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Australia Migration News August 2017 roundup

Lots of Australia Visas news to catch up on.

 

Reduction in Visa numbers

The Australian government is looking to reduce the number of different types of visas from just under 100 to 10. It argues that such streamlining will make the visa system more responsive to the countries socio-economic and security interests. The discussion paper is open until the 15th Sept.

Mandatory provisional visas before permanent residency

The Australian goverment is also looking at changes to the visas system so that migrants coming to Australia have to spend a certain period of time on mandatory provisional visas before they are granted/eligible for permanent residency (PR). The Immigration Department is exploring this possibility in a visa transformation discussion paper which is open until the 15th Sept.

 

Bad skilled visa sponsors to be named and shamed

Businesses that fail to meet their obligations as sponsors of skilled visa workers will be named and shamed under proposed new laws.

The immigration department is now only able to publish limited information regarding breaches.

But legislation introduced to parliament recently will allow them to publicly detail information about the company and any penalties issued.

Points required for SkillSelect appear to be dropping

Results for the 23 August round of SkillSelect have been released and the scores required for 189 invitations have started dropping.

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 – Non Pro Rata Occupations
For non-pro rata occupations, the minimum score for an invitation for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa has dropped from 70 to 65 in the latest round.

IT Professionals
Minimum score for ICT Business and Systems Analysts remain at 70, but the minimum score for Software and Applications Programmers and Computer Network Professionals has dropped to 65 points in the most recent round.

Engineers
Most engineering specializations are not pro rata so the minimum score will be 65 for these occupations.
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers dropped to 65 in the most recent round.
It is expected Other Engineering Professionals will also likely drop from 70 to 65 within the next couple of rounds.

 

No transition period for changes to citizenship rules

Skilled migrants and students caught up in the Turnbull government’s citizenship changes won’t get any flexibility when it comes to the new laws, an inquiry has heard.

On April 20 the prime minister announced an overhaul of the citizenship law, proposing to introduce a stand-alone English language test and increasing the waiting time from one year to four years for permanent residents before they can apply for citizenship, among other measures.

The changes, if parliament passes the bill, will apply from the announcement date.

Liberal senator Ian Macdonald quizzed immigration department officials in Brisbane on Thursday on whether some of the 50,000 people, such as skilled workers and students, who had applied for citizenship since April 20 could be helped by giving them a transition period.

“A skilled migrant doing all the right things (is) about to apply for citizenship and then the 20th April comes along and throws the best laid plans…asunder,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senior department official David Wilden said there would be no “carve out” or transition phase.

Want to Watch British TV in Australia?

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Right now when you sign up to the BBC pack, you’ll also get access to 4 great Box Music channels completely free!

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What’s included with Flip TV packages:

•  Integrated 7-day TV guide
•  Live Stream Football from the NSW and Victorian National Premier League
•  35+ Integrated Free to Air channels
•  10+ News and Entertainment Apps including YouTube, Euronews and the Weather Channel.

 

Who is Flip TV?

Flip TV is a leading IPTV company based and operating in Australia, delivering worldwide content via the internet direct to your TV for seamless and reliable viewing of your favourite overseas shows.

We deliver English, Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, Greek, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Chilean and South American communities with access to the world of television connecting them to their culture back home, fast and effectively.

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How can I get Flip TV or just want to find out more?

You can sign up with Flip TV online here: https://www.fliptv.com.au/home/get-flip-tv/
or by calling our friendly sales and customer service team on 1300 354 788.

Emigrating to Australia and Flip TV
Exclusively for Emigrating to Australia readers, you’ll receive a special offer of 2 MONTHS FREE subscription.

Simply quote the promo code: Poms in Oz during sign up online or on the phone.

Higher Uni costs for Australian Permanent Residents

From January 1 2018 most permanent residents & New Zealanders will no longer be eligible for subsidised places at University, meaning they will pay about three or four times more for their degrees, on average.

To compensate, the government will now allow those groups to access the Higher Education Loan Program, meaning they can defer their fees and pay back the loan once they start earning regular income.

Universities, researchers and even New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English reacted negatively to the plan, with Mr English bluntly warning Canberra on Tuesday: “We’re pretty unhappy about it.”

