Newsletter

Immigration is one of the most complex areas of Australian law, and is subject to frequent change. For this reason, our website does not seek to inform on statutory matters or eligibility criteria for various visa classes.

We do, however, devote enormous resources to keeping up to date, not only with legislative and policy changes, but analysing the thinking and debate behind the changes.

We provide regular updates to our clients via our newsletter, industry briefings and client specific impact analysis papers.

Australian Domestic Border Restrictions

We are starting to see more travel exemptions being granted to allow critical employees into Australia. Under current Australian Border Force rules, all international travellers entering Australia must be isolated in mandatory quarantine accommodation for 14 days. However, if employees are then required to travel interstate, different rules then apply for each State or Territory.
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Will the Government increase application fees this year? Not yet, but…

As the end of financial year is quickly approaching we are expecting the Government to issue a statement outlining an increase in fees and charges for lodging visa applications. Due to COVID-19 and the growing delay on application processing times we are unsure of what, if anything, the Government will do regarding the application fees…
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Registration of Engineers

Many states in Australia are implementing compulsory registration requirements for engineers. This is very important for companies employing or sponsoring overseas engineers because it is a condition of a TSS visa that any compulsory registration or license must be obtained within 90 days of arrival in Australia or grant of the visa if already in…
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Australian Global Talent Independent Program A Success

As mentioned last month, our office has already successfully obtain many Global Talent Independent (GTI) visas for the best and the brightest talent in various tech related sectors. The GTI is focussed on individuals with an internally recognised reputation and the potential to earn above $149,000 p.a. Importantly, the Department’s policy has recently been updated,…
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Australian Permanent Residency & Skills Assessments

With so much uncertainty in the world, we are receiving a lot more enquiries about Australian permanent residence. Sponsored employees can apply for permanent residence in two main ways through their employer:
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Regional Visa Program – A Pathway for Permanent Residence

The Government’s Regional Visa program commenced on 16 November 2019, as part of the solution to populate regional Australia, away from the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 25,000 visas were reserved this year for the regions. These Regional visas are designed to draw skilled workers to regional Australia by providing a pathway to…
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Looking for ways to bring your parent over permanently? The process is long but not impossible!

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident seeking to re-settle your parents in Australia permanently, there are a number of Parent visa options available. The eligibility requirements for these visas can get a little complex but generally speaking, if you have lived in Australia for the last 2 years, and you are an…
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COVID-19 Update: Australian Immigration and Border Restrictions

With the economy opening and the end of the financial year upon us, we are seeing a huge increase in activity by employers and individuals interested in permanent residence and citizenship. We thought it would be helpful to reach out with a few common COVID-19 questions we are receiving.
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Australian Global Talent Independent Program: Update during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since its launch in November 2019, the Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program has generated some interest. Our office has been involved with applications in the various sectors and has had a number of liaison discussions with the talent program team in Canberra.
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Hospitality Update: COVID-19, Hospitality & Visas

Hospitality has been one of the industries hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our clients have been deeply affected. We all hope that it will be over soon but we all need to plan for some level of disruption or change to usual business operations for some time to come. There are a…
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Update on Australian Temporary Visa Holders Announcement COVID-19

Following yesterday’s announcement by our PM to tourists that ‘it’s time to go home’, the acting Minister for Immigration, the Hon Allan Tudge made an announcement this morning relating to other temporary visa holders.
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COVID-19 Immigration Update: Client Alert

We thought we should provide you an update of what we are hearing and what we are doing to work with you and your employees in this period of turmoil.
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COVID-19: New Zealand Immigration Implications

The New Zealand government is increasing its alert level to the highest level, level 4, in response to the Covid-19 crisis from 11.59pm on Wednesday, 25 March 2020.
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COVID-19 Immigration Update

During these difficult times we sincerely hope everyone is ok. We are liaising with Government and our clients to work out the best way through the current crisis and wanted to bring you the latest information and insights.
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Coronavirus & Australian Visas: Information for Employers

With the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, countries around the world including Australia are taking steps to minimise the impact of the spread for public health and economic reasons. This is having a dramatic effect on employers and our thoughts are with all of you and your staff.
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Possible Effects of the Coronavirus on Visas

With the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, countries around the world including Australia are taking steps to minimise the impact of the spread for public health and economic reasons. There is no doubt that in this interconnected world, visa holders too may be impacted.
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Working Holiday Makers and Bushfire Recovery

The Government has announced new policy to allow working holiday makers to work for up to 12 months with any one employer, if the work is related to bushfire recovery.
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Higher Duties on a TSS Visa

A primary sponsored person on a Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa is granted approval to work in their nominated occupation for the duration of their stay.
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Powerful Passports

