Update To Australia’s Skilled Migration Program – April 2019


[Update: 22/5/2019: the elections have concluded, we've detailed a further post on the upcoming changes here.] [Update 25/4/2019: The Australian government has released more details on the visa types that are coming in for regional and some other bits of information on the skilled points test changes, however keep [...]

Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List – January 2018


As mentioned in an earlier article, the skilled occupation lists went through changes on January 17 2018. The new Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) as of January 2018 can be seen below. Occupation ANZSCO code horse breeder 121316 construction project manager 133111 project builder 133112 engineering [...]

NSW State Sponsorship – Changes


NSW has made several key changes to their migration program for the year 2014/2015. Key points about the program in 2014/15 are: Applications for 2014-15 will be lodged electronically through a new online system Applications will be open for four intakes per year with a maximum of 1000 applications per intake [...]

Parent, Carer and Remaining Relative Visa Closed!


Today is the last day to lodge applications for those that are scheduled to be removed before the new financial year. The legislation to repeal the visas was signed off by the governor general yesterday and will come into effect on Monday, which means that applications must be validly lodged today: [...]

ACT Nominated SC 190 allocations almost reached


As of May 19, 2014, the ACT has reached the DIBP allocations for SC 190 nomination approvals for ACT residents, therefore, visa invitations will not begin to be issued again until 1 July 2014. Nomination approvals for overseas residents ceased on March 25, 2014. The ACT will continue to process [...]

Additional English Tests Accepted by DIBP


It has been announced that applicants for Australian visas will have additional choices when it comes to English language testing. Applicants included would be temporary graduate , skilled, work and holiday, and former resident visas. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, said that the changes, which [...]

Australia’s Department of Immigration’s new surcharge


Credit Card Surcharge Rates. Austral Migration Consultancy has received the following information from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection: From 19 April 2014, a credit card surcharge will apply to transactions made using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB and Diners credit cards. The following rates will apply: • Visa/Mastercard [...]

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