Labour Market Testing now in full swing – Nov 2013

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has introduced Labour Market Testing (LMT) for the Subclass 457 Visa program.

What is LMT?

LMT requires employers to show they have not been able to recruit workers from the local labour market, and that it is necessary to sponsor an overseas national to work in their business on a temporary basis.  This may be due to the unavailability of suitably skilled or experienced workers in the local labour force.

What evidence is required?

Evidence that is required includes:-

  • Advertising of vacant positions
  • Data on number of applications received, number of hires made and expenditure on advertising
  • And other data too

Will my business need to engage in LMT?

Your business will need to meet LMT requirements unless exempt.  The following are some exempt categories:

  • Your are party to a labour agreement
  • The nomination meets the international trade obligations requirement
  • The nominated occupation is exempt

Find out more

Contact your registered migration agent to learn more about LMT.

Post-Study Work Visa – Stay for a further 2 years!

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s new Temporary Graduate Visa enables those who have completed two academic years of study in Australia to remain in Australia for a further 24 months, or in some cases, up to 4 years.

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Pick Your Flavour

UMASERVICES is excited to launch our new tasting panel.  How can immigration news taste bland when it comes in 5 different flavours?

Which flavour are you?

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Half to State Sponsorships, Half to Independent & Regional Visas

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has announced that due to a number of occupations quickly reaching their occupation ceiling, the Department will distribute invitations for certain occupations on a pro rata basis until the end of the 2013-2014 Migration Year.

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Introducing the Australian Migration Toolbar for Applicants

logo4How should prospective migration applicants keep up-to-date on all the latest Australian Immigration changes?  Download the Australian Immigration Toolbar!

The Australian Immigration Toolbar is available for Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. It installs in under 10 seconds (on Firefox).

Designed for prospective migration applicants, the toolbar links you to our immigration newsroom, twitter and facebook.  You can also Tweet and send Gmail right from the toolbar, and connect with our migration agents.

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Pro rata issue of SkillSelect invitations for certain occupations

passportThe Department of Immigration and Citizenship has announced that SkillSelect invitations for certain occupations will be issued on a pro rata basis with immediate effect, until the next migration year.

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