Comprehensive analysis of the policy and ramifications behind the new regional skilled visas: the Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa, the Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, and the permanent Subclass 191 – Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa, which will come into effect from 16 November 2019.Read More
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An interesting Freedom of Information (FOI) application was made asking how many security bonds were requested by the Department of Home Affairs for Subclass 600 – Visitor visa applications. Find out why the applicants are considered high risk, in what circumstances Home Affairs can request a security bond, who can pay for this, what are the obligations for sponsorship, and what this little thing Home Affairs used to use is assessing risk called a Modified Non Return Rate was.Read More
This week saw debate by federal and state politicians on Australia’s population and immigration, with an emphasis on migration to regional areas. Current regulations, however, does not lend itself to this policy aim, except for General Skilled Migration visas, which already has one visa subclass requiring holders to live, study and work in a regional area. Could we see greater scrutiny on this suite of visas?Read More
A recent Freedom of Information request reveals Subclass 186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa and Subclass 187 - Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa refused doubled in a year, among other things.Read More