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The hiatus in visa processing and impact on PR applications

2019-04-05T02:56:52+00:00June 7th, 2018|

Backgound: Profound changes to the business visa regime were announced in April 2017, some with immediate effect and some to take effect in 2018. The Government has discontinued the sub-class 457 visa that had been in operation since 1996, and replaced it with a “Temporary Skills Shortage” (TSS) visa from March 2018. On [...]

Reloc8 Asia Pacific Country Briefings – Japan and Taiwan

2019-04-09T04:52:17+00:00November 20th, 2017|

This focused and relevant webinar covers the information international assignees, their families, and those supporting them, find most useful as they commence their relocation to Japan or Taiwan. Topics covered will include: Country Background Visa and Work Permits Housing (Costs, Availability, Formalities, Surprises etc) Cultural Surprises for new arrivals Please click on the link [...]

Reloc8 Asia Pacific Country Briefings – Thailand

2019-04-09T04:58:44+00:00March 15th, 2017|

This focused and relevant webinar covers the information international assignees, their families, and those supporting them, find most useful as they commence their relocation to Thailand. Topics covered will include: Country Background Visa and Work Permits Housing (Costs, Availability, Formalities, Surprises etc) Cultural Surprises for new arrivals Please click on the link to listen [...]

International Cost of Living comparisons

2019-04-05T02:57:09+00:00February 3rd, 2017|

Understanding cost of living differences between the home and host location is a common concern of employers and international assignees. Many assignees trust that the employer will take care of them, while employers can struggle to know what is “fair”. Organisations such as ECA, AirInc, and Mercers maintain large databases of prices in many [...]

Cultural training: a low-cost high-impact approach

2019-04-05T02:57:09+00:00February 3rd, 2017|

Preparing international assignees for the work and daily living experiences they are likely to encounter in the host location is a form of risk management. Interacting appropriately with, customers, government, business associates, as well as employees is important in protecting the organisation’s interests. Furthermore learning about, and understanding, host country practices helps new arrivals prosper [...]

Visas and Immigration update – 457 visa processing times

2019-04-05T02:57:09+00:00February 3rd, 2017|

Finally some good news ! Benchmark 457 visa processing times by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection have become shorter in recent weeks. From 2.5 months in August 2016 their guidance is now 35 working days, and in practice this has been our recent experience over the Christmas and New Year period. As the [...]

Data Matching By Tax & Visa Authorities Brings Increased Risks For Employers

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00June 3rd, 2016|

In 2015 the Australian Government announced that The Department of Immigration would be sharing information with the Australian Taxation Office. Among the risks Kumar Krishnasamy, Tax Partner at BDO Melbourne, draws to the attention of employers is in connection with visitor / short-term visa categories where an employee subsequently receives a longer term visa (such [...]

457 Visa Processing Times : From 10, to 20, to 40+ working days!

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00April 15th, 2016|

Organisations seeking to bring employees to Australian under the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) program, the most common visa category of business visa, are experiencing increasing delays.   Organisational changes at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection: It may be helpful to describe some changes to the operating practices of the Department of [...]

Visa Processing Times

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00February 1st, 2016|

Visa Processing Times One common surprise for employers and employees is the increase in the time the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is taking to assess and approve 457 visa applications. Currently it is taking 2 -3 months, meaning that good forward planning is required in order to ensure recruits from overseas can take [...]

Transferring Personal Data to Australia from the European Union (by Gordon Kerr Director, Employee Mobility Unit, Morton Fraser LLP, Edinburgh)

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00December 8th, 2015|

On 6th October, the European Court of Justice declared as invalid the well-established accreditation system, called Safe Harbour, for transferring personal data from the EU to the United States.  The basis for the decision was the lack of protection for personal data in the US, particularly in the wake of a series of revelations about [...]