If you are applying for a Family Stream visa (including the Prospective Marriage visa) then you need to be aware of the new Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 being implemented. The changes will apply to you if you have applied for a Family Steam visa prior to 1 July 2013 and it has not yet […]
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The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have announced a new version of the Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). ANZSCO is used by DIAC case officers to guide them as to the duties and description of nominated occupations used under many visa subclasses. The new ANZSCO (Version 1.2) and a summary of […]
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have announced new visa changes to the 457 program from 1 July 2013. The updated visa changes include; Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold Increase (TSMIT) The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) has been increased as of 1 July 2013. The previous TSMIT was set at AUD51 400 and […]
As of 1 July 2013 there are changes to the occupations on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL). If you are nominated by a State or Territory Government, a direct entry Employer Nomination Scheme visa, a 457 visa or a 402 visa you must nominate an occupation from this list. New occupations have been added […]
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has advised that effective from 1 July 2013 the processing of all 485 visa applications that have already been lodged and undecided by their current case officers will be transferred from the General Skilled Migration team in Brisbane and Adelaide to the Temporary Graduate Visas Centres in Brisbane […]
If you are thinking about applying for a visa, or are in the process of a visa application, watch out for the fee increases starting on 1 July 2013. All valid visa applications lodged with the department before 1 July will not be subject to these changes to pricing. Your visa application is valid when […]
If you have had a visa application refused and wish to have your case reviewed by the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) there are changes that you need to be aware of. Increase in Fees As of 1 July 2013 the fee payable when lodging an application with the MRT will increase to $1,604 from $1,540. […]
Department of Immigration And Citizenship has announced the annual update of the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), which will be effective from 1 July 2013. The SOL determines which occupations are eligible for independent and family sponsored skilled migration. The list of occupations reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to a skilled migration program that delivers skills […]
A preliminary reading of the DIAC Portfolio Budget Statements 2013-14 shows migration has come through relatively unscathed following a tough budget where unpopular decisions were made. The following was revealed: Total Migration Program numbers remain unchanged at 190,000; Skilled Program down by 700 places to 128,550; Family Program up by 700 to 60,885; Total departmental […]
Visas Fees increase 457 Visas; Applicants wishing to obtain the subclass 457 visa will incur increased visas fees from 1 July 2013. The original fee for this visa was $455 but will now be almost doubled to $900. It is estimated that this increase will earn the Government a further 47 million dollars in the […]