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Training Benchmark A for 457 visa

To meet the requirements of Training Benchmark A, Sponsor can show evidence of having made a contribution to a recognized scholarship fund that is operated by an Australian university or TAFE college. It is option used often by businesses not employing Australian citizens or if they can not meet requirements for Training Benchmark B, which 1 % of payroll, not 2% as Benchmark A. But now DIBP wants to see 2% of payroll excluding any deduction or possible commission paid to agent. The scholarship fund should support education or training for Australian citizens or permanent residents in a course related to the business of the applicant, with no percentage of the contributions being allocated to commissions.  Contributions to private RTOs do not...

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6 applications lodged due to one simple mistake- how small things matters.

Another notable case was a woman from India, who lodged 6 applications in total, initially these failed as well as failing her IELTS tests. The Pacific Center advised lodging another permanent application as a backup. However, the sponsor she had on this visa forgot that they had already nominated a person for the same position, resulting in refusal. Now the Pacific Center had to build a case to prove the company had a genuine need for this applicant before the MRT visa expired. Now we had to liaise with the company to work out what position they had that needed to be filled. Eventually the MRT was won due to the Pacific Centers close correspondence with the sponsor, which was...

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Student visa traps

Every day we see people who are in huge trouble in relation to their student visas. Most of these problems are created by dishonest agents or a lack of understanding that student visas are complex visas, with several conditions attached to them. This can be a very painful experience, especially for people migrating as a family with children. Below are a few pointers of what MUST be considered and how such troubles can be avoided. 1. Families with children Parents on a student visa are not eligible for any kind of financial support when sending children to day care. Full fees for daycare can range from $70 up to $200 a day. Australian law states that children 6 years and older...

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Skilled visa – new list in ACT

The Independent Skills visa used to be a very popular option amongst migrants, some time ago. Then DIBP introduced changes making it nearly impossible to apply for a 190, 489 0r 189 visa. Expectations were high and the list of occupations very short. Currently we are seeing more successful applications than previously, this is because the general pool of applications has shrunk so much making it possible again to get an invitation. Now ACT is introducing a more liberal approach with a new list of occupations. ''...A comparison of occupations identified as ‘in demand’ in October 2014 compared to February 2015 is attached. The ACT 190 nomination guidelines have also been updated, effective 10/02/15, with formatting changes only.  In summary,...

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NOt only IELTS test

From November 2014, the following tests will also be accepted: Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) TOEFL iBT The TOEFL iBT is taken via the internet. There are more than 50 test dates each year, and there is a wide range of test locations throughout the world. The test takes approximately 4.5 hours to complete has the following structure: Reading: 60-80 Minutes Listening: 120-180 Minutes Speaking: 20 Minutes Writing: 50 Minutes TOEFL scores are available approximately 10 days after the test date. They can be viewed online, and a hard copy is sent approximately 13 days after the test date. You can specify recipients for your scores to...

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4 MRT cases won in 10 days.

When Immigration refuse visa, in some cases you can lodge case to MRT ( Migration Review Tribunal). We had to do it for our clients over year ago as we got refusal decisions which we know should be successful. It is a long and nervous processes as you not only have to prepare excellent evidence but process is finished with hearing which you may attend.  It looks like normal court case. WE won 4 big and emotional cases. Case 1.  Business had other agent in past and when we start working on this case we haven't received information that there is other application pending. When other case was finalized, our client got refusal as all financial statements didn't make sense...

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