Are you ready for Flying Cars...??


Uber unveils its vision for urban transport as a flying car to hit Melbourne city within 4 years. Uber announced Melbourne as one of its testing cities in 2023 along with Dallas and Los Angeles.

The Victorian and the Australian governments have supported Uber for its urban transport vision.  Also, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be responsible for the approval at different stages. Though for those hoping for a curbside helicopter service will be disappointed. The service will be operated through Uber application but will have designated stations called ‘Skyports’, to take off and land.

Uber calls the concept as ‘Aerial Ride-sharing’. Yet, many of the specifics including the design or the crafts on how would it be piloted is yet to be finalised.

The future of Urban Transport?

Under the plan, vertical take-off and landing vehicles would be based in stations at Melbourne, which will offer the customers an alternative to travel across the city or to the airports.

Eric Allison, the global boss of Uber’s Elevate program says that the 19-kilometre drive from Melbourne Airport to CBD will take no more than 10 minutes using the flying car service.

Will this airport ease boost Tourism?

Airport is one of the main stations where the technology will attract. This will definitely boost the Australian tourism, says Chris De Gruyter, the vice-chancellor in ‘Centre for Urban Research’ at RMIT, Melbourne.

But, Uber will need a place to park somewhere, take-off and land their flying cars, which either will be a roof or a carpark of a mall or a designated zone at the airport, which we say can cause trouble and traffic or the commuters. As for the noise, Uber says the flying cars would be at-least 32 times quieter than the usual helicopters.

So, we ask you how excited are you for flying cars to come on board? And what do you think about the concept? Let us know on the comments below.

Let's talk about Single Touch Payroll... And its Benefits..!?



Single Touch Payroll has been in the pipeline for a few years now but it is recently that the ATO has made it mandatory for the SMEs to adopt. Usually, businesses report the payroll only once a year to the ATO, whereas now they would be required to do so after each pay day in a digital format while using a specific arrangement called Standard Business Reporting (SBR). This move by ATO signifies to make the Australian tax system smarter, more automated and more efficient.

The Benefits to the Employer:

For employers like you, once the changes are applied and understood, there are several advantages under the new system:

  • Once the STP is fully online, you will no longer need to provide annual pay (PAYG) summaries to your employees. You will not have to prepare the annual reconciliation to the ATO. This will reduce your administration and compliance overhead.
  • The STP data that you provide will allow the ATO to pre-fill the BAS PAYG amount maintaining that element accurately from your behalf.
  • You no longer would need to provide a payment summary to your employees. The ATO will make it available for them at myGov, so they can access it easily anytime anywhere. This increased visibility will give your employees more insight of their own for their tax positions.

However, make sure there are no mistakes while providing the information through STP as it would be difficult to change. Adjustments could be done at the end of the year but it will be very easy for the ATO to track them now.

Be aware that the Payroll is linked to Payroll tax which is also linked to Worker’s Compensation insurance. Hence, be prepared for Audits from any of these departments as they talk to one another automatically.

The Benefits to the Employee:

For employees like you, in terms of visibility of pay, tax and super, life just got easier.

  • The ATO will update the total year to date salary (YTD) of an employee on its myGov portal each and every time of their pay. It will also show the PAYG withholding amounts and super guarantee contributions as they accumulate. This means the employees will have more access to their pay and taxes in a timelier manner, plus they can check if their Super is being paid correctly.
  • New employees can complete TFN Declarations and Super choice nominations online for a more streamlined digital process.
  • With Single Touch Payroll being adopted, the ATO will be able to pre-fill BAS for employers. This would reduce the potential of human error and double handling.
  • The ATO will automatically track all the figures taken from the STP submissions and make them available on their myGov portal. This means the employees can access their payment information directly, hence, they won’t have to generate and distribute payment summaries saving their time and money at a crucial time- end of financial year.

However, make sure your pay is correct every time. Check with your Pay Advisor.

Let's talk about the increase in Australian Visa application fees..


The Department of Home Affairs specifies the increased Visa Application Charges (VAC) for the majority of visas with the exception of the Subclass 600 Visitor visa.

The upsurges reflect a 2.25% CPI increase published in the 2019/20 Budget Paper No 1 AND the 5.4% increase announced in the Visa Application Charge (VAC)- Uplift announced as a part of the 2019/20 Federal Budget, a total of 7.65% increase.

These VAC increases take effect from 1 July 2019, except those for the new Skilled Regional visas which will come into effect with these new subclasses on 16 November 2019.

Below is the list of the most common visa application types along-with the new fees.

