05 May 2016

Super-rich nationals from China, Europe, the UK, the US and South Africa are increasingly looking to popular Australian cities as their destination of choice to permanently settle. According to the Millionaire Migration report in 2015, these overseas nationals are seeking to get out of their home countries to find safe havens for their funds and lifestyle. The report found that Sydney a...

19 Apr 2016

Labour market testing (LMT) is a process that employers must undertake in order to access the 457 visa sponsorship programme. While it is not required for all occupations, labour market testing is highly recommended to be a core component for all 457 visa applications. Just to recap what we already know, the purpose of labour market testing is to assess the local labour market to ensure...

04 Apr 2016

A senate committee report has effectively recommended an overhaul of the sc457 visa programme proposing some 33 changes. According to a report on the ABC, during the senate hearings senators were repeatedly told labour hire companies used the threat of deportation to deter exploited workers from complaining about their pay or conditions. Several recommendations seek to address this, i...

22 Mar 2016

If you’re approaching the end of your studies in Australia, it’s a good time to start considering applying for your permanent residency. The transition from student to permanent resident is definitely not smooth sailing, owing to a number of tight rules introduced by the Australian government. There are a number of factors that you should consider as soon as you commence your final se...

10 Mar 2016

Australia is one of the most popular study destinations for students all across the world. And for good reason, too, since Australian universities rank quite high among International universities and the Australian Education system is recognized internationally. High quality education There are 43 universities in Australia, many of them ranking in the top 50 worldwide. Australian c...

29 Feb 2016

Educating international students has earned Australia a record $20 billion last year, spiking 13% from the previous year. The latest figures firm up education's position as Australia's third-largest export after coal and iron ore, as well as its position as the largest services export, well ahead of tourism, according to a report in The Australian Financial Review. The lower Australia...

22 Feb 2016

What will Australia’s population look like in 2050? The reality is that Australia will have an overwhelming number of ageing retirees unless immigration levels are maintained, if not increased, in order to slow the country’s rate of ageing, according to a recent report featured on the Special Broadcasting Service. Prominent Australian demographer Professor Peter McDonald spoke with SB...

15 Feb 2016

In the spirit of Valentine ’s Day just passed, it would be appropriate to shed light on one of the most popular methods of obtaining permanent residency – the partner visa pathway (specifically, the Prospective Marriage Visa). A significant number of couples in Australia need the immigration system to keep their relationship continuing. Whether one spouse is located outside of Austral...

05 Feb 2016

Over the past few decades, there has been a steady increase in the number of migrants coming into Australia. Since Australia became a federation in 1901, our population has increased over five fold, growing from a population of approximately four million to 22.3 million in 2011. Overall, this has contributed significantly to shaping modern-day Australia into the diverse, multi-cultural l...

29 Jan 2016

Eradicating the wolf amongst the sheep – will the proposed abolishment of Labour Market Testing for 457 visas make it more resistant to misuse by the less-than-honest few? At the current time, the 457 is notorious for dividing opinions. One school of thought believes that the subclass 457 visa is the solution for Australia’s skill shortage. The other school of thought however, believes ...