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New Visas – 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, end of the 187, Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa and Subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional)) visa

The explanatory statement can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation here. The 491 visa supersedes the Subclass 489 (Skilled – Regional (Provisional)) visa when the amendment comes into effect on 16 November 2019. A second visa, the Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) will also come...

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Visa Application Charges Increase

Visa Application Charges to increase by 5% on July 1st Applying for an Australian visa is about to get a little bit more expensive. Come July 1st 2019 a 5% increase on visa application charges will come into effect. The already expensive partner visa application fee will increase from...

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Three year Working Holiday Visa – Options for backpackers

The Department of Home Affairs, Australia’s immigration department, has announced significant changes that will primarily affect backpackers to Australia and allow farmers to receive more seasonal workers These new visa programs that will assist farmers to access a larger number of overseas workers. Changes to Working Holiday Maker visas...

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The WA Graduate Occupation List

The Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development announced in September a new permanent migration pathway for international students who have been studying face to face in a Western Australian university for at least two academic years. The announcement of the graduate occupation list marks the first positive...

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Department of Home Affairs Price Increases

Pattern of EOFY price rises should be taken heed of We do expect the majority of skill assessing bodies and the Department of Home Affairs to increases their prices between now and 1 July 2018. The Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) typically increases the Visa Application Charges (VACs) on...

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Assurance of Support program changes reversed

Government cancels decision after senate disallowance motion looms. The changes were introduced approximately a month ago and were not popular as they effectively doubled the amount required in order to sponsor a parent. The Government had planned to increase minimum income requirements for a visa scheme. Concerns over family...

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Migration law update – TSS Visa

Say goodbye to the 457 – welcome the TSS Migration law update There have been significant recent changes to Australian migration law with the introduction of the Temporary Skills Shortage(TSS) visa and changes to employer sponsored visa criteria. The TSS was introduced on 18 March 2018 and replaced the...

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