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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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The AILS Complete Occupation List Guide

There has never been a time Australia’s immigration history where there are so many occupation lists! It is annoying to have find the right list for the right visa purpose. The AILS Complete Occupation List Guide(21 March 2019)has been put together by our office so you can find your occupation and then simply see which... Continue Reading

7 Days of Migration

7 Days of Migration (13th March to the 20th of March 2019) Not sure what has happened in the past week with migration? Don’t worry! We have the latest migration news and stories from the past seven days available here at your convenience. No need to do any further research, we have done it all... Continue Reading

7 Days of Migration

7 Days of Migration  (5th March to the 12th of March 2019) Not sure what has happened in the past week with migration? Don’t worry! We have the latest migration news and stories from the past seven days available here at your convenience. No need to do any further research, we have done it all... Continue Reading

Skills Assessments for Scientist Through VETASSESS

Skills Assessments for Scientist Through VETASSESS VETASSESS assess general professional occupations. It is an assessment body that can oversee the skills assessment for science occupations. In this article, we will discuss science occupations in group A. Science occupations in group A includes; 234511 Life Scientist (General) 234513 Biochemist 234514 Biotechnologist 234515 Botanist 234516 Marine Biologist 234517... Continue Reading

New Occupation Lists Start Today

Today new occupation lists were released. There are lists for the following visa subclasses; 186 visa 186 Occupation List 187 visa RSMS Occupation List 189,190,489 and 485 visas 189 190 489 485 GSM 482 Visa 482 Occupation List 189, 190, 489, 485 and ROL Lists These changes to the skilled occupations lists and assessing authorities do not affect those... Continue Reading

New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 461)

Are you a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia? As the holder of the Special Category Visa (Subclass 444), which is an automatic visa applied to New Zealand citizens on their entry into Australia, what are your options on bringing a partner or family member into Australia? What if your partner or family member does... Continue Reading

Will This New 870 Parent Visa Suit Our Family?

  Last week we covered the release of the new Temporary 870 Parent Visa details with the visa going live on the 1st of July and sponsors can apply earlier to gain permission to be a “sponsor” on the 17th April 2019. It is interesting that they have given this visa a 800 number for... Continue Reading

7 Days of Migration

  7 Days of Migration (27th February to the 5th of March 2019) Not sure what has happened in the past week with migration? Don’t worry! We have the latest migration news and stories from the past seven days available here at your convenience. No need to do any further research, we have done it... Continue Reading

The New 870 Temporary Parents Visa arrives

Details of the new 3-5 year 870 Sponsored Temporary Parents visa have been released today. (We are still uploading details of the visa now) In Summary here are the main points of interest; It costs $5000 for a three year visa and $10000 for a 5 year visa. Prior sponsorship approval must be granted for... Continue Reading

Getting A Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408) As Staff Exchange?

The Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408) covers some stream for temporary entrants: Invited Participant in an event Sport Religious Worker Domestic Worker (Executive) Superyacht Crew Research Staff Exchange Special Program Entertainment Australian Government Endorsed Event In this article, we will address what the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) requires for the Temporary Activity 408 visa... Continue Reading

7 Days of Migration

7 Days of Migration (19th February to the 26th of February 2019) Not sure what has happened in the past week with migration? Don’t worry! We have the latest migration news and stories from the past seven days available here at your convenience. No need to do any further research, we have done it all... Continue Reading

Children Born In Australia and Citizenship

  Congratulations to young Ms. Vrunda Patel (pictured right), who last week became one of Australia’s newest Australian Citizens. She was born in Australia whilst her parents were studying here and although spent a large amount of time outside of Australia before the age of 5, was still able to gain her Citizenship. You may... Continue Reading

7 Days of Migration

  Dates from: 12th February to the 19th of February 2019 Not sure what has happened in the past week with migration? Don’t worry! We have the latest migration news and stories from the past seven days available here at your convenience. No need to do any further research, we have done it all for... Continue Reading

Today The Liberal Party’s Views On Immigration Into Australia

Are You Pro Labour or Liberal? Today The Liberal Party’s Views On Immigration Into Australia The 2019 Australia Federal Election is looming. Are you a left or right wing? The Liberal Party (right wing) believes that Australia has a ‘border failure’. Make your way to the Liberal Party’s official website and under the ‘Border Protection’... Continue Reading

7 Days of Migration

7 days of Migration News (5th to 12th Feb). Willing to live in regional Australia? Australian government’s new plans to accelerate visa application for skilled migrants if they move to regional areas of Australia. Australian government’s new plans to accelerate visa applications for skilled migrants with strict rules. Applicants will have to stay in their... Continue Reading

Student Visa and Work Permission

If you are on a Student 500 visa, Condition 8105 applies to you. Condition 8105 demands that student visa holders work no more than 40 hours per fortnight while their course is in session. This is what most students know. But here are some tidbits that you may not know: A student visa holder is not... Continue Reading

