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Australia Immigration: Major changes including hike in visa application announced for 2017-18
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The commonwealth budget was introduced in the Australia parliament and in immigration major visa applicants affective changes were announced. These changes include some fee to be paid by Australian Employer, Visa fee hike and more details on temporary parent visa to apply from November 2017.

Let’s have glimpse on each change:


Training Levy for Employers Sponsoring Staff

To raise the funds for local workers, the Australian employers have to pay a training levy fee for each foreign worker and these amount to be used towards the Skilling Australians Fund. The funds collected by this will be used for training of the Australian local workers to develop their skills. This fee will become applicable from March 2018.

The amount will totally depend on the size of the business, the companies having their turnover more than $10 million will pay more. Their payments will apply to both the Temporary Skills Shortages (TSS) visa and permanent employer sponsored visas (ENS and RSMS).

The training levies will be:

 

Small Business

Large Business

TSS

$1,200

$1,800

RSMS/ENS

$3,000

$5,000

 

Temporary Sponsored Parent Visas

In November 2017, new parent visas will be introduced and can only be sponsored by an Australian citizen or permanent resident. The new visa will be valid for 3 years or 5 years. There may be no need to meet with balance of the family test. The fee has been decided for 3 years it will be $5,000 and $10,000 for visa of 5 years, the visa can be renewed but a parent can maximum stay in Australia for 10 years. The government has increased the quota for the new visa to 15,000 for each category.

 

Visa Application Charge increases

The visa application fee will be hike and the new prices apply from July 1, 2017. Below is the new application fee list of common visa types.

Visa Type

Current Fee

Fee from July 1, 2017

Student

$550

$560

General Skilled Migration

$3,600

$3,670

Partner Temporary

$6,965

$7,000

457

$1,060

$1,080

Visitor

$135

$140

Business Migration

$4,780

$4,875

Parent (Contributory)

$3,695

$3,945

Graduate Temporary Subclass 485

$1,470

$1,500

You should apply now to save your precious time and money, contact Aptech Global immigration experts to apply for any kind of Australia, Canada, New Zealand Visa.

Australian government announces changes to Australian citizenship and makes it tougher
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The Australian government has modified the rules and regulation for the requirements of permanent residency in Australia. In the latest change the government has announced that applicants hold their permanent resident status for longer, formal English language testing is require, a revised citizenship test and evidence that applicants show that they have integrated into Australian society. These changes came into frim April 20, 2017.

In addition, Australian government has also announced changes for ‘General Residence’ requirement. According to these changes, a candidate who has been present in Australia for the last 4 years, on any temporary, permanent or bridging visa, with a maximum of 12 months overseas, and the last 12 months, on a permanent visa, with a maximum of 3 months overseas.

The above changes will effect International students who complete their studies in Australia and are willing to apply for General Skilled Migration, Partner visa applicants who had obtain a temporary partner visa, and 457 visa holders who worked for their Australian employers for years and are seeking for Australian citizenship.

Australian government to be abolished 457 temporary work visa and replaced by TSS
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Australian government has taken a big decision which will affect many Indians. Through this decision Australian government will give priority to Australian workers rather than foreigners. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced this through facebook on Tuesday.

PM said, ““Australians must have priority for Australian jobs – so we’re abolishing the subclass 457 visas, the visas that bring temporary foreign workers into our country, we’ll no longer let 457 visas be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians.”

“It’s important that businesses still get access to the skills they need to grow and invest. So the 457 visa will be replaced by a new temporary visa specifically designed to recruit the best and the brightest in the national interest” he added.

Nearly 95,758 people are working in Australia on Australian 457 visa in which Indians share the highest proportion of this visa which is 24.6%.

The 457 visa will be abolished from March 2018 and replaced by a new temporary work visa namely Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

Important changes to the occupation list for subclass 489 and 190 applicants
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Immigration SA has this afternoon been informed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that effective from 19 April 2017, the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) is being replaced by the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). The immediate impact of this change is the removal of 216 occupations (see below) which will affect the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) and the State and Territory Nominated stream of the subclass 489.

