Migration Agency – Migration Australia

Migration Agency – Migration Australia

1 July 2017 – Visa and Migration Changes

The MIA has produced the information sheets below for the benefit of MIA members. The information sheets contain summaries of important changes and links to further information and relevant legislative instruments.

Combined Skilled Occupation Lists – Checklist

Subclass 186 Occupations information sheet

Subclass 187 Occupations information sheet

Subclass 457 Occupations information sheet

A summary of all 1 July 2017 changes

The Department also provided two further fact sheets on 1 July 2017

Skilled Migration Program 1 July 2017 Fact Sheet

Interim Guidelines for Occupational Caveats for 1 July 2017

The MIA also collected together the following references to assist MIA members with understanding and clarifying the changes announced since 18 April 2017 to the skilled occupations lists, personal attributes and other criteria associated with sponsored employment visas.

IMMI 2017/040 – Specification of Occupations, a Person or Body, a Country or Countries Amendment Instrument F2017L00450. (NB: this version of the Instrument is no longer in force as its provisions have been incorporated into the current Migration Regulations)

Fact Sheet One: Reforms to Australia’s Temporary Employer Sponsored Skilled Migration Programme – Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa. These fact sheets are being updated by DIBP as further information becomes available.

Fact Sheet Two: Reforms to Australia’s Permanent Employer Sponsored Skilled Migration Programme. These fact sheets are being updated by DIBP as further information becomes available.

Fact Sheet – Accredited Sponsors: The required characteristics that a Standard Business Sponsor needs to meet to become an ‘Accredited Sponsor’ are changing. On hand and new sponsorship applications will be assessed against the new set of expanded criteria as of 1 July 2017

Interim GuidelinesCaveats for the Subclass 457 Programme.

DIBP 457 Agent News April 2017

DIBP 457 Agents News May 2017

DIBP 457 Agent News June 2017

DIBP Stakeholder Roundtables: Strategic Discussions 457 Visa Reforms: Powerpoint presentation notes.

MIA Quick Reference Guide – Information on the relevant lists for visa subclasses, pipeline and new applications.

MIA Frequently Asked Questions – Subclass 457 changes announced 18 April 2017

MIA Frequently Asked QuestionsENS/RSMS changes announced 18 April 2017.

Contact us today on migration@aimission.com.au to arrange a consultation

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Skilled Visa Australia changes 1 July 2017

Skilled Visa Australia changes 1 July 2017

Department of Immigration and Border Protection has confirmed  that the age limit for Subclasses 190 and 489 will be lowered to 45 years of age on 1 July 2017.

The relevant legislative instrument is yet to be released.

The upper age limit for General Skilled Migration (subclasses 189, 190 and 489) will also be reduced to 45.

Please contact us for further details on other changes that apply as of 1 July 2017

Australian Migration Employer Sponsored Visa

 

Australian Migration Employer Sponsored Visa

Australian Visa Employer sponsored changes July 2017 and March 2018

The Migration Agency industry  has been inundated with enquiries about the commencement of the three years skill and work experience requirement for ENS/RSMS applicants.  Two different dates were flagged by the Department:of Immigration and Border Protection  1 July 2017 and March 2018.

The MIA has confirmed today for its members that the correct date for introduction of the 3 year requirement will be:

BY MARCH 2018

 

The following ENS/RSMS changes which will come into effect on:

1 July 2017

  • raising the English language requirement for all applicants to competent English (IELTS 6) – with TRT and Direct Entry requirements to be consistent
  • the upper age limit for Direct Entry ENS and RSMS will be lowered to 45 years of age
  • further changes to occupations lists and their application to relevant visas will come into effect

Please note if you  require assistance contact us on migration@aimission.com.au

 

Key visa cancellation statistics

17 February 2017 Interesting read on Visa cancellation statistics..

he following charts provide a graphical representation of visa cancellations for key cohorts under the Migration Act 1958.

Character cancellations and refusals

More information about the Australian character requirements​ is available.

