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.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
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.Read More
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.Read More