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Revised guidelines and website pages for SA RCB advice

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Immigration South Australia have advised that the SA RCB website pages will be updated on 1 July 2016 and include:

1. Expanded step-by-step guide

Immigration SA has expanded the RCB step by step guide (in a printable format), which includes an easy to follow summary of the requirements and documents required for RCB advice applications.

 

2. Document checklist for Regional Certifying Body (RCB) advice applications.

In order to improve application quality, Immigration SA will be publishing a more detailed document checklist. The updated checklist provides clearer guidelines for employment contracts and other documents required.

 

If the documents detailed in the checklist are not provided at time of submission, the RCB advice application will be made invalid and the migration agent or employer will need to re-apply to Immigration SA.

 

3. Clarification on timeframes for requests for information

Requests for further information from Immigration SA will need to be responded to within seven calendar days. A seven day extension* can be requested by email before the due date.

*Further extensions will not be granted (unless the employer specifically requires legal advice).

 

4. Change to recruitment activity timeframe

The nominated position must be actively advertised within the last six months (at the time of submission for RCB advice).

 

5. Changes to the recruitment activity exemption

Employers will be exempt from undertaking recruitment activity in the following circumstances:

• The nominated position is a university lecturer or a medical specialist (in the ANZSCO 253 series); OR

• The employer is a 457 visa approved sponsor and has employed the worker in the nominated position for 12 months or more on a valid work visa.

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Paypal for visa fees is coming

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The Immigration Department will be offering PayPal as a new payment option for applications lodged through ImmiAccount.

This payment method will increase the options available to applicants as PayPal accounts can be linked to bank accounts, credit cards or debit cards. PayPal has the advantage of accepting credit card types not currently accepted through departmental systems such as UnionPay and Discovery Card.

Further improvement will also be made to the BPAY options available to visa applicants. The option to make a BPAY payment will be extended to securities and second instalment visa application changes (VAC2). BPAY is an alternate payment pathway that does not incur a credit card surcharge and is not restricted as an online only payment channel.

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Free visa and migration advice clinic in Queensland for those in need

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What is the Migration Advice Service?

This service offers free visa advice by the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland to residents in the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane areas.

As its continuing commitment to the needy and disadvantaged, the Society will offer this advisory service to those who can’t afford the professional services of a migration agent/lawyer.

Who can access the Migration Advice Service?
The service is offered on a needs but flexible basis, depending on your personal circumstances. If you feel you fulfil this need, and you wish to access this free service, we invite you to contact us at the number provided below at the times advertised, or write to us at: info.mas@svdpqld.org.au

Consultations will strictly be by appointment, on a first come first serve basis, as the St Vincent de Paul Society can only see a limited number of people in each session.

Where is the Migration Advice Service located?
The service is available at the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane areas.

What are the benefits of accessing the Migration Advice Service?
The Society offers this advisory service to those who can’t afford the professional services of a migration agent/lawyer.

How can I find out more?
People wanting to access this service are asked to make an appointment by calling 048 7347 858 between 6pm and 9pm, Monday to Friday (except on public holidays).

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Darwin company penalised heavily for exploitation

A Darwin computer company was this week ordered to pay a penalty of $430,000 to the Commonwealth Government for breaches of sponsorship obligations regarding three 457 visa holders.

The company, Hallmark Computer Pty Ltd was also ordered to pay more than $83,000 in restitution to the workers and the company’s sole director and shareholder Ashok Alexander was ordered to pay a personal penalty of $86,000.

The Federal Court found the company and its owner had committed numerous breaches of sponsorship obligations in respect to the visa holders.

The breaches involved underpayment of the sponsored employees, illegal recovery of costs from the employees by requiring them to repay some of their monthly salary and one employee being directed to work in a different occupation than the sponsored occupation.

The court action followed an investigation by the Department of Immigration and Border protection into the company.

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New Work and Holiday arrangement commences with Israel

​NEW ‘Work and Holiday’ arrangement commences with Israel on 1 June 2016
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The new Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement between Australia and Israel commenced on 1 June 2016 and applications can now be lodged. The arrangement allows up to 500 young Australians and Israeli’s per year to have an extended holiday of up to 12 months in each other’s countries, during which they might undertake short-term work and study.

Information on the Work and Holiday programme is available on the immigration department’s website.

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