The Henley Passport Index ranks passports according to the number of countries the passport allowed holders to access visa-free or where they could obtain a visa on arrival.
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Commitment to Closer Ties with Indonesia

During a recent visit to Australia by President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, the Australian and Indonesian Governments welcomed the imminent ratification of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).
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Corona Virus Travel Ban Extended

In our update of 3 February 2020, Ajuria Lawyers advised that the Government had banned the entry of foreign nationals to Australia, if those persons had spent any time in mainland China in the 14 days prior to their intended date of entry to Australia.
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Meanwhile in New Zealand….. Corona Virus Update

The New Zealand Government has had restrictions in place regarding the entry of foreign nationals coming from or transiting through mainland China since 2 February.
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Jigsaw Puzzles and the Workplace

Jigsaw puzzles seem to be enjoying a renaissance in the 21st century, no doubt because of findings of many studies that jigsaw puzzles are good for brain health.
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Coronavirus – Australian Visas Update

With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Australian Government has imposed temporary travel bans effective immediately.
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Global Talent Independent Program

Since its launch by the Hon David Coleman MP, Minister for Immigration in November 2019, the Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program has generated a lot of interest and the first visas have now been granted.
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First Newsletter of 2020

Happy New Year to all of our readers. During 2020, Ajuria Lawyers looks forward to sharing information that we hope is useful, current and interesting.
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Monitoring of Sponsors – Australian Border Force

In our October 2019 newsletter, Ajuria Lawyers reminded business sponsors of the importance of ensuring compliance with sponsorship obligations.
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Accredited Sponsorship

“Accredited” status has delivered many positive benefits for Business Sponsors. As a result of the broadening of the applicability criteria, and the flexible approach adopted by the Department of Home Affairs, many more clients are enjoying the benefits of streamlined documentation requirements and priority processing.
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Occupations for Regional Visas

The Government’s new Regional Visa program commenced on 16 November 2019. With an allocation of 25,000 places in the 2019-20 Migration Program, the Government sees migrants as part of the solution to populate regional Australia and reduce congestion in the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
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Update on Review of Occupations List

The annual review of occupations lists is underway, with new lists scheduled to be published in March 2020.
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Update on AAT Matters

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has recently published its annual report, confirming the trend that lodgements of review applications in the Migration & Refugee Division continue to grow at a record rate.
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Parent Visa Update

Anyone who has applied to sponsor one or both parents to Australia knows that it is a long, uncertain and expensive process.
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New Zealand Migration: Parent Category re-opened

The NZ Government has announced that the long-anticipated re-opening of the Parent category will occur in February 2020. This category has been closed since 2016.
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Skilled Migration Occupation List Traffic Light Bulletin Release – March 2020 Review

The Department of Employment has released their ‘Traffic Light Bulletin’ which proposes further changes to the occupation lists for the purposes of sponsorship.
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New Regional Visa Program Commences

As foreshadowed for some months, the Government’s new Regional Visa Program commenced on 16 November 2019.
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Australian Border Force – Immigration Monitoring Requests

The “trade-off” for faster processing time, as currently offered to Accredited Sponsors in particular, is that businesses can expect to be monitored by the Sponsor Monitoring Unit of the Australian Border Force, or in some cases, Fair Work Australia.
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Staff Reviews and TSS Visas

Year end means staff review time for some businesses.
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Ajuria Lawyers and Global Services

Ajuria Lawyers has built its reputation on providing immigration services for Australia.
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Labour Market Testing and Gumtree

Sponsoring employers are aware of the need to prove that a vacancy cannot be filled from within the local market, prior to formalising an employment contract and submitting an application for a TSS visa.
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More on Working Holiday Visas

In early 2019, the Government announced changes to the Working Holiday Visa program, to enable visa holders who worked for 3 months in a regional area to obtain a second visa, and those who worked for a further 6 months in a regional visa to obtain a third visa.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Ajuria Lawyers has updated its FAQs on its website. We would love to know whether you find this information useful. Please take a look and let us know.
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Meanwhile in NZ…..Changes are Afoot!

The New Zealand Government has announced changes to the work visa process, increased remuneration thresholds and the re-opening of the parent category that has been closed since 2016.
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Leaving Australia and Accessing Superannuation Contributions

Temporary visa holders who have left the employment of their sponsor, often contact us to ask if there is anything they need to do.
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FURTHER UPDATE: TSS NOMINATIONS – CONTRACT END DATE POLICY DROPPED

Some good news to end the week: the Department of Home Affairs has announced that it will not be implementing a recently announced policy change requiring employment contracts for TSS applicants to have an end date.
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Urgent Update for TSS Applications: New Employment Contract Requirements

A couple of recent policy updates relating to employment contracts require immediate attention of sponsoring employers for TSS visas.
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ANZSCO and its shortcomings

