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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 reader-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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Big Changes to Working Holiday Visa Rules

Today the  Australian Government has announced changes to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program in an effort to support regional farmers and their surrounding communities. The changes are as follows: From 5 November 2018, expanding the regional areas where subclass 462-visa holders can work in agriculture (plant and animal cultivation) to qualify for a... Continue Reading

Don’t Jeopardise Your RSMS 187 Visa. Know What The Cancellation Grounds Are.

Are you a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187) holder? The employer sponsored visas have been increasingly tricky and difficult to obtain. Outside the typical grounds for cancellation such as being charged of a serious criminal offence, what are your obligations to make sure you keep your visa safe? You may know that... Continue Reading

Your Complete Guide To The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa (Subclass 482) – Part II

As there are many essential and complicated requirements that must be fulfilled when applying for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 visa (subclass 482). We have split this article into two parts. Welcome to part II! Salary requirement (ASMR) (Part II) Non-discriminatory recruitment practices requirement (Part II) Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) (Part II) No adverse... Continue Reading

Non-Genuine Student? You Are Not Only Assessed In The Requirements For Your Visa But Whilst You Are A Holder.

Being a genuine temporary entrant (GTE) for any temporary visa is an important requirement and no less so when applying for your Student visa (subclass 500). Read: Genuine Temporary Entrant Requirement for Student Visas, Assessed by the DOHA and Your Educational Institute? The above article covers what the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) factors in... Continue Reading

The 482 Australian Work Visa – Part 1

The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa (Subclass 482) replaced the Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (Subclass 457) effective 18 March 2018. Whilst very similar, the TSS 482 visa has been built to make it tougher for applicants to get into or stay in Australia, particularly for international students who complete their studies here. There are three... Continue Reading

Orphan Relative Visa

Do you have a child family member who has recently lost the care of their parents?  If you are thinking of bringing them into Australia to care for them, they may be eligible for the orphan relative visa. This is a sponsored visa and it requires an eligible sponsoring relative to apply on behalf of... Continue Reading

Too Many Migrants in Sydney and Melbourne?

Unless you just woke up, it was hard to miss the media frenzy this morning regarding the number of new migrants choosing to settle in Sydney or Melbourne. I choose the word frenzy, for the picture here from The Australian says it all. Doesn’t this poor commuter look stressed due the fact that she can’t... Continue Reading

Employer Sponsorship Obligations: How long do they last?

Think that your employers sponsorship obligations only exist until your visa expires or until you leave your sponsor’s employ? Think again. Sponsorship obligations are a little known but very important set of conditions that a standard business sponsor agrees to undertake and must adhere to throughout the period of validity of their standard business sponsorship... Continue Reading

Be careful if you let them in!

          Most people would feel that  if a Department of Home Affairs officer lands on their door step they should let them in if they request to do so. If they were as cute and cuddly as these two you would definitely let them in and offer a bowl of milk.... Continue Reading

New Recent Graduate Stream for WA State Nomination

The recent additional requirement that Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (Subclass 482) applicants must already have 2 years of experience has resulted in many struggling to find a visa pathway after graduation. Previously, without the work experience requirement, graduates could use the time on their Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485) to gain the experience required... Continue Reading

Making An Appeal – What You Need To Know

Have you received a refusal on your visa application? Not all hope is yours. Read through your letter from the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) and look for this: “Review rights: No further assessment of this application can be taken at this office. However, you are entitled to apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)... Continue Reading

Distinguished Talent Visa (Subclass 124)

A rather niche visa, the Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124) is for those who do not fit into any other visa category but would make substantial contributions to the Australian community. Do you have what it takes? We will cover the following: Between 18 years and 55 years of age Internationally recognised achievement Must still... Continue Reading

How Do You Cease To Be An Australian Citizen And Can You Resume It After Losing It?

Many people think they can never lose their Australian citizenship, but you can. Admittedly it takes an extreme action to loose or you can just give it up. How does this happen? Renouncing your citizenship By being a dual citizen or dual national and acting inconsistently with your allegiance to Australia By being the child... Continue Reading

Many Visas Are Subject To A ‘No Adverse Information’ Clause. What Is Adverse Information?

‘No adverse information’. It may seem like a little requirement next to all the other complicated requirements in applying for a visa, but it is no less significant. Adverse information is assessed at every stage of the application – sponsorship approval, nomination and visa application. Adverse information affects the following applications: Standard Business Sponsorship application... Continue Reading

What Are The Minister’s Powers? Should You Make A Request?

It’s a hot topic in the news at the moment that the Minister has intervened with someone’s visa status, ruling for a favourable result. What exactly are the Minister’s powers? Should you make a request to the Minister? The Minster, The Hon Mr. Dutton, has his own guidelines drawn up in advance so everyone knows what... Continue Reading

Are You Of Good Character? Your Visa Is At Stake

The character test is naturally an important part of any visa application. How would one have their visa refused on the character grounds? Even if you have already gotten your visa granted, your visa may be cancelled on character grounds. Having your visa refused or cancelled can make any further visa applications very difficult. In... Continue Reading

Citizenship for Children Born in Australia

Citizenship for Children Born in Australia If you’re not a citizen and your child was born in Australia, would they be eligible for citizenship? Yes. Under certain conditions, of course. According to the immigration department; “Children born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986, who did not acquire Australian citizenship at birth, automatically acquire... Continue Reading

Partner Visa: Is Your Marriage Valid To The DOHA?

