Skilled Independent 189 Visa Age Limit Down to 45

The Australian Government has lowered the maximum eligible age for a Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa to 45 years. This new age limit will apply from 1st July 2017 Specifically you must not have turned 45 at the time of invitation to apply for the visa. Once invited, you are still eligible to lodge a visa application even though you may have turned 45 provided you apply within the time period stated in the invitation.  This change in age limit…

Visa Rule Changes – Information for Employers

The Australian government has made significant changes in the 2017-2018 budget, which will directly affect companies in Australia who sponsor foreign workers. Introduction of the Skilling Australians Fund Levy From March 2018, employers sponsoring foreign workers on certain skilled visas will be required to pay a Skilling Australians Fund Levy which will replace the current Training Benchmark arrangements. At this point, the government has said that this levy will apply to the new Temporary Skilled Shortage visa (TSS) , the…

Australian Partner Visa Changes 2017

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have indicated that they intend to further tighten the requirements for Partner Migration this year in line with their focus on the safety and security of Partner visa applicants, including their dependent children. While there is currently no draft legislation available to us, we understand that: Sponsors of Partner visa applicants will need to go through a much more rigorous sponsorship approval process than in the past. This will include a mandatory…