Indian community will find new TSS visa restrictive

Indian community will find new TSS visa restrictive

The 457 visa which was abolished earlier this year was a popular route for Indians heading to work Down Under. Of the 90,000 holders of the 457 visas in Australia, 22% of them were held by Indians. Indians who had set their eyes on permanent residency will now find it tougher to achieve this PR status. If they qualify from Australian universities, they will still need to have had two years’ work experience in that area of specialism to obtain a role. Labour testing means that the local workforce will be given the first opportunity for a job vacancy.

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     Former Paralegal Kiran joins the Como office team

Former Paralegal Kiran joins the Como office team

Nearly all of our staff who work here at Visa Solutions Australia are migrants themselves and the latest addition to join our Como office is no exception. Kiran Singh was born in Malaysia and is very proud of her mixed heritage. “My husband and I migrated to Perth in 2007. Prior to our arrival here we were living in Kuala Lumpur. I was born and raised in Malaysia and I come from a multi-racial family. My father is of Indian heritage and my mother is Eurasian. I can speak fluent English and also Malay.”

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Earning threshold increases making it tougher to sponsor parents

Earning threshold increases making it tougher to sponsor parents

The Department of Home Affairs is making it tougher for migrant families to sponsor certain relatives who want to come and take up residency here, by increasing the earning threshold. In 1982 the Australian Government introduced an 'Assurance of Support', which was a legal commitment by an Australian permanent resident or citizen to be a guarantor and to help a family member to obtain a visa to live here.

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STEM program to encourage skilled workers

STEM program to encourage skilled workers

Expert workers wanting to move to Australia have been offered an olive branch by the federal government in their latest initiative which aims to open up more places for highly skilled migration. For a while now, there has been pressure on the federal government from business groups and the tech sector to open up more places for highly skilled migration.

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Government data-sharing - how it may affect you as a visa holder

Government data-sharing - how it may affect you as a visa holder

The Government is clamping down on fraud and if you're a visa holder it may impact you. The Australian Tax Office has announced that around 20 million visa holders are to be scrutinised under a data matching scheme with the aim of catching those who are avoiding tax, falling foul of superannuation compliance and working illegally. The team here at Visa Solutions Australia has been finding out how this data sharing may affect visa holders and employers.

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Why is Australia a safe country compared to others?

Why is Australia a safe country compared to others?

Not a day goes by without the mention of some atrocity, terror attack or shooting occurring somewhere in the world. Television footage shows people caught up in the middle of horrific incidents involving violence and bloodshed. Some countries are safer than others, fortunately Australia has relatively low levels of violent crime and a stable government which makes it appealing for migrants.

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