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Did COVID-19 make you wish you had applied for Australian PR or Citizenship sooner?


Since COVID19 changed all of our lives, many holders of temporary Australian visas have found themselves in a difficult situation. Financial rescue packages such as JobSeeker and stimulus payments have strict eligibility requirements which exclude anyone who is not an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, JobKeeper is restricted mainly to citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens holding Subclass 444 visas, and strict border controls currently only allow Australian citizens and Permanent Residents to enter the country from overseas.

While of course we hope that we never experience a situation like COVID19 again, it is best to be prepared for the future and have the security that Permanent Residence and Citizenship can offer. While right now it may seem like closing the gate after the horse has bolted, if you think you may be eligible to apply for Permanent Residence or Citizenship, now would be a good time to contact us so we can assess your options. Even if you are not eligible now, we may be able to help you put a plan in place so that you could be eligible in the future.  It is important to understand that submitting an application now unfortunately won't change your eligibility for the current stimulus offerings that are part of this COVID19 event, however it will allow you to focus on a more certain and secure future. Contact us on (02) 9407 8788 or email us info@ozmigration.net.au

How can you safeguard yourself or your business from COVID-19? An immigration perspective…


In these turbulent times, based on the government’s treasury figures, Australia’s unemployment rate is expected to climb from 5.1% to reach 10%. Given there will be a significant rise in unemployment, there are some expectations that Australia’s visa list which outlines the occupations that are able to apply for an employment visa/Permanent Residence will be reviewed with certain occupations being removed from the list. 

If you work in one of the industries which has been affected by COVID-19 (e.g. Retail, Hospitality, Travel etc), you should be asking:

do I have a TSS/482 visa holder who I would like to safeguard before potential changes to the visa list occurs?
are there any TSS/482 visa holders who should apply for PR sooner rather than later, in case the visa list changes?

How can your business start planning?

At this stage, it might be a few months before the Australian government starts to reopen the doors for foreign nationals coming into Australia for work assignments. Governments have indicated that citizens from New Zealand may initially enter Australia, with other countries to eventually follow. 

Until this happens, companies who wish to sponsor employees for work purposes, will likely need to factor in additional costs such as the mandatory 14 days quarantine measures. For example, if an employee needs to stay in a hotel for 14 days at $250 (3 stars) to $400 (5 stars) per night, companies may need to budget for an additional $2,800 to $5,600 towards relocation costs.

At Oz Migration we would be more than happy to go through strategies; prepare cost estimates for your company’s internal mobility programs; explore options to companies/individuals; or just have a confidential chat about the current landscape.

For further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au or call us on 02 9407 8788

....................................................

Written by Robert Lu

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586

Pathway To PR… TSS 482/457 TO Permanent Residency


If you are holding a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa and would like to apply for Australian Permanent Residence under the Employer Nomination Scheme (also known as ENS or company sponsored PR), you may qualify under the following two main pathways.


(1) Temporary Residence Transition stream pathway (most popular pathway)


If you held or applied for a TSS 482/457 visa on or before 18 April 2017, and you have worked for your sponsoring employer for at least 2 years full-time in Australia, you will qualify for PR under the ENS.


However, if you held or applied for a TSS visa after 18 April 2017, you need to wait until you have worked for your sponsoring employer for at least 3 years full-time (instead of 2), before you apply for PR.


(2) Direct Entry stream pathway


Applicants who don’t want to wait the 2 or 3 years needed under the TRT stream are able to apply earlier, however they will need to obtain a positive skills assessment with their nominated assessing authority. For example, an Accountant will need to obtain a positive skills assessment with Chartered Accountants (CA) Australia or Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia. These assessing authorities are independent bodies which undertake a review of your qualifications and work experience, to determine whether it aligns with Australian standards.


In addition to obtaining the positive skills assessment, applicants will need to have at least 3 years of full-time work experience in total, however the 3 years doesn’t need to be with the sponsoring employer, and can be work experience from overseas.


If you would like our office to conduct an assessment to determine whether you or your employee qualifies for PR, please don’t hesitate to contact us or reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au

TSS 482 – Labour Market Testing Exemptions


Are you applying for a TSS visa, and would like to check if you are exempt from Labour Market Testing?

Most people are aware that Labour Market Testing (LMT) is mandatory when applying for the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa (Subclass 482), however did you know there are some exemptions? As Australia is a member of many international trade agreements, this article will explain the available exemptions available to date. LMT is therefore not mandatory in the following circumstances:

• the worker is a citizen of China, Japan, Mexico, Thailand or Vietnam, or is a citizen/permanent resident (PR) of Canada, Chile, South Korea, New Zealand or Singapore. As part of the application, you will simply need to provide a copy of their passport/PR status to apply for this exemption.

