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Employer sponsored visa applicants and “competent” English

Questions relating to English Language requirements for employer sponsored visa applicants are among the most frequently asked.  What exactly does “competent” English mean?

Firstly it is important to note that generally applicants who hold passports from either the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland will be exempted from the requirement to demonstrate “competent” English. 

Generally, unless a specific exemption applies for the particular subclass of visa, applicants of all other nationalities must demonstrate that they have achieved the relevant score in an English test from an approved English language test provider. There are 5 different tests which are accepted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 6 in each of the 4 test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing)
  • Occupational English Test (OET): minimum 'B' in each of the 4 test components
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT): minimum 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: minimum 50 in each of the 4 test components
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test: minimum 169 in each of the 4 test components. The test must also have been taken on or after 1 January 2015 and before lodging the relevant visa application.

Unless otherwise indicated above, applicants must have undertaken one of the above tests within 36 months/3 years before they lodge their visa application.

Contact our Migration Agents should you have any queries regarding employer sponsored visa related requirements.

 

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Some of the occupations which are eligible for employer sponsored visas are subject to “inapplicability conditions”. This means that whilst the occupations are available for employer sponsored visas, there are conditions that employers / employees need to be aware of which determine the availability of those occupations. Below is a list of occupations that have inapplicability conditions and in relation to which further guidance has been issued on the interpretation of their associated conditions:

  • Accountant (ANZSCO 221111)
  • Animal Attendants and Trainers (NEC) (ANZSCO 361199)
  • Baker (ANZSCO 351111)
  • Cafe or Restaurant Manager (ANZSCO 141111)
  • Chef (ANZSCO 351311)
  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (ANZSCO 111111)
  • Conference and Event Organiser (ANZSCO 149311)
  • Cook (ANZSCO 351411)
  • Corporate General Manager (ANZSCO 111211)
  • Corporate Services Manager (ANZSCO 132111)
  • Customer Service Managers (ANZSCO 149212)
  • Facilities Manager (ANZSCO 149913)
  • Farmer – various (Group 121)
  • Hair or Beauty Salon Manager (ANZSCO 142114)
  • Hotel or Motel Manager (ANZSCO 141311)
  • Management Consultant (ANZSCO 224711)
  • Marketing Specialist (ANZSCO 225113)
  • Massage Therapist (ANZSCO 411611)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician (ANZSCO 312512)
  • Pastry Cook (ANZSCO 351112)
  • Recruitment Consultant (ANZSCO 223112)
  • Sales and Marketing Manager (ANZSCO 131112)
  • Supply and Distribution Manager (ANZSCO 133611)
  • Technical Sales Representatives NEC (note: includes education sales rep) (ANZSCO 225499)
  • Transport Company Manager (ANZSCO 149413)

To know more about the availability of these occupations, contact our Migration Agents today.

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Employers / Businesses : Get ready for the Skilling Australians Fund!  Employees – get your employers ready!

Currently, employers who wish to sponsor skilled workers either have to pay 2% of their payroll to an industry training fund or spend at least 1% of their payroll on training their Australian employees.

One of the major upcoming changes to employer sponsored and skilled visas affects these training benchmark requirements.  As of March 2018, business sponsors will no longer be required to meet those training benchmark requirements. Instead, they will be replaced by the requirement to make financial contributions (for each overseas employee who is sponsored) to a newly created Skilling Australians Fund.

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How will your business be affected by the new regulations?

The amount businesses have to pay into the Skilling Australians Fund depends on the size of the business and on the visa subclass utilized to sponsor the overseas employee.

The Temporary Skill Shortage Visa will replace the 457 visa soon.  Businesses with a turnover of less than A$10 million per year will be required to make an upfront payment of A$1,200 for each employee sponsored on the new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS).

For permanent visas such as the subclass 186 ENS or RSMS visa, small businesses have to contribute A$3,000 to the Skilling Australians Fund.

Medium and large businesses with an annual turnover of more than A$10 million will be required to pay A$1,800 and A$5,000 respectively.

