Outcomes of the 2019 – 2020 Migration Program

On September 16th, the Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, The Hon Alan Tudge MP, released published outcomes from the 2019-2020 Migration Program. For the given period, this release illustrated a total permanent migration intake of 140,366. Seventy percent of these visas (95,843 in total) were...

New Priority Skills List and Strengthened Labour Market Testing Requirements

The Australian Department of Home Affairs via its operational arm, the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) has announced the introduction of a new Priority Skills List, together with strengthened labour market testing requirements.Released on September 2nd 2020, upon joint instruction from the Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship,...

Victoria’s Skilled Nomination Program Opens September 8th 2020

Recently announced by the Victorian government, with detailed information available through its “Live in Melbourne” website, the state will be opening its 2020/21 Victorian Skilled Visa program (subclasses 190 and 491) from Tuesday 8th September, 2020. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has however necessitated some changes to acceptance criteria, which will...

2020 – 2021 Program Update from Migration Tasmania

Following a directive from The Department of Home Affairs, relating to allocations of subclass 491, 190, 188 and 132 visa nominations, the Tasmanian government, through Migration Tasmania, has confirmed that until the Federal Budget is handed down in October 2020, all new and existing nominations will be subjected to the...

IMMIGRATION NEWS – ACT Critical Skills List

The Australian Government’s priority for migration in 2020-21 is leveraged towards providing support for public health responses, with the aim of bolstering the nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This criterion was again evident when the ACT recently released its Critical Skills List for the Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass...

IMMIGRATION NEWS – South Australia’s General Skilled and Business Migration Program

Limited number of Interim Allocation Places made available In a statement recently released on its website, Immigration SA has provided the following advice: “Given the limited number of available nominations, South Australia’s program requirements and application processes for the General Skilled and Business programs are currently being finalised, with a...

IMMIGRATION NEWS – Ministers’ Press release

IMMIGRATION NEWS - Ministers’ Press release. Student Visa. Given the importance of international students to Australia and our economy, the Morrison government has issued a Media release making some changes to student visa arrangements. The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when...

IMMIGRATION NEWS UPDATE

IMMIGRATION NEWS UPDATE States and Territories have stopped nominations for the the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) and Skilled Nominated (Permanent) (subclass 190) visas as well as Business Visas (subclasses 188 and 132) until they are advised by the Commonwealth government about their allocations for 2020-21. Therefore, visa aspirants...