Visa application fee increase

The 2019 Federal Budget contained the following announcements and information related to the Department of Home Affairs and the migration program. Visa Application Charges (VACs) to increase   Base VACs for visa all subclasses, except the Visitor Subclass 600, will increase by 5.4% from 1 July 2019 No increase to second instalment VACs This is a significant increase, for......

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TRA changes to employment experience

Vetasess have announced changes to the employment and training requirements for Pathway 1 assessments through TRA The amount of verifiable employment evidence a Pathway 1 (no Australian qualification) : Licensed trade with no formal training – six years work experience Licensed trade with formal training – four years work experience Non-licensed trade with no formal......

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Changes to the Skilled Occupations Lists

Thirty (30) new occupations added to the Skilled Occupations Lists!   On 11 March 2019, the skilled occupation lists were updated.   If your occupation previously was restricted to the Short Term List or wasn’t listed on any list, then it’s worth having another look as your visa options may have changed.   If your occupation has moved......

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Temporary Parent Visa

Temporary Parent Visa   From 1 July 2019, a new Temporary Parent visa will become available.   Processing times for the  Temporary Parent Visa have not been released.  We expect to receive an update on processing times around September 2019. Sponsorship Applications will be open from 17 April 2019. Once a sponsorship application has been approved,......

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THIRD year Working Holiday Visa

Want to stay in Australia longer?  From 1 July 2019, applicants who hold a second Working Holiday Visa 417 or 462, can apply for a third year Working Holiday visa, if they complete another SIX (6) months regional work. Requirements: Complete all 6 months specified regional work : whilst holding a second 417 or 462......

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Mother reunited with her children

Our client was in a desperate situation when she was referred to our migration agency.   Her three children from a previous marriage were living overseas and being physically abused by their father and sexually abused by their grandfather.   Our client had fled the country a few years ago and had to leave her children behind......

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DIBP Processing Times

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DIBP have announced an update to the current processing times for Australian visa applications.      All applications are taking longer to process.  In particular, concern surrounds the 457 visa program with 75% of cases taking over 2.5 months.    457 applications that take 6 months are likely to be caused by incomplete evidence submitted......

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Vietnam added to Work and Holiday subclass 462 visa

On 1 March 2017, passport holders from Vietnam, who have tertiary qualifications or have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study may apply for a Work and Holiday subclass 462 visa. Vietnam is the 20th country to be approved for this program. Other countries are Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, People’s Republic of China,......

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