Friday, 9 June 2017

 

Issue #1 June

 

TOP STORY

News for 189 applicants
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

Preparing for 1 July changes – Visa Application Cheat Sheet

 

Changes to Partner Visa Sponsorship from 1 July 2017

 

New visa option to boost tourism and business ties with Singapore

 

Australian minimum wage to rise to $18.29 an hour

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

Preparing for 1 July changes – Visa Application Cheat Sheet

1 July is an important date in Australian immigration. This is due to the fact that a number of legislative requirements (new or previously announced) come into effect. As we are just weeks away from this significant date, below is a number of useful hints and tips to assist you to be as prepared to lodge a visa application as you can be.

Do you know your visa expiry date?

July 1 generally creates increased traffic in all aspects of applying for an Australian visa. For example, it may be more difficult to secure an appointment for Health Assessments or undertake English language exams. Historically the number of applications lodged with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is at its highest in June and December. Accordingly, it is important to be prepared and not leave anything until the last day to avoid being stuck in an unfavourable situation. Check the expiry date of your visa and aim to submit your application (or instruct your agent to do so) well before this date. Keep in mind that frequent system outages are to be expected.

Time of application Criteria

Many Australian visas have "time of application" criteria which may include age, English or skills requirements. It is important to be fully aware of these requirements that are applicable to the visa subclass you are applying for. If the time of application criteria are not met, your application may be refused. This in turn can create restrictions on the types of visas you are able to apply for whilst in Australia.

Fees and Charges

Each year, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection updates their Application fees. These fees and charges are published on the Department's website. While this may sound obvious, it is important to budget appropriately for increases, especially for visas with higher lodgement fees, such as partner or parent visas. Insufficient fees will result in the application being invalid.

New or additional requirements

1 July changes often result in new or additional requirements for certain visa subclasses. It is important to keep these requirements in mind when preparing your visa application. For example, certain visa subclasses that require a certain level of English will require higher test scores from 1 July. This means, an English test result which meets the current requirements, may be insufficient from 1 July. There also may be concessions or exemptions that are removed. Many applicants are unfortunately caught out by these changes, usually because that they had relied on outdated information and were not aware of the incoming changes.

Seeking professional assistance

In the everchanging landscape of Australian Migration, seeking professional advice from a registered agent or immigration lawyer is paramount. While there is a perception that lodging a visa application is largely "form filling", you are also paying your agent for advice, strategy, quality assurance and a peace of mind. Form filling probably makes up less than 10% of the entire process.

Lodging an application for an Australian Visa can seem a scary or daunting experience. However, preparation is key and it is vital to be fully informed of the visa requirements.

 
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Changes to Partner Visa Sponsorship from 1 July 2017

Partner visa sponsorship changes from 1 July 2017

New legislation due to commence on 1 July this year will mean Partner Visa sponsors will need to go through a rigorous sponsorship approval process.

Changes were introduced to the Partner Migration process on November 18th in 2016, whereby sponsors if requested must obtain police clearance certificates, and give consent to the Department of Immigration to release convictions for relevant offences to visa applicants.

Just over 6 months later, the Department of Immigration are once again changing the conditions of the Partner Visa process. These changes will mean that from the 1st of July 2017, applicants must endure a similar sponsorship approval process as 457 Visa applicants. This will require ALL sponsors to provide a detailed immigration history, character record and attain police clearance certificates before applications can be lodged. This will allow the Department to refuse sponsorships based on a criminal history or failure to comply with certain undertakings in the future.

This will impact applicants looking at lodging an onshore Partner visa application, particularly subclass 820/801 Visa cases, where a visa will soon expire and timing is critical.

The Department have advised that they intend to process sponsorship applications 'within 3 weeks', unless there are sponsorship or character issues of concern. However, given the current delays resulting in extended processing times by the Department, processing may take more time than the Department envisages.

If you are considering applying for an Australian Partner (subclass 820/801 or 309/100) or Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa, we highly recommend that you lodge your application prior to 1 July 2017 in order to avoid these legislative changes.

Need help with your Partner Visa application? Contact No Borders

No Borders is happy to provide an assessment on your eligibility for Partner Migration, as well as practical advice and assistance with lodgement. If you are a sponsor with a relevant offence and/or significant criminal record, we strongly recommend speaking with a Migration Agent/Lawyer before submitting a Partner Visa application.

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New visa option to boost tourism and business ties with Singapore

New visa option to boost tourism and business ties with Singapore

Singaporeans will have exclusive access to a new long-term, multiple-entry visa option by 1 January 2018, making it easier to travel to Australia for business and pleasure.

