Department Pushes Ahead with Plans to Privatise Visa System

The government’s proposed plan to privatise the visa application system has taken another step forward, with the first assistant secretary of the Department of Immigration, Andrew Kefford, publishing a public briefing to potential commercial partners. The Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, has claimed that plan’s purpose is to help modernise Australia’s immigration program, and… Read More

WA Pushes to Reinstate Drillers After Skilled Occupation List Removal

The House of Representatives member for Western Australia, Rick Wilson, has vowed to push the Turnbull government to address a skills shortage that he says is seriously hindering the Goldfields mining industry. The issue began last year with the Federal Government’s decision to remove drillers from the skilled occupation list, a move which only compounded… Read More

TSS Visa Update: Employer’s Guide to New Regulations

On March 18 the Department of Immigration officially concluded the subclass 457 visa program and replaced it with the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482). The TSS visa will feature a Short and Medium to Long-term program, with applicants to both streams needing to satisfy additional new criteria, including: Increased English language requirements…. Read More

Government Considering Laws to Screen Potential Migrants

The Coalition government is considering introducing laws that would allow the Department of Home Affairs to gather information on potential new migrants before they first arrive in Australia. Earlier this month, the Home Affairs secretary, Michael Pezzullo, informed the media that the government is currently actively considering the proposal. He said that the assessments would… Read More

Department Announces March 18 Start Date for TSS Visa

The Department of Immigration has announced that the new TSS visa program will officially launch next week on the 18th of March.​ Whilst the 457 visa was originally expected to conclude—and the TSS visa introduced—at the beginning of the month, until now the Department has failed to provide stakeholders with a concrete start date for the new program…. Read More

Department Head Prefers Seven Day Notice For TSS Rollout

The Department of Immigration has announced that Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) workers may be able to avoid the TSS visa’s tough new restrictions, if their visa application is lodged at some point during the next week. With the rollout of the Government’s new TSS visa expected to begin at some point in the first… Read More

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