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Australian Immigration Fee increase July 2019

The Australian Government announced the annual visa application charge increases. The visa application increases take effect from 1 July 2019, except those for the new Skilled Regional visas which will come into effect with these new subclasses on 16 November 2019. The increases reflect the 2.25% CPI increase published in the 2019/20 Budget Paper No […]


New Parent Visa

It has been announced by the Federal Government that the launch of the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) subclass 870 visa will commence 17 April 2019. The new visa program will allow as many as 15,000 parents of citizens and permanent residents to come to Australia each year. The Minister for Immigration, David Coleman, said that the […]


Accredited Business Sponsor – new category added

The Department of Home Affairs have announced an addition to the list of categories for to enable businesses that use the subclass 482 visa to apply for Accreditation. Category 5 Category 5 has been included that is for Australian Businesses that are providing major investment in Australia. The full criteria for the new category includes: […]


Australian Immigration news – Occupation List update – 11 March 2019

The Department of Home Affairs published the new skilled occupation lists that come into effect 11 March 2019.   The changes affect the following subclasses: These changes impact the following visa types: Temporary employer-sponsored visas: subclasses 482 and 407   Permanent employer-sponsored visas: subclasses 186 and 187   General skilled migration visas: subclasses 189, 190, […]


Australian Immigration – new occupation lists from 19 April 2017

From 19 April 2017, the Australian Government has revised the occupations lists for the Employer Sponsored Temporary subclass 457 visa and Permanent subclass 186 and 187 visas. The existing Consolidated Skilled Occupation list (CSOL)  has been replaced with two new lists, Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) There has […]


Australian immigration – subclass 457, 186 and 187 changes

The Australian government announced on 18 April that it will abolish the 457 visa program from March 2018. and replace with a new visa that contains two streams. During the announcement, the government also confirmed that there would be an immediate reduction in access to the 457 program with an overall of the occupations that were […]


Reforms to the Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa

Reforms to the Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa On 23 February 2013, Minister for Immigration & Citizenship, Brendan O’Connor MP announced measures to reform the subclass 457 program. The reforms are being made to ensure that jobs for local Australian workers are protected and Australian businesses should only be sourcing the skilled workers they […]


Proposed changes to the 457 legislation

The government has introduced into Parliament new legislation to amend the subclass 457 visa program. The proposed laws, among other changes, introduce: labour market testing for certain occupations impose a new sponsorship obligation in relation to training of Australians introduce enforceable undertakings for sponsors who fail to meet their obligations empower the Fair Work Ombudsmen […]