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Video: Australian Immigration News on Skilling Australian Fund, TSS 482, and MORE!

Australian Immigration News Video May 2018 - SAF, TSS 482, Regional Visas

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IMPORTANT: Immigration SA Skilled and Business Nomination Application Now Available. Requirements Updated!

IMPORTANT: Immigration SA Skilled and Business Nomination Application Now Available. Requirements Updated!

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) State Nomination 188/132 Re-Opened for South Australia

Immigration SA has re-opened the application system for Business Innovation and Investment State nomination 188/132 on Monday 9th July 2018. With the re-opening of the Business and Investment State nomination 188/132 applications it is very important to remember that there is a quota that determines the availability of applications. This means that there are limited places available and that the system will close again. As a result, it is important to apply as soon as possible.

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Australia General Skilled Migration SkillSelect Invitation Round Results – 6 June 2018

Australia General Skilled Migration SkillSelect Invitation Round Results – 6 June 2018

Results for the latest SkillSelect invitation round on 6 June 2018 have been published. Here is a summary of the results:

  • 300 Skilled Independent visa invitations were issued
    • applications with 75 points or more were invited
    • applications submitted 31 May 2018 have been invited
  • 5 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa invitations were issued
    • applications with 80 points or more were invited
    • applications submitted 8 May 2018 were invited

 

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BREAKING: Department of Home Affairs INCREASES Pass Marks for General Skilled Migration Visas!

BREAKING: Department of Home Affairs INCREASES Pass Marks for General Skilled Migration Visas!

Key terms: Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa – Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa – Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa – SkillSelect – Expression of Interest (EOI) – Invitation to Apply

 

Earlier today the Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton introduced a new legislative instrument which will increase the minimum points required for skilled visa applications.

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Work visa approvals are declining in Australia and predicted to be at their lowest level in seven years

Work visa approvals are declining in Australia and predicted to be at their lowest level in seven years

There has been a significant drop in Australia’s migrant intake this financial year so far, and the total numbers are expected to fall short of planned figures. The declining trend is continuing on from the last financial year, where overall visa approvals were down from the planned 190,000 to 183,000.

The migration program has been at a constant level (at 190,000) since 2012-13. Taking into account the actual permanent visas granted to 30 April 2018 of 138,086, it is estimated that the number of visas granted in total this 2017-18 financial year will likely be closer to 165,000. This is a significant drop from previous years and is the lowest in seven years.

The decrease is represented in most of the visa categories, however the drop is greatest in skilled independent and employer sponsored work visas. 

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Immigration SA to close online state nomination application system on 25 June!

Immigration SA to close online state nomination application system on 25 June!

Key terms: Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa – Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa – Immigration SA – State Nomination – End of Financial Year 2018

Immigration SA (South Australia) has announced that the online application system for the subclass 190 State Nominated Visa and subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (State) nominations for South Australia will close at 9 a.m. Monday, 25 June 2018 (South Australian time).

If you do not submit and pay for the SA State Nomination application before the system closure, the incomplete application will be deleted.

You are advised to submit your SA state nomination application before the system closure, so that you are protected from any possible new changes on 1 July 2018.

However do note that you should only submit complete and well supported applications, to allow smooth processing of your application and a positive outcome.

If you need an assessment of your SA State nomination application, please contact Work Visa Lawyers as soon as possible to have an assessment.

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IELTS now offering computer-delivered English tests for visa applicants in Australia

IELTS now offering computer-delivered English tests for visa applicants in Australia

IELTS has a new test format available to students - computer-delivered IELTS, which has been designed to make it easier for students to take the test at their convenience on a desktop computer.

The IELTS test is offered in two formats, IELTS Academic and General Training. Computer-delivered test takers will be tested on the following components:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

All aspects of the computer based test are the same as the paper based test, including question types, timings, content and marking. 

 

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Australia General Skilled Migration SkillSelect Invitation Round Results – 23 May 2018

Australia General Skilled Migration SkillSelect Invitation Round Results – 23 May 2018

Key terms: SkillSelect – Invitation to Apply – Skilled Independent subclass 189 - Skilled Regional Provisional subclass 489 – Expression of Interest – Points Test

Results for the latest SkillSelect invitation round on 23 May 2018 have been published. Here is a summary of the results:

  • 300 Skilled Independent visa invitations were issued
    • applications with 75 points or more were invited
    • applications submitted 18 May 2018 have been invited
  • 5 Skilled Regional Sponsored visa invitations were issued
    • applications with 80 points or more were invited
    • applications submitted 26 April 2018 were invited 
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Important changes affecting Queensland, Victoria and South Australia State Sponsorship for 190, 489 and 187 visas as migration year nears end!

Important changes affecting Queensland, Victoria and South Australia State Sponsorship for 190, 489 and 187 visas as migration year nears end!

Both the Victorian and Queensland Governments have announced that they are no longer accepting new Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) or Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) nomination applications due to a high volume of applications in the system causing a backlog.

Also, in South Australia (SA) there will be changes to General Skilled Migration (GSM) requirements and Regional Certifying Body (RCB) advice applications for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Subclass 187 visa - Direct Entry stream.

 

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Changes to Assurance of Support withdrawn! Tougher requirements will not be implemented

Changes to Assurance of Support withdrawn! Tougher requirements will not be implemented

The Australian Government had previously announced that it would be making changes to some of the requirements for parent visas. The most significant changes relate to the minimum income requirement for assurers (mostly the children) of visa applicants. The visas that would have been affected by these changes are both the temporary and permanent versions of the contributory parent visa (143 and 173), the contributory aged parent visa (864 and 884) and the non-contributory parent visa (103 and 804), as well as the ‘remaining relative’ (835) visa. 

Under the changes, a single person wanting to sponsor their two parents would have needed an annual income of $86,607, up from $35,793, while a couple sponsoring two parents would need a combined income of $115,476.

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