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    Australian 189 Skilled Independent Visa Age Threshold Lowered

    The Australian Government has introduced new changes for the subclass 189 Skilled Independent visas resulting in applicants aged over 45 years will no longer qualify to apply under the 189 Skilled Visa Stream. New age ceiling for subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa The new requirement for applicants to be under age 45 will be implemented […] More

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    Australian 457 Visa Changes – FAQ

    So since we announced the abolishment of the 457 visa on the 19th April, we’ve had literally hundreds of comments posted trying to seek additional information on clarification on the announcements. I’m a 457 holder, will I still be able to get PR?  My occupation is no longer on the list, can I still apply? What […] More


    Australian Visa Costs From 1st July 2017

    The 2017-18 Federal Budget saw several changes announced to the immigration programme which will affect the cost of visa applications from 1 July. Additionally, information has also been provided regarding the changes forecasted to the training benchmark, which will affect 457 and 186 applications, and their sponsors, from March 2018. Increase to Australian Visa Application Charges […] More

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    2017 – 2018 Skilled Migration Intake Announced

    Today, Treasurer Scott Morrison announced his annual budget to Parliament which included a couple of items of interest to people looking to emigrate to Australia. An annual foreign worker levy of $1,200 to $1,800 per annum will be applied to employers of temporary foreign workers, whereas employers of permanent skilled workers will be levied a […] More

  • 457 to PR - Options after March 2018

    Existing 457 Visa holders – Can I Still Get PR?

    It’s fair to say, the recent announcement that the current 457 Visa system will be scrapped, has caused some concern and angst for 457 Visa holders hoping to gain Permanent Residency (PR) at the end of the 457 Period. We’ve had various comments in response to our recent articles including questions along the lines of […] More

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    Planned Australia Visa Changes – April 2017 – March 2018

    So it’s been a big week as far as Australian Immigration news is concerned and we’ve had quite a few questions posted on our forums and in the article comments in relation to when certain changes will come into effect. With this in mind and with input from one of the recently published fact sheets, we […] More

  • TSS Visa - Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

    TSS – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa – How It Works

    The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa is the name of the visa which (as of today) replaces the now defunct Australian 457 Visa. As we announced yesterday, the Turnball government has chosen to axe the old 457 Visa scheme citing abuse of the scheme by Australian businesses. Ultimately, the view from the Australian Government is that […] More

  • Jobs Removed From The 2016 - 2017 SOL

    Jobs Removed From The Australian Skilled Occupations List

    List of removed occupations Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupation on 19 April 2017 are listed below. For the list of vacancies qualifying for skilled sponsorship from 1st July 2017, see here: 2017 – 2018 SOL Occupation ANZSCO Code Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker 411511 Actor 211111 Actors, Dancers […] More

  • 2017 - 2018 Australian Skilled Occupations List (SOL)

    2017 – 2018 Skilled Occupations List (SOL)

    PLEASE NOTE THIS OCCUPATIONS LIST HAS BEEN REPLACED AND IS NO LONGER VALID – For the most current list of Australian occupations in demand. Please CLICK HERE. The 2017 – 2018 Australian Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has been published with approximately 200 occupations being removed from what was the 2016 – 2017 SOL The updated […] More

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    457 Visa To Be Abolished – Replaced With New TSS Visa

    Today, (18 April 2017), the Australian Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. Introducing the TSS Visa Program The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years […] More

  • Australian Occupations SOL Reaching Ceiling

    Occupation Groups Nearing Their Occupation Ceilings

    An occupation ceiling is a limit on the number of invitations that can be issued through SkillSelect each year. They are based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation. Stock employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and represent the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation. […] More

  • Occupations Ceiling Reached For Engineering and Computer Related Roles

    Occupations Ceiling Reached For Engineering and Computer Related Roles

    Each year, the Australian Government sets occupation ceilings for each occupation class meaning that if a job appears on the Skilled Occupations list for that year, you qualify to apply for an Australian Visa, but only until the number allocated for each occupation type has been fully utilised. This ensures that there is a reasonable […] More

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