The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has released their Traffic Light Bulletin on potential changes to the skilled occupation lists for Immigration purposes. A number of interesting changes have been proposed, including the removal or down-grading of some trades occupations, and the addition of occupations relating to personal and aged care. A full list is available on the Department's website here. Please note that these are only proposed changes at this stage. Red Occupations These are occupations that could be removed from all occupation lists. Standing out… Далее
Australia has introduced two new Regional Visas on the 16th of November 2019. These two visas are: Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)) Visa Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) Visa The new Regional Visas throw open the door to Australian Permanent Residency and possible citizenship in the future. If you too are mulling over whether you should apply for the new Visas, here are the pros and cons: Pros: The definition of “regional areas” in Australia has been simplified by the Australian Govt. Barring Sydney, Melbourne and… Далее
The Dept. of Health in Australia has declared that the new Regional Visa holders will be “treated as eligible” for the purposes of the Health Insurance Act. This means that Subclass 491 and Subclass 494 visa holders will be able to apply for Medicare. They will be covered under Medicare for their entire stay period. The Subclass 491 Visa replaces the Subclass 489 Visa. Subclass 489 Visa holders did not have access to Medicare. They had to pay for their medical treatment in Australia. However, Subclass 491 Visa holders will be to go to the hospital or visit the doctor and have all… Далее
Perth in Western Australia and the Gold Coast in Queensland are set to be classified as 'regional' for immigration purposes once changes are introduced in November this year. Longer 485 Graduate Visas The Western Australia and Queensland State Governments requested for Perth and the Gold Coast - respectively - to be classified as 'regional' in order to attract more international students. This is because from November, students who study in regional areas will be able to access a longer Subclass 485 Graduate post-study work visa. From 16 November, students in regional cities and major… Далее
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