June 10, 2024

State/Territory Nominated Visas: Your Pathway to Permanent Residency in Australia


Are you thinking about moving to Australia for work? State/Territory Nominated Visas, like the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491), can help you become a permanent resident in Australia. These visa types are made to fill skill shortages in specific states or territories in the country.

 

By securing a State/Territory Nominated Visa, you not only gain access to permanent residency in Australia but also enjoy the benefits of living and working in a specific state or territory that aligns with your skills and qualifications. Whether you’re seeking employment opportunities, quality education, or a vibrant lifestyle – State/Territory Nominated Visas open doors to a world of possibilities in Australia.

 

Ready to take the first step towards Australian residency?


Follow these simple steps to apply for a State/Territory Nominated Visa:

  1. Have a positive skills assessment:– having your skills evaluated is a requirement for skilled migration to Australia. Skills assessments are given by relevant skills assessing authorities. A skills assessing authority is an organisation that verifies, if your skills meet the requirements they set for working in a relevant occupation.
  2. Meet English Language requirement:

    – the second step in applying for a state/territory nominated visa is to fulfill the English language requirement. This means demonstrating proficiency in English through recognised language tests like IELTS PTE or TOEFL. Meeting this requirement ensures that applicants can effectively communicate and participate in the Australian community and workforce.

    Steps to apply for state nomination - Meet English Language requirement

  3. Satisfy the Points Test:

    – this involves scoring a minimum number of points based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and other criteria outlined by the Department of Home Affairs. Meeting the points requirement demonstrates that applicants possess the skills and attributes needed to contribute to Australia’s economy and society.
  4. A nomination by a State/Territory government:

    – to be eligible for this visa, you need to receive a nomination from an Australian state or territory government agency. You need to file an Expression Of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect. State and territory government agencies review your EOI and may choose to nominate you for the visa based on their criteria.


    If you are nominated, you’ll receive an invitation. Also take note, that each state and territory government agency has its own set of criteria for selecting nominees.
    If the nomination from the state or territory agency that selected you is withdrawn after you’ve applied, your application becomes invalid.

  5. Lodge a visa application:

    – the final step is to submit your visa application. This entails completing and submitting all necessary forms and documentation required by the Department of Home Affairs. Once your application is lodged, it will be reviewed by immigration case officers to determine your eligibility for the visa. The case officer makes a decision, if your visa application is approved or refused.

    Steps to apply for state nomination - Lodge a visa application


State/Territory Nominated Visas provide skilled migrants with a valuable opportunity to secure
permanent residency in Australia while contributing to the economic growth and development of specific regions within the country.

 

By understanding the eligibility criteria, application process, and benefits of these visas, you can take the first step towards achieving your dream of living and working in Australia. If you require further assistance or guidance on State/Territory Nominated Visas, consulting with a Registered Migration Agent or Immigration Lawyer can provide invaluable support throughout the application process.

 

Book a consultation with our Legal Team today for a personalised step-by-step strategy to make your Australian dream a reality.

May 24, 2024

Following a record post-Covid surge, Australia’s net overseas migration rate is set to stabilise and then significantly decline. The Australian Government recently released its Federal Budget for the fiscal year 2024-25, outlining significant reforms and initiatives within the immigration sector.

The Government aims to reduce the overall migration intake while focusing on attracting highly skilled migrants. This comprehensive budget aims to reshape Australia’s migration policies, streamline visa processes, and address critical skill shortages while ensuring economic prosperity and integrity in the migration system.

Here’s a breakdown of the key changes and what they mean for migrants and businesses who sponsor foreign workers.

 

Migration System Reforms and Funding Allocation

The budget allocates $18.3 million over the next four years to enhance Australia’s migration system, emphasising economic growth and integrity restoration. Initiatives include educating migrant workers, facilitating data sharing between government agencies, and bolstering visa processing efficiency.

Allocation of additional funding in Southeast Asia Engagement

Australia’s Government has allocated an additional $505.9 million over five years starting from 2023–24, with an ongoing annual contribution of $118.3 million. This investment aims to strengthen Australia’s ties with Southeast Asia and advance the next phase of the Government’s ‘Invested: Australia’s Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040’.

Included in this funding is $1.1 million over two years from 2023–24, designated for improving visa services, offering long-term business visas, and facilitating visas for frequent travelers from ASEAN nations and Timor-Leste.

