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457 visa holders’ transitional arrangements coming to an end in March 2022

Many Subclass 457 and subsequent Subclass 482 visa holders don’t have long to seek permanent residence through sponsorship by their employers. In 2017 the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) announced the cessation of the Subclass 457 visa program and a new subclass 482 (Temporary Skilled Shortage) came into effect from…

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Australian Business Visas

As the world emerges from the pandemic the demand for visas to Australia for business owners, investors and entrepreneurs is seeing unprecedented demand. As the border open Australia’s State and Territory governments will be actively seeking high quality applicants. Outlined in this article is the current pathways for business owners,…

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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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Refund, waivers, and visa extensions in COVID-19 times

Many visa holders who have been affected by travel restrictions because of COVID-19 will be able to access a refund of their Visa Application Charge (VAC). Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said, “Tourists, working holidaymakers, seasonal and pacific workers, prospective partners and temporary skilled workers whose travel has been impacted…

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A new visa for skilled workers from Hong Kong

The Migration Amendment (Hong Kong Passport Holders) Regulations 2020 has now commenced and provides further opportunities for Hong Kong passport holders to remain in Australia, with pathways to permanent residency. The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) has identified all people who are holding a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of…

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New labour market testing requirements

On 2 September 2020 the Government announced that current labour market testing (LMT) requirements have been enhanced to ensure that Australian workers are prioritised for any job opportunities in Australia. Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa, or Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa will require three job advertisements…

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Employer sponsored temporary work visas (482 and 457) and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re a Temporary Skill Shortage visa holder - what should you do if you have been stood down or your work hours are reduced by your employer? The Australian Government has announced that Temporary Skill Shortage visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain…

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DoHA and ATO sharing data

As an employer that sponsors overseas workers, there are important obligations that rest on the business. Also, as an employee who has been sponsored by a business to work in Australia, there are conditions attached to your visa which must be adhered to. The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) will…

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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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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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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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