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A new agricultural visa for Australia

The Australian Government has announced a new agricultural visa looking to be implemented in the second half of 2021. The visa is aimed at addressing the ever-increasing shortage of farm workers. With the borders closed the traditional backpacker army who assisted the agricultural sector has been significantly curtailed. Who will…

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Entrepreneur visas for Australia

Australia’s government is seeking entrepreneurs to settle in Australia especially as the economy is being rebuilt as the global economy and the Australian economy come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Entrepreneur stream provides a visa which allows you to stay for…

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New rules for subclass 485 Post-Study work visas

The Australian Government has introduced legislation in the form of the Migration Amendment (Temporary Graduate Visas) Regulations 2020, to allow holders of a subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visas to apply offshore and more importantly a pathway for a second subclass 485 for applicants in regional areas. The explanatory statement…

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Social workers needed in Australia to support our economic recovery from COVID-19

The Australian Government has identified 18 occupations to fill critical skills needs whilst supporting the economic recovery from the pandemic. The following 17 Occupations were announced on 2 September 2020: Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111) Construction Project Manager (133111) Mechanical Engineer (233512) General Practitioner (253111) Resident Medical Officer (253112)…

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Positive changes to Australia’s global talent visa in the global talent independent program

The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) has recently made several changes to Distinguished Talent Visa (subclass 858 visa). This is a permanent visa for people who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible field. The changes for the Distinguished Talent Visa are: The removal…

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Skilled migrants – kick starting the Australian economy post-COVID-19

It is often said Australia is a country built on the back of migrants who have brought a diversity of skills and culture to enhance our nation. This will be even more important in the post-COVID-19 world. The Australian government has already identified 17 occupations which will fill critical skills…

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Global Business & Talent Attraction Taskforce

The Australian Government has announced the formation of a taskforce to lure international businesses and exceptionally talented skilled people as part of the Government’s initiative to support the COVID-19 recovery and give a boost to the Australian economy and jobs. The Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce will be a…

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Subclass 887 Skilled Regional visa applicants – Concessions to assist

A lot of applicants for a prospective skilled regional (subclass 887) visa are having or contemplating having problems with their regional residency requirements which are required to be satisfied for the grant of this visa. The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) have indicated a residency concession will be available to…

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A new visa for skilled workers from Hong Kong

The Migration Amendment (Hong Kong Passport Holders) Regulations 2020 has now commenced and provides further opportunities for Hong Kong passport holders to remain in Australia, with pathways to permanent residency. The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) has identified all people who are holding a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of…

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New labour market testing requirements

On 2 September 2020 the Government announced that current labour market testing (LMT) requirements have been enhanced to ensure that Australian workers are prioritised for any job opportunities in Australia. Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa, or Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa will require three job advertisements…

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Australia’s global talent visa for individuals and businesses

In late 2019 the Australian Government launched the Global Talent - Independent program which offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia. There are two streams. The first is the Global Talent Independent Program (GTI) and the second is the…

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Australia is recruiting – New Global Talent Visa

Australia has introduced a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia. The Government and industry has recognised there is growing competition for talent around the globe and to compete we must have a pathway that leads to certainty for people…

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