For more information regarding the current 457 training benchmarks and the upcoming changes, please contact our migration agents.

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Our migration agents in Melbourne have been asked recently about subclass 457 sponsorship obligations.

As an approved standard business sponsor for subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa applicants, each employer must comply with various sponsorship obligations. Their obligations generally remain as long as there is a 457 visa holder in their employment and in some cases throughout the businesses’ approval validity period.

The sponsorship obligations framework is implemented to ensure that the sponsored visa holders are not exploited and working conditions meet the standards that would apply to Australians performing the same work at the same location.

We note that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection intends to commence collection of Tax File Numbers for 457 visa holders (as well as other employer sponsored migrants) before 31st December 2017. The data will be matched with the Australian Tax Office’s records to determine whether a visa holder is being paid less than their nominated salary as notified to the Department as part of the nomination application. This is in response to findings that various approved sponsor businesses have been underpaying their workers and in some cases demanding repayment of their salaries.

The Department will also start to publish details of sponsors which have been sanctioned for non-compliance.

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The Immigration Department has finally released the occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 Program Year. An occupation ceiling is a limit on the amount of invitations that can be issued through SkillSelect each year. The size and composition is set every year depending on the Australian Government’s Budget process.


An occupation ceiling is applicable to:

  • Skilled independent visas
  • Skilled regional sponsored visas
  • Skilled or business state or territory sponsored visas

For the 2017 – 2018 program year, there have been expansions in the occupation ceiling for the following pro rata occupations - it is quite likely that the required points score will lessen compared to the previous year.

  • Accountants: Increased by 2285 slots to 4785
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers: Increased by 639 slots to 2178
  • Software and Applications Programmers: Increased by 540 slots to 6202
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts: Increased by 92 slots to 1574

For further timely advice on your migration plan, please contact our Migration Agents now.

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is planning to introduce tax file number collection from visa holders of permanent skilled migration visas such as the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa, the Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visa, the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa, and the Skilled –Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.

Read more about your Business Sponsorship:

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The commencement of the collection of tax file numbers is scheduled to commence some time prior to 31 December 2017. The purpose of collection is to enable data to be examined against Australian Taxation Office records so as to ensure that permanent visa holders are actually being paid at least their nominated salary as notified to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. This is one of the measures to be introduced which seeks to preserve the integrity of the permanent visa programme and is welcomed by Melbourne Migration International.


Contact our migration agents for advice or assistance in relation to the above.

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The requirements for sponsorship accreditation approval have been relaxed to accommodate low risk sponsors who only use the 457 program occasionally, and sponsorship accreditation is therefore no longer only suitable or attractive only for large volume sponsors.  

The benefits of accredited sponsorship are:

  • The sponsorship approval will be valid for six years
  • The sponsor will receive priority processing on all visa and nomination applications
  • The sponsor will also receive streamlined processing for the vast majority of occupations if salary criteria are met and the occupation has an ANZSCO skill level of 1 or 2 on the basis that these are “low risk” nominations. This enables the sponsor to obtain approval of their nominations quickly

There are currently 4 categories of accredited sponsor, each with different eligibility criteria.

Category 1 is for Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies.

Category 2 is for Australian trusted traders.  The key requirements for this category are that the sponsor must:

  • Have Australian workers comprising at least 75% of their workforce in Australia
  • Engage all 457 holders under a compliant written contract of employment
  • Have all Australian employees paid in accordance with an internal salary table that reflects current market salary rates or otherwise they must be paid in accordance with an Enterprise Agreemen

Category 3 is for low risk sponsors who sponsor infrequently but who have a higher percentage of Australian employees. The key requirements for this category are that the sponsor must:

  • Be a listed or private company with a minimum of AUD $4m per annum turnover for the last two years
  • Have been an active sponsor for a minimum of two years whist approved
  • Not have any adverse monitoring outcomes
  • Have sponsored a primary 457 visa in the previous 2 years
  • Have a good nomination non-approval rate (less than 3%)
  • Have Australian workers comprising at least 90% of their workforce in Australia
  • Engage all 457 holders under a compliant written contract of employment
  • Have all Australian employees paid in accordance with an internal salary table that reflects current market salary rates or otherwise they must be paid in accordance with an Enterprise Agreement
  • Have provided all requested business details to the Department

Category 4 is for low risk sponsors who have sponsored at least 10 457 visa holders in the last two years and who have Australian workers comprising at least 75% of their workforce in Australia.  

