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Update on several points in Australian Immigration Portfolio

September 2018.  New Immigration Minister David Coleman is the new Minister for Immigration, Citizenship,… More details

Labour Market Testing Exemption

As we have previously advised, Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement is mandatory under the Temporary… More details

Skilling Australians Fund

We have received notification from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) that the Skilling Australians… More details

Australia – Increase in application fees

As of 1 July most application fees for Australian visa applications will increase by CPI. To… More details

Australia – Skilling Australia Fund (SAF) update

The Act received Royal Assent last week however the Act is not yet in effect. There has… More details

Australia – Skilling Australians Fund Bill Passed

Get ready, its Budget time and the Government needs money so the proposed Skilling Australians Fund… More details

Australia – The new visa subclass 482 (TSS Visa) replaces 457

The long anticipated TSS (Temporary Skilled Shortage) visa has come into force as of the 18 March… More details

Changes to Occupation Lists 17 January 2018

The changes to the occupation lists have been announced. These changes will apply from the 17th January… More details

Changes to ENS/RSMS

Last week, the Immigration Department announced changes ahead of time which is a wonderful thing… More details

Subclass 457 Health Insurance Requirements

Effective 18 November 2017, subclass 457 visa applicants will no longer be required to… More details

457 and ENS Occupation List Consultation

The Department of Employment is responsible for undertaking a regular review of the new Short-term… More details

Citizenship applications April 2017

After much toing and froing and name calling and yelling, the Federal Governments planned tightening… More details

The Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Bill 2017

There has been an announcement of a Bill called The Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges… More details

Controversial Citizenship Changes

The Turnbull government’s controversial changes to Australia’s citizenship laws remain dead in the… More details

Australia – New laws to name and shame sponsors

As pre-empted earlier this year, legislation has now been introduced into Parliament that will mean… More details

Australia – Immigration Application Fee Increase 1 July 2017

As of 1 July 2017, all application fees for Australian visas will be increasing. Government… More details

Australia – Residence Visa for New Zealand Citizens

As of 1 July 2017, there will be a new visa stream to be managed under the current General Skilled… More details

Australia – 457 and PR update

The team at Visa Executive trust that you all had a wonderful Easter break and hope that the last… More details

Australia – 457 to be abolished and criteria for PR to be changed

The Federal Government has this afternoon announced it is abolishing the 457 visa used by foreign… More details

New Zealanders and Australian permanent residency

Currently New Zealanders who travel to Australia on a New Zealand passport are not required to apply… More details

Tax rate changes for working holiday makers

From 1 January 2017, as a working holiday maker the first $37,000 of your income is taxed at 15%,… More details

Australia – 10 year Tourist Visa

As advised last week to our clients, we are expecting further changes to the Australian Migration… More details

Australia – Announced Visa Changes

There have been further changes announced that will take effect on 19 November in the Immigration… More details

Australia – New Temporary Visa Framework

A new temporary visa framework is expected to come into force on 19 November 2016.  … More details

Australia – High Court decision on maritime workers

31 August 2016 - In December 2015,  Australian the Federal Government granted a working visa exemption… More details

UNITED KINGDOM – Possible Immigration Implications of the UK Vote to Leave the European Union

On Thursday 23 June 2016, a majority of the United Kingdom (UK) electorate voted to leave the European… More details

Australia – 457 additional Sponsorship Obligation

As of 19 April 2016 a new Subclass 457 Sponsorship Obligation commenced.    Business sponsors… More details

Australia – Purchase of housing for 457 visa holders to increase from 1 December 2015.

    December 2015 - Subject to the passage of legislation before Parliament, from tomorrow,… More details

Australia – Residence exemption for NZ citizens from 1 July 2017

The Australian Government announced on 19 February that as of I July 2017, there will be a separate… More details

Australia - School fees for 457 visa holders living in South Australia from 2017

Australia – School fees for 457 visa holders living in South Australia from 2017.  Education… More details

India - online tourist visa on arrival

On the 27 November 2014 the Indian Government launched its new online tourist visa system for nationals… More details

Australia - 457 visa update

The Australian Government has recently announced changes to some of the 457 visa criteria and we… More details

Australia - 28 day notification

As of 18 April 2015, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will extend the timeframes… More details

Australia – Robust New Foundations Report 2014

The Minister of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), Scott Morrison MP, has released the much… More details

Australia - Labour Market Testing

The Immigration Department has confirmed that the LMT will be a light touch and not overly prescriptive.… More details

Australia – DIAC application fees increase as of 1 July 2013

Australia – DIAC application fees increase as of 1 July 2013 The Department… More details

Australia - Visitor Visa Reform - 23 March 2013

Australia – Visitor Visa Reform – 23 March 2013 Minister Brendan O'Connor last week announced… More details

Australia - Data Matching Program between DIAC and the ATO

Australia – Data Matching Program between DIAC and the ATO The ATO (Australian Taxation… More details

Australia - new Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

New DIAC Minister A new Minister for Immigration and Citizenship,… More details

New Caledonia - Short term work permits amendment

DTE (Department of Labor) has advised of a new regulation regarding  short term work permits ( less… More details

Global Perspectives Report - Accommodation

ECA has just published its second Global Perspectives report – about Accommodation – and it’s available… More details

Australia - Student visa holders allowable work hours

Amendments to the work hours allowable for holders of student visas changed on 26 March 2012 to allow… More details

Australia - Changes to RRV (Resident Return) Visas

Permanent residents who are not Australian passport holders must note that as of 15 February 2012,… More details

Australia - 1 January 2012 Visa Application Fees

Charges to Increase for Australian Government Visa Applications December 2011 -… More details

Australia - DIAC/ATO temporary visa data matching program

The Commissioner of Taxation has issued a Notice in the Commonwealth Gazette no 45 (16 November 2011)… More details

Singapore - New Criteria for Employment Passes from January 2012

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced new criteria for the assessment of two key categories… More details

Australia - New Standard Business Accreditation

DIAC Minister Chris Bowen has announced that DIAC (Department of Immigration & Citizenship) will… More details

Singapore - Processing time reduced

Our Immigration partner in Singapore has announced that they are able to provide Employment Pass… More details

Australia - Citizenship Transition

On 1 July 2010 the three year transitional period under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 ended. … More details

USA - Visa Waiver Travellers and other visitor prepare now for new Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ETSA)

In early 2009, a new online system - More details

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