Posts by Sarah Thapa

Trump’s Loss is Australia’s Gain in the War on Talent

Two world globes side by side

One by one, they were blocked from entering the United States: a scientist barred from a flight, two engineers detained in Boston, and a doctoral student put back on a plane at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. It was 2017, and the travellers were all Iranian nationals holding permanent U.S. residency or valid…

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Global Talent Scheme Visa is here!

The Global Talent Scheme (“GTS”) is a new visa scheme designed to attract highly skilled global talent and drive innovation in Australia. The one-year pilot program commenced on 1 July 2018. There are two streams: Established business stream – TSS accredited business sponsors who are publicly listed or has had an annual turnover of at…

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ACS: Australia needs 200,000 more tech workers in five years

Tech Skilled Migrant Worker

ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse Report The technology skills gap in Australia is deepening, with an extra 200,000 technology workers needed in the next five years if the country is going to be a world leader in the digital economy, according to a new report from the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and Deloitte. The ACS Australia’s Digital…

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Skilled Points Test – new minimum 65 points

independent skilled work visas

General Skilled Migration – Increase to pool and pass marks For visa applications lodged from 1 July 2018 in response to an invitation issued on or after this date, the pool and pass mark is now 65 points for the following visa subclasses: Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) (Points tested) stream Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass…

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Fair Work High Income Threshold increase

Requirements, compliance, visa

From 1 July 2018, the Fair Work High Income Threshold (“FWHIT”) is now $145,400. As this is an increase from last year’s threshold of $142,000, the change may affect the following business sponsors and visa applicants: Sponsors who are conducting labour market testing in preparation for a TSS nomination application Labour market testing policy states…

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Insight: The top 10 in demand tech jobs and skills in Australia

Standard Business Sponsorship

Source: Australian Financial Review Top 10 in demand tech jobs and skills Australia will need another 100,000 tech workers over the next five years. Customer service, management and leadership are the three most in demand skills. The most in demand jobs are project manager, business analyst and business development manager. Australia has created 63,000 new…

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Occupation Ceilings For General Skilled Migration Released For 2017-18

On 3 August 2017, the Department released the Occupation Ceilings for General Skilled Migration. The Occupation Ceilings are the upper limit on the number of invitations that can be issued to apply for the following visas: Skilled independent visas Skilled regional sponsored visas Skilled or business state or territory sponsored visas. The ceilings are intended…

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457 Sponsor’s Training Benchmark Obligations

Overview Businesses operating in Australia seeking to hire and sponsor talented migrant workers should be aware of the requirements associated with training Australian citizens and permanent residents. Currently, businesses operating for more than 12 months must meet either Training Benchmark A or B as set out below when seeking to apply for Business Sponsorship under…

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SMEs must ensure workplace compliance

importance of immigration compliance

End of financial year is a significant time for SMEs and with one of the most complex workplace relations systems in the world, it is essential that business owners stay updated and compliant with the changes that come into effect on, or after 1 July 2017. Recent research conducted by Union NSW into migrant work…

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New skill lists effective 1 July 2017

The Australian government has updated the occupations lists for a range of temporary and permanent employer sponsored skilled visas, with the new lists effective from 1 July 2017. The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton states that whilst the changes to the lists are aimed at protecting Australian workers, he understands the important of enabling employers to recruit overseas…

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