• Family visa announcement

    IMPORTANT – Family visa announcement The DOHA 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 DOHA 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 […]

  • Changes to GSM Immigration SA

    Changes to GSM 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. […]


    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 DOHA 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 […]