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On 10 September 2016, the Entrepreneur stream was added as a new stream to the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Th Entrepreneur stream has the lowest funds requirements in the Business visas for starting-up an innovation.


The main criteria:

  • Submit an EOI in SkillSelect and nomination by a State/territory government, being invited by the Minister
  • Under 55 years of age (unless the nominating state or territory certifies that you will make an exceptional economic benefit) with ‘Competent English’
  • 65 points or over in the Business Innovation and Investment Points test
  • Proposed to undertake a complying entrepreneur activity which is an innovative idea and not be in residential real property, labour hire industry or an existing enterprise in Australia
  • Secure one or more legally enforceable agreements to receive funding with a total of at least $200,000
  • Hold at least 30% interest in the Entrepreneurial Entity
  • 10% of the funding must be paid within 12 months of the day the activity starts
  • Provide a satisfactory business plan for the entrepreneurial activity noting how the Innovation Idea will lead to the commercialisation of the product or service
  • Maximum of three applicants can apply under the same entity
  • Meeting other such as health and character criteria

For more information regarding how to apply for this visa

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Update on Australian Citizenship

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection submitted a bill for an Act to amend the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to the Parliament in mid-June 2017.

This bill raises the requirements of applying for the Australian Citizenship, which might cause difficulties for some migrants to gain the citizenship if the bill is being approved by the government.

There are several major changes in the bill:

  • Increase the residency period requirement to four years living in Australia for a permanent resident to apply for the Australian Citizenship;
  • Applicant who is aged between 16-60 years old must have Competent English (IELTS 6.0);
  • Applicant must sign the Australian Values Statement and show the integration into the Australian community;
  • Applicant must make the pledge of allegiance before becoming a citizen and satisfied by the Minister;
  • Insert and amend several definitions (residency period, spouse, substantive visa and de facto partner) to match the terms in Migration ACT 1958;
  • Clarify that the automatic acquisition of Australian citizenship does not apply to specified persons;
  • Clarify that if a person obtains the Australian citizenship by adoption, the adoption process must be completed by the age of 18 years old;
  • The Minister has the power not to approve a person’s citizenship application if the person has serious offence.

This bill was opposed by several parties after the release, we still do not have any idea whether it will be approved or not.

Stay informed with news about Australian Citizenship

 

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Good news for CEOs seeking Permanent Residency in Australia

The Australian government has announced sweeping changes to the 457 visa program from 19 April 2017. However, the changes will not only have a direct influence on 457 visa applicants and employers, but also on various Australian skilled visas, in particular, the 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa, also known as the employer sponsored permanent resident visa.

However, the news is that foreign CEO’s who had applied for permanent residency before 1 July and are awaiting approval from the Immigration Department will no longer be impacted by the retrospective application of the Government’s new permanent residency rules.

Under the new rules, CEO’s annual wages of above $180,000 and who are under the age of 45 years will be able to apply for a permanent skilled visa.

Further updates regarding the migration changes will available soon. Stay informed:

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With the approval of the Immigration Department, Tasmania has introduced a new visa category for overseas applicants who seeks migration solutions to Australia. This visa category will enable applicants to live and work in the Tasmania for up to four years and also offers a pathway to permanent residency in Australia.

From 1 July 2017, a new category for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 489) has been presented for Tasmanian state nomination for overseas applicants. They are eligible to apply for this category offshore.

A state nomination from Tasmania will add 10 points to a skilled visa applicant’s overall score required to qualify for a visa under Australia’s Immigration Department point test.

After having lived in the state for at least two years and worked full-time (35 hours per week) for at least one year during their stay, visa holders become eligible to apply for permanent residency in Australia.

