News

19 November 2016

Regulation changes for 457 (Temporary Work Skilled) Visa holders
who have ceased employment with their current employment only have 60 days to find a new sponsor to remain in Australia as of 19 November 2016.

462 (Work and Holiday) visa holders are allowed to apply for a second Subclass 462 visa if they have carried out work in areas of Australia and of a kind specified by the Minister, for at least three months as the holder of the first Subclass 462 as of 19 November 2016. Work that qualifies must be undertaken in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism and hospitality industries in the Northern Territory and northern parts of Western Australia and Queensland.


16 September 2016
 

New West Australian regional postcodes have been added to the definition of Specified Work and Regional Australia for the Working Holiday visa.
 
Perth Hills postcodes of 6076 and 6111 are now designated Regional Australia and specified work in these postcodes will qualify applicants for the second Working Holiday visa as of 16 September 2016.
 
 
1 July 2016

A new simplified student visa framework (SSVF) is now in place. This has reduced student subclasses from 8 visas to only 2 (one student visa and a student guardian visa) and the introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students.
 
Under the SSVF, students will no longer be subject to the complexity of the current process. Instead students can apply online for a student visa and be assessed under the immigration risk framework.


4 June 2015

Newcomers Australia expo this weekend in Perth

Visit our stand and talk with one of our registered migration agents about your visa options for migration to Australia.

We look forward to seeing you there.

When: Saturday 6th of June 2015, doors open 10am to 4pm

Where: Perth Exhibition & Convention Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth

Pre-register online for free entry before midnight 5th of June. Thereafter, online tickets or general admission at the door will cost $10.


7 April 2015

DIBP have advised that Significant Investor Visa (SIV) applications are to be suspended from the 24th of April 2015 until the 30th of June 2015 due to framework changes.

Applications lodged prior to the 24th of April 2015 will be assessed under current regulations, however no invitations will be issued until after the 1st of July 2015.


16 December 2014

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is expected to increase application fees for partner visa subclasses by 50 per cent as of January 1st 2015.


14 November 2014

WA announces public school fee waivers for some 457 visa holders:

The Western Australian Government has announced that public school fees will be waived for low income families on a 457 visa and will also take into consideration other hardships.


25 September 2014

SUCCESSFUL!  Disallowance motion - cessation of non-contributory parent and other family visas.
 

Non-contributory parent and other family visas that were closed on the 2nd June 2014 can be lodged again.  It is expected this window will be brief and according to Minister Cash's the non-contributory parent visa queue is currently 25 years long.


10 September 2014
 
Visa subclass 457 review recommendations have been released.
 
Some of the recommendations include:
 
- Abolishing labour market testing

- Current Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) to be retained at $53,900 per annum for the next two years

- Training benchmark to be replaced by an annual training fund contribution based on each 457 visa holder sponsored, with contributions scaled according to the size of the business.

- The English language requirement be amended to an average score of 5 across the four competencies in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)     
 

8 August 2014

The Department of Training and Workforce Development has released the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) for 2014-2015.
You must have an occupation on the WASMOL to be invited to apply for State nomination.
If you lodged an application for State nomination prior to the release of the new WASMOL, your application will not be affected by the change of list.

The updated list of occupations in demand can be viewed via the below link:

http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/skilledmigration/pages/occupationsindemand.aspx



From 28 October 2013, the Migration Regulations 1994 ('the Regulations') are amended to put beyond doubt that skills assessments cannot be used to permit the grant of a visa class, subclass or stream to which the assessment is not meant to apply. It is intended that a skilled visa shall not be granted as the result of a skills assessment that is restricted to another visa


From 18 October 2013, the Migration Regulations 1994 ('the Regulations') have reintroduced Temporary Protection (Subclass 785 (Temporary Protection)) visas, which will be the only protection visa (a visa that may be provided to people within Australia in respect of whom Australia owes protection obligations) available to people who:

- are unauthorised maritime arrivals as described in the Migration Act 1958; or
otherwise arrived in Australia without a visa; or
were not immigration cleared on their last arrival in Australia; or
- are the member of the same family unit as a person mentioned above; and
that person has been granted a Subclass 785 (Temporary Protection) visa


From 1 September 2013, the Migration Regulations 1994 have increased the visa application charge ('VAC') of all visa subclasses, except for Student (Temporary) (Class TU) visas and Tourist (Class TR) visas.

The VAC increase is made in accordance with the Economic Statement ('the Statement') for the 2013-2014 year released by the government on 2 August 2013.