May 8, 2021

The Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke made a few announcements important for migrants in Australia:
1) Hospitality and Tourism are soon also to be classified as critical industries alongside other sectors such as agriculture, food processing, health care, disability care and childcare with similar allowances. Temporary visa holders working in or intending to work in critical sectors are able to apply for the Subclass 408 COVID-19 Visa which enables them to remain in Australia for up to 12 additional months and have full work rights. 
2) International Students working in Hospitality and Tourism will soon be exempt from their work limitations and can work beyond their usually restricted hours.
3) Veterinarians will be added to the Priority Skilled Occupation List for skills deemed critical for Australia’s economic recovery. Read our previous blog article about the other priority occupations here

Barista with customer in Cafe.
Migrant workers in Tourism and Hospitality allowed to work more hours and apply for the COVID-19 Visa.

There are currently 300,000 international students in Australia who have restricted work rights and can only work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight while studying. In order to boost the tourism and hospitality industry, the Australian Government is now removing the existing cap for student visa holders employed in these sectors following strong industry feedback. 

Immigration Minister Hawke said the tourism and hospitality sectors employ more than half a million Australians and these changes will help businesses supplement their existing workforce, which he described as “generating employment through a job multiplier effect”.

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December 4, 2018

In time for the end of year holiday season, the Australian Government has announced changes for Working Holiday Visas (Subclasses 417 & 462) and to the Seasonal Worker Program. The changes will give Working Holiday Visa holders options to stay in Australia longer, work in different areas of Australia and (for some countries) increase the age requirement for visa holders. Seasonal Work Program changes will allow longer stays and make it easier for employers to bring over seasonal workers.

The Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) changes summarised as follows –

  • Working Holiday Makers from Ireland and Canada will now be eligible to apply up to the age of 35 (increased from the previous 30-year age limit).
  • The annual cap on the number of 462 visas that may be granted will be increased for some countries.
  • Previously, 462 visa holders were only able to work in Northern Australia to qualify for a further year of stay in Australia. From 5 November 2018, 462 holders will be able to work in agriculture (plant and animal cultivation) in a number of new regional areas to qualify for the second-year stay.
  • The new regional areas for 462 visa holders will include regions in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia and extend coverage to all of the Northern Territory, Tasmania and South Australia.
  • For 462 visa holders to be eligible for the second year, they must work for a total of 88 calendar days (three months) in specified regional work. This work may include a combination of existing specified regional work and the newly introduced specified regional work.
  • Previously Working Holiday Makers (both 462 and 417 holders) could only stay in Australia for a maximum of two years. From mid-2019, 462 and 417 visa holders will be eligible to stay a further year if they complete six months of specified regional work during their second year in Australia.
  • Previously Working Holiday Makers (both 462 and 417 holders) could only stay with the same agricultural (plant and animal cultivation) employer for 6 months. From 5 November 2018, this has been extended to 12 months.
  • The existing Working Holiday Maker arrangements in Northern Australia will not change. That is, 417 and 462 visa holders can continue to work with the same employer in Northern Australia for the extended 12-month period in specified work. 462 visa holders are still able to qualify for their second year stay by working in specified work in Northern Australia.

The changes to the Seasonal Worker Program are as follows –

  • The program covers resident citizens from Vanuatu, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tonga and Tuvalu. Currently, workers from some countries are only allowed to work for six months, this will be increased to nine months.
  • Evidence showing an inability to recruit Australians for the seasonal work may be valid for six months.
  • Workers will have to repay their full travel costs, minus the first $300.00. This has been reduced from the previous $500.00 payment previously covered by employers.

You can find more information about the Seasonal Worker Program here.

With all of these new options to extend your stay or allow for greater access to the Working Holiday Maker visas, now is the time to start planning your trip to Australia or make plans to ensure you can stay as long as possible. Please contact us if you require our assistance. You can book a consultation, and/or use our service to have your visa application completed by a Registered Migration Agent. We are happy to help and work with both, employers and individual clients. We look forward to hearing from you!!

June 17, 2018

Making the move to Australia can be an exciting time, but also somewhat daunting if you are looking at moving under a Work, Employer Sponsored or Skilled Visa. Or you may be already in Australia on a temporary visa and need to find work suited to your qualifications.

One of the most common questions we receive as a migrant specialist is “How do I find work in Australia?”

There are a number of different ways to find the perfect job for your immigration journey. Let’s get started by breaking them down here.

How to find work in Australia: Check Out the Government of Australia Website

1. Check Out the Government of Australia Website
This is a great starting point. This website (in particular this page here) lists skill shortages. Skilled Visas are designed to target genuine skill shortages, which means the industries are actively looking for recruitment. The Australian Government likes to keep these updated in order to diversify the country’s business expertise and increase entrepreneurial talent. Take a look and see if you fit the profile.

