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Major Change in Partner Visa will NOT commence 17th April

BREAKING! An announcement was made just now informing Registered Migration Agents that the implementation of the new sponsorship rules for partner visa WILL NOT COMMENCE on 17 April 2019

 

Yes -- after all the stress of racing to meet the 'deadline', then we get this news... (define stress?!)

The required legislation and system changes are not yet ready so implementation will be DELAYED (for now).

 

What it means for you:

 

Those planning to apply for SPOUSE visa before 17th April 2019 may now relax as the changes on the separate sponsorship framework will not implemented on 17 April 2019. 

 

At this point, the new framework will be implemented on 17 April 2019 for Sponsored Parent (temporary visa) only.

 

Then When will this new change happen for SPOUSE visa:

 

At this stage, there is no timeframe for expansion of the new sponsorship framework to other family visas (aside from parent visa) and therefore the current arrangements for existing visas, including partner visas, will continue to operate from 17 April 2019.

 

Contact expert migration professionals at Australian Dream Visa if you need more information and help with your visa.

Major Change in Partner Visa (and other sponsored visa) 17th April

IMPORTANT CHANGES

 

New legislation has recently been introduced that will significantly change whether an Australian Partner Visa application can be lodged whist the applicant is in Australia. Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018 will take effect on 17 April 2019.

 

Current Process

Currently, the visa applicant and their sponsor can submit their application to the Department of Home Affairs jointly (visa application is done together with the sponsorship application)

Lodging a valid partner visa whilst in Australia allows the visa applicant to obtain a Bridging Visa A (BVA) which will take effect when their current visa expires.

The BVA holder will then be able to remain in Australia until a decision is made on the partner application. During this processing time the BVA holder will also be entitled to Medicare and have full work rights.

 

 

What will change?

The new Act will require the partner to first lodge their sponsorship application and have it approved before the partner visa can be lodged.

At the moment, it is unclear how long the decision process of the sponsorship application will take, current published processing time for Partner Visa is approximately 12 to 18 months.

 

 

How will this affect me?

This change will have huge impact on many onshore visa applicants if they are stopped from lodging an application till the sponsorship is approved.

Partner visa applicants with limited time remaining on their current visa will be required to either lodge a valid visa application that will allow them to stay in the country, or depart Australia and remain overseas until the partner visa is granted.

Until a valid visa application is lodged whilst in Australia, the applicant will not be entitled to a BVA, Medicare or (in some instances) full work rights.

Other visa that requires sponsorship are also affected by this change in legislation

 

When does this take effect?

From 17 April 2019

 

What should I do?

If you are eligible now, we recommend lodging the partner visa application before 17 April 2019.

 

Contact expert migration professionals at Australian Dream Visa if you need more information and help with your visa.

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Regional area graduates to receive additional one year on their Temporary Graduate Visa (485)

Australian Federal Budget 2019 reveals incentives for international graduates at regional areas.

 

This initiative provides for an additional Temporary Graduate visa with an extra year of post-study work rights for international students who:

  • graduate from the regional campus of a registered university or institution with a higher education or postgraduate qualification; and
  • maintain ongoing residence in a regional area while holding their first Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa

 

The second Temporary Graduate visa will require ongoing residence in a regional area. 

 

The definition of regional Australia for this purpose will be the same as the definition for skilled migration – all of Australia except Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

 

As students need to graduate from a regional campus and then spend at least two years residing in a regional area to qualify, the additional Temporary Graduate visa will be available to the first eligible cohort of graduates from 2021. 

 

Existing Temporary Graduate visa holders may be eligible, provided they can meet these requirements.

 

There is no change to Student visa arrangements.  This initiative simply provides an additional incentive for international students to study and live in regional Australia.

 

Contact us and book a consultation if you would like to learn more about this visa or if you wish to study in Australia

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Single skilled applicants will receive additional points for Skilled Permanent Visa

Good news Permanent Visa Appplicants!

 

From November 2019, the Skilled Migration Points Test will be adjusted to award additional points to primary applicants when their partner has competent English but does not meet the existing requirements for skilled partner points. Single applicants will also be awarded additional points to ensure they are not disadvantaged. This measure is estimated to result in an unquantifiable increase in revenue over the forward estimates period. The Department of Home Affairs will be provided with $0.3 million in 2019-20 to implement this measure.

 

The Skilled Migration Points Test currently awards additional points to primary applicants where their partner is under 45 years old, has competent English, and has a skilled occupation applicable for the visa subclass and stream they have been invited to apply for.

 

These changes will prioritise applicants who are single or whose partner can demonstrate competent English and therefore have the best potential to participate in the Australian labour market

 

Click here to know more about Skilled Visa

 

Source: Australia's 2019-20 Budget Paper No.2

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Hundreds of Work Sponsorship to be available for Foreigners to Work in Australia – Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) for Western Australia

Covering 73 occupations, up to 500 people per year will be able to be sponsored over the five-year agreement through the Kalgoorlie-Boulder DAMA.

Western Australia’s Goldfields region is set to receive an economic boost with the Morrison Government signing a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The Goldfields will be among one of the first regions in Australia to enter a five-year agreement with the Commonwealth aimed at ensuring skilled migrants contribute through employment in key roles where Australian workers are not available.

The new arrangements will assist a range of industries including mining, engineering, construction, childcare and health among others helping to drive economic growth and fill critical employment gaps.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman said the Federal Government is working to address the skills needs of regional Australia.

“The Morrison Government is working to support the growth of regions and match our migration program with labour market needs, particularly in regional Australia,” Mr Coleman said.

