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Australia’s Permanent Migration Program for 2024–25

The Australian Government has announced its Permanent Migration Program for the 2024–25 fiscal year, setting the planning level at 185,000 places. Of these, 132,200 places (approximately 70%) will be allocated to the Skill stream. From 2025–26, the planning horizon for this program will extend from one year to four years, facilitating better management and strategic […]

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Changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa Program Effective 1 July 2024

Overview Starting 1 July 2024, the Australian Government will implement changes to the Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485) as part of its Migration Strategy. Stream Re-alignment Post-Vocational Education Work Stream: For associate degrees, diplomas, and trade qualifications related to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Maximum age: 35 (50 for Hong Kong and

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Introduction of the Administrative Review Tribunal Act 2024

The introduction of the Administrative Review Tribunal Act 2024 will mark a significant shift in Australia’s administrative review landscape. This new Act establishes the Administrative Review Tribunal (ART) to replace the current Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), bringing about substantial changes to the administrative review process.   Key Highlights of the Act Establishment of ART: The

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Ministerial Direction 110 – Key Changes and Implications

Ministerial Direction 110: Visa Refusal and Cancellation Updates   The Australian government has introduced a new Ministerial Direction 110, focusing on the refusal and cancellation of visas under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 and the revocation of mandatory cancellations under section 501CA. This new direction places the primary focus on the protection of

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Changes to the Temporary Graduate (Sc 485) Visa – Effective 1 July 2024

Upcoming changes to the temporary graduate student visa

The Department of Home Affairs has recently introduced changes to the Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa program, scheduled to take effect on 1 July 2024. This blog post aims to provide a comprehensive overview of these changes and what they mean for current and prospective applicants.   Key Updates to the Temporary Graduate Visa Program

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TSMIT Increase to $73,150 as of 1 July 2024

Temporary Skilled Migration Income

As part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to improving job and skill opportunities in Australia, a significant change is coming to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT). The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) will increase from $70,000 to $73,150, effective from 1 July 2024.  

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Upcoming Changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa Program from 1 July 2024

Updates to the Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa Program

The Australian Government has announced significant changes to the Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485) program, effective from 1 July 2024. These changes aim to better align visa streams with levels of study, providing clearer pathways for graduates based on their qualifications.   Key Changes: Stream Re-alignment: Post-Vocational Education Work Stream (formerly Graduate Work Stream): For

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LIN 24/043 – English Language Exemptions for Subclass 500 Student Visa

English exemptions for student visa

LIN 24/043 modifies the Migration Regulations 1994, particularly focusing on English language requirements for student visas under Clause 500.213.   Schedule 2 to the Migration Regulations – Clause 500.213 Under the existing framework, the Australian Migration Regulations 1994, specifically Schedule 2, Clause 500.213, dictate the criteria for student visa applications in relation to the provision

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Streamlined VETASSESS Trades Skills Assessment 2024

Streamlined VETASSESS Trades Skills Assessment 2024

Starting April 23, 2024, VETASSESS will roll out significant updates to the trade skills assessment procedure. Here’s what applicants need to know:   Pre-Assessment Confirmation: Only Pay When Ready Applicants will now submit their information and documents for initial review. We’ll ensure your application has sufficient evidence to be considered ‘assessment ready’ before payment is

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Elevating English Standards for Australian Visas

Elevating English Standards for Australian Visas

Australia is set to implement revised English language test score requirements for Student and Temporary Graduate visa programs. These changes, which start on March 23, 2024, aim to streamline the visa application process and ensure that applicants meet the necessary language proficiency levels.   New English Language Test Scores for Student Visas (subclass 500) IELTS

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New Horizon for Indian Chefs for Australian Migration by VETASSESS

New Horizon for Indian Chefs for Australian Migration by VETASSESS

Culinary Bridge from India to Australia VETASSESS, in collaboration with Tourism Training Australia (TTA) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), has unveiled a groundbreaking initiative aimed at enriching Australia’s hospitality sector with skilled Indian chefs. This partnership introduces a streamlined skilled migration pathway, specifically designed to connect Australian employers with top-tier culinary talent from

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English Language Requirements for Student and Temporary Graduate Visas

English Language Requirements for Student and Temporary Graduate Visas

Recent updates have been announced regarding English language requirements for the Student (subclass 500) and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visas, affecting all applications lodged on or after 23 March 2024. For Student Visas (subclass 500): The required English proficiency score has been increased from an IELTS score of 5.5 to 6.0, or its equivalent in

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New Student Visa Change: From Genuine Temporary Entrant to Genuine Student Test

New Student Visa Change: From Genuine Temporary Entrant to Genuine Student Test

The Department of Home Affairs introduced a pivotal update to the student visa (subclass 500) requirements, shifting from the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) to a new Genuine Student (GS) criterion. As per the Migration Strategy unveiled in December 2023, the transition to the GS criterion for student visas was anticipated with the intended purpose of

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Navigating the Path to Australia: Your Complete Guide to the 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Navigating the Path to Australia: Your Complete Guide to the 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Australia’s thriving economy and vibrant culture make it a top destination for skilled workers around the globe. The 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa serves as a bridge for skilled foreign workers to contribute to the Australian workforce, filling gaps that local talent cannot. Whether you’re an individual aiming to explore opportunities in Australia or

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Update on 408 Covid Visa

Update on 408 Covid Visa

Effective from 1 February 2024, the Australian government has announced the closure of the COVID-19 Pandemic event stream under the Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa. This change is formalized through the Migration – COVID-19 Pandemic Event for Temporary Activity (subclass 408 visa) Repeal Instrument 2024. As a result of this instrument, The COVID-19 pandemic will

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Australian Migration Strategy 2023 – Permanent Visas

Australian Migration Strategy 2023 - Permanent Visas

Australia’s vision for permanent skilled migration transcends immediate labour shortages to enhance the nation’s long-term prosperity. A recent Migration Review revealed that the skilled migration program yields a declining economic impact in recent years. Consequently, the government is planning to sharpen efforts to boost prosperity and maintain competitiveness. The reforms would be made to the

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Australian Migration Strategy 2023 – Student and Graduate Visas

Australian Migration Strategy 2023 – Student and Graduate Visas

Amongst the many changes proposed in the Australian Migration Strategy 2023, the student and graduate visa scheme is expected to undergo significant changes.   Addressing Integrity in International Education Post-COVID, international education has seen significant growth driven by non-genuine students and unscrupulous education providers circumventing the regulations. Concerns exist regarding education providers facilitating non-genuine students’

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Australian Migration Strategy 2023 – Employer Sponsored Visas

Australian Migration Strategy 2023 – Employer Sponsored Visas

Amongst the many changes proposed in the Australian Migration Strategy 2023, one key aspect is the transformation of Australia’s Temporary Skilled Migration System. At the heart of this significant change is the “Skills in Demand Visa”, a multifaceted initiative designed to cater to various skill sets through three (3) distinctive pathways: the Specialist Skills Pathway;

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For Employer – WA Construction Visa Subsidy Program

CSVP Employer

Construction businesses operating in Western Australia have the opportunity to benefit from the Construction Visa Subsidy Program (CVSP). To apply for the CVSP, you will need to follow the steps as summarized below. If you are looking for more information about the CVSP, please refer to one of our posts. Step 1: Claiming Milestone 1

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