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457 Visa Update

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00February 24th, 2015|

  Over 40% of 457 visa holders convert to permanent residency   A review of  Department of Immigration statistics 2008-2014 regarding the 457 visa program reveals some interesting trends: 1. Over the 7 year period  visa grants have run at approximately  90% of visa applications 2. The exception was 2014 when more visas were granted [...]

Impact of the Reserve Bank’s Rates Cut

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00February 16th, 2015|

Following the Reserve Bank decision last Tuesday to lower the Cash Rate by 0.25% to 2.25% we reflect on some implications for potential property purchasers. One consequence is to make it more advantageous to accelerate purchase decisions to get the benefit of lower interest rates in the early part of the loan life. The next move in [...]

Visa changes affecting International Assignees

2019-04-05T02:57:22+00:00March 27th, 2014|

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 [...]

Visa Changes Affecting International Assignees

2019-04-05T02:57:22+00:00January 31st, 2014|

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 [...]

Temporary work (Short Stay Activity) Visa sub class 400

2019-04-05T02:57:22+00:00May 13th, 2013|

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 [...]