True Blue Migration Agents Blog

What is the Skilling Australians Fund Levy?

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  The Government has announced plans to introduce a Skilling Australians Fund Levy, effective from March 2018. This news impacts employers planning to sponsor overseas employees on short-term and PR visas. What does it involve? At present, employers sponsoring temporary overseas workers must either spend 1% of their annual payroll on training Australian workers or donate 2% to the annual payroll to an approved training fund. The Government wants to scrap this practice and introduce a flat levy instead. They say the old system was too hard to police. How much will employers pay? The amount payable depends on the […]

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10 Facts About the New Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa

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  Under the new temporary sponsored parent visa program, applicants can stay in Australia for up to ten years. In this week’s Budget, the Government confirmed plans to introduce a new temporary sponsored parent visa, enabling parents to live in Australia for as long as a decade, but not settle here permanently. Up to 15,000 people each year will be eligible to apply. The Government believes the visa will help families reduce their childcare costs as grandparents step in to share the load. Here are ten things you need to know before applying for the temporary sponsored parent visa. 1. […]

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10 Ways to Stay in Australia After the 457 Visa Changes

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Government plans to abolish 457 visas and introduce the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program have left many people reeling. In this blog post, we’ll look at what options are available to you now. For thousands of migrants across Australia, last week was truly horrific. The Government’s 457 visa changes took everyone by surprise, including us. There we were, expecting a quiet Tuesday after the Easter weekend and instead we were struck by Malcolm Turnbull’s visa missile. To say we’ve been inundated with calls and emails is an understatement. Our team of Registered Migration Agents have been working round the […]

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