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Victoria halts application process for Australia Skilled Visas due to huge rush

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Victoria, a south-eastern Australian state has halted application process for Australia Skilled Visas due to huge rush. The acceptance of the new skilled visa nomination applications is on hold until further notice in order to manage the received requests. This is because of a huge pile of Australia Skilled Visas nomination applications. This is not a permanent halt although. The acceptance is stopped temporarily because the department has to assess and manage the applications received before 15th May.

The decisions to be taken on these applications might face a delay as well. Despite this, the nomination applications for the business and investor visa will not be affected. The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources of Victoria issued a statement. It said that the department is not accepting any new applications for Australia Skilled Visas. This includes Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa or Subclass 489 Skilled Provisional Regional visa. This is to help in managing this demand, and meet service commitments, it added.

Similarly, the Queensland government has also stopped issuing the applications until July 2018 in order to clear the previous logjam of applications. Once this is sorted out, the applicants must issue new EOIs in July so as to apply for the skilled nomination. It is to be noted that the Australian states have their own programs for migration to cope up with their needed skill set and meet labor demands. This helps them to sponsor the applicants.

Australia’s annual immigration intake cap of 190,000 is well maintained because of the strict visa checking procedure. In 2016-17 the intake of people was 183,608 which were reduced to 138,086 as of April 30th, 2018. The application of the skilled nomination became tougher and complex because the technology used indicated more factors which showed more details about the risks of approving an applicant.

The Head of Home Affairs department, Michael Pezzullo said that “applicants get more ‘hits’ in our trade. This is as they couple increased databases into their checking mechanisms. These have to be resolved” he added.

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Australia replaces 457 visas with TSS visas

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The popular 457 visa program of Australia has been removed, with a new legislation becoming effective from 18 March. It will be replaced with a new visa program known as TSS (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa.

The 457 visa will be annulled by the Migration Legislation Amendment Regulations 2018 and replaced with the new Subclass 482 visa. With the new visa, employers are allowed to access skilled international workers if they are not able to find workers with the requisite skills in Australia.

The new visa, which will be available in two streams (short term and medium term), requires compulsory work experience in addition to better English language proficiency for the medium-term visa. It will hereafter be also necessary for applicants to obtain skill assessments, which are positive before they can begin applying for visas.

SBS Punjabi says that experts are of the belief that many overseas students who could obtain employer-sponsored visas after graduating will find it tough to get these new visas because of the extra conditions.

The short-term visas under the TSS will be granted for two years and the medium-term visas for up to four years with the IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) exam under which overall band score of 5 and at least 5 in each of the four components is necessary.

It also has been made clear that with short-term visas, people do not get a pathway to permanent residency. In 2017, Australia’s Federal Government implemented major changes to employer-sponsored visas which will become effective soon.

Henceforth, businesses wanting to sponsor international workers on short-term visas of TSS can bring them under occupations listed on the STSOL (Short-term Skilled Occupation List). For the four-year visa, they can access them in occupations on the MLTSSL (Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List).

Included in the TSS also is a Labour Agreement stream that lets employers of Australia access skilled foreign workers in line with a labour treaty with the government, where it can be shown that required talent is not available in the labour market of Australia.

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Immigration to grow Australia’s wealthy population by 37%

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The population of ultra-wealthy in Australia will increase by 37 percent over the next five years owing to increasing property and equity values swelling fortunes and as the country continues to attract wealthy newcomers, according to Knight Frank, a popular real estate agent.

Knight Frank’s Wealth Report 2018 estimates that encouraging conditions hastening the growth in numbers of high net worth individuals globally will increase in Australia the number of people having net assets of US$50 million from 1,260 in 2017 to 1,720 by 2022.

Michelle Ciesielski, head of residential research, Knight Frank Australia, was quoted by The Australian Financial Review as saying that they had seen a considerable increase in prices of prime properties.

She said that in addition, recent instability notwithstanding, gains were also seen in the equities market over the past year. Ciesielski states that being the third most desired destination in the world for ultra-rich is drawing them to the country.

