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!

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July 20, 2023

7 changes to Australia’s Immigration effective 1 July 2023

Australia Immigration Program 2023-2024

1. Higher Income Threshold for Skilled Migration

The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) has increased from $53,900 to $70,000 per year. In particular, this is relevant for Employer Sponsored Visas, e.g. 482 TSS and DAMA Visa.

2. Work & Holiday Visa Makers

Papua New Guinea (PNG) has officially joined the ranks of countries participating in the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) Program.

The age eligibility for UK citizens applying for Subclass 417 has been extended. The previous age range of 18-30 will now include individuals up to 35 years old and will have the opportunity to stay in Australia for a total of 3 years.

3. Increase in Visa Application Charges

In accordance with the projected Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 2023-24 period, adjustments have been made to the Visa Application Charges (VACs). Below is the summary of several highly sought-after visa subclasses:

Visa Application Charges

4. Work Restrictions for all Student Visa Holders

Work limitations for all Student Visa holders have been reinstated reducing work hours to 48 hours per fortnight.

Student visa holders working in the Aged Care sector in Australia can continue to work unlimited hours until 31 December 2023.

5. New Zealand Citizens can apply directly for Australian Citizenship

New Zealand citizens who hold a Special Category (subclass 444) visa and entered Australia after 26th February 2001 and have resided in Australia for a minimum of four years, will be eligible to apply directly for Australian Citizenship. No need to get PR before. This is saving  money and time!

6. Extend your stay in Australia with the 485 Visa Extension program

International students who are successfully completing qualifying degrees in fields such as science, medicine, healthcare, engineering, and technology have the opportunity to extend their post-study stay in Australia.

The duration of this extended stay will be as follows:

  • Bachelor degrees will increase from two years to four years.
  • Master degrees will increase from three years to five years.
  • Doctoral degrees will increase from four years to six years.

There are NO additional visa application charges! Plus, here’s the best part: You don’t need an English test! 

7. Occupation & Skills Assessment – Graduate Work Stream

Individuals applying for the Graduate Work Stream visa are required to meet certain criteria. These include holding a qualification that is pertinent to an occupation listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and undergoing a skills assessment in the nominated occupation. BOOK A CONSULTATION TODAY

 

SKILLED VISA PROGRAM

The Australian Government has allocated 30,375 visa positions for the Skilled Independent program in the 2023-24 period. This substantial allocation aligns with the government’s proactive approach to meeting the increasing demands and attracting highly skilled individuals.

Notably, in the preceding fiscal year, more than 66,000 invitations were given for the Subclass 189 visa,  demonstrating the Government’s commitment to prioritising and promoting skilled migration.

These initiatives provide many opportunities for professionals to make meaningful contributions towards the progress and advancement of Australia.

 Interested? Schedule an appointment today! We are Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents. We have the knowledge, experience and skills to provide you with information on all Australian visa types and immigration pathways. Book your consultation here

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April 16, 2023

Are you dreaming about living and working in Australia? Do you feel overwhelmed with the visa application process? You can relax, now that you have found us! We are Immigration Lawyers, Registered Migration Agents and Education Agents. We have over 50 years combined experience in Australian immigration law. The best part: our whole team consists of migrants who have been through the process so we know first hand what it’s like to be in your shoes. We understand the stress and uncertainty that can come with applying for an Australian visa. We have helped thousands of migrants like you and our success rate is 98.9%. 

Migrants come from all over the world because of the Australia’s breathtaking natural beauty, high standard of living, and prosperous job opportunities. But, if you are unfamiliar with Australia’s immigration system, the visa application procedure might be confusing, challenging, and stressful.

 

Tips for a successful visa application

Here are 6 tips to increase your chances of visa success

  1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT VISA: Make sure you understand the different types of visas available in Australia and choose the one that is right for your circumstances, such as a Student Visa, Tourist Visa, Work Visa, or Permanent Residency Visa.
  2. GATHER ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: Make sure to gather all of the required documentation for your visa application, such as passport photos, birth certificates, financial statements, and academic transcripts. It is important to provide accurate and complete information to avoid delays in the process.Visa Application
  3. FOLLOW THE APPLICATION PROCESS CAREFULLY: Follow the instructions for the visa application process carefully, including completing all of the forms, providing all of the required documentation, and paying the appropriate fees.
  4. PREPARE FOR THE VISA INTERVIEW: Some visa applications require an interview, and it is important to prepare for this interview to increase your chances of success. Make sure you understand the purpose of the interview and be prepared to answer questions about your background, motivation for moving to Australia, and plans for living and working in the country.
  5. HAVE A MIGRATION AGENT:  If you want to navigate through the migration process easily and effortlessly, engage a Migration Agent or Lawyer! At Auspire Immigration we have both 🙂 We are experts in immigration law and provide guidance and support to our clients from start to finish.

    Professional Guidance
  6. BE PATIENT: The visa application process can take several months, so it is important to be patient and allow enough time for the process to be completed. Keep in mind that there may be delays due to factors outside of your control, such as processing times and the volume of applications being received.

    Visa Guidelines

At Auspire Immigration Services, we have a thorough understanding of the Australian immigration system and have helped thousands of individuals like you achieve their dream of living and working in Australia. We want you to know that your goal is our goal too, and we are committed to doing everything we can to help make it a reality.

In conclusion, getting an Australian visa can be a complicated process, but with the right help and planning, you can increase your chances of visa success. Follow our tips and reach out to our experienced Migration Team for assistance. 

Our team can help you research your visa options, prepare your documents, and understand the conditions of your visa. We work closely with you to ensure that your application is complete, accurate, and submitted on time, giving you the best possible chance of success.

Are you ready to take the 1st step towards a life in Australia? Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our Registered Migration Agents. We take the time to understand your unique situation and goals, and work with you to develop a personalised strategy to help you achieve your dreams. Your Australian dream is within reach – let us help you make it a reality!

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