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The hiatus in visa processing and impact on PR applications

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 [...]

2018-06-07T09:14:22+00:00 June 7th, 2018|

Visa update: Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa regime

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 [...]

2018-05-10T09:05:58+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

Risk Management: A 400 visa is not a preliminary 457 visa

A case study Sally comes to Australia on a 400 visa [Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa] to train local staff on a new system being rolled out across the world. While Sally is here it becomes clear she is best qualified to take on the project of implementing other modules of the system, a [...]

2018-02-21T04:06:06+00:00 February 21st, 2018|

Signing a Property Lease Before the Visa Comes Through

A case study Picture the scene: Geoff and Sally are on a “look-see” visit to Melbourne ahead of their planned relocation. Geoff’s new job is due to start in six weeks. They decide they like Australia and Melbourne, and fall in love with a family home costing $1,500 per week. However they aren’t the only ones [...]

2018-02-21T03:43:52+00:00 February 21st, 2018|

Changes to Australia & China Visa Regimes – Webinar

The Governments of Australia and China have introduced major changes to business visa regulations in 2017. In this webinar, visa professionals from Reloc8 Asia Pacific partners in Australia (Sue Stinson from Woodhams Relocation Centre) and China (Shelley Warner from Asia Pacific Access) provided expert commentary on these important changes. They also covered the implications and risk [...]

2017-09-04T06:19:49+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

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 [...]

2017-07-17T06:17:25+00:00 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 [...]

2017-04-21T02:17:51+00:00 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 [...]

2017-04-04T07:15:24+00:00 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 [...]

2017-04-04T07:03:49+00:00 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 [...]

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