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UPDATE: Partner visa application arrangements

People should continue to follow the processes associated with paper applications for those lodged before 18 November 2017. As of 17 November 2017, the Department no longer accepts paper applications either in person of by post, including applications that were posted before 17th but received later. Payment must be made by credit card, paypal, China …

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ACT Migration Program Now Closed to Overseas Applicants

The ACT Migration Program has been closed to overseas applicants effective 23 August 2017.   However, overseas applicants can still apply if they meet the ACT nomination criteria and they have, either: Close ties (either family or genuine job offer) in Canberra, OR Completed a PhD at an ACT university   For overseas applicants who …

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Reforms to Tasmania’s State Nomination Policy

From 1 July 2017:  New Category for overseas applicants (489 visa only): A new Category for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) has been introduced for Tasmanian Government state nomination. Overseas (offshore) applicants will be eligible to apply under this new Category. Changes to eligibility for ‘Category 3 – Family in Tasmania’: Applicants with …

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Clarifying Changes to Employer-Sponsored Permanent Visas

The AFR reported that recent changes to some employer-sponsored visas would mean hundreds of visa applications made before 1 July are now invalid. Changes to the exemption to English language and skills assessment requirements for employer-sponsored permanent visas will not be applied to applications lodged before 1 July 2017 Removal of the exemption for applicants …

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457 Visa Changes for Universities

The government enacts several changes, which were issues raised by Universities Australia: ‘University Lecturer’ has been restored to 4-year Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), with a pathway to permanent residency; ‘Chief Executive or Managing Director’ and ‘Faculty Head’ have also been restored to the MLTSSL; A wide range of scientific, technical and professional …

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Working Holiday Visa changes for South America

The number of work and holiday visa places for young Australian, Chilean and Argentinean nationals will be increased annually from 1 July 2017. There will be an increase from 1500 to 2000 reciprocal visa places for Australian and Chilean nationals. There will be an increase from 700 places to 1500 visa places annually for Australian …

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