• the worker is a current employee of a business that is an associated entity of your business and the business is located in Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, Mexico, South Korea or New Zealand. A copy of their passport and employment contracts would be provided as part of this exemption.

• the worker you nominate is a current employee of an associated entity of your business, that associated entity operates in a country that is a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and the nominated occupation is an Executive or Senior Manager occupation, and the nominee will be responsible for the entire or a substantial part of your company’s operations in Australia.

• the worker you nominate is a citizen or an eligible permanent resident of a WTO member country and has worked for you in the nominated position in Australia on a full-time basis for the last two years.

• the worker has an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in their field of sport, academia and research, or a top-talent chef. A detailed submission will be needed to outline how only a few candidates are able to fit the role on an international scale.

On a final note, it’s important to understand the above exemptions applies to workers applying for a TSS visa using a company which has a standard business sponsorship agreement. If you will be applying for a TSS visa using an approved On-Hire or Company specific Labour Agreement, these are customised agreements with Immigration, and you will need to check which exemptions may apply (if any).

For further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us or reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au

……………………………………….

Written by Robert Lu

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586

Self-isolation... Our pets will save us!


With the current situation going on, most of us are self-isolated with some actually working remotely, we all need a little bit of happiness and a companionship at the moment, and those fortunate enough to have pets have a clear way to escape from loneliness.

National Pet Month is back and this time even better than ever, attracting thousands of animal lovers to celebrate the value of pet ownership. It brings together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, businesses and schools to promote good pet ownership, raise funds for a good cause and have fun.

We would love to shout about the rewards and benefits of owning a pet whilst encouraging responsibility, increasing awareness of pet care specialists, and promoting the value of assistance and companion animals.

So why not dedicate this month to our pets as appreciation and celebrate the benefits that they bring to our lives and vice versa.

To know more about such charities, visit here.

How are your pets helping you through these unusual times? Perhaps send us a picture of your pet(s) at info@ozmigration.net.au and show us how are they helping you cope…


TSS/482 VISA - Top 5 Questions Regarding Covid-19 & Work Rights


As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, many of us are now facing an uncertain future in relation to our employment, and being a temporary visa holder in Australia can add to this uncertainty. At Oz Migration, we have been inundated with questions from both the employers and visa holders. To assist, we have outlined below the top five questions we have been asked, along with the answers to help you through this uncertainty. 

1) Can the hours for a primary Temporary Skill Worker (TSS) visa holder be reduced, or they can be offered a part-time role? Has the Department relaxed the rules for TSS visa holders due to the COVID-19?

For most workers on TSS visas, their visa condition states they must remain in full-time employment and must continue to be paid at the level which was approved for the visa. Over the weekend, the Department has confirmed there will be some flexibility around relaxing the rules with full-time employment, and businesses will be able to reduce the hours of a TSS visa holder without the person being in breach of their visa condition.

If a TSS visa holder has been laid off due to COVID-19, however re-employed afterwards, their time already spent in Australia will still be counted towards their permanent residency skilled work experience requirements.

The Department has also confirmed that TSS visa holders will be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation this financial year.

2)     2)  Can a TSS visa holder be placed on unpaid leave? If so, how long?

Given the unfortunate circumstances, businesses are able to place their TSS visa holders on unpaid leave for up to 3 months. Businesses are able to request for longer periods, however should seek permission from the Department and we can assist with this process.

In terms of assistance from the government, there hasn't been any confirmation yet that TSS visa holders will receive payments such as unemployment/social security benefits from Centrelink. However, the government has suggested, if a company has a downturn of 30% in trade, this may trigger a $1,500 fortnightly payment for all employees that are affected, which may (or may not) include TSS holder if they are on the company's payroll. It is therefore important to keep up-to-date, and we will provide further clarification once the legislation is actually enacted which will provide clearer guidance. 

3)     3)  What happens when a TSS visa holder loses their job?

If you have lost your job, please contact our team to discuss your options. We may be able to come up with an alternative solution based on your circumstances, such as transitioning you to a different visa type, or assisting you to transfer your sponsorship to another employer. Our sister company, Pendragon, has an approved On-Hire Labour Agreement, and so they may be able to act as your surrogate employer as well.

4)     4)  What happens if someone has a 8503 condition on their visa, however they are unable to leave the country?

