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Australian Citizenship Processing Times 2019

There are currently over 220,000 Australian citizenship applicants are waiting for a decision to be made on their application, despite a drop in waiting times. The amount of people that have been granted Australian citizenship has doubled in the past year coupled with a reduction in waiting time according to the Department of Home Affairs. [...]

By |June 7th, 2019|General news|Comments Off on Australian Citizenship Processing Times 2019

PIC 4020 & Providing Accurate Information

Always Provide Genuine Documents – it may come back to bite! The Public Interest Criteria When applying for a visa you must satisfy the Public Interest Criteria 4020 (PIC 4020), the Department of Home Affairs will need to be content that all information provided as part of a visa application is correct and authentic. There [...]

By |June 6th, 2019|General news|Comments Off on PIC 4020 & Providing Accurate Information

Latest Immigration Changes 2019 – Post Election

Now that the Federal Election is done and dusted, what does it mean for Australian Immigration?  1. Partner Visa Changes The changes for the partner visa were scheduled to occur 17 April 2019. So far, these changes have not come into effect, but are expected to occur fairly soon. Their commencement dare has not been [...]

By |June 4th, 2019|General news|Comments Off on Latest Immigration Changes 2019 – Post Election

Can’t make it to your Administrative Appeals Tribunal?

It isn’t rare for a client, who just before attending a hearing at Court or at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, to pull a sickie. When this occurs, the suitable action is for the client to provide a medical certificate to explain their absence. The certificate provided must be in the proper form and explains why [...]

By |May 30th, 2019|General news|Comments Off on Can’t make it to your Administrative Appeals Tribunal?

Evidence to Prove Genuine Need for Foreign Employee

Employers wanting to nominate a foreign employee for permanent residency (subclass 186 visa) must prove that the employee is a ‘genuine need’ for the position available on an ongoing basis. The ‘genuine need’ criteria is relevant to both the Temporary Residence Transition Stream and the Direct Entry Stream. There is a certain amount of confusion [...]

By |May 30th, 2019|General news|Comments Off on Evidence to Prove Genuine Need for Foreign Employee

New Sponsorship Options

Home Affairs recently announced important changes to Minister of Religion Labour Agreement (‘MORLA’). The aim of those changes is to enable sponsorship of an additional occupation, Religious Assistant (ANZSCO 451816). These changes allows MORLA to provide sponsorship to another occupation other than the Minister of Religion. Here is a quick and easy guide you can [...]

By |May 30th, 2019|General news|Comments Off on New Sponsorship Options

Additional Points for Skilled Migration Applicants

A range of additional points will be awarded to certain visa applicants, including the two new visas, the Provisional (Skilled Regional) Subclass 494 visa and Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Subclass 191 visa. Additional Points The revised points system will apply to the subclass 491 visa, as well as the existing General Skilled Migration visas (subclass [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|General news|Comments Off on Additional Points for Skilled Migration Applicants

Overturning the “No Further Stay” Condition

It is very rare for a Department officer to not waive the “no further stay” condition (Condition 8503). It is even more rare when the condition is challenged in Court and succeeds. The case of Nguyen v Minister for Immigration did just that. What is Condition 8503? A “no further stay” condition doesn’t allow visa [...]

By |May 20th, 2019|General news|Comments Off on Overturning the “No Further Stay” Condition

Health Requirement for Visa Applicants

When applying for a visa, the health requirement must be met. This requirement affects anyone applying for an Australian visa that is disabled or has an illness. This requirement has been in place for decades and has been called discriminatory with many people not knowing why the requirement is needed. A number of families have [...]

By |May 17th, 2019|General news|Comments Off on Health Requirement for Visa Applicants

Occupations List for Sponsored Visas in South Australia

In April 2019, the South Australia Government entered into a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the federal government. The purpose of the agreement is to aid businesses find overseas workers for employment sectors that face skill shortages, through Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482). Two DAMAs South Australia will have two DAMAs, the first [...]

By |May 15th, 2019|General news|Comments Off on Occupations List for Sponsored Visas in South Australia