Australia – Pilot of Global Talent Scheme

Posted on July 9, 2018

As reported earlier, in March 2018, the Australian government announced two pilot schemes to support talent and innovation. Qualifying employers in the two streams – (1) established businesses and (2) start-ups – will be able to access four-year subclass 482… Read more »


Australia – Visa Application Charges Increase

Posted on July 3, 2018

  Department of Immigration visa application charges (VAC) are set to increase for a number of visas lodged on or after July 1, 2018. For many visa types the fees have been increased in line with Consumer Price Inflation (CPI)…. Read more »


Australia – Skilling Australians Fund Update

Posted on June 15, 2018

The Department of Home Affairs that the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2018, which was passed by the Parliament of Australia on May 9, 2018, is expected to be implemented during the first quarter of the 2018-2019 financial year… Read more »


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 »