Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday visas are subjects to varying caps of the number of visas that can be granted each program year, the exception being the United States of America which has no cap. For those countries that do not require evidence of government support, their citizens will need to be vigilant if there is high demand for this visa as they may be prevented from being granted one if the cap is reached. Luckily there is a webpage available that monitors their availability.Read More
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The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs recently announced that the Global Talent Employer Sponsored (GTES) pilot program, which falls under the Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa has been a success and will become a permanent fixture of the program. While there has been no effort to explain just how they have come to that conclusion, it should be recognised that the government has been using several different types of labour agreements including the GTES to address skill shortages that certain industries and regions face.Read More
In a recent shift in policy, the threshold determining what is deemed a significant cost for those who do not meet the health criterion for an Australian visa has been raised from $40,000 to $49,000 and the period for which the cost is determined has been capped at 10 years instead of the estimate remaining life expectancy of the individual.
Learn what the health requirement is for an Australian visa, why this change is important, how it is determined what medical exam is required and the major difference between the two health criteria: PIC 4005 and 4007.Read More
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have a close bond with Australia. Over the weekend the media reported dissatisfaction from NZ over its citizens being deported. Meanwhile the UK, in negotiating a Free Trade Agreement, are requesting concessions that might see amendments to the Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa or perhaps even a different visa subclass altogether.
This article clarifies why New Zealanders are over-represented in visa cancellations due to character concerns. It turns out that having a special visa might not be so special after all.Read More