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 6, 2024

Dreaming of a new career Down Under? 🇦🇺

 

Check out the Top 10 most frequently nominated occupations for the 482 TSS Visa!

 

1. Software Engineer (261313)

2. Chef (351311)

3. ICT Business Analyst (261111)

4. Resident Medical Officer (253112)

5. Developer Programmer (261312)

6. Motor Mechanic (General) (321211)

7. Management Consultant (224711)

8. External Auditor (221213)

9. Accountant (General) (221111)

10. Cafe or Restaurant Manager (141111)

 

Why these professions?

These are in-demand professions in Australia, and your skills are the key to your Aussie adventure!

Your Aussie adventure starts here

Embarking on a career journey in Australia involves more than just selecting a profession. The visa application process is a crucial aspect, and that’s where we come in. Our expert guidance ensures a smooth transition, helping you navigate the complexities of the 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa application.  Reach out to us for expert guidance on the visa process and career opportunities.

How can we help?
  1. Visa Process Simplified: We break down the visa process into manageable steps, ensuring clarity and understanding at every stage.
  2. Career Opportunities: Explore the vast landscape of career opportunities in your chosen profession. We provide insights into the Australian job market to help you make informed decisions.
  3. Tailored Guidance: Our team offers personalised advice, addressing your unique needs and concerns throughout the entire process.

Ready to take the 1st Step?

Your Australian adventure begins with a simple step – contact us! Whether you are a seasoned professional or a recent graduate, the land Down Under welcomes diverse talents.

Let us help you with your dream career. Contact us today, and let’s make your Australia journey a dream come true!

December 26, 2023

Exciting times in Australian Immigration: The Government has released its new Migration Strategy. One of the highlights is the introduction of the 4-year Skills in Demand Visa as a replacement for the Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) 482 Visa.

While additional details are pending further consultation, most changes are scheduled to be implemented in 2024. Notably, as of 8 December 2023, there has been a simplification of the Labour Market Testing for employer sponsored visas. Companies no longer need to advertise with Workforce Australia.

Australia’s Migration Strategy roadmap outlines eight key actions. These are the result of consultations with various stakeholders, including businesses, unions, international education, civil society, and the broader Australian community.

8 Key Actions

  1. Targeting temporary skilled migration to address skills needs and promote worker mobility
  2. Reshaping permanent skilled migration to drive long-term prosperity
  3. Strengthening the integrity and quality of international education
  4. Tackling worker exploitation and the misuse of the visa system
  5. Planning migration to get the right skills in the right places
  6. Tailoring regional visas and the Working Holiday Maker Program to support regional Australia and its workers
  7. Deepening our people-to-people ties in the Indo-Pacific
  8. Simplifying the migration system to improve the experience for migrants and employers

 

Changes to Temporary Work Visas

Australia’s temporary skilled migration system aims to alleviate labour shortages in the country and create a pathway for individuals to potentially become permanent residents in the future. 

Temporary Visa Australia


The Temporary Skills Shortage Visa often lacks clear routes to Permanent Residency. While many visa holders have short-term business purposes, the absence of well-defined pathways, especially for those intending longer stays, causes uncertainty. This situation poses a risk of Australia losing valuable skills and talents. The dependence on a single employer for a permanent residency pathway gives too much power to individual employers, making migrant workers more vulnerable to exploitation.

 

New Skills In Demand Visa

The government plans to launch a new 4-year temporary skilled worker visa known as the Skills in Demand Visa. This visa aims to offer workers greater flexibility in changing employers and will establish distinct routes to permanent residency for those interested. The Skills in Demand Visa will incorporate three specific pathways, aligning with the recommended ‘risk-based approach to regulation’ outlined in the Migration Review.

 

  1. SPECIALIST SKILLS PATHWAY

    Highly skilled migrant in Australia

    For highly skilled migrants
    – Any occupation except trades workers, machinery operators and drivers, and labourers
    – Earning at least $135,000 (the Specialist Skills Threshold) and no less than Australian workers in the same occupation
    7 days visa processing time

     

  2. CORE SKILLS PATHWAY

    Machinery operators

    – Most temporary skilled migrants will come through the Core Skills Pathway (trades workers, machinery operators and drivers, and labourers)
    – Applicant must have an occupation on the new Core Skills Occupation List

    – Salary at or above the TSMIT ($70,000)
    21 days visa processing time

     

  3. ESSENTIAL SKILLS PATHWAY

    Aged Care worker

          – For lower-paid workers with essential skills (salary under $70,000)
          – Focused on the care and support economy

The expectation is that the primary source of visas will be through the Core Skills Visa Pathway.

Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy

The consideration involves collecting the Skills Australia Fund (SAF) levy in smaller, gradual payments over time to accommodate the greater freedom visa holders have in changing employers. Exploring a monthly or quarterly payment model is part of this evaluation.

