Australia – Senate Passes Skilling Levy Fund

Posted on May 11, 2018

Skilling Levy Fund The Skilling Levy Fund (SAF), fund to develop training an apprenticeship programs in Australia, was passed by Australia’s Senate on May 8, 2018. An implementation date of the fund has not been released yet by the Royal… Read more »

Australia – New Guidelines for Labor Market Testing for Intra Company Transfers

Posted on April 18, 2018

  As of April 5, 2018, new guidelines have been released in regards to Labor Market Testing for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. For nominated positions of intra-company transfers, alternative evidence can now be used in place of the… Read more »

Australia – Pilot of new Global Talent Scheme beginning in July

Posted on March 30, 2018

  On March 19, 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced that a new visa scheme to attract highly-skilled talent to deliver innovation to Australia will be piloted from July 2018 – June 2019. Qualifying employers in two… Read more »

Australia – New Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Visa Available from 18 March 2018

Posted on March 19, 2018

  As mentioned earlier, the Temporary Skills Shortage would replace the Subclass 457 in March 2018.  On March 15, 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) published the Migration Legislation Amendment which implements the new Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill… Read more »

Australia – Further Details of Upcoming New Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Posted on January 23, 2018

On 11 January 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) published clarification of various recent and upcoming changes to the skilled visa regulations, including new details on the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa which is due to replace… Read more »

Australia – Update on Forthcoming Changes to Permanent Employer-Sponsored Skilled Visas

Posted on November 17, 2017

  The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have begun to clarify the changes to permanent employer-sponsored skilled visa programmes that were announced on April 18, 2017. Significantly, DIBP has announced transitional or ‘grandfathering’ arrangements to permit individuals who… Read more »

Australia – Increased Processing Time for Subclass 457 Applications

Posted on November 7, 2017

  The current processing times have increased as the abolishment of the Subclass 457 Temporary Work visa category is scheduled to take place March 2018 with the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa.  Current processing times of 90% of subclass… Read more »

Australia – Salary Based Exemption for Applications Lodged Before July 1, 2017

Posted on August 28, 2017

Australia implemented changes to their skilled visa programs on July 1, 2017. The exemption from a skills assessment for applications made under the Direct Entry stream of both the permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme… Read more »

AUSTRALIA – New Foreign Worker Levy and Increased Visa Application Charges

Posted on August 28, 2017

As part of the 2017-18 Budget, the Government has announced changes to existing Visa Application Charges (VACs), including the introduction of a foreign workers levy. New Foreign Worker Levy The Skilling Australians Fund Levy will replace the current training benchmarks… Read more »

Australia – Subclass 457 Visa to be Abolished

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Australian government announced this week that the Subclass 457 Visa will be abolished and replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa to be in place by March 2018. The current 457 visa system will remain in effect… Read more »