VISA UPDATE – 15th June 2009

VISA NEWS – THE 2009 FEDERAL BUDGET ON THE MIGRATION PROGRAM AND POSSIBLE REFORMS TO PERMANENT SKILLED MIGRATION:

Several important changes in respect of the migration program were made in the Federal budget including the following:

1. the total places for the 2009-10 is 168,700 which includes a 20% reduction;
2. the reduction will be achieved mainly through cutbacks in the General Skilled Category;
3. there will be fewer visas granted to trade level occupations and the English Language requirement will be increased;
4. there will be an increase in family migration, including partners, contributory parents and child visas

The possible reforms are likely to focus on the Skilled Migration category as well and may include:

1. a further review of the Critical Skills List;
2. introduction of a Job-ready test;
3. a review of the points test;
4. a review of the MODL

Whilst there have been a number of changes to the 457 Temporary Sponsorship Program including:

1. the increased minimum salary level;
2. the implementation of a market based minimum salary level;
3. increased minimum language requirements;
4. the development of training benchmarks for employers to demonstrate
a commitment to training local labour;

priority processing is still given to Employer Nominated Sponsorship.

Given the changes and possible changes noted above the important principle for any VISA application is not to delay. If you have the necessary qualifications and experience and wish to work and live permanently in Australia then the best advice is to act now, as the benefits currently available may not be there in the near future.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or Ph: 92660195 to see if you qualify for employer sponsorship, state or territory nomination, priority IELTS testing, lodgement of spouse applications or priority through the critical skills list.