The report adds that the numbers of high net worth individuals increased by 10 percent in 2017 globally, making up for over half of the total 18 percent growth over five years from 2012. It also estimated its growth to rise to 40 percent over the present five-year period in accordance with the projected growth of the Land Down Under.

Financial Review Rich List of 2017 showed a soaring property market, a resurgence for manufacturing, bolstering prices of iron ore and good performers in the financial services and technology industries increased the total wealth of the country’s richest 200 people to $233 billion, with the average wealth being $1.16 billion.

Ciesielski said that Australia is included in the world’s top five destinations, where ultra high net worth individuals are eyeing prime property in 2018.

The top source countries of wealthy individuals for Australia are China, Singapore, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines, Frank Knight’s report said.

Moreover, the survey also found that ultra-wealthy in Oz was more unlikely to leave the country. While 27 percent of Australia’s ultra-wealthy held a dual nationality or a second passport, only six percent said they had plans to leave the country permanently.

Sarah Harding, head of residential, Knight Frank Australia, concluded by saying that these numbers underline Australia’s popularity as a destination for ultra high net worth individuals.

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Immigration central to Australia’s overall success

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If Australia has become one of the top ranking countries in the world economically, socially and culturally, it has largely been because of immigration, says The Age.

It says that it was the reason that the country’s population increased by 50 percent, helping, in turn, its economy to develop and making it so prosperous. Half of Australians were either born abroad or have at least one immigrant parent. This has given Australia a diversity to assist it in building an economy and society that is envied by all other countries.

The news daily says that it has always been a supporter of immigration as it has been conspicuously advantageous, which has been substantiated by every modern study on the issue. This is because immigration intensifies the rate of economic growth by boosting consumption, employment and demand. According to the daily, it also improves their culture and society by creating a heady cocktail of practices, traditions and tastes. Immigration supports human values, as it promotes empathy and tolerance.

If there are infrastructural problems in the Land Down Under, the solution for it depends on investing in its infrastructure. The Age does not think immigration has anything to do with it. Even problems like traffic and hosing can be solved by addressing it. These are pains that accompany the growth of any sort. The exponential changes in technology-abetted by creativity and innovation of humans can surely solve these problems.

On the other hand, resorting to protectionist practices would only undermine Australia culturally, economically and politically, it concludes by saying.

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Immigration essential to counter Australia’s ageing workforce

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Australia witnessed over 225,000 people migrating to its shores to settle and live there permanently in the financial year 2016-17. Most of them were younger, skillful and well-educated when compared to the average population of the country.

Population researchers aver that because of these aspects, recent migrants become crucial to the Land Down Under’s economy in the future where the ageing population is high.

Out of the migrants who arrived in the last financial year, 126,000 arrived as skilled employees to work in certain industries and 61,000 arrived through the family stream. Only 24,000 were asylum seekers, most of who were from Syria and Iraq, both of which are beset by internal problems.

Of those who arrived with 457 visas to fill skill shortages, 10,000 were trade workers and technicians, 26,000 were professionals and 900 were brought under a subclass visa to tend to the old and disabled.

Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics released in 2017 showed that unemployment rate among temporary residents and recent migrants was 7.4 percent compared to the Australian average of 5.4 percent at the end of 2016. Participation in the labour force was, however, 66 percent in Australia as against 70 percent in recent arrivals.

Liz Allen, a demographer with Australian National University Centre for Social Research and Methods, was quoted by The Australian as telling it that migrants were more risk-prone, and they relocate with their family in a country where their language is spoken only by a few, and they employ themselves or pick up English.

Dr Allen said there was clear evidence that if Australia wants to make up for losses from an ageing labour population, it needed migrants. She added that she found it mysterious that politicians were overlooking this and cribbing about infrastructure spending.

The last financial year also saw 448,000 international students arriving in 2016-17, an increase of over 100,000 from 2014. Of them, 100,000 migrants were from India, Britain, China and The Philippines.

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Australia extends SmartGate service to UAE nationals entering or exiting it

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The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stated that Australia has decided to extend the SmartGate service in its airports for UAE nationals holding ordinary passports who are either arriving or leaving.