The visa condition ‘8503 – No Further Stay’ prevents a visa holder from applying for another visa whilst in Australia to remain in the country. Home Affairs has advised that in the current circumstances, they will be flexible with lifting the restrictions. The process requires an application for a waiver of the condition, and they are advising processing timeframes will take approximately 2 to 3 days, instead of their standard processing timeframes of 4 weeks. We have already assisted many clients with these applications, all with successful outcomes, so please don’t hesitate to reach us if you would like assistance or advice.

5)     5) Can a TSS visa holder with family overseas bring their family to join them in Australia?

Due to the recent strict travel restrictions which has been implemented by Australia and most overseas countries, only Australian citizens, Permanent Residents and selected New Zealand citizens are able to enter Australia at the moment. For this reason, even if the family members who are currently overseas are already approved and attached to the primary TSS visa holder as dependents, they are still currently unable to enter Australia, unless they have successfully applied for the waiver. If you or your family is affected, our office is able to assist with applying for this waiver.  

We are checking for updates daily, and any advice provided from the Department will be circulated as a priority. So please keep visiting our LinkedIn and website page to stay informed.

Alternatively, if you have any questions or want to know more about the above information please feel free to talk to us on 02 9407 8788 or reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au. We are here to help…!

……………………………………….

Written by Robert Lu

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586



Remote working is happening now...Are you prepared?


With the massive spread of COVID-19 cases in Australia, it now seems unavoidable that in the next few weeks many businesses will be affected by its spread and have been advised to let their employees work remotely.

We at Oz Migration are confident working remotely, and understand the challenges and fear that comes with it, for businesses who are not prepared. One of those challenges is keeping your back-office running smoothly, while you work from anywhere and everywhere in the world, or whilst you are forced to stay at home if a lock down occurs. Taking care of and keeping up with the invoicing, and chasing up the invoices to keep the cash flow going is a must, plus getting the knowledge around what could be claimed from the Australian government at this time.

We understand as circumstances changes, managing a remote working team is one thing but managing your back-office is another. Hence, we would like you to know we are all in this together, and we are here to help you adjust to these new business conditions. You could consider discussing with our sister company, Pendragon, how they might be able to assist or advise you regarding your back-office responsibilities, freeing up your precious time to allow you to focus more on your core offerings, and spend some time with your loved ones.

Should you need assistance or free advice moving forward with outsourcing your back-office needs, please don’t hesitate to talk to Pendragon on 02 9407 8700 or reach them at info@pendragon.net.au

We wish you well in these unusual times...



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Did COVID-19 make you wish you had applied for Australian PR or Citizenship sooner?


Since COVID19 changed all of our lives, many holders of temporary Australian visas have found themselves in a difficult situation. Financial rescue packages such as JobSeeker and stimulus payments have strict eligibility requirements which exclude anyone who is not an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, JobKeeper is restricted mainly to citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens holding Subclass 444 visas, and strict border controls currently only allow Australian citizens and Permanent Residents to enter the country from overseas.

While of course we hope that we never experience a situation like COVID19 again, it is best to be prepared for the future and have the security that Permanent Residence and Citizenship can offer. While right now it may seem like closing the gate after the horse has bolted, if you think you may be eligible to apply for Permanent Residence or Citizenship, now would be a good time to contact us so we can assess your options. Even if you are not eligible now, we may be able to help you put a plan in place so that you could be eligible in the future.  It is important to understand that submitting an application now unfortunately won't change your eligibility for the current stimulus offerings that are part of this COVID19 event, however it will allow you to focus on a more certain and secure future. Contact us on (02) 9407 8788 or email us info@ozmigration.net.au

How can you safeguard yourself or your business from COVID-19? An immigration perspective…


In these turbulent times, based on the government’s treasury figures, Australia’s unemployment rate is expected to climb from 5.1% to reach 10%. Given there will be a significant rise in unemployment, there are some expectations that Australia’s visa list which outlines the occupations that are able to apply for an employment visa/Permanent Residence will be reviewed with certain occupations being removed from the list. 

If you work in one of the industries which has been affected by COVID-19 (e.g. Retail, Hospitality, Travel etc), you should be asking:

do I have a TSS/482 visa holder who I would like to safeguard before potential changes to the visa list occurs?
are there any TSS/482 visa holders who should apply for PR sooner rather than later, in case the visa list changes?

How can your business start planning?

At this stage, it might be a few months before the Australian government starts to reopen the doors for foreign nationals coming into Australia for work assignments. Governments have indicated that citizens from New Zealand may initially enter Australia, with other countries to eventually follow. 

Until this happens, companies who wish to sponsor employees for work purposes, will likely need to factor in additional costs such as the mandatory 14 days quarantine measures. For example, if an employee needs to stay in a hotel for 14 days at $250 (3 stars) to $400 (5 stars) per night, companies may need to budget for an additional $2,800 to $5,600 towards relocation costs.

