Immigration News

Expected cuts to Australia’s immigration numbers as Australia moves to push migrants to regional areas

The Morrison Government have last week announced plans to launch a comprehensive review of Australia’s migration program. This announcement has come after Infrastructure Australia announced that the cost of lost productivity due to rising congestion would double to $38.8 billion by 2031 if the government fail to act. The population is expected to grow by nearly 24 per cent to 31.4 million by 2034, with most new residents expected to live in… Read More

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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

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10 year Frequent Traveller Visitor visa for Chinese nationals

On 12 December 2016 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection commenced its trial of the 10-year Frequent Traveller Visitor visa for passport holders of the People’s Republic of China. This visa is suited to Chinese travellers who need to travel frequently to Australia for short-term stays.  The 10-year Frequent Traveller Visitor visa allows a stay in Australia for up to three months per visit, with multiple entries permitted.  Visa holders will be… Read More

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Can I include adult children in my Australian visa application?

From 19 November 2016, amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994 will mean that not all adult children who are otherwise unmarried and financially dependant on you can be included in your Australian visa application. For children or step-children who are dependent an upper age limit of 23 years has been set, unless they are incapacitated for work. This amendment will apply to a visa application made on or after 19 November 2016 or a visa which was granted… Read More

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Are you on a 457 visa and have been made redundant?

I am the holder of a 457 visa and have recently been made redundant by my employer.  How much time will I be given to find a new employer to sponsor me? The time period that a Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled) visa holder can remain in Australia after ceasing employment with their current sponsor has been reduced from 90 days to 60 days.  This amendment applies to 457 visas granted on or after 19 November 2016. What happens if I can… Read More

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