Migration News

Keep updated with the latest changes in Australian Immigration Law and Policy via our Blog.

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Wednesday 11 April 2018

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) (formerly DIBP) have rolled out the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (482) Visa. This TSS visa replaces the Temporary Work (Skilled) (457) Visa that was abolished in March 2018. 

We have been working through the TSS visa and the new framework for Australian businesses to sponsor temporary foreign workers. Businesses will need to be Standard Business Sponsors to be able to nominate a worker under this program. The available occupations are listed on the short term (STSOL) and medium term (MLTSSL) occupation lists . The nominated worker will need at least two (2) years employment experience in the nominated occupation. The length of the visa will depend on what list the occupation is on. If the occupation is on the STSOL, it will be for up to two (2) years. If the occupation is on the MLTSSL, it will be for up to four (4) years. 

If you would like more information on the TSS visa, or would like an assessment to see if your potential candidate meets the requirements for this visa, then get in touch with us.

You can call our office on 07 4041 1580 or email us at admin@carolshipwaymigration.com.au


Monday 06 November 2017

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) announced changes last Friday 03 November 2017 to PIC 4020, the bar which prevents applicants from making visa applications if you have provided bogus documents. These changes come into effect on 18 November 2017.

If you have had a visa refused due to PIC 4020 or have provided bogus documents and withdrawn your visa application, you may be barred from applying for another visa for up to 10 years.

Please contact Carol Shipway Migration to discuss your options today.

You can email us at: admin@carolshipwaymigration.com.au or call our office on 07 4041 1580 to make an appointment in person or via Skype/telephone.


02 August 2017

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released a policy discussion paper on modernising Australia’s visa system. 

The DIBP want to reform the system, namely:

  • Reducing the number of visas from 99 to 10
  • Delineate between temporary entry and long-term/permanent residence
  • Utilising Provisional residence to enhance the integrity of the visa system
  • Ensuring that the visa system supports Australia as a competitive and attractive destination for temporary and longer-term entrants.  

The DIBP is taking submission until 15 September 2017. You can provide your thoughts here: http://www.border.gov.au/Forms/Pages/visa-simplification-submissions.aspx

Read more here: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/article/2017/07/31/australia-wants-reduce-number-visas-99-10

And here: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/visa-reform/policy-consultation-paper

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Last week we posted about the DIBP processing times. Over the week, the DIBP have updated these. 

This time is calculated from the date of application:

    • RSMS (187) (DE): 13 – 15 month
    • ENS (186) (DE): 9 – 12 months
    • Temporary Skilled (457): 61 days – 6 months
    • Partner (Temporary) (820): 18 – 21 months
    • Partner (Permanent) (801): 18 – 22 months
    • Partner (Temporary) (309): 13 – 19 months
    • Partner (Permanent) (100): 21 – 37 months

Find out more: http://www.border.gov.au/about/access-accountability/service-standards/global-visa-citizenship-processing-times

Thursday 20 July 2017

Do you have a visa application lodged with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and are wondering what the current processing time is? 

This time is calculated from the date of application:

    • RSMS (187) (DE): 13 – 14 month
    • ENS (186) (DE): 9 – 13 months
    • Temporary Skilled (457): 4 – 7 months
    • Partner (Temporary) (820): 17 – 19 months
    • Partner (Permanent) (801): 16 – 21 months
    • Partner (Temporary) (309): 11 – 15 months
    • Partner (Permanent) (100): 15 – 25 months

The DIBP will be updating the processing times each month. You can find it here: http://www.border.gov.au/about/access-accountability/service-standards/global-visa-citizenship-processing-times

Tuesday 04 July 2017

Interested in studying in Australia or currently enrolled?

Make sure that your Registered Training Organisation (RTO) has not had their registration cancelled by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). 

See more here: https://www.asqa.gov.au/news-publications/news/asqa-cancels-registration-productivity-partners-pty-ltd

ASQA have cancelled the registration of:

      • Productivity Partners Pty Ltd (RTO) number 30169);
      • ASCET Institute of Technology (RTO number 20770);
      • Smart City Vocational College Pty Ltd (RTO number 6494);
      • Australian Vocational Learning Institute (RTO number 21289);
      • Conwal and Associates Pty Ltd (RTO number 31190); and
      • Asia Pacific Training Institute Pty Ltd (RTO number 21378);
      • MHM Australasia Pty Ltd (RTO number 6980);
      • Gurkhas Institute of Technology (RTO number 22088); and
      • ACT Education Group (RTO number 40264).

Monday 03 July 2017

Interested in Skilled Migration and wondering how the changes will affect you? The DIBP have released information about the 01 July 2017 changes to the Skilled Migration programmes. Read more here: http://www.border.gov.au/WorkinginAustralia/Pages/1-July-2017-changes.aspx


      • Occupations lists have been further amended
      • Changes to 457 language exemptions 
      • Requirement for police checks for 457 visas
      • Changes to age requirements for ENS (186), RSMS (187), Skilled Independent (189), Skilled Nominated (190), and Skilled (Regional) (Provisional) visas
      • Introduction of New Zealand pathway in the Skilled Independent (189) visa

If you think you could be affected by these changes then contact our friendly team at Carol Shipway Migration Services:  admin@carolshipwaymigration.com.au

Monday 03 July 2017

On 01 July 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection introduced new occupation lists for temporary and permanent skilled migration. 

Temporary Visas

Permanent Visas

If you think you could be affected by these changes then contact our friendly team at Carol Shipway Migration Services:  admin@carolshipwaymigration.com.au

Monday 26 June 2017

Notice from the Migration Institute of Australia issued today 26 June 2017.

Changes as at 1 July 2017 – key points:

      1. VAC increase for all visas
      2. Skilled Migration Visas – Subclass 189, 187 & 186 – maximum age lowered to 45
      3. English language requirements: All applicants require Competent English score of IELTS  score of 6 (or equivalent) in each component for both Temporary Residence Transition and Direct Entry

If you think you could be affected by these changes then contact our friendly team at Carol Shipway Migration Services:  admin@carolshipwaymigration.com.au