Subclass Visa Type Application Fee Primary Applicant Application Fee Secondary Applicant 18 and over Application Fee Secondary Applicant under 18
482 Short-term stream $1,265 (increased by $90) $1,265 $320
482 Medium term stream $2,645 (increased by $190) $2,645 $660
482 Labour Agreement Stream $2,645 (increased by $190) $2,645 $660
400 Temporary Work Short Stay $310 (increased by $25) $310 $80
186 ENS Permanent Residence $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,010
190 Skilled Nominated PR $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,010
189 Skilled Independent PR $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,015
820/801 Partner $7,715 (increased by $555) $3,860 $1,935
600 Visitor $145 (increased by $5) n/a n/a
155 Resident Return Visa $405 (increased by $30) n/a n/a

 

Unchanged:

Nomination Fee for 482 visas (all streams) – $330
Nomination Fee for ENS PR – $540
Subsequent temporary application charge – $700

The above mentioned are all the fees/charges that go directly to the Government. On top of these fees are the Government Labour Market Testing (LMT) charges. Lastly, additional professional fees from the Migration Agents or Lawyers may apply.

If you have any further questions about Government Visa fees, please do not hesitate to contact us…

Let's talk Skilled Independant Visas (subclass 189): Top 5 Questions


 

 

(1)    Who is the 189 Visa for?

The Skilled Independent - Subclass 189 visa (commonly known as General Skilled Migration) is designed for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, the Australian government, or a family member living in Australia. If approved, you will be granted Australian permanent residence (PR), which would allow you to live, work and remain in Australia permanently.

 

(2)    What type of industries are listed to apply for the 189 Visa?

When you apply, you must express your intention to work within a particular skilled occupation.

The Australian government has a list of eligible occupations, many of which require post-secondary education or specialised technical training. The list does change, however eligible occupations at the moment includes: Health professionals; Engineers; Construction Managers; Architects; Physicians; Teachers; IT professionals; Social Workers; Mechanics; Welders; Carpenters; Electricians and others.

 

(3)    How do you apply and how many points do I need to obtain?

As part of the application process, you will initially need to submit an ‘expression of interest’ and wait for an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).

In order to apply, you will also need to obtain at least 65 points. Points will be awarded to you, based on the following areas: 

  • Age
  • English language ability
  • years of relevant employment experience in Australia and overseas courses you have completed, and studies undertaken in Australia
  • skills from your spouse

 

Essentially, the higher number of points you will be able to achieve, will affect how quickly you will receive your invitation from DOHA.

 

(4)    Is there an age limit and English threshold for the 189 Visa?

You will need to be 45 years of age at the time of invitation, and you will need to have at least a ‘competent’ level of English. Evidence may include the following:

  • achieve the relevant score in an English test from an approved English language test provider. You must have undertaken the test, no more than 36 months before you are invited to apply for the 189 Visa.
  • you are a citizen of, and hold a valid passport from, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

Where applicants are over the age limit, Oz Migration will be able to assess whether you will be eligible for alternative pathways for PR. Other visa considerations may apply to business owners or investors who are able to invest/setup a business in Australia.

 

(5)    Why should I use a migration agent, oppose to applying myself?

At Oz Migration we consult with numerous clients where they have applied incorrectly themselves for the Subclass 189 visa, and lost thousands in fees for the same reasons. In many instances, they needed to restart their applications which meant waiting another 1-2 years. At Oz Migration Solutions, we have three dedicated Migration Agents, each with other 10 years industry experience. Our agents will be able to formulate a strategy to ensure you achieve the highest points available when applying, which will ultimately enable you to fast track your PR.

If you would like to pursue the Skilled Independent – Subclass 189 Visa, please contact our team to start the process. 

Let's talk Student Visas: Top 5 Questions


 

 

(1)    What are my work conditions on a Student Visa?

 

Generally, Student Visa holders are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight and without limitation when the course is no longer in session. E.g. during holiday periods.

 

(2)    What can I study on a Student Visa?

 

There is a wide range of areas which you are able to be trained, and in all kinds of courses in Australia on the student visa. To keep things simple, we will outline three main areas of studies:

 

  • University studies: these would include Degree programs, Masters, PhDs etc. You can study these programs in public or private universities, as well as private colleges.

 

  • Vocational Training: these courses are more practical-oriented than university studies, and some can be flexible, more affordable and to allow you time to work in many cases. Course outcomes includes Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diploma and covers professional based occupations, semi-professional and trades etc.

 

  • English Courses: these courses are able to be short tailored courses, to long term intensive programs.

 

(3)  Is my partner, child and family able to be included on my Student Visa?

 

It is possible to add a dependent family members on your Student Visa. Your spouse won’t need to study and he/she will also able to work – usually part-time jobs with a maximum of 40 hours every fortnight. Children will be permitted to attend appropriate schooling.

 

(4)    How can Oz Migration Solutions help with facilitating work rights?

 

We understand the living costs, and studying in Australia can be an expensive exercise requiring upfront payments. At Oz Migration Solutions, we would be able to provide guidance with selecting the most appropriate course, which would allow you to obtain a Graduate Visa once you complete your studies. The Graduate Visa would permit full time employment for up to 18 months to 4 years. This additional visa period with full time work rights, has proven effective with providing financial assistance, especially with the upfront fees paid during course completion. Hence, at Oz Migration we don’t simply apply for visas. We package our fees to provide advisory services - identifying the correct course and devising a strategy to apply for a work visa, and potentially permanent residency at a later date.   

