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Skilling Australians Fund

Visa Australia have received further information this morning on the implementation of the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF). The associated Bills have been passed through Parliament and both are awaiting Royal Assent, which usually takes between 7 and 10 working days. When it comes into effect it will require employers to…

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New training benchmarks for visas

On 18 October 2017 a Bill (Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Bill 2017) was introduced before Parliament which provides a detailed framework for the Skilling Australians Fund. The Skilling Australians Fund (“SAF”) will replace the current training benchmarks for the employers of overseas workers from 1 March 2018. It is…

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Government crack down on 457 skilled visa workers

The Australian Federal Government is cracking down on the number of 457 skilled worker visas handed out to McDonald's, Hungry Jack’s and other fast-food chains. According to reports, McDonald’s, Hungry Jack’s and KFC will no longer be able to sponsor foreign workers on sponsored visas to work at their fast-food…

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Failed the Health Requirements for a visa – Can you get a Health Wavier?

There are certain visas where a person can apply for a waiver when they fail the health requirements. You do not actually apply a health waiver. The Department of Immigration will send you a letter inviting you or a dependant who has failed to meet the health requirements to put…

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Fraudulent visa immigration permanent residency scam

Earlier this year nearly 90 migrants paid thousands of dollars each in order to obtain Australian permanent residency through the scheme offered by a Melbourne-based cleaning company, Clinica Internationale Pty Ltd. The Federal Court has ordered employment and training firm Clinica Internationale Pty Ltd. and its sole shareholder Radovan Laski…

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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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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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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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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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Urgent! Changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

The Australian Government has today announced changes to the Employer Sponsored visa program to come into effect 01 July 2012. There are 6 important changes for the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) and these are: there will only be 2 subclasses instead of the current…

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SkillSelect – Important Changes of the General Skilled Migrant Program

In line with the roll-out of the new skilled migration program, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) recently unveiled its new online portal. Many people may have been advised by their agents about new policy being introduced from 1 July 2012 to the General Skilled Migrant Program. The main…

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