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  • Sponsored Visas

    Sponsored Visas: Assurance of Support (AoS) Made More Difficult Source: www.australiavisa.com AoS is a legal commitment to provide financial support to a migrant applicant so that the Australian government will not carry any financial liability. The assurer, who does not need to be the sponsor, is also bound to repay the Australian government for any welfare […]

  • History of the Tweed Coast

    The fascinating history of the Tweed Coast, NSW Australia New South Wales’ Tweed Coast is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Now well-known because of a boom in tourism over the last couple of decades. More and more travellers flocking to the area, as well as retirees deciding to relocate to a […]

  • Australia’s top travel destinations

    Australia’s top travel destinations – Our top 5 Most people put Australia right at the top of their travel wish-lists. It’s no surprise really, not when you consider the vast array of travel destinations to choose from. It’s impossible to list them all in detail, so we’ll stick to the most recognised. One thing’s for […]

  • Family visa announcement

    IMPORTANT – Family visa announcement The DIBP head of family visas announced at the MIA conference that from 18 November 2017 any family visa applications (and perhaps others) lodged without supporting documentation will be subject to refusal with no request for further information or other 28-day notification etc… They seem to be targeting people who […]

  • Updates to RCB and postcodes

    Regional Australia – updates to RCB and postcodes Legislative Instrument – F2017L01460 – IMMI 17/059: Regional Certifying Bodies and Regional Postcodes Instrument 2017, specifies the postcodes for the parts of Australia defined as regional Australia for migration purposes and the list of relevant Regional Certifying Bodies (RCB). Regional Certifying Bodies Schedule 1 of the Instrument specifies the […]

  • Grandfathering provisions announced

    Grandfathering provisions 457 to ENS/RSMS announced The DIBP Fact Sheet Two: Reforms to Australia’s permanent skilled migration program, November 2017, updates the previous versions and provides guidance on the grandfathering provisions for holders of Subclass 457 visas up to and on 18 April 2017. These visa holders will be able to access certain existing provisions under the TRT […]

  • Australian citizenship

    Strengthening the requirements for Australian citizenship On 20 April 2017, the Australian Government announced it is strengthening the integrity of Australian citizenship. The Australian Citizenship legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was introduced into Parliament on 15 June 2017. On 18 October 2017, the Government proposed amendments to […]

  • Occupations

    The NSW occupation lists for 2017/18 are out! The list for the Skilled (Nominated) 190 visa has shrunk to 130 occupations. 51 occupations have been removed and there are 10 new occupations. Find: NSW occupation lists New on the 190 list 232111 Architect 233111 Chemical Engineer 233411 Electronics Engineer 233511 Industrial Engineer 233513 Production or Plant […]

  • Caveats for chefs

    What is a caveat? Certain occupations on the 457 visa and ENS 186 visa occupation lists have been marked to have additional requirements these occupations have to satisfy. These additional requirements are termed “caveats”. Are you affected? They affect 457 visa applications that were lodged on or after 1 July 2017, or were lodged before […]

  • Citizenship Bill Australia

    For all citizenship applications on and from 20 April 2017, the applicant must: Hold permanent residency for at least four years before they can apply for citizenship In their time as a permanent resident, cannot have spent more than 365 days overseas Provide evidence of competent English language proficiency – the scores for competent English […]

  • List of removed occupations

    List of removed occupations Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupation on 19 April 2017 are listed below. A further 16 occupations on the MLTSSL (indicated by ‘** asterisks’) were restricted to only apply to the following visa programmes: Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Skilled-Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) […]

  • Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa

    Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa – Government reforms to employer sponsored skilled migration visas On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. The TSS visa programme will be comprised […]