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  • Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold to be increased for 457 Visas

    Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold to be increased for 457 Visas

    The ‘Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold’ or TSMIT as it’s also known is important for new 457 visa holders as they are generally not eligible for government benefits and support. We provided an overview of the 457 visa program on Wednesday but one of the areas we didn’t cover was the fact that the 457 […] More

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    2011 Skilled Migration Survey Highlights Strong Demand For Over Seas Workers

    Last year I wrote a post about the Skilled Migration Survey published by the Audit firm KPMG. Well, the propeller heads at KPMG have conducted a new survey for 2011 and the results may be of interest to those looking to make the move down under. KPMG’s annual skilled migration survey examines how Australian businesses […] More

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    G’day UK 2009

    G’Day UK 2009 kicks off this weekend delivering two weeks of food, wine, cultural and business events. Top of the list will be Australian immigration and tourism which will be sold to Brits interested in making the move Down Under. Being a major source of skilled workers and tourists for Australia, organisers of G’Day Week […] More

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    Migration Agents – Migrant numbers need to increase to support infrastructure projects

    The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has warned the government that work on infrastructure projects will be difficult to accomplish following the decision to put restrictions on the skilled migration program. While the MIA welcomed the Australian immigration ministers decision to increase the number of humanitarian and family reunion Australian visas for the 2009/10 Migration […] More

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    Australia – worlds most resilient economy

    A world-wide survey has found that Australia has been voted the best place for business during the economic downturn, meaning that all those emigrating to Australia will benefit from greater investment security and a stronger economy during the recessionary and recovery period. As we reported earlier this year, the government restricted the Australian skilled migration […] More

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    Australian Budget – What could it mean for you?

    As we mentioned yesterday, the Federal Government released their budget last night so instead of going through the reams of data coming out of the budget line by line and boring you to death, I thought I’d provide a very (sky) high summary of some of the key points which may be of interest to […] More

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    Further cuts in Australian Skilled Migration intake

    The Rudd Government is going to announce its latest budget tonight with an expected deficit of about $60 billion most likely making the biggest headline. For those looking at making the move down under however, the slashing of a further 7000 places from the general skilled migration intake will be the news that hurts the […] More

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    More changes to skilled occupations lists announced

    Following the news we posted on Friday about Important changes to Australian skilled-sponsored visas for ACT and NT. It looks like the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory (NT) governments are at it again with a number of amendments to their skilled occupations lists being announced. After removing five occupations as part of […] More

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    Extra 400,000 workers needed for Western Australia

    I’ve just read an interesting article posted by the Australian Newspaper about the number of extra workers required if Western Australia is going to continue to grow at its current rates. Apparently an extra 400,000 workers will be needed in Western Australia over the next 10 years if the state is to reap the full […] More

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    Australia increases skilled migrant quota

    Good news for people looking to emigrate to Australia under one of the Skilled Visa Classes. According to a media release made on Wednesday, Australia is issuing more Australian visas to skilled migrants than ever. The level of migration for 2007-08 will be set at a whopping 152,800 places. This includes an increase of 5,000 […] More

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    Australian government Successfully Matching Skilled Workers to Employers

    The following is the text of the Minister’s announcement for the budget of changes to the skilled migration program. It should be read with her announcement on Monday of the points and technical changes foreshadowed to the skilled migration program arising out of the evaluation program I’ll put that in a separate post. Strangely, the […] More