Migration Legislation to impose 10-year visa ban for falsification of documents

From 18th November 2017, the Migration Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 4) Regulations 2017 will take effect. This implementation is designed to protect the integrity of the visa framework. The changes in the migration regulations will bar an applicant for 10 years if they have provided false or misleading information in their visa application.

Under the existing regulations, section 4020 of the Public Interest Criterion, targets applicants who supply false documents or information to the Australian Government in the last 12 months before an application is made. This period, however, is now being extended to 10 years prior to the visa application. Further, applicants who allegedly engaged in providing false information to the Immigration Department, Migration Review Tribunal, or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, will be barred from re-applying for a period of 10 years.

Immigration officers will have the discretion to determine whether or not the visa applicant has deliberately provided false documents and applicants who may have accidentally provided incorrect information will not be subjected to refusal of visa grant.

Since 10 years is a lot of time to wait for re-applying for a visa, it is extremely important that information and documents submitted to the Immigration Department are correct and backed up with appropriate evidence, whether you are lodging your visa on your own, or with the help of a registered migration agent.

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DIBP has published the 2016-17 Migration Programme Report

The latest data on the Migration Programme Report for 2016-17 shows that a total of 183,608 permanent visas were granted for that year. The latest figure was 6,400 short from the planned level of 190,000.

A total of 123,567 persons were granted permanent residency visas under skills stream, while a total of 56,220 under family stream.

The following are the major source countries in the migration programme for 2016-17:
1. India – 38,854 places allocated
2. China – 28,293 places allocated
3. United Kingdom – 17,038 places allocated
4. Philippines – 12,209
5. Pakistan – 6,556

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton explained, ‘Our immigration systems are flexible and responsive to the changing needs of our economy and labour market. The skill stream in particular, helps to fill identified skill shortages.’ The Australian government is committed in demonstrating sustainable and responsible migration to enhance its economy.

The Skills stream has focused to help migrants fill Australian skilled labour needs. A further breakdown of the figures shows that:
– Skilled Independent category: 42,422 places
– State and Territory Government Nominated category: 23,765 places
– Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS): 38,052 places
– Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS): 10,198 places
– Skilled Regional category: 1,670 places

The States/Territories that attracted the largest number of migrants were:
• New South Wales with an outcome of 61,470 (33.5 per cent);
• Victoria with 47,549 (25.9 per cent);
• Queensland with 21,519 (11.7 per cent), and
• Western Australia with 18,908 (10.3 per cent).

Full information on the report can be accessed from 2016-17 Migration Programme Report. There are still a lot of visa places to be granted and we are now in a new financial year! Message us now and we’ll help in assessing your qualifications for obtaining a skilled visa.

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Victoria – Skilled Nominated Visas – Changes to skilled applications for engineering and building occupations

Due to a large volume of visa nomination applications received, from 16 October 2017 to 12 January 2018, the State Government of Victoria will not accept visa nomination applications for engineering and building occupations under the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria.

Applicants who hold an offer of employment in Victoria in their nominated occupation or meet the streamlined PhD or 457 pathways are not affected by this closure and may apply for these engineering and building occupations during this time.

The temporary closure affects the following occupations:

ANZSCO CodeOccupation
312112Building Associate
233211Civil Engineer
312211Civil Engineering Draftsperson
233311Electrical Engineer
312311Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
233512Mechanical Engineer
233914Engineering Technologist

All outstanding applications will still be processed, as this temporary closure will reduce the risk of delay for future applicants.

Applications received prior to 16 October 2017 will be assessed against the guidelines that applied at the time of application. An outcome will be provided at the proper time. Meanwhile, applications for all other eligible occupations under the Victorian Government visa nomination remain open.

New criteria for engineering occupations

From 16 October 2017, the following new minimum work experience and specialisation requirements will apply to engineering occupations on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria:

ANZSCO codeOccupationMinimum IELTS (or equivalent) requirementMinimum work experienceSpecialisations and other requirements
233211Civil Engineer7.0 in each bandFive years
312211Civil Engineer Draftsperson7.0 in each bandFive years
233311Electrical Engineer7.0 in each bandFive years
312311Electrical Engineer Draftsperson7.0 in each bandFive years
233512Mechanical Engineer7.0 in each bandFive years
233914Engineering Technologist7.0 in each bandFive years in civil or mechanical engineeringOnly work experience in the civil or mechanical engineering disciplines is eligible

No changes have been made to the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Graduates.

