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NEW DAMA Changes for South Australia – New occupations added – PR pathway

NEW DAMA Changes for South Australia – New occupations added – PR pathway

 

South Australia has recently introduced the amended Designed Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) which has become easier and cheaper for DAMA visa applicants.

A great PR pathway for those who seek concessions for:

  • English Language
  • Age Requirement
  • Permanent Residence Pathway
  • Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)
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SEPTEMBER 2020 INVITATION ROUND RESULTS – Opportunity for PMSOL & Disappointment for Accountants; ICT Business & System Analysts and Auditors

SEPTEMBER 2020 INVITATION ROUND RESULTS – Opportunity for PMSOL & Disappointment for Accountants; ICT Business & System Analysts and Auditors

 

The Department of Home Affairs has released the invitation September 2020 round for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

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Australian Partner Visa Changes for 2020-21 – Increased Visa Allocations & Controversial English Language Requirements

Early in October 2020, the Federal Budget was announced, along with various changes to partner visas for the 2020-21 migration program year.

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South Australia continue processing 190/491 & Business visa EOI - NEW SA occupation lists & criteria in late November 2020

South Australia continue processing 190/491 & Business visa EOI - NEW SA occupation lists & criteria in late November 2020

On 16 October 2020, Move to South Australia has announced that South Australia 2020/2021 skilled & Business Migration Program will have further updates in late November 2020. There may be further update in terms of skilled migration with new occupation lists & updated criteria & Business migration with updated criteria. An exact date is not known at the moment.  

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Global Talent Visa October 2020 Update - allocations tripled, GTI success rate and free GTI assessment!

Global Talent Independent Visa

The migration planning level was released with the Federal Budget and the Global Talent Independent Visa was the big winner of the visa subclasses.

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2020/2021 Budget Migration Planning announced- more GTI, Partner and Family & less Skillselect 189 190 489

2020/2021 Budget Migration Planning announced- more GTI, Partner and Family & less Skillselect 189 190 489

On 06 October 2020, Australian government has handed down the federal budget 2020 which is to recover the Australian economy.  2020/2021 migration planning level has also been released shortly after the federal budget announcement.  

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Highlights

  • Australia’s net Migration remain the same
  • Global Talent Independent Program (GTI) allocations have been tripled
  • Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) allocations have been doubled

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Australian Migration Planning Level

In 2020 – 2021, the planning level for visas will remain at 160,000 places.

 

Global Talent Independent Program (GTI)

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The Australian government will focus on attracting highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia in this calendar year. The Global Talent Independent program (GTI) has been allocated to 15,000 places for 2020-2021.

If you believe you are eligible to apply for a GTI, take only 5 minutes to complete our free online GTI assessment form. Our lawyers and registered migration agents will assess your eligibility and get back to you soon.

 

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) has increased to 13,500 places.

In 2019 - 2020, the number of BIIP was 6862.  It has increased by 6638 places in this calendar year, which has been almost doubled in comparison with the allocations in the past year.  

Business Innovation and Investment program includes:

 

Business innovation and Investment Program will also be targeted at Australian venture capitals and emerging small and medium size businesses to support the economic recovery. 

Try our free online business visa assessment tool to determine your business visa options:

https://businessvisacompare.com.au/ 

 

Family Stream & Partner Stream

The Family stream planning level has been allocated to 77,300 places in which 72,300 places are allocated for partner category which occupies 93.53% of the family stream allocations.

This leaves 5000 places for parent child and other family migration.  

 

General Skilled Migration - 189, 190 and 491

It is disappointing news for those that are looking to do 189, 190 and 491 visas or Employer Sponsored Permanent residency visas.

With increases to GTI, Family and Business, then there will be less places available for 189, 190 and 491 and also for employer sponsored 186. 

Australian government will increase places for above three categories Family & Partner stream, Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) & Global Talent Independent Program (GTI). This also means there are Skilled Migration Program will decrease around 30,000 places.  

We understand that a drop in GSM numbers will be very disappointing for many, who have gone to the expense and effort to get their English tested and skills assessments done. 

 

Migration planning level 2019/2020 Versus 2020/2021 

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Visa Application Charge (VAC)

Certain visa holders who are unable to travel to Australia due to COVID 19 Pandemic, you may be eligible to:

  • Refund VAC
  • Waive VAC
  • Extend visa period

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Our team of experienced Immigration Lawyers and Migration Agents look forward to assisting you with your Australian visa or appeal.

Based in Adelaide South Australia, we provide Australian Immigration advice to people and businesses from all over the world.

If you require further information regarding your Australia visa options you can contact us through:

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2020-2021 Migration Updates coming soon – Federal Budget 2020 announcement tonight!

2020-2021 Migration Updates coming soon – Federal Budget 2020 announcement tonight!

Click the following blog for the information about the most recent changes annouced: 2020/2021 Migration Latest Updates

 

Tonight, the federal government will provide more details to allocate funding towards services and programs for the country for 2020 -2021 financial year.

The Federal budget 2020 will deliver an economic recovery plan in which Australian migration will be a key component.


Highlights

  • Australian government will announce the Federal Budget 2020 tonight

  • Migration program planning levels will be announced tonight

  • Australian states & territories General Skilled Migration (GSM) will open soon

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Queensland State Nomination Program is now OPEN! Subclass 188/132/190/491

Queensland State Nomination Program is now OPEN! Subclass 188/132/190/491

Business & Skilled Migration Queensland Australia (BSMQ) has announced it will temporarily open statement nomination program (BSMQ business and skilled program) from Tuesday 29 September 2020 until Monday 5 October 2020.

BSMQ indicates the following:  

  • They will only pick up NEW EOIs lodged from Tuesday 29 September 2020.
  • The invitation will be closed if all supporting documents have not been uploaded in 24 hours.
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Major COVID-19 Concessions for Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Work visa applicants

Major COVID-19 Concessions for Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Work visa applicants

The Australian immigration department has recently offered COVID-19 concessions to international students for Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate. During COVID-19 pandemic, many visa applicants and international students have been adversely affected by circumstances beyond their control, including Border closures, stand-downs and disruptions to courses.

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Major COVID-19 Concessions for Subclass 887 Skilled Regional visa applicants

Major COVID-19 Concessions for Subclass 887 Skilled Regional visa applicants

The COVID-19 concessions are designed to ensure provisional and temporary visa holders are not disadvantaged by circumstances beyond their control during COVID-19 Pandemic, including Border closures, restrictions imposed on businesses and the general economic downturn related to COVID-19.

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