New Regional Visas - Out with the Subclass 187 and in with the Subclass 491 and 494

New Regional Visas - Out with the Subclass 187 and in with the Subclass 491 and 494

As of November 16th 2019, the 187 regional visa will be abolished and two new visas will be introduced; the Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa (subclass 494) and the Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491). These new skilled regional provisional visas will be available to skilled migrants and their dependent family members who want to live and work in Australia.

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The Business Talent Visa | An In-depth Analysis

The Business Talent Visa | An In-depth Analysis

The Significant Business History Stream and the Venture Capital Entrepreneur Stream are otherwise known as the Business Talent Visa. The Business Talent visa is a permanent visa and enables holders to establish a new business or develop an existing business in Australia. As well as allowing applicants to bring eligible family members to Australia with them, the visa holders can travel to and from Australia for up to five years, from the date the visa is granted. After that period, a Resident Return visa will be required to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

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The Labor Party and Immigration – Where do They Stand?

The Labor Party and Immigration – Where do They Stand?

The Labor Party’s landslide win in the Victorian State Election on the weekend has caused speculation on the outcome of the 2019 Federal Election. Most are confident the Labor Party will win the election but if they do, how will this impact on immigration?

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How to transition from a 457 visa to permanent residency

How to transition from a 457 visa to permanent residency

If you’re in Australia on a 457 visa and want to make it your home, and plan for your long-term future, the likelihood is you’ll want to gain permanent residency status.

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Character Testing: Are You Good, Bad or Normal?

Character Testing: Are You Good, Bad or Normal?

It’s now harder than ever to become an Australian citizen. We live in a great country so it’s not surprising that many people want to make Australia their permanent home. While we don’t want to let just anyone into Australia, how stringent should we be on permanent residents wanting citizenship? There has been a great deal in the media about Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and his character test. In effect since late 2014, the character test has the potential to block aspirations of being an Australian citizen.

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