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and about changes again….RSMS

Yesterday Piotr Ferenc attended meeting for migration agents organized in Brisbane Information provided by Immigration or Home Affairs as they called themselves now, are still very vague. 9 days from possible cat off date, all we got are general, vague ideas of intention not actual changes. Part of the reason is that it still hasn’t been voted in Senate, which means changes can be delayed, changed (sic!) or completely forgotten. However, reading between lines, it looks like something may happen after 10 March, very unlikely earlier. It is confirmed that intention with RSMS program is to stop unexperienced students applying for jobs. In new system 3 years of work expereince4 after getting formal qualification will be required. Also TiSMIT $ 53900 will...

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253 Occupations for Short‑term Skilled Occupation List for 457 short stay visa

Short‑term Skilled Occupation List of 253 available for short stay, maximum 2 years , 457 visa positions.  Other requirements are not changed, except ENS transitional won't be available and renewal of that visa won't be available. English and skills levels stays the same. Additional restrictions are applicable, defining environment when the position can be approved. Can be both applicable for employer or employee such as: size of the business, number of employees, gross payroll or turnover, number of yours of work experience etc

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178 Occupations on Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List for ENS/ RSMS long stay 457 visa

Lucky 178 occupations available for RSMS/ ENS and long stay 457 visa as of July 2017. Those occupations will allow for permanent migration to Australia. Other requirements stay similar to what it used to be, except: Maximum age 45 years old No English and skills exemptions for high salary earners. ENS / RSMS in transitional arrangements requires 6.0 in each element in Ielts  

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Employer Sponsored Visa Changes

The New Budget and What it Means For You! As many of you are aware of, the Department of Immigration have made quite a lot of changes over the past few months including - visa application requirements, application prices, training benchmark requirements and more. Below we have listed some of the changes and some information we are currently aware of.   Changes to Visa Application Fees From July 1st, 2017 Immigration will be slightly increasing their visa fees.  A Visitor Visa will now cost AUD $140, A 457 visa will cost AUD $1,080 for a single applicant, TSS Visa (Temporary Skills Shortage Visa) will cost anywhere between AUD $1,150 to AUD $2,400 depending on the stream being applied for.  For...

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New visa fees as of 1 July 2017

On 1 July 2017, there will be slight increases to the Visa Application Charge for both the primary applicant and additional applicants. Luckily this year price increase is not very significant Student visa (subclass 500) and Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) will increase to $560.00; Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) will increase to $1500.00; Training visa (subclass 407) will increase to $480.00 A visitor visa (Subclass 600) will now cost AUD$140. A subclass 457 visa will cost AUD$1080 (single applicant). Permanent residence applications such as subclass 186 will be AUD$3670 (single applicant). TSS Visa will cost anywhere between AUD$1150 to AUD$2400 depending on the stream applied for. Full pricing table can be found here: http://www.border.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/budget/visa-price-increase-fact-sheet-2017-18.pdf    

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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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RPL – is it just a scam?

Recent developments and reports have put the ‘RPL’ process under the microscope. RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning, although they are used for a variety of reasons, more often than not people engage in RPL’s to meet the skill requirements for employment based visa’s (RSMS for example). Almost every work sponsored or nominated visa program requires that the applicant holds Australian qualifications, or equivalent. If the person doesn’t have suitable qualifications that can transfer to meet the requirements, they will do an RPL – which is essentially an online course, completed alongside pre-existing evidence of competency (such as resumes, industry references, photos etc). Once the assessor or RTO approves that they have evidenced that they are suitably experienced or...

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Major changes to RSMS visa for trade positions

Planning to apply for a RSMS/187 visa in a trade position? This is a must read and will directly affect your level of qualification and chances of success... This is information you won't come across online, it is published in the Migration Act, which is used and accessed by Migration Agents and Immigration. It pays to use an agent and secure your chances of a positive outcome   Crucial new changes to RSMS policy – what makes you qualified? Under the 187 (Regional Skilled Migration Scheme), people with sufficient skills, experience and qualifications can be nominated and apply for permanent residency by their employer. The reason for this is that skilled people often work in urban areas; the RSMS programme...

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Criminal and civil sanctions for ‘payment for visas’

Criminal and civil sanctions for ‘payment for visas’ A new bill just passed by Parliament means that there could be some significant sanctions for anyone found abusing the Immigration system and ‘paying for visas’. This is mainly in relation to people who ‘bribe’, or any employers who accept ‘benefits’, intended to get around the Immigration system. In this context, the Bill states that ‘benefit’ includes: (a)  A payment or other valuable consideration; and (b)  A deduction of an amount; and (c)  Any kind of real or personal property; and (d)  An advantage; and (e)  A service; and (f)  A gift. This includes arrangements such as deductions from nominated salary, for example if an employer makes deductions from their employees’ salary...

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Changes in medical examination as of 20 November 2015 for permanent and temporary visa to Australia

Medical examination for permanent visa ( incl family and employer sponsored visa) and temporary ( including 457 visa to Australia, student visa (570, 752, 573) will be different based on country of origin. Only other factor will be ''significance requirements rule''. Following changes come in live on 20 November 2015. Countries that do not generally require Immigration Health Examinations ( for full list of countries click hear) 1.1. For all temporary visa to Australia ( incl 457 visa and student visa) - no medical examination required unless applicant: • Likely to work or be a trainee at an Australian childcare centre (including preschool and crèche) • Intending to work as (or study to be) a doctor, dentist, nurse or paramedic...

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