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Non-Contributory Parent & other Family visas reinstated

Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Australian Senate has today voted to disallow the repeal of certain Family Visa classes. This means that it is now possible to lodge applications for the non-contributory Parent, Aged Parent, Remaining Relative, Aged Dependent Relative, and Carer visa subclasses. These visas will be available again for a very limited time (potentially up to 6 months from now), so if you are considering making an application it is highly recommended that it is lodged as soon as possible. 

Applications can be lodged from today onwards, though there may be a slight delay in acknowledgements and processing while the Department of Immigration’s system and information is updated.

The Department of Immigration advises that the queue wait for non-contributory Parent and Aged Parent visas is currently 25 years. Processing times for the Carer visas are advised as 4.5 years, and Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative visas are considerably higher – some reports place these at 50+ years.

AMVL Migrations has a dedicated Family Residence team able to assist with applications for these family visas, so please

contact us if you have any queries.

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Australia attracted 190,000 new migrants in the past financial year

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Australian Government has announced that it has achieved its target of attracting 190,000 new migrants in the past financial year. In making the announcement, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison shared a break-down of the types of visas that were distributed throughout the programme.

The majority of the 128,550 permanent migration visas granted were within the skilled stream which hugely benefits Australian industry as it helps to fill skill shortages in the Australian economy. " In 2013-14, occupational professionals accounted for more than 64 per cent of visas granted in the skill stream, followed by technicians and trades workers with 22 per cent and managers with 9 per cent of skilled stream visa grants. These results are a major boost for the Australian economy," Mr Morrison said.

Further statistics include;

Skilled Migration Visas (Occupations)

  • Occupational Professionals: 63%
  • Technicians & Trades Workers: 22%
  • Managers: 9%
Skilled Migration Visas (Categories)
  • Employer Sponsored: 47,450
  • Business Innovation & Investment: 6,160
  • State/Territory Nominated: 24,656
Family Visas (Categories)
  • Partner: 47,752
  • Child: 3,850
  • Contributory Parent: 6,675
  • Parent: 2,250
  • Other: 585
Planning to apply for a skilled visa for Australia? Contact a Registered Migration Agent at AMVL Migrations about your eligibility and for professional assistance with your visa application. Our team specialise in all Australia visa categories

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DIBP announces findings of 457 visa programme review

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yesterday, the Assistant Minister for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash shared the findings of the DIBP's commissioned report in to Australia's 457 visa programme. The report, titled Robust New Foundations: A Streamlined, Transparent and Responsive System for the 457 Programme identified 22 recommendations "strives to achieve a balance between encouraging flexibility and productivity with strengthening the integrity of the 457 programme and ensuring that overseas workers do not displace Australians" Senator Cash explained.

Some of the proposed areas of form by the report include;

  • improving training opportunities for Australians
  • simplifying sponsorship requirements
  • increasing the length of sponsorship
  • providing greater flexibility for English language testing
  • fast tracking low risk applications
Notably, the independent panel who conducted the review and composed the report found no evidence to back the claims made by the previous Labor government of widespread rorting of the programme.

The Coalition government are yet to respond to the report however are expected to do so in the near future. At this time it will be understood which of the 22 recommendations that the government will implement.

For information about employer sponsored 457 visas, contact a member of our team at AMVL Migrations. We specialise in all Australian visa categories and our team pride themselves on providing our clients with friendly and professional migration assistance and advice.

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