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General Skilled Visas

December 14, 2017

General Skilled Migration Visa is for skilled workers who are willing to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. To be considered for a skilled visa without employer sponsorship, you will need to use Skill Select – an online service where skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia can record their details through an Expression of Interest (EOI). This visa is also applicable to those individuals who can get sponsorship from an Australian employer. Australian Visas under this category There are two categories of Visas under General Skilled Migration – Employer sponsored categories – Points tested skilled migration Points tested Australia skilled migration The first step in the process of Points Tested Skilled Migration or General Skilled Migration is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Skill Select. The required points are specified by the minister from time to time, by notice in the Gazette. Points are currently awarded for the following factors: Age: – English language ability; – Number of years of skilled employment in the past ten years within or outside Australia; – Level of educational qualifications; – Qualifications obtained from Australian educational institutions; – Other factors, such as community language qualifications, study in regional Australia or a – low-population- growth metropolitan area, partner skill qualifications, and Professional Year in Australia; and – Nomination by a state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member (relevant visas only).   Once your EOI has been submitted and processed you will be invited to apply for a skilled migration visa. 1. Skilled – Independent visa (subclass 189)  This is a permanent Australian visa. To be eligible for this Visa your nominated occupation must be on the list of eligible skilled occupations and skills assessed by relevant assessing authority. You must be invited to apply, not more than 45 years of Age and have at least competent English. 2. Skilled – Independent visa (New Zealand Stream) This is a permanent Australian Visa for New Zealand citizen who have shown a commitment and contribution to Australia. To apply for this visa under the New Zealand stream, you must hold a subclass 444 Special Category visa, have resided in Australia for at least 5 years, you meet the income threshold requirements, and your period of usual residence MUST have commenced on or before 19 February 2016. 3. Skilled – Nominated visa (subclass 190) This is a permanent Australian visa. To be eligible for this Visa you must be nominated by a state/territory government. Your nominated occupation must be on the list of eligible skilled occupations and skills assessed by relevant assessing authority. You must be invited to apply, not more than 45 years of Age and have at least competent English. 4. Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) This is a temporary Visa that allows you to work for up to 4 years. You must be sponsored by an eligible relative or a state/territory government. You are required to work in regional area. Your Nominated occupation must be on the applicable list of eligible skilled occupations and skills assessed by relevant assessing authority. You must be invited […]

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Employer Sponsored Visas

December 14, 2017

1. Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa (subclass 487) From March 2018, the 457 visa was replaced by the Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. The TSS visa is a temporary visa which permits the holder to live in Australia, while working full-time for the sponsoring employer, in the nominated position. Applicants for a TSS visa may include dependent family members in their application. It is designed to fill gaps in Australia Labour Market. They are three streams in this Visa: • Short Term Stream- Applicants with occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) are eligible for visas of up to two years (renewable once, for a further two years) • Medium to long-term stream- Applicants with occupations on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) can apply for up to four years (with eligibility for permanent residency after three years, depending on meeting age and English requirements) • Regional Stream- Applicants with occupations on the Regional Occupation List (ROL) can apply for up to four years (with eligibility for permanent residency after three years, depending on meeting age and English requirements) 2. Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) This is a permanent Australian visa that is sponsored by an Employer. It requires a skills assessment by the relevant Australian authority and three years' work experience plus relevant registration or licensing unless exempt. Your occupation must be on the list of eligible skilled occupations. You must be paid at least the same as an Australian in the same occupation in the same location. You must also Meet the English language requirements. 3. Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187) This is a permanent Australian visa that is sponsored by a regional Employer. You must have a related Australian or overseas equivalent qualification or be exempt Overseas qualified trades worker. You will need to have their skills assessed by Trades Recognition Australia. Your occupation must meet the required ANZSCO skill level. You must be paid at least the same as an Australian in the same occupation in the same location 4. Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) This visa is for people who want to travel to Australia to do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work or participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests. ​ You must have a specialist Skills, Knowledge or experience that is needed but cannot be found in Australia. The stay period allowed is up to three months but up to six months may be considered in limited circumstances if supported by a strong business case 5. Temporary Activity The Temporary Activity visa allows people to temporarily live and/or work in Australia in a field associated with a major event. The applicant must be supported or sponsored by an approved individual or organisation and have the skills to undertake the activity to be carried out in Australia. This visa can be granted for 3 months if invited by an organisation to participate in a specific event, for 4 years if participating in Australian government activities or 2 years for all other activities. The activities for Temporary Activity visa are: • Entertainment Activity […]

