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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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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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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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Decision Ready vs. Non-Decision Ready – Does it matter?

We often get a lot of enquiries asking about the Decision Ready vs Non-Decision Ready and if it does matter. The simple answer is no. As of late December 2013 the Department has completely removed the option for Registered Migration Agents (RMA) to lodge applications decision ready. This means that…

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Are you working in Australia and looking for residency?

The Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa is an employer sponsored permanent visa – you can apply for this visa if you’re a skilled worker and you have an employer who is willing to sponsor you. There are 3 streams available: Temporary Residence Transition stream: if you are already working…

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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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