2. Search the Job Classifieds
There are a number of common websites in Australia that list vacancies and job classifieds. It’s worth checking these out to see if you can find a vacancy that suits you first. In particular, the sites compiled in the list below will often state whether the job will be suitable for immigrants and whether or not the employer will provide visa support. This is a really helpful tool, which will save time during your job search.
• When looking for employment in Australia, Seek is the first website you should go to. Bookmark this page and refer to it often. There are thousands of jobs in all different fields.
• Australian Government Job Search Site: Again, this is a great site to bookmark. It is recognised as the second most effective resource for those seeking employment in Australia.
• Career One: Career One has an easy-to-use interface, helpful blog articles on employment in Australia, and features vacancies for larger companies, like Uber.
• Another larger website for Australian vacancies be sure to adjust your country on the homepage to “Australia” before searching.

3. Find Information on Australian Government Department Websites
The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment. They maintain a regularly updated site with a list of most employment websites Students can also use the Graduate Careers site, established by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia.

How to find work in Australia: Search the Job Classifieds

4. Get Networking
A simple business and professional concept, but a good one! Network through any means you have. If you have a professional qualification where the equivalent is recognised in Australia, try emailing the governing Australian organisation for specific advice on membership and job opportunities.
Do you have friends or family members, professional contacts or acquaintances that have already moved to Australia? Perhaps you are in Australia under a Visitor Visa or Student Visa, and have made friends along the way. Often word of mouth is one of the best ways to create contacts and make your intentions for permanent work and immigration known. Networking is also very effective, if you are looking for a business or organisation to sponsor you on an Employer Sponsored Visa.

If you don’t already have one, a LinkedIn profile is a great tool to add to your portfolio. This professional social network is a fabulous resource for building contacts in many fields, networking with other professionals, and maintaining a professional online presence.

How to find work in Australia: Check Out the Government of Australia Website

5. Contact a Migration Specialist
If you have exhausted all of your personal searching options, and find you are meeting a “dead-end” of sorts, it may be worth to contact a migration specialist for some further advice. Our Migration Specialists at Northern Immigration Australia work daily within the field and it allows us to network on your behalf, know of opportunities that are perhaps not advertised, or we can simply point you in the right direction for your skills and expertise.

In our personal experience, moving to Australia and finding work as a migrant can be a wonderful opportunity, opening doors to many new probabilities. We wish you the best of luck on your job seeking; remember to check job and Government sites every day and don’t forget to set-up your LinkedIn profile! Keep applying for jobs and never give up! You only need one person to say yes. Keep going. All the best!

How to find work in Australia: Contact a Migration Specialist
January 17, 2018

Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a good start to 2018. We are back from our break and ready for an interesting and exciting year ahead! We kick off our blog for 2018 with an overview of the newest changes in Immigration.

I) Immigration Department’s change of name and structure

Most of you would have already noticed that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) changed its name to Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).  The establishment of the Home Affairs Portfolio brings together Australia’s federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs and immigration and border protection related functions and agencies, working together to keep Australia safe.

All information previously found at can now be found at

The Department of Home Affairs, remains responsible for Immigration and Border Protection, and the following functions:
• National security and law enforcement policy
• Emergency management, including crisis management and disaster recovery
• Countering terrorism policy and coordination
• Cyber security policy and coordination
• Countering foreign interference
• Critical infrastructure protection
• Multicultural affairs
• Countering violent extremism programs
• Transport Security

II) Occupation List changes – 17 January 2018

Since 1 July 2017 there two major lists: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL). The Immigration Department advised that the occupation lists will be reviewed and updated every 6 months.

Please find below a summary of the changes effective from 17 January 2018:

-Building Associate
-Hair or Beauty Salon Manager

-Property Manager
-Real Estate Representative

-Horse Breeder
-Management Consultant


Caveat Changes on the following (6) occupations:


1) Accommodation and Hospitality Managers
• excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia
2) Management Accountant
Excludes any of the following positions:
• clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees


3) Massage Therapist
Excludes any of the following positions:
• are non full-time
• are not based in a therapeutic setting
• involve the provision of non-medical relaxation massage; or
• are in a retail setting.
4) Recruitment Consultant
– Base salary requirement raised to $90,000
– Excludes any of the following positions:
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
5) Supply and Distribution Manager
Annual turnover requirement does not apply where international trade obligations apply
6) Taxation Accountant
– Size of business requirements added
– Excludes any of the following positions:
• clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.

2018 will be bringing many changes in Australia’s Immigration and Visa System. The next major changes will be introduced in March 2018. We recommend to lodge your visa application as soon as possible. Please contact us if you require our assistance. You can book a consultation, and/or use our service to have your visa application completed by a Registered Migration Agent. We are happy to help and work with both, employers and individual clients. We look forward to hearing from you!!

