July 3, 2017
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CHANGES IN SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST 2017-18

The Skilled Occupations lists for the 2017-18 program year have been released. This article explains how the new lists work and which occupations have been added and removed. General Skilled Migration From 1 July, all applicants need to be under 45 years of age, at the date of invitation. Previously, legislation was released which amended the Skilled Independent Sub class 189 visa, but it is now clear that this will also be the case for Skilled nominated subclass 190 visas and for Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visas. New skilled occupations lists also apply for people invited on or after 1 […]
May 16, 2017
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Immigration updates in the Budget for 2017 -18

The Commonwealth 2017-18 Budget was out a week ago and important initiatives affecting visa applicants were announced: Employers who sponsor employees for temporary and permanent visas will need to pay a training levy fee. Details on Temporary Parent visas to apply from 1 November 2017 Visa application fee increases to apply from 1 July 2017 Training Levy for Employers Sponsoring Staff The Australian Government is establishing a Skilling Australians Fund, prioritised towards apprenticeships and traineeships in occupations in high demand that currently rely on skilled migration, or with future growth potential, including in regional Australia. The new Training levy for […]
April 25, 2017
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Maintaining your Permanent Residency in Australia

After going through the long process and waiting period, you have now FINALLY received your PR Visa. However many people are unaware or rather overlook the fact that when they are granted their permanent residence they receive a travel facility which is only valid for 5 years. To maintain your Australian permanent resident status, you must either meet a residence requirement in Australia or show that you have close ties to Australia. This post goes through the requirements to extend your permanent resident status. Travel Facility on a Permanent Visa Whilst your permanent visa will allow you to remain in […]
April 18, 2017
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Australia axes the popular 457 Work Visa !! Changes to affect Companies in India, UK and China!

This initiative was announced on Facebook by Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. “It is important businesses still get access to the skills they need to grow and invest, so the 457 visa will be replaced by a new temporary visa, specifically designed to recruit the best and brightest in the national interest,” Turnbull said. The Prime Minister also said the new programme will ensure that foreign workers are brought into Australia in order to fill critical skill gaps and not brought in because an employer finds it easier to recruit a foreign worker than go to the trouble of hiring an […]
April 12, 2017
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Exploring Permanent Residency in Australia

For a large number of well educated and skilled Indians, USA was and has always been the most sought after country for immigration. It also rates high on the popularity scale and snob value as well. But the past few decades have seen the same skilled and educated Indians exploring this amazing almost recession proof country Australia!  In fact it is one of the most desired countries in the world for immigration and Permanent Residency (PR) due to its progressive economy and relaxed environment. Australia’s economy is consistently ranked among the strongest of advanced economies in the Organisation for Economic […]
April 5, 2017
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Skill Select Update – Occupations Likely to be Full by April 2017

Invitation rounds are conducted twice every month and the last round was done on 15th March 2017 and the next will be on 12th April 2017. Here are few updates and analysis of the present scenario in an attempt to give an indication of what to expect in the next few rounds of invitations. There are 8 pro rata occupations – where more eligible EOI ‘s are being lodged than there are places for the occupation. Waiting times and/or points scores for these will be higher than normal. We see that two occupations have reached their occupation ceiling and most other occupations […]