Changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485)


Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced changes to the 485 Post-Study Work visa which will allow some graduates with advanced degrees to remain in Australia for up to four years after completing their courses. The 485 visa was introduced in 2007 and allowed graduates to stay and work in Australia for 18 months after graduation. From 23rd March a new regime has been introduced. Now, some graduates who were granted their first Australian study visa after November 5th 2011 will be able to apply to stay for longer. Graduates with bachelors' degrees can now stay for up to two years, those with a master's degree can stay for two or three years and those with doctorates can stay for four years. 485 visa now split into two streams The 485 visa has now been split into two streams, the   More »

Skilled Migration Processing Update


DIAC has issued an update on Skilled Migration allocation and processing on its website, including the following processing priority groups and order of processing: •    Priority Group 1 RSMS applications •    Priority Group 2 ENS applications •    Priority GrouDIAC has issued an update on Skilled Migration allocation and processing on its website, including the following processing priority groups and order of processing: Priority Group 1 RSMS applications Priority Group 2 ENS applications Priority Group 3 Applications nominated by a State or Territory Government for an occupation specified on that State Migration Plan (SMP), with the following order of processing:    a) Lodged from 1 July 2012 through SkillSelect   More »

Processing Times and Priorities for the Onshore Partner Program


The onshore Partner visa program is experiencing strong demand, and as a result, the current average processing time for subclass 820 applications is around 13 months from lodgement. This is an average processing time and the actual processing time for each application may vary significantly. To ensure that your application is processed as quickly as possible only lodge your application when it is complete. Please undertake health and character checks before you lodge your application and supply the department with a completed 'Form 80'. Generally, applications are considered in date order but some applications will take longer to finalise than others. Applications which will be prioritised include those which have been remitted following successful review or Ministerial Intervention, and applications which have special   More »

Longer Tourist visas for Parents of Citizens and Permanent Residents


Minister Bowen has announced that parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents will be able to apply for Tourist visas to visit Australia for longer periods of stay than is currently allowed. DIAC has announced that it will consider granting on a case by case basis: • Tourist visas of up to five years' validity with 12 months stay on each entry for parents who are outside Australia and in the Parent (Subclass 103) visa queue; and • Tourist visas of up to three years' validity with 12 months' stay on each entry for parents who are outside Australia and not in the Parent visa queue. Parents granted these longer Tourist visas will also: • Be expected to hold health insurance to cover any healthcare costs during their stays; • Have visa conditions limiting applications for further visas while they are in Australia;   More »

SkillSelect: First round offers go to skilled professionals


Doctors, dentists, nurses and engineers have dominated the first round of skilled migrants invited to formally apply for visas under the government’s new online SkillSelect service. Accountants, ICT analysts and programmers were also strongly represented in the 100 invitations in the first round, which drew the highest scoring candidates from the initial expressions of interest (EOI). “This is an excellent result for the economy, employers, and ultimately for Australia,” a spokesman from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said today. “SkillSelect helps to ensure the skilled migration program is based on the economic needs of Australia. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers.” More than 10 000 skilled people have   More »

Australian immigration predicted to hit 209,000 in 2014-2015


The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) predicts that annual net overseas immigration will rise slowly to about 208,000 in the year ending in June 2016 from its current level of around 198,000 in the year ending in June 2012. DIAC predicts that there will be 490,400 arrivals of foreign nationals who expect to be present for 12 of the 16 months in Australia prior to the year's end in June 2016 and 282,000 departures of Australians intending to be absent over the same period. The findings are to be found in DIAC's latest publication on the matter, The Outlook for Net Overseas Migration, June 2012 The report states that, of the arrivals in the country in the year to June 2016, around 90,200 will be permanent arrivals. These entrants will fall into three categories. Around 45,900 will be skilled workers. Around   More »

Australian politician calls for more temporary migration


An Australian MP has called for an increase in the number of temporary migration permits issued to skilled migrants. Andrew Leigh, a member of the ruling Labor Party said there was a shortage of Australians with the expertise to fill job vacancies created by the country's natural resources boom. Writing in The Brisbane Times, Mr Leigh said that the resources boom had created great stresses in the Australian economy. There were massive projects such as Anglo American's mining project at Moranbah, Queensland and the Gorgon natural gas project sited off the coast of Western Australia which would cost $43bn to develop. The size of these projects had led to a shortage of Australians with the necessary skills to fill the available positions. The problem facing the country was how to ensure that there were sufficient skilled workers to   More »

Australia sees increase in population due to immigration


New Australian statistics reveal that Melbourne has seen its population grow by over half a million people in the last decade. The population increase is partly due to overseas immigration into Australia, according to ABS spokesman Andrew Howe. Latest news Overall Melbourne has seen an increase in its population of 647,200 people. The largest increase was in South Morang, up 32,200 people, while Point Cook, Caroline Springs and Tarneit in the west of the city each saw growth of more than 20,000 people. "What comes to the fore over the past five years is the level of overseas migration. A lot of them have chosen to move to Melbourne," Howe said. "Inner city living has become more popular in all Australian capital cities. People want to live closer to the city, especially younger adults wanting to be closer to work and   More »

Priority processing available for Australian skilled migration visas


Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, has announced from 1 July 2012, new priority processing arrangements will be in place for certain skilled migration visas. The priority processing arrangements allow the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to consider and finalise visa applications in an order of priority that the minister considers appropriate. The new arrangements apply to visa applications for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and certain points based skilled migration visa schemes. From July 1, 2012, processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) are applications from people who: • are sponsored under the RSMS program • are sponsored under the ENS program • are nominated by a state or territory government   More »

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