Australia Work Visa – An Overview

By |July 6th, 2012|

Australia Work Visa is one of the more common search terms used by visitors to getting down under HQ. With [...]

457 Visa – A Guide To The Australian 457 Program

By |June 27th, 2012|

As the 457 visa is the most commonly used program for Australian or overseas employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers to work in Australia temporarily, we thought it would be useful to provide an overview of this popular visa class. The full title of this subclass of visa is Temporary Business (Long Stay) – Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457) and in a nutshell, the 457 program allows employers to hire skilled overseas workers where experienced Australian workers are not available. It’s the simplest and fastest option that helps businesses deal with skill shortages. Starting on the 1st July 2012, non-resident workers on the 457 skilled immigration visa will also be able to transition to permanent residency if they have 2 years with the employer who has sponsored them and if the employer provides a full-time position in the 457 visa holder’s nominated occupation. […]

Changes To Australian Working Holiday Visa Would Boost Economy

By |February 17th, 2012|

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has claimed that relaxing application and extension restrictions on the Working Holiday Visa would provide an extra AU$700 million (£476 million) to the Australian economy. Currently, the Australian Working Holiday Visa (WHV) programme allows holders to extend their visa for a second year if they complete 88 days in a regional industry such as agriculture, mining and construction. However, ATEC Managing Director Felicia Mariani claims that of the 162,000 WHVs granted on average each year, just 22,000 choose to travel to regional areas to secure work in one of the eligible industries. […]

Australian visa rules relaxed for students from 29 countries

By |February 16th, 2012|

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has announced that requirements for an Australian visa will be relaxed for students from 29 countries. After ex-politician Michael Knight published a scathing report on the Australian visa application system and reports of a struggling education sector surfaced, a reform of the application process had been expected for some time. However, despite the so called ‘Knight reforms’ calling for a complete review which included several restrictions being tightened, Mr Bowen has instead opted to only implement relaxations to the current system, claiming this will benefit the education industry. […]

Online tourist visas for Brazil and Argentina Now Available

By |February 16th, 2012|

Tourists from Brazil and Argentina can from today apply online for the e676 electronic tourist visa to visit Australia say the DIAC A spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said the e676 allows people to apply for a tourist visa electronically using a fast, secure and convenient application process. “These new arrangements mean applicants from Brazil and Argentina have the ability to check the progress of their application electronically,” the spokesman said. […]

Skillselect – Skilled Migrant Selection Register to Go Live 1st July 2012

By |December 22nd, 2011|

On 10 May 2011 the Australian government announced the decision to implement a new way to manage Skilled Migration based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequent invitation to apply. The new program is called SkillSelect and will be introduced on 1 July 2012. The changes to their skilled migration program are quite significant so If you wish to come under the current skilled immigration programme you should apply for a skills assessment as soon as possible. […]

New Skilled Australian Visa Charges From January

By |December 16th, 2011|

Last monday we wrote an article advising that Australian skilled visa application fees were to increase in 2012 The Department of Immigration and Cirizenship (DIAC) has now confirmed that many of these increases will come into effect from 1 January, 2012 though others will be progressively introduced over the next 18 months (subject to normal legislative processes). The changes will be applied to a number of Australian Visa’s. The reasons given for the visa fee changes are “to target anomalies and inconsistencies, close the gap between visa access charges and the estimated costs of administering visas, and improve the integrity of the visa system.” […]

Australian skilled visa application fees to increase in 2012

By |December 5th, 2011|

Looks like quite an increase is on the way if  a statement released from the office of Chris Bowen, Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship holds any truth. It has been announced that the government intends to introduce a new visa pricing model from January 2012. Under the new pricing system, which the Australia Immigration minister says is designed “to ensure taxpayers are no longer subsidising visa applications”, there is intended to be an increase in the fees for certain skills and business visas of between 5 and 15 percent. This could see the cost of a skilled Australian visa application rise to over AU$3,400, constituting an increase of over 24% in less than a year. […]

Change to processing location for applications lodged in Pakistan or Afghanistan

By |December 5th, 2011|

News in from the Australian Immigration Department this week which effects Partner and family migration processing for applicants in Pakistan or Afghanistan Partner and family migration applications lodged by clients who live in Pakistan or Afghanistan (except for Afghan nationals) are processed at the Australian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan. Partner and family migration applications from Afghan nationals who live in Afghanistan or Pakistan (except general skilled, business skills, Distinguished Talent (subclass 124), Former Resident (subclass 151) and parent subclasses) should still be lodged with the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. […]

Australia Approves TOEFL Test Scores for Student Visas

By |May 30th, 2011|

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) announced last week that all international students who wish to study in Australia can now use TOEFL test scores as part of their visa application. The TOEFL test is created by non-profit educational assessment and research organisation, Educational Testing Service (ETS). This announcement represents a significant change for international students from Assessment Level 3 and 4 countries (such as China and India) and the higher education industry in Australia. […]