But Education Minister Simon Birmingham argued the changes will encourage about 60,000 new students to study in Australia because they will no longer have to pay fees upfront.

“Access to student loans could attract some new students for whom upfront payment was a disincentive to study, leading to an estimated 60,000 additional [full-time students],” the government contended in a policy paper.

It did not stipulate the time period for the 60,000 extra students, nor how the number was modelled, and the minister’s office did not answer questions before deadline on Tuesday.

Recent visa changes also mean permanent residents must wait four years to become an Australian citizen, meaning they could be liable for full fees for the duration of their degree.

About 20,000 permanent residents and NZ citizens are currently enrolled in Australian universities, according to government estimates. They will be unaffected by the changes, which apply to people beginning their courses after January 1 next year.

Representatives from the tertiary sector attended urgent briefings on Tuesday and reserved judgment about the changes, although one observer noted “a few wry smiles” when government representatives suggested a potential deluge of New Zealanders.

Henry Sherrell, researcher at the Crawford School of Public Policy, was sceptical that potential students would flock to Australia the way the government anticipated.

While students did not typically react to big movements in degree fees, “that is not the case when you have very specific settings for certain groups of people”, he said.

Higher prices “will be a disincentive, even if it is an income-contingent loan, even if it does go through HECS,” Mr Sherrell said.

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Businesses to be charged yearly Foreign Worker Levy

As expected, the federal govt used yesterday’s budget to outline its plans to abolish the 457 visa and replace the scheme with short and medium-term streams.

Application fees for the short-term, two year visas will increase by $90 to $1150, while four-year visa applications will cost $2400 apiece.

In addition to this, companies will also be charged annual foreign worker levies.

Under the existing scheme, employers have contributed one of two per cent of their payroll to training if they employed foreign workers.

But as the requirements have proved almost impossible to police the govt is taking a different route.

From March 2018, businesses that employ foreign workers on certain skilled visas will be required to pay money into a “Skilling Australians” fund.

Companies turning over less than $10 million per year must make an upfront payment of $1200 (per visa, per year) for each employee on a temporary visa.

They must also make a one-off payment of $3000 for each staffer sponsored for a permanent skilled worker visas.

Businesses with turnovers above $10 million will be required to make up front payments of $1800 for each worker on temporary visas and $5000 one-off levies for those on permanent skilled visas.

The levy is expected to rake in $1.2 billion over the next four years, which will be funnelled into a new Commonwealth-State skills fund.

“States and territories will only be able to draw on this fund when they deliver on their commitments to train new apprentices,” Mr Morrison said in his budget speech.

Moving to Adelaide?


Are you considering a move to Adelaide, South Australia or maybe you’re already part way through the migration journey or are an expat now living down under in the Festival State? If so, why noy join our Adelaide migration and expat social network – https://www.pomsinadelaide.com
The website has been online since 2006 and has helped thousands of members make the move. Free help and support is always on hand (often from registered migration agents) to help you with the Visa Process and make your dream of moving down under a reality. Get your questions answered on where’s the best place to live, which are the best schools, what’s the job situation like, how do I exchange money? In fact ask anything at all, out members will be happy to help.

Emigrating Australia Forum relaunched

The Emigrating to Australia Forum – pomsinoz.com has recently had had a makeover, it’s biggest since its inception back in 2005.

The forum was launched  to provide advice and guidance to people seeking to move down under to Australia.

More recently, it has also provided support to members who are moving back to the UK.

In March, the website was completely overhauled to improve the user experience for members

  • The website was relocated  to a far more powerful server, ensuring faster response times and greater stability
  • The forum was moved to a totally new software platform – moving nearly 2.5 million posts
  • The forum implemented a mobile friendly  fully responsive design
  • The forum is https/SSL secured & offers 2 factor login authentication for extra security
  • Has improved and expanded the migration/visa section of the forum with separate categories for Skilled, Family/Prather, Temporary, Business and Working Holiday Visas
  • Improved gallery, blog & article facilities

So if you need help obtaining a visa for Australia or have any other questions at all about migration and life down under, head over to www.pomsinoz.com

Free Moving to Australia information session

Our sister site – Poms in Oz is hosting a live webchat session with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial/pensions advice, international removals, pet transportation, vehicle importation and migration. The chat event will take place on Thursday 20th November 2014 from 19:30-21:30 (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services, IronLady Imports and Taylor Made Immigration (tbc) will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move.

