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*UPDATE* Changes to Skilled Occupation Lists – 17 January 2018

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Jan 17, 2018 12:16:44 AM

The government has just announced changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations for Australia’s skilled visa programmes. These changes will come into effect on 17 January 2018 and include occupations that will be:

  1. Added to the skilled occupation lists,
  2. Moved between the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for certain visa programmes, or;
  3. Removed from the eligible skilled occupations lists.

Changes have also been made to some occupational caveats and exclude the use of the occupation in certain circumstances. Let’s examine the changes more closely...

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Topics: 407 Training visa, skilled visa, employer sponsored visa, Migration Update

*Newsflash* 27% Increase in Net Overseas Migration to Australia

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Jan 12, 2018 11:22:19 PM

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According to the latest population figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), New South Wales and Victoria have recorded their highest ever levels of net overseas migration (NOM).

Net overseas migration is the net gain or loss of population through immigration to Australia and emigration from Australia. Data provided by the Department of Home Affairs is used by the ABS to calculate official NOM estimates.

Beidar Cho, ABS Demography Director, said: “Australia’s net overseas migration for the year ending 30 June 2017 was 245,400, an increase of 27% from the previous 12 months (2015-16).” Let's find out more...

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Topics: australia, migration trends

*Update* Australian Immigration - January 2018

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Jan 6, 2018 9:18:30 AM

Last year was certainly an eventful one for Australian immigration, with major changes to the skilled migration occupation lists taking place in April and July and the sudden announcement that the 457 Visa would be replaced with a new TSS Visa in March 2018. Not to mention, controversial proposed amendments to the Citizenship bill which were eventually blocked by the Senate in October.

During the last few weeks we’ve seen further developments take place, including:

  • An update on further proposed amendments to employer sponsored skilled occupation lists by the Department of Employment,
  • An increase in the financial requirements for some student visa applicants, and;
  • A significant name change for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Let's find out more...

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Topics: 457 visa, student visa, employer sponsored visa, Migration Update

Analysing Australia’s 2016-17 Migration Programme - Deficit in Planned Numbers

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Jan 4, 2018 11:11:35 PM

Happy New Year from everyone at FastVisa – here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2018!

We thought we’d start the New Year by taking a look back at Australia’s migration programme during 2017.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection recently published results for the 2016-17 migration programme and, unusually, there was a shortfall in the number of visas granted under General Skilled Migration, the Special Eligibility programme, Parent Visas and ‘Other Family’ Visas. 

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Topics: general skilled migration, skilled visa, family visa, migration trends

How to Improve your Chances with SkillSelect

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Dec 20, 2017 12:01:54 AM

During the 2017-18 programme year SkillSelect invitations have become increasingly difficult to obtain. And, this doesn’t just concern pro rata occupations - most occupations have been affected.

Here we take a look at SkillSelect throughout 2017, explain why it’s become more challenging and outline strategies to boost your chances of success. Read on to find out more...

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Topics: 189 visa, 190 visa, 489 visa, skilled visa

Small Businesses Hit Hard by 457 Visa Changes

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Dec 15, 2017 11:06:38 PM

2017 has been a challenging year for small businesses hoping to expand their workforce with skilled overseas employees.

In April this year the federal government announced that the 457 (Temporary) Skilled Visa would be replaced with a new TSS Visa in March 2018, with fewer eligible occupations and limited pathways to permanent residence in Australia.

This sudden announcement came as a blow to small businesses, and even the interim period has been challenging. Small businesses lodging 457 Visa applications have experienced difficulties with processing times, steep fees, lack of communication from the DIBP and sudden rule changes. Let’s take a closer look...

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Topics: 457 visa, employer sponsored visa, TSS visa

Entrepreneur Visa Attracts Just One Applicant

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Dec 13, 2017 11:22:48 PM

In September last year the Australian government introduced a new Entrepreneur Visa designed to attract the ‘best and brightest’ entrepreneurial talent to Australian shores.

Innovators with creative new ideas were encouraged to start their enterprises in Australia. However, since its launch over a year ago, this visa has only had one applicant.

Business startup leaders believe the strict funding requirements have discouraged applicants and they’re calling on the government to overhaul the visa. Let’s find out more...

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Topics: entrepreneur visa, Migration Update

*Immigration Update* - Recent Legislative Changes Disallowed

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Dec 8, 2017 10:49:45 PM

We recently published a blog post outlining legislative changes to Australian visa requirements introduced on 18 November 2017, including new health debt and insurance requirements, changes to the 4020 public interest criterion, postponement of the sponsored Parent Visa and new conditions for temporary residents.  

The Migration Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 4) Regulations 2017 F2017L01425 was disallowed in full by the Senate on 5 December 2017. Read on for further details...

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Topics: australia, family visa, Migration Update

How will Australia fill its Cyber Skills Gaps? Skilled Visa Rethink Needed

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Dec 6, 2017 11:18:25 PM

Australians are definitely tech-savvy, but despite our cyber-awareness, there’s still a huge shortfall in cyber security skills in this country.

Following the government’s controversial announcement to scrap the 457 employer sponsored visa earlier this year, leading cyber security specialists have called for a complete rethink of Australia’s skilled visa programme to enable top cyber talent to move here. Let’s examine the issue more closely...

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Topics: 457 visa, migration trends, migration mindset, TSS visa

FastVisa Toasts the Festive Season with La Camara

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Dec 5, 2017 1:19:23 AM

FastVisa was delighted to attend the Spanish-Australian Chamber of Commerce (La Camara) Christmas Drinks celebration last Thursday evening in Sydney.

We enjoyed the opportunity to raise a glass to Christmas and celebrate the past year with members and friends of La Camara.

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Topics: our activities