06 Jul

Australian Skilled Migration: Apply for an AUSTRALIAN SKILLED VISA

The Australian Skilled Migration is for formally qualified, experienced individuals. The purpose of Australia’s Skilled Migration Program is to attract highly employable people for migration to Australia to fill local Skills Shortages. Applicants are assessed against their nominated occupation, age, English language skills, academic qualifications and work experience. If you are over 18 and under 50 years of age and you have qualifications and experience...

16 Jun

Australian Citizenship Amendment Legislation Update

The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 was released today in the House of Representatives. Key aspects of the Australian Citizenship overhaul include: • The current permanent residency requirement to be eligible for citizenship will increase from 12 months to four years; • Applicants will be required to pass an English language test equivalent to IELTS...

08 Sep

Skilled Migration Points Test Changes: Specialist Educational Points

Commencing 10 September 2016 applicants will be awarded an additional 5 points under Australia's Skilled Migration Programme if they have completed at least two full academic years of post-graduate studies at doctoral or masters (research) level in specified fields, which may include science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or information and communication technology. The following fields of education qualifications are proposed to be accepted under this new...

09 Jul

Australian Skilled Visa

Australian Skilled Visa - To find out if you are eligible to apply for an Australian Skilled Visa, follow two simple steps with ILM Australia: STEP 1 - Visit our web page and complete our FREE Online Skilled Visa Assessment Form: OR Email a current copy of your RESUME/CV by email to: STEP 2 - Once we have received your details we will assess...

06 Jul

Skill Select 2016 Round Results for Skilled Migration

21 Jun

Occupational Ceilings for the 2016-17 financial year

The Occupational Ceilings for the 2016-17 financial year have been announced. The Occupational Ceilings are the maximum number of invitations that can be issued for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Family Sponsored Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visas. The occupational ceilings give a good idea of whether the waiting time or minimum pass mark for anEOI invitation will increase for the new program year. A...

17 May

New Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for the year 2016-17 which will come into effect on July 1, 2016

The 2016-2017 Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) remain virtually unchanged with the exception of the below changes.   The Department of Education is responsible for providing advice to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the SOL. This advice is given based on the submissions gathered by the Department of Education that helps identifies the professions...

16 Apr

New Australian Student visas from 1 July 2016

From 1 July 2016, the Department of Immigration will introduce a simplified international student visa framework. The new framework will: there will be two only student visa subclasses: Subclass 500 (Student) and Subclass 590 (Student Guardian) streamline application and processing requirements for student visa applicants, with common criteria and genuineness of application for entry and stay as a student simplify range of requirements including enrolment,...

21 Feb

457 Visa TSMIT Review in Progress

Mr John Azarias has been appointed to undertake an evidence based review of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) for the 457 visa. This review follows from Recommendation 5 made in the report from the 2014 Independent Review of the 457 Program that froze the TSMIT at $53,900 for two years and until it could be reviewed. The Government review will discuss and examine...

21 Feb

Streamlined pathway to Australian PR and Citizenship for NZ citizens from 01 July 2017

New Zealanders who arrived after 26 February 2001, but on or before 19 February 2016, have been living in Australia for the last five years, have been earning at least the equivalent of TSMIT and pass mandatory health, character and security checks are eligible for a new streamlined pathway to Australian permanent residency and citizenship. The pathway will be made available within the Skilled Independent...

17 Feb

New ‘Short Term Mobility’ Visa program set to be released July 2016

Starting July 2016, a new visa program will be implemented, called the Short-Term Mobility Visa, which is set to make it easier for skilled migrants to come and work in Australia. This visa is valid for a 12 month period and allows the nominee multiple entries into Australia to undertake specialised work for short-term appointments. The Short-Term Mobility Visa will replace the Temporary Work (Short...

04 Feb

Expected Changes to Australian Humanitarian and Refugee Visas

A leaked Cabinet document suggests Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is planning to make sweeping changes to the Australia's Humanitarian and Refugee Visa program, making it harder to get permanent residency and increasing monitoring of migrants. Key points: A. Leaked document outlines plan to remove direct access to permanent residence B. Overhaul the citizenship test and citizenship pledge Increase monitoring of migrants, even after they're granted citizenship C....

01 Feb

NSW Regional 489

On January 28, the NSW 489 Regional Skilled Occupation List was updated with some important changes. Few occupations were added to the regional area of Far South Coast so they may be eligible for regional visa subclass 489. See below the changes: The following occupations were added to Far South Coast: • 135111 (Chief Information Officer) • 261112 (Systems Analyst) • 261313 (Software Engineer) •...

13 Jan

Work and Holiday Visa for Slovaks Commences

The new Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangements between Australia and the Slovak Republic and Australia and Slovenia commenced on 1 January 2016. These arrangements allow up to 200 young adults from the Slovak Republic and up to 200 young adults from Slovenia each year to enjoy an extended holiday of up to 12 months in Australia, during which time they can undertake short...

13 Jan

Visa cancellations on character grounds hits new record: guess which country tops the list?

Last year a record 580 people had their visas cancelled on character grounds, according to figures released by the department of immigration. The number of visa cancellations have been steadily rising because Immigration Minister Peter Dutton now has greater powers to cancel visas and has been using them to deport more non-citizens. Nationality                     Number New...

06 Jan

Engineers Australia now accepting TOEFL Ibt for Skilled Migration

Engineers Australia have announced that from 1 January 2016 it will be accepting the TOEFL IbT as an alternative English Language Test to address the English language competency element of the Migration Skills Assessment. Applicants submitting their application on or after the 1 January 2016 will be able to provide either an IELTS test result form with a score of 6 or more in each...