Transitional arrangements for COVID affected Subclass 186 (Temporary Residence Transition Stream) Applicants

The Department of Home Affairs have announced concessions for specified…
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Australian Partner Visa – Processing Update

Australian Partner Visa FACTS: 2016/17 Programme: 50,000 approvals split between 28,500 offshore and 21,500 onshore. Application rate onshore: Averaging 24,000 per year. Offshore lodgement rate: Dropping by 10-30 percent at some posts due to temporary visa holders lodging onshore. Visa Approval Rate: 820 Visa: 81 percent. 801 Visa: 75 percent. 100 visa: 92 percent (Posters...
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Subclass 457 Visa Reforms – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the immediate changes to the 457 visa system I should be mindful of? As of 19 April 2017: The CSOL (Consolidated Skilled Occupation List) has been replaced with the new STSOL (Short Term Skilled Occupation List). The SOL (Skilled Occupation List) has been replaced with the new Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills...
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Australian Immigration Update – 2017 Federal Budget

The 2017-18 Budget that was announced last night included the following elements impacting Australia’s immigration and visa system: Visa Application Charges (VAC) increase Indexation of visa application charges will occur from 1 July 2017. All current VACs will be indexed annually in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index (CPI). Indexation applies only to the 1st...
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Australian Citizenship Reforms

The Australian government will now reform the countries citizenship laws to ensure that applicants are held to a higher standard. These changes are based on feedback received from the 2016 Productivity Commission Report, titled ‘Migrant Intake Into Australia and the National Consultation on Citizenship, conducted by Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and the Hon Philip...
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Subclass 457 visas to be replaced

The Prime Minister of Australia has announced that the Government is abolishing 457 visas to be replaced with a new temporary visa with additional requirements, including previous work experience, better English language skills and labour market testing. A new training fund will also be established. It has been indicated that there will be a new...
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