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Family Migration Programme

December 14, 2017

Family stream migrants are selected on the basis of their family relationship with their sponsor in Australia. There is no test for skills or language ability as required for skilled stream migrants. Australian Visas under this category – partner, – child, – parent and – other family Australia Partner Visas If you are in a genuine and continuing relationship with an overseas national you, as an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, may be able to sponsor them to enter or remain in Australia under the partner visa program. A genuine relationship can be possible if you and your spouse: – are married – are in a de facto relationship – are engaged to be married – have registered your relationship with a state or territory in Australia If your application is based on a marriage, you must be legally married to an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. If your application is based on a de facto relationship, you must: – have been in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen for at least 12 months (unless there are compelling and compassionate circumstances) – be at least 18 years old. – not be closely related. Australia Visa types in the partner category: 1. Partner Visa (Subclass 820 & 801) This is for a spouse or de facto partner, including a same-sex partner of an Australian sponsor. The applicant must be in Australia to apply for this Visa. 2. Partner Visa (Subclass 309 & 801) This is for a spouse or de facto partner, including a same-sex partner of an Australian sponsor. The applicant must be outside Australia to apply for this Visa. 3. Prospective marriage visa (Subclass 300) This is for a fiancé who is overseas and plans to marry their Australian sponsor after travelling to Australia. After this visa is granted the visa holder has up to nine months to get married. They can either get married in Australia or overseas.   M&G has a thorough understanding of the Australian Migration Laws, Regulations, and the Policies relating to Australian Visas. We can therefore help you navigate through the process and ensure the best possible outcome for you. Book an appointment with us for an initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you. Australia Child Visa The Child visa is for a child of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. To be eligible for a child visa, the visa applicant must be a relative of an Australia Eligible sponsor. Australia Visa types in Child Visa category: 1. Australia child visa This is for a dependent child of an eligible Australian sponsor. It allows the child to migrate to and Remain in Australia on a permanent basis. 2. Australia Adoption Visa This is a child adopted outside Australia by an eligible Australian sponsor. It allows the child to migrate to and Remain in Australia on a permanent basis. 3. Australia Orphan Relative Visa This visa is for a child who is under 18 years of age at the time of application and […]

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Student Visa Programme

December 14, 2017

A student visa in Australia is a fantastic way to enjoy studying and life. Australia is a great place to study. Australia is known for its friendly, laid-back nature, excellent education system, and high standard of living. Students are allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while they are studying in Australia. They may also work unlimited hours during their study breaks. This is a great opportunity for students who want to earn money to help with living expenses during their stay, and for students who want to gain work experience in their field of interest while they study. This makes a student visa in Australia a fantastic thing to have, and our immigration agents are experts in the student visa process. Prior to 1 July 2016, there were many types of Student visas. However, on 1 July 2016, student visas were consolidated and now there are only two students related visas. Australia Student Visa Basic Requirements: – Enroll with an Australian education provider as a full-time student, and obtain written confirmation of this enrolment (predominantly on-line courses are not eligible) – genuinely intend to complete the relevant period of study in Australia – have the required level of English language proficiency unless exempt – have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the period of your intended stay in Australia – have access to sufficient funds to cover your return airfares, tuition fees and the cost of living in Australia, as well as costs required for any dependents included in your application. The exact amount of funds a student requires is set by Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), and is determined by your chosen education provider, your course of study and other personal circumstances   There are 2 categories of Australian student visas: 1. Student Visa (Subclass 500) In order to be granted a student visa, an applicant must satisfy all legislative criteria.  This includes the requirement that the applicant is both a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) and a Genuine Student. The applicants my Include member of their immediate family in their Student visa to Australia for the duration of their courses. 2. Student Guardian visa (Subclass 590) This is a visa for parents or adult relatives of students, studying in Australia, and seeking to stay in Australia as the student´s guardian. Generally, the student must be younger than 18 years; exemptions apply Start your student visa application with M&G Migration and Visa Services

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Business Visa

December 14, 2017

The Business Innovation and Investment Programme is for applicants who have demonstrated history of success in innovation, investment and business and are able to make a significant contribution to the national innovation system and to the Australian economy. Categories of Australian Business visas: 1. Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132) 2. Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) 3. Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888) 4. Business Owner Visa (subclass 890)  