 

(5)    Is it important to choose the right course of studies to apply for Permanent Residency later on?

 

We consult with many students who visit our office after course completion, because they aren’t able to obtain PR because they chose the wrong course – by this time it’s too late!

 

It is extremely important to choose the correct course, and develop a strategy to enable a pathway towards Permanent Residency. At Oz Migration Solutions, our agents track and monitor the occupations list for work visas/PR on a continuous basis. At Oz Migration Solutions, we have a team of three registered migration agents, and have devised successful plans for thousands of applicants who have since obtained permanent residence. Please contact our team and ask for Rob Lu using rob.lu@ozmigration.net.au to find out more. Rob Lu is a Migration/Visa Specialist with over 10 years of experience, who will be able to connect with you via phone/email to commence the eligibility process.

 

Business or Visitor..


The best business visa to obtain to come to Australia for general business, a visit or to look for employment is the subclass 601 visa. 

To make it easy to understand an ETA allows you to enter Australia for up to 3 months at a time as a tourist or a visitor on business purposes. 


Business visitor activities can include:  

- General business or employment queries

- investigating, negotiating and dealing with business contracts

- Tasks carried out as part of official government to government visits 

- Participating in conferences, meetings, seminars etc as long as you are not paid by the organisers for your participation


Before you apply, you need to know that if you are granted an ETA, any other visas that you do hold could be affected by this ETA. For current ETA holders the subclass 601 has replaced Electronic Travel Authority subclass (976), Electronic Travel Authority Business Entrant - Short Validity, subclass (977) and Electronic Travel Authority Business Entrant - Long Validity subclass (956).  

If you hold one of these previous ETA'S already then it will be valid until the expiry date you were given. If you apply for and are granted a new ETA the earlier one will end and the new one will be valid as soon as it has been granted. With your passport, if you plan to get a new passport, you should do this before you apply for your ETA. Your ETA is linked to the passport number you use in the application and you must use the same passport to travel to Australia. 

There is no cost for the ETA application, however, there is a service charge of AUD20 which applies for online applications only. 

Looking to stay longer than 3 months? 

If you are looking to stay longer than 3 months and wish to work there are other visas that may be more suitable for you. If you are 30 years or under the other visa to consider is the 417 or 462 working holiday visa. The 417 and 462 visas allow you to stay in Australia for up to 12 months, work in Australia for up to six months with each employer, study for up to 4 months and leave/re-enter Australia for any number of times while the visa is still valid.

If you are looking for a more permanent work visa the 457 may also be another option for you to consider. A 457 visa allows you to work in Australia for up to 4 years, bring your family to work or study in Australia as often as you want, however please note that this is a sponsored visa which means that your employer must either become an approved sponsor or nominate you for a position. 

source:www.border.gov.au 


IT Specialists Migrating To Australia


We were recently asked what kind of problems IT specialists should expect when migrating to Australia. The below explanation can be applied not only to IT but across multiple industries when looking to migrate to Australia. Each case depends on your individual circumstances as well as your eligibility to obtain an Australian visa. 

The first step before making the move is to ensure that you are eligible to apply for a visa that will enable you to live and work in Australia.  Below are two options to consider: 

1)  Employer Sponsored Visa - This requires you to either be sponsored directly by the company who has offered you a job or through a surrogate employer or a contractor management company that has an on-hire agreement with the government to sponsor individuals with your skills


2)  General Skilled Migration Stream via SkillSelect - In order to apply, your occupation must be listed on Schedule 1 of the Consolidated Skills Occupation list, and you must also meet all other eligibility requirements https://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Empl/skillselect 

The route you choose really depends on your visa eligibility as well as your future plans. You can also look at an app called MyMigrationAustralia, which allows you to asses whether you could be eligible for a 457 visa or Permanent Residency visa. 

Once you have determined the best  visa for your circumstances, you will need to find employment in Australia. Finding a job in Australia can be difficult for non-residents, especially if you don't get the right advice and help. 

If you are having difficulty, a company called Skills 2 Oz may be able to assist. They help job seekers from all around the world get jobs in Australia. Here you are not competing directly with Australian residents and you will find all the information you need to be prepared for the Australian market. They can also help you with advice and additional qualifications that will help you to succeed in the Australian job market. 

The employers that advertise jobs with Skills 2 Oz, offer a variety of jobs including temporary roles in Call Centers, Administration, Engineering, Construction and many more. 

Alternatively, these are some of the key website's to look for jobs in Australia... 

www.seek.com

www.careerone.com.au 

www.jobseeker.com.au

www.jobsearch.com.au 

www.mycareer.com.au    


457 Visa - freedom to work wherever you want


There is a lot of confusion surrounding the rules of the 457 visa, as a migration company, Oz Migration get a lot of enquiries regarding its limitations. One thing we’re asked on several occasions is, “can I work for whoever I want?”... 

In theory, yes, the 457 visa can allow you to work wherever you like, you are free to apply and work for any Australian company that is willing to become your sponsor, you can even change jobs just like any Australian Permanent resident or citizen.

