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Travel Exemptions Update

As of 10 September, additional categories of persons are automatically exempt from travel restrictions and can enter without an individual exemption. Those exempt are: an Australian citizen a permanent resident of Australia an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident* a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia and their immediate family

By |2020-09-11T15:04:47+10:00September 11th, 2020|news|0 Comments

Critical Skills List September 2020

The following skilled occupations are being accepted by the Department of Home Affairs as priority and the States are being encouraged to nominate the following occupations:   The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are: • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111) • Construction Project Manager (133111) • Mechanical Engineer (233512) • General Practitioner (253111) • Resident

By |2020-09-03T17:40:35+10:00September 3rd, 2020|news|0 Comments

COVID-19 Visa Details

The government are attempting to deal with this changing situation. Please keep up to date with this website: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/   We expect normal migration processing to be back to pre-covid times, by early next year (2021).

By |2020-08-22T08:10:40+10:00August 22nd, 2020|news|0 Comments

Subclass 491 NSW State Sponsorship and Nomination

The NSW government has recently announced the new rules for State Nomination. The system is an improvement on the scheme that operated under the old subclass 489 visa process. NSW have done away with delegating Nomination approval to the RDAs in NSW; centralising the approval process in their head office. This change greatly simplifies nomination

By |2019-12-28T09:41:15+11:00December 28th, 2019|news|0 Comments

PappaRich franchise – Rich unless you work for them

PappaRich franchises at Macquarie Park, Chatswood and on Liverpool Street in Sydney's CBD have underpaid workers to the tune of $74,000. A massive amount for low paid hospitality staff, who often struggle to make ends meet. The Federal Circuit Court ordered penalties of $307,802 to the franchises who underpaid 154 workers. The main culprit,  Loke

By |2019-11-23T08:00:15+11:00November 23rd, 2019|news|0 Comments

Partner Visa for Unlawful or Illegal Person in Australia

Sometimes circumstances arise where a person becomes unlawful, either overstaying a visa or due to a cancellation. In many cases these people do not realise they are unlawful for sometime, even years. If a person in these circumstances is in a genuine relationship with an Australian Citizen or permanent residence holder, they still maybe able

By |2019-11-12T19:12:30+11:00November 12th, 2019|news|0 Comments

Regional Migration Subclass 491 and 494

An additional 2000 visa places are to be available sc491 and sc494 visa applicants (Eligible persons and Holders of Skilled Work Visa (subclass 491 and 494)) Order 2019. It is clear that regional migration is the government's way forward with the skilled migration program. The direct permanent residency pathway sc189 is being reduced at the

By |2019-11-02T08:14:18+11:00November 2nd, 2019|news|0 Comments

Medicare for 491 and 494 visa holders

Medicare is to made available for sc491 and 494 visa holders. This is great news for regional skilled migration applicants as private internal health insurance is a high burden cost on new migrants. The Medicare rights will be similar to what people waiting for Permanent Residency would have. See Medicare website for specific details.  

By |2019-11-02T08:04:30+11:00November 2nd, 2019|news|0 Comments

Don’t Whistle While You Work!

For six years to 2012, an employee of the Department of Immigration, tweeted approximately 9000 times. The tweets were from her own device. The tweets were critical of immigration policies. The Department found the employee had breached the government Code of Conduct. In the High Court The High Court unanimously found the termination of employment

By |2019-08-17T09:39:11+10:00August 17th, 2019|news|0 Comments