Why use a registered migration agent?

Universal Migration Advisory Services have been providing quality immigration services in Sydney since 1996.  Our migration agents in Sydney assist individuals and corporations with their immigration law needs.  We are often asked the question, why use a migration agent?

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Summary of 1 July 2013 Changes

1 July is an interesting time for many prospective migrants with the introduction of new immigration policies.  We provide an update on the latest changes to Australian Immigration as announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

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New TSMIT and New Visa Pricing Starts Today – 1 July 2013

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has announced the new Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold effective 1 July 2013 to be A$53,900.  This is relevant for subclass 457 visas where the market salary rate must be above the TSMIT.

Also commencing today are the new visa pricing arrangements.  The new visa pricing system incorporates application fees for first onshore temporary visas and additional applicants.

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July 2013 SkillSelect invitation rounds

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship will conduct two invitation rounds in July 2013, occurring on 1 July 2013 and 15 July 2013.  These invitation rounds will also consider occupations which had previously been closed because they had reached their occupation ceilings.

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New Visa Application Charges start 1st July 2013

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship will be introducing additional fees for many Australian visas.  These new charges include additional dependent charges and subsequent temporary entrant charges, and commence for applications lodged on or after 1 July 2013.

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New Skilled Occupation List takes effect from 1 July 2013

umaservices_immigration_new_sol2013The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has unveiled the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL), also known as Schedule 1 of the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL).  The new SOL will take effect on 1 July 2013, affecting the eligibility of certain independent and family sponsored skilled migration visas.

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Last invitation rounds for this Migration Year

The two invitation rounds scheduled for 3 June and 17 June 2013 will be the last SkillSelect invitation rounds for the 2012-2013 Migration Year.

On 1 July 2013, the new migration year will commence, resetting occupation ceiling caps and also introducing the annually revised Consolidated Skilled Occupation List.

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SkillSelect May 2013 – 2000 invitations up for grabs

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has announced there will be up to 2000 invitations issued over the two May 2013 SkillSelect rounds.

Invitations issued by the Department of Immigration for Subclass 189 and Subclass 489 do not include those visas under State Sponsorship categories, such as the Skilled Nominated visa Subclass 190.

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