Gulf Times said that Emiratis can opt to clear their departure or and arrival using the SmartGate services so long as they obtain a pre-arrival Australian electronic entry visa.

Ahmad Saeed Alham Al Daheri, the Ministry’s Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs, said the usage of departure and arrival SmartGate at airports in Australia would be granted to holders of ordinary UAE passports who are a minimum of 16 years old.

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According to him, such facilities being extended to UAE nationals show that their passport is one of the most valued and reliable travel documents in the world.

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UAE nationals eligible for optional fast-track service of Australian visitor visas

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UAE passport holders who meet certain criteria will be able to access an optional Priority Consideration (Fast-Track) Service for Australian Subclass 600 Visitor visas — in tourist as well as business streams — for an additional fee of A$1,000 from visa application centers of Australia in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

According to the Australian Embassy, passport holders of the United Arab Emirates, India and China will be eligible to opt for this service option in the e600 application from 1 July 2017 when they apply online for a visitor visa through the website of DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection), ImmiAccount.

The Embassy said that their present arrangements to offer a priority service will continue to be in place without any extra costs for applicants wanting to travel in emergency situations.

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Within two days of the receipt by the Embassy/Consulate, most of the Priority Consideration (Fast-Track) Service applications will be processed. But all applicants need to meet the legal requirements laid out in the migration legislation for a visitor visa to be granted. They include checks to be carried out for character, health and security.

If the visa officers of Australia request for further information before arriving at a decision, it implies that the decision on granting a visa for a particular applicant would take more two days.
The Embassy states that if a visa application in Priority Consideration Service is refused for any reason, the fee would not be refunded. In addition, decisions may not be taken for all applications within two days.

Applicants wanting to avail this service must a make a request to use the Priority Consideration Service before they submit their visa application forms. The DIBP will not entertain requests to use the Priority Consideration Service after their applications have been submitted.

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Feasible ways to reach Australia from Dubai

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Migrating to Australia will be the most unforgettable experience. And moving to this country offers expats a better quality of life. The country is multicultural and encourages immigrants from all parts of the globe. One of the key aspects, why the country is increasingly popular, is its employment opportunities.

The Temporary work visa (subclass 403) authorizes government officials, technical personnel, scientists and experts from the fields of science, innovation, and research to make it to Australia on a temporary basis. There are five feasible ways to reach Australia.

  • Government agreement stream allows people to use this path after a bilateral signed agreement between the Australian Government and the government of another country from where the applicant hails from. A signatory statement agreeing to the conditions between Australia and another country owing to the fact that the applicant will be employed and be engaged according to the Australian labor laws.

A detailed document as to how long the post offered lasts. An advantage here is the accompanying of the family members. A copy of the agreement with the government of Australia is mandatory.

  • Foreign government agency stream through this stream the facilitator, teacher or tutor will be sent through an invitation to teach in an Australia school. The subclass 995 Diplomatic visa will be issued on a temporary basis. The applicant should apply as a foreign government employee a letter of support from the foreign ministry stating the representation and the length of stay.
  • Domestic worker stream authorizes the holder of the Diplomatic subclass 995 to invite a domestic helper who is above the age of 18 to take up full-time domestic duties. A letter which will make the process better is a supporting document from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade supporting the applicant to be issued with a temporary visa.
  • Seasonal worker program a temporary work gateway into selected industries where the employment of local labor is skeletal.
  • Privileges and immunities stream is a temporary entry for those people who are affiliated with overseas missions and international organizations. A letter from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade supports the issuance of a temporary visa.

How to apply for this visa

All the documents must be copies of the original documents. And in case if any true copies are submitted, they will be returned through courier once the verification is complete. You should be creating an online Immiaccount. And the documents should be converted to a PDF format not exceeding 5MB. The processing time might vary based on the pathway and you will receive notifications through email keeping you posted about the status of your visa application.

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Follow to make a trip to Australia successful

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If you intend to witness the varied and vast landscapes, unique wildlife Australia is one of the most interesting destinations of its kind. If you touch base with your family experience the hospitality and the most down to earth people whom you would visit during your holiday to Australia.