July 26, 2017

There have been significant changes in Australian immigration law this year. We have been receiving many enquiries from people who are unsure if they still qualify for a visa. The Skilled Regional Visa Subclass 489 is still a great visa option!

In particular, changes to the age limit to 45 years and higher English language skills requirements seem to be causing frustration. Further, many occupations from the Skills Occupations List have been removed, or certain occupations have been imposed with caveats. Having caveats apply to your nominated occupation indicates that there are additional requirements that need to be fulfilled.

We have been helping clients to understand their situation and find solutions and strategies to obtain a visa that leads to Permanent Residency and Citizenship in Australia. It definitely has become harder and sometimes it’s like searching for the needle in the haystack. But we never give up and work hard to assist you in making your Australian dream come true!

Watch the video below. Our client Katherine from China was in a difficult situation when she asked us for help. The 28 year old Marketing Specialist was sponsored on a 457 visa when her employer in Sydney went bankrupt. She needed a urgent help to be able to stay in the country. We did a comprehensive assessment of her case and analysed her visa options and requirements. Katherine was over the moon when we told her that she’s eligible to apply for the Skilled Regional Provisional Visa Subclass 489 which is a pathway of the General Skilled Migration program. We quickly prepared all the required documents and lodged the application immediately. Only a few months later, Katherine got her visa granted and is now living and working in the Northern Territory: “That was the greatest moment in my life. I was so happy and I feel my whole world opens up. Thanks to Northern Immigration Australia I have the right to work in Australia, I have the freedom to go for the job that I like!”

It was a very stressful time for Katherine and her family.  At Northern Immigration Australia we are migrants too and we understand what our clients are going through. We are happy to hear how much Katherine appreciated our support: “While waiting for the new visa I was very worried and concerned since I’ve been through that bankruptcy drama in my life. I keep contacting them, however they’ve been very positive and supportive. They replied my phone calls, they replied my emails immediately and always make me trust and believe I’ll be able to get a visa.”

Please contact us, if you require help with your visa, permanent residency or citizenship in Australia.

July 5, 2017

Today, Northern Immigration Australia’s director and Principal Migration Agent, Manuela Seiberth has been published in the NT News about the changes in Australia’s Immigration Laws introduced on 1 July 2017.

We understand the changes are causing confusion and uncertainty for both, employers and applicants. Please contact us if you have any questions, or would like assistance with your visa application. We are happy to help!

You can read the full article below:

The new financial year, July 1, marked the date for major changes in Australian immigration law. This year has already been a turbulent year in immigration and the Australian Government released a few shock announcements in April such as significant changes to the 457 visa and the axing of more than 200 occupations from the skills occupation list.

Both state and territory governments, as well as industry groups, have been lobbying the Government to consider their interests when changing migration laws this month. It appears some have been more successful than others.

Winners & Losers

The IT industry has emerged as a winner from the Federal Government’s revised list of occupations eligible for skilled visas. For example, many IT roles have been upgraded from the two-year category to the four-year visa class, which allows them to apply for onshore renewal and permanent residency after three years.

The biggest losers are the real estate and shipping industries, with numerous occupations removed from the skills occupations list, like real estate agents, property managers and ship engineers.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the updated lists would allow employers to recruit foreign workers for high-demand occupations where there are skills shortages locally. He said the lists were designed to be dynamic and the Government will update the lists on a six-monthly basis to ensure the best outcomes for Australian workers and employers alike. “The government recognises the importance of enabling Australian businesses to tap into global talent to remain internationally competitive and support a strong national science and innovation agenda,” Dutton said in a statement.

General changes

Age limit: reduced from 50 to 45 years old. The Australian Government provides exemptions for NZ citizens.

English: all permanent skilled visas have tightened English language requirements.

Character: All visa applicants are now required to undergo mandatory criminal checks as part of their application.

Increase of Visa Application Charges (VAC): All current VACs will be indexed annually in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index and rounded to the nearest $5.

Northern Territory and Regional Australia

In April 2017, the Australian Government announced that there will be concessions for Regional Australia such as Northern Territory. The whole of the NT is considered regional. There are already two immigration pathways that can only be used in Regional Australia: firstly, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa Subclass 187 which allows employers in regional areas to sponsor skilled migrants on permanent visas for two years at no costs for businesses and organisations.

Secondly, the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) NT: The Northern Territory is the only region which has this kind of labour agreement with the Federal Government. The DAMA NT allows employers in the NT to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled workers under a 457 visa. This is used particularly by the hospitality industry, where companies can apply for an exemption of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) which is currently $53,900 per annum. Additionally, applicants with a lower level of English can apply for language concessions.

To date we are still awaiting the full details regarding further regional concessions.

Australian immigration comprises a highly sophisticated visa system which is constantly evolving. Currently it offers more than 100 visa types which all have different requirements.

The Government has its focus on promoting skilled migration which includes nomination by states, nomination by businesses and self-skilled nominations.

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