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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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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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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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Australia’s global talent visa for individuals and businesses

In late 2019 the Australian Government launched the Global Talent - Independent program which offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia. There are two streams. The first is the Global Talent Independent Program (GTI) and the second is the…

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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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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 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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Summary of Australian 457 visa issues

On 18 April 2017, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia and the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection jointly announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa…

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