To apply for this visa, an applicant is required to nominate an occupation from Tasmania’s Skilled Occupation List and provide appropriate proof of employment opportunities in the state. Applicants can also secure a genuine offer of employment from employers in the state.
 
Seeking permanent residency in Australia? Contact our Migration Agents now.

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The migration regulations changes made the Immigration Department this 1st July 2017 have brought good news to working holiday visa workers who wish to visit Melbourne, Australia to work and holiday. 

The Department has amended the eligible age for Subclass 417 Working Holiday, which applicants must be aged at least 18 and no more than 35 years old at the time of application. If an age younger than 35 is specified in an instrument for a specified passport, that younger age limit will be applied.

On the other hand, for subclass 462 Work and Holiday Visas, the increase to age limit is only available for those countries where Australia has negotiated a similar bilateral age increase.

Below is the list of countries that are eligible for subclass 462:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Chile
  • China
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • USA
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

Ask our Migration Agents for more updates on the new migration regulations changes.

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01 July 2017 - The Skilled Visa Changes

 Key recent changes prior to 1 July 2017

On 19 April 2017 the occupation lists which determine which occupations are eligible for skilled visas (i.e. subclass 457, 186, 189, 190, 407, 485, and 489 visas) were changed and the eligible occupations were significantly condensed resulting in fewer occupations being available.

For practical purposes, two new lists were in effect created:

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Combined list including the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

457 visas for occupations on the MLTSSL are now issued for a maximum of 4 years.  However 457 visas for occupations on the STSOL are only issued for a maximum of 2 years.

 

1 July 2017 changes

A number of changes have been implemented effective 1 July 2017 which impact the 457, 186, 187, 189, 190, 485, and 489 visa subclasses.

The occupation lists which underpin many of these skilled visa subclasses and determine which occupations are eligible for each visa have again been changed.  Notably:

  • 36 occupations have been added and are now also eligible for subclass 457 and 186 visas
  • Some occupations have been moved between the STSOL and the MLTSSL
  • 12 occupations have been removed from the lists
  • Caveats or conditions which apply to certain occupations have also been revised

 

Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa

 The key changes are as follows:

  • The occupation lists have changed again.The lists which determine which occupations are eligible for the 457 visa and any conditions which apply to those occupations have been changed.
  • New English language requirements. The English language requirements and exemptions have been changed.  Notably, 457 visa applications lodged after 1 July 2017 will not be able to claim previous English language salary based exemptions (i.e. which applied to applicants whose salary was over AUD $96,400).  Passport holders of the UK, USA, Canada, NZ, and Republic of Ireland are still exempt in addition to other exemptions including applicants who are nominated by an overseas business sponsor if their base rate of pay is over $96,400.
  • Training benchmark requirements have been changed. These have been clarified and prescribed in more detail. Note that from March 2018 the benchmarks will be substituted for a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund.
  • 4 year visa grants are available to STSOL. Under policy, where requested by the sponsor and required to meet Australia’s international trade obligations, occupations on the STSOL can be granted 4 year terms. 
  • Mandatory police clearance certificates. Police clearance certificates are now mandatory.

 

 Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Visa

The key changes are as follows:

