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New rules for subclass 485 Post-Study work visas

The Australian Government has introduced legislation in the form of the Migration Amendment (Temporary Graduate Visas) Regulations 2020, to allow holders of a subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visas to apply offshore and more importantly a pathway for a second subclass 485 for applicants in regional areas. The explanatory statement…

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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 regional visas for Australia

The Australian Government has introduced two new regional visas which requires migrants to commit to life in regional Australia for at least three years. This new visa opens to the door to permanent residency for overseas workers from a wider range of occupations than before — including such occupations as…

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New Occupations – Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

If you’re applying for a subclass 485 Temporary Graduate - Graduate Work Stream visa or an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa (for example, Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) or Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa) you’ll need to have an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Updates…

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New Processing Arrangements for Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visas

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has advised that effective from 1 July 2013 the processing of all 485 visa applications that have already been lodged and undecided by their current case officers will be transferred from the General Skilled Migration team in Brisbane and Adelaide to the Temporary…

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January 1 Changes Now in Place!

Our team at Ferguson Cannon wishes you a very Happy New Year! If you’re looking to lodge a visa application, you should be aware that the New Year has brought in a number of changes to visa application charges and the closure of certain visa subclasses. Increased Visa Application Charges…

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Warning – Visa Application Charges are Increasing!

As part of the Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook the Visa Application Charges (VACs) for some visas that are in high demand have been increased. The Government is trying to make it a fairer ‘user-pays’ system. The higher charges will take effect on 1 January 2013. Some visa applicants…

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