Are you planning to lodge a partner visa? Even if you are not married you may still apply for a partner visa as a de-facto relationship. If you do so however, you will need to demonstrate that the relationship has existed for at least 12 months, unless you have a relationship certificate. Applying for a... Continue Reading

Was Your Visa Is Refused Or Cancelled? The s48 Limitation May Apply To You

In some cases a person in Australia whose visa was refused or cancelled and does not hold a substantive visa will be limited from applying for most visas. The only visas available to such an individual are: Partner visas (subclasses 100, 309, 801, 820) Protection visa (subclass 866) Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602) Territorial Asylum... Continue Reading

TSS 482 Visa: Important Changes To The LMT Requirement

Labour Market Testing (LMT) is a means as to determine the genuinity of an application, in seeing that the employer has exhausted all options in procuring the right candidate from the Australian labour market before seeking to sponsor an overseas worker. LMT is one of the critical conditions to be met when applying for a... Continue Reading

Australian Institute Of Management: Skills Assessment For Managerial Positions

Are you of one of the following managerial positions? Chief Executive or Managing Director [111111] Corporate General Manager [111211] Sales and Marketing Manager [131112] Advertising Manager [131113] Public Relations Manager [131114] Human Resource Manager [132311] Engineering Manager [133211] Supply and Distribution Manager [133611] Procurement Manager [133612] All the above occupations have been linked to their... Continue Reading

TSS, ENS & RSMS Visas: Skilling Australians Fund In effect From 12 August 2018

The cost of hiring an overseas worker in going up. While it is all for the bigger picture, a company that is really struggling to find the right candidate would be paying the price. The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) legislation has been passed and is to come into effect on 12 August 2018. It is... Continue Reading

GSM Invitations And Occupation Ceilings For 2018/19

General Skilled Migration (GSM) invitations and cut offs The first invitation round was completed on 11 July 2018. 1010 invitations have been issued thus far. Please be advised that invitation rounds whilst previously run fortnightly will now be run on the 11th of each month. Find: The SkillSelect System The current cut off score is... Continue Reading

DOHA August 2018 Updates: General Skilled Migration And Employer Sponsored Visas

There are a number of updates in related to employer sponsored visas as well as general skilled migration visas: General Skilled Migration invitation rounds Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 visa TRT ENS/RSMS nominations Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT) Global Talent Scheme (GTS) Labour agreements New Zealand police checks   General... Continue Reading

RDA Orana: Good News For Accountants, New Occupation List And Application Process

Are you thinking about applying for the Skilled Regional 489 visa? On 31 July 2018 Regional Development Australia Orana updated the Orana Skilled Occupation List and changed some aspects of the application process. A number of Accountant occupations have been added to the list: Accountant (General) [221111] Management Accountant [221112] External Auditor [221213] Internal Auditor [221214] Finance... Continue Reading

Occupation List Announcements

NSW OCCUPATION LIST RELEASED The New South Wales occupation list for Skilled Nominated 190 occupations was recently released. Management Consultant is on the NSW occupation list. Find: NSW Priority Skilled Occupation List 2018/19 Also updated is the New South Wales list for Skilled Regional 489 visa applicants. Accountants remain on the list. Find: NSW Regional... Continue Reading

VETASSESS: Skills Assessment For Management Consultants

Are you looking to get a skills assessment as a Management Consultant [224711]? As a Management Consultant you would potentially be eligible for the following visas: Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) Skilled Regional visa (subclass 489) State sponsored Skilled Regional visa (subclass 489) Relative sponsored Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)... Continue Reading

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417): Applying For Your First And Second Visas

We recently covered the Work and Holiday visas (subclass 462). If you were not on the list of eligible countries, all hope is not lost. There is another option for you; the Working Holiday visa (subclass 417). In fact you would rather be on the list of eligible countries for this visa as it does... Continue Reading

Work And Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)

Are you looking to do a working holiday in Australia? There are two visas that will allow you to do so. They are the Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) and the Working Holiday visa (subclass 417). The Working Holiday 417 visa is a little more lenient, having no educational requirements, english requirements or government... Continue Reading

Temporary Graduate 485 Visa: You MUST Apply Within 6 Months

We believe in always looking ahead to your next step in your migration journey. If you are a student and you want to stay in Australia, your best bet is the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). There are two streams under the 485 visa being the Graduate Work stream and Post Study work stream. We... Continue Reading

189, 190 And 489 Visas: Calculating Skilled Employment Points

It’s gotten tougher. Effective 1 July 2018 the minimum points score you must achieve on the GSM points test should you be applying for a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489, was raised from 60 points to 65 points. Find: GSM Points Test... Continue Reading

189, 190 And 489 Visas: Australian Work And Study Points – Did You Hold The Right Visa And Comply With Your Conditions?

Are you applying for a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)? If you are intending to claim points on the points test for work or study in Australia, you have to read this. Read: Points Test Please remember that effective 1 July 2018... Continue Reading