Individuals

Government fee increases from 1 July 2019

Visa Application Fee increases The Department of Immigration has announced a planned 5.4% increase to lodgement fees for almost all applications lodged on or after 1 July 2019. Approximate fees based on the increase for some common visa types are below: Visa Type Current Fee From 1 July 2019 Approx. Increase Subclass 482 TSS visa…

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A New Skilled Temporary Regional Visa and Permanent Migration Levels for 2019/20

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New skilled regional provisional visas There will be two new skilled regional provisional visas introduced in November 2019: Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa: for people who are nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family…

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New Temporary Sponsored Parent Visas

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A new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa has been introduced, with applications open for family sponsors commencing 17 April 2019. The visa provides parents with a new pathway to temporarily reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia, while ensuring that taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs. The visa responds to community concerns about…

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Personal liability for Westside managers for underpayment of workers

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a major service station chain, Westside Petroleum, and its management for allegedly underpaying 22 employees at sites across regional NSW and Victoria. Westside Petroleum and three of its management staff – including its general manager, company accountant and area manager ­– are each alleged to have…

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Overview of key changes to Skilled Occupation Lists from March 2019

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The Department of Home Affairs has announced changes to the eligible occupations for permanent and temporary visas, with effect from 13 March 2019. Changes to the Short-term Skilled Occupation List, Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List, and the Regional Occupation List have been made following consultation with the Department of Jobs and Small Business based…

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Bogus employer reference letter results in PIC 4020 visa refusal

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The recent Federal Court appeal case of Fati v Minister for Home Affairs examined issues relating to an employment reference letter prepared by an employee of a business in the context of an Australian visa application, and whether that letter was a bogus document or information that is false or misleading in breach of public interest…

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New onus of proof on employers facing underpayment allegations

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The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has commenced the first legal action utilising new reverse onus of proof laws that require employers to disprove underpayment allegations in Court when they have failed to keep adequate time and wages records or issue pay slips. The FWO has instituted proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court against A &…

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Five face court over sham spouse visa scam

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The Department of Home Affairs has refused the partner visa applications of 164 foreign nationals who were allegedly found to be linked with the scam. An Indian national has faced court over allegations of masterminding a marriage visa scam that targeted South Asian communities, involving 164 partner visa applicants who were willing to pay large…

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New bill makes it easier to cancel a visa on ‘character’ grounds

A new bill that makes it easier to cancel or refuse the visa of a non-citizens on character grounds is before Parliament. The Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018  amends the character test in section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 to broaden the grounds for visa cancellation or refusal where the person has been convicted of a serious…

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Regional migration: Is this the answer to crowded cities?

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The Morrison Government has proposed that changes to our regional migration program are required to address population growth in our major cities. Whilst details of the proposed policy are still being developed, many are questioning how effective such a policy will be in practice. The Government’s proposed regional migration policy According to recent Department of…

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