State by State Summary of State Nominated 190 Visas

In the wake of October’s Federal Budget and pursuant to the recent National Migration Conference, a current summary covering the status of state-nominated subclass 190 visa nominations has been prepared by Australia’s Migration Alliance. Conveniently published, state-by-state, it provides a handy snapshot of information for agents and applicants alike: New...

Federal Budget Signals Plans for Gradual Return of International Students

On October 6th 2020 the Morrison Government handed down what surely must have been Australia’s most anxiously awaited budget; a budget which was required to account for past and future social and economic impacts resulting from the world-wide pandemic. As with virtually every nation around the planet, Australia’s accepted way...

Latest News: BSMQ Open Queensland State Nomination Program

A flash release issued by Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) announces that, for a very brief window of time, the state has reopened its business and skilled program – albeit, restricted to decision-ready applicants in COVID-19 priority areas. The program will be open strictly from Tuesday 29th September 2020...

Considerations for Medical Students Nearing Completion of their Medical Studies

The Australian Health Practitioners’ Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the body responsible for administering registration requirements for a broad number of medical fields. Regrettably, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on current students, placing practical restrictions upon the ability of potential graduates; restrictions which, through no fault of their own, prevent...

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...