Australia – Labor Market Testing and Free Trade Agreements

Posted on December 3, 2018

On October 31, 2018, Australia became the sixth signatory to the ‘Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership’ (TPP-11), after Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore. The agreement comes into force on December 30, 2018. Chile, Peru, Brunei, Malaysia… Read more »

Argentina – New Online Platform Experience Delays

Posted on November 20, 2018

As reported earlier, Argentina implemented a new platform, RADEX, though it is currently facing technical difficulties as it is encountering delays between each stage of the process. It is expected that the problem would be fixed in the next coming… Read more »

Australia – Top Priority for Accredited Sponsorship Applications

Posted on September 24, 2018

As reported earlier, effective September 5, 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has ceased accepting priority processing requests for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) and Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457). 457 visa applications are being… Read more »

Australia – Priority Processing for TSS and 457 Visa Concludes

Posted on September 7, 2018

Effective September 5, 2018, priority processing for Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa and Subclass 457 visa applications will cease. This is due in part to the lack of resources to process the high volume of cases. Applications submitted before the… Read more »

Australia – New Labor Market Testing Requirements

Posted on August 23, 2018

Effective August 12, 2018, several changes have been introduced to the Labor Market Testing (LMT) requirements for the Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa. Key Changes include: LMT must now be conducted within a four-month period prior to submission of… Read more »

Australia – Skilling Australians Fund levy commences August 12, 2018

Posted on August 10, 2018

Passed by the Australian Senate some months ago, the Skilling Australians Fund Charges Act (The Act) has now been made into law and will commence formally on August 12th 2018. The Act relates to a ‘nomination training contribution charge’ which, under… Read more »

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 »