Monthly Archives: May 2017

Foreign Workers to be Hit with Visa Fee Hike while Employers Face Tax Levy

The Australian government has dealt another blow to temporary migrant workers, following its recent controversial changes to the 457 program. The new policy was announced by the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, as part of a speech outlining the 2017 federal budget. From July 1st visa fees will now be indexed in line with inflation as a… Read More

457 Visa Cripples Families: An Open Letter to Absolute Immigration

Hi there, I saw your article online, 457 Visa Holders to Face School Fees from 2017, and wanted to share my personal experience with raising a family in Australia on a 457 visa. I am writing this so that people will know that a supposedly modern western government is pushing already struggling foreign workers and… Read More

New Visa Fees: July 1st, 2017

As part of the 2017-18 Budget, the Government announced a number of changes to existing Visa Application Charges (VACs) including the introduction of a number of new products as detailed below. The VACs will be updated in the “Fees and charges for visas” section of the Department’s website ( from 1 July 2017. To save… Read More

ChAFTA Workers to be Largely Unaffected by Visa Changes

Last month the Australian government decided to abolish the 457 visa program, sending shockwaves through numerous industries that rely on a steady influx of temporary foreign workers. In its’ place, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) introduced the new dual-stream Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, ostensibly motivated by a desire to garner populist… Read More

Alert: Budget Implications

Overview The Australian 2017-18 Budget was handed down on the evening of 9 May 2017. As expected, there are several elements of the budget that will impact the immigration program, with most of the announcements ultimately costing many users of the program and benefiting few. There have been further restrictions placed on companies looking to… Read More

Australia’s Western Winter has Arrived Early

As all Game of Thrones fans know, ‘winter is coming’. Unfortunately for the global movement of people into western countries, the ‘Western Winter’ has arrived early. In December 2010, the world watched on as Tunisia was the first of several Arab countries that participated in the Arab Spring, an event that saw both violent and… Read More

457 Visa Changes are 5% Practical and 95% Political

On April 18, the Australian government made an ‘Australia First’ announcement that abolished the current 457 visa program and replaced it with the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. For added political effect, the move eliminated any opportunity that Pauline Hanson or Tony Abbott might have had to slam the government by highlighting the abuse of… Read More