Category: Immigration

457 to TSS Visa – A Quick Guide

The Australian government is committed to introducing the new TSS visa program in March 2018, and this will be broken into both a short and long-term stream. Foreign nationals who qualify for the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), will be granted a two-year visa, with an option to apply for another two-year on-shore extension if… Read More

Crossing the Tasman – Launching our New Zealand division

Absolute Immigration is excited to announce the launch of our New Zealand division. Offering strategic immigration solutions to New Zealand companies requiring employees from Australia and internationally, as well as individuals looking to work or reside in the land of the long white cloud. Our specialist team, headed by New Zealand immigration expert, avid traveller… Read More

TSS Visa Guide: Fees, Tax Levies and Other Options

From March 2018, the Australian government will abolish the 457 visa program and replace it with the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. The TSS visa program will feature a Short and Medium-Term stream, which will allow for stays in Australia of two and four years respectively. While both programs are similar, they differ in… Read More

Department of Immigration Releases 2018 Skilled Occupation Lists

The Department of Immigration has published newly updated versions of the skilled visa occupation lists, which came into effect on 17 January 2018. A variety of new roles have been added to the skilled occupation lists, while several formerly listed occupations have been removed. Certain professions have also been shifted between the Medium and Long-term Strategic… Read More

Government Announces Exemptions for Migrant Welfare Cuts

The Australian government has announced exemptions from its controversial plan to introduce a three-year waiting period before newly arrived migrants can qualify for welfare. Earlier this month the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, announced the government’s new plan to cut $1.3 billion from the annual budget by extending the current two-year waiting period for access to welfare… Read More

Pacific Islands Threaten Seasonal Worker Shutdown After Deaths

Queensland’s agriculture industry has expressed outrage over the actions of rogue employers and labour-hire operators, following the revelation that 13 Pacific Islander’s have died working on the program since its inception in 2009. Twelve of these deaths have happened since the program concluded its trial period and became official in 2012, with seven of the… Read More

DIBP Introduces Streamlining Measures for Skilled Visa Applications

Late last year the Department of Immigration announced a series of new efficiency-based initiatives designed to streamline the visa application process, ahead of its upcoming six-month update to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The initiatives are intended to help streamline the process of applying for temporary skilled work visas, and ensure shorter processing times for… Read More

10-Year Visa Ban Legislation Defeated in the Senate

The Australian government’s attempt to introduce new legislation that would have imposed a 10-year visa ban on any individual who provides false or misleading information to the Department of Immigration has been defeated in the senate. While the government initially appeared confident in the legislation’s passing, it was subsequently shot down by a coalition of… Read More

Population Survey Finds Half of Australia May Support Reduced Migration

A new national survey conducted by the Australian Population Research Institute has found that nearly three quarters of those surveyed agreed that immigration levels should be reduced, while almost half said they were in favor of a partial ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim countries. The Population Research Institutes survey—which canvassed more than 2000 people—found… Read More

DIBP Cancelling Criminal’s Visas, Leaving them Stuck Overseas

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has been engaging in a new covert tactic to forcibly deport dangerous foreign nationals by cancelling their permanent residency visa while the individuals in question are offshore, stranding them overseas and preventing them from returning to Australia. The Department’s new strategy was first employed as a means… Read More