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New changes to the Minister Of Religion Labour Agreement for religious assistants

The Department of Home Affairs announced important changes to Minister of Religion Labour Agreement (MORLA). The changes facilitate sponsorship of the additional occupation of Religious Assistant (ANZSCO 451816). This broadens the MORLA to sponsorship options outside the current occupation of Minister of Religion. A major benefit of the new visa is…

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Minister of Religion visas

As a Minister of Religion, you can apply for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) for up to four years or an Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) which is a permanent visa. You must be nominated by a Religious Organisation. The Migration Regulations 1994 state that…

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The new subclass 482 temporary skill shortage visa comes into effect

On 19 March 2018, the Government has introduced the new Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa. This new visa enables employers to engage a temporary skilled overseas worker if an appropriately skilled Australian worker is unavailable. An overseas worker must be nominated by a sponsoring business and obtain a Subclass…

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A Religious Organisation can only sponsor a Minister of Religion through a labour agreement

The only pathway which allows a Religious Organisation to sponsor a Minister of Religion as an overseas skilled worker is through a labour agreement. A Minister of Religion labour agreement allows Australian religious organisations to sponsor the temporary and permanent entry of overseas skilled workers. The terms and conditions of…

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Australia’s new citizenship requirements

In a sweeping review of Australia’s citizenship requirements Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced today (20 April 2017) that there will be a greater emphasis on Australian values, a demonstrated capacity to integrate into the Australian Community, greater English language skills, more detailed evaluation of a person’s criminal record and longer…

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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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Interested in the Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 Visa? Be mindful of these hidden traps

Subclass 186 visas are for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who live and work in Australia. This visa is a permanent residence visa. Holders of 186 visas and their family members are allowed to live, study and work permanently in Australia, enrol in Medicare, access some…

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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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