Permanent Migration Program

On 14 May 2024, the Australian Government announced that the planning levels for the 2024–25 permanent Migration Program (Migration Program) is set to 185,000 places with an approximate 70:30 split between the Skill and Family streams. The 132,000 (70 percent) places allocated to the Skilled Stream to address Australia’s long-term skill needs.

Here are the detailed breakdowns of the allocation of migration places across different visa categories for the fiscal years 2023–24 and 2024–25.

Visa Stream Visa Category 2023–24 Planning levels 2024–25 Planning levels
Skill Employer Sponsored 36,825 44,000
Skilled Independent 30,375 16,900
Regional 32,300 33,000
State/Territory Nominated 30,400 33,000
Business Innovation & Investment 1,900 1,000
Global Talent (Independent) 5,000 4,000
Distinguished Talent 300 300
Skill Total 137,100 132,200
Family Partner1 40,500 40,500
Parent 8,500 8,500
Child1 3,000 3,000
Other Family 500 500
Family Total 52,500 52,500
Special ​​Eligibility 400 300
Total Migration Program 190,000 185,000

1 Delivery of the Partner and Child visa categories are demand driven, with indicative planning levels only.

 

From 2025–26, the Migration Program extends the planning horizon to 4 years instead of 1 year.

 

Visa Changes and Introductions


Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

You only need 1 year of work experience instead of two for the 482 Visa which gives you full work rights. This will be in effect from 23 November 2024.

Work and Holiday Visa Changes (subclass 462)

From 2024–25, a new $25 pre-application ballot process will be implemented for China, Vietnam, and India in the Work and Holiday visa program (subclass 462).

Introduction of the new National Innovation Visa (NIV)

The new National Innovation Visa, set to be introduced later this year, will replace the Global Talent Visa to attract exceptionally talented migrants and boost growth in vital sectors.

Business Innovation and Investment Visa

The BIIP will permanently close in July 2024. Applicants who choose to withdraw their BIIP applications will be eligible for a visa application charge refund starting in September 2024.

It’s important to note that while the Business Innovation and Investment Visa Program (BIIP) will be discontinued, the Government plans to redesign it to focus on applicants who can make specific and significant contributions to Australia.

 

Introduction of the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES)

Indian graduates and early-career professionals will be given two years to live and work in Australia.

To apply, candidates must be 30 years old or younger, have a high level of English proficiency, and have graduated within the last two years with a relevant bachelor’s degree or higher.

 

Internal Migration Forecasts

The budget forecasts significant internal migration trends, with Queensland expected to gain the most residents.

New South Wales: Forecast to lose 23,000 residents in the next financial year.
Queensland: Expected to gain 23,000 residents, benefiting from internal migration.
South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania, and ACT: Forecast to leave 2,900 in South Australia, 2,100 will leave the Northern Territory, 700 will leave Tasmania, and 300 will leave the ACT.
Victoria and WA: Anticipated to see increases of 3,100 and 3,000 residents, respectively.

NSW is projected to experience annual population declines, while other states witness varying migration trends.

 

 

The Australian Federal Budget 2024-25 marks a significant shift in the country’s immigration policy, aiming to attract highly skilled migrants while addressing housing and infrastructure pressures. With these reforms, the government aims to ensure sustainable growth and economic prosperity.

 

For detailed information on how these changes might affect you or your business, consider booking a consultation with our team of Immigration experts. We are here to help you navigate the complexities of the new immigration reforms and provide you with personalised visa solutions.

 

April 29, 2024

Australia offers a great quality of life with the best standards. This also means a high cost of living. Unlocking financial success in Australia requires more than just frugality—it demands savvy strategies tailored to our unique economic landscape. Whether you’re a seasoned saver or new to the game, these seven simple ways will empower you to maximise your savings potential and secure a brighter financial future.

 

  1. Automate Your Savings
    Streamline your saving process by setting up automated transfers from your checking account to a high-interest savings account. Automating your savings not only removes the temptation to spend but also ensures consistent progress toward your financial goals.

  2. Embrace the Sharing Economy
    Harness the power of the sharing economy to slash expenses without sacrificing convenience. From ride-sharing services like Uber to accommodation platforms like Airbnb, sharing resources offers cost-effective solutions for everyday needs.

  3. Cook at Home
    Eating out can quickly drain your bank account, so why not try cooking at home instead? Not only is it more budget-friendly, but it’s also healthier and allows you to control exactly what goes into your meals. Plus, cooking can be a fun and rewarding way to spend time with family and friends.