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Updated work and regional postcodes for working holiday visas

An updated legislative instrument has been released to reference the list of specified work and regional postcodes where at least 3 months of work (whilst holding the first working holiday visa), must have been undertaken, in order to be eligible for a second working holiday visa.

If an applicant has previously held no more than one subclass 417 (Working Holiday) visa, the application must be accompanied by a declaration that he or she has carried out specified work in regional Australia for a total of 3 months as a holder of that visa.

The list below shows specified work available:

  1. Plant and animal cultivation:
  • the harvesting and/or packing of fruit and vegetable crops;
  • pruning or trimming vines and trees;
  • general maintenance crop work;
  • cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts;
  • immediate processing of plant products;
  • maintaining animals for the purposes of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase;
  • immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery, packing and tanning;
  • manufacturing dairy produce from raw material.
  1. Fishing and pearling:
  • conducting operations relating directly to taking or catching fish and other aquatic species;
  • conducting operations relating directly to taking or culturing pearls or pearl shell.
  1. Tree farming and felling:
  • planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled;
  • felling trees in a plantation or forest;
  • transporting trees or parts of trees that were felled in a plantation or forest to the place where they are first to be milled or processed, or any other place from which they are to be transported to the place where they are to be milled or processed.
  1. Mining:
  • coal mining;
  • oil and gas extraction;
  • metal ore mining;
  • construction material mining;
  • other non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying;
  • exploration;
  • mining support services.
  1. Construction:
  • residential building construction;
  • non-residential building construction;
  • heavy and civil engineering construction;
  • land development and site preparation services;
  • building structure services;
  • building installation services;
  • building completion services;
  • other construction services.

 

The following are the regional postcode where a specified work may be undertaken:

  1. The following postcode areas in New South Wales are specified places:
  • 2311 to 2312
  • 2328 to 2411;
  • 2420 to 2490;
  • 2536 to 2551;
  • 2575 to 2594;
  • 2618 to 2739;
  • 2787 to 2898.
  1. Norfolk Island is a specified place.
  2. The Northern Territory is a specified place.
  3. The following postcode areas in Queensland are specified places:
  • 4124 to 4125;
  • 4133;
  • 4211;
  • 4270 to 4272;
  • 4275;
  • 4280;
  • 4285;
  • 4287;
  • 4307 to 4499;
  • 4510;
  • 4512;
  • 4515 to 4519;
  • 4522 to 4899.
  1. The following postcode areas in Victoria are specified places:
  • 3139;
  • 3211 to 3334;
  • 3340 to 3424;
  • 3430 to 3649;
  • 3658 to 3749;
  • 3753;
  • 3756;
  • 3758;
  • 3762;
  • 3764;
  • 3778 to 3781;
  • 3783;
  • 3797;
  • 3799;
  • 3810 to 3909;
  • 3921 to 3925;
  • 3945 to 3974;
  • 3979;
  • 3981 to 3996.
  1. The following postcode areas in Western Australia are specified places:
  • 6041 to 6044;
  • 6055 to 6056;
  • 6069;
  • 6076;
  • 6083 to 6084;
  • 6111;
  • 6121 to 6126;
  • 6200 to 6799.
  1. South Australia is a specified place.
  2. Tasmania is a specified place.

For the time being, the age of eligibility remains at 18 to 30 years old. This visa encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.

When applying for your first Working Holiday visa, you must be offshore when the visa is granted. If you apply for a second Working Holiday visa onshore, you must be in Australia when the visa is granted and if you apply offshore, you must be offshore when the visa is granted.

Australian Visa Law will be happy to give you an advice on how you can apply for a Working Holiday visa. Message us now to get started.

