Highly skilled workers from around the world will have a new visa pathway into Australia as a part of the Government's new Global Talent Scheme pilot program. From 1 July all businesses will be able to sponsor highly skilled and specialised workers who will help to grow their businesses and create more jobs. The pilot will run for 12 months and provide businesses with a streamlined process to sponsor overseas workers with cutting edge skills, where there are no suitable Australians available to fill the vacancies. The Government has been consulting with industry, the start-up… Далее
There may be as many as 25,000 fewer migrants in 2017-18 than planned Australia’s migrant intake will be substantially down this financial year – possibly 25,000 below the 190,000 planned figure – led by reductions in the number of skilled and sponsored working visas. The migration program has been at 190,000 since 2012-13 but dropped to 183,000 last financial year and will fall further again this year. Figures disclosed at Senate estimates and visa statistics reveal the number of visas granted in 2017-18 is likely to be 165,000 – the lowest level in seven years. To 30… Далее
Limited places and a very high demand for some family visas have ballooned the waiting periods up to half a century. Indian migrant Puneet Mittal has always wanted his parents to live with his family in Australia. This year he applied for a permanent visa under the Non-Contributory Parent visa for his parents. But it won’t be before 2048 that a decision on their visa applications is made. Mr Mittal’s father is in his late sixties and mother is in early sixties. They have been given bridging visas and can stay in Australia, but can’t access Medicare benefit until their… Далее
Australia has several visas designed to bring skilled migrants to the bush – but many leave for the cities once they secure a permanent place. The Turnbull government is considering changes to regional skilled visas to "bind" migrants to rural areas even after they secure a permanent place in Australia, multiculturalism minister Alan Tudge has revealed. The minister said many migrants who were specifically sponsored for regional jobs were later quitting those jobs and moving to the cities, perpetuating skills shortages in regional towns. "If they've come in on the basis of being… Далее
The visa, started in 2005, allowed people to live and work in Australia for up to four years. The government says it no longer aligns with Australia's economic priorities. The Department of Home Affairs has ceased accepting new applications for the Investor Retirement (Class UY) visa from today. The government says the Subclass 405 (Investor Retirement) visa that allowed visa holders to live and work in Australia with their partner, no longer aligns with Australia’s economic priorities. The closure of the visa was announced in the Federal Budget on May 8. The Department will not… Далее
The world's largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney returns in 2018 with a spectacular new precinct at Luna Park, the return of much-loved Customs House, and a fantastical blend of everyday objects and Australian-inspired motifs on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall said, "Vivid Sydney has delighted and inspired people from around Australia and the world. With the Festival now in its 10th year, visitors and locals alike can once again expect to be mesmerised by the Vivid Sydney program, with larger installations… Далее
The Turnbull government has fully reversed a regulation that effectively doubled the income requirements for visa sponsors. The Coalition has officially scrapped its changes to so-called Assurance of Support visa sponsorship rules, weeks after media revealed a government backdown was negotiated to prevent a Senate defeat. Social services minister Dan Tehan tabled the documents in parliament on the last week to complete the reversal, less than two months after the changes were introduced. The government struck a deal with the Greens to restore the old rules when it became apparent… Далее