Finding a Job in Australia


It’s common knowledge that Australian employers want candidates to have Australian work rights. They want you to have work rights so that they don’t have to act as sponsors which is what they would have to do if your visa does not entitle you to work in Australia. Many of [...]

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 [...]

Australia’s Visa Subclass 189 – Explained!


Skilled Independent (Permanent) (Class SI) (Subclass 189)  a.k.a Subclass 189 The Subclass 189 Skilled Independent is a permanent residency for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory, or a family member. About The Skilled Migration Program The general skilled migration [...]

Skills assessment validity changes – commencement 1 July 2014


Changes to the validity of skills assessments, announced yesterday in the Select Legislative Instrument SLI- F2014L00726 Migration Legislation Amendment (2014 Measures No.1) Regulation 2014, commence on 1 July 2014, as do the remainder of the changes announced in that SLI.It is advised to check the validity of skills assessments for points calculations [...]

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 come into [...]

Immigration Implications of the 2014 Australian Budget


2014-15 Budget Overview: Australia's Migration Programme The following main points have been gleaned from the Commonwealth Budget announcement. As more detail and the implications of the Budget measures emerge, Austral Migration Consultancy will advise our clients.A preliminary reading of the DIAC Portfolio Budget Statements 2014-15 reveals:DIBP and Customs become Australian Border [...]

Brilliant news for Engineers!


Changes were introduced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that took effect from 1 March 2014 and raised the minimum ceiling for each occupational group under the SkillSelect system to 1000 invitations. Since then, we have been advising our Clients that it’s actually brilliant news in that [...]