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Australian Citizenship Changes Announced

    As if the Government’s 457 visa reform bombshell wasn’t enough for one week, changes to Australian citizenship have also been announced. The Turnbull Government say their planned reforms will “strengthen the integrity” of the citizenship application process. In a nutshell, they’re making it harder for migrants to satisfy citizenship requirements. At present, more than 130,000 people from 210 countries become Australian citizens every year. For many migrants, it’s an important final step in the migration process. Regarding how soon the changes will take effect, the Government said the legislation relating to the reforms will be introduced into Parliament […]

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457 Visa Changes – Summary of Reforms

  The UK did it with Brexit, America did it with Trump and now Australia seems to be following suit. Picking on migrants for political gain is certainly a growing trend. The Australian Government dealt a blow to thousands of workers and employers yesterday when it announced plans to abolish the 457 visa scheme and replace it with two new temporary skilled visas as part of a Temporary Skill Shortage Visa Program. Within hours of the announcement, two significantly condensed lists were released, the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). The program is being […]

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New RSMS 187 Visa Applications Suspended in WA

RSMS 187 VISA (1)

  WA Labour has dealt a blow to migrants applying for RSMS Visas (subclass 187). New applications to the WA Regional Certifying Board (RCB) have been temporarily suspended as of today (13th March 2017). The suspension comes just days after Labor stormed to victory in the WA election. In most cases, before applying for a RSMS 187 Visa, applicants must have the position ‘approved’ by an RCB. The first hint that Labor would seek to remove Perth from the RSMS scheme came earlier this year when Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten suggested that WA’s ailing economy means there is less […]

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