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Update on NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List – 2017-18

From 25 September 2017, the NSW government has updated its Subclass 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List. The NSW government will continue to invite prime ranking candidates in qualified occupations under the updated NSW 190 list. The priority list is being determined using employment data from Commonwealth and State, as well as evidence-supported feedback from the NSW industry.

Occupation ceilings are also being enforced to limit the number of invitations to certain occupations, so as to ensure that allocations are in line with the occupations / skills needed on NSW.

The NSW government invites the highest-ranking candidates on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List) first. Here’s an overview of the updated NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List:

ANZSCO CodeNominated OccupationField
133111Construction Project ManagerOther
133211Engineering ManagerOther
134111Child Care Centre ManagerEducation
134212Nursing Clinical DirectorHealth
134214Welfare Centre ManagerHealth
141311Hotel or Motel ManagerTourism & Hospitality
221111Accountant (General)Business & Finance
221112Management AccountantBusiness & Finance
221113Taxation AccountantBusiness & Finance
221213External AuditorBusiness & Finance
221214Internal AuditorBusiness & Finance
224111ActuaryBusiness & Finance
224511Land EconomistOther
224512ValuerOther
232111ArchitectOther
232112Landscape ArchitectEngineers
233111Chemical EngineerEngineers
233211Civil EngineerEngineers
233212Geotechnical EngineerEngineers
233213Quantity SurveyorEngineers
233214Structural EngineerEngineers
233215Transport EngineerEngineers
233311Electrical EngineerEngineers
233411Electronics EngineerEngineers
233511Industrial EngineerEngineers
233512Mechanical EngineerEngineers
233513Production or Plant EngineerEngineers
233911Aeronautical EngineerEngineers
233913Biomedical EngineerEngineers
233914Engineering TechnologistEngineers
233915Environmental EngineerEngineers
233916Naval ArchitectEngineers
234112Agricultural ScientistScience
234611Medical Laboratory ScientistScience
234711VeterinarianScience
234914PhysicistScience
241111Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) TeacherEducation
241411Secondary School TeacherEducation
241511Special Needs TeacherEducation
251211Medical Diagnostic RadiographerHealth
251212Medical Radiation TherapistHealth
251213Nuclear Medicine TechnologistHealth
251214SonographerHealth
251411OptometristHealth
252411Occupational TherapistHealth
252511PhysiotherapistHealth
252611PodiatristHealth
253411PsychiatristHealth
253912Emergency Medicine SpecialistHealth
253913Obstetrician and GynaecologistHealth
253914OphthalmologistHealth
253915PathologistHealth
253917Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologistHealth
253999Medical Practitioners necHealth
254111MidwifeHealth
254411Nurse PractitionerHealth
254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)Health
254413Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)Health
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)Health
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)Health
254417Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)Health
254418Registered Nurse (Medical)Health
254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)Health
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)Health
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)Health
254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)Health
254425Registered Nurse (Paediatric)Health
254499Registered Nurses necHealth
261111ICT business AnalystICT
261112Systems AnalystICT
261311Analyst ProgrammerICT
261312Developer ProgrammerICT
261313Software EngineerICT
262112ICT Security SpecialistICT
263111Computer Network and Systems EngineerICT
263311Telecommunications EngineerICT
263312Telecommunications Network EngineerICT
271111BarristerBusiness & Finance
271311SolicitorBusiness & Finance
272311Clinical PsychologistSocial & Welfare Professionals
272312Educational PsychologistSocial & Welfare Professionals
272313Organisational PsychologistSocial & Welfare Professionals
272399Psychologists necHealth
272511Social WorkerSocial & Welfare Professionals
312111Architectural DraftspersonEngineers
312211Civil Engineering DraftspersonEngineers
312212Civil Engineering TechnicianEngineers
312311Electrical Engineering DraftspersonEngineers
312312Electrical Engineering TechnicianEngineers
313214Telecommunications Technical Officer or TechnologistICT
321111Automotive ElectricianAutomotive Trades
321211Motor Mechanic (General)Automotive Trades
321212Diesel Motor MechanicAutomotive Trades
321213Motorcycle MechanicAutomotive Trades
321214Small Engine MechanicAutomotive Trades
322211Sheetmetal Trades WorkerMetal Trades
322311Metal FabricatorMetal Trades
322313Welder (First Class)Metal Trades
323211Fitter (General)Metal Trades
323212Fitter and TurnerMetal Trades
323213Fitter-WelderMetal Trades
323214Metal Machinist (First Class)Metal Trades
323313LocksmithMetal Trades
324111Panel BeaterAutomotive Trades
331111BricklayerBuilding Trades
331112StonemasonBuilding Trades
331211Carpenter and JoinerBuilding Trades
331212CarpenterBuilding Trades
331213JoinerBuilding Trades
332211Painting trades workersBuilding Trades
333111GlazierOther
333211Fibrous PlastererBuilding Trades
333212Solid PlastererBuilding Trades
333411Wall and Floor TilerBuilding Trades
334111Plumber (General)Building Trades
334112Airconditioning and Mechanical Services PlumberBuilding Trades
334113DrainerBuilding Trades
334114GasfitterBuilding Trades
334115Roof plumberBuilding Trades
341111Electrician (General)Building Trades
341113Lift MechanicBuilding Trades
342111Airconditioning and Refrigeration MechanicBuilding Trades
342313Electronic Equipment Trades WorkerOther
342314Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)Other
351111BakerTourism & Hospitality
351211Butcher or Smallgoods Maker (excluding the activity of slaughtering animals, or primarily boning, slicing or packaging meat in a non-retail setting.)Other
351311Chef (excludes positions in Fast Food or Takeaway Food Service)Tourism & Hospitality
351411Cook* (excludes positions in Fast Food or Takeaway Food Service) *Must have at least 2 years work experience as Cook in a commercial kitchenTourism & Hospitality
394111CabinetmakerBuilding Trades
411411Enrolled NurseHealth