In both Australia and New Zealand, the ANZSCO dictionary of occupations is used by immigration authorities as its primary reference for determining the roles that are or are not suitable for immigration purposes. Clients will be familiar with the need to confirm the suitability of a particular ANZSCO classification for a particular role and often…
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Review of Skilled Occupations List Underway

The Government has embarked on a review of the skilled migration occupation lists, and will announce new lists in March 2020.
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Dual passport holders – a cautionary note

Recent changes to the passenger system at Australian airports have resulted in dual nationality visa holders experiencing issues when seeking to switch between passports to travel in and out of Australia.
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Another Citizenship Update

Our readers know that we keep a close eye on progress with processing applications for Australian Citizenship.
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World’s Best Cities for Work-Life Balance

Mobile access technology company Kisi has published results of its research on cities around the world promoting the most holistic work-life balance.
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Not Business as Usual……

As many of our readers may be aware, school children around Australia, and indeed around the world, are planning a second School Strike for Climate on 20 September 2019.
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Changes to health costs

Whether based on a visa applicant’s health declaration or formal health check results, an assessment of health is an important part of the visa application process.
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New Global Talent Independent Program

Minister Coleman has also announced details of the Global Talent Independent Program, which promises to fast-track permanent visas for 5,000 of the world’s best and brightest.
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How else can Ajuria help you?

Ajuria Lawyers is often asked by clients what other services we provide or can assist with. We thought this might be a helpful table. Please contact your Ajuria Lawyers adviser for more information or to set up a time to discuss.
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New regional visas

We can expect to hear a lot more about regional visas. From 16 November 2019, there will be two new regional visas; 23,000 places in the 2019-20 Skilled Migration Program (over 20% of the total) have been allocated to these new visas.
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Public Interest Criterion 4020 – Application Integrity Measures

Public Interest Criterion 4020 (‘PIC 4020’) is an important requirement to be aware of and relates to the entire visa program.
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School fees for TSS visa holders

The relocation of a family on a TSS visa can be a stressful and complex process, particularly when children are involved. Parents (and their Australian employers) are often left considering school options at the last minute.
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Meanwhile in New Zealand…… Work visas

New Zealand has a variety of work visa types, each relating to different work and employer situations. A quick reference guide is outlined below for the main work visa types.
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Global Talent Scheme to continue for employers

On 8 August 2019, the Hon David Coleman MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, announced the continuation of the pilot Global Talent Scheme.
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Highly specialised work on 400 visa

There has been an important change to the policy guidelines relating to 400 visas applied for under the Highly Specialised Work stream (the most commonly used stream for a 400 visa).
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Illegal workers Implication for employers

Businesses found to employ workers illegally can face:
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Work limitation on Working Holiday visas

Employers frequently ask us to confirm the circumstances in which holders of Working Holiday visas may work beyond 6 months, as per their visa conditions.
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Collection and Use of Biometrics

We expect to see an increase in the number of requests by the Department of Home Affairs for ‘personal identifiers’ as part of the process for all visa types including TSS visas.
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No change in TSMIT

It has been a long time since there was a change in the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold, known as the TSMIT. In fact, the current TSMIT of $53,900 was set in 2013.
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Security checks on visa applications

In 2018, there were 42.1 million movements across Australia’s international border. This refers to the number of people entering and exiting Australia, by air or by sea; all are subject to security checks at one level or another.
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Significant Investor Visa Impact

Given our focus on servicing employers’ visa requirements, Ajuria Lawyers does not often reference the Significant Investor Visa in our newsletters.
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New report on Temporary Migration

CEDA, the Centre for Economic Development in Australia, has recently released an interesting report on “Effects of Temporary Migration”.
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Application Statistics

We have received some interesting statistics that paint a picture of the demand for, and interest in Australia’s migration program.
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Meanwhile in New Zealand

New Zealand has its own immigration system comprised of various rules and requirements for those wishing to travel to and stay in New Zealand.
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Migration policy and global talent

The OECD has recently published a report compiled by German think-tank, Bertelsmann Stiftung, on the effect of migration policy on the attractiveness of OECD countries to international talent.
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Citizenship Update

There have been conflicting messages in recent weeks as to whether the newly-elected Morrison Government will move forward with changes to Australian Citizenship requirements, proposed in April 2017.
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Government Application Fees

In the Government’s pre-election Budget, the Treasurer announced an increase in Government application fees for all visa subclasses, except the Visitor Subclass 600.
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Review of Global Talent Scheme

The Global Talent Scheme (GTS) was introduced as a 12 month pilot program for established businesses and specialised start-ups in July 2018.
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Changes to the Working Holiday Program

Some changes came into effect on 1 July 2019 relating to the Working Holiday Program:
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Genuine Labour Market Testing

Labour Market Testing requirements have been in place since 12 August 2018, and frequent sponsors are now very familiar with the requirements. Standard requirements have been detailed in previous newsletter articles, however it is important to remind sponsors of the need for their labour market testing efforts to be genuine.
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Selling Australia

A project is under way to rebrand Australia to the world.
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Meanwhile in New Zealand…..