In order to respond to this significant change at short notice, Immigration SA has suspended all applications for state nomination for both the subclass 489 and 190 visas. We expect this will be for a period of two days.

For those state nomination applications that have already been submitted and are affected by the occupation list changes, Immigration SA will endeavour to nominate and invite these applications in SkillSelect before the change takes effect at midnight tonight - 12am (AEST) 19 April 2017. These applications will be processed according to the date of submission and priority will be provided to applicants currently residing in South Australia. In the event that an application is not able to be processed before the occupation list changes are introduced a refund of the Immigration SA application fee will be offered. From 19 April 2017, Immigration SA will not be able to nominate and invite someone to apply for a subclass 190 or 489 visa in these removed occupations.

The 216 occupations to be removed from any state nomination eligibility are listed below. Within the 216 removed occupations, 16 will be still be available under the new Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) but not for state nomination.

Occupation

ANZSCO Code

Defence Force Senior Officer

111212

Turf Grower

121218

Deer Farmer

121314

Goat Farmer

121315

Public Relations Manager

131114

Policy and Planning Manager

132411

Research and Development Manager

132511

Project Builder

133112

Importer or Exporter

133311

Wholesaler

133312

Production Manager (Manufacturing)

133512

Production Manager (Mining)

133513

Procurement Manager

133612

Medical Administrator (Aus) / Medical Superintendent (NZ)

134211

Regional Education Manager

134412

Commissioned Defence Force Officer

139111

Commissioned Fire Officer

139112

Commissioned Police Officer

139113

Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member

139211

Sports Administrator

139915

Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager

141211

Licensed Club Manager

141411

Bed and Breakfast Operator

141911

Retirement Village Manager

141912

Antique Dealer

142112

Betting agency Manager

142113

Travel Agency Manager

142116

Amusement Centre Manager

149111

Call or Contact Centre Manager

149211

Railway Station Manager

149412

Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator

149911

Cinema or Theatre Manager

149912

Financial Institution Branch Manager

149914

Actor

211111

Entertainer or Variety Artist

211113

Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers nec

211199

Composer

211211

Music Director

211212

Singer

211214

Music Professionals nec

211299

Painter (Visual Arts)

211411

Potter or ceramic artist

211412

Sculptor

211413

Artistic Director

212111

Media Producer (excluding Video)

212112

Radio Presenter

212113

Television Presenter

212114

Author

212211

Art Director (Film, Television or Stage)

212311

Director of Photography

212313

Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors nec

212399

Radio Journalist

212414

Corporate Treasurer

221212

Futures Trader

222212

Human Resource Adviser

223111

Workplace Relations Advisor

223113

Training and Development Professional

223311

Archivist

224211

Intelligence Officer

224411

Policy Analyst

224412

Most Skilled Occupations of Australia reaches to its ceiling limit
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The most popular skilled occupations of Australia has been reached to their ceiling limit which means no further applications in these occupations will be accepted. These skilled occupations are Engineering, Accounts, finance, occupations in IT, etc.

Most of the occupations in the mentioned categories have reached to their ceiling limit and Australian government has closed receiving applications until July 1, 2017. The skilled workers should ready their file when the quota opens again in July.

The government of Australia every year releases the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) which contains the high demanded skilled occupations for overseas skilled workers who are looking for a job in Australia.

The DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) doesn’t accept the skilled visa applications for a particular occupation, once its Occupation Ceiling Limit is reached.

SkillSelect and State Nomination Update, South Australia Announced key change
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South Australia has announced a new change in its General Skilled Migration Program. According to this change the requirement by South Australia has been increased from 80 to 85 points for the high points state nomination. 85 points will be required after once the total quota limit has been reached no further invitations can be issued for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa or Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 family sponsored stream until 1 July 2017 when the program re-opens.

The new change will become effective from April 19, 2017. The applications However, the application lodged before this time will not get affected by these changes. Some occupations kept out of the high points and chain migration streams

  • Accountant (General)
  • Human resources Adviser
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • University Lecturer
  • University Tutor
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Retail Pharmacist
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