Plan for adventure and stunning walks with your family as well.  Moreover, with the populous identity, the airlines have considerably low prices for a flight. You would get to flight off at the international airports such as Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin, and Perth.

Once you are done with your immigration procedures there is a range of public transport such as shuttle buses, trains, and taxis. And to visit some of the most scenic parts of Australia you can hop into a cruise as well.

A key aspect of following to make it into Australia is to have relevant travel authorization. There is a range of visas available under the Subclass 600. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection recommends you to have proper documents before you make it to Australia and also leave on time before the validity expires.

Documents you will need

  • Duly filled form 1419 application form
  • Valid passport
  • Two colored photographs
  • A letter stating the purpose of your visit
  • Complete travel itinerary including details of accommodation, and round trip ticket details.
  • Evidence of funds and fixed assets
  • Tax returns for the past three years
  • Health insurance and proof that you are physically fit
  • If you are employed a no objection letter from the employer is prominent
  • If you are self-employed a copy of the companies registration is mandate
  • If you are a student a letter from the institution permitting the holiday

A visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days and visa extension is also applicable. The maximum time it takes to process the tourist visa is 15 days approximately for the time you have lodged your application.

Australia is absolutely colossal with a wide range of climates from December through February is summer, and from March to May is autumn; beginning from June to August is the coolest winter; lastly, September to November is spring. Now you can plan your holidays pertaining to your favorite and desirable weather condition.

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Australia Business Visa

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With Visitor Visa- subclass 600, people can enter Australia for purposes of tourism, business to visit family and friends. Some people may prefer to club two or all the three aforementioned activities when they visit the ‘Land Down Under.’

Earlier, there were different visas for tourists, business, sponsored family and sponsored business visitor. The visitor visa (subclass 600) has replaced all of them.

For this multi-purpose visa, applicants need to submit notarized copy all their current passports’ pages. Included in which will be the back page of the passport, alterations page, and bio data page

In addition, one recent photograph of each of the people must be attached to the application form along with their birth certificates’ copies. Mentioned in the certificates must be the names of both parents. It is better to be ready having a Health and Police Clearance Certificate in person.

For children who are aged less than 18 years, a notarized ‘no objection certificate’ form any parent who is not accompanying them is necessary, besides copies of their parents’ passports. The parents have to give their permission with a statutory declaration. If these children are not staying in Australia with a parent or a relative or a legal guardian or relative, then they must submit a declaration signed by the individual who will be their guardian as along as they are in Australia.

If you want to obtain a visitor visa- tourist visitor stream, you have to submit a completed Form 1419 – application form for it. Along with it you should provide your itinerary (travel details within that country), activities you would undertake and the accommodation details. For proof funds to take care of yourself, you need to provide bank statements’ copies (personal as well as business) for certain duration of time to satisfy the immigrant authorities, copies of documents of any assets held by you and documents of taxes paid by you for the past three years.

With this visa, people can travel to Australia for a short business trip, which lasts for up to a maximum of three months. Included in the business activities are attending conferences or seminars, partaking in negotiations for self or on behalf of others or to explore possible business activities in which one may hold a stock or invest in.

This visa is granted to people holding passports and who intend to visit Oz for business

This visa is available to all passport holders who want to visit Australia for business activities. Sponsorship is not required for this visa.

This visa has taken the place of Business (Short Stay) visa (subclass 456), Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant-Short Validity) (subclass 977), Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant-Long Validity) (subclass 956), eVisitor visa (subclass 651) and Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) visa (subclass 459). All these visas no longer exist.

Visa applicants need to submit Notarised copy of all the pages of their current passports. Included in the notary pages should be photocopies of biodata pages, photocopies of any endorsement pages or modifications in name pages of the current passport, and photocopies of the backpages with information of previous passports and parents names on them. In fact, these requirements are necessary for all visa categories.

In addition, one must submit SubClass 771 (a visa form numbers 876 and 956), one recently taken passport size photo, a covering letter from the companies of the applicants or applicants themselves, a filled up incoming passenger card, which is available on aircraft or ship before arrival.

The normal processing time for these visas is three to five working days.

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