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Seasonal Celebrations @ Philippine Christmas Festival

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Nov 17, 2017 10:52:22 PM

Christmas arrived early in Sydney at the Philippine Christmas Festival in Darling Harbour last weekend.

FastVisa was delighted to be invited to this two-day event in Tumbalong Park, marking the celebration of ongoing diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Australia.

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Topics: our activities, our partners

*Latest Update* - Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Nov 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

On 18 April this year, Malcolm Turnbull announced that the 457 Temporary Skilled Visa would be abolished and replaced by a new TSS Visa from March 2018. He also announced wide-ranging reforms to the requirements for Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) permanent employer sponsored visas from March 2018.

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Topics: 190 visa, 457 visa, 186 visa, employer sponsored visa, HR HUB, TSS visa

Australian Industry: Skills Need ‘Urgent Attention’

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Nov 11, 2017 3:30:13 AM

The Australian Industry Group represents 60,000 businesses with 1 million employees and its CEO says access to skills is reaching crisis point.

AI Group CEO, Innes Willox, said recently: “We are going to run off the cliff very soon when it comes to skills and skills development. And that gets down to the basics of reading, writing and mathematics, as well as the development of STEM and STEAM skills.”

Adding to the challenge, Mr Willox said, is industry’s continuing struggle with the changes made to the 457 Visa programme. What does this mean for Australia’s future? Let’s explore the issue further...

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Topics: 457 visa, entrepreneur visa, employer sponsored visa, HR HUB, TSS visa

Latest Australian Immigration News...

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Nov 9, 2017 7:46:11 AM

Australian immigration is constantly evolving and the past month is no exception. A number of significant changes have taken place, 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. Read on to discover more about the latest developments...

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Topics: australia, family visa, Migration Update

UPDATE: NSW Business and Skilled Migration

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Nov 3, 2017 11:25:35 PM

Last year, over 700 prospective migrants were nominated in New South Wales to apply for a Business, Innovation and Investment 188 Visa, Business Talent 132 Visa or Investor Retirement 405 Visa – an increase of 103% on the previous year.

If you’re looking for fresh business opportunities, why not consider NSW? This beautiful state is open for business – it’s an unparalleled place to live, work and invest. Read our update on NSW business and skilled migration...

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Topics: 190 visa, 489 visa, 132 visa, business visa, entrepreneur visa, business/investor visa

Australian Citizenship: Your Current Questions Answered...

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Nov 1, 2017 9:33:07 AM

Thousands of prospective Australian citizens celebrated the recent good news that the government’s proposed changes to the Australian citizenship regulations were rejected by the Senate.

Citizenship applications are now being assessed against pre-20 April 2017 requirements.

However, following six months of uncertainty, it’s no wonder that some applicants are still unsure about their position. This blog post answers your current citizenship FAQs...

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Topics: australia, Migration Update

FastVisa Attends NSW French Aussie Drinks @ Palings

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Oct 28, 2017 1:33:38 AM

FastVisa was delighted to attend NSW French Aussie Drinks @ Palings in Sydney on Thursday evening.

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Topics: our activities, our partners

*UPDATE* Employer Sponsored Visas

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Oct 25, 2017 11:40:52 PM

Australia’s employer sponsored visas have been put through the wringer this year, with the announcement of major changes to the 457 Visa programme. Several new developments have also been introduced for visas under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)

Obtaining an employer sponsored visa has become increasingly complex and current processing times are lengthy. In this blog post we’ll explore the recent changes and outline upcoming developments...

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Topics: 190 visa, 457 visa, 186 visa, employer sponsored visa, HR HUB

Top Tech Firms Struggle to Find Skilled Workers: Visa Reforms Needed

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Oct 23, 2017 9:44:03 PM

Chief Executives at some of Australia’s largest tech organisations say they’re struggling to find the skilled workers they need to meet business goals.

Changes to the 457 Visa programme suddenly announced by the Immigration Department in April this year have left many businesses stranded. The 457 Visa, and a whole host of skills categories, will be replaced in March 2018 by a new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa.

Let’s find out more about the impact on Australian businesses...

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Topics: 457 visa, employer sponsored visa, HR HUB, TSS visa

'A Great Victory' - Australian Citizenship Changes Blocked by Senate

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Oct 20, 2017 8:38:42 PM

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s proposed changes to the citizenship programme were rejected by the Senate this week.

Mr Dutton planned to impose an Australian values test, tough English language testing and a 4-year waiting period for permanent residents wishing to become Australian citizens.

These proposals were controversial from the outset - both politically, with Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon team voicing strong opposition, and with thousands of migrants who hoped to become Australian citizens.

We’ll explore the Senate outcome here and find out what happens to those who applied to become citizens after the government announced the changes on 20 April....

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Topics: australia, Migration Update