Interesting Migration Stories the past 7 days

  Young, elderly and disabled depended upon migration workers: https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-care-of-our-young-elderly-and-disabled-is-increasingly-reliant-on-overseas-born-workers-20181227-p50oe3.html – Anup Raj Neupane Visa condition breached. Individual facing deportation: https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2019/02/01/underpaid-and-badly-exploited-indian-cook-now-faces-deportation Real or arranged? Allegations of a forged identity of a brother and sister for Australian spouse visa: https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2019/01/30/indian-brother-sister-accused-marrying-each-other-australian-visa; https://au.news.yahoo.com/brother-sister-accused-marrying-obtain-australian-visa-020500971.html An inspirational story of a child of migrant parents defeating the odds: https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/audiotrack/meet-simran-kaur-wadhawan-newest-member-raaf International students... Continue Reading

Getting A Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408) As A Religious Worker

  The Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408) covers a number of streams for temporary entrants: Entertainer Sport Invited participant Religious worker Researcher Special program Exchange Superyacht crew Domestic worker (executive) Australian Government Endorsed Event (AGEE) Read: Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408) In this article we will cover what the Department of Home Affair (DOHA) requires... Continue Reading

Paying for Sponsorship – Part 2

In our last article we discussing the all important ‘no payment for sponsorship’ requirement that is in any sponsored work visa and put in place to protect overseas workers from exploitation or extortion and to encourage fair recruitment practices. To recap, the visas affected by the ‘no payment for sponsorship’ requirement: Training (subclass 407) Temporary... Continue Reading

Are you a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) applying for the 482 visa?

As most of you are aware the old 457 working visa is dead and the new 482 visa has taken its place. The 482 has basically been split into two groups, one where you can obtain a 4 year visa which has a pathway to permanent residency and the other is a dead end 2... Continue Reading

The New ACT Matrix Is Still A Betrayal Of Trust

The first three rounds of the Canberra Matrix have been released. The current round has issued invitations to people in the 65-110 point range. What do the results tell students studying in the ACT? We thought it’s time to take a look. In my experience the majority of international students who come to study here... Continue Reading

The SISA Visa: Fact Checking South Australia Immigration Claims

    It seems most of Australia has greeted the South Australian media release regarding their new exclusive visa for new bright sparks with a loud applause. It seems like a nice idea doesn’t it? Lets give bright hopefuls a visa to come to SA and help them develop their business ideas into a reality... Continue Reading

Visitor Visa Consecutive 12 Month Rule

Applying for a Visitor visa and your total stay will exceed 12 months? If you already hold a tourist visa, working holiday visa or a bridging visa, you may be thinking about lodging a tourist visa to extend your stay in Australia. However what most people don’t realise is that there is a consecutive 12... Continue Reading

Your Full Guide To The Temporary Graduate 485 Visa: Part II

The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) is a visa that is very useful to overseas students who take up study in Australia and decide after a while that they would like to stay in Australia. Before we dive into part two of this detailed guide, some ground work. The Temporary Graduate 485 visa has two... Continue Reading

Temporary Graduate 485 Visa – Your Full Guide: Part I

The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) is a visa that is exclusive to certain students who have completed study in Australia. This visa exists to cater to the students who have gained skills through education in Australia and through their time here, have grown both to love Australia and to be better equipped to be... Continue Reading

New Laws Coming Regarding Family Sponsored Visas

The new Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 is on its way with a few disturbing aspects to it. One on the major concerns is that a sponsor must have been approved before a visa such as a partner application can be lodged. New parents visa and changes to family sponsorship You... Continue Reading

Paying For Sponsorship Pt1

Sadly the media has been full of stories where our international visitors, primarily international students, have robed of tens of thousands of dollars by fraudsters promising visa sponsorship that never eventuates. If you aren’t aware of these events then be very very careful when someone offers you a job in return for a large some... Continue Reading

More on the Australian Study Requirement

  The Australian Study Requirement (ASR) is a requirement that an applicant must fulfil for the application of a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) or if fulfilled, can be used to gain 5 points for an application for a general skilled migration visa. The general skilled migration (GSM) visas include: Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)... Continue Reading

The New ACT Sponsorship Requirements

Finally the ACT government has released its new system for selecting prospective migrants for granting them a 190 PR visa. You can read the full guidelines here. They have developed a complicated points based selection system called the Canberra Matrix Scoring. This Matrix system is so convoluted that it makes the immigration departments EOI look... Continue Reading

What is a De Facto Relationship?

Relationships come in many shapes and sizes, so how does the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) define de facto relationships for the purposes of applying for a visa? De facto relationships, whether between partners of the same sex or of different sex must be able to meet the following criteria to be considered as de... Continue Reading

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