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The Australian border is back open for skilled and work migrants

The news everyone in business and service industries has been waiting for has finally arrived. After nearly two years of our borders being closed, they will reopen on 1 December 2021 to fully vaccinated skilled and work visa applicants people who will no longer need to seek exemptions. The Prime…

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A Religious Organisation can only sponsor a Minister of Religion through a labour agreement

The only pathway which allows a Religious Organisation to sponsor a Minister of Religion as an overseas skilled worker is through a labour agreement. A Minister of Religion labour agreement allows Australian religious organisations to sponsor the temporary and permanent entry of overseas skilled workers. The terms and conditions of…

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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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Framework changes for Temporary Activity visa in Australia

The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) have announced new framework changes, that are focused on the temporary activity visa. The following visas were closed to new applications from the 19th of November 2016: Subclass 401 Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa Subclass 402 Training and Research visa Subclass 416 Special…

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How do I sponsor a Minister of Religion to come to Australia?

A Minister of Religion for immigration purposes includes; Chaplains, Imams, Monks, Priests, Rabbis and Salvation Army Officers. They usually have to have a skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. The occupation in this unit group requires high levels of personal commitment and interest as well as, or…

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Visas for Sportspersons, coaches and officials to come to Australia

There are a range of options when it comes to sponsoring sportspersons, coaches or officials either for a short or long stay in Australia. Temporary Activity visa (Subclass 408) From the 19th November 2016 a new framework will be implemented to reduce the red tape for short stay sports visas.…

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New Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) for 2016-2017

As mentioned in our previous blog post, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) released the new Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) for 2016-17, which will have a great impact on the future of Skilled workers and migrants wanting to immigrate to Australia. This CSOL will come into effect from…

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Senate Enquiry Extends Reporting Period

A Senate enquiry into Australian’s temporary work visa programs has extended its reporting period after allegations of widespread non-compliance by several Australian companies has recently come to light. On 24 March 2015 the Senate referred the inquiry, entitled “The impact of Australia’s temporary work visa programs on the Australian labour…

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Calling All Chefs

In our recent post, it was noted that the position of Chef has been added to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) as of 1 July 2014. Are you a chef and are looking to work in Australia, or even migrate here permanently? Do you have relevant qualifications, years of experience…

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Increase in Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visas Fees

Visas Fees increase 457 Visas; Applicants wishing to obtain the subclass 457 visa will incur increased visas fees from 1 July 2013. The original fee for this visa was $455 but will now be almost doubled to $900. It is estimated that this increase will earn the Government a further…

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Changes to Temporary Work Visas from 24 November 2012

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship have announced that, on the 24 November 2012, 12 current temporary work visa Subclasses will be repealed, three new temporary Subclasses will be introduced and the Subclass 420 and 457 visas will be amended. New temporary subclasses A Subclass 401 (Temporary Work (Long Stay…

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