    Cooking at Home with family

  4. Smart Shopping Strategies
    Before hitting the shops, strategise your purchases by writing a list before shopping, comparing prices online, looking for sales, buying in bulk, and leveraging cashback and loyalty programs to maximise savings.

  5. Know your needs vs wants
    While it’s nice to treat yourself occasionally, knowing your needs vs wants can help you save a significant amount of money in the long run. Consider cancelling unused subscriptions, swapping brand-name products for generic alternatives, and finding free or low-cost alternatives to expensive hobbies and activities.

    Know your needs vs wants
  6. Negotiate your Bills
    Many people are overpaying for services like insurance, utilities, and telecommunications without even realising it. Take the time to shop around for better deals and don’t be afraid to negotiate with your providers. You may be surprised at how much you can save simply by asking for a better rate.

  7. Invest in Your Future
    Finally, the best way to save money is to invest in your future. Whether it’s through contributing to a retirement fund, buying property, or investing in the stock market – putting your money to work for you can help you build long-term wealth and financial security.
    Invest in Your Future


Saving money in Australia is not always easy, but with the right strategies and mindset, it’s definitely achievable. By automating your savings, embracing the sharing economy, cooking at home, shopping smart, cutting back on luxuries, negotiating your bills, and investing in your future, you can take control of your finances and work towards a brighter financial future.

 

So why wait? Start saving today and reap the rewards tomorrow. Set specific, achievable saving goals and track your progress regularly. Remember to review and adjust your budget as needed to stay on track. By implementing these simple ways and taking proactive steps toward financial security, you can build a solid foundation for a prosperous future. Start your savings journey today and watch your financial goals become a reality.

 

April 19, 2024

Changes to Australian Student and Graduate Visas

Australia is tightening its student and graduate visa requirements. Visa refusals are at a record high.

From increased English language requirements to a revamped application process. Staying informed and prepared for what lies ahead is important.  We are here to guide you through these transitions, ensuring you navigate them smoothly and emerge successfully in your pursuit of education and new life in Australia.

 

First off, let’s talk about the English Language Requirement.

Changes to Australian Student Visa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Student visas (subclass 500)

  • The minimum test score for the English proficiency requirement required for a Student visa increases from IELTS 5.5 to 6.0 (or its equivalent in PTE).
  • The minimum score required to undertake a packaged ELICOS from IELTS increases from 4.5 to 5.0 (or equivalent).
  • Students undertaking accredited university foundation or pathway programs that provide reputable English language training require a test score of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent).

For Temporary Graduate visas (subclass 485)

  • The minimum IELTS score has been raised from 6.0 to 6.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.5 required for each component of the test (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).
  • Additionally, the validity window for the English language test has been reduced from 3 years to 1 year, emphasising the importance of recent language proficiency.
  • Passport holders from Hong Kong and British National Overseas (BNO) are exempt from meeting the increased minimum English language requirement. The criteria for this group remains at IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.0 required for each component of the test.

Increasing English language requirements for students undertaking VET and higher education courses requires a similar increase in scores for those taking packaged ELICOS courses.

Yes, that is right. The Australian Government is raising the bar!

 

First off, let's talk about the English Language Requirement.

 

But that’s not all – say goodbye to the Genuine Temporary Entrant criterion (GTE) and hello to the Genuine Student Requirement.

The 300-word statement in the student visa application form will be replaced with targeted questions in the Genuine Student Requirement. The GTE requirement will be retained for Student Guardian visa applicants.

So, what does this mean for you? Well, no more jumping through hoops to prove your temporary stay intentions. Instead, you’ll need to answer a set of questions related to your application. 

The Genuine Student requirement evaluates the applicant’s genuine intention to study in Australia, considering factors such as their personal situation, evidence of course advancement, immigration record, compliance to visa conditions, and other relevant details.

These changes apply to all Student and Temporary Graduate visa applications lodged on and after 23 March 2024. This is aimed at safeguarding Australia’s education system and attracting high-quality students and to help the Department of Home Affairs identify students who are not genuinely interested in studying in Australia but have other motives for entering the country.

 

Changes to Australian Student Visa

 

Here’s another update for those considering a switch from a Visitor Visa to a Student Visa once you’re in Australia. The Department has announced that they will put  “No Further Stay Conditions” on Visitor Visas.

