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What Do The Australian Government's New Migration Plans Mean For Expats?

Posted by: Scar on Monday June 10, 2019 (17:42:48)   (664 Reads)
Newly re-elected Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently promised to further reduce the number of migrants granted visas if he won the election. His government intends to cap permanent migration at 160,000 (down from the 190,000 maximum allowed last year) for the next four years. This move will be implemented alongside the advent of a new skilled-worker visa that will see expats having to reside for three years outside of major cities a ...    more ...

What Does Australia's New DAMA Act Mean For You?

Posted by: Scar on Thursday February 14, 2019 (12:34:58)   (1379 Reads)
Australia has long had a strict immigration policy, with most expats applying for visas based on their special skills. Unfortunately for the country, this has so far meant that expats flock to the cities with the most opportunity and highest standard of living, settling largely in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. A new class of visa, however, looks set to change all that.    more ...

What Do The Changes To Australia's Point-Based Visa Test Mean For You?

Posted by: Scar on Thursday September 13, 2018 (15:17:04)   (1628 Reads)
Australia increased the pass-mark for its points-based visa test this summer. The department of immigration raised the previous mark of 60 points to 65 points from the first of July 2018. While this may not seem like a big jump, it has ramifications for non-skilled workers applying for visas. Previously, some of these applications have been reliant on a five-point ‘bonus’ via sponsorship of the visa application from a territory or state gover ...    more ...

What Does The Abolition Of Australia's 457 Visa Mean For Expats?

Posted by: Scar on Monday June 18, 2018 (08:41:14)   (1058 Reads)
Until it was officially abolished on 18 March 2018, the 457 visa was the most common way for approved Australian employers to sponsor skilled workers from overseas to fill the critical vacancies they were unable to fill with local workers.

The Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visa was attractive for expats because holders were able to bring eligible family members to Australia with unrestricted work and study rights. This four-year visa also provi ...    more ...

How To Add More Points To Your Australian Visa

Posted by: Scar on Friday May 04, 2018 (09:50:49)   (2500 Reads)
Here in the UK, the Brexit beast is still grumbling about immigration controls, with both sides of the debate arguing their case for firmer or fairer systems.

Existing EU rules mean that citizens of the jurisdiction have the right to roam freely through member nations, living, studying and working where they please. Wherever you decide to hang your hat, you can call home and enjoy the same rights as the permanent residents of that country.    more ...

How Will The New Australian Citizenship Reforms Affect You?

Posted by: Scar on Monday September 04, 2017 (08:15:59)   (2186 Reads)
The Land Down Under has long been one of the most popular destinations for expats from across the globe because of its high living standards as well as the educational, career and business opportunities it offers. Australia is also more than just a nation with a booming economy; it is a continent on its own, with plenty to see and do. However, things may soon undergo a significant change, curtailing the dreams of many who are planning to migrate ...    more ...

An Expat Guide To Australian Visas In 2017

Posted by: Scar on Friday September 01, 2017 (10:40:37)   (4356 Reads)
This has been an interesting and at times contentious year when it comes to Australia’s visa system. The government announced the decision to abolish the 457-temporary work visa, which has been the most common visa for employers to sponsor skilled workers to work temporarily in Australia.    more ...

How Will Changes To Australia’s 457 Visa Affect Expats?

Posted by: Scar on Monday May 01, 2017 (13:04:28)   (2622 Reads)
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Australia has for many years been a top destination for expats wanting to exploit work and lifestyle opportunities, but for many their future dreams ‘down under’ may be curtailed.

That's because the country has unveiled plans to abolish the 457 visa programme which is aimed at attracting skilled migrants to the country.

The 457 visa is being replaced with the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.    more ...

Moving To Australia - What To Expect As A New Expat

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday August 20, 2014 (03:21:03)   (3336 Reads)
Australia has a large population of foreign residents and continues to draw expats to its shores every year. It is a country rich in natural beauty and its major cities rank among the top twenty in the world when it comes to quality of life. But moving to any country has its ups and downs and the best thing new expats can do is to learn as much as they can about the place that will soon become their new home. Here are a few things you can expect ...    more ...

Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To Australia

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday June 24, 2014 (03:47:31)   (2878 Reads)
Australia has always attracted expats to its shores because of the high quality of life and lucrative opportunities. For those who’ve already made the decision to pack up and move down under, here is some recommended reading that will help you plan your stay and also prepare you for what’s in store.

Moving To Australia: A Guide For Expats, Lovers And the Otherwise Curious
by Andrea N Spirov

This book is written by someone who has ...    more ...