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Australia - Travel Ban update

Our last update on Australia’s travel ban was produced on 8 July and oh how long ago that seems. … More details

Australia - Permanent residence applications and labour market testing (LMT) update

September 2020 - the Australian Government has recently released new guidelines for case officers… More details

Australia – Labour Market testing changes

Goodness what a week of changes we are having in the Australian immigration space.  A new day comes… More details

Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) announced for 482 visas

2 September 2020 - Acting Minister for Immigration Alan Tudge has announced a new Priority Migration… More details

Australia – Extension of visas for Hong Kong Passport Holders

August 2020 – as recently announced by the Australian Government, the Department of Home Affairs… More details

Closure of BUPA Medical Centres in Victoria

We have just been advised of the following information which comes from BUPA Medical services in… More details

Student visa arrangements for those impacted by COVID

The Morrison Government is making a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia… More details

Australia - Quarantine requirements

July 2020 - Australia has strict quarantine rules for local travellers as well as international arrivals.… More details

Fair Work High Income Threshold 2020

1 July 2020 - The Fair Work Commission has released its annual increase to the high income threshold.… More details

Australia – update on travel ban

8 July 2020 – Australia has seen a tightening of travel restrictions in the last 2 days so we thought… More details

New Financial Year Updates

Status of all state nomination authorities at the start of new Financial Year. The General… More details

JobKeeper and JobSeeker Allowances

Job Temporary visa holders are not generally eligible for either JobSeeker or JobKeeper allowances… More details

Red Cross announcement - Assistance to Temporary Visa Holders

The Red Cross has announced on its website that it will be receiving funding from the Australian… More details

Australia – COVID – 19 Visa Holder Information Sheet

Q:- I am working in Australia and my visa is due to expire shortly and I cannot/don’t wish… More details

From 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia

Further to our announcement last night on the closure of Australia’s borders we have… More details

All foreigner travellers* will be banned from entering Australia from Friday night at 9pm AEDT

Key points: All non-residents will be banned from arriving in Australia from 9:00pm… More details

Australia – update on restriction of movement due to Coronavirus (COVID -19)

16 March 2020 – This notice has been copied from the MIA (Migration Institute of Australia)… More details

Chinese Citizens Travelling To Australia

The Australian Government has announced that as of 1 February 2020, all travellers arriving from… More details

Skilled Migration Occupation Lists Review

Clients may be aware that the Department of Employment calls for submissions from business and industry… More details

Global Talent - Independent Program

Australia’s Immigration Minister David Coleman has announced the launch of the Global Talent - Independent… More details

Australia – Visa subclass 494 – Employer Sponsored Visa

As some of you may be aware, the new 494 Regional – Employer Sponsored Visa will commence on 16 November… More details

New Zealand – Important News

There is a new visa procedure for people travelling to New Zealand.  The new NZeTA procedure is applicable… More details

Australia - have a voice in the occupation lists

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business regularly reviews the skilled migration… More details

Changes to regional visa effective from 16 November 2019

As of 16 November this year the visa subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) will no longer… More details

Australia – Visa Application Fee Increase

As of today, 1 July 2019, many visa application fees have increased. Below is a list of the… More details

Working Holiday Visas Notice

We are often asked about the working holiday visa and what restrictions are placed on employers… More details

Changes to Occupation Lists as of 11 March 2019

All 482 and permanent residence applications lodged under Employer Nomination/Regional Sponsored… More details

Australia - Labour Market Testing (more countries exempt)

You may be aware that when applying for a 482, sponsors may be required to undertake LMT (Labour… More details

Working Holiday Age Limit Increased

Working holiday visas allow people aged between 18 and 30 from certain countries to holiday… More details

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

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