In fact, the Human Resource (HR) law of Australia is applicable to 457 visa holders, therefore you must be treated in accordance with the Australian HR laws, but also abide by the immigration rules set around 457 employment.

Basically, there are two parts to the sponsorship, one is the entity that wants to sponsor you - it has to get an agreement with the Department of Immigration and can apply to sponsor you. The sponsoring entity does not hold your 457 visa, you hold your 457 visa approval, and you can have that approval moved to another sponsor at any time without the permission of your existing sponsor.

The entity sponsoring you for your 457 visa cannot hold you back to stay with them, nor can they threaten you with being kicked out of the country, they can however cancel their sponsorship. In which case you will have 90 days to find a new company to sponsor and employ you. You are free to move to another employer as long as you acquire another sponsor for your 457 and do not work outside the skill set you have been/can be sponsored under.

The Immigration Department wants this visa to allow skilled individuals to be able to stay and move around if they can find further work; they want to keep the skill in Australia. That’s why they allow 90 days for you to find further work if your current employment ceases or if you are not happy working where you are, you have 90 days to find another sponsor.

In some cases, you can work through an approved 457 on-hire company; this automatically allows you more free movement around jobs, as well as allowing you to change on-hire companies.

For more information contact us at info@ozmigration.net.au. In the meantime, enjoy working in Australia.

Australia: working without company sponsorship


Many individuals thinking of migrating to Australia do a lot of research regarding the conditions, rules, forms, tests, eligibility skills list and other issues around the Australian visas. This can sometimes get understandably overwhelming, in which case we get enquiries asking whether it’s possible to settle down in Australia without sponsorship from an Australian company.

To answer the question, yes it is possible to settle down and work in Australia permanently without employer sponsorship, as long as you are able to meet eligibility requirements for the General Skilled Migration scheme via Skills Select.

Another route could be an Australian Working Holiday visa; however, this visa only allows you to work with one employer for six months and only allows you to stay in Australia for a maximum of 12 months (2 years if you spend 3 months out on a farm etc.)

Alternatively, you can live and work in Australia through an employer based sponsorship such as the Subclass 457 visa. To obtain this visa, you will need to either be sponsored directly by the company who has offered the job, or through a surrogate/umbrella/contractor management company that has an on-hire agreement with the government to sponsor individuals with your skills.

The route you choose really depends on your future plans. If you have any further enquiries please contact us as info@ozmigration.net.au.

What you need to know about moving from a Working Holiday Visa to a 457 Visa


For those visiting Australia on a 417 (Working Holiday) or a 462 (Work & Holiday) visa that are planning on extending your stay... it’s in your best interest to acquire a 457 Australian Visa. Due to the rules associated with the 417/462 visa: only allowing you to work in Australia for a maximum of 6 months with each employer and stay for a maximum of 12 months, (24 months if you have worked for 3 months in specified work in regional Australia) moving to the 457 Visa will allow you to stay in Australia for another 4 years.

Many 417/462 visa holders often look to this option once they've made the decision to live & work in Australia longer than their current visa allows them to. However, what most potential 457 holders do not take into consideration is the amount of time it takes for a visa application to be processed. It is important for all holders of the Working Holiday Visas to be mindful of the time involved in this process and to understand that it can be a long time before they are approved to bridge to the 457 Visa. Many assume that a lodgement of a Subclass 457 visa means they will be able to continue working past the 6 month period, this is incorrect!

Before applying for the 457 Visa you need to make sure you qualify... To do this you can use a variety of sources, such as; the Government Website Page or speaking to a qualified migration agent.

As an migration company we get countless enquiries from individuals with only weeks left on their 417/462 visa period and are hoping to extend their stay by acquiring the 457. In most circumstances, unless the application is submitted with enough time for it to be approved before their work period has expired; they’re legally not allowed to work in Australia.

Should you find yourself in this situation, you need to cease working until your Subclass 457 visa has been approved, or you can obtain permission from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for an extension to your 6 month work limitation – this extension can only be submitted after the 457 visa has been lodged and can sometimes take longer than the visa to be processed. 

There is also such thing as a ‘bridging visa’ however this offers no immediate assistance and still requires a long waiting period. Due to the bridging visa, which is issued on the lodgement of the 457 visa application, should someone’s 417/462 visa expire whilst their 457 visa is pending, they will be able to remain onshore during processing AND be able to continue working for the same employer for a further 6 month period.

In order to avoid all these additional hassles such as; the bridging visa & visa extensions – simply submit your application with sufficient time for processing. It is important that everyone understands the strict rules around the 6 month work limitation, and it is important to note that working for longer than 6 months with the same organisation is NOT permitted.  It is recommended for applicants who do not wish to cease employment whilst waiting for their 457 to be approved - that the application for the 457 visa is lodged at least 2 months before the work limitation comes into effect . Any breach of this condition could have an impact on your pending 457 application and possibly any future Permanent residency visa applications.


*Please note that the above advice may not be applicable to everyone and we recommend all individuals speak to and liaise with a registered migration agent to seek appropriate advice which is relevant to their particular situation.*


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Are you ready for Flying Cars...??


