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Top 5 tips for lodging a successful partner visa

By TMA | Feb 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Diversity arising from people moving around the world and the relationships that form across borders means that we are assisting more clients with partner visas. A partner visa application can be a significant milestone in a relationship but it can also be daunting, not only because of the large number of documents you need to…

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Telstra boss on immigration: “Build skills, not walls”

By TMA | Feb 7, 2019 | 0 Comments
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The need for Australian companies to source ICT talent from overseas is stronger than ever, with the local pipeline continuing to fall short. That was the message from Telstra CEO Andy Penn, who delivered a strongly-worded address at the Committee for Economic Development Australia in Melbourne on Wednesday. “We need to build new skills and…

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School fees waived for dependants of 457/TSS visa holders

By TMA | Jan 26, 2019 | 0 Comments
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In an effort to attract skilled migrants, the South Australian Government is waiving Student fees for dependants of Subclass 457 and Subclass 482 TSS visas attending government schools. In a recent announcement, the Minister for Education, Hon John Gardner MP confirmed that the student contribution fee for dependants of the Subclass 457 and Subclass 482…

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Court imposes $335,664 penalties against 7-Eleven outlet and restaurant

By TMA | Jan 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Penalties have been secured by the Fair Work Ombudsman against a company in Melbourne for $335,664 and two individuals for the underpayment of international students. This brings the total amount to $1.8 million in penalties involving 7-Eleven franchisees. The Federal Circuit Court has handed down its judgement and penalised Xia Jing Qi Pty Ltd a total…

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Migration Outlook for 2019 – Sunny with periods of rain

By TMA | Jan 24, 2019 | 0 Comments
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The time has arrived again for the Australian Government’s annual consultation with key stakeholders and the public, to submit their views on the 2019/20 Migration Program. The main areas being discussed are the geographic distribution of migrants in regional areas, the current composition (skilled, family and humanitarian) and rate of visa approvals, in order to…

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Could a Labour Agreement give your business a competitive advantage?

By TMA | Jan 24, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Sometimes a business needs an “out of the box” solution to secure a key talent into their business, outside of the standard visa sponsorship rules. In such instances, a Labour Agreement can provide a customised pathway for a business to sponsor someone into a position which would otherwise be unavailable to that person. What is…

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Changes to sponsorship framework for partner visas

By TMA | Dec 17, 2018 | 0 Comments
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A new two-step application process for partner visa applications is due to be introduced soon as part of new measures to improve the integrity of the family sponsored visa. The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 was passed in the Senate recently. Various amendments have been proposed to the Bill but once…

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Employer wrongfully terminates visa holder for breaching visa conditions

By TMA | Dec 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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The Fair Work Commission has found that an employee who was suspended indefinitely without pay after her employer decided that she had breached the conditions of her visa was unfairly dismissed. What happened in this case? The employee, Ms Devi was employed as a part-time food services assistant in an aged care facility run by…

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Announcement: The Migration Agency expands to New Zealand

By TMA | Nov 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
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We are delighted to announce the expansion of The Migration Agency in New Zealand and launch of our immigration service offering for the New Zealand market. This is a major step in The Migration Agency’s growth plans, and will enable us to offer local and international clients on-the-ground support in a key Asia-Pacific market. The expansion…

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Visa changes to help farmers find workers

By TMA | Nov 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Australian Prime Minister has announced proposed changes to working holiday visas during his visit at a strawberry farm in southern Queensland. Changes to the Working Holiday Visa People with working holiday visas (including the subclass 417 Working Holiday visa or the subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa) will be able to stay in Australia for…

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