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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Migration – is Tony Abbot right to say numbers need to be slashed?

Migration – is Tony Abbot right to say numbers need to be slashed?

The former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has laid down his views on migration claiming in an article in ‘The Australian’ that high migration levels had led to this country experiencing stagnant wages, unaffordable housing and a clogged infrastructure, leading to increased living costs.

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Leaks show Government won’t tolerate companies employing 20% of workers from overseas

Leaks show Government won’t tolerate companies employing 20% of workers from overseas

Dan Engles, the Director of Visa Solutions Australia claims that leaks whch have emerged ahead of next month’s major migration shake-up, indicate the Government will adopt a zero-tolerance approach to companies which don’t offer jobs to local people. The new Temporary Skills Shortage Visa scheme will replace the 457.

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