Enhanced labour market testing to commence 1 October 2020

The Department of Home Affairs has announced changes to the labour market testing requirements of the Employment Nomination Scheme. With the devastating effect of Covid-19 on the Australian workforce, the Australian Government has introduced these measures to ensure that Australian workers are prioritised for work opportunities before overseas workers are offered employment. The Additional Requirement From 1 October 2020 employers will be required to advertise their position on the Australian Government’s Jobactive website for… Read More

Salary Requirements to nominate an overseas worker (subclass 482, 186, 187)

If you intend to sponsor foreign workers in your business you must meet salary requirements.  These requirements are designed to ensure that overseas workers are paid the market salary rate and that the employer sponsored visa program is not used to undercut the local labour market. What are the salary requirements to nomination an overseas worker? There are two salary requirements that an employer must: Firstly, you must demonstrate that you will pay an… Read More

New Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List for Employer Sponsored Visa Program

This Minister for Immigration released a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). Applications for occupations on the existing skilled occupation lists will still be processed but priority will be given to applications with occupations on the PMSOL list. The17 occupations on the PMSOL are: Chief Executive or Managing Director Construction Project Manager Mechanical Engineer General Practitioner Resident Medical Officer Psychiatrist Medical Practitioner nec Midwife Registered Nurse (Aged Care) Registered Nurse (Critical… Read More

Who will be most affected by the abolition of the 457 visa program?

On 18 April 2017 the Australian Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) has been abolished and replaced with the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. The new TSS visa scheme will be made up of two streams: Short term visas (up to two years) and medium term visas (up to four years). The Government’s rationale behind making these changes has been characterised as the need to protect… Read More

Five things you need to know if applying for Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

If you have an Australian employer who has nominated you, you must apply for this visa within 6 months of the nomination application being approved. If you do not have an employer who will nominate you, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. Prospective employers and state and territory governments can then view your details and decide whether to nominate you for skilled migration.