Changes to 457 Visa Program with immediate effect

The Australian Government has announced major changes to the subclass 457 visa program with immediate effect. The changes will affect all standard business sponsors and visa applicants.

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New 5 Year Temporary Parent Visa

The Australian Government has announced plans to introduce a new 5 year Temporary Parent Visa in 2017.  With the release of the Discussion Paper, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is currently considering the regulatory criteria that would apply to the new visa.

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Australian Entrepreneur Visa Announced

The Australian Government has announced details of the Entrepreneur Visa.  The details will come into effect on 10 September 2016.

What is the Entrepreneur Visa?

The visa will be a four year temporary visa and the holder can be considered for grant of a permanent Australian Visa after four years of continuing business activity.

The Department of Immigration advises the key criteria will be:

  • Applicants must be undertaking, or proposing to undertake, an entrepreneurial venture in Australia.
  • The entrepreneurial venture must not be related to residential real estate or labour hire or involve purchasing an existing business or franchise.
  • Applicants must also be under 55 years of age, have a competent level of English, and have at least 30 per cent interest in their entrepreneurial venture.
  • There must be one or more funding agreements in place for at least $200,000 between the entrepreneur or venture and a third party funding body or bodies. Sources of third party funding are limited to state and territory governments, Commonwealth agencies, Publicly Funded Research Organisations, and investors registered as a Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (VCLP) or Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (ESVCLP). Agreements outlining funds from a combination of these sources are also acceptable.
  • Applicants must have a business plan outlining their plans for their venture in Australia.

The regulations commence on 10 September 2016 and will introduce the visa into the Migration Regulations.  Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about this visa.

New Permanent Residence Visa for New Zealand Citizens

New Zealand Citizens who arrived after 26 February 2001 but before 19 February 2016 may be eligible for a new Australian permanent residency visa with streamlined Australian Citizenship. The new arrangement recognises Australia’s close relationship with New Zealand.

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2016 Skilled Occupation List Announced

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced the 2015-2016 Occupation List effective 1 July 2015. 

In addition, the Australian Border Force, has been established to be the compliance arm of the Department.

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Visa Refusal or Cancellation on Character Grounds – s 501

If you have a Criminal Record at the time of applying to Australia, this does not automatically mean that you cannot be granted a visa.  Furthermore, a criminal offence in Australia does not always mean that your visa will be cancelled.  Learn more about this common misconception about the Character Test in Australia’s Migration Law.

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New English Test Requirements for 485, 476 and 457 Visas

checklist20 April 2015:  The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced that new English language test scores for Subclass 485, 476 and 457 visa applications have commenced.

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