What does it mean for you? You won’t be able to apply for a new visa while you are in Australia. It’s a crucial obstacle that requires careful consideration and strategic planning for prospective students.

We know this is a lot and it can be overwhelming. We at Auspire Immigration Services, understand the importance of navigating these changes with confidence and clarity.

Our team of Immigration Lawyers, Registered Migration Agents and Education Agents is here to provide personalised guidance and support every step of the way. Whether you need assistance with visa applications, language proficiency tests, or academic pathways, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

So if you need help, you can contact our office for advice and assistance. Book a consultation and our team of Immigration Lawyers, Registered Migration Agents, and Education Agents will assist you!

 

 

March 26, 2024

Your Guide to Australian Student Visas: Common Refusal Reasons with Expert Help

 

Are you dreaming of studying in Australia? Navigating the process of obtaining a Student Visa can be daunting, especially with the possibility of rejection. With the right knowledge and guidance, you can avoid these common mistakes and increase your chances of success. 

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the 7 common reasons why Australian student visa applications get rejected and show you how our Immigration Specialists can help you overcome these challenges every step of the way. 

7 common reasons of Australian student visa rejection

 

  1. Failure to meet the Genuine Student (GS) requirement: All applicants applying for a Student visa need to demonstrate their intentions for coming to Australia by answering a set of questions.The Department of Home Affairs takes into account your personal circumstances when evaluating your status as a Genuine Student. As an applicant, it’s advisable to provide a written statement in English addressing the specific requirements. This not only showcases your English proficiency but also creates a positive initial impression. Our experienced Education & Migration Team can provide you with excellent guidance so that you meet this requirement effortlessly.
  2. Failure to meet English requirements: For many international students, proving English proficiency is a major requirement for Australian student visas. It doesn’t matter if English is your native language or not – being able to show your proficiency is super important.Prepare for a recognised English language tests like IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE. Scoring at least 6.0 in IELTS or the equivalent score in PTE or TOEFL is the minimum requirement. If you fail to achieve these scores, your visa application is likely to be rejected.
  3. Failure to meet Academic Qualification: Ensure your qualifications align with your chosen course. To obtain a student visa, applicants must fulfill the required academic standards. Each education provider sets specific academic criteria corresponding to the chosen course of study.Failure to meet these requirements may lead to visa refusal. Moreover, if a student has a less-than-ideal academic background, they should provide a statement outlining their future academic aspirations to align with Australian education standards. Our Education & Immigration Team will help you understand and meet Australian academic standards.
  4. Incorrect or Incomplete documents: Avoid the mistake of incomplete or incorrect paperwork. The documents provided during the visa application process must be genuine. Failure to submit all required documents or submitting fraudulent documents will cause significant problems and eventually result in the rejection of the visa application, and you may be banned from future applications. Our Education Migration Team is meticulous in reviewing your documents to ensure every detail is correct. 
  5. Financial Stability: Proof that you have sufficient funds to pay for your travel, tuition fees, and living expenses while you’re in Australia. Currently, student visa applicants will need to show they have a minimum of AU$24,505 in savings to cover annual living costs. This can be substituted by showing that you have someone to sponsor you, e.g. your spouse or your parents.Submitting bank statements is a requirement, or if financial support comes from relatives, providing related documentation is necessary. We can guide you through the financial criteria to meet Australian immigration requirements.

    7 Common reasons for Australian Student visa rejection - Financial Stability

  6. Reasons and Intention for Choosing Australia: Students should clearly articulate their reasons for choosing Australia as their study destination over their home country. They may highlight factors such as the quality of education and facilities offered by Australian institutions as determining factors.Australian officials assess these statements to ascertain that students have genuine intentions. You will benefit greatly from our personalised assistance and addressing any possible issues to the satisfaction of the case officer.
  7. Criminal Record Disclosure: If you have a criminal record, you may face additional scrutiny or even outright rejection of your visa application. Australian immigration regulations mandate a character evaluation, which includes disclosing any past criminal involvement.To maintain transparency, applicants should disclose their background, including any minor criminal occurrences, in their application. Our immigration lawyers can advise you on how to navigate complex issues and provide support as well as advocacy when presenting your case to immigration authorities. 

 

In conclusion, obtaining an Australian student visa can be a complex and time-consuming process. With the right preparation and guidance, your visa will be a success. 