  • Temporary residence transition stream applicants are unaffected by occupation changes. For temporary residence transition (TRT) stream applicants (i.e. briefly, those who have worked for at least two years on a 457 visa in the same occupation) the criteria are not dependent on the occupation lists i.e. TRT applicants are not impacted by the changes.
  • New occupation list for direct entry stream applicants. For direct entry stream applicants (i.e. those who have never or only briefly worked in Australia and who do not qualify for the temporary residence transition stream) their occupation needs to be on the STSOL or MLTSSL contained in a new list.  The new occupation list requirements apply to nomination applications lodged on or after 1 July 2017.
  • Temporary residence transition English level requirements have been raised. TRT applicants must now have competent English (rather than vocational English) unless exempted (IELTS or equivalent test score 6 in each component).
  • There are English language exemptions for Temporary residence transition applicants. Applicants who have completed at least 5 years of full time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all of the tuition was delivered in English do not have to demonstrate they have competent English at the time of application.
  • There is a new requirement to demonstrate a genuine need to employ the visa applicant for Temporary residence transition and Direct Entry applicants. Employers must now also identify a need to employ the visa applicant, as a paid employee, to work in the position under the employers direct control.  The application will only be approved if the Department is satisfied there is a genuine need.
  • Direct entry eligible age lowered to 45 (limit is still 50 for TRT for now). All DE applicants must now be under 45 years old unless exempted.  The TRT age limit remains at 50 for now.
  • Direct entry age restrictions do not apply to certain occupations. The age restrictions for the direct entry stream of this visa subclass do not apply to Researchers, scientists and technical specialists at ANZSCO skill levels 1 or 2 nominated by Australian scientific government agencies and academics nominated by an Australian university as University Lecturers or Faculty Heads.  Similar exemptions also apply to persons holding subclass 444 (Special Category) visas or subclass 461 (New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship) (Temporary) visas who have been working in their nominated occupation for the same employer for at least 2 years in the 3 year period prior to their application, as well as medical practitioners employed in regional Australia and nominated in a position located in regional Australia subject to conditions.
  • Temporary residence transition stream age restrictions do not apply to certain occupations. The age restrictions for the TRT stream of this visa subclass do not apply to Researchers, scientists and technical specialists at ANZSCO skill levels 1 or 2 nominated by Australian scientific government agencies and academics nominated by an Australian university as University Lecturers or Faculty Heads.  Similar exemptions also apply to persons holding subclass 457 visas for 4 years with annual income above the Fair Work High Income Threshold, as well as medical practitioners employed in regional Australia and nominated in a position located in regional Australia subject to conditions.
  • Training benchmark requirements for direct entry stream applicants have been changed. The training benchmark requirements have been clarified and prescribed in more detail. Note that from March 2018 the benchmarks will be substituted for a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund.
  • There are exemptions from direct entry skills assessments. Researchers, scientists and technical specialists at ANZSCO skill levels 1 or 2 nominated by Australian scientific government agencies and persons nominated by an Australian university to be employed as University Tutors, University Lecturers, and Faculty Heads are exempt from the requirement to obtain a skills assessment for direct entry purposes.

 

Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa

 The key changes are as follows

  • Direct entry eligible occupations are now specified in a new instrument. The eligible occupations for this visa subclass are now specified in a new instrument. 
  • There are exemptions from direct entry skills assessments. Direct entry subclass 187 applicants who hold subclass 444 (Special Category) visas or subclass 461 (New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship) (Temporary) visas are exempt from skills assessment requirements if they have been working in their nominated occupation for the same employer for at least 2 years in the 3 year period prior to their application.
  • Direct entry eligible age lowered to 45 (limit is still 50 for TRT for now).  All DE applicants must now be under 45 years old unless exempted.  The TRT age limit remains at 50 for now.
  • Direct entry age restrictions do not apply to certain occupations. The age restrictions for the direct entry stream of this visa subclass do not apply to Researchers, scientists and technical specialists at ANZSCO skill levels 1 or 2 nominated by Australian scientific government agencies and academics nominated by an Australian university as University Lecturers or Faculty Heads.  Similar exemptions also apply to persons holding subclass 444 (Special Category) visas or subclass 461 (New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship) (Temporary) visas who have been working in their nominated occupation for the same employer for at least 2 years in the 3 year period prior to their application, as well as medical practitioners employed in regional Australia and nominated in a position located in regional Australia subject to conditions. 
  • Temporary residence transition English level requirements have been raised. TRT applicants must now have competent English (rather than vocational English) unless exempted (IELTS or equivalent test score 6 in each component).
  • There are English language exemptions for Temporary residence transition applicants. Applicants who have completed at least 5 years of full time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all of the tuition was delivered in English do not have to demonstrate they have vocational English at the time of application.