Uber unveils its vision for urban transport as a flying car to hit Melbourne city within 4 years. Uber announced Melbourne as one of its testing cities in 2023 along with Dallas and Los Angeles.

The Victorian and the Australian governments have supported Uber for its urban transport vision.  Also, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be responsible for the approval at different stages. Though for those hoping for a curbside helicopter service will be disappointed. The service will be operated through Uber application but will have designated stations called ‘Skyports’, to take off and land.

Uber calls the concept as ‘Aerial Ride-sharing’. Yet, many of the specifics including the design or the crafts on how would it be piloted is yet to be finalised.

The future of Urban Transport?

Under the plan, vertical take-off and landing vehicles would be based in stations at Melbourne, which will offer the customers an alternative to travel across the city or to the airports.

Eric Allison, the global boss of Uber’s Elevate program says that the 19-kilometre drive from Melbourne Airport to CBD will take no more than 10 minutes using the flying car service.

Will this airport ease boost Tourism?

Airport is one of the main stations where the technology will attract. This will definitely boost the Australian tourism, says Chris De Gruyter, the vice-chancellor in ‘Centre for Urban Research’ at RMIT, Melbourne.

But, Uber will need a place to park somewhere, take-off and land their flying cars, which either will be a roof or a carpark of a mall or a designated zone at the airport, which we say can cause trouble and traffic or the commuters. As for the noise, Uber says the flying cars would be at-least 32 times quieter than the usual helicopters.

So, we ask you how excited are you for flying cars to come on board? And what do you think about the concept? Let us know on the comments below.

Let's talk about Single Touch Payroll... And its Benefits..!?



Single Touch Payroll has been in the pipeline for a few years now but it is recently that the ATO has made it mandatory for the SMEs to adopt. Usually, businesses report the payroll only once a year to the ATO, whereas now they would be required to do so after each pay day in a digital format while using a specific arrangement called Standard Business Reporting (SBR). This move by ATO signifies to make the Australian tax system smarter, more automated and more efficient.

The Benefits to the Employer:

For employers like you, once the changes are applied and understood, there are several advantages under the new system:

  • Once the STP is fully online, you will no longer need to provide annual pay (PAYG) summaries to your employees. You will not have to prepare the annual reconciliation to the ATO. This will reduce your administration and compliance overhead.
  • The STP data that you provide will allow the ATO to pre-fill the BAS PAYG amount maintaining that element accurately from your behalf.
  • You no longer would need to provide a payment summary to your employees. The ATO will make it available for them at myGov, so they can access it easily anytime anywhere. This increased visibility will give your employees more insight of their own for their tax positions.

However, make sure there are no mistakes while providing the information through STP as it would be difficult to change. Adjustments could be done at the end of the year but it will be very easy for the ATO to track them now.

Be aware that the Payroll is linked to Payroll tax which is also linked to Worker’s Compensation insurance. Hence, be prepared for Audits from any of these departments as they talk to one another automatically.

The Benefits to the Employee:

For employees like you, in terms of visibility of pay, tax and super, life just got easier.

  • The ATO will update the total year to date salary (YTD) of an employee on its myGov portal each and every time of their pay. It will also show the PAYG withholding amounts and super guarantee contributions as they accumulate. This means the employees will have more access to their pay and taxes in a timelier manner, plus they can check if their Super is being paid correctly.
  • New employees can complete TFN Declarations and Super choice nominations online for a more streamlined digital process.
  • With Single Touch Payroll being adopted, the ATO will be able to pre-fill BAS for employers. This would reduce the potential of human error and double handling.
  • The ATO will automatically track all the figures taken from the STP submissions and make them available on their myGov portal. This means the employees can access their payment information directly, hence, they won’t have to generate and distribute payment summaries saving their time and money at a crucial time- end of financial year.

However, make sure your pay is correct every time. Check with your Pay Advisor.

Let's talk about the increase in Australian Visa application fees..


The Department of Home Affairs specifies the increased Visa Application Charges (VAC) for the majority of visas with the exception of the Subclass 600 Visitor visa.

The upsurges reflect a 2.25% CPI increase published in the 2019/20 Budget Paper No 1 AND the 5.4% increase announced in the Visa Application Charge (VAC)- Uplift announced as a part of the 2019/20 Federal Budget, a total of 7.65% increase.

These VAC increases take effect from 1 July 2019, except those for the new Skilled Regional visas which will come into effect with these new subclasses on 16 November 2019.

Below is the list of the most common visa application types along-with the new fees.

