Alarming new statistics relating to processing times for Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent Visas which were recently published by Home Affairs state that 90% of cases take 22 months to finalise (no, this is not a typo). For those who may not be aware, Skill Select process was introduced on 1 July 2012 and was largely a product of prior failed GSM system where due to the large volume of applications lodged with the Department, it became impossible to process these applications. SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled persons who are interested in obtaining an Australian… Далее
          Living in a regional area does not mean having to live in the middle of nowhere. Australia has several beautiful regional areas which Subclass 491 and 494 Regional Provisional Visa holders can live in. Here are some of the best regional areas in east Australia: Hervey Bay, Queensland Hervey Bay is approximately 3.5 hours away from the capital city of Brisbane. It is a coastal city also known as the “Whale Watch Capital of the world”. The city is known for its safe, sheltered waters and easy approach to the Fraser Island… Далее
Australia admitted 160,000 permanent migrants last year which has been the lowest in a decade. Industry leaders had warned the Govt. about an impending labour crunch which could severely affect several infrastructure projects in the pipeline. Addressing these concerns Mr David Coleman, Immigration Minister, said that it was important to fill in employment gaps all across Australia. He is driving the Global Talent Independent Program which has 5,000 visa places. This program aims to attract the best and the brightest foreign workers to Australia. Australia has put an annual cap of… Далее
The Australian Govt. has announced that there will be no further cuts to migration numbers. However, the Govt. will focus on how to encourage migrants to move to the regional areas. Julian Leeser, Liberal MP, said that Australia’s quality of life depends on solving the challenge of how to better redistribute Australia’s migrant population. The immigrant population in Australia will increase by 25% to 31.4 million in the next 15 years, as quoted by The Guardian. Mr Leeser says that most of the population growth is expected in major cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and… Далее
The Department of Home Affairs has announced a new initiative for an additional Temporary Graduate visa with an extra year of post-study work rights for international students who: graduate from the regional campus of a registered university or institution with a higher education or postgraduate qualification; and maintain ongoing residence in a regional area while holding their first Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa The second Temporary Graduate visa will require ongoing residence in a regional area. The definition of regional Australia for this purpose will be the same… Далее
In the lead up to the introduction of the new Skilled Regional visas in November, Immigration has announced further details on the implementation dates for the 491 and 494 visas, and transitional arrangements for Subclass 489 and RSMS visas. Lodgement deadlines Most importantly, Immigration advises that the last date to be invited for a Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa will be 10 September 2019. The last date to then lodge an application based on an invitation would be 15 November 2019. The last date to lodge a Subclass 187 Regional Skilled Migration Scheme… Далее
The 1st of July marked the beginning of the new immigration program year for Australia. This is when the Australian Govt. sets quotas for skilled migration. The Govt. also plans levels for state sponsorship spots at the beginning of the immigration program year. With the beginning of the new program year, here are the changes to watch out for: Visa fee increase Beginning on the 1st of July, most visa subclasses will see a 5.4% increase in the Visa fee. Student Visa fee increases from $575 to $606. Skilled Migration Visa fee increases from $3,755 to $3,958 while Partner… Далее