Five Year Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

Five Year Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

On 1 March 2019, the Government announced the introduction of a new visa for parents of Australian permanent residents and citizens. With a cap of 15,000 visas per year and a cost of $10,000, the new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa will be open for applications later this year.

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How designated area migration agreements work

How designated area migration agreements work

Regional migration is the hot topic in migration law with a number of major changes set for 2019. Regional Australia is set for a population boost if the government has its way. The plan is to entice migrants to rural and remote areas by fast-tracking applications that fall into certain existing visa subclasses, the purpose being to ease migration congestion in city areas and replenish employment in regional areas where there are current shortages.

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Reforms to migration law & the impact of removing dual regulation to immigration lawyers

Reforms to migration law & the impact of removing dual regulation to immigration lawyers

Last year, the Australian Federal Government introduced the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2018 into Parliament. The legislation, which was expected to come into effect on 30 June 2019 but will now more likely be 2020, exempts lawyers from registration with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA). This means that lawyers currently or looking to practice Australian immigration law will be regulated entirely by their relevant State or Territory legal professional bodies.

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Seasonal Worker Program

Seasonal Worker Program

The Australian Government is focused on developing a strong northern Australian economy, as an area with many resources and access to international markets. A major part of this agenda means attracting Australian businesses and workers to come and work in Northern Australia. However, the Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future has highlighted the challenges for employers in Northern Australia in attracting workers:

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Northern Australia Worker Pilot Program

Northern Australia Worker Pilot Program

In 2015, the Australian Government released its first White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, with a plan to promote the development of Northern Australia. One of the major challenges the paper highlighted was access to skilled labour. Northern Australia faces various challenges in attracting workers, including…

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