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Visas and Immigration update – 457 visa processing times

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 [...]

2017-04-04T07:08:09+00:00February 3rd, 2017|

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

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 [...]

2017-04-04T08:02:29+00:00June 3rd, 2016|

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

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 [...]

2016-04-15T11:18:35+00:00April 15th, 2016|

Visa Processing Times

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 [...]

2016-02-01T13:03:34+00:00February 1st, 2016|

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

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 [...]

2015-12-08T10:05:39+00:00December 8th, 2015|

Rental yields have not kept pace with property value increases – potential increases in home rental costs.

As many will be aware, property prices have increased substantially in recent years, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. However rents have not shown a similar increase. We have begun to see noticeable tightening in the availability of properties to rent & this can be expected to lead to rent increases in the period ahead.   [...]

2015-11-17T09:12:32+00:00November 17th, 2015|

Client Alert – August

In this Client Alert: ·         Serviced Apartments / Unserviced apartments/ Hotels – the hot market for short-term accommodation ·         Visas: Data sharing – Australian Taxation Office and Department of Immigration ·         Webinar – “Laughter or Loneliness – housing choices in retirement” 23 September 2015 from 1.00-1.45 pm     CLIENT ALERT     Serviced Apartments / Unserviced apartments [...]

2015-08-25T16:18:22+00:00August 25th, 2015|

Workforce Mobility – what’s new and what’s important

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday 3 June, 2015 at 1:00 -1:45 PM AEST. Register now! This focussed webinar will look at some important aspects of workforce mobility: -changes in visas affecting business, and -relocation policy trends and current challenges through the eyes of HR professionals. Linda Coates, Group Human Resources Director, Boral [...]

2015-05-12T12:45:52+00:00May 12th, 2015|

Permanent Residency – Part I

Readers of our February Client Alert may have noted that more than 40% of 457 visa holders move on to take up permanent residency. In this first article (of two) we look principally at real estate advantages for employers and employees (other than lifestyle) in doing so. [Next time we will consider other advantages – [...]

2015-04-14T10:55:51+00:00April 14th, 2015|

Summary of Government response to the Independent Review into the integrity of the subclass 457 programme

As many readers will be aware the Federal Government’s response to the recommendation of the committee tasked with reviewing the operation of the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) scheme has been eagerly awaited. The announcement on 18 March 2015 gives little solid guidance to business, beyond an indication that Sponsorship approvals will last 5 [...]

2015-03-24T08:41:36+00:00March 24th, 2015|