*GOOD BUT CONFUSING NEWS*
The Department announced that there would be a second temporary graduate visa available for those who 'graduated' from a regional education institution.
This is very good news but there is still some clarification needed on whether the whole course has to be carried out in that regional area.
However, the Department has clarified that secondary visa holders of a 485 visa can continue to become a primary applicant for a 485 visa subsequently. There is NO change in that regard. If you wish to find out more information regarding the visa, please click the link below or contact us for a chat.
How can you as a SCV holder become an Australian citizen?
It depends on your arrival time in Australia.
If you resided in Australia on a SCV for more than 12 months in the 2 years immediately before 26 February 2001, you can apply for citizenship directly without going through a PR pathway.
If you arrived after 26 Feb 2001 and before 19 Feb 2016, then you can apply for a permanent resident visa provided you meet other criteria for the visa.
If you are interested in becoming an Australian, please feel free to contact us for a chat.
ACT’s first 2021 Matrix invitation round will be held on Friday 15 January 2021.
Please view attached updated the skills list as only occupations on the updated list will be selected 15 January onwards.
The New South Wales (NSW) Government will be accepting nominations for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491) from next Monday (June 15) until Tuesday June 23, 5pm.
Applicants are advised to apply only if they meet ALL of the following requirements:
Answers to FAQs will be posted on the Department's website on Monday 15 June.
Click here for the announcement from NSW Treasury.
Click here for designated regional area postcodes in NSW.
Get in touch quickly if you have any questions!
Applying for an Australian visa can be a confusing experience for those unfamiliar with the application process. It can involve a number of fees, and these vary greatly between migration agents.
The Code of Conduct of the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) only requires that the fees be ‘fair and reasonable’.
However, the Code is very clear on the rules that migration agents must follow during the visa application process.
Download our guide to the typical fees and processes involved in applying for an Australian visa.
For the Department of Home Affairs current fees for each visa subclass, click here.
For more information on KP Migration's service fees, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0466 626 918 to discuss your current circumstances.
The Victorian Government today provided updated information on skilled and business migration in the state.
Both the subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated) and subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional - State Sponsored Stream) remain open, with allocations not yet exhausted for the 2019/20 financial year.
However, the state advises that both programs are extremely competitive and that only fully documented applications are likely to succeed.
Unfortunately, nominations for the Business Innovation and Investment visa streams are no longer being accepted for the current financial year.
Information about these programs for the 2020/21 financial year will be made available in coming weeks. We'll keep you updated!
If you are interested in applying for visas in the skilled or business stream, please get in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements and options.
More state government information about migrating to Victoria can be found here.
Skilled migrants nominating for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) now require a minimum of 95 points to achieve an invitation.
Latest figures from the Department of Home Affairs reveal that just 50 invitations were issued in each of these two subclasses in the April 11 round this year, dramatically lower than the March round.
Some other occupations attract a higher points requirement, including Accountants (100 points) and Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (105 points).
See the latest data from the department here.
For further information on these visa types and alternative options, please contact us directly.
There is light at the end of the tunnel for international students returning to Australia, with the Government's publication of the Roadmap to a Covidsafe Australia indicating a possible travel exemption for international students during Step 3.
Click here to see the Roadmap.
The timeframes will depend on state governments, but this could potentially happen by the end of July.
The creation of a 'travel bubble' between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands is also on the cards, with low coronavirus rates in all three regions. However, this idea is being approached cautiously by all parties.
I'm often asked questions about Partner Visa requirements.
The answers sometimes depend on a couple's individual circumstances, current visa status and country of origin.
However, it's possible to provide answers to general questions such as:
Click here for the answers.
When your visa is granted, there are few feelings that can compare with the joy, satisfaction and relief you feel at that moment.
Fortunately, a successful visa outcome does not depend on luck.
There are several habits that successful visa applicants have in common, including being well-organised, and communicating frequently and openly with their migration agent.
If you're considering applying for a visa soon, check out our tip sheet outlining the 5 Habits of Successful Visa Applicants.
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