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Parent and Relative Visas

The Department of Home Affairs has released more information over the weekend on migration planning levels for the remainder of current financial year with particular focus on mature visa applicants. In summary, the maximum number of classes of parent visas granted in the financial year 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 will be as follows: Contributory Parent Visas – 7175 Parent Visas – 1500 Other family visas including Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative – 500 According to the Departmental website the current processing timeframe for Contributory parent visas is currently at 41 months.  The processing timeframe for other parent visas is not published, however, it is believed to be in excess of 25 years.  Remaining relative visas are taking 50 years to process...

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Contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF)

Contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) When introduced, the SAF Levy will be collected by Home Affairs It will be payable in full at the time the TSS nomination is lodged, in addition to the nomination application fee For businesses with a turnover of:oless than $10M –the SAF contribution will be $1200 per year o$10M or more –the SAF contribution will be $1800 per year   Where you enter the wrong information in the form, causing the wrong amount to be calculated, you will be able to withdraw the nomination and get a refund and ‘start again’ The ATO has advised that SAF contributions would be tax deductible The SAF itself will be administered by the Department of Education...

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Study in Tasmania and get PR easier

Student’s benefits in enrolling in Tasmania. Just in the past 6 months, our number of students has gone up by 46%. Many of these students are from Sydney, Melbourne and even Brisbane. Come to study with in Tasmania to increase  chance of getting PR. Just In March alone, Tasmania gives out 189 nominations for 190 and 72 for 489 (only behind the great NSW). There are 3 main types of students interested in this program! Currently holding graduate visa 485, graduated from Accounting, Engineer and IT, they came to study with us to get their state nomination for 190/489. These students could not have points high enough to compete for visa 189 (80-85 points for invitation) Students from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane who...

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Business visa happy story

From Johannesburg to Sunshine Coast: raising a family in Queensland UK-based optometrist Nicolle moved to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast after finding love on a visit home to Johannesburg in 2008. Since then, she has had two children, worked as a locum, forayed into property investment, exhibited her paintings in art shows and just last year, became an Australian citizen. Why Queensland? I am originally from Johannesburg in South Africa. Most of my professional life was spent living and working in the UK as a locum optometrist. At the end of 2008, while on a visit to South Africa to see my family, I met an Australian engineer called James who was working on a mining project in Zambia, but...

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FREE Translation

This free translating service from The Department of Social Services is available for people holding a Permanent Australian Visa, granted within the past two years (except subclass 155). The service is also accessible to those on the following Temporary visa sub classes: 300,309,820,445,449,786,785,790. If you hold one of these visa sub classes the service is available for a maximum of 10 translations and if you hold a permanent visa (no longer than 2 years), you can only use the service if you have not used it previously whilst on an eligible temporary visa (listed above). https://translating.dss.gov.au/en/

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Minimum wages

Each financial year, the Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel conducts a complete review of the national minimum wage and minimum wages in modern awards under the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act). On 1 June 2018, the Commission handed down its decision regarding an increase to modern awards and the minimum wage. The Commission determined an increase to the minimum wage and modern awards by 3.5 per cent, taking effect from 1 July 2018 Here are the changes: ·         Increase in the national minimum wage to $719.22 per week, or $18.93 per hour. ·         This constitutes an increase of $24.30 per week to the weekly rate or 64 cents per hour to the hourly rate. To find out more about...

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