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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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Calling All Chefs

In our recent post, it was noted that the position of Chef has been added to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) as of 1 July 2014. Are you a chef and are looking to work in Australia, or even migrate here permanently? Do you have relevant qualifications, years of experience…

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IMPORTANT – July 1 Changes to Occupation Lists

As per our blog on 11 June 2014, July 1 has seen some changes to both the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). You’ll need to check the new SOL if you’re looking at lodging any of the following visas: Independent points-based skilled migration who…

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The challenges faced in obtaining credit in Australia as a new migrant

Eastern Financial Solutions (EFS) specialise in looking after the financing needs of new migrants and immigrants who settle in all states of Australia. Borrowing money in Australia may be vastly different to what you have experienced in the past in your home country and being new to Australia does mean…

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Is your business looking to sponsor employees under a 457 visa?

The Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement for the subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa programme will commence on 23 November 2013. Business sponsors who are seeking to employ an overseas worker to fill a skilled position will be required to test the local labour market before lodging a nomination. How…

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Can I add a Child to my 457 Visa?

If you are a 457 visa holder and have had a baby since your visa was granted – your child is eligible to be added onto your current visa. In order to have your child added, you will need to provide the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with identity…

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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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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 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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Temporary Work 457 Changes are coming! Are you looking at applying for a 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa?

The 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa is a temporary employer sponsored visa, which allows you to remain in Australia for up to four years, while working with your employer. It is also a pathway to permanent residency – if you work for your employer on a 457 visa for two…

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Are you on a 457 Temporary Worker Visa and wish to obtain permanent residency? Here is how it works!

If you are in Australia on a 457 visa then the two most commonly used options to obtain permanent residency are the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) and both require sponsorship from your current employer who sponsored you for the 457. From the 1st…

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