Monthly Archives: May 2019

Training Benchmarks are still required

Do not risk it! To order training for Training Benchmark B and get an Auditable Training Plan for FREE, click here.   Please note that: training Benchmarks still apply to all sc#457 Sponsors who have or had sc457 visa holders working for them. the #Skilling Australia Fund (#SAF) Levy applies to only new nominations made…
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Skilled Migration Information- Queensland

The following information has been published on the #Business #Skills #Migration Queensland (#BSMQ) website. A common question from prospective Queensland business migrants and their migration agents is ‘How do I write a business proposal?’ The most important thing to keep in mind is that the applicant MUST use the BSMQ business proposal template. BSMQ does…
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Understanding the Bridging Visa Regime

What is a bridging visa? Bridging Visas are simply transitory visas which permit the applicant to remain in Australia for a certain period of time and follow the expiration of the applicant’s current substantive visa while waiting for an application for another substantive visa to be processed. How are they granted? The applicant is onshore…
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Job growth in Australia over the next five years

The labour market in Australia is strong and constantly evolving, with the number of workers in most industries expected to grow over the next five years. There are likely to be around 886,000 more jobs by 2023. The top industries for expected jobs growth over the next five years are in: Health Care and Social…
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Fraudulent IELTS Certificates

Beware of social media posts and websites promoting the acquisition of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certification without taking the examination. A certified level of English is mandatory for most Australian visas. Under IELTS, testing is mandatory. A visa applicant is required to obtain the minimum score, depending on visa criteria, in each band…
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Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visas update

Recent changes to the WHM visa program to support regional and rural communities. From 1 July 2019, WHM visa holders who carry out 6 months of specified work in regional areas while on their second Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa or Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa may be eligible to apply for a third…
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Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)- South Australia

The following update on the South Australian DAMAs from Immigration South Australia has been published. The South Australian Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) provides a framework for local employers to sponsor overseas workers in skilled and semi-skilled positions which are experiencing skills and labour shortages. Concessions such as English language, salary, skills and experience and…
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Skilled Migration Update- Queensland

The following update on the Queensland skilled migration programme has been published on the Business Skills Migration Queensland website. Closure of BSMQ skilled program The Queensland skilled state nomination program has now closed 10 May 2018 at 12pm. Expressions of interest (EOI’s) submitted after this date and time will not be considered. BSMQ will continue…
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Partner visa applications

Processing times for Partner visa applications are increasing. The Australian Government has allocated 39,799 places for partner visas in the financial year 2019-20, the same allocation as the previous financial year. For the 2018-19 financial year, there is an identified backlog of over 80,000 partner visa applications for overseas-born people who are married to or…
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