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Visitor’s Visa

December 14, 2017

This visa is for applicant who want to visit Australia as Tourists, sponsored family or Business Visitor. It allows the visitors to study in Australia for up to three months. Australia Visitor Visa Streams 1. Visitor visa (Subclass 600) Tourist Stream This is primarily for people visiting Australia on a holiday or to visit a family or Friends. General Criteria: – genuinely intend to visit Australia for a holiday, or to see family and friends, – have access to sufficient funds to cover your costs whilst you are in Australia – meet the relevant health and character criteria (this could include a requirement to obtain health insurance for the period of your stay in Australia). 2. Visitor visa (Subclass 600) Sponsored Family stream This Visa is for applicants who intend to come to Australia to Visit Family. It requires formal sponsorship of a visa applicant by an Australian citizen or permanent resident. In some cases, a security bond may be requested. Formal sponsorship is required to ensure the visa holder will abide by their visa conditions and leave Australia at the end of their visit. 3. Visitor visa (Subclass 600) Business Stream This visa is for applicants who intends to visit Australia to engage in any of the following activities; i. making a general business or employment enquiry; ii. investigating, negotiating, entering into, or reviewing a business contract; iii. an activity carried out as part of an official government to government visit; iv. participation in a conference, trade fair or seminar in Australia unless the person is being paid by an organiser for participation; but It does not include either of the following activities: i. an activity that is, or includes, undertaking work for, or supplying services to, an organisation or another person based in Australia; ii. an activity that is, or includes, the sale of goods or services directly to the general public. 4. Frequent Traveller Stream This visa is for applicants who travel frequently to Australia for a short visit for tourism, visiting family or friends or for business visit purposes. Business visit purposes includes making general business or employment enquiries, negotiations or participating in a conference. This stream is currently on a trial for holders of passports from the People’s Republic of China, who are applying from within China. It can be granted for a period of up to 10 years and has a higher visa application charge than the other Visitor visa streams. 5. Approved Destination Status stream This is for people from the People’s Republic of China who are travelling in an organised tour group. You must be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is decided. This visa must be applied through an agent that is registered under the Approved Destination Status Scheme

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Other Visas

December 14, 2017

Training Visa (Subclass 407) This Visa allows a person who want to improve their occupational skills through participation in training in Australia with an Australian organisation. It’s includes a structured workplace training programme tailored to enhance the existing skills of the visa applicant in an eligible occupation The applicants must be sponsored by an organisation who is either an approved temporary activity sponsor or has applied to be a temporary activities sponsor Occupational training must be provided directly by the sponsor unless an exemption exists The application process comprises three stages; sponsorship, nomination and visa application. Returning Residents Visas This visa is for applicants who are; – A current or former permanent resident of Australia, or – A former Australian citizen, or – A former member of the Australian Defence Services Visa Categories 1. Resident Return Visa (Subclasses 155 and 157) This is for applicants who are – An Australian permanent resident, or – a former Australian permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled, – or a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced your citizenship 2. Former Resident visa (subclass 151) This is a visa that allow applicants to regain their residency in Australia. This visa is for you if; – Spent most of their life in Australia as an Australian permanent resident before turning 18, they never acquired Australian citizenship, and they have not yet turned 45, or – For a former member of the Australian Defence Services This visa allows applicants to include their partner and dependent family in their application. Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602) The Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602) is a temporary visa for people to: – have medical treatment or medical consultations in Australia – donate an organ – support the person who is having medical treatment in Australia. You cannot be granted Medical Treatment visa if: – have a medical condition that could be a threat to public health – hold a subclass 426 visa or a subclass 403 visa (Domestic Worker stream). Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) When your visa is cancelled or refused you often have limited time to decide how to move forward so it is important to get the right advice early. The decision letter sent by the department should explain whether you have a right to appeal and who can apply for the appeal. In some cases, the only person who can apply for review is the visa applicant or former visa holder, in other cases it can only be the sponsor or a close relative. In some cases, the review applicant must be within Australia at the time of decision or at the time the application for review is lodged, or both. From 1 July 2015, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has been the only merits review tribunal that can make a decision after which time you have to ask the Minister to consider your case. The AAT is an independent organisation that reviews government decisions. Your application for review MUST be lodged within the required time frame. The decision letter sent by the department should state the time limit that applies to making an […]

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Bridging Visa

December 14, 2017

Bridging visas is a temporary visa that’s allow you to remain in Australia while you are waiting for an application to be processed, or to provide lawful status while you make arrangements to depart the country. 1. Bridging Visa A This visa allows you to stay in Australia while you are waiting for an application to be processed. You do not have any travel rights on this visa so if you were to leave Australia, you would not be able to get back in. 2. Bridging Visa B This visa is granted to holders of Bridging Visa A, which allows them to leave and return to Australia while their submitted application is being processed. 3. Bridging Visa C This visa is similar to Bridging Visa A, the difference being that is granted to unlawful non-citizen who lodge a valid application for a substantive visa. 4. Bridging Visa D This visa is lets you stay in Australia lawfully for a short time until you are able to make a substantive visa application, make arrangements to leave Australia or are granted a Bridging visa E. 5. Bridging Visa E This visa lets you stay in Australia lawfully while you make arrangements to leave, finalise your immigration matter or are waiting for an immigration decision. It does not let you re-enter Australia if you leave. If you would like to know more about bridging visas, please contact us

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Have a chat with our Consutlants

M&G has a thorough understanding of the Australian Migration Laws, Regulations, and the Policies relating to Australian Visas. We can therefore help you navigate through the process and ensure the best possible outcome for you.

Book an appointment with us for an initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.