Australia’s special relationships: NZ character woes; employer sponsored concessions for the UK?

Australia’s special relationships: NZ character woes; employer sponsored concessions for the UK?

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.

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457/482 nomination refusals by occupation part 2: Nov 2016 to Jan 2019

457/482 nomination refusals by occupation part 2: Nov 2016 to Jan 2019

An article exploring statistics from the Department of Home Affairs on Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa and Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa nomination applications lodged, approved and refused by occupation from November 2016 to January 2019. The occupations most refused and with the highest refusal rates are revealed.

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Occupation list shuffle: 36 more GSM occupations; GPs sent to the country, new caveats

Occupation list shuffle: 36 more GSM occupations; GPs sent to the country, new caveats

Major changes to the occupations lists for GSM visas and temporary and permanent employer sponsored visas come into effect today. This includes 36 occupations now eligible to compete for an invitation for a Subclass 189 – Skilled—Independent visa or a Subclass 489 – Skilled—Regional (Provisional) visa sponsored by an eligible relative. New caveats have been added to the Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visas, Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa, and Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa occupation lists, including that General Practitioners will require a certificate to be nominated, which will see many required to work in regional or rural areas.

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WA rolls out their Graduate Occupation List; job offer required

WA rolls out their Graduate Occupation List; job offer required

The WA Government released their Graduate Occupation List (GOL), which is a list for graduates of WA universities seeking a nomination for either a Subclass 190 – Skilled – Nominated visa or a Subclass 489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa. While the list is extensive, additional requirements such as needing to secure relevant employment, and an invitation system might make the new scheme less appealing when compared with other states.

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