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May 10, 2023

More news related to migration programs, this time directly from the Australian Parliament, which has approved the country’s financial program presented by the Treasurer.

The Federal Budget can be considered the equivalent of our ‘financial law,’ that is, the document that prepares the country’s economic performance in the financial year following the one that is about to conclude. Since migration flows are central to the economic dimension in Australia, the available places for permanent visas are planned in this document. We can already find this information on the Department’s portal on the ‘planning levels’ page.

 

Skilled Visa places: high numbers in 2023-2024.

The effect that this ‘budget’ of invitations has is to influence the numbers of invitations for Skilled Visas, for example, or on waiting periods for family-type visas (such as the Partner Visa). Last year, for example, we witnessed a very high number of invitations for independent visas (such as Subclasses 189, 190, and 491) and recorded invitations with relatively low scores compared to previous financial years.

The reason? A high budget set by Parliament: in the 2022-2023 financial year, 160,000 permanent visas were initially made available, then raised to 195,000 due to the shortage of workers in Australia. Of these 195,000, 142,000 were earmarked for Skilled visas (initially 109,900 then raised to 142,000). This year, the numbers from last year are confirmed from the outset: 190,000 places available, of which 137,100 are allocated to the Skilled Migration Stream. What can be deduced from this? That it will be another year in which we will witness a good number of invitations for Skilled Visas. What to do? Arm yourself with education qualifications (or RPL), Skills Assessment, and hurry to lodge the Expression of Interest!

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Visa application fees are increasing.

The annual increase in visa costs has usually been stable over time at 3%.

This year, however, much more sensitive increases have been prepared:

  • Tourist, Working Holiday Visas, Training Visa, and Temporary Activity visas will increase by 15% starting from July.
  • Business Visas will increase by 40%.
  • Other visas (such as the Student Visa) will increase by 6%.

 

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May 9, 2023

Long story short, if you work with the elderly, you may be able to obtain permanent residency.

 

May 2023 will likely be remembered as the month of structural announcements regarding immigration. As far back as 2014, there were rumours about a possible pathway for workers employed in nursing homes to permanent residency, but nothing ever followed officially.

However, this week we are witnessing the implementation of a new Labor Agreement: the Aged Care Industry Labour Agreement.

This means that it will now be possible to obtain permanent residency as:

  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Aged or Disabled Care

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Until recently, this was not possible due to the absence of these professions on the relevant lists, but now workers employed in nursing homes can obtain a permanent visa after two years of work with their employer.

How does this labor agreement work?

Firstly, the aged care provider (i.e., the nursing home and employer) must contact one of the following entities:

And obtain a “Memorandum of Understanding (MoU),” which is a kind of authorization to participate in this labor agreement.

Key sponsorship features:

  • This type of sponsorship will be processed with priority
  • The visa to apply for will be the TSS 482 visa, and the 186 Transition Stream visa will be accessible after 2 years
  • Exceptions to the minimum English level will be allowed for those who can prove “relevant community language skills” in their mother tongue
  • Minimum salary $51,222 (unless the local minimum wage is higher)

Applicant requirements:

  • A minimum tertiary qualification equivalent to a Certificate III is required
  • The Certificate III in Individual Support is clearly the most appropriate, as it is often required for employment in nursing homes even when temporary visas are held. The qualification can be substituted with 12 months of experience (or equivalent part-time experience)
  • IELTS level 5 or equivalent in English is required, but exceptions are allowed in cases where 4.5 is sufficient
  • Those who use non-Australian qualifications for the educational level (Certificate III) or use the experience requirement to substitute for the qualification must obtain a Skills assessment from ANMA or ACWA

 

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May 9, 2023
May 9, 2023

Long story short:

After two years on a 482 visa, it is possible to apply for permanent residency.

Let’s take a closer look at what this means.

On May 8th, 2023, the Department of Immigration published what could be considered structural reforms on their official portal.

To be precise, some have even called them “counter-reforms” because they have returned the immigration system to a situation similar to the context before the Turnbull reform of 2017.

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What was the situation in 2017?

At that time, there was no distinction between the Medium Long Term List and the Short Term List. Therefore, any position on the Skilled Occupation List could grant permanent residency through the 457 migration program after two years of work with their sponsor. The Turnbull reform not only replaced the 457 visa with the current TSS 482 visa but also created the “double” list, making it impossible to transition to permanent residency for positions on the Short Term list. Finally, for people who could obtain permanent residency through sponsorship, the period was extended from 2 to 3 years.

When will the new reforms begin?

According to the Department of Home Affairs’ announcement, the new measures will be enacted into law by the end of 2023.

In summary, these are the key changes:

  • All TSS 482 visas will lead to permanent residency.
  • The transition period will be reduced to two years (one year less than the current three years).
  • The maximum limit of two TSS visa applications in Australia for the Short-Term list will be removed (currently, there is a maximum limit of two TSS visas of two years for this type of visa).
  • The minimum salary threshold for a sponsor (TSMIT) has been raised to AUD $70,000 (previously $53,900).

The source is undoubtedly very authoritative (the Department of Immigration), but it is not law just yet.

The details are not yet known, and it is not precisely known when the legislation will come into force in the next eight months.

 

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May 2, 2023
May 2, 2023

Program for reforms of the immigration system published, here are the key points

Almost 12 months have passed since the elections which saw the Labor government take office led by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. For the first time in Australia’s history, the Department of Immigration has been split into two offices. One is that of the honourable Claire O’Neil, head of the entire Ministry of Home Affairs (Department of Home Affairs) which manages the operations of the migration system in Australia. Andrew Giles, on the other hand, has been assigned the more specific role of Minister of Immigration. After dedicating the first part of their mandate to reducing the high volume of pending visas, these two offices recently announced their first practical measures: the raising of the minimum threshold for those who will be sponsored starting from 1 July 2023 and the introduction, before the end of 2023, of a ‘pathway’ that allows all TSS 482 visa holders (regardless of whether they are on the Short or Medium Long list) to obtain permanent residency.