If your occupation is listed on the above list, Australian Visa Law can further assess your qualifications and work experience, to give you an advantage with your visa application. Our experts have over 18 years of experience with Australian migration and can provide you the best advice to your advantage.

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SkillSelect Skilled Visa invitations – 20 September 2017 round results

As of 20 September 2017, the following figures set out below show the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round.

Visa SubclassNumber
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)1750
Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489)17

Here’s an overview of the number of invitation issued during 2017-18. These given figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses:

Visa SubclassJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunTotal
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)2000200035007500
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)21025693559
Total2210225635938059

Invitation process and cut offs

Applicants with the highest rank by points score are the first to be invited to apply for the relevant visa. For applicants who have equal points score, their order of invitation is determined as to when they have reached their equal points score required for that subclass. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

Visa SubclassPoints ScoreVisa date of effect
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)6513/09/2017 12:05AM
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)6019/09/2017 4:07AM

In keeping up with high level of demands from previous year, some occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangement to ensure availability of invitations across the programme year. SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass 489). There will be no more invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in the below occupations, once all places are taken up by subclass 189.

Point scores and the visa dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 6 September 2017 invitation round.

Occupation IDDescriptionPoints scoreVisa date of effect
2211Accountants8515/09/2017 10:37 pm
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers7528/07/2017 10:26 am
2334Electronics Engineer6522/07/2017 03:13 pm
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers6518/02/2017 07:35 pm
2339Other Engineering Professionals7008/09/2017 11:38 am
2611ICT Business and System Analysts7014/06/2017 08:21 pm
2613Software and Applications Programmers6530/03/2017 07:37 pm
2631Computer Network Professionals6521/02/2017 12:03 am

 

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A working holiday visa in Queensland might just be what you need

Travelling to a State of Australia such as Queensland can be both exciting and just a little exhausting, so it just makes sense to take time to stay here for a while and enjoy the place, while making a bit of extra cash.  Generally speaking, the Working Holiday visa is designed for people aged 18-30 years old. This type of visa has a list of terms and conditions that will apply.

Queensland being Australia’s most popular holiday state, offer a terrific work-life balance, great office views (mostly), and adventure around every corner. Here are top five reasons why Queensland might just be the perfect place to stay for a working holiday.

  1. Earn money while exploring the region:

Working for few days while exploring the great scenic places is a great deal. There’s always something to do in this place. You’ll have plenty of time to go on an adventure and experience all that Queensland can offer.