At Oz Migration we would be more than happy to go through strategies; prepare cost estimates for your company’s internal mobility programs; explore options to companies/individuals; or just have a confidential chat about the current landscape.

For further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au or call us on 02 9407 8788

....................................................

Written by Robert Lu

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586

Pathway To PR… TSS 482/457 TO Permanent Residency


If you are holding a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa and would like to apply for Australian Permanent Residence under the Employer Nomination Scheme (also known as ENS or company sponsored PR), you may qualify under the following two main pathways.


(1) Temporary Residence Transition stream pathway (most popular pathway)


If you held or applied for a TSS 482/457 visa on or before 18 April 2017, and you have worked for your sponsoring employer for at least 2 years full-time in Australia, you will qualify for PR under the ENS.


However, if you held or applied for a TSS visa after 18 April 2017, you need to wait until you have worked for your sponsoring employer for at least 3 years full-time (instead of 2), before you apply for PR.


(2) Direct Entry stream pathway


Applicants who don’t want to wait the 2 or 3 years needed under the TRT stream are able to apply earlier, however they will need to obtain a positive skills assessment with their nominated assessing authority. For example, an Accountant will need to obtain a positive skills assessment with Chartered Accountants (CA) Australia or Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia. These assessing authorities are independent bodies which undertake a review of your qualifications and work experience, to determine whether it aligns with Australian standards.


In addition to obtaining the positive skills assessment, applicants will need to have at least 3 years of full-time work experience in total, however the 3 years doesn’t need to be with the sponsoring employer, and can be work experience from overseas.


If you would like our office to conduct an assessment to determine whether you or your employee qualifies for PR, please don’t hesitate to contact us or reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au

TSS 482 – Labour Market Testing Exemptions


Are you applying for a TSS visa, and would like to check if you are exempt from Labour Market Testing?

Most people are aware that Labour Market Testing (LMT) is mandatory when applying for the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa (Subclass 482), however did you know there are some exemptions? As Australia is a member of many international trade agreements, this article will explain the available exemptions available to date. LMT is therefore not mandatory in the following circumstances:

• the worker is a citizen of China, Japan, Mexico, Thailand or Vietnam, or is a citizen/permanent resident (PR) of Canada, Chile, South Korea, New Zealand or Singapore. As part of the application, you will simply need to provide a copy of their passport/PR status to apply for this exemption.

• the worker is a current employee of a business that is an associated entity of your business and the business is located in Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, Mexico, South Korea or New Zealand. A copy of their passport and employment contracts would be provided as part of this exemption.

• the worker you nominate is a current employee of an associated entity of your business, that associated entity operates in a country that is a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and the nominated occupation is an Executive or Senior Manager occupation, and the nominee will be responsible for the entire or a substantial part of your company’s operations in Australia.

• the worker you nominate is a citizen or an eligible permanent resident of a WTO member country and has worked for you in the nominated position in Australia on a full-time basis for the last two years.

• the worker has an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in their field of sport, academia and research, or a top-talent chef. A detailed submission will be needed to outline how only a few candidates are able to fit the role on an international scale.

On a final note, it’s important to understand the above exemptions applies to workers applying for a TSS visa using a company which has a standard business sponsorship agreement. If you will be applying for a TSS visa using an approved On-Hire or Company specific Labour Agreement, these are customised agreements with Immigration, and you will need to check which exemptions may apply (if any).

For further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us or reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au

……………………………………….

Written by Robert Lu

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586

Self-isolation... Our pets will save us!


With the current situation going on, most of us are self-isolated with some actually working remotely, we all need a little bit of happiness and a companionship at the moment, and those fortunate enough to have pets have a clear way to escape from loneliness.

National Pet Month is back and this time even better than ever, attracting thousands of animal lovers to celebrate the value of pet ownership. It brings together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, businesses and schools to promote good pet ownership, raise funds for a good cause and have fun.

We would love to shout about the rewards and benefits of owning a pet whilst encouraging responsibility, increasing awareness of pet care specialists, and promoting the value of assistance and companion animals.

So why not dedicate this month to our pets as appreciation and celebrate the benefits that they bring to our lives and vice versa.

To know more about such charities, visit here.

How are your pets helping you through these unusual times? Perhaps send us a picture of your pet(s) at info@ozmigration.net.au and show us how are they helping you cope…


TSS/482 VISA - Top 5 Questions Regarding Covid-19 & Work Rights


As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, many of us are now facing an uncertain future in relation to our employment, and being a temporary visa holder in Australia can add to this uncertainty. At Oz Migration, we have been inundated with questions from both the employers and visa holders. To assist, we have outlined below the top five questions we have been asked, along with the answers to help you through this uncertainty. 

