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How can I get my Parents to Australia? – Australian parent visa options

One of the issues that I receive a large number of enquiries from Australian citizens, permanent resident and eligible New Zealand citizens is how can they get their parents to join them in Australia on a temporary or permanent basis. The level of enquiry through COVID-19 has escalated as families…

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The Australian border is back open for skilled and work migrants

The news everyone in business and service industries has been waiting for has finally arrived. After nearly two years of our borders being closed, they will reopen on 1 December 2021 to fully vaccinated skilled and work visa applicants people who will no longer need to seek exemptions. The Prime…

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457 visa holders’ transitional arrangements coming to an end in March 2022

Many Subclass 457 and subsequent Subclass 482 visa holders don’t have long to seek permanent residence through sponsorship by their employers. In 2017 the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) announced the cessation of the Subclass 457 visa program and a new subclass 482 (Temporary Skilled Shortage) came into effect from…

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Changes to Labour Market Testing requirements for Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)

What is a DAMA? A DAMA is an agreement between the Australian government and a regional, state or territory authority. The benefit of DAMAs are that allows more access to overseas workers so that regions can better respond to their often unique economic and labour markets. Currently the following regions…

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What happens when your situation changes during your Australian visa application?

One of the most common question we are asked is what happens to my partner visa application if our relationship breaks down? We always emphasise to our clients that you must always be transparent and honest when dealing with the Department of Home Affairs (Department). Section 104 of the Migration…

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Expression of interest (EOI) for Australian visa applicants

We are often asked what is an expression of interest (EOI) or why do I have to submit one by an applicant who is applying for certain visa classes. What is an expression of interest? An EOI is required for certain classes of visas such as: Business Innovation and Investment…

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How do I become an Australian citizen?

Obtaining Australian citizenship and an Australian passport is in more demand than ever. It continues to rate in the top ten most desirable countries to be a citizen. According to the United Nations, Australia is the second-best country in the world to live, due to its excellent quality of life…

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Entrepreneur visa Australia

Australia is actively chasing entrepreneurs not only to assist in the economic led recovery from COVID-19 but also because it provides a viable alternative to the United States of America. The graph below from research conduct at QUT one of Australia’s leading universities outlines recent trends: How do I get…

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Australian Business Visas

As the world emerges from the pandemic the demand for visas to Australia for business owners, investors and entrepreneurs is seeing unprecedented demand. As the border open Australia’s State and Territory governments will be actively seeking high quality applicants. Outlined in this article is the current pathways for business owners,…

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What are the current processing priorities for skilled migration visa applications in Australia?

Australia has prioritised both permanent and temporary work visas during the pandemic period to assist in its economic recovery. All skilled visa processing priorities are determined by the current government policy and outlined in the various Ministerial Directions. Currently this relates to the following visas:​ Subclass 124 (Distinguished Talent)Subclass 186…

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MLTSSL – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List

The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) contains 216 occupations. The list is prescribed in LIN 19/051: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities) Instrument 2019. MLTSSL is the occupational demand list which is in high demand across various states and territories of Australia. It is particularly relevant to the following visas in…

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Permanent residence – transitional arrangements for 457 visa holders cease in March 2022

The Australian Government in 2017 announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa program would cease and be replaced by subclass 482 (Temporary Skilled Shortage) visa. The subclass 482 came into effect in March 2018 with new eligibility requirements. The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) announced transitional arrangements for…

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