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 »

Australia – New Ten-Year Visitor Visa and Other Changes

Posted on November 18, 2016

Effective November 19, a new Frequent Traveler stream of the Subclass 600 visitor visa will allow multiple entries for business or tourism for up to three months at a time, during a validity period of ten years. Other changes this… Read more »

Australia – Changes Announced for Dependent Family Member Definition and Accredited Sponsor Eligibility

Posted on November 11, 2016

Effective November 19, 2016, the Migration Regulations have been amended to redefine who can be included in a visa application as a dependent family member, reducing the upper age limit from 25 to 23 years for dependent children or step-children…. Read more »

Australia – Amendments to Condition 8107 for 457 Visa Holders

Posted on October 13, 2016

Foreign nationals of subclass 457 visa holders are subject to work restriction condition 8107.  Under current rules, the condition 8107 applies to all primary subclass 457 visa holders who, when cease work with their sponsoring employer, must leave or apply… Read more »

Australia – Tuition Fee to be Implemented for School-Aged Dependents of 457 Holders

Posted on September 30, 2016

In 2015, the Western Australian Government introduced a tuition fee for families on a 457 Visa (temporary skilled workers) whose children attend public schools in the Western Australian territory.  In a similar step, beginning January 1, 2017, the South Australian… Read more »