We offer advice and assistance with your student visa application. We are a team of Education Agents, Registered Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers. We assist our clients from start to finish, including course enrolment. We can also support you with the appeal procedure at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Trust our expertise to navigate the process smoothly. Contact us today for personalised support on your visa and immigration journey.

 

March 10, 2024

The DAMA Visa is for skilled and semi-skilled workers from overseas. It is an employer sponsored Visa. Currently, there are 135 occupations available under DAMA NT.

The head agreement between the Northern Territory and the Commonwealth that governs NT DAMA II has been extended by one year, ensuring its continuity through 13 December 2024.

The extension has some important changes to make it easier for NT employers to access the program. These changes are now in effect and are outlined below:

1. New occupations

The following 11 new occupations have been added to the NT DAMA eligibility list, bringing the total number of eligible occupations to 135:

New Occupation

View the full occupation list here

2. New Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concession

  • TSMIT concession for certain occupations changed from a 10% reduction to a fixed amount of $55,000 (excluding superannuation and non-monetary benefits).
  • Sponsored workers now require a minimum monetary salary of $55,000.
  • Previous concession types allowing non-monetary benefits no longer apply.
  • Employers must ensure that salaries for overseas workers match or exceed those of equivalent Australian or permanent resident workers (market salary).
  • Sponsored workers with a TSMIT concession must be paid at least $55,000 or the market salary, whichever is higher.
  • For occupations without a TSMIT concession, the sponsored worker must receive a minimum market salary of at least $70,000.

3. Simplified Path to Permanent Residency

          – Must work in an occupation on the NT DAMA eligibility list.

– Need 2 years of full-time work in the NT in the ENS-nominated or closely related occupation.

          – Comply with visa conditions.

          – Subclass 494 visa holders through NT DAMA can access subclass 191 after 3 years in the NT.

  • Existing concessions for English language and age requirements continue to apply
  • The application process for NT DAMA II remains the same

 

The changes outlined above will apply to labour agreement requests made to the Department of Home Affairs after 2 November 2023. Migration NT will also apply these changes to existing and new endorsement applications.

We assist both, employers and applicants. If you are interested in the DAMA Visa, book your consultation appointment here

There are currently 12 DAMAs in place:

1) South Australia: Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement
2) South Australia Regional: SA
3) Western Australia: East Kimberley
4) Western Australia: Pilbara
5) Western Australia: South West
6) Western Australia: The Goldfields
7) Far North Queensland: QLD
8) Queensland: Townsville
9) Victoria: Goulburn Valley
10) Victoria: Great South Coast
11) Northern Territory: NT
12) New South Wales: Orana

We work with all 12 DAMAs. Read more about the DAMA Visa here

February 28, 2024

Unlock Your Path to Permanent Residency: Top Visa Options for Australia

Visa options to secure PR in Australia

Dreaming of making Australia your forever home?

Australia offers many visa options to make your dream of becoming a permanent resident a reality. Let’s explore your visa possibilities:

 

1. Subclass 189 Visa – Skilled Independent Visa:
This visa is the real deal for skilled workers and professionals. It does not require sponsorship from an employer, state, or family member. Instead you need to satisfy a points test and be invited by the Australian Government to make your visa application. Once the visa is approved, you and your family get PR immediately. The 189 Visa is your ticket to live and work anywhere in Australia as a genuine permanent resident. Read more here

2. GTI (Global Talent Independent Program):
This visa type is for highly skilled individuals  in the innovation sector. Do you work in future industries such as tech, science, FinTech AgTech, DigiTech, defence, space, health, education? The GTI visa is by invitation only and gives PR upon grant for all applicants. Read more here

3. Subclass 190 Visa – Skilled Nominated Visa:
The Subclass 190 visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government. It’s a points-based visa and by invitation only. It has 3 steps: EOI, Nomination and Visa application. Once approved, you can make Australia your permanent home. Read more here

4. Business Innovation Stream Visa:
This visa type is for business owners or managers. You can start a business or invest in Aussie ventures to secure your PR status. You are required to have a solid financial foundation. Read more here

5. Investor Stream Visa:
As the name reveals, this visa is for investors. If you are able and willing to invest in the Australian economy, you will be rewarded with a pathway to permanent residency. Read more here

 

Graduate Visa

6. Graduate Work Visa:
Have you studied a course in Australia? Are you looking to extend your Aussie adventure? The Graduate Work Visa is your golden ticket. Gain some valuable work experience and set yourself up for a seamless transition to permanent residency. Read more here

7. Parent Visa:
Yearning to bring your loved ones closer? The Parent Visa is the way to go. Sponsor your parents and give them the chance to enjoy the Aussie lifestyle alongside you. There are different types of Parent Visas. Read more here and find the right one for you by speaking with our Immigration Team!