Our loyal readers will be aware that Ajuria Lawyers now offers visa services to New Zealand.
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Airport Searches and Your Rights

While on the subject of airports, if you have ever been asked by an Australian Border Force officer to submit to a search of some kind (your person and/or your belongings) when travelling into or out of the country, you may have wondered about your rights.
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A Future without Passports

Border agencies around the world, including Australia, are rapidly working towards creating a system whereby travellers will no longer have to present their passport to either an official or a passport kiosk.
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Business Sponsors and “Self-Audit”

Ajuria Lawyers frequently reminds Business Sponsors of their obligations for the duration of the sponsorship period.
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No Changing of the Guard

The Prime Minister announced his new Cabinet on 26 May 2019, and confirmed that the Hon Peter Dutton MP will continue as Minister of The Department for Home Affairs, the mega-portfolio of which immigration is one part.
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Refund Provisions – Skilling Australians Fund Charges

Since the introduction of the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) charges (also known as the training levy) on 12 August 2018, much has been said about the limited refund provisions.
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Post-election Update

The re-election of the Morrison Government on Saturday 18 May is a surprise result, given that the polls consistently predicted a win to the Labor Party.
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Work and Holiday Arrangement with Greece

From 1 July 2019, Greece will be added to the list of 43 countries providing reciprocal Work and Holiday arrangements. Up to 500 places each will be available annually for young Australians and Greeks to visit each other’s country for up to twelve months.
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Best Lawyers 2019

Ajuria Lawyers is proud that Partners, Lillian Ajuria and Ron Kessels, have once again been listed in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers 2019, published on 22 March.
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Client Survey Results

Ajuria Lawyers surveys clients on a weekly basis, and we are grateful to all of our clients who take the time to participate in the survey. We take the results very seriously as we are always looking at ways to further enhance the client service experience.
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What is a DAMA?

Minister Coleman has recently announced a number of new migration agreements designed to assist a range of industries in filling critical labour market shortages in regional areas. These agreements are called Designated Area Migration Agreements or DAMA.
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Skilling Australians Fund Update

The $525 million Skills Package was a major focus of the Treasurer’s Budget, with the announcement of a number of initiatives to introduce 80,000 new apprentices, provide payments of up to $8,000 per apprentice, and create 10 new training hubs in regional Australia.
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Shadow Minister for Immigration Speaks Up

In a number of recent speeches, the Hon Shayne Neumann MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, has shared some thoughts about the temporary skilled visa program, and the changes that Labor might implement if elected to Government at the forthcoming election.
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Report on Effectiveness of the Temporary Skilled Visa System

The Government-commissioned report on the Effectiveness of the Current Temporary Visa System was released in April 2019. The report makes a number of recommendations to Government for improvement of the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) system, including the following:
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Pre-election Government Announcements

As we outlined in our Budget update, immigration did not figure prominently in the Treasurer’s Budget announcements last week. However, there have been quite a surprising number of announcements in the lead up to the next Federal election.
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Assessment of Nominated Earnings for TSS

Our clients are aware of the importance of providing accurate information relating to the monetary and non-monetary earnings of an overseas employee sponsored for a TSS visa. The ”nominated earnings” are confirmed in the Department’s approval letters.
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Federal Budget Update

The Treasurer of Australia, The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, delivered his first Budget at Parliament House last night, with barely a mention of the word “immigration”.
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Introducing our New Zealand Immigration Adviser

In recent years, Ajuria Lawyers has seen an increasing demand from our clients for migration services in overseas markets, including the United States, India & New Zealand.
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Ajuria Lawyers supports Biophilia

Visitors to our office in Aurora Place often compliment us on our “green” work environment!
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Australian visas – New Temporary Parent Visa

Minister Coleman has announced that the new 5 year sponsored parent visa, the Subclass 870 Parent (Temporary) Visa, will be open for applications on 17 April 2019.
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First Entry Date on Permanent Visa

If an applicant is granted permanent residence when overseas, the approval letter will specify the date by which the visa holder must enter Australia to “activate” the visa. This date is usually 12 months from the date of the health checks or character checks, whichever is earlier.
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Resident Return Visas: Can someone ‘lose’ permanent residency?

When a person is granted a permanent visa, they and included family members, can remain in Australia indefinitely. However, the permanent visa is only granted with a 5 year ‘travel facility’ that allows for travel into and out of Australia. This travel facility is called the ‘Resident Return Visa’ (RRV).
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