Citizenship update

The Minister of Immigration is going forward with plans to reintroduce an amended version of the Bill, with a proposed introduction date of 1 July 2018.  The English language test will be amended to a ‘modest’ level of English. Applications made before 20 April 2017 will be assessed against the eligibility criteria current at the time of application. Applications made before 1 July 2018 will be assessed against the eligibility criteria current at the time of application. Changes to the criteria will take effect from 1 July 2018, if the legislation is successfully passed. If you currently are eligible for Australian …read more

New Zealand pathway to permanent residence

An additional pathway to permanent residence for New Zealand Special Category visa holders has been introduced. This is for New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa (SCV) holders who were usually resident in Australia on or before 19 February 2016 and who, at the time of lodging an application, have resided in Australia for at least five years. The criteria include : contributing to Australia, demonstrated through income tax returns which show taxable income at least equivalent to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) for the qualifying period; and meeting mandatory health, character and security checks. New Zealand citizens …read more

Sc. 186 and 1875: changes to sponsorship requirements

Genuine need & must work as paid employee under nominator’s direct control From 1 July 2017, all ENS and RSMS Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream and DE stream nominations must provide evidence of ‘Genuine need’ for the person to work in the nominated position. The nominee is required to work under the direct control of the nominator as a paid employee Training requirements for Subclass 186 ENS Direct Entry A new legislative instrument Migration (IMMI 17/045: Specification of Training Benchmarks and Training Requirements) Instrument 2017 specifies: – for Training Benchmark A the types of training funds which may be used …read more

New English language , skills exemptions and age requirements for sc. 186 and 187 visas

English language requirements Applications for ENS and RSMS made under the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream lodged on or after 1 July 2017 will require an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6 in each component (Competent English). The English language skills exemption for both ENS and RSMS has been removed for those who have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (AUD 180,001). This will also apply to all applications including those lodged before 1 July 2017 that have not been finally determined. Skill exemption The exemption from a skills assessment …read more

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