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Department of Home Affairs Price Increases

Pattern of EOFY price rises should be taken heed of We do expect the majority of skill assessing bodies and the Department of Home Affairs to increases their prices between now and 1 July 2018. The Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) typically increases the Visa Application Charges (VACs) on...

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Assurance of Support program changes reversed

Government cancels decision after senate disallowance motion looms. The changes were introduced approximately a month ago and were not popular as they effectively doubled the amount required in order to sponsor a parent. The Government had planned to increase minimum income requirements for a visa scheme. Concerns over family...

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Migration law update – TSS Visa

Say goodbye to the 457 – welcome the TSS Migration law update There have been significant recent changes to Australian migration law with the introduction of the Temporary Skills Shortage(TSS) visa and changes to employer sponsored visa criteria. The TSS was introduced on 18 March 2018 and replaced the...

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Second year in a row for fewer permanent visas

A reallocation of skilled visas means New Zealanders are the big winners Another major change in Australia’s visa scheme has come to light and it wasn’t through a submission through Cabinet. Home Affairs, the new name for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, has confirmed that of the...

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New Entrepreneurial Visa Scheme

A revamp of the scheme is touted by the government as encouraging innovation and jobs As has been highlighted by us before, the Entrepreneurship visa scheme that attempted to entice migrants willing to ‘have a go’ at starting a new business in Australia was not entirely successful. The requirement...

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End of the 457 – What’s next?

Goodbye 457 and hello TSS! End of the 457 – What’s next? No more 457 Visa! The visa will be replaced with a Temporary Skills Shortage visa on March 2018 which is either a 2 year or a 4 year visa, depending whether the occupation is on the short...

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Occupations added, removed and changed for skilled visas

Changes to the list of skilled occupations Summary of 17 January 2018 changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations There’s been some changes to the list of skilled occupations for various skilled visas. There have been three occupations added: Property Manager, Psychotherapist, Real Estate Representative. Two occupations have...

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Visa refused or cancelled? WAM can help!

Think you have no options? Think again! Refusals happen to quite a lot of visa applicants and it is good to know what you can do about it. If you have a visa refused you may be able to appeal the decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (the AAT)....

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Build your career with a temporary graduate visa!

Just finished studying at an Australian university or college? Got skills and experience? Just finished studying at an Australian university or college? West Aussie Migration can advise YOU on your migration options! With all the changes regarding temporary work visas including the 457, many have contacted us thinking they...

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