“Our first priority is always to fill jobs with Australians, but the immigration system can play an important role in helping to address regional skills gaps.

“We have seen the success of the DAMA arrangement in the Northern Territory and the Government is committed to supporting the skills needs of regional Australia where Australian workers are not available to fill those jobs.

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson commended the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for their hard work and willingness to work with the Commonwealth to support the local community.

“The Goldfields has suffered from a skilled workforce shortage for too long which is having a negative impact on the entire community,” Mr Wilson said.

“Through this agreement, we will see more families moving to the Goldfields which will in turn have a flow-on effect on the economy.”

Chief Executive Officer of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder John Walker said the DAMA would offer a solution to ongoing skill shortages and the estimated 1,500 job vacancies in the Goldfields region.

“The City welcomes the Federal Government’s support and believes a DAMA will encourage skilled migrants to come work and reside in regional Western Australia,” Mr Walker said.

“We are very pleased to see this five year labour agreement between the Shires of Coolgardie, Leonora and Menzies and the City with the Federal Government, with the strong support of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance come to fruition.”

The Government will continue to engage and work with regions around the country experiencing skill shortages to find tailored solutions through the use of a DAMA.

Talk to us about DAMA, book a consultation with our expert migration agents.

If there is any doubt in your about how to go about your visa application, it’s best to contact our Australian Dream Visa migration experts for more information. Your chances of getting an approval are definitely better when you have experts guiding you through the entire application process. Our comprehensive migration services cover everything from giving you sound advice and preparing a solid case for your application to dealing with the Department of Home Affairs on your behalf.

Source: Home Affairs

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New Skills Added in the Occupation List (2019)- Migrate to Australia

Hot off the press! Musicians, Dancers, Artistic Professionals, Chemists, Food Technologists, Multimedia Specialists, University Lecturers - now is your chance to live in Australia permanently! Many more skills added in the list! 

Major changes to the occupations included in the skilled occupations lists are announced today which will impact eligible occupations for permanent and temporary migration.

The occupation allocation is based on labour market advice provided by the Department of Jobs and Small Business. The update to the skilled occupations lists ensures that the entry of skilled foreign workers to Australia remains carefully calibrated to Australia’s needs.

What does this mean?

In order to qualify for skilled migration to Australia, you must nominate an occupation from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). New occupations which are not previously eligible for Permanent Skilled Migration are now included in the list. Learn more about Skilled Visas here

New occupations added to MLTSSL (Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List)

  • Arts Administrator or Manager  
  • Dancer or Choreographer
  • Music Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Tennis Coach
  • Footballer
  • Environmental Manager  
  • Musician (Instrumental)
  • Statistician
  • Economist
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Engineering Professionals nec
  • Chemist
  • Food Technologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Research Scientist
  • Environmental Scientists nec
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Life Scientist (General)
  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Botanist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Zoologist
  • Life Scientists nec
  • Conservator
  • Metallurgist
  • Meteorologist
  • Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec
  • University Lecturer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • Horse Trainer

Occupations added to the Regional Occupation List

  • Aquaculture Farmer
  • Cotton Grower
  • Fruit or Nut Grower
  • Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus)/field crop grower (NZ)
  • Mixed Crop Farmer
  • Sugar Cane Grower
  • Crop Farmers nec
  • Beef Cattle Farmer
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer
  • Mixed Livestock Farmer
  • Deer Farmer
  • Goat Farmer
  • Pig Farmer
  • Sheep Farmer
  • Livestock Farmers nec
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
  • Dentist
  • Anaesthetist

Occupations have been removed from the Short Term Skill Shortage List

  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
  • Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic
  • Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer
  • Chemical Plant Operator
  •  Library Technician
  • Arts Administrator or Manager
  • Dancer or Choreographer
  • Music Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Footballer
  • Aquaculture Farmer
  • Cotton Grower
  • Fruit or Nut Grower
  • Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower
  • Mixed Crop Farmer
  • Sugar Cane Grower
  • Crop Farmers nec
  • Beef Cattle Farmer
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer
  • Mixed Livestock
  • Pig Farmer
  • Sheep Farmer
  • Livestock Farmers nec
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
  • Dentist
  • Anaesthetist
  • Tennis Coach

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If there is any doubt in your about how to go about your visa application, it’s best to contact our Australian Dream Visa migration experts for more information. Your chances of getting an approval are definitely better when you have experts guiding you through the entire application process. Our comprehensive migration services cover everything from giving you sound advice and preparing a solid case for your application to dealing with the Department of Home Affairs on your behalf.

New Temporary Parent Visa

Hot off the press! The visa provides parents with a new pathway to temporarily reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia, while ensuring that taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs. The visa responds to community concerns about the limited number of Parent places in the migration program and associated lengthy waiting periods.

To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent of the sponsor, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. 

Visa cost

The visa application charge is:

  • $5,000 for a visa of up to three years’ duration; or
  • $10,000 for a visa of up to five years’ duration.

The visa application charge is payable in two instalments, with one payment at time of application and the remainder paid prior to visa grant.

The visa application charge represents a contribution to the cost of the services parents will use in Australia for extended periods. Most visa holders will have never paid tax in Australia but will benefit from using existing infrastructure.

The charges also reflect that there are benefits for both parents and their Australian families. The visa holder can stay in Australia for up to five years continuously (up to a cumulative maximum of 10 years), thereby saving on the cost of airfares that would be incurred over this period if they were required to depart and re-enter Australia on a regular basis.

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