Immigration News

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

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Enhanced labour market testing to commence 1 October 2020

The Department of Home Affairs has released a new legislative instrument (LIN 20/156) which provides that an additional requirement must be undertaken to meet 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… Read More

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New Australian COVID visa for temporary visa holders

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Australian Government have announced a new COVID visa stream under their existing Temporary Activity Visa scheme (subclass 408). The purpose of the visa is to provide a pathway for certain former and current holders of temporary visas to lawfully remain in Australia who would otherwise be required to depart, but for the COVID-19 pandemic, are unable to leave Australia. Criteria for all applicants: Must hold… Read More

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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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