Character refusal or cancellation decisions will, as a consequence, lead to any un-decided visa applications or visas held also being refused or cancelled. These consequential cancellation or refusal figures are not reflected in the following (character related) charts.  more read

 

5 Points available to students with doctorate-level and masters by research qualifications in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and information and communication technology fields

10 September 2016 Making an important change in the points test for the Skilled Migration Program, Australia will now give five additional points to students of Australian institutions.

The additional points will be available for students with doctorate-level and masters by research qualifications in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and information and communication technology fields. This change has come into effect on 10 September.

The change is a part of the visa changes being brought under the National Innovation and Science Agenda in order to attract the “best and the brightest” skilled people to Australia.

The amendment to the points test will enhance the pathway to permanent residence for students who have completed Doctoral or Masters by research-level qualifications in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or specified information and communication technology (ICT) related fields in Australia.

The current points test will be amended to award additional points for Doctorate and Masters by research-level qualifications gained from Australian universities in STEM, specified ICT and other related fields.

The following fields of education qualifications are proposed to be accepted under this new measure:
Field of Education:

Biological Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Earth Sciences
Mathematical Sciences
Natural and Physical Sciences
Other Natural and Physical Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
Computer Science
Information Systems
Information Technology
Other Information Technology
Aerospace Engineering and Technology
Civil Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology
Engineering and Related Technologies
Geomatic Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
Maritime Engineering and Technology
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology
Other Engineering and Related Technologies
Process and Resources Engineering.

Graduates whose qualification is at Doctorate or Masters by research-level and their field of education is listed in the above table then they will be eligible for five additional points towards their points test.

For Further information contact us on: migration@aimission.com.au

2016 – 2017 Australia Federal Budget and Immigration Australia

2016 – 2017 Australia Federal Budget and Immigration Australia

Outcome 1. Protect Australia’s sovereignty, security and safety by managing its border, including through managing the stay and departure of all non-citizens. [Border Protection]

Outcome 2. Support a prosperous and inclusive society, and advance Australia’s economic interests through the effective management of the visa and citizenship programs and provision of refugee and humanitarian assistance. [Visas, Migration, Refugee & Humanitarian and Citizenship]

Outcome 3. Advance Australia’s economic interests through the facilitation of the trade of goods to and from Australia and the collection of border revenue. [Customs]

DIBP Resourcing, expenses and income

  • The total resourcing for DIBP is down from $6,059,413m to $5,494,814m.
  • Total expenses for DIBP will be down from $2,856.7million to $2,743.7 million. Overall expenses will decrease by 37.5% between 2016 and 2020.
  • Total expenses for Outcome 2 (Visas, Migration, Refugee & Humanitarian and Citizenship) will be down from $903,158 million to $844,485 million.
  • Total income will be increased by $740.8 million to $17,486.7 million.
  • Visa Application Charges will increase revenue by $79.4 million to $2,027.7 million. “This increase will be mainly due to an expected increase in visa applications”.
  • Tourist Visas will increase revenue by $1.5 million over four years from 2016-17 by introducing trial visa arrangements in key markets. This includes a user-pays visa fast-track service for nationals from India and the United Arab Emirates, and a three year multiple entry visa for low immigration risk nationals from India, Thailand, Vietnam and Chile.
  • Airport operators will be charged a commercial fee to provide premium border clearance services for international air passengers, initially at Sydney, Perth and Melbourne airports.
  • Backpackers will pay 32.5 cents in every dollar earned in Australia from 1 July 2016
  • DIBP staffing will decrease from 13, 750 to 13,445
  • No funding for research projects
  • the cost of an Australian passport will jump $20 from January 1, 2017 to $274 raising $173 million over four years
  • The fee for priority processing of passport applications will increase by $54 to $181

 

Visa consolidation and system changes

The Government will achieve efficiencies of $180.0 million over three years from 2017-18 by reforming the visa and migration framework, improving automation in visa processing, providing self-service options and using more sophisticated assessment capabilities.

“The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to fund policy priorities within the portfolio.”

Streamlined Pathway to Permanent Residence for New Zealand Citizens

From 1 July 2017, New Zealand citizens will be eligible for this pathway if they were a resident in Australia on 19 February 2016 and, at the time of application, have lived here for at least five years and earned income of at least the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (currently $53,000 p.a.) over the qualifying period.

Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detention Centres

  • An additional $39.8 million in 2016-17 to fund the provision of asylum seeker assistance to support eligible non-Illegal Maritime Arrivals while their immigration status is resolved.
  • The Government will achieve efficiencies of $68.2 million over five years from 2015-16 by closing the Perth Immigration Residential Housing and the Maribyrnong and Blaxland Immigration Detention Centres. Further, the lease for the Wickham Point facility will not be renewed past its current expiry date in November 2016. Savings of $10.8 million over four years have already been provided for by the Government.
  • In addition, the North West Point facility on Christmas Island will be put into contingency from 1 January 2018, joining the Phosphate Hill and Construction Camp facilities, which were put into contingency in 2015-16.
  • The Government will provide $9.1 million over two years from 2016-17 for international engagement activities to prevent and disrupt maritime people smuggling.
  • Australian Border Force officials within the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will continue to be stationed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, to assist border agencies in source and transit countries to better address the threat of people smuggling.
  • The Government will provide $2.2 million in 2016-17 to continue funding the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to maintain outreach offices across Indonesia. The IOM offices assist the Indonesian Government to monitor migration flows and coordinate its responses to irregular maritime activity.
  • The Government will provide $55.4 million in 2016-17 to continue funding the Regional Cooperation Arrangements (RCA) in Indonesia. The RCA supports regional partners to manage their asylum seeker populations.
  • The Government will provide $1.3 million annually to continue funding the activities of the Regional Support Office (RSO). The RSO supports the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime and Regional Cooperation Framework to reduce irregular migration in the Asia Pacific region.
  • The Government will provide an additional $61.5 million in 2016-17 to support the operation of regional processing centres and settlement outcomes. This includes the payment of increased taxes and charges.
  • The Government will provide $80.1 million over three years from 2016-17 in capital funding to enhance the immigration detention network, including improving security at the Yongah Hill and Villawood Immigration Detention Centres and Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (ITA); and building accommodation adjacent to the Melbourne ITA for families of detainees, to enable them to have regular contact with the detainee.

The Government will provide an additional $12.1 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18 for the supervision and welfare of unaccompanied humanitarian minors (UHMs)

The 2016 Portfolio Budget Papers for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection provide information in relation to three areas which come within the purview of the Department:

 

CHANGES TO WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER VISA SCHEME

4 February 2016 Australia has announced changes to the popular working holiday maker visa scheme that is particularly aimed at young people staying and working in the north of the country.

Visa holders who secure work in certain high demand industries in northern Australia will be able to apply to work for a single employer for up to 12 months, compared to the usual limit of six months.

The changes will also apply to work in northern Australia in aged and disability care, construction and mining. The aim is to attract more young people to areas outside of Sydney where many tend to want to stay.

Further changes will follow in 2016 which will allow Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa holders to extend their stay in Australia by a further 12 months if they work for at least three months in agriculture or tourism in northern Australia.

Australia’s WHM visa programme encourages youth mobility and tourism by allowing young adults aged 18 to 30 years to have an extended holiday in Australia, during which they can offset their travel costs by engaging in short term work.

Karola Steffi Migration Agent for Australian Visa

05 November 2015,The Department’s Annual Report for 2014-15 has been released and is available on its website here

The report includes information on how many visa grants, (temporary and permanent)  and Australian Citizenship and the performance of the Department, organisational structure and program numbers for the past financial year.

 

 

1 July 2015 Migration legislative changes affecting the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186 Visa) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187 Visa)

1 July 2015 Migration legislative changes affecting the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186 Visa) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187 Visa).

1 July 2015 Migration legislative changes affecting the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186 Visa) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187 Visa).

Ministers of Religion occupation

From 1 July 2015, the occupation of Minister of Religion (ANZSCO 272211) will be ineligible for both the Direct Entry Stream and the Temporary Residence Transition stream of the Subclass 186 Visa and Subclass 187 Visa, or the Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visa.

