482/TSS update: major investor accreditation for standard business sponsors; aged care labour agreements; religions get assistants

482/TSS update: major investor accreditation for standard business sponsors; aged care labour agreements; religions get assistants

A flurry of announcements at the end of last week regarding the Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa program included adding another category for business to become accredited standard business sponsors, accepting applications for labour agreements for aged carers, and adding religious assistants to Minister of Religion labour agreements.

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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/TSS: Priority processing no more; all 457 applications expected to be finalised by end of year

457/TSS: Priority processing no more; all 457 applications expected to be finalised by end of year

The Department of Home Affairs have ceased considering any request for priority processing for Subclass 482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visas and Subclass 457 - Temporary Work Skilled visas yet to be finalised. It is expected that all outstanding 457 visa and related applications will be finalised by the end of the calendar year. Processing times for labour agreement applications will also drop due to a new processing model.

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Unpacking the politics of Australian immigration

Unpacking the politics of Australian immigration

A detailed analysis on the on the recent politics on Australia’s permanent migration intake with reference to regulatory changes, statistics and what the future may bring.

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