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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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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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Social workers needed in Australia to support our economic recovery from COVID-19

The Australian Government has identified 18 occupations to fill critical skills needs whilst supporting the economic recovery from the pandemic. The following 17 Occupations were announced on 2 September 2020: Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111) Construction Project Manager (133111) Mechanical Engineer (233512) General Practitioner (253111) Resident Medical Officer (253112)…

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What does Australia’s Immigration program look like in 2021?

There is no doubt immigration plays a vital role in Australia’s economic plan in normal times. I believe it will be even more important in a post COVID-19 world which we are all hoping for in 2021. The Federal government and the State and Territories have always focused on attracting…

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The new regional skilled visas and the pathway to permanent residency in Australia

Two new regional visas will be introduced from 16 November 2019.  These visas will lead to permanent residency after a period of 3 years. The visas are applicable to regional Australia and everywhere except for Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa…

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New labour market testing and skilling australians fund rules

If you are intending to sponsor an employee, you need to be aware that there are new rules in place for Labour Market Testing (LMT) and Skilling Australians Fund (SAF). Labour Market Testing A position that is going to be sponsored must be advertised for at least four (4) weeks…

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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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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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New measures for the Subclass 186 and 187 visas

The Subclass 186 visa and Subclass 187 visa are demand-driven programs which allow employers to nominate skilled workers for permanent residence to fill genuine vacancies in their business. The Subclass 186 visa is available nationally, while the Subclass 187 is for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia.…

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Skilled migration program changes to Subclass 186 and Subclass 187 from March 2018

The government announced significant changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa Subclass 186 and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa Subclass 187 in April 2017 with the major changes coming into effect from March 2018 to these permanent employer sponsored visas. The actual date in March has not be…

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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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Good news for subclass 457 visa holders wishing to apply for Permanent Residence

Visa Australia are happy to advise that the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) have confirmed transitional arrangements for those 457 visa holders who were impacted following the recent reforms. People who held, or had applied for, a subclass 457 visa on 18 April 2017 will be able to apply under…

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