Category Archives: Visas

Why Employers Should give a DAMA about Labour Agreements

Australia set up Designated Area Migration Agreements to help regional employers tackle skills shortages. But what are they and how do they help? In a bid to foster regional development and address skill shortages, one of the programs Australia has is the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA).  These agreements are a tool aimed at supporting […]

Skills Shortage visa: The 3 big changes that matter for employers and employees

Australia is set to implement long-awaited changes to its skilled migration system which will see benefits many employers – especially regional employers. The new rules extend the range of jobs employers can sponsor for permanent residency. All skilled occupation lists, including the Regional Occupation List, will now have access to the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) […]

Major 482 Update: PR Pathway Date Unveiled

Earlier this year, the Australian Government flagged changes to pathways for transitioning from 482 visas to permanent residency through the Temporary Resident Transition Scheme. Changes to the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482) pathways to permanent residency are due to take effect from 25th November 2023. What exactly are those changes, and what do they […]

Permanent Residents: Don’t let an expired Resident Return visa ruin your holiday plans

In Australia, we are weeks away from the long summer holidays; a time when many Australian permanent residents will be heading off to visit family and friends overseas. But have you thought about the return leg? Checking the status of your Resident Return Visa is vital. The Resident Return Visa enables Australian permanent residents to […]

7 Things Employers Should Know Before Sponsoring 482 Visas

With skills shortages affecting many sectors and affecting business growth, looking overseas for suitable talent is sometimes essential when Australians can’t be sourced to fill vacancies. Before employers decide to embark on sponsoring an employee, there are several important things they should know. In this article, we’ll explore seven key aspects of sponsoring 482 visas. […]

COVID-19: What Action is Left for Stranded Tourists?

Tourists in Australia with visas due to expire were urged to take action by the acting Immigration Minister on Wednesday 15th April. In March we reported on what temporary residents can do stranded in Australia.  With many countries closing their borders, and airlines stopping flights, many visitors and temporary workers and students are stuck in […]

COVID-19: Can you extend a Student Visa?

COVID-19: Student Visa – Extending your stay Travel bans, border closures and quarantining have impacted student visa holders looking to complete their courses in Australia. As a result, some students may find their subclass 500 visa expiring before they finish their studies. For other students who have finished their studies, the travel bans have stopped […]