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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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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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MLTSSL – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List

The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) contains 216 occupations. The list is prescribed in LIN 19/051: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities) Instrument 2019. MLTSSL is the occupational demand list which is in high demand across various states and territories of Australia. It is particularly relevant to the following visas in…

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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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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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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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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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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 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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How does my business employ an overseas worker on a temporary basis?

This is the first in a series of news updates from Visa Australia on the requirements for employing an overseas worker from a business perspective. If you are looking to employ an overseas worker on a temporary basis, please read the latest information below. Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (482) subclass…

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