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Strengthening the integrity of the 457 program

On 28 February 2013, the Department Of Immigration and Citizenship released the following fact sheet to explain the pending changes to the Subclass 457 visa scheme:

The purpose of the 457 visa program is to enable employers to fill skill shortages by recruiting qualified overseas workers where they cannot find appropriately skilled Australians. (more…)

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Subclass 457 visa Changes

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, announced major but yet undefined changes to the Subclass 457 visa in a media release over the weekend, as follows:

  • Employers must demonstrate that they are not nominating positions where a genuine shortage does not exist
  • The English language requirements for certain positions have been raised (more…)
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Tightening of Temporary Skilled (Subclass 457) Visas

The Minister has announced a tightening of requirements in respect of Subclass 457 visas.

Below is an extract from a story in “The Australian” on 23 February 2013 setting out what it says the proposed changes will be:

 

EXTRA investigation powers for inspectors to get information from bosses they suspect of being dodgy.
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Case Study – Ibarra De Leon

Case study:

Name: Ibarra De Leon and family

Country of Origin: Philippines

Visa Services: Australian Permanent Residence

Outcome: Approved

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Urgent Scam Warning

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) reported the family in India of of a Subclass 489 client today received a telephone call at home from “someone” stating they were from Customs in Canberra and were calling to advise there is a discrepancy in his visa payment and that he will not be able to get back into Australia until the family pays money.

The scammer gave them a name “Rachel Morgan” and the number 1300558287 (which is the number for Australian Customs and Border Protection Service).

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Case Study – Bendigo Radiology

Name: Megan Egan

Position: Human Resources Manager

Company: Bendigo Radiology

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Demand eases for Temporary Business Long Stay (Subclass 457) visa

Employer demand for the temporary skilled migration visa (subclass 457) has eased in the past six months, according to statistics released today.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) latest monthly report for 457 visas confirms downwards movement in temporary skilled migrants, a trend which has been developing since June last year.

“Temporary work visa applications have been heading downwards since June 2012 and have now declined for the last three consecutive months,” a DIAC spokesman said today.

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Case Study – Mariette Venter

Name: Mariette Venter

Country of Origin: South Africa

Visa Services: Partner visa

Outcome: Approved

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