If you have an account on Pomsinoz, to participate, head over to www.pomsinoz.com, login, then click on the ‘chat’ menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different ‘rooms’ for each of the different companies.

If you don’t have an account of Pomsinoz, you can still participate by by following this link – Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the ‘Guest’ option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click ‘Login’ and enter any of the chat rooms.

NB: If you have a device which doesn’t use Flash eg: iPhone or iPad, you can join us in the chatrooms via this link or by downloading the free 123Flashchat app from the Apps Store via this link and entering 921 as the chat ID.

National Australia Bank
National Australia Bank
Peter Kerr will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. He will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider.
Moneycorp
Moneycorp
Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with.
PSS International Removals
PSS International Removals
One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS.
PetAir UK
PetAir UK
Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably – worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a ‘one of the family’ policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team.
Vista Financial Services
Vista Financial Services
Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practicing Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters.
TMI
Taylor Made Immigration (TBC)
Taylor Made Immigration (TMI) provides Visa and Migration Services to individuals and families wishing to travel to or live and work in Australia.
Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor is a Registered Migration Agent and the manager of TMI, we recognise that each and every visa application is unique. TMI provide a user friendly and personal service, and professional management of your visa application process, we can also provide a consultation service and can assist with other immigration matters.

At TMI we believe that it is important to consider a visa strategy based on your personal circumstances to ensure the optimum pathway forward towards your long term plans. Many people have more than one option open to them and there may be pros and cons to be considered. Others may not be eligible for permanent residence visa immediately, and in this situation it is important to consider not just obtaining a visa but rather the longer term pathway leading to permanent residence as some temporary options may limit your later options.

A UK Expat, Tee lived and worked in a number of countries before settling in Australia. Being a migrant herself places Tee in a position to better understand some of the concerns and stress that can arise during the visa application and migration process. Tee has been an active member of Poms in Oz since 2009.
PetAir UK
Iron Lady Imports
Iron Lady Imports is a small, Australian-based business that specialises in arranging transportation of vehicles from anywhere in the world to any port in Australia. For a fixed brokerage fee, we can help arrange your vehicle’s import approval paperwork, shipping, customs clearance and registration in Australia. Aside from our fee, all other costs are invoiced to you directly – no hidden markups! We’re also happy to advise you if it’s worth bringing your car over before you start (that part’s free!).

Employment Education Visa and Settlement Expo in Melbourne

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Newcomers Australia are hosting the following expo.

Date: 25th October 2014
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: The MCEC, 1 convention center place, South Wharf VIC 3006

Register Online for FREE ENTRY

The Newcomers Melbourne event, is the only event of its kind that targets the Employment, Education, Visa and Settlement needs of both newly arrived and settled migrants, as well as temporary international workers, foreign students and the corporate expat community currently living in Victoria.

The Newcomers Melbourne event offers the complete spectrum of information crucial to helping you live, work, study and settle in Victoria. The event will connect you with knowledgeable experts able to provide you with information and services for visas, employment opportunities, education options and a host of other settlement services all under one roof, that will help you settle into your new life.

Why visit?

For newly arrived or settled migrants, the Newcomers Melbourne event is an opportunity to learn about having your international credentials and skills assessed and recognised. The event will also connect you with education and training organisations that can help you find employment in your profession or trade. For all newcomers; settlement and arrival services will be available including private healthcare, banking (opening a bank account, applying for credit cards), housing, taxation, education and much more.

Who will be there?

A full list of participating organizations and seminars will be listed on the website in a printable PDF format, closer to the event. The Newcomers Melbourne event will include Government immigration seminars, visa eligibility and assessment clinics as well as a dedicated introductory IELTS Masterclass, provided in association with our Education sponsor, IDP:IELTS.

The IELTS Masterclass is a free 90-minute presentation for anyone aiming for an IELTS band score of 6 or above. The talk will include tips on how best to enhance one’s English, guidance on avoiding the common mistakes, and help understanding the IELTS assessment criteria.

