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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Why we believe in reinvesting in education in Nepal

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At The Migration Agency, we believe that business has the power to change lives by incorporating contribution into our every day. An immigration business such as ours is underpinned by globalisation, and the opportunities it creates for individuals to move around the world, and for companies to access top global talent. However, we also appreciate that…

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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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Australians have a love-hate relationship with immigration

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Source: The New Daily The average Australian is at the same time both anxious and supportive of immigration, according to surveys of the nation’s population. The question of whether to increase or limit immigration was a polarising election issue in the Federal Election of 2019, amid anxieties over a swelling population’s effect on the environment,…

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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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Coalition announces permanent migration cap and population policy

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Source: The Guardian The Australian Coalition has announced that it will introduce new skilled work visas that require three years’ residence in regional areas as a pre-condition for permanent residency, as part of its population policy launched on Wednesday 20 March 2019. Permanent Migration for 2019/2020 The Morrison government announced today that it will cap…

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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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Top 5 tips for lodging a successful partner visa

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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Could a Labour Agreement give your business a competitive advantage?

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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

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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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