Mar 21

AUSTRALIA: New Global Talent Scheme Announced

On 19th March 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced that a new visa scheme to attract highly-skilled talent to Australia will be piloted from 1st July 2018. Qualifying employers in two streams – established businesses and start-ups – will be able to access four-year subclass 482 (TSS) visas via streamlined applications and […]

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Feb 20

AUSTRALIA : Latest Details of Upcoming New Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

On 19th February 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) published further clarification of the various changes to the skilled visa regulations planned for March 2018, including more details on the new Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) “TSS” visa which is due to replace the Subclass 457 visa. Below, we look at the key […]

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Jan 17

AUSTRALIA: Further Details of Upcoming New Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

On 11th January 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) published clarification of various recent and upcoming changes to the skilled visa regulations, including new details on the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa which is due to replace the Subclass 457 visa in March 2018. Below, we look at the key updates from […]

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Nov 22

AUSTRALIA: Changes to Health Insurance Requirements for 457 Visa Applicants

Effective 18th November 2017, subclass 457 visa applicants will no longer be required to provide evidence, or a letter from an insurer, confirming their health insurance coverage as part of the visa application process. Applicants will simply be required to indicate, as part of their online application form, that they have made adequate arrangements for […]

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Nov 21

BRAZIL: Electronic Visas Soon Available for Australian Nationals

From 21st November 2017, Australian nationals will be able to apply for an electronic visa for Brazil, valid for tourism or business and issued within 72 hours, through a new online system. The electronic visas will then be made available to Canadian nationals from 8th January 2018, to US nationals from 15th January 2018 and […]

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Nov 20

AUSTRALIA: Update on Forthcoming Changes to Permanent Employer-Sponsored Skilled Visas

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have begun to clarify the changes to permanent employer-sponsored skilled visa programmes that were announced on 18th April 2017. Significantly, DIBP has announced transitional or ‘grandfathering’ arrangements to permit individuals who held, or had applied for, a subclass 457 visa on 18th April 2017 to access certain […]

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Nov 01

AUSTRALIA: Citizenship Processing Resumes

Following the Australian Senate’s block to the overhaul of the citizenship eligibility criteria, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has resumed processing applications that were lodged on or after 20th April 2017. However, processing times are expected to be longer while DIBP works through a backlog of applications. Background As reported by Newland […]

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Jul 04

AUSTRALIA: Changes to Temporary and Permanent Visa Programmes

Several previously announced changes to Employer Sponsored temporary and permanent visa programmes came into effect on 1st July 2017. The changes (which we originally covered here and here) and a brief explanation of the impacts are provided below. Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visas There have been several changes to 457 visas including: Training Benchmarks: more restrictions on training […]

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Jun 26

AUSTRALIA: New Visa Programs Introduced for Singaporean Citizens

From 1st August 2017, Singapore will be included under Australia’s Work and Holiday Visa program. In addition, Australia will introduce a six-year multiple-entry visa to citizens of Singapore for business and tourism purposes from 1st January 2018. These new measures were announced at the recent Singapore-Australian Leader’s Summit by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and […]

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