  1. Perfect place to refill your wallet:

You’ll be receiving your pay check in Australian dollars! This is great opportunity to do more and see more in the region.

  1. Weather is perfect all year round:

With sunny weather almost all year round, Queensland provides perfect working holiday stay. Whether you’re working on the fruit fields, or on a beachfront café, you’ll surely enjoy the warm temperatures and blue skies. Swimming on the beautiful beaches during your days off is a memorable thing to do.

  1. Get to know the locals:

Aussies love making friends.  Even native animals like kangaroos and kookaburras love it. There’s always a Queenslander that will be willing to help get you to the right direction and advice of the great places to visit.

  1. Get to know the best State in the country on a deeper level:

Staying longer would give you more time to explore a wonderfully diverse state. You’ll probably would want to stay on once you take on board some Aussie spirit.

 

There are a lot of towns where you can enjoy your work-life adventure. Here are the top 5 towns that are great for working holidays in Queensland:

  1. Cairns

Known to be as Australia’s most iconic spots for both local and tourists, this town has a tropical climate with tourism being a large part of its economy. It is also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Plenty of work opportunities from holiday resorts, from cleaning jobs at caravan parks and holiday accommodation, to casual hospitality work at restaurants and cafes. Harvest work for sugar cane, avocados, peanuts, mangoes, potatoes, and corn are offered. You can also find indoor work as part of their packing team.

On your rest day, you can have fun at the beautiful beaches nearby and the Great Barrier Reef.

  1. Airlie Beach

You may find work at this town, with the retails, fishing, travel, food and beverage industries. There are also casual jobs found at the coffee plantations, cattle stations, and tropical fruit farms close by.

On your days off, you might enjoy scuba sessions on the nearby reefs.

  1. Bundaberg

This town has plenty of work to offer. Many hostels in this town will be happy to help you with farmers and stations owners needing seasonal workers. The best months for getting fruit-picking work are from April through to December.

The beautiful beaches nearby like Bargara and Woodgate Beach are a must visit during your days off. If you are very lucky, you might witness thousands of baby turtles hatching when the season rolls around each year.

  1. Stanthorpe

This town offers seasonal work of agricultural gigs such as picking and packing of apples, berries, and peaches. During January to April, many related jobs like grape picking, vine and tree pruning are available. Be sure to bring your sweater though, as it gets very cold at night.

  1. Sunshine Coast

Casual work is available with many shops, bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. These establishments are all busy during weekends and you might just get that part-time job that you need.

Nanny work is also a great way to combine work and accommodation. You might just meet a local family who would be happy to show you around.

There’s a lot of other places that you can go for a working holiday. Queensland has a lot to offer to individuals looking to both work and find adventure. Have you experienced a working holiday in Queensland? No? Well why not apply for one? Message us now to get you started.

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BSMQ temporarily suspends nominations for some skilled occupations

Please note that due to an apparent high volume of applications for certain occupations (in the Offshore or Interstate list) as listed below, the Business & Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) has suspended any further visa applications for these occupations until further notice:

  • 221111 Accountant (general)
  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 263111 Computer Network & systems Engineer
  • 262111 Database Administrator
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 313112 ICT Customer Support Officer
  • 263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  • 263212 ICT Support Engineer
  • 263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 262113 systems Administrator
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 313113 Web Administrator
  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  • 611211 Insurance Agent
  • 232511 Interior Designer
  • 221112 Management Acct
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer
  • 225311 Public Relations Professional
  • 251511 Hospital Pharmacists
  • 251513 Retail Pharmacist

Australian Visa Law will post another update once the suspension has been lifted.

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How to prevent your Australian visa application from being rejected

The process of applying for an Australian visa is a complex one. It requires a huge amount of time and attention to detail when filling out forms and submitting relevant documents. Another factor involved when applying for an Australian visa is the dynamic changes often made to Australian immigration laws and regulations.

Understanding the complexity of the immigration process is vital to obtaining a positive result of your visa application. With the help of a registered migration agent (or better still a migration lawyer), the completion of necessary paperwork and these multiple requirements should be dealt with expertly. To ensure that you are dealing with a legitimate agent, you may check their registration on the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) website.