REGISTER ONLINE FOR FREE ENTRY

Employment Education Visa and Settlement Expo in Sydney

Sydney Migration expo

Newcomers Australia are hosting the following expo.

Date: 06th Sept 2014
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Sydney (Lower) Town Hall, Druitt Street, Sydney 2000

The Newcomers Sydney event, is the only event of its kind that targets the Employment, Education, Visa and Settlement needs of both newly arrived and settled migrants, as well as temporary international workers, foreign students and the corporate expat community currently living in New South Wales.

The Newcomers Sydney event offers the complete spectrum of information crucial to helping you live, work, study and settle in New South Wales. The event will connect you with knowledgeable experts able to provide you with information and services for visas, employment opportunities, education options and a host of other settlement services all under one roof, that will help you settle into your new life.

IELTS MASTERCLASS

The Newcomers Sydney event will include Government immigration seminars, visa eligibility and assessment clinics as well as a dedicated introductory IELTS Masterclass, provided in association with our Education sponsor, IDP:IELTS.
The IELTS Masterclass is a free 90-minute presentation for anyone aiming for an IELTS band score of 6 or above. The talk will include tips on how best to enhance one’s English, guidance on avoiding the common mistakes, and help understanding the IELTS assessment criteria. Places at the IELTS Masterclass are limited so register online NOW to avoid disappointment!!

COMPETITION

SCAN YOUR TICKET AT THE DOOR TO ENTER: Be in with a chane to win a brand new iPad Mini! To be entered into the draw, simply scan your ticket at the door of the Newcomers Sydney Event on 6th September. Entry to the competition can only be made once, must be 18 years or older to enter. Best of luck!

Take the first step towards securing your future in Australia by visiting the Newcomers Sydney event; there will be a range of information and services to help you settle into your new life in Australia.

Register online for FREE ENTRY to this event.

Free Moving to Australia webchat

Our sister site – Poms in Oz is hosting a live webchat session with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial/pensions advice, international removals, pet transportation and vehicle importation. The chat event will take place on Wednesday 25th June 2014 from 19:30 – 21:30 (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services, Taylor Made Immigration and IronLady Imports will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move.

If you have an account on Pomsinoz, to participate, head over to www.pomsinoz.com, login, then click on the ‘chat’ menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different ‘rooms’ for each of the different companies.

If you don’t have an account of Pomsinoz, you can still participate by by following this link – Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the ‘Guest’ option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click ‘Login’.

 
National Australia Bank

Peter Kerr will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider.

 
Moneycorp

Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with.

 
PSS International Removals

One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS.

 
PetAir UK

Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably – worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a ‘one of the family’ policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team.

 
Vista Financial Services

Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practicing Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters.

 
Taylor Made Immigration

Taylor Made Immigration (TMI) provides Visa and Migration Services to individuals and families wishing to travel to or live and work in Australia.
Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor is a Registered Migration Agent and the manager of TMI, we recognise that each and every visa application is unique. TMI provide a user friendly and personal service, and professional management of your visa application process, we can also provide a consultation service and can assist with other immigration matters.

At TMI we believe that it is important to consider a visa strategy based on your personal circumstances to ensure the optimum pathway forward towards your long term plans. Many people have more than one option open to them and there may be pros and cons to be considered. Others may not be eligible for permanent residence visa immediately, and in this situation it is important to consider not just obtaining a visa but rather the longer term pathway leading to permanent residence as some temporary options may limit your later options.

A UK Expat, Tee lived and worked in a number of countries before settling in Australia. Being a migrant herself places Tee in a position to better understand some of the concerns and stress that can arise during the visa application and migration process. Tee has been an active member of Poms in Oz since 2009.

 
Iron Lady Imports
Iron Lady Imports is a small, Australian-based business that specialises in arranging transportation of vehicles from anywhere in the world to any port in Australia. For a fixed brokerage fee, we can help arrange your vehicle’s import approval paperwork, shipping, customs clearance and registration in Australia. Aside from our fee, all other costs are invoiced to you directly – no hidden markups! We’re also happy to advise you if it’s worth bringing your car over before you start (that part’s free!).