However, in a report of about 200 pages published on 26 April 2023, the government details the program for the rest of the mandate.

Let’s analyse the salient points, bearing in mind that it is a ‘programme’ or rather an intention of the executive power (the Government) which will have to be confirmed by the parliament:

Reform of the points system for Skilled Visas

No particular details are added but it is specified that the intention is not to reward only those who can contribute immediately, but also migrants with high ‘human capital’ who can contribute in the long term

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Simplification of the Global Talent Visa

This program has long been the subject of criticism as two similar applications may not have the same result, and the criteria are not very objective. The idea is to make the requirements clearer for those wishing to apply and reduce the number of people who are ‘deluded’.

Removal of Labor Market Testing for Sponsors

Simplifying as much as possible, today, in addition to a ‘minimum salary’ for those who are sponsored (TSMIT), it is also necessary to demonstrate that the salary offered is not locally having a downward impact on the salaries offered to the local population (through a research defined Labor Market Testing). The combination of these two requirements makes the process complex and longer (imposing a minimum of 28 days for the application of a sponsor) and therefore the government seems to be betting on TSMIT and will let go of the Labor Market Testing requirement

Raising the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold Raised (TSMIT)

As explained in the previous point, TSMIT means a minimum salary for anyone who is sponsored.

Despite strong pressure to raise this threshold to AUD $90,000, the government has for now raised the threshold to AUD $70,000.

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Extension of the period in which a new sponsor can be found if the employment relationship ends

Currently TSS 482 visa holders have 60 days to find a new sponsor once their relationship ends (due to closure of the business, dismissal or resignation). The Department intends to extend this period to six months, and also not to link it to the specific position but rather to a ‘job family’.

Establishment of a register to ‘ban’ businesses that break the conditions to be able to sponsor

There are no big details but the idea is to prevent businesses that do not comply with the laws from being able to sponsor in the future

Sponsor fees (Skill Australia Fund) become monthly and not paid upfront

When a sponsor wants to apply for a TSS 482 visa, he is required to prepay $1200 for each year of sponsorship. Let’s take the example of a Chef: when sponsored for a 4-year period, the restaurant is required to immediately pay $4,800 + nomination and Standard Business sponsorship fees. This not only represents a heavy burden, but also exposes the risk of losing this money in case the applicant decides to change plans. Therefore, the government intends to divide this payment into monthly installments.

Limitation of the Working Holiday Visa Program to one year only

Yeah, this is a bit scary. According to an Australian parliamentary commission aimed at identifying the causes of growing youth unemployment, the preference of employers for cheaper labor from abroad is indicated. The government will therefore ask the parliament to consider the idea of limiting the maximum period of the Working Holiday Visa to just one year so that the sole purpose is to promote cultural exchange but not to provide unregulated work options (literally ‘does not operate to tie migration outcomes to the performance of work’).

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Introduction of a US-style lottery for parents of Australian citizens

The studies reported have considered not only the USA, but also Canada and New Zealand as contexts in which the lottery was found to be a better solution in handling high volumes of applications. In general, the limitations of the current parent visas have been reaffirmed.

Student Visa: Reform the limited working hours system

The report clarifies that the decision to bring the limit back to 48 hours every two weeks was a measure chosen to impose a focus on education.

However, the report points out that this also has the effect of ‘creating vulnerabilities in students who are likely to work longer hours’ and discouraging employers. The Panel admits that the Student Visa program represents not only an important but also a constantly growing value for the Australian economy. Therefore, the report admits that this aspect will need to be discussed as, on the one hand, the limit of hours represents a limit for the Australian economy and to unlock the potential of international students, on the other, without the limit, there is the risk of creating visas jobs without minimum wage impositions (and this may lead to exploitation).

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Economic factor considered as a criterion of authenticity in Student Visas

While on the one hand the government admits that the hour limit rule will have to be re-discussed, on the other it specifies that the intention is to avoid people who use the program only to ‘acquire work rights’ without real intentions of study. A particular (negative) focus will therefore be adopted for those people who want to enter Australia by spending as little as possible (as it will be considered a calculation to enter the world of work with the least possible expense).

Remember, this is a program. Without a doubt this is the direction that the government will take.

However, it is not certain that further parliamentary discussions or interventions by economists will then give effect to different measures.

As always, for all the info write to us at infopoint@atlasmigration.com!

September 8, 2022

NSW has released the ANZSCO occupation list for the Skilled Visa (subclass 190). There are significant changes regarding point scores and years of skilled work.

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If you live in New South Wales and are looking for an invitation to apply for a Skilled Nominated Visa, that’s for you!

 

To be eligible for NSW nomination you must be skilled in an occupation that both:

✅ appears within an ANZSCO unit group identified below, and is eligible for the respective visa

 

Key to know!

It is important to note that not all occupations within ANZSCO unit groups are eligible for the respective visa. It is the responsibility of the prospective migrant to ensure their occupation is eligible for the visa before obtaining a skills assessment.

 

New minimum point scores and skilled work experience requirement

The Government has introduced new minimum point scores and years of skilled work experience requirements in the 2022-23 financial year.

To be eligible for NSW nomination you must meet the minimum point score and minimum years of work experience in your occupation’s ANZSCO unit group.

For example, if you are skilled as a Finance Manager (occupation code 132211), you must have a minimum point score of 110 and 3 years of eligible skilled work experience to be considered in an invitation round.

 

 

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