 

Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa

 The key changes are as follows:

  • Eligible age lowered to 45.
  • There is a new pathway to permanent residence for New Zealand Special Category visa (subclass 444) holders.
  • The requirements for the points tested stream have also been amended. Applicants for the points tested stream must be on the MLTSSL

 

 Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa

 The key changes are as follows:

  • Eligible age lowered to 45.
  • Applicants must be on the MLTSSL or STSOL in a specified list.

 

Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) Visa

he key changes are as follows:

  • Applicants must be on the MLTSSL in a specified list. 

 

Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa

 The key changes are as follows:

  • Eligible age lowered to 45.
  • Family nominated applicants must be on the MLTSSL in a specified list.
  • Applicants who are state or territory nominated must be on the MLTSSL or STSOL in a specified list.

 

Upcoming Changes - Stay Informed

Further changes are expected on or around 31 December 2017 and again in March 2018. One of the key reforms is the abolishment of the 457 visa and its replacement with a new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa in March 2018.

Please contact our Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers if you have any questions.  We are always here to help!

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Stay informed with upcoming migration changes, this update is provided by our migration agents in Melbourne.

From 1st July 2017, Processing Fees are set to increase in line with the forecasted Consumer Price Index. Visa fees will be indexed annually from July 2017 onwards. 

A number of changes will be introduced to the Australian Skilled and Family Visa Program:

  • Reduction of the Maximum Age: The maximum age for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa applicant is set to be below 45 years.
  • Revision of Skilled Occupation Lists: MLTSS and STOL occupation lists are likely to be reviewed and some flagged occupations, particularly in the engineering sector are likely to be removed.
  • Limitation of Skilled Invitation Numbers: Occupations ceilings representing maximum numbers of invitations that can be issued to the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visa applicants will be introduced.
  • State Sponsorship: Nominated Skilled State Migration programs will reopen. Many occupations are expected to be filled quickly so that applicants should to lodge their applications as early as possible.

Stay informed and contact our Migration Agents in Melbourne

 

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After much political negotiation, the Government’s proposed “Backpacker Tax” changes received Royal Assent, and has come to effect to all working holiday visa holders.

From 2017, any employers who employ people on Subclass 417 (Working Holiday Visa) or Subclass 462 (Work and Holiday Visa), will need to make instant changes.

What are the changes?

  • Employers need to register with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to be able to withhold tax at the new “Backpacker Tax” rates being 15% on earnings up to A$37,000 and then ordinary marginal rates thereafter (they won’t be entitled to the tax-free threshold).
  • Employers must report their earnings on separate payment summaries (for before and after 1 January 2017 earnings).
  • If employers don’t know what Visa your employee is on, Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) is the best place to find out.

For all working holiday makers in Melbourne, if you worked and earned super, your super will be taxed at 65% when it is paid to you (upon departing Australia).

Contact our Migration Agents in Melbourne for further migration news and advice.

 

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Australian Citizenship

According to our Migration Agents in Melbourne the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has introduced the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment Bill by claiming that “Australian citizenship is an extraordinary privilege.”


The Bill will set out to reinforce the requirements to become an Australian citizen by increasing the residence requirement and introducing an English competency requirement among other changes.


A number of new requirements to become an Australian citizen will be proposed in the Bill. Changes will include:

  • Changing the resident requirement from four years lawful stay to four years permanent residence
  • Expanding the English language requirement from basic English to a competent level of English
  • Requiring the signage of an Australian Values Statement prior to application
  • Requiring applicant to expose their integration into society in a manner consistent with Australian values
  • Allowing for the Minister to determine eligibility criteria for sitting the citizenship test that may relate to the fact that a person has previously failed the test, did not observe with one or more rules of conduct relating to the test, or was caught to have cheated during the test
  • Renaming the ‘pledge of commitment’ to the ‘pledge of allegiance’ and require the applicant to pledge allegiance to the Australian people
  • Extending the requirement to make the pledge of allegiance to all persons aged 16 and over intending to acquire citizenship
  • Changing the automatic acquisition of citizenship by a child born in Australia to Australian residents on their 10th birthday, by proposing the requirement that they must have maintained lawful residence in Australia for those 10 years

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Our migration agents in Melbourne have been asked recently about SkillSelect.

