Yearly Archives: 2018

Accredited Sponsors Exempt from Police Check Requirement for Visa Workers

Employers looking to hire temporary foreign workers are being urged to register as accredited business sponsors with the Department of Immigration to access new priority processing measures. The government has confirmed that businesses which receive accredited sponsor status will be exempt from the typical security and background checks undertaken as part of the visa application… Read More

Travellers Urged to Apply for Bridging Visas up to a Month in Advance

Travellers are being urged to apply for Bridging Visa B up to 3-4 weeks before travel, after the Department of Immigration recently confirmed that it will no longer accept face-to-face applications. According to a statement issued by the Department of Home Affairs, it is in the process of “transforming its online channel” to a self-serve… Read More

Agriculture Minister Announces New Farm Worker Visa

The Federal Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, has announced that delivering a new special farm workers visa in time for the current picking season will be one of his top priorities. Littleproud has been meeting with the Minister for Immigration, David Coleman, about the possibility of introducing a new skilled worker visa aimed specifically at… Read More

Government Considers Extending Regional Visa Requirement to Five Years

The Coalition government may introduce a proposal which would see the minimum time period that migrants on regional visas have to remain in the area of their employment extended from two to five years. According to a report published in The Australian, the Morrison cabinet is currently considering a plan to extend the mandatory regional… Read More

The changing face of Australian immigration

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 18 months, you would have noticed that there has been a momentous shift in attitude as to the way that Australia views those people looking to secure a new life in our great country. Recent media on intervention on visas for two au pairs,… Read More

Top Tips for Lodging Partner Visas shared by expert Laurie Duncan

 With over 50 years of experience in the immigration industry, here are my top tips for someone considering lodging an Australian partner visa: 1. Just because you are in a genuine relationship with an Australian citizen/Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen, don’t assume that the Department of Home Affairs will automatically see… Read More

IMPORTANT TSS VISA UPDATE – Immediate cessation of priority processing requests

The Department of Home Affairs has just announced the cessation of priority processing requests. Absolute Immigration disagrees with this action. We believe there are a number of questionable decisions that could be overturned by the government which could affect sponsoring companies and overseas foreign nationals looking to work in Australia. Sponsors will no longer be… Read More

Qantas Secures Labour Agreement Deal to Import Foreign Pilots

The major Australian airline, Qantas, has struck a deal with the Coalition government to recruit 76 new foreign pilots to aid in alleviating its’ ongoing skills shortage crisis. The migration agreement was finalized late last month, and allows the airline to bring in 76 pilots and instructors into the country for up to four years…. Read More

Important Information – Labour Market Testing (LMT) Regulations Guide

On August 12th 2018 the Department of Home Affairs officially implemented the new Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirements for sponsoring skilled visa workers. The enacting of the LMT legislation has now brought multiple new regulations into effect, requiring employers demonstrate to the Department that they have tested the Australian labour market to ensure that no… Read More

Sunrise on our Orange Sky Partnership

Absolute Immigration is proud to support Orange Sky – a fabulous initiative where our very own, Laurie Duncan, Director – Partner Visas is a passionate and dedicated volunteer. Orange Sky Australia is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homeless – an idea founded in a Brisbane garage by two 20-year-old mates…. Read More