Legislative Changes

The rules for the new Subclass 870 (Sponsored Parent (Temporary)) visa

The new Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa and Other Measures) Regulations 2019 will commence on 17 April 2019, and it includes the details of the Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa (TSPV), which provides parents with a new pathway to temporarily reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia. To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be the …

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Changes of Working Holiday Visa

Legislative Instrument – F2018L01507 – LIN 18/173: Arrangements for Working Holiday Visa Applications Instrument 2018, increases the upper age limit for WHV applicants from Canada and the Republic of Ireland, and the place and manner of making an application for a WHV. This Instrument gives effect to changes in the Schedule 2 Regulations for Subclass 417 WHV made on 1 July 2017, that made provision …

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Skilling Australians Fund Commences on 12 August

We have been notified that the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Charges will commence on 12 August 2018. The charge is imposed on employers who nominate workers for temporary or permanent skilled work visas. The SAF will only apply to Nominations made on or after 12 August 2018, meaning any applications lodged before this date will …

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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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