Australia & India: New MATES Visa Pilot Programme

September 25th, 2023 by Ashton Legal

India and Australia signed a partnership known as the Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement (MMPA) on 24 May 2023. As part of this Agreement, Indian nationals graduating from Australian higher education institutions, beginning on 1 Jul 2023, will be eligible for extended post-study work visa options for up to eight years. Furthermore, a new pilot […]

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Philippines to be added to Australia’s Work and Holiday Visa programme

September 22nd, 2023 by Ashton Legal

During his visit to Manila on 8 September, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese signed a Strategic Partnership with President of the Philippines, HE Ferdinand R Marcos Jr. The new Strategic Partnership establishes an enduring framework for closer cooperation with the Philippines, one of Australia’s key partners in Southeast Asia, based on a strong alignment of […]

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“COVID visa” Subclass 408 – Pandemic Event Stream closing

September 5th, 2023 by Ashton Legal

From February 2024, the ‘COVID’ visa will be closed to all applicants. On 1 September 2023, the Department of Home Affairs released the amendment instrument Migration (COVID-19 Pandemic event for Temporary Activity (Subclass 408) visa Amendment Instrument (LIN23/061) 2023. This legislative change will close the ‘COVID’ – Pandemic Event – stream under the Temporary Activities […]

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Global Talent or General Skilled Migration / Business Migration?

September 1st, 2023 by Ashton Legal

he Australian Government announced that the planning level for the 2023-24 permanent Migration Program will be set at 190,000 places, with 137,100 places for the Skill stream. On 24 August 2023, the Department of Home Affairs published additional information on how the State and Territory allocations has been distributed. Below is the nomination allocation table, which can […]

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Global Talent vs. Distinguished Talent

August 9th, 2023 by Ashton Legal

The Australian Government announced that the planning level for the 2023-24 permanent Migration Program will be set at 190,000 places, with 52,500 places allocated to the Skill stream, of which the Global Talent visa program belongs. We had previously speculated that there may be a reduction in the quota for the GTI (Independent) visa stream, […]

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Expanded Pathways to PR for TSS Subclass 482 Visa Holders

May 8th, 2023 by Ashton Legal

Following from our article on 27th April, discussing the Government’s intentions to increase the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) to AU$70,000 and expand pathways to permanent residence for employer sponsored temporary skilled visa holders, today we look at what the latter changes will actually mean. Increase in the TSMIT We know that the Government […]

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Update on Australia’s migration system: A need for ‘major reform’

April 27th, 2023 by Ashton Legal

At the National Press Club today, the Hon. Clare O’Neil, Minister for Home Affairs, provided an update on Australia’s current ‘broken’ migration system, highlighting the urgent need to reform existing programmes, processes, and pathways, as well as announcing two key actions to be implemented by the end of 2023. This includes an increase to the […]

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Labour Market Update Identifies Top 20 Occupations in Demand Nationally

March 27th, 2023 by Ashton Legal

Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) has, in the February 2023 Labour Market Update, identified the top 20 occupations in demand in Australia. With Registered Nurses being the most in demand occupation, other occupations included those from the IT, Engineering, Health and Welfare Support Workers, and Trade professions: According to the JSA report, skills shortages increased […]

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Update On Migration Planning Levels 2022-23

November 8th, 2022 by Ashton Legal

We knew in September that the planning levels were going to increase to 195,000 places. On 25 October, with the release of the Federal Budget, the government provided us with a breakdown of the migration planning levels, which sees an increase in General Skilled and Employer Sponsored, but a reduction in the Global Talent and […]

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Australian government to increase permanent skilled migration cap to 195,000

September 5th, 2022 by Ashton Legal

The much talked about Australian Jobs and Skills Summit, held on the 1st and 2nd of September in Canberra, concluded with 36 key initiatives to address workplace relation reforms and worsening skill shortages across the country. Changes to migration planning has been a critical issue throughout the two-day discussions, and the resulting  announcement of increasing the […]

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