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Australian Citizenship Changes

As of 20 April 2017, Citizenship rules are changing and will affect all application lodged after this date, however exact rules will be finalized in July 2017 as until than government accept comments on new reform. The Federal Government has announced sweeping changes to the nation's citizenship laws, with the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declaring that new arrivals must prize "Australian values" and prove their commitment to the nation. More on it can be find at DIBP- Strengthen Citizenship April 2017  Migrants with a history of family violence, organised crime could be banned English language test will contain more components, proposed is to demonstrate competent level of English for all adult applicants Permanent residents' eligibility for citizenship application will increase...

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South Australia increased required points for high points nominations, up to 85 for people looking a sponsorship based on Supplementary Skilled list. From 9am (Australian Central Standard Time) on 19 April 2017 the requirement for high points nomination will increase from 80 to 85 points.  If you have 80 points (including state nomination points) on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) points test, you will be able to access additional occupations (special conditions and Supplementary Skilled List). You can apply for either a 489 or 190 visa provided you meet the minimum high points requirement and all other skilled nomination requirements.Please note for some occupations,you can only apply for a 489 provisional visa. Should you require 10 points for state nomination in...

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April changes ; 457, ENS, RSMS affected

Changes in 457 visas are also affecting also ENS and RSMS. Yesterday, The Australian government announced changes to the 457 visa program.  As always, the 457 visa is a hot topic and everybody seems to focus on it, however it also means there will be changes for RSMS and ENS visas soon. As of today, 19 April 2017, there is no longer a CSOL list for the purpose of 457 visas, those can be still granted. For temporary employment stay’s in Australia new lists have been introduced: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) equivalent of CSOL. While CSOL and RSMS lists still apply to new direct entry applications it is not clear what...

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