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Changing on 19 November 2016 Some visas allow applicants to include family members in their application under the ‘member of the family unit’ (MoFU) arrangements. The definition of Member of the Family Unit (MoFU) is changing.  For applications made on and after 19 November 2016, MoFU will be limited to direct family members. The change […]

The New Zealand Government has announced changes to the New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP) for the next two years. The planning range for the NZRP is being lowered for the two years between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018. The range will be 85,000 to 95,000 compared with 90,000 to 100,000 for the last […]

Migration Regulations 1994 – Specification of Arrangements for Resident Return Visa Applications. This Instrument removes references to the making of oral applications from Schedule 1, Item 1128 of the Migration Regulations. All other previous arrangements for RRV remain the same. Applications for Class BB Return Resident visa must be made in the following manner: Using […]

Migration Amendment (Entrepreneur Visas and Other Measures) Regulation 2016. Schedule 2 of this Instrument amends the GSM Skilled Migration points test (Sch 6D) to provide additional points for applicants who have completed at least two full academic years of post-graduate studies at doctoral or masters (research) level in specified fields, which may include science, technology, […]

As a skilled migrant you can apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa if the status of your nominated occupation is shown as ‘open’ on the ACT Occupation List and you meet the nomination criteria as shown in the guidelines. ACT residents working in a skilled occupation may be eligible to […]

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland nominates skilled migrants in occupations that have been identified in shortage in Queensland.  This stream is for migrants that are living and working outside of Queensland or overseas, including in another state or territory of Australia.  Migrants that are in Queensland but not currently working in their skilled occupation are […]

As of 14th July 2016, Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) have suspended expressions of interest from the old Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) until 22nd July 2016. The suspension is given so that BSMQ can update the relevant fact sheets, application forms and QSOL list. The new QSOL will come into effect from Monday 25th July 2016, […]

1)    High points  From 1st July, applicants who have 80 points or higher (including state nomination points) on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) points test, can gain access to the Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) and occupations on the main list that are special conditions apply. Applicants must meet all other South Australian […]

The Department has released the SkillSelect 2016/17 occupation ceilings MIA Members are advised to proceed with caution if advising clients using these the new occupation ceilings, as some anomalies in the published ceilings have been identified. While the occupation of Accountant appears to have a markedly increased ceiling, the asterisk beside the occupation indicates the […]