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Employer sponsored temporary work visas (482 and 457) and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re a Temporary Skill Shortage visa holder - what should you do if you have been stood down or your work hours are reduced by your employer? The Australian Government has announced that Temporary Skill Shortage visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain…

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South Australia announces new occupations for sponsored visas

The South Australia Government has entered into a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the Federal Government. DAMAs will assist businesses and employers find skilled overseas workers for occupations which are facing shortages in the State. In a joint media release by The Hon David Coleman MP Minister for Immigration,…

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DoHA and ATO sharing data

As an employer that sponsors overseas workers, there are important obligations that rest on the business. Also, as an employee who has been sponsored by a business to work in Australia, there are conditions attached to your visa which must be adhered to. The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) will…

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New labour market testing and skilling australians fund rules

If you are intending to sponsor an employee, you need to be aware that there are new rules in place for Labour Market Testing (LMT) and Skilling Australians Fund (SAF). Labour Market Testing A position that is going to be sponsored must be advertised for at least four (4) weeks…

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New Training Benchmarks for sponsored temporary and permanent visas announced in 2017 Federal Budget

Training Benchmarks will be phased out and a new Skilling Australians Fund will be established which will raise revenue of $1.2 billion over the forward estimates period. The government says the new Skilling Australians Fund will be used to meet future skills needs, with a focus on apprenticeships and traineeships.…

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Employer Sponsored Visas – Can I leave before 2 years?

A very common question asked about employer sponsored visas is: “What happens if I need/want to leave my employer before the 2 year period is up?” Employer Nomination Scheme (sc 186) When you lodge the visa application form for this subclass you are required to declare that you agree to…

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The British are flocking to Australia!

According to an article written by Lisa Cornish in The Australian, Australia is about to experience the biggest intake of British migrants since the 1970’s. This decade will see approximately 400,000 UK migrants relocating to our country. You may be asking, why Australia? Well according to Alistair Thomson, professor of…

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Decision Ready vs. Non-Decision Ready – Does it matter?

We often get a lot of enquiries asking about the Decision Ready vs Non-Decision Ready and if it does matter. The simple answer is no. As of late December 2013 the Department has completely removed the option for Registered Migration Agents (RMA) to lodge applications decision ready. This means that…

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Changes to the way 457 Visa Applications are made

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…

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457 Visa Changes Announced!

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…

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Can I work a second job whilst holding a 457 Temporary Work visa?

The simple answer is NO. You will note on your visa grant letter from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) condition 8107. Condition 8107 places employment conditions on your visa and as the main applicant you must; Work in the occupation for which you where nominated Work for the…

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Can a small company sponsor overseas workers? Here is the answer!

Yes, a small company in Australia can sponsor overseas workers! The most commonly used visa is the 457 visa which requires a three stage application process the standard business sponsorship for the company, the nomination for the position being offered and the visa for the employee. A few of the…

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