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Coalition Government set to open up the 457 Visa Program

The Minister for Immigration Mr Scott Morrison has made statements indicating the government’s intention to wind back some of the excessive labour market testing requirements on the 457 visa program introduced by the previous government. In an article in The Australian, Annabel Hepworth writes: In a closed-door speech yesterday, Australian…

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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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New July 1, 2013 Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL)

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.…

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Annual Update of Skilled Occupation List From 1 July 2013

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…

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Increase in Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visas Fees

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…

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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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What are the training benchmark requirements for sponsors of a 457 visa? Here is the answer!

Training Benchmarks and their requirements for Sponsors of a 457 Visa: For the 457 visa sponsors/employers to be approved under the standard business sponsorship must demonstrate that they meet training benchmark A or B. Benchmark A or B must be met by businesses who have operated for more than 12…

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Can my employer sponsored visa be cancelled or revoked? Here is the answer!

If you are in Australia and are sponsored by an employer either temporarily or permanently, or you are considering applying for an employer sponsored visa, you need to know your rights – including whether or not your employer can have your visa revoked if you stop working for them. Are…

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What is a training benchmark and who has to meet it?

If you are an Australian business wishing to sponsor an overseas national for employment in your business in Australia, for example under a subclass 457 Business (Temporary) Long Stay visa, or under the Employer Nomination Scheme visas, you will be required to meet the ‘training benchmark’ both at time of…

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How can I add a secondary applicant to my 457 Temporary Business (Long Stay) (subclass 457) visa?

Secondary visa applicants are members of the main visa applicant’s family unit. Eligible members of a family unit include the primary applicant’s spouse or de facto partner, a dependant 18 years of age or over, a dependant under the age of 18 or a dependent relative. It is important that…

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Are you currently in Australia on a temporary 457 visa or have an employer willing to sponsor you? If so, you might be eligible for a 187 permanent residence visa!

Temporary Residence Transition Stream If you are currently in Australia on a subclass 457 visa, you may be eligible for a subclass 187 visa through the Temporary Residence Transition stream. This visa is a permanent residence visa. In addition to the general criteria set out previously, to qualify under this…

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A subclass 187 visa will allow you to work, live and play ‘among the gum trees’ in Regional Australia!

As part of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), a subclass 187 visa allows Australian employers to sponsor foreign employees to live and work in regional Australia permanently. Regional Australia generally encompasses areas outside of the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne. It offers open spaces, less expensive…

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