Budget Special: VACs increase 5.4% from 1 July 2019; GSM single applicants to be awarded points, partners may become a disadvantage

Budget Special: VACs increase 5.4% from 1 July 2019; GSM single applicants to be awarded points, partners may become a disadvantage

The Federal Budget handed down last night announced a 5.4 per cent visa application charge increase from 1 July 2019, and a change to the requirements for partner skills to be awarded for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas. While the need for a skill assessment for the spouse or de facto partner of a visa applicant will be dropped, it may end up being a disadvantage as prospective visa applicants without partners will be awarded points for simply being single.

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Visitor visas: Countries of citizenship with most bond requests, and a history lesson on the Modified Non Return Rate

Visitor visas: Countries of citizenship with most bond requests, and a history lesson on the Modified Non Return Rate

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.

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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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457 visas: Labour market testing international trade obligation exemptions consolidated

457 visas: Labour market testing international trade obligation exemptions consolidated

With Australia and Singapore signing a free trade agreement, a new instrument consolidating all international trade obligations come into force to exempt these agreements from labour market testing for Subclass 457 - Temporary Work (Skilled) visas.

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