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Reintroducing Visas for Senior Management Roles

In April 2017 the Federal Government announced major changes to the business visa regime. These changes are being introduced over time, through to 2018. The immediate restrictions on senior management roles caused consternation for many businesses. Under the new rules these were mostly restricted to 2-year visas, with one renewal, and no option of a [...]

July 17th, 2017|

Major Changes to the 457 Visa Category

On April 18, 2017 the Australian Government announced major changes to the main business visa category (the “457 visa”) – describing them as the biggest changes since 1996. Below is a brief summary of the changes announced. Clearly a lot of the detail is missing at this stage and there is likely to be [...]

April 21st, 2017|

International Cost of Living comparisons

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 [...]

February 3rd, 2017|

Cultural training: a low-cost high-impact approach

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 [...]

February 3rd, 2017|

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 [...]

February 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 [...]

June 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 [...]

April 15th, 2016|

Visa changes affecting International Assignees

Review of the 457 visa system In a speech on 14 March 2014 the Minister for Immigration announced “an independent review of the integrity of the 457 system”. This is expected to target some of the restrictions introduced during 2013 by the previous Government that resulted in a considerable blow-out in application processing times. The [...]

March 27th, 2014|

Visa Changes Affecting International Assignees

Significant changes to 457 visa requirements introduced in mid-2013 continue to affect Visa processing times by the Department of Immigration. This remains as a legacy of measures to address budget issues, as well as labour union assertions that low-paid foreign workers have been displacing Australians in the workforce. Visa processing times Multiple changes to visa [...]

January 31st, 2014|

Temporary work (Short Stay Activity) Visa sub class 400

With effect from late-March 2013, a new visa category has been introduced – the Temporary work  (Short Stay Activity) visa subclass 400.  The Department of Immigration & Citizenship hopes that this short-term work visa option will reduce the prevalence of unauthorized work activities being performed by business visa holders.  It replaces the work entitlements of [...]

May 13th, 2013|