Here are reasons why some applications may be rejected:

  • Providing false information

With the recent changes with the immigration process, immigration authorities are stricter with applications of migrants. Providing false information would not only hurt your current application, but also future applications. Providing incorrect details on your application may also deny you the right to an appeal. With the help of a registered MARA agent/lawyer, this potential issue should be vastly reduced.

  • Type of visa you are applying for might be wrong

Australia has over a hundred different types of visas and some of these may appear to be the very similar. Consider say working visas, wherein there are several types which has specific requirements and conditions. All of these types of visas are too complex to easily understand and gaining help from a migration expert may just save you from a lot of trouble.

  • Claiming of irrelevant points

During the assessment of points tested visas, you may be incorrectly claiming possible scores for the attributes such as qualifications, and work experience. However, these must to be not only calculated accurately, but also supported with valid documents to verify the authenticity of the points claimed. A migration expert will very carefully gauge your points and help you to maximise your points based on qualifications and work experiences.

 

Gaining additional points for the General Skilled Migration points test:

There are several ways to gain additional points to boost your points tally.

  • Prove greater English language proficiency (Superior English scores 20 points; Proficient English scores 10 points). These can be obtained through English exams with IELTS, TOEFL PTE and CAE.
  • A Masters degree by research, or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least two academic years in a relevant field. The Department will use CRICOS to determine the standard duration of a course. A course that has a registered duration of 92 weeks is considered to meet the two academic years’ requirement.
  • Study in a Regional or low population growth metropolitan area of Australia, and meet the “Australian Study Requirement”;
  • If possible, obtain skilled employment in Australia and complete at least 1 year of that employment (better still, greater than 3 years and so forth);
  • Gain NAATI Accreditation in a community language;
  • If your partner can meet the basic requirements for a skilled migration visa: you may claim partner skills if, when you are invited, your partner:
    • is under 50 years of age
    • has competent English
    • has an occupation that is on the same skilled occupations list as your nominated occupation
    • has been assessed by the relevant assessing authority as having suitable skills for their nominated occupation
    • is coming to Australia with you
    • is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Studying a course in Australia that meets the “Australian Study Requirement”;
  • Completing a professional year course specified by the minister.
  • If applying for a Skilled Nominated visa, you will be granted 5 extra points by obtaining State/Territory Nomination.

If you apply for State/Territory Nomination (which has to be approved by State or Territory Government) you must include that detail in your “Expression of Interest”.  Once the State Nomination is approved the points will be confirmed and an invitation may then be issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

As the ever-changing Australian immigration laws and regulations become more complex and the immigration process more rigid and demanding, seeking help from a migration expert is vital.  The team of experts at Australian Visa Law may help you clear up confusion, maximise your chances and lodge your best application.

Do not hesitate; contact us now to get expert professional advise!

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Australian Migration gets tougher and visa processing times grow longer

As Australian Migration Law and Regulation become tougher, the processing times for General Skilled Migration visas appear to be getting longer. Visa processing times are impacted each month by changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, complex cases, and incomplete applications. The updated current expected processing times for the majority of General Skilled visas are as follows:

  • 189 Skilled – Independent visa is from 8 up to 11 months
  • 190 Skilled – Nominated visa is from 9 up to 13 months
  • 489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Skilled Regional – GSM visa is from 6 to 9 months
  • 489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes – GSM is from 8 up to 14 months

Circumstances that may affect processing times

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) assesses applications on a case-to-case basis. Actual processing times may vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether a complete application was lodged, as well as all relevant and necessary supporting documents;
  • how promptly an applicant responds to any requests for additional information;
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided;
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements;
  • in relation to permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration program and;
  • in relation to citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.

All this underlines why you are best placed with expert advice and assistance!

The current processing times can be viewed on the page for the specific visa subclass or citizenship type you are applying for. A complete application must be submitted, to ensure your application falls within the published processing times.

To ensure that your application is on the right track and prepared correctly, our team of experts at Australian Visa Law are available to guide and assist.

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