Visas

Our top 5 tips for lodging a partner visa

Diversity arising from people moving around the world and the relationships that form across borders means that The Migration Agency’s partner visa practice is on the rise. We work with many clients to bring them closer to the people they love. In our experience, a partner visa application can be a significant milestone in a relationship…

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Labour Agreement update

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What is a Labour Agreement? A Labour Agreement is a bespoke sponsorship arrangement between an employer and the Australian Department of Home Affairs. It is generally in place for five years. Only accessible in limited or exceptional circumstances, arrangements under each Labour Agreement are intended to assist employers to address immediate skills needs where a…

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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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Employer wrongfully terminates visa holder for breaching visa conditions

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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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Trump’s Loss is Australia’s Gain in the War on Talent

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One by one, they were blocked from entering the United States: a scientist barred from a flight, two engineers detained in Boston, and a doctoral student put back on a plane at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. It was 2017, and the travellers were all Iranian nationals holding permanent U.S. residency or valid…

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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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Business leaders leverage skills of refugee global talent pool

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Talent shortages will affect the future of the world’s largest economies in upcoming years, and developing new and creative solutions to address these critical shortages is an economic imperative. The global refugee population should be part of the solution. A report commissioned by Talent Beyond Boundaries highlights the contributions from businesses who are spearheading efforts…

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Fair Work Ombudsman recovers $746,000 in unpaid wages

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Source: Smartcompany The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has asked consumers to consider the real price of cheap food after recovering $746,203 in unpaid wages for almost 400 workers including migrants in recent blitz of sushi restaurants. The FWO has audited 45 sushi businesses in NSW, Queensland and the ACT, finding widespread non-compliance with workplace laws…

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400 Visa – not as straight forward as it used to be

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Since the more restrictive TSS visa was introduced this year, we have noticed there is now increased scrutiny on Subclass 400 visa applications which can vary between processing centres.  This may be due to the influx of Subclass 400 visa applications, which we expect have been caused by: Increased and uncertain 457 processing times which…

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Practical guide to labour market testing

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How to: Deal with Labour Market Testing requirements Many sponsors struggle to satisfy the strict requirements for advertising a role, set by the Department of Home Affairs. And yet, this requirement does not have to be a barrier to sponsoring your new hire. We have compiled our top tips for handling labour market testing so…

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