The Visitor (Subclass 600) visa will allow travellers to visit Australia for up to three months at a time, over a six-year period, with a single application.

The new visa option was announced during the Prime Minister's official visit to Singapore, and will further strengthen ties between the two countries.

Alongside Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister Turnbull also announced a new reciprocal Work and Holiday Maker programme will commence on 1 August 2017.

With up to 500 places per year, the programme will allow young people from Australia and Singapore to undertake short term work or study.

Last financial year, more than 230,000 visitor visas were granted to travellers from Singapore, up 16 per cent compared with the previous year.

These new visa arrangements will further boost tourism and business links between Australia and Singapore.

It will make it easier for people to come to Australia to visit friends and family while also enabling business operators to conduct regular meetings or attend conferences in Australia.

These announcements build on the Australia-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Applicants must satisfy all usual visa criteria, including health and character requirements and have adequate funds to support themselves for the period of the visit.

Details of the new arrangements will be made available at the Australian Visa Application Centre's website in Singapore: www.vfsglobal.com/australia/singapore/

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Australian minimum wage to rise to $18.29 an hour

National minimum wages increase from 1 July 2017

National minimum wage to rise by 3.3% from 1 July 2017

ANNUAL PAY RISE FOR MINIMUM WAGE EARNERS

WHAT IS THE NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE?

  • $694.90 a week - increase of $22.20
  • $18.29 an hour - increase of 59 cents
  • 3.3 percent increase (same for modern award minimum wages)
  • 2016 increase: $15.80 a week or 2.4 percent

WHAT INCREASE DID INTEREST GROUPS WANT?

  • Australian Council of Trade Unions ACTU - $45 a week
  • Australian Industry Group - $10.10 a week or 1.5 percent
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry - $8.10 a week or 1.2 percent
  • Australian Retailers Association - $8.10 a week or 1.2 percent
  • Hospitality Union United Voice - $87.30 a week

WHO GETS IT?

  • Fair Work Commission's decision directly affects more than 2.3 million employees who are reliant on minimum rates of pay
  • Federal government says of the 2.3 million Australians paid an award rate, the majority (70.3 percent) are not low-paid
  • Government says about 196,300 (or 1.9 percent of all employees) paid national minimum wage rate
  • Increase applies from 1 July

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Available Jobs in Australia

Jobs in Australia

Job2Go is a local recruitment company based in Adelaide, Queensland and Sydney, and has been providing staffing solutions and human resource services to small to large sized companies throughout Australia. We are hiring for the following positions.

Cook

An exciting opportunity had opened for an experienced Cook! Our client has been providing high quality authentic Indian food for the past 20 years. The right candidate will have excellent knowledge of dishes from all over India.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience as a Cook in similar position is preferred.
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment where you will be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • The ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Attention to detail and be a good team player.

Office Manager

Our client has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Office Manager to join their team! This family owned business specialises in commercial printing including digital, wide format and offset printing. Proven to be very successful, they are currently undergoing a major expansion and therefore are in need of an Office Manager who possess high standards of organisational skills.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Experience within a professional service firm
  • Formal qualifications required
  • Strong work ethic and be highly organised and attention to detail with accountability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and balance several tasks and work with deadlines with a demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Strong administrative skills including record keeping and note taking

Hairdresser

Specialising in all cutting styles, our client is in need of an experienced Hairdresser who is capable of providing services to all age groups. Our client’s concept is simple and clean and is ladies only cutting salon. The ideal candidate must possess the ability to cut all hair styles and be extremely confident in all aspects of hair.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience
  • You must be honest and reliable, positive and friendly attitude
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Dedication to personal and professional development
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Extensive knowledge in all aspects of hair and products

Medical Administrator

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • At least a Bachelor degree or at least 5 years’ of relevant experience.
  • An understanding of medico-legal issues and the legislative framework for public health services
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of an inter-disciplinary team and to communicate with clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Ability to analyse and critically evaluate relevant information and apply to medical management issues
  • Well-developed written and communication skills

Contact Job2Go on 1300 562246. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send your resume to jobs@job2go.org

Alternatively you can check our website for further details www.job2go.org

 
 

We hope that you have found the information in this issue of our newsletter to be enriching and useful. Stay tuned for our next publication and if you would like to talk to us directly, please do not hesitate to email service@noborders-group.com. In addition, if you would like your contact details updated or removed from this distribution list or you know someone who would like to be added, please email us on the same address.

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Email: service@noborders-group.com
Phone: (+61) 07 3876 4000
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Queensland
AUSTRALIA