Streamline Labour Market Testing

Effective 8 December 2023, the Australian Government has moved to streamline Labour Market Testing (LMT) by eliminating the need to advertise positions through Workforce Australia. Additionally, the validity period will be extended from 4 to 6 months. This change is not expected to take effect until some point in 2024.

Labour Market Testing (LMT) will be phased out gradually as Jobs and Skills Australia data on skills shortages improves, and an alternative Core Skilled Occupation List will be established to replace LMT.

Points Test

The points test will undergo a review for improvements. A new analysis-based points test will be created to identify independent migrants who can make a substantial contribution to Australia.

The Australian Government intends to strengthen its cooperation with States and Territories to address regional population needs more effectively with regards to migration planning aspects.


Bolstering Safeguards

The Australian Government is taking immediate action to enhance safeguards for visa-holding employees, implementing new powers and imposing larger penalties on employers exploiting temporary skilled workers. This includes the development and utilisation of public registers to enable greater monitoring and choice for employees, alongside increased collaboration with agencies like the Australian Tax Office.

International Student Visa (subclass 500)

International Students

  • Restrict the residence of international graduates lacking in-demand skills to stay in Australia.
  • Narrow down the eligible courses for international students, emphasising the retention of tertiary university courses.
  • Counteract course swapping.
  • Allocate more funding for visa integrity supporting activities.

Temporary Graduate Visa Holders (subclass 485)

Temporary Graduate Visa

Significant changes will be made to this visa type. The focus will be on international graduates with skills sought by Australian employers. This includes:

  • Shortening the duration of stay to just two years.
  • Prohibiting Graduate visa holders from transitioning back to student visas (end the vicious circle!)
  • Restricting the residence rights of international graduates without in-demand skills in Australia.
  • Lowering the age eligibility from 50 to 35 years.
  • Raising the English language proficiency requirements.

Deepening Ties With People in the Indo-Pacific

Deepening our people-to-people ties in the Indo-Pacific

The Australian Government plans to expand the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) Scheme and deliver a new Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) to encourage labour mobility from the relevant regions.

 

Are you curious how these changes can affect your visa and immigration in Australia? Seek advice and assistance with our Immigration Lawyers Book a consultation today!

 

Source: Department of Home Affairs

 

 

August 11, 2023

Are you ready to advance your career in Australia? Skilled migration may be the best option! Skilled Migration refers to Visa Subclasses 189, 190 and 491. Before you start the process, make sure you meet the requirements! 

The Skilled Migrant Visa is intended for individuals who possess in-demand skills and qualifications in Australia. To be eligible for this visa, you need to meet certain criteria, which we outline in more detail below:

  1. Check your Occupation
    First, make sure your profession is listed on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The SOL is a list of occupations that are in high demand in Australia, including a wide range of professions from engineering to healthcare to finance. Additionally, you must be able to pass the Points Test, which evaluates your eligibility based on elements including age, job history, and English language skills. You require a score of 65 or above – the more points the higher are your chances to be invited.
  2. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect
    You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect after making sure that your profession is listed on the SOL and that you meet the point requirements. SkillSelect is an online system that allows you to enter your details and indicate your interest in applying for a Skilled Migrant Visa. The Australian Government will review your EOI and determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for the visa.

    Requirements for Skilled Migration to Australia

  3. Be under 45 years of age
    When you are invited to apply for a visa, you must be under 45 years old. If you turn 45 after the invitation to apply you may still submit a visa application.
  4. Meet the relevant English language criteria
    To be eligible for a Skilled Migrant Visa, you must demonstrate that you meet the English language requirements. This can be accomplished by submitting proof of English language proficiency, such as the results of an approved English language test, IELTS or PTE.

    Requirements for Skilled Migration to Australia

  5. Meet Australia’s Health and Character requirement
    You must meet Australia’s health and character criteria. This means that you are required to undergo a medical examination and provide a police clearance certificate to demonstrate that you are of good character.

  6. Apply for a visa within 60 days of receiving an invitation
    Finally, if you are invited to apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa, you must submit your application within 60 days. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your invitation.

    Requirements for Skilled Migration to Australia

The Australian Government is seeking individuals with skills and experience in high-demand occupations, as well as English proficiency and relevant qualifications.

In conclusion, the Skilled Migrant Visa is an ideal choice for those wanting to immigrate to Australia. By understanding the aforementioned eligibility requirements, you can better prepare for the visa application process and increase your likelihood of success.

Are you unsure, if you meet all of the requirements? Our team of migration experts is here to help and assist you at every step of the process. Let us work together and make your Australian dream a reality!

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today for professional migration advice and assistance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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