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May 23, 2024

Business Innovation & Investment Program discontinued

The Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) is set to terminate in July 2024. Consequently, no new applications for the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Subclass 188 visa will be accepted. A recent migration review determined that the BIIP has not provided sufficient economic benefits to Australia. Existing Subclass 188 visa applications will continue to be processed in alignment with government priorities and the Migration Program Levels.

 

For more details, contact:
Auzworld Migration
Phone: +61 296354744, 1300 289 953
Email: admin@auzworld.com.au

March 22, 2024

As announced in the Migration Strategy released on 11 December 2023, the Australian Government is
raising the English language requirements for Student and Temporary Graduate visas.
The English language reforms will support international students and recent graduates to have a positive
educational experience in Australia, and give students who earn a degree in Australia an opportunity to
contribute to Australia’s economic growth.
Students with strong English proficiency are better placed to live independently in Australia and engage with
the broader community. They can also better understand their workplace rights, which reduces their risk of
exploitation.
These changes apply to all Student and Temporary Graduate visa applications lodged on and after the
23 March 2024.

Student Visas

  • The minimum test score for the English proficiency requirement for a Student visa increases from
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5 to 6.0 (or equivalent).
  • The minimum score to undertake a packaged English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students
    (ELICOS) course increases from IELTS 4.5 to 5.0 (or equivalent).
  • Students undertaking recognised university foundation or pathway programs that deliver reputable
    English language training require a score of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent). These recognised courses will be
    listed on the Department’s website.
  • For students studying English only through ELICOS, there will be no change.

Temporary Graduate visas (TGV)

  • The minimum score required for a Temporary Graduate visa increases from IELTS 6.0 to 6.5 (or
    equivalent as specified on our website), with a minimum score of 5.5 for each component of the test
    (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
  • Passport holders from Hong Kong and British National Overseas (BNO) are not required to meet this
    increased minimum English language requirement. The settings for this cohort remains at IELTS 6.0 (or
    equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.0 for each component of the test (reading, writing, speaking and
    listening).
  • The test validity window for all Temporary Graduate visa applications decreases from three years to one
    year. Applicants must provide evidence that they have completed an English Language test no more
    than one year immediately before the date of the visa application.

Further information about the changes will be communicated to education providers and potential applicants,
including through the Department of Home Affairs website, social media channels and outreach activities.

Section 97 of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act)
Further changes are also flagged for the use of Section 97 of the ESOS Act 200 to issue suspension certificates to high-risk education providers. We will provide further details in a provider update tomorrow.

 

English level Requirement Changes.pdf

February 4, 2024

The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs has recently issued a legislative revision through Instrument LIN 24/020, 2024, which modifies the Migration Regulations 1994, specifically relating to the conditions of Subclass 417 and 462 Visas. Effective from the day subsequent to its registration on the Federal Register of Legislation, this update extends the definition of ‘specified work’ to not only include tasks associated with the recovery from floods and bushfires but also to cover a wider array of natural disaster recoveries, such as those from cyclones and storm surges.

The purpose of these amendments is to acknowledge and leverage the critical role that participants of the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program play in the rehabilitation of communities and businesses affected by such disasters, thereby accelerating the recovery process.

Moreover, the revision broadens the range of geographical locations where such recovery work can be recognized, adopting a more comprehensive stance towards disaster recovery efforts. This adjustment was made following consultations with both the National Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Home Affairs, ensuring that the changes accurately represent the diversity of natural disasters and the areas they impact. Further details on these changes are made available on the Department of Home Affairs’ website, providing essential information for visa holders and applicants.

By amending the ‘specified work’ requirements, this legislative instrument underlines the Australian Government’s recognition of the pivotal support provided by WHM visa holders in disaster recovery efforts, thus expanding the scope of activities and locations deemed eligible under this program.

 

Home Affairs – Latest News

Joint Media Release – 2/02/2024

February 2, 2024

The Australian Government’s legislative updates on November 25, 2023, have forged a path to permanent residency for numerous Subclass 482 visa holders. Additionally, many COVID-19 concessions for employer-sponsored and other visas have been rescinded.

Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (482) Visa:

The sole change is lifting restrictions on the number of short-term 482 visas while in Australia. Despite this positive amendment, the ‘Genuine Temporary Entrant’ criterion remains a consideration at each renewal.

Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Visa:

Amendments to the Temporary Residence Transitional stream now encompass most 482 visa holders. Eligibility requirements include possessing a relevant ANZSCO occupation code, nominating a position within the same ANZSCO group, holding a 457/482 visa for two years, and working in the nominated role for two of the past three years on a full-time basis in Australia. Standard ENS criteria also apply, including age, English proficiency, salary, health, and character prerequisites.

Age Exemptions for Applicants over 45:

Exemptions for regional medical practitioners and high-income earners are now aligned with the 2-year transitional pathway. The ‘Legacy 457 worker’ group has until June 30, 2024, to apply for the transitional ENS visa if they are over 45 years old.

On-Hire Labour Agreement Workers:

There is no change for 482 visa holders under On-Hire Labour Agreements regarding meeting ENS requirements, as the need for the nominating business to employ the person directly persists.

No Changes:

No changes to the ENS Direct Entry pathway or the Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa have been implemented. A substantial number of 482 visa holders are now likely eligible for ENS visas, prompting businesses to consider policies to support these applications.

February 2, 2024

Australia’s thriving economy has been bolstered by skilled migrants attracted by the country’s lifestyle and opportunities. Integral to the migration system is the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement, which mandates employers to consider local workforce before recruiting from abroad. Particularly impacted by LMT are the Temporary Skill Shortage (482) and the Medium-term stream and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (494) visas. A pivotal change has taken effect – the removal of the mandatory advertisement on Workforce Australia for LMT, simplifying the process for employers.

 

Previously, until December 11, 2023, employers had to conduct three valid advertisements, including one on Workforce Australia, to give precedence to Australian residents for job vacancies. Now, the shift from this tripartite advertisement mandate allows for two valid advertisements through alternative channels like online job boards, newspapers, or industry publications. This change aims to balance opportunities for local job seekers while streamlining recruitment for employers.

 

Employer Considerations: The decrease in advertisement requirements could expedite visa processing times. With the option removed to advertise on Workforce Australia, employers can tailor their recruitment more effectively by utilizing diverse platforms. It is crucial for compliance with the Department of Home Affairs’ guidelines during visa processing. Sponsoring employers must document the advertising used for visa nomination and adhere to specific advertising duration and content requirements, for which our migration team can offer assistance.

 

Advantages for Employers:

This alteration grants employers greater latitude to select from a wider pool of advertising avenues, allowing for a more targeted approach to recruitment. The modifications to the 482 and 494 visa LMT requisites signify a notable shift in Australia’s skilled migration strategy, facilitating employer procedures while still prioritizing the domestic workforce.

 

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December 1, 2023

 

  • The latest updates now enable applicants of Partner SC 309 and 820 visas, as well as Temporary Graduate SC 485 visas, to receive their visas regardless of their location at the time of grant. These changes were implemented on November 24, 2023.
  • In addition, the new modifications also grant SC 309 Partner visa applicants the ability to apply for merits review on their own, rather than relying on their sponsor. This change aims to provide better access for victims of family violence and other compassionate circumstances, giving them the same rights as SC 820 visa applicants.

For More Info, Contact: Auzworld Migration

Phone: 1300 289 953, +61 296354744

Email: admin@auzworld.com.au

February 4, 2023

The Department has changed the policy interpretation of the 48 months requirement for Professional Year points.

Today the MIA has clarified with the Department that the Professional Year requirement to ‘complete’ the year within the last 48 months immediately before the time of invitation to apply for the visa relates only to the date on which the professional year ended.

The Professional Year is not required to be commenced within the 48 months immediately before the time of invitation to apply for the visa, as was previously advised to the MIA by the Department.

The MIA believes this change in policy first in October 2022 and again yesterday has the potential to have affected visa applicants who have received invitations in the December 2022 invitation round.

January 13, 2023

India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (IAECTA) document reveals that NO Labour Market Testing exemptions are included in the agreement.

Australia has agreed to provide India with mobility outcomes consistent with existing visa and commitments made in our previous free trade agreements. This includes equivalent commitments on categories of entrant, length of stay, spouses and dependents, but does not include a waiver of labour market testing.