Monthly Archives: June 2016

Collateral Damage from Brexit to be Minimal, But Trade Negotiations Loom

The world was shocked last week when the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum resulted in a decision to leave the European Union. As the market continues to lurch towards a complete freefall in response, government officials worldwide are attempting to grapple with the far-reaching implications of this move. Although many are being swayed by the media’s… Read More

Australian Government Releases New Occupation List for Skilled Migrants

Australian Government Releases New Occupation List for Skilled Migrants Last month the Australian Government released an updated version of the Skilled Occupation (SOL) and Consolidated Skilled Occupation list (CSOL) for the 2016-2017 period. The new changes will come into effect from July 1st, and once again the lists have been dominated by the nursing, trades,… Read More

Tourism Industry Begins Push for Creation of Trans-Tasman Visa

The tourism industries of Australia and New Zealand have begun a lobbying campaign to introduce a regional visa which will cover both countries. The move comes after the success of a similar program last year, for travellers to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Visitors who already held an Australian travel visa were automatically eligible… Read More

Simplified Visa System for Overseas Students Set for Mid-Year Rollout

In a move designed to cut down on red tape, the Australian Government has announced sweeping changes to the visa program for international students. From July 2016 the number of available student visas will be significantly scaled back, shrinking from eight to just two. These changes have been designed to further streamline the visa application… Read More

Review of TSMIT Trouble for Employers?

Upcoming 457 Visa Income Threshold Report May Spell Trouble for Employers The Australian government has announced that the review of the Temporary Skilled Migration Threshold (TSMIT) is going forward, with a report due in April 2016. According to a series of recently issued statements, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has selected John… Read More