Subclass Visa Type Application Fee Primary Applicant Application Fee Secondary Applicant 18 and over Application Fee Secondary Applicant under 18
482 Short-term stream $1,265 (increased by $90) $1,265 $320
482 Medium term stream $2,645 (increased by $190) $2,645 $660
482 Labour Agreement Stream $2,645 (increased by $190) $2,645 $660
400 Temporary Work Short Stay $310 (increased by $25) $310 $80
186 ENS Permanent Residence $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,010
190 Skilled Nominated PR $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,010
189 Skilled Independent PR $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,015
820/801 Partner $7,715 (increased by $555) $3,860 $1,935
600 Visitor $145 (increased by $5) n/a n/a
155 Resident Return Visa $405 (increased by $30) n/a n/a

 

Unchanged:

Nomination Fee for 482 visas (all streams) – $330
Nomination Fee for ENS PR – $540
Subsequent temporary application charge – $700

The above mentioned are all the fees/charges that go directly to the Government. On top of these fees are the Government Labour Market Testing (LMT) charges. Lastly, additional professional fees from the Migration Agents or Lawyers may apply.

If you have any further questions about Government Visa fees, please do not hesitate to contact us…

Let's talk Skilled Independant Visas (subclass 189): Top 5 Questions


 

 

(1)    Who is the 189 Visa for?

The Skilled Independent - Subclass 189 visa (commonly known as General Skilled Migration) is designed for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, the Australian government, or a family member living in Australia. If approved, you will be granted Australian permanent residence (PR), which would allow you to live, work and remain in Australia permanently.

 

(2)    What type of industries are listed to apply for the 189 Visa?

When you apply, you must express your intention to work within a particular skilled occupation.

The Australian government has a list of eligible occupations, many of which require post-secondary education or specialised technical training. The list does change, however eligible occupations at the moment includes: Health professionals; Engineers; Construction Managers; Architects; Physicians; Teachers; IT professionals; Social Workers; Mechanics; Welders; Carpenters; Electricians and others.

 

(3)    How do you apply and how many points do I need to obtain?

As part of the application process, you will initially need to submit an ‘expression of interest’ and wait for an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).

In order to apply, you will also need to obtain at least 65 points. Points will be awarded to you, based on the following areas: 

  • Age
  • English language ability
  • years of relevant employment experience in Australia and overseas courses you have completed, and studies undertaken in Australia
  • skills from your spouse

 

Essentially, the higher number of points you will be able to achieve, will affect how quickly you will receive your invitation from DOHA.

 

(4)    Is there an age limit and English threshold for the 189 Visa?

You will need to be 45 years of age at the time of invitation, and you will need to have at least a ‘competent’ level of English. Evidence may include the following:

  • achieve the relevant score in an English test from an approved English language test provider. You must have undertaken the test, no more than 36 months before you are invited to apply for the 189 Visa.
  • you are a citizen of, and hold a valid passport from, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

Where applicants are over the age limit, Oz Migration will be able to assess whether you will be eligible for alternative pathways for PR. Other visa considerations may apply to business owners or investors who are able to invest/setup a business in Australia.

 

(5)    Why should I use a migration agent, oppose to applying myself?

At Oz Migration we consult with numerous clients where they have applied incorrectly themselves for the Subclass 189 visa, and lost thousands in fees for the same reasons. In many instances, they needed to restart their applications which meant waiting another 1-2 years. At Oz Migration Solutions, we have three dedicated Migration Agents, each with other 10 years industry experience. Our agents will be able to formulate a strategy to ensure you achieve the highest points available when applying, which will ultimately enable you to fast track your PR.

If you would like to pursue the Skilled Independent – Subclass 189 Visa, please contact our team to start the process. 

Let's talk Student Visas: Top 5 Questions


 

 

(1)    What are my work conditions on a Student Visa?

 

Generally, Student Visa holders are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight and without limitation when the course is no longer in session. E.g. during holiday periods.

 

(2)    What can I study on a Student Visa?

 

There is a wide range of areas which you are able to be trained, and in all kinds of courses in Australia on the student visa. To keep things simple, we will outline three main areas of studies:

 

  • University studies: these would include Degree programs, Masters, PhDs etc. You can study these programs in public or private universities, as well as private colleges.

 

  • Vocational Training: these courses are more practical-oriented than university studies, and some can be flexible, more affordable and to allow you time to work in many cases. Course outcomes includes Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diploma and covers professional based occupations, semi-professional and trades etc.

 

  • English Courses: these courses are able to be short tailored courses, to long term intensive programs.

 

(3)  Is my partner, child and family able to be included on my Student Visa?

 

It is possible to add a dependent family members on your Student Visa. Your spouse won’t need to study and he/she will also able to work – usually part-time jobs with a maximum of 40 hours every fortnight. Children will be permitted to attend appropriate schooling.

 

(4)    How can Oz Migration Solutions help with facilitating work rights?

 

We understand the living costs, and studying in Australia can be an expensive exercise requiring upfront payments. At Oz Migration Solutions, we would be able to provide guidance with selecting the most appropriate course, which would allow you to obtain a Graduate Visa once you complete your studies. The Graduate Visa would permit full time employment for up to 18 months to 4 years. This additional visa period with full time work rights, has proven effective with providing financial assistance, especially with the upfront fees paid during course completion. Hence, at Oz Migration we don’t simply apply for visas. We package our fees to provide advisory services - identifying the correct course and devising a strategy to apply for a work visa, and potentially permanent residency at a later date.   

