Posts Tagged ‘standard business sponsorship’

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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In-Depth: 457 Visa Changes

On 18 April 2017, the Australian Government announced changes to the skilled worker visa program, including the 457 visa and employer nominated permanent residence visas. Some of the changes seem to implement recommendations of an independent review into the integrity of the temporary work (skilled) visa (Subclass 457) programme conducted in 2014. The integrity review panel looked at…

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Restructures and Immigration

Corporate restructures, mergers or acquisitions involve substantial change for organisations and it is easy for immigration aspects to be overlooked. A change in the corporate legal structure can have a substantial effect on subclass 457 visa holders and their employers Has the sponsoring employer changed? An assessment needs to be made as to whether the…

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Flexible work on a 457 visa

flexible work on a 457 visa in Australia

We were recently asked us whether a 457 visa holder employed could work reduced hours and still meet the requirements of their visa. This is an interesting question, because the stated intention of the programme is that full time work be undertaken.  But what if an employee or employer wishes to work reduced or part time hours, will…

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457 Visa Program Update – April 2016

Changes to 457 visa program 1. Non-Discrimination Declaration for Employers A new change to the Migration Regulations requires sponsors submitting subclass 457 visa applications to submit a declaration against discriminatory recruitment practices on the basis of immigration status or citizenship. Standard business sponsors of non-citizens under 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visas will be required to provide…

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ACCC takes action against visa fraud

ACCC takes action against visa fraud

  ACCC v Clinica Internationale Pty Ltd [1] The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has won a legal battle against Clinica International Pty Ltd (Clinica) and Mr Radovan Laski for contraventions of the Competition and Consumer Act associated with false and misleading advertisements and offers of sponsored employment in regional Australia to foreign workers. Clinica International is a…

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