New ‘Chain Migration’ state nomination pathway announced

Immigration South Australia has unveiled a new state nomination pathway, termed ‘chain migration’ for visa applicants.  Chain migration will allow applicants with an immediate family member (sibling, parent or grandparent) permanently residing in South Australia to apply for a state nomination. Benefits Ability to apply for permanent (190) or provisional (489) visa Access to a …

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New Labour Agreement program another step towards reinstatement of regional 457 visa

A newly-proposed blanket regional labour agreement program is likely to be welcomed by regional South Australian businesses, with many struggling to contend with poor economic conditions and widespread skills shortages. The Designated Migration Agreement Agreements program (DAMA) is currently being considered by the Federal government in an effort to assist local businesses in areas affected by …

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457 Integrity Review Update

Over the past couple of months Migration Solutions have been receiving numerous enquiries regarding the status of 457 visa program, most of which are centred around whether any changes are expected to be made, and if so, what those changes would be. Unfortunately with the current integrity review still underway, it is impossible to provide …

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New survey confirms need for SA to increase population growth

A recent survey by BankSA has shown South Australian consumer confidence to have plummeted in recent times, a product of two tough budgets being handed down by both the State and Federal governments. The results, published by the Advertiser, feature BankSA Chief Executive Nick Reade calling on South Australians to “snap out of the negative sentiment.” “We’ve …

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Government abruptly closes Family visas

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection didn’t make many friends amongst Registered Migration Agents or visa applicants last week, after shutting down a number of Family visa types with scarcely 12 hours’ notice. Among those axed were the Non-Contributory Parent visa, Aged Parent visa, Aged Dependent Relative visa, Remaining Relative visa and Carer visa, …

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3 Key Changes to Immigration Law

A number of legislative changes to Australian Immigration policy have recently been announced by the Department of Immigration, set to be introduced from 1 July 2014. Among them include the additions of Chefs, Bricklayers and Wall Tilers to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), as was reported in our last newsletter. Some of the other most …

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New additions, no removals to SOL

Chefs, bricklayers and wall tilers will be added to the Federal Skilled Occupation List (SOL) from July 1 to help meet the skills needs of the Australian economy, according to an announcement from Senator Michaelia Cash and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb. The additions are a result of advice provided by the Australian …

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Massive skill shortages predicted for Adelaide’s northern suburbs

Up to 3 500 skilled vacancies are expected to exist in South Australia’s northern suburbs by the end of this year according to a recent Adelaide University study  published in The Advertiser. The information is of particular concern to local employers; the study revealing one in five companies saying that technicians and tradespeople are particularly …

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Union demonisation of 457 program must end

The latest union concerns of declining workplace safety standards should the English-language requirements be lowered are baseless and a blatant example of unfounded claims, according to former Migration Institute of Australia State President Mark Glazbrook. The response comes after the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union’s (CFMEU) claims that 457 workers that attained a visa …

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New permanent residency pathway announced for South Australian applicants

Immigration SA has announced a trial program which allows holders of a South Australian state nominated provisional visa (subclass 489, 475, 487 and 495) and that are living and working in South Australia to apply for a subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Permanent visa. The offer allows applicants to forego the traditional 887 pathway, and is only …

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Changes to work experience requirements spoils return of occupations to SNOL

The return of cooking, hairdressing and sixteen other occupations to the State Skilled Nomination Occupations List (SNOL) earlier this month came as welcome news to many prospective visa applicants. The two popular trade-based occupations were stricken from the list in 2010, after a government crackdown on the high level of program rorting that was present …

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