SkillSelect enables skilled workers and graduates aiming for migration to Melbourne under the Skill Stream of Australia's migration program to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI).

One of the main differences with SkillSelect is that the location requirements have been widened, meaning that applicants may complete this process onshore or offshore. The requirement of recent Australian study or work experience has also been removed, but still remains a part of the points test.

SkillSelect is based on Australia's economic needs and migration plans and connecting employers with skilled workers who wish to migrate to Melbourne.

SkillSelect provides also a new way for employers in Melbourne to seek for migrating overseas talent to fill vacancies for skilled positions. Employers can use SkillSelect to search for prospective employees with specific occupations who wish to move to Melbourne.

The SkillSelect service is free and employers are not obliged to sponsor an intending migrant found through the system.

We are specialised to support small business and employees through the complete migration process.

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Every year, the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) receives thousands of work visa, family visa, student visa and permanent residency visa applications – many will be successful, but thousands will be denied and or refused.

Our migration agents in Melbourne provide you in this blog with 7 tips for your successful visa applications.

 

7 Tips from our migration agents in Melbourne

  1. Consistency: The Department of Immigration will cross-check all of the information submitted. It will also bring up previous visa applications and government records to check for consistency.
  1. Accurateness: Being as detailed and accurate as possible. We recommend cross-checking for consistency – this will make your application process much smoother.
  1. Evidence is crucial. Everything you claim has to be demonstrated with evidence.
  1. Honesty: Acting with total honesty and integrity throughout the process is important.
  1. Organizability: Being organised and laying out your documents logically and coherently can make the application process faster and easier for both yourself and the case officer.
  1. Being aware of inconsistent public records and social media. The Department of Immigration will search through public records and social media profiles, and verify educational records with the original institutions.
  1. Attention to detail: Meet time lines and respond to case officers within time limits

Questions? Contact our Migration Agents to get the answers you are looking for.

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New Pathway To Australian Permanent Residence For NZ Citizens

Good news for New Zealand Citizens from Our Registered Migration Agent in Melbourne!
According to the Department of Immigration, a new pathway to Australian Permanent Residency (PR) will be provided to New Zealand citizens who have lived and worked in Australia for at least 5 years from 1 July 2017.

I am a NZ citizen living in Melbourne; how can I apply for PR in Australia?

This special NZ stream will be available to all subclass 444 visa holders applying for a 189 visa. To meet this requirement:

  • Applicants will need to demonstrate their usual residency in Australia for continuous period of at least 5 years immediately before the date of the application. That continuous period of usual residence in Australia must have started on or before 19 February 2016
  • Evidence of residence such as ATO assessment/s needs to be submitted at time of making application
  • All family members included in the application must meet health and character requirements

What are the benefits of this pathway to Australian PR?

  • No requirement for English language testing, skills assessment, points test, or sponsorship by an employer
  • No age limit
  • Relatively moderate income level - and exemptions apply for people on parenting or carer leave
  • Health waiver for applicants and family members with health conditions
  • The bulk of the application fee is only payable once the requirements have been evaluated and the visa is about to be granted


For more information regarding permanent migration to Melbourne, please contact our Migration Agents in Melbourne now.

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has amended the legislation for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) as of 1st July 2017. The maximum age permitted to apply for subclass 189 visa under the Points Tested stream will be 44. In other words, applicants must be aged under 45 when the invitation to apply for the visa is issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

This amendment will impact applicants who are invited to apply on or after the 1st of July, 2017, or who have not been issued with an invitation to lodge a visa application before the 1st of July, 2017 and who have not applied for the visa before the 1st July.

The amendment does not apply to applications, made:

  • in response to an invitation by the Minister given before 1 July 2017, and
  • the application is made on or after 1 July 2017, or,
  • the applicant claims to be a member of the family unit of the primary applicant and is making a combined application with the primary applicant.

If the applicant will be aged 45 or over as of the 1st July we recommend applicants should aim to have the application submitted before 1 July 2017.

Contact our Migration Agents in Melbourne now to have your application ready before the amendment comes into effect.

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