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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 changes to the Minister Of Religion Labour Agreement for religious assistants

The Department of Home Affairs announced important changes to Minister of Religion Labour Agreement (MORLA). The changes facilitate sponsorship of the additional occupation of Religious Assistant (ANZSCO 451816). This broadens the MORLA to sponsorship options outside the current occupation of Minister of Religion. A major benefit of the new visa is…

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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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New skilled visa pilot scheme – sourcing global talent for Australian businesses

The Australian Government has announced a new skilled visa pilot scheme to attract highly skilled workers from around the world. This new visa pathway called the Global Talent Scheme (GTS) pilot program will allow businesses from 1 July to sponsor highly skilled and specialised workers who will help to grow…

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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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Positive news for regional Australia

Good news for regional Australia and applicants wanting to immigrate to Australia. On 18 March 2018 new occupation lists were released for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (482) subclass visa and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (187) subclass visa. We are pleased to advise that not only is there…

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Temporary Skills Shortage visa update

As we approach March 2018 the Department of Home Affairs has started to release further details on the implementation of the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa which will replace the Temporary Skilled Work 457 visa. While there are still many of the finer details to be finalized the information below…

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New training benchmarks for visas

On 18 October 2017 a Bill (Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Bill 2017) was introduced before Parliament which provides a detailed framework for the Skilling Australians Fund. The Skilling Australians Fund (“SAF”) will replace the current training benchmarks for the employers of overseas workers from 1 March 2018. It is…

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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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