Religious organisations must sign up to the available Minister of Religion Industry Labour Agreement before lodging an employer nomination for Subclass 186 Visa under the Agreement Stream. For the Subclass 457 Visa, religious organisations must also sign up to the Minister of Religion Labour Agreement before a nomination for a temporary worker can be lodged.

From 1 July 2015, exemptions will no longer be available for Ministers of Religion for the age, skill and English language requirements under the Direct Entry and the Temporary Residence Transition streams of the Subclass 186 and Subclass 187 Visas. Applicants must meet the requirements as outlined in the Minister of Religion Industry Labour Agreement.

If an employer nomination for a Minister of Religion is lodged before 1 July 2015 and is subsequently approved after this date, the corresponding visa application can be lodged for the relevant stream of the Subclass 186 or Subclass 187 Visa. However, the exemptions to age, skill and English language available to Ministers of Religion will no longer apply.

Information on the key features of the Minister of Religion industry labour agreement, and on how to request a labour agreement, please contact us

Age exemption for eligible medical practitioners in regional Australia

To attract and retain vital health services in rural areas, there is an exemption to the age requirement for eligible medical practitioners who are 50 years of age and over, work in regional Australia and who wish to apply for the Subclass 186 Visa and Subclass 187 Visa.

From 1 July 2015, the age exemption available to medical practitioners in regional Australia will no longer require employment with the same employer while holding a Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visa or a Medical Practitioner (Temporary) Subclass 422 Visa.

Instead, medical practitioners applying for a Subclass 186 or Subclass 187 Visa must demonstrate at least four years employment in the nominated occupation. These medical practitioners must demonstrate that at least two years of the required four years employment was located in regional Australia and the nominated position will also be located in regional Australia.

Should you have any further queries about these changes to the Subclass 186 or Subclass 187 visa, please contact us through our Contact portal or via email to migration@aimission.com.au

1 July 2015 Migration legislative changes affecting the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186 Visa) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187 Visa).

1 July 2015 Migration legislative changes affecting the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186 Visa) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187 Visa).

Ministers of Religion occupation

From 1 July 2015, the occupation of Minister of Religion (ANZSCO 272211) will be ineligible for both the Direct Entry Stream and the Temporary Residence Transition stream of the Subclass 186 Visa and Subclass 187 Visa, or the Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visa.

Religious organisations must sign up to the available Minister of Religion Industry Labour Agreement before lodging an employer nomination for Subclass 186 Visa under the Agreement Stream. For the Subclass 457 Visa, religious organisations must also sign up to the Minister of Religion Labour Agreement before a nomination for a temporary worker can be lodged.

From 1 July 2015, exemptions will no longer be available for Ministers of Religion for the age, skill and English language requirements under the Direct Entry and the Temporary Residence Transition streams of the Subclass 186 and Subclass 187 Visas. Applicants must meet the requirements as outlined in the Minister of Religion Industry Labour Agreement.

If an employer nomination for a Minister of Religion is lodged before 1 July 2015 and is subsequently approved after this date, the corresponding visa application can be lodged for the relevant stream of the Subclass 186 or Subclass 187 Visa. However, the exemptions to age, skill and English language available to Ministers of Religion will no longer apply.

Information on the key features of the Minister of Religion industry labour agreement, and on how to request a labour agreement, is attached.

Age exemption for eligible medical practitioners in regional Australia

To attract and retain vital health services in rural areas, there is an exemption to the age requirement for eligible medical practitioners who are 50 years of age and over, work in regional Australia and who wish to apply for the Subclass 186 Visa and Subclass 187 Visa.

From 1 July 2015, the age exemption available to medical practitioners in regional Australia will no longer require employment with the same employer while holding a Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visa or a Medical Practitioner (Temporary) Subclass 422 Visa.

Instead, medical practitioners applying for a Subclass 186 or Subclass 187 Visa must demonstrate at least four years employment in the nominated occupation. These medical practitioners must demonstrate that at least two years of the required four years employment was located in regional Australia and the nominated position will also be located in regional Australia.

Should you have any further queries about these changes to the Subclass 186 or Subclass 187 visa, please contact us through our Contact portal or via email to migration@aimission.com.au