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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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What If I Separate From My Partner On A 489 visa?

  Sadly the unexpected happens in life and you may have separated from your partner after obtaining your 489 visa together. What should you do? Can you both still apply for the 887 PR visa in the near future as seperate applicants? Do I have to inform Immigration? Firstly, there is no condition on your... Continue Reading

Order Of Processing For Skilled Visas

Many of you may not realise that the DOHA has a specific direction from the Minister in what order skilled migration applications must be processed. This is known as Direction 86. Order for considering visa applications The following processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) should be given due regard to in relation to applications... Continue Reading

Assessing Periods Of Skilled Employment-Deeming Dates

It has long been issues of contention regarding the so-called “deeming date” on some skill assessment outcomes. Now the notion of Deeming Dates maybe blown out of the water. In the past, maybe more than 15 years ago, skill assessments were determined by the ASCO (yes not ANZSCO then) guidelines. Even the relevancy of the... Continue Reading

Australia’s Northern Territory Nomination For Skilled Migrants

  The Northern Territory (NT) Government is seeking highly skilled professionals and tradespeople under the Skilled Work Regional 491 and 190 visa programs. If you have a skilled occupation that is in demand in Australia’s top end, the NT Government may be interested in nominating you to support your visa application under one of the... Continue Reading

The 870 Parent Visa Trap

According to the Immigration department the Temporary Parent 870 visas are off to a flying start. What they did not mention was the little known fact that the department is actually one hand granting these temporary visas while quietly denying holders of these visas the right to apply for the permanent residency parent program. According... Continue Reading

Sponsorship by Western Australia: 190 & 491 Visas

Are you thinking of moving to Western Australia (WA), can’t find your occupation on the General Skilled Migration (GSM) list for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) or are looking for a way to earn more points on the GSM points test? The nominated visas are a fantastic option to consider. Skilled Nominated visa (subclass... Continue Reading

Migration – What Is In Store For 2020?

  A Happy New Year to all our readers and clients. Whilst this federal government deliberately is making PR processing times longer in an effort to make PR grant numbers seem smaller this financial year (and perhaps the next), they are pushing new migrants into regional areas wherever they can. The focus for the year... Continue Reading

Prospective Marriage 300 Visa. Can You Get Married Before It’s Granted?

The Prospective Marriage Visa has been around for a long time and has been used successfully by many happy couples to get married in Australia. It is designed for couples who have met at least once in person, fallen in love and plan to be married in Australia. This marriage was originally meant to happen... Continue Reading

476 Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa

If you have an Engineering Degree then this could be the visa for you! 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

The AILS Guide: Complete Occupation List 2020

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. AILS Complete Occupation List (16 November 2019) has been put together by our office so you can find your occupation and then simply see which... Continue Reading

NSW Release their new 491 Sponsorship Requirements

The NSW government has dramatically sacked the Regional Development Authorities (RDA’s) from looking after the regional sponsored 491 visa. From January 2020, the NSW State Government will directly take over the processing for the new regional visa and the RDA’s will look after the remainder of the 489 applications. This is a big change to... Continue Reading

Queensland is Looking for Skilled Workers – Part III: Queensland Postgraduates

Our final article in the series on getting your Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) or the new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491) through sponsorship with Queensland!  Queensland has different requirements based on whether you are working in Queensland or outside of Australia, and offers a special streamlined pathway for those who have taken... Continue Reading

Order For Considering GSM Visa Applications

The Minister has the following current directions in how GSM visas are processed. The following processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) should be given due regard to in relation to applications for visas that are specified in the schedule: visa applications for an Employer Sponsored visa or Regional Sponsored visa where the applicant is... Continue Reading

Queensland is Looking for Skilled Workers – Part II: Offshore Applicants

Recently we wrote about some Queensland based opportunities through which you may find a visa pathway into Australia. Our focus will be on the Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) and newly established Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491). The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491) replaced the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)... Continue Reading

ACT Sponsorship 491 and 190 Visas

Most you will have heard by now that the ACT offers a nomination pathway for the new 491 TR visa for the first time thanks to the new Designated Regional Area list. It has always offered 190 PR sponsorship and this still exists. Is it easy to gain sponsorship approval from Canberra? Well that depends... Continue Reading

Queensland is Looking for Skilled Workers – Part I: Onshore Applicants

Queensland is looking for skilled migrants in occupations that have been identified as being in shortage in the labour market in Queensland. That is good news for those who are seeking a future living in Australia.  There are a number of visas that will allow you to work in Queensland, and to name a few... Continue Reading

Tasmania’s 491 Criteria. Is It The New GTE?