 

(5)    Is it important to choose the right course of studies to apply for Permanent Residency later on?

 

We consult with many students who visit our office after course completion, because they aren’t able to obtain PR because they chose the wrong course – by this time it’s too late!

 

It is extremely important to choose the correct course, and develop a strategy to enable a pathway towards Permanent Residency. At Oz Migration Solutions, our agents track and monitor the occupations list for work visas/PR on a continuous basis. At Oz Migration Solutions, we have a team of three registered migration agents, and have devised successful plans for thousands of applicants who have since obtained permanent residence. Please contact our team and ask for Rob Lu using rob.lu@ozmigration.net.au to find out more. Rob Lu is a Migration/Visa Specialist with over 10 years of experience, who will be able to connect with you via phone/email to commence the eligibility process.

 

Business or Visitor..


The best business visa to obtain to come to Australia for general business, a visit or to look for employment is the subclass 601 visa. 

To make it easy to understand an ETA allows you to enter Australia for up to 3 months at a time as a tourist or a visitor on business purposes. 


Business visitor activities can include:  

- General business or employment queries

- investigating, negotiating and dealing with business contracts

- Tasks carried out as part of official government to government visits 

- Participating in conferences, meetings, seminars etc as long as you are not paid by the organisers for your participation


Before you apply, you need to know that if you are granted an ETA, any other visas that you do hold could be affected by this ETA. For current ETA holders the subclass 601 has replaced Electronic Travel Authority subclass (976), Electronic Travel Authority Business Entrant - Short Validity, subclass (977) and Electronic Travel Authority Business Entrant - Long Validity subclass (956).  

If you hold one of these previous ETA'S already then it will be valid until the expiry date you were given. If you apply for and are granted a new ETA the earlier one will end and the new one will be valid as soon as it has been granted. With your passport, if you plan to get a new passport, you should do this before you apply for your ETA. Your ETA is linked to the passport number you use in the application and you must use the same passport to travel to Australia. 

There is no cost for the ETA application, however, there is a service charge of AUD20 which applies for online applications only. 

Looking to stay longer than 3 months? 

If you are looking to stay longer than 3 months and wish to work there are other visas that may be more suitable for you. If you are 30 years or under the other visa to consider is the 417 or 462 working holiday visa. The 417 and 462 visas allow you to stay in Australia for up to 12 months, work in Australia for up to six months with each employer, study for up to 4 months and leave/re-enter Australia for any number of times while the visa is still valid.

If you are looking for a more permanent work visa the 457 may also be another option for you to consider. A 457 visa allows you to work in Australia for up to 4 years, bring your family to work or study in Australia as often as you want, however please note that this is a sponsored visa which means that your employer must either become an approved sponsor or nominate you for a position. 

source:www.border.gov.au 


IT Specialists Migrating To Australia


We were recently asked what kind of problems IT specialists should expect when migrating to Australia. The below explanation can be applied not only to IT but across multiple industries when looking to migrate to Australia. Each case depends on your individual circumstances as well as your eligibility to obtain an Australian visa. 

The first step before making the move is to ensure that you are eligible to apply for a visa that will enable you to live and work in Australia.  Below are two options to consider: 

1)  Employer Sponsored Visa - This requires you to either be sponsored directly by the company who has offered you a job or through a surrogate employer or a contractor management company that has an on-hire agreement with the government to sponsor individuals with your skills


2)  General Skilled Migration Stream via SkillSelect - In order to apply, your occupation must be listed on Schedule 1 of the Consolidated Skills Occupation list, and you must also meet all other eligibility requirements https://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Empl/skillselect 

The route you choose really depends on your visa eligibility as well as your future plans. You can also look at an app called MyMigrationAustralia, which allows you to asses whether you could be eligible for a 457 visa or Permanent Residency visa. 

Once you have determined the best  visa for your circumstances, you will need to find employment in Australia. Finding a job in Australia can be difficult for non-residents, especially if you don't get the right advice and help. 

If you are having difficulty, a company called Skills 2 Oz may be able to assist. They help job seekers from all around the world get jobs in Australia. Here you are not competing directly with Australian residents and you will find all the information you need to be prepared for the Australian market. They can also help you with advice and additional qualifications that will help you to succeed in the Australian job market. 

The employers that advertise jobs with Skills 2 Oz, offer a variety of jobs including temporary roles in Call Centers, Administration, Engineering, Construction and many more. 

Alternatively, these are some of the key website's to look for jobs in Australia... 

www.seek.com

www.careerone.com.au 

www.jobseeker.com.au

www.jobsearch.com.au 

www.mycareer.com.au    


457 Visa - freedom to work wherever you want


There is a lot of confusion surrounding the rules of the 457 visa, as a migration company, Oz Migration get a lot of enquiries regarding its limitations. One thing we’re asked on several occasions is, “can I work for whoever I want?”... 

In theory, yes, the 457 visa can allow you to work wherever you like, you are free to apply and work for any Australian company that is willing to become your sponsor, you can even change jobs just like any Australian Permanent resident or citizen.

