Annual report season: Processing woes; permanent migration places to remain at 190 000

Annual report season: Processing woes; permanent migration places to remain at 190 000

The Department of Home Affairs and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal released their 2017-18 annual reports. Both provide good insights into their performance over the last year and their shortcomings, namely that processing of certain applications have slowed.

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The regional visa debate

The regional visa debate

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?

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WA announces Graduate Skilled Occupation List for skilled visas

WA announces Graduate Skilled Occupation List for skilled visas

The Government of Western Australia has announced they will be offering a pathway to a skilled visas to certain international students studying a PhD, Masters and other higher degrees and create a Graduate Skilled Migration List, most likely for either Subclass 190 - Nominated visas and Subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) visas.

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