Visa changes introduced to assist applicants through COVID19!

In recognition of the serious impact that COVID19 has had on the Australian economy and also on visa applicants, the government has introduced various amendments to the existing Migration Regulations, to assist certain visa applicants and also visa holders adversely affected by COVID-19. These amendments are also intended to assist in...

WRITING YOUR PARTNER VISA RELATIONSHIP STATEMENT – Things to consider

Applying for a Partner Visa is a challenging process and the fact that the partner visa has the highest refusal rate (37%) of all Australian visas, doesn’t make it less stressful.  In addition, due the current pandemic situation around the world, the Department of Home Affairs is aware that there...

Our Courts and COVID19 – What You Should Know

By now we are sure that this “repeat offender” (COVID-19) doesn’t need any formal  introduction, so let’s jump straight into it.    Here is a quick guide on what to expect with the Court processes during this pandemic or at the very least until further notices are provided.  Several measures have been created in relation to criminal matters which include:  ...

Partner Visas – Application and Relationship Statement

Applying for an Australian Partner visa is an extremely detailed process designed both, to verify the legitimacy of the applicants’ relationship and to determine the acceptability of the individuals involved. This extensive detail comes at a substantial cost. Australian Partner visas are among the most expensive in the world, with...

GSM Updates

485 applications Recently there has been considerable discussion regarding 485 visa applications. One of the issues centred around changes in December 2020 around Reg 485.211 which essentially centred around whether previous secondary SC 485 visa holders were eligible to apply for a SC 485 as a primary applicant. The Migration...

Agritourism: regional economic recovery plan

Agritourism or agrotourism involves any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. In Australia, it has traditionally thought of as being farm stays and winery visits, but now the term agritourism encompasses a wide variety of activities where agriculture and tourism intersect. Essentially, agritourism...

Circular economy and clean energy

"We have a finite environment - the planet. Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite growth in a finite environment is either a madman or an economist." Sir David Attenborough The term "circular economy" was brought to prominence by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation when it first launched in 2010....

Mental health awareness and skilled migration

The importance of good mental health and its impact on Australians have long been recognised by Australian governments. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has never been more relevant to remain progressive in responding to the mental health impacts as they become better understood. In March 2020, the Australian...

Highly skilled migration and the METS sector: mining equipment, tech and services sector

The METS sector is one of Australia's largest, alongside other major economic drivers such as construction, agriculture and retail. Australia is recognised globally as the market leader in Mining Equipment, Technology and Services across many different technology platforms and commodity segments. This sector contributes an estimated 15% of GDP and...

GTI Visas – Changes in Direction

GTI ( Global Talent Independent ) visa updates The enormously popular GTI visa has seen some changes in direction recently. A new “Direction 89 – Order of Consideration – Subclass 858 and Subclass 124 visas” has been introduced which mentions the changes. The first of these changes is that the...