Working Holiday Age Limit Raised to 35 Years for Irish Nationals

The Department of Immigration have announced that the maximum age limit for Irish Nationals seeking an Australian working visa will be increased by five years. Irish citizens up to the age of 35 will now be eligible to qualify for a Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program, following an agreement intended to “promote cultural exchange”… Read More

Government to Loosen Restrictions for Backpacker Visa

The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced that the government will loosen restrictions on the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) and Season Worker visa program. The move comes after the Coalition’s failed attempt to introduce an agricultural visa earlier this year, and follows months of pressure from the farming lobby. While the Farming Federation—and the… Read More

Start-Ups Lose Hope as Global Talent Visa Delayed for Months

Australian start-up founders are still facing significant staffing issues, as the government’s proposed Global Talent Visa scheme has yet to eventuate. The pilot program was announced earlier this year by the federal government, in response to criticism from tech industry heavyweights following the abolition of the 457 visa. However, reports suggest that the political turmoil… Read More

A big welcome to our team – Tanya Shroff – Practice Manager

We are excited to welcome – Tanya Shroff to the Absolute Immigration family as Practice Manager. In this newly created role, Tanya is responsible for managing processes and initiatives to create efficiencies and enhance service levels across the business. A qualified Solicitor, experienced Immigration Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent, Tanya has worked in the industry… Read More

Labor Demands Details from Coalition’s Regional Migration Plan

The Labor party have demanded that the federal government provide specific details about its’ plan to manage population policy by redirecting up to 45% of skilled migrants to regional Australia. The Coalition recently announced its’ reaffirmed commitment to funnelling migrants into rural areas—spearheaded by the Alan Tudge, the Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure, and Population—however,… Read More

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