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07Sep 2015

The 1st of July kicked off the 2015/16 financial year and brought with it a number of changes that had been announced in the federal budget earlier this year, as well as some surprises. The Government also released a new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for General Skilled Migration. The following are the changes you can […]

02Jul 2015

As yesterday marked the first day of the 2015/16 Financial Year, a number of changes announced in the federal budget were implemented. The Government also released a new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for General Skilled Migration. The main changes to note are that Panelbeaters and Cabinetmakers have been added and Dentists and Urban Planners were […]

01Jul 2015

South Australia new occupation list is available to all applicants, including international graduates of South Australia. Please review the skilled nomination requirements before applying. If you are an international graduate of South Australia, you should also review the following page: International graduate occupation and waiver requirements. Additional occupations are available on the Supplementary Skilled List. These occupations are […]

26Jun 2015

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced that new English language standards for registration will come into effect for migrating health professionals from 1 July 2015. These new standards introduce additional pathways for applicants to demonstrate evidence of their English language skills. These new standards apply to all applicants for initial registration, regardless […]

17Jun 2015

Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash have announced the introduction of a simplified international student visa framework (SSVF), which will replace both the Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements and the current Assessment Level Framework. The new system will […]

14May 2015

Following the federal budget which was released on Tuesday 12 May 2015, the government has announced visa lodgement fee increases will have the biggest effect on the following visa types: •Business Innovation and Investment (SIV stream) •Prospective Marriage and Partner (offshore) •Parent migrant and other family (offshore) The SIV stream will see a 50% increase […]

08May 2015

Recently Senator Michaelia Cash announced that volunteer work will no longer count as eligible work to qualify for second Working Holiday visas. More from Senator Cash’s Media Release: Currently, young adults aged 18 to 30 from partner countries may holiday and work in Australia for up to 12 months and may extend their stay in […]

22Apr 2015

As part of the Government response to the 457 Integrity Review, the following changes were made on 18 April 2015 relating to Standard Business Sponsorships: •The term of standard business sponsorship has been extended to 5 years commencing from the date of approval. •The sponsorship period for start-up businesses has extended from twelve (12) months […]

20Apr 2015

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Sen Michaelia Cash MP has recently announced changes to the English language test requirements. The following instruments came into effect 18 April 2015. For a 485 Temporary Graduate visa the minimum overall score for the IELTS test is a 6.0 and the minimum score for each English […]

15Apr 2015

Minister for Trade and Investment the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP has announced the introduction of a three-year, multiple entry visitor visa for Chinese tourists.  More from The Australian; Although Chinese visitors ¬account for Australia’s second-largest inbound market — after New Zealanders — their Australian visits were often hampered by the complicated visa approval process. Federal […]