visa program for the occupation of Retail Manager. The department has issued this statement on a number of refusal letters recently; “A Retail Manager as defined in ANZSCO is... Continue Reading

Department TSS, ENS, RSMS Updates: February 2018

The following update covers: Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa Transitional arrangements How Standard Business Sponsors are affected Labour Marketing Testing (LMT) requirements Work experience requirements Repeat TSS visa applications New Condition 8607 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa transitional arrangements Occupation updates   Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa The... Continue Reading

Applied For A 457 Visa And Granted A Bridging Visa With No Work Rights? Fix It!

If you have applied for a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and have been granted a Bridging Visa A, C or E that has Condition 8101 applied, which means that you are unable to work whilst in Australia, you may be able to apply for permission to work based on compelling need to work.... Continue Reading

No Work Rights? You Can Change That If You Have Compelling Reason To Work

Have you been granted a bridging visa? We hope that you don’t see condition 8101 on it. Condition 8101: The holder must not engage in work in Australia If you have condition 8101 applied on your visa, you do not have work rights. If you really need to be earning, don’t despair, you can still... Continue Reading

Skilled Regional 489 Visa: The Basics And The Second Provisional Stream

Skilled Regional 489 Visa: The Basics Did you know that there are a few streams under which you can apply for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)? First Provisional – State Sponsored First Provisional – Relative Sponsored Second Provisional (end of article)   State sponsored The state sponsored Skilled Regional 489 visa has the... Continue Reading

Know Your 489 Visa Conditions – They Are An Important Requirement for Your 887 Visa

Are you on a 489 visa? Part of the requirements to apply for your second stage permanent Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) visa is that you: Have lived in Australia for at least 2 years in a specified regional area, and during this time; Worked full time for at least one year in a specified... Continue Reading

Working Holiday Visa Condition 8547: Extend Work With Your Employer Past 6 Months

Are you on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) or a Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)? One of the conditions on your visa is Condition 8547, which disallows the visa holder from working with a single employer for a period exceeding 6 months. Why? The Working Holiday 417 visa and the Work and Holiday... Continue Reading

Condition 8107: 457 Visa Work Requirements

Are you a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) visa holder? Condition 8107 applies to you. What is Condition 8107 for you? Must not cease to work with their sponsoring employer Must work in their nominated role with their sponsoring employer for which the visa was granted* Cannot undertake work for another person whilst under... Continue Reading

RSMS 187 Visa Cancellation Grounds, Need to Know!

Got your permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)? We know how hard you worked to get it, don’t lose it. Unlike most other permanent visas, the RSMS 187 visa had more conditions attached that could result in the cancellation of your visa: Not commencing employment in your nominated position with your sponsoring... Continue Reading

Need More Points? Tips on Claiming Work Experience for Your 189, 190, 489 Visa

Thinking of applying for a points tested visa such as the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or Skilled Regional visa (subclass 489)? Looking to claim more points? You might be able to if you have experience working in an occupation that is closely related to your nominated occupation. But ‘closely... Continue Reading

Department Updates on Skilled, 457, TSS, ENS & RSMS Visas

New occupation lists It’s nearly here. The new occupation lists (to be updated every 6 months) will be released and will come into effect on or about 17 January 2018. The alterations to the lists are based on a review that was conducted by the Department of Jobs and Small Business (DJSB) in late 2017.... Continue Reading

Applying For A Student Visa As An Unlawful Citizen?

Oops! Were you on a student visa and have now become an unlawful citizen in Australia? Don’t worry, this may still be fixed. You are able to lodge another Student visa (subclass 500) within 28 days. This time limited opportunity is a courtesy given to students who might have forgotten their visa has expired, but... Continue Reading

Department of Home Affairs

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has, effective 20 December 2018, become the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). The DIBP website is now on Their contact number remains as 131 881. The DHA is also welcoming feedback on the functionality of their website, so if you have 15 minutes to spare, take... Continue Reading

Student Visa, Tips and Updates

Apply early Thinking of undertaking studies in Australia? Know this, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) are going through a peak period for Student visa (subclass 500) applications between now and April 2018. As such it is important that you submit your application at least 6 weeks before the commencement of your school term. We... Continue Reading

Justice! PIC 4020 10 Year Rule Kicked Out

Now that the introduction of a visa ban based on 10 years of history under Public Interest Criteria (PIC) 4020 has been disallowed by the Senate, what are we to expect will happen? First, let us collectively heave a sigh of relief. The law stands unaltered and as it was before the new change was... Continue Reading

Condition 8602

Another recent addition to the growing rigidity of the Australian immigration regulatorysystem is Condition 8602. This one is a reasonable one; “the holder must not have an outstanding public health debt”. Relevant health authorities will, effective 18 November 2017, notify the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), if you have an outstanding health debt.... Continue Reading

PIC 4020: Have you provided a “Bogus Document”?

Part 1: PIC 4020 and “Bogus Documents”  This is going to be the first of a series of in depth articles offering an explanation of PIC 4020 and look at how the courts are treating appeals to their jurisdiction. In our experience more and more people are attending our office with problems about 4020 issues. Now... Continue Reading

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