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The new 2017 Australian Budget and how it affects the Australia immigration programme and visas

The new 2017 Australian Budget and how it affects the Australia immigration programme and visas
Key terms: Australia Budget 2017-2018 – Migration Policy Changes – Visa Application Fees – Employer Sponsored Visas – Training Benchmarks – Skilling Australians Fund – Levy for foreign workers – Temporary Parent visas

Key takes:

> Australian employer sponsored visas to become more expensive.

> New temporary parent visas may be attractive.

> Visa processing times might increase with staffing cuts.
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BREAKING: Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces decision to abolish 457 visas!

BREAKING: Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces decision to abolish 457 visas!

*This is a developing story. More details to follow.*

The Prime Minister of Australia has announced the removal of the 457 visa programme. It is expected to be replaced by two new temporary work visas.

When is the 457 visa programme going to be removed?

The plan for complete removal is by March 2018. The definite date has not been announced.

I am currently on a 457 visa! What will happen to my status?

At this time we understand that all existing 457 visa holders wil maintain their visa status. No further 457 visas will be issued.

I have an ongoing 457 visa application! What will happen to it now?

At this time there has not been any information with regards to applications being processed. We will provide details on this matter as soon as it is available.

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Australia Department of Immigration and Border Protection announces new Australian Visa Processing Times! Visa applications expected to take longer!

Australia Department of Immigration and Border Protection announces new Australian Visa Processing Times! Visa applications expected to take longer!
Key terms: Visa processing times – citizenship processing times –

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced a new update to the visa processing times for all visa applications. The new schedule of processing times – “Global visa and citizenship processing times”, will be updated monthly and do not include:

·         visa subclasses closed to new entrants

·         visa subclasses capped and queued

The new visa schedule does not differentiate applications from low-risk or high-risk countries, but instead publishes two different processing times for 75% and 90% of ongoing applications. Here are some of the current processing times listed:
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457 visa holders with children in South Australia will need to pay contributory school fees in January 2018! Start applying for your permanent visa now to be exempt!

457 visa holders with children in South Australia will need to pay contributory school fees in January 2018! Start applying for your permanent visa now to be exempt!

In our earlier article we explained that the South Australia (SA) State Government started its policy to impose contributory fees for each school child of 457 visa holders, following Western Australia (WA), New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). By January 2018 all 457 visa holders in SA will have to pay the contributory fees for each child in school. Depending on the number of children and your household income, the contributory fees can be in excess of thousands of dollars per year.

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Labour Agreement for Fast Food Industry scrapped! 457 visas for Fast Food businesses to be cut!

Labour Agreement for Fast Food Industry scrapped! 457 visas for Fast Food businesses to be cut!

Key terms:  457 visa – labour agreement – employer sponsored visas – migration policy changes

 

The Fast Food Industry Labour Agreement established in 2012 has been scrapped by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. This will result in significant reductions of 457 skilled visas issued to fast food businesses. More than 500 skilled worker visas were approved for fast food businesses over the past four years.

The 457 visa programme has been under the microscope of the Federal Government ever since the reported visa abuse of 7-11 workers. In our earlier article we talked about the possible scrutiny of specific industries for the employer sponsored visa programme, which includes:

  • the 457 visa
  • the Employer Nomination Scheme ENS subclass 186 visa
  • the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme RSMS subclass 187 visa

We believe that there will be ongoing changes to the employer sponsored visa programme specific to a few industries such as hospitality (Café or Restaurant Managers) and low-level generic occupations such as Customer Service Managers and Project or Program Administrators.

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