• Victorian State Nomination Update – Subclass 190 Visas

    The Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) is a points based skilled visa that allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. The Victorian government currently nominates skilled workers who are currently working in a specified target sector using their STEMM skills. […]

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  • Global Talent Visa 858 Australia

    The Department of Home Affairs has introduced a new pathway for permanent residency through the Global Talent Visa 858 Program.  Further information from Melbourne migration specialists, Elmtree Migration Lawyers is available here. There are two pathways under the program – Global Talent Independent and Global Talent Employer Sponsored. 1.Global Talent Independent The Global Talent Independent […]

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  • Pathway Opens for Applicants with Refused or Cancelled Visas

    The Department of Home Affairs has lifted the section 48 bar for applicants who are eligible for the Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa), 491 (Skilled Work Regional Visa) and 494 (Employer Sponsored Regional Visa).  This means that if you have had a visa refused or cancelled whilst you were in Australia, and you currently do […]

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  • The New Agriculture Visa

    The Department of Home Affairs has introduced a new Agriculture Visa to address the worker shortage in primary industries such as horticulture, fisheries, forestry and meat processing. The Agriculture Visa is a new stream (Australian Agriculture Worker stream) of the existing subclass 403 visa. This new Agriculture Visa supplements the existing Pacific Australia Labour Mobility […]

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  • Work Visa Australia – Update to Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

    The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alex Hawke MP announced the inclusion of pharmacists to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) on 27 July 2021.  The new occupations are (including ANZSCO codes): Hospital Pharmacist (251511) Retail Pharmacist (251513) Industrial Pharmacist (251512) Minister Hawke said, “with thousands of community pharmacies across […]

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  • Second Chance for 485 TR Visa Holders

    Do you hold a 485 graduate (post-study work stream) visa? You may be eligible for a SECOND graduate visa to stay in Australia for another 1-2 years. Recently the Australian government has added an additional stream for the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. The Second Post-Study Work stream allows some migrants already on a graduate […]

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  • Pandemic Visa (408)

    Is your Australian visa expiring soon? Are you at risk of becoming an unlawful non-citizen because you cannot return to your home country due to the pandemic? In April 2020, the Australian government passed legislation declaring the COVID-19 pandemic an “endorsed event” for the purposes of the Temporary Activity (Subclass 408) visa. This means migrants […]

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  • Proposed Changes to Occupation Lists

    The Department of Jobs and Small Business have the task of reviewing the jobs that are on the migration occupation lists.  They have announced proposed cuts to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) which is used mainly for the 482 TSS Visa and the 407 Training Visa. It has been proposed that the following […]

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  • Federal Budget 2018 – Impact on Work Visas and Migrants

    The release of the 2018 Federal Budget this week has affected many different groups of people in Australia.  However, some changes may affect Australia’s migrants and prospective migrants too. Changes to Welfare Access The government is proposing a bill to increase the waiting period for newly arrived migrants to access certain welfare benefits from three […]

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  • Ready for Regional Work: 187 Regional Work Visa Eligibility

    The 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) work visa gives you permanent residency and lets you work in regional Australia. To be granted the work visa, you need to be under 45 years of age and have the relevant skills/qualifications for your occupation on the relevant occupation list. You will also need at least […]

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