In fact, the Human Resource (HR) law of Australia is applicable to 457 visa holders, therefore you must be treated in accordance with the Australian HR laws, but also abide by the immigration rules set around 457 employment.

Basically, there are two parts to the sponsorship, one is the entity that wants to sponsor you - it has to get an agreement with the Department of Immigration and can apply to sponsor you. The sponsoring entity does not hold your 457 visa, you hold your 457 visa approval, and you can have that approval moved to another sponsor at any time without the permission of your existing sponsor.

The entity sponsoring you for your 457 visa cannot hold you back to stay with them, nor can they threaten you with being kicked out of the country, they can however cancel their sponsorship. In which case you will have 90 days to find a new company to sponsor and employ you. You are free to move to another employer as long as you acquire another sponsor for your 457 and do not work outside the skill set you have been/can be sponsored under.

The Immigration Department wants this visa to allow skilled individuals to be able to stay and move around if they can find further work; they want to keep the skill in Australia. That’s why they allow 90 days for you to find further work if your current employment ceases or if you are not happy working where you are, you have 90 days to find another sponsor.

In some cases, you can work through an approved 457 on-hire company; this automatically allows you more free movement around jobs, as well as allowing you to change on-hire companies.

For more information contact us at info@ozmigration.net.au. In the meantime, enjoy working in Australia.

Australia: working without company sponsorship


Many individuals thinking of migrating to Australia do a lot of research regarding the conditions, rules, forms, tests, eligibility skills list and other issues around the Australian visas. This can sometimes get understandably overwhelming, in which case we get enquiries asking whether it’s possible to settle down in Australia without sponsorship from an Australian company.

To answer the question, yes it is possible to settle down and work in Australia permanently without employer sponsorship, as long as you are able to meet eligibility requirements for the General Skilled Migration scheme via Skills Select.

Another route could be an Australian Working Holiday visa; however, this visa only allows you to work with one employer for six months and only allows you to stay in Australia for a maximum of 12 months (2 years if you spend 3 months out on a farm etc.)

Alternatively, you can live and work in Australia through an employer based sponsorship such as the Subclass 457 visa. To obtain this visa, you will need to either be sponsored directly by the company who has offered the job, or through a surrogate/umbrella/contractor management company that has an on-hire agreement with the government to sponsor individuals with your skills.

The route you choose really depends on your future plans. If you have any further enquiries please contact us as info@ozmigration.net.au.

What you need to know about moving from a Working Holiday Visa to a 457 Visa


For those visiting Australia on a 417 (Working Holiday) or a 462 (Work & Holiday) visa that are planning on extending your stay... it’s in your best interest to acquire a 457 Australian Visa. Due to the rules associated with the 417/462 visa: only allowing you to work in Australia for a maximum of 6 months with each employer and stay for a maximum of 12 months, (24 months if you have worked for 3 months in specified work in regional Australia) moving to the 457 Visa will allow you to stay in Australia for another 4 years.

Many 417/462 visa holders often look to this option once they've made the decision to live & work in Australia longer than their current visa allows them to. However, what most potential 457 holders do not take into consideration is the amount of time it takes for a visa application to be processed. It is important for all holders of the Working Holiday Visas to be mindful of the time involved in this process and to understand that it can be a long time before they are approved to bridge to the 457 Visa. Many assume that a lodgement of a Subclass 457 visa means they will be able to continue working past the 6 month period, this is incorrect!

Before applying for the 457 Visa you need to make sure you qualify... To do this you can use a variety of sources, such as; the Government Website Page or speaking to a qualified migration agent.

As an migration company we get countless enquiries from individuals with only weeks left on their 417/462 visa period and are hoping to extend their stay by acquiring the 457. In most circumstances, unless the application is submitted with enough time for it to be approved before their work period has expired; they’re legally not allowed to work in Australia.

Should you find yourself in this situation, you need to cease working until your Subclass 457 visa has been approved, or you can obtain permission from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for an extension to your 6 month work limitation – this extension can only be submitted after the 457 visa has been lodged and can sometimes take longer than the visa to be processed. 

There is also such thing as a ‘bridging visa’ however this offers no immediate assistance and still requires a long waiting period. Due to the bridging visa, which is issued on the lodgement of the 457 visa application, should someone’s 417/462 visa expire whilst their 457 visa is pending, they will be able to remain onshore during processing AND be able to continue working for the same employer for a further 6 month period.

In order to avoid all these additional hassles such as; the bridging visa & visa extensions – simply submit your application with sufficient time for processing. It is important that everyone understands the strict rules around the 6 month work limitation, and it is important to note that working for longer than 6 months with the same organisation is NOT permitted.  It is recommended for applicants who do not wish to cease employment whilst waiting for their 457 to be approved - that the application for the 457 visa is lodged at least 2 months before the work limitation comes into effect . Any breach of this condition could have an impact on your pending 457 application and possibly any future Permanent residency visa applications.


*Please note that the above advice may not be applicable to everyone and we recommend all individuals speak to and liaise with a registered migration agent to seek appropriate advice which is relevant to their particular situation.*