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SkillSelect Update September 2015

By TMA | Sep 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Report on the September SkillSelect Invitation Round has been released by the Department of Immigration and we provide an overview of some key changes and insights below. Places filled in September Round The occupation ceiling for Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers has now been reached for the 2015-16 financial year. There will be no more…

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Australian Border Force enforcement action against Pie Face

By TMA | Aug 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Earlier this week the fast food business Pie Face was raided by immigration officials following reports of exploitation of foreign workers. What was the issue? The raid was triggered by a tip-off regarding the underpayment of a group of 457 visa workers. The surprise visit on Monday was part of an integrity and compliance operation by…

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ATO data matching for 457 visa holders – issues for business

By TMA | Aug 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Commissioner for Taxation has announced a comprehensive Data Matching Program for visa holders. This will allow the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to acquire from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) details of visa holders, their sponsors and migration agents, particularly relating to the 2013-2017 financial year periods. The program will collect data…

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Short term business travel

By TMA | Aug 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

In today’s global economy business invariably need to move their people fluidly and expeditiously across borders. But there is much more to a global mobility strategy than work and residency permits and ensuring unimpeded business travel (as critical as these requirements are). Global mobility requires businesses to take a strategic approach to immigration and have…

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APEC Business Travel Card – 5 Year Validity

By TMA | Aug 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Travel for business people within the Asia Pacific region has been made easier with the introduction of APEC Business Travel Cards with a 5 year validity. The APEC Business Travel Card is a short stay, multiple-entry visa to enter participating member economies and provides priority immigration clearance at major airports. The 5 year validity APEC Business…

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Occupation Ceilings for 2015-16 Skilled Migration Program

By TMA | Aug 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Department of Immigration has released the occupational ceilings for the 2015-16 financial year. Which visa subclasses are affected? The occupational ceilings apply to Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Family Sponsored Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visas. Occupational ceilings do not apply to, State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa…

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Changes to Skilled Occupation Lists

By TMA | Jul 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Following a review of the Australian Skilled Migration Program, the Australian Government introduced changes to the Skilled Migration Program and in particular to the occupations which are eligible to participate in the Skilled Migration Program on an independent or sponsored basis. Changes to Skilled Occupation Lists take effect from 1 July 2015. The Skilled Migration Program…

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Student Promotion – New Clients

By TMA | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
student promotion in Australia

Need Visa Advice? The Migration Agency can answer all of your questions about Student and Graduate work visas. We are here to help you: obtain the right visa for your studies undertand your visa conditions extend your current student visa apply for a new visa if changing course of study lodge your temporary graduate or…

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New Significant and Premium Investor Visa Rules

By TMA | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

A new complying investment framework for the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) and Premium Investor Visa (PIV) program was announced by the Government to commence on 1 July 2015. The new arrangements are part of the Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, announced by the Prime Minister in October 2014. The Significant Investor visa is a stream within…

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Changes to 457 visa program

By TMA | Apr 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Changes to 457 visa program

Following the independent review into the Temporary Skilled (Subclass 457) visa program, the Australian government announced on 18 March 2015 its intention to implement a number of changes. The Australian government has now implemented the changes from 18 April 2015. English language test A visa applicant can now satisfy the English language requirement by obtaining…

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