The Australian General Skilled Migration Process – Beginning to End!

Nurse Visa Australia

If you are looking to migrate permanently to Australia and you do not have: – An Partner who is Australian (or New Zealand) Citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident; – A Job Offer that includes Visa Sponsorship; or – Family in Australia who wish to Sponsor you Your best bet for a visa is likely to be under the ‘General Skilled …

Investor Visa (subclass 891) – The Pathway to Permanent Residency

The Investor Visa (subclass 891) is a permanent visa that allows a person to obtain Australian Permanent Residency by making a significant financial investment in Australia. In order to be eligible to apply for this visa, a person must: already hold an Investor (Provisional)(Subclass 162) visa. Note: the subclass 162 is no longer open to new applicants, and have maintained …

My Australian Visa Has Expired – What Are My Options Now?

Australian visa holders overstay their visas for a wide range of reasons, mostly innocent. Reasons we’ve seen range from the mundane – misreading the visa, failure of phone notifications, trusting a friend to keep track – to the elaborate – serious accidents, stolen documents or getting lost in the bush(!) The key thing to note, no matter what the situation …

My Australian Visa Has Been Cancelled – What Are My Options Now?

This is obviously a highly stressful situation – so the first rule needs to be: Don’t Panic. Before making a decision to cancel a visa, the Department will ordinarily issue a ‘natural justice’ letter, which outlines its intention to cancel your visa and invites you to provide reasons and evidence for why your visa should not be cancelled. Why Would …

How do I check my Australian Visa Status?

The Department of Home Affairs provides a free tool for you to check your visa status and any conditions attached to that visa. It’s called Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO). There’s also an app you can use, called myVEVO. Both individuals and organisations (eg employers, migration agents, real estate agents) can use VEVO. Checking Your Own Visa Status You do not …

How much can you earn on an Australian tourist visa?

Nothing. You cannot work on an Australian visitor visa. If you are looking to work and travel, a more suitable visa is either the Working Holiday Visa or the Working Holiday visa. It is very important that you only work in Australia if your visa conditions allow you to. The Australian Government views working without work rights very seriously. It …

Help – I Omitted Important Information from my Visa Application! Will it be Refused?

The initial answer to this is: possibly. However, that’s actually not the biggest issue here. The Department views the provision of incorrect information (including the omission of relevant information) as a serious problem. Depending on the nature of the information, it might even consider the relevant applicant is intending to deceive the Department into granting a visa on false pretences. …

My company is a 457 visa sponsor– How will the change to the new TSS visa scheme affect me?

Overview of relevant changes: Many Australian companies are understandably concerned about the major changes to the temporary skilled visa program. This is the most extensive set of changes to the program in many years, and it has positive aspects for employers, as well as some elements that will make life more difficult. In addition to changes to the eligibility criteria …

Can I work more than 6 months for one employer on my working holiday visa?

Just like the expression widely known in the real estate industry says, the answer is: location, location, location! Depending on where you work, you might be able to remain with the same employer for more than 6 months on a working holiday visa. This is due to recent changes introduced by the Australian Government. Generally speaking, however, the current extension …

How do I get my superannuation back when I leave Australia for good?

When you leave Australia permanently you can apply for a Departing Australia Superannuation Payment (DASP). This can be done online free of charge, or you can choose to lodge a paper application. If you choose the latter, you will be charged a fee. The Australian Taxation Office is the government body in charge of processing “super” payment applications. The Office works …

What I need to do to get a second year on my Working Holiday visa?

A second-year holiday visa is a special privilege given to young people between the age of 18 to 30 for them to enjoy the benefits that come with casual work rights that help them supplement their travels. Before you apply for an extension, you are required to conduct an online assessment to confirm your eligibility. Once you are sure of …

Can I move States on my State-Sponsored Visa (e.g. subclass 190 or 489)?

State-Sponsored Visa

One of the most common questions that gets raised in relation to State-Nominated (‘State Sponsored’) visas is whether you are bound to remain within the State (or Territory) that put their hand up to take you in the first place. Most of what will follow relates to a general State/Territory-nominated visa (e.g. subclass 190) – if you are on a …

Secondary Applicants – Including Family Members in your Application

Many visa types (including a range of family, skilled, humanitarian and student visas) allow you to include dependent family members in your application. When this happens, these family members are considered ‘secondary applicants’ in your application. As such, they must also meet all set requirements applicable to them. Generally, this includes meeting Australia’s stringent character and health requirements. If a …

Migration Health Requirements

Australia has very strict health requirements for migrants, both temporary and permanent, in order to maintain it’s high health standards. The intention of these requirements is to minimise risk and expense for the Australian public. In addition to meeting these health requirements, you may also need to take out health insurance for the period of your stay in Australia. While …

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold

All 457 visa holders are subject to a minimum income threshold. This is called a ‘market rate’ based minimum salary. For visa holders this means: the terms and conditions offered must be no less favourable to those provided to an Australian worker (performing equivalent work in the same workplace and location), and the base rate of pay will be at …

Designated Areas for the Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa

If you are applying for a Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa and are being sponsored by an eligible family member, your sponsor is required to live in a region that is ‘designated’ by the Government for these purposes. What areas are designated for the purposes of the Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa? Your sponsor relative can live anywhere …

Overstaying your Australian visa

As a starting point, it is safe to say that being in Australia, or indeed in any country, without a valid visa is not a good idea. If your visa has expired, whichever visa you held, your legal right to be inside the country has expired with it and you could be arrested and detained until you are placed on …

Visa Condition 8107 – Work Restriction

If you are in Australia on a skilled visa, you may be subject to a very specific restriction designed to ensure you are working continuously for the time you are in Australia for that purpose. Condition 8107, which is placed on all 457 visas, stipulates that the visa holder must commence work with their nominated employer within 90 days of …

The 8503 ‘No Further Stay’ Condition (and the role of waivers)

When you are issued with an Australian visa, it carries with certain conditions that must be met. Regulation 2.05 of the Migration Regulations 1994 specifies that conditions can be either ‘mandatory’ – that is, they must apply to all holders of that visa – or ‘discretionary’ – they might apply in particular circumstances if determined by a decision maker. It …

Visa Condition 8101 – Breaching the ‘No Work’ Condition

Depending on the type of visa you are issued and your circumstances, you may find yourself subject to one or more relevant conditions. One of the more common conditions is condition 8101 – relevantly, that the visa holder may not engage in work in Australia (this is defined as activities for which they would ordinarily be paid money). If you …