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The impact on local workers of skilled migration

A common concern is that by adding to the supply of labour, immigration can reduce the wages of local workers (or displace them from jobs). This concept of displacement is partly a manifestation of a fallacy that there is a fixed number of jobs in an economy. However, with sufficient labour market flexibility, displaced workers

By |2016-09-17T22:41:08+10:00September 17th, 2016|news|0 Comments

Extra points for skilled research students

Under law Migration Regulation - F2016L01391, skilled applicants can now obtain five extra points for completing an Australian PhD or Masters (Research). This requires two years full time study in the following fields: Biological Sciences Chemical Sciences Earth Sciences Mathematical Sciences Natural and Physical Sciences Other Natural and Physical Sciences Physics and Astronomy Computer Science Information Systems

By |2016-09-11T06:58:35+10:00September 11th, 2016|news|0 Comments

Relationship registration in Victoria

Relationship registration in Victoria has just become more sensible and beneficial to potential visa applicants. Changes came into effect 1 July 2016.   Now only one person needs to be living in Victoria in order to register and only 3 months of residence needs to be shown

By |2016-07-30T04:24:49+10:00July 30th, 2016|news|0 Comments

Migration year – quota reset

The new migration year commencement on 1 July means that most federal and state migration quota limits are reset.   Therefore many state occupation restrictions are now available. Many potential skilled migrants may now have the opportunity to migrate.   This quota resetting also affects many family visa opportunities.   Now is a good time

By |2016-07-10T00:36:37+10:00July 10th, 2016|news|0 Comments

New Skilled Occupation List

Under Legislative Instrument - IMMI 16/059 - F2016L00800, the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) which will come into effect 1 July 2016.     Occupations moved from SOL to CSOL 233611  Mining Engineers (excluding Petroleum) 233612  Petroleum Engineers 234912  Metallurgists 251311  Environmental Health Officers 251312  Occupational Health & Safety Advisers 411211  Dental Hygienists 411212  Dental

By |2016-07-01T10:47:57+10:00May 21st, 2016|news|0 Comments

The more they change the more they remain the same

Whilst the government are making big noises about significant changes to the sc457 process, in reality they are making minor changes that do not affect most people involved with sc457 visas. The most significant change is removing visa criteria which require provision of evidence of English language skill subclass 457 visa applicants who are already

By |2016-04-23T10:20:44+10:00April 23rd, 2016|news|0 Comments