Now the 16th November has passed we shall be looking at the various state/territory sponsorship criteria for the new 491 visa. Basically most of the 491 eligibility criteria is the same that was in place for the 489 visa. We notice that for the 6 months employment criteria there has been a tightening of requirements... Continue Reading

The New Designated Regional Areas

A new list of Designated Regional Areas (DRA) was released today by the government. It is designed to specify parts of Australia, by postcode, for the purposes of the new definition of Designated Regional Area under regulation 1.03 of the Regulations. You can find this new list here; Designated Regional Areas Postcodes The new list... Continue Reading

491 And 494 Visas Conditions 8580 And 8581

Australia’s Era Of Stalinism Begins Most people haven’t noticed the new visa conditions that are going to begin on the 16th November 2019 for the upcoming 491 and 494 Designated Areas visas because no one has received one yet. Today we are going to focus on what we in the office have dubbed, the “Stalin... Continue Reading

Major Changes from November Affecting the Skilled Migration Visas

There is a lot in motion at the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA), with many changes to visas underway and some very exciting changes to the points test as well! Taking affect from 16 November 2019, we will bid the Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)and Direct Entry stream Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa... Continue Reading

Global Talent 149K Employee Visa

Today on the 4th November  the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman today launched the Global Talent – Independent Program. In this new program, highly skilled migrants in selected industries will receive a Fast tracked process to permanent residency in Australia. Now considering PR processing is at an all time... Continue Reading

General Residence Requirement for Australian Citizenship and Exemptions

Are you a permanent resident looking to obtain citizenship in Australia? One of the critical requirements to be eligible to be granted citizenship is that you are required to have had residence in Australia for a specified period of time. However there is an exemption available in limited circumstances. Be warned there is also the... Continue Reading

Staying With Your ENS Sponsor For Two Years

We often are asked if there is any legal requirement to stay with your employer after your PR is granted through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) 186 visa. It is a tricky question but no is the simple answer. Remember we are talking about ENS 186 visa, a very different animal compared to its 187... Continue Reading

Orana DAMA Part II: The Applicant

What is a DAMA? It is an agreement between an area and the government allowing businesses in that area to sponsor overseas workers. It is kinder than the usual employer sponsored visa streams, allowing for businesses in those areas to access occupations that are not available otherwise. It also includes concessions on the income threshold... Continue Reading

Orana DAMA Part I: The Business

Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) represent exciting opportunities for both businesses and visa applicants alike, offering a chance for business to employ (and applicants to be sponsored for) occupations that are not usually available, concessions on requirements and more. Not too long ago we introduced the Orana DAMA, an agreement between an area and the... Continue Reading

7 Days of Migration – 2/10/19 to 9/10/19

(2 October to the 9 of October 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 you. In this... Continue Reading

Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Applicant

Read: Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Sponsor Read: Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Applicant Are you in the position where you no longer have any close relatives that live outside of Australia? Perhaps all of the family you know has moved to Australia. You may apply for the permanent... Continue Reading

Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Sponsor

  Read: Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Sponsor Read: Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Applicant Do you have a family member who has recently lost all members of their family unit and in need of joining you in Australia? That family member may apply for the permanent Australian Remaining... Continue Reading

Orana DAMA: Coming Soon! What it means for you.

  A Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is an agreement between a specific area and the Australian government that allows for businesses in that area to sponsor overseas workers through a labour agreement. What is special about labour agreements are that they allow for those businesses to sponsor workers for the labour agreement stream Temporary... Continue Reading

7 Days of Migration – 25/9/19 to 2/10/19

(25th September to 2nd October 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 you. In this week’s edition,... Continue Reading

Study a Trade to Qualify for Permanent Residency in Australia

  Australia is one of the world’s most popular destinations for immigration. Abundant opportunities and a growing economy make it one of the best places to study, work, and build a future. With a relatively complex immigration system, some hopeful migrants can find it difficult to identify a pathway to permanent resident status. One way... Continue Reading

The AILS Guide: Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (Subclass 186) – Part III

We have now covered the two main streams under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) in this three part series. In our last two articles which we have listed below, we have gone into detail on the different requirements that apply to those two streams, how those requirements are assessed, explained the exemptions... Continue Reading