Parent Visa

8. Retirement Visa Pathway:
Ready to kick back and enjoy the golden years in Australia? The Retirement Visa Pathway offers retirees the chance to make Australia their forever home, soaking in the sun and embracing the laid-back Aussie lifestyle.

 

So, there you have it! The top visa options to unlock your path to Permanent Residency in Australia. Whether you’re a skilled professional, a successful entrepreneur, or a loving parent – there are visa options for everyone and every situation.

 

Ready to take the next step? Reach out to the experts at Auspire Immigration Services and let’s turn your Aussie dream into a reality.

 

Here’s to your next chapter and endless possibilities in the Land Down Under!

January 3, 2024

Australia’s Changes to Working Holiday Makers Visa Conditions

Changes to Working Holiday Makers Visa Conditions

THE EXTENSION OF WORK RIGHTS BEYOND THE SIX-MONTH LIMITATION FOR WORKING HOLIDAY MAKERS

The Australian Department of Home Affairs has officially confirmed changes to the policy arrangements around condition 8547.

Effective 1 January 2024, Working Holiday Makers will need to request an extension beyond the standard six-month limitation, unless they meet the exemptions in place. 

The new process requires individuals to take the responsibility and actively request an extension themselves if they wish to continue working in Australia beyond the initial six months and have the limitation removed.

However, the specific details regarding these exemptions are yet to be fully outlined, and the Department of Home Affairs has promised further information following an upcoming review. This leaves room for anticipation as we await more comprehensive updates, set to be released in early 2024.

WORKING HOLIDAY EXTENSION: NEW RULES AND TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS

As of 1 January 2024, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs has decided on an extension to the exemption process for visa condition 8547.

TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS EXPLAINED

Until the Australian Government has further discussions regarding the Working Holiday Makers reform, Working Holiday Makers can extend their employment with the same employer beyond 6 months without seeking permission only if the following circumstances apply:

  1. Working in different locations: Working Holiday Makers can extend their employment if they work in various locations, as long as the duration of employment in any single location does not exceed 6 months.
  2. Employment in plant and animal cultivation: Individuals engaged in plant and animal cultivation activities in Australia are eligible for an extension.
  3. Specific industries: Exemptions apply to certain industries, including aged care and disability services, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling, construction, and mining. However, these exemptions are limited to Northern Australia.
  4. Natural disaster recovery work: Those involved in natural disaster recovery work, starting from 17 February 2020, are eligible for an extension.
  5. Sanctioned critical sectors: Workers in critical sectors such as agriculture, food processing, health, aged and disability care, childcare (from 4 April 2020), and tourism and hospitality (from 8 May 2020) can extend their employment without seeking additional permission.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR CONDITION 8547 EXTENSIONS

 How to apply for Condition 8547 extensions

In a recent update by the Department of Home Affairs, changes to the Working Holiday program have been announced, specifically regarding the extension of work rights beyond the standard six-month limitation.

While certain exemptions exist, those not covered by these exceptions are required to seek permission for extended employment with one employer. This article outlines the guidelines and procedures for Working Holiday Makers who fall outside the specified exemptions.

A new web form for extension applications is anticipated to be operational starting 22 December 2023. During this time, the Home Affairs Department will process applications that adhere to the guidelines below:

Alternatively, applicants can send an email to Working.Holiday@homeaffairs.gov.au, clearly stating:

  • commencement date of employment and the anticipated end date of the six-month period.
  • comprehensive details justifying the need for an extension beyond six months.
  • intended duration for continuing employment with the employer.
  • include supporting documentation from the employer, such as a one-page letter on company letterhead outlining exceptional circumstances.

For individuals who have already submitted requests for approval to work beyond six months with the same employer, employment can continue until a written outcome is received.

Stay informed as we anticipate further announcements in 2024 that will provide additional insights into broader changes expected in the Working Holiday program. We will keep you updated on any developments that may impact your experience as a Working Holiday Maker in Australia.

For personalised assistance and advice on your specific situation, book a consultation with our experienced Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents today. Your journey to a seamless experience in Australia begins with guidance from our visa specialists!

 

 

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