1) Can the hours for a primary Temporary Skill Worker (TSS) visa holder be reduced, or they can be offered a part-time role? Has the Department relaxed the rules for TSS visa holders due to the COVID-19?

For most workers on TSS visas, their visa condition states they must remain in full-time employment and must continue to be paid at the level which was approved for the visa. Over the weekend, the Department has confirmed there will be some flexibility around relaxing the rules with full-time employment, and businesses will be able to reduce the hours of a TSS visa holder without the person being in breach of their visa condition.

If a TSS visa holder has been laid off due to COVID-19, however re-employed afterwards, their time already spent in Australia will still be counted towards their permanent residency skilled work experience requirements.

The Department has also confirmed that TSS visa holders will be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation this financial year.

2)     2)  Can a TSS visa holder be placed on unpaid leave? If so, how long?

Given the unfortunate circumstances, businesses are able to place their TSS visa holders on unpaid leave for up to 3 months. Businesses are able to request for longer periods, however should seek permission from the Department and we can assist with this process.

In terms of assistance from the government, there hasn't been any confirmation yet that TSS visa holders will receive payments such as unemployment/social security benefits from Centrelink. However, the government has suggested, if a company has a downturn of 30% in trade, this may trigger a $1,500 fortnightly payment for all employees that are affected, which may (or may not) include TSS holder if they are on the company's payroll. It is therefore important to keep up-to-date, and we will provide further clarification once the legislation is actually enacted which will provide clearer guidance. 

3)     3)  What happens when a TSS visa holder loses their job?

If you have lost your job, please contact our team to discuss your options. We may be able to come up with an alternative solution based on your circumstances, such as transitioning you to a different visa type, or assisting you to transfer your sponsorship to another employer. Our sister company, Pendragon, has an approved On-Hire Labour Agreement, and so they may be able to act as your surrogate employer as well.

4)     4)  What happens if someone has a 8503 condition on their visa, however they are unable to leave the country?

The visa condition ‘8503 – No Further Stay’ prevents a visa holder from applying for another visa whilst in Australia to remain in the country. Home Affairs has advised that in the current circumstances, they will be flexible with lifting the restrictions. The process requires an application for a waiver of the condition, and they are advising processing timeframes will take approximately 2 to 3 days, instead of their standard processing timeframes of 4 weeks. We have already assisted many clients with these applications, all with successful outcomes, so please don’t hesitate to reach us if you would like assistance or advice.

5)     5) Can a TSS visa holder with family overseas bring their family to join them in Australia?

Due to the recent strict travel restrictions which has been implemented by Australia and most overseas countries, only Australian citizens, Permanent Residents and selected New Zealand citizens are able to enter Australia at the moment. For this reason, even if the family members who are currently overseas are already approved and attached to the primary TSS visa holder as dependents, they are still currently unable to enter Australia, unless they have successfully applied for the waiver. If you or your family is affected, our office is able to assist with applying for this waiver.  

We are checking for updates daily, and any advice provided from the Department will be circulated as a priority. So please keep visiting our LinkedIn and website page to stay informed.

Alternatively, if you have any questions or want to know more about the above information please feel free to talk to us on 02 9407 8788 or reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au. We are here to help…!

……………………………………….

Written by Robert Lu

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586



Remote working is happening now...Are you prepared?


With the massive spread of COVID-19 cases in Australia, it now seems unavoidable that in the next few weeks many businesses will be affected by its spread and have been advised to let their employees work remotely.

We at Oz Migration are confident working remotely, and understand the challenges and fear that comes with it, for businesses who are not prepared. One of those challenges is keeping your back-office running smoothly, while you work from anywhere and everywhere in the world, or whilst you are forced to stay at home if a lock down occurs. Taking care of and keeping up with the invoicing, and chasing up the invoices to keep the cash flow going is a must, plus getting the knowledge around what could be claimed from the Australian government at this time.

We understand as circumstances changes, managing a remote working team is one thing but managing your back-office is another. Hence, we would like you to know we are all in this together, and we are here to help you adjust to these new business conditions. You could consider discussing with our sister company, Pendragon, how they might be able to assist or advise you regarding your back-office responsibilities, freeing up your precious time to allow you to focus more on your core offerings, and spend some time with your loved ones.

Should you need assistance or free advice moving forward with outsourcing your back-office needs, please don’t hesitate to talk to Pendragon on 02 9407 8700 or reach them at info@pendragon.net.au

We wish you well in these unusual times...