• 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 […]

  • Immigration SA

    Immigration SA have announced the following changes: High points nomination From 9.00am (Australian Central Standard Time) on 19 April 2017 the requirement for high points nomination will increase from 80 to 85 points. This change is in response to the overall quota being achieved under the existing 80 points requirement. This change will not affect […]

  • BSMQ International Logo

    Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) has temporarily suspended the acceptance of all applications for Queensland Skilled Visa Nominations under the State Nominated scheme Subclass 190 & 489, due to having reached our DIBP allocated ceiling.  BSMQ will advise shortly as to when the nomination process will reopen. If you currently have a paid application with […]

  • Changes to Onshore Partner Migration processing

    The Director of Onshore Partner Migration, Wendy Davenport, has written to MIA to inform members about current changes to Onshore Partner processing leading up to the end of the program year: processing no longer by month of lodgement priority to be given to low-risk, fully front-end loaded applications that immediately satisfy Partner criteria You can […]

  • Skilled Migration WA - Suspension of RCB certification, Review of WASMOL

    Skilled Migration Western Australia has announced the following: A suspension of new applications to certify positions for RSMS nominations. A review of their State Nominated Migration Program and their Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL). While the WASMOL review is taking place, no new invitations to apply for WA State nomination will be issued. Further […]

  • Interesting Statistics from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

    Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) published report with recent migration numbers for FY 15/16. The report indicates that a staggering 7.7 million temporary visas were granted to foreign nationals.  Close to 2 million temporary visitors were New Zealand nationals travelling on Special Category 444 visa. Detailed breakdown of each visa subclass is below: […]

  • Student visa deadline

    March 15th holds particular significance to many international students who have recently completed their studies. This date in most cases signals expiry of their student visa. By now most students would have completed their studies and received or about to receive their qualification. These bright individuals are about to enter the next chapter of their […]