Visa

Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES)   The Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES) is a new scheme, established under the Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement (MMPA) between India and Australia. MATES gives Indian university graduates and early career professionals the opportunity to live and work in Australia for up to two years, and…
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Expanding Employer Sponsored Pathways to Permanent Residence (PR)   On 11 December 2023, the Government released the long awaited Migration Strategy, a 100-page document that includes the strategy that the Government intends to implement in relation to migration into Australia. The strategy is based on 8 key actions:
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Expanding Employer Sponsored Pathways to Permanent Residence (PR)   The Australian Government has announced changes to Australia’s migration system to ensure temporary skilled workers have a pathway to PR. To support this, the Department of Home Affairs is currently working on changes to the:
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States and Territories – Nominations status – Subclasses 190 and 491   The program places for the States and Territories nomination programs have been drastically reduced for the 2023-24 program year.  There are variations in the way each state or territory authority is handling its allocation.
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Pandemic stream SC 408 Visa closing    Migration (COVID-19 Pandemic event for Temporary Activity (Subclass 408) visa) Amendment Instrument (LIN 23/061) 2023, amends LIN 22/046 with the effect of closing the ‘COVID’ stream of this visa subclass to new applications from 2 September 2023 and for subsequent applications by current Pandemic Event visa holders until 1 February 2024.
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Department produces guidance of employers   The Australian Department of Home Affairs is making information more readily available for employers wanting to: employ a visa holder already in Australia, or looking to sponsor an overseas worker,
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International Graduates   The Australian Department of Home Affairs has implemented changes to the Migration Regulations. The updated rule extends the allowable post-study stay period for certain international students graduating from Australian higher education institutions. From 1 July 2023, post-study work rights for international graduates will be increased from:
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On 9 May 2023, the Australian Government handed down its first full Budget since it was elected in 2022. In relation to the immigration, the Government announced the following changes.
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Tasmania   Extra Subclass 190 places Tasmanian Skilled Migration has announced that 150 additional SC 190 places will be made available by the Department of Home Affairs to meet the unexpectedly high demand in that state.
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Twenty top occupations in demand   The latest Labour Market Update report from Jobs and Skills Australia has provided the list of the top 20 occupations in demand nationally this quarter. This information is derived from a range of Jobs and Skills Australia and Australian Bureau of Statistics data sources to analyse the state of the Australian…
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NZ Citizens – Australian Citizenship   The Australian Citizenship (Permanent Resident) Amendment Determination 2023 – LIN 23/024 does not automatically grant permanent residency to NZ citizen Special Category Visa (SCV) holders.
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Occupations for Subclass 494 visas The Government has released a new Legislative Instrument that lists the eligible occupations and ANZSCO codes for the new 494 visa. These lists for the SC 494 are made up of the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), and the Regional Occupation List (ROL). There is a total of…
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REGIONAL VISA GRANT INCREASE The government has recently announced that the number of regional visas granted under the RSMS (subclass 187) programme has increased by 179%, and the Regional Skilled Sponsored visas by 79%.
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NEW REGIONAL VISAS and CLOSURE OF 187/RSMS PROGRAM New skilled regional visas, both independent and employer sponsored will begin on 16th November 2019. On that date existing regional visas (RSMS/187 and 489) will cease for new applications, although transitional arrangements will apply.
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Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA) are agreements between particular geographical areas in Australia and the Department of Home Affairs, to allow prospective migrants to access the 482 visa program with a specific range of occupations to satisfy particular labor market demands in these areas.
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New Regional Visas, including employer sponsored visas The new skilled regional provisional visas will be for skilled migrants, and dependent family members, who want to live and work in Australia, and will replace the existing 187 visa.
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