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Government Announces New Global Talent Visa

The Australian government has announced it will pilot a new visa scheme this year to help companies lure skilled technology workers to Australia. The ‘global talent scheme’ will be trialled from 1 July 2018. It will allow established businesses with more than $4 million in annual turnover to sponsor a “highly skilled and experienced” individual …

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TSS Visa Regulations Take Effect 18 March 2018

Executive Summary The Australian Government has published regulations to overhaul key employer sponsored visa programmes. The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) will replace the subclass 457 visa with effect from 18 March 2018. TSS visa applicants will need to satisfy new criteria, including criteria related to: Genuine temporary entrant requirement 2 years relevant …

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January 2018 Visa Update

On 20 December 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection was rebranded by the Government and is now known as the Department of Home Affairs – https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/ This name change sees the former Department of Immigration included in the portfolio of federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management and border related …

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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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Record $660K Penalty Against Employer For Exploiting Refugee

Source: HRD The former owner of a fruit market in Melbourne and his company have been handed a record fine of $660,000 after ignoring warnings by the Fair Work Ombudsman and allowing an employee on a refugee visa to go weeks without pay. The substantial penalty is the latest in a series of crackdowns on …

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Australian Immigration to Embrace New Technologies

Source: International Business Times Immigration to outsource visa system as Australia prepares for tourists and migration surge A huge part of Australia’s visa system will be run by private operators. The Immigration Department plan allows them to charge migrants in order to avoid cost blow-outs. The changes to the immigration system allow companies to run …

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New Sponsorship Accreditation Rules and Obligations

Some welcome changes to the Accredited Sponsorship rules will mean more businesses can benefit from streamlined visa processing, quicker times and other benefits. This will accommodate certain low-risk sponsors who only use the 457 program occasionally.  What are the new accreditation characteristics? Category 1: Standard Business Sponsors that are Australian government agencies (Commonwealth, state and …

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