Latest changes to immigration rules

Latest changes to immigration rules

Changes to the English language requirements for Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visas came into effect from 18 April 2015. The change amends the requirements applicants must meet to satisfy the English language criteria while continuing to ensure that applicants have a sufficient level of English language ability to perform effectively in their nominated occupations. The amendment gives effect to a recommendation from an independent review conducted in 2014, the 457 Integrity Review. The required English test scores for 457 visas are now as follows:

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Important Updates to Visas & Requirements

Important Updates to Visas & Requirements

Read about the latest updates to the New TSMIT (Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold) & 457 and ENS (Employer Nominated Scheme) highly paid position, Lowered English requirements for subclass 457 visa application, and English language test scores for subclass 476 and 485 applications, Specification of Arrangements for Special Category Visa Applications and other important visa updates.

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Minor changes on all forms & place of lodgement

Minor changes on all forms & place of lodgement

Approved forms and the location for lodgement on applications for Subclass 461: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2015L00568 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Subclass 400) Visa Applications – the Specification of Arrangements: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2015L00565

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Immigration Influx

Immigration Influx

2015 is set to see an influx of immigrants into Australia, with more than; 5 million visas; predicted to be issued! With such a significant change in population demographic within the nation, a reconsideration of policy is inevitable. The challenges to Australian policy that will evolve in 2015 are expected to be of a scale so large that the last comparable period of change was in World War II.

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Immigrants and the Australian Economy’s Link to Each Other Cannot be Avoided

Immigrants and the Australian Economy’s Link to Each Other Cannot be Avoided

The response received by George Megalogenis’ Making Australia Great, the 3-part documentary shown in ABC, has been very positive. Not only that, viewers and reviewers alike have expressed their enjoyment watching the series, and seeing it embrace a sensitive topic economics which seem intimidating to the point of unfeasibility for prime time Television. It isn’t exactly something anybody would particularly be begging to watch, especially on a Tuesday night, right? But here’s where you’re wrong. The economic protectionism and the White Australia Policy, both of which emerged around this time, were 2 sides of an interconnected economic and cultural closure of our country’s boundaries.

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Why Australia is making reforms in its skilled visa program

Why Australia is making reforms in its skilled visa program

On the 19th of September of 2014, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) began its review of its present skilled migration and temporary visa programmes. The review is going to involve key bodies in the Government, as well as migration agents, employers, and the general public in gathering together so changes that need to be made can be discussed in enhancing skilled migration in Australia. However, what we would like to know are the factors that have pushed for this review and what is the outcome the Australian government is hoping for from this exercise.

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