Immigration SA – State nomination application system closing 24 June

To complete system updates for the new program year Immigration SA will be closing the General Skilled Migration (GSM) state nomination 190/489 application system from 9am on Monday 24 June and will re-open in the first week of July (the date and time will be confirmed at the start of July).

If you have commenced a 190/489 application, you will need to submit & pay for the application prior to the system being closed.

From 9am on 24 June, incomplete applications will be deleted, this includes applications that have been “saved but not submitted” and applications that have been “submitted but are still awaiting payment”.

Processing times for submitted applications are available here.

Increase in visa fees as of 1 July 2019

Visa Type Current Fee From 1 July 2019 Increase
Student $575 $620 $45
General Skilled Migration $3,755 $4,045 $290
Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 $1,535 $1,650 $115
Partner $7,160 $7,715 $555
Parent (Contributory) first instalment $3,855 $4,155 $300
TSS – STSOL $1,175 $1,265 $90
TSS – MLTSSL $2,455 $2,645 $190
ENS/RSMS $3,755 $4,045 $290
Business Migration – Innovation & Investor $4,985 $5,375 $390
Business Migration – Significant Investment Visa (SIV) $7,310 $7,880 $570

AAT fee increases from 1 July 2019

According to a gazette published on 4 June 2019, AAT application fees will increase from 1 July 2019.

Application fees in the Migration and Refugee Division will increase from $1,764 to $1,787.

Application fees in the General Division (for non migration matters) will increase from $920 to $932.

The gazette also changes filing fees for the High Court, Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court.

Visa subclass 417 (Working Holiday) – age limit raised to 35 for some countries on 1 November 2018

Item Column 1

Foreign countries

Column 2

Conditions

Column 3

Maximum age

1 Belgium Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Belgium 30
2 Canada Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Canada No maximum age specified
3 Denmark Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Denmark 30
4 Finland Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Finland 30
5 France Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of France 30
6 Italy Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Italy 30
7 Norway Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Norway 30
8 Sweden Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Sweden 30
9 The Netherlands Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of The Netherlands 30
10 The Republic of Ireland Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of the Republic of Ireland No maximum age specified
11 The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Passport must indicate that the applicant’s nationality is British Citizen or British National (Overseas) 30
12 Estonia Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Estonia 30
13 Germany Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Germany 30
14 Japan Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Japan 30
15 Malta Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Malta 30
16 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China Nil 30
17 The Republic of Cyprus Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of the Republic of Cyprus 30
18 The Republic of Korea Passport must indicate that the applicant is a national of the Republic of Korea 30
19 Passports issued by the authorities of Taiwan Passport must not purport to be an official or diplomatic passport 30

Changes to Vic 190 nomination

How to apply for Victorian visa nomination: ICT, nursing, engineering and building occupations

Due to the high number of applications that Victoria receives in:

  • ICT
  • nursing
  • engineering and building occupations

we have changed our application process for these occupations. The aim of this is to reduce processing times and hopefully improve your experience with our program.  To apply for Victorian nomination (under these occupations), follow these steps:

1. Check you meet the Department of Home Affairs Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) requirementsexternal link and Victoria’s minimum nomination requirements.

2. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) in the Department of Home Affairs’ SkillSelectexternal link, and indicate your interest for Victorian nomination. You do not need to notify Victoria that you have submitted an EOI. Note that if you already have an EOI in the SkillSelect system (submitted before 1 July 2018), it will be considered for Victorian nomination. You will not need to resubmit it.

3. Regularly check your email (including your junk mail folder) to see if you have been selected by Victoria. There is no set timeframe to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI. Invitations are not guaranteed. If selected, an email invitation to apply for Victorian visa nomination will be sent to your email address used for the EOI.

4. Submit an online applicationexternal link for Victorian visa nomination within 14 days of receiving the invitation. Note that you must be able to demonstrate that you still meet the claims that were in your EOI when you were invited. We recommend that you have all your supporting documents ready before you submit your EOI in SkillSelect, as the 14 days cannot be extended.

5. If you are successfully nominated by the Victorian Government, you will receive a SkillSelect invitation to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

6. Submit a visa application to Department of Home Affairs within 60 days of being nominated by Victoria.

Selection considerations

The Victorian Government will review and select candidates from SkillSelect, who have indicated Victoria as their preferred state.  Candidates who are selected to apply are still required to meet Victoria’s minimum eligibility requirements, including demonstrating employability and commitment to Victoria, and are not guaranteed nomination.

If you are not selected by the Victorian Government, you will not receive an email. Your EOI will continue to be considered for as long as it remains in the Department of Home Affairs’ SkillSelect system.

Exemptions from this process

This application process is for ICT, nursing, engineering and building occupations only. However, if you are applying with one of these occupations and currently hold a valid offer of employment in your nominated occupation in Victoria, or meet the streamlined 457 or PhD or recent graduate pathways, you are exempt from this process and can lodge a Victorian visa nomination application directly without first being selected by Victoria.

Australian visa fees change | 1 July 2018 新签证申请费

On 1 July 2018, the Department of Home Affairs will be implementing an increase to the visa application fees for certain subclasses. Refer to the table below for the current and new fees.

 

Subclass Applicable Fees Current Visa Application Fees New Visa Application Fees
Child Visa (Subclass 101 / 802) Base application charge $2,415.00 $2,470.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $1,210.00 $1,235.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $605.00 $620.00
Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) Base application charge $3,670.00 $3,755.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $1,835.00 $1,875.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $920.00 $940.00
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) Base application charge $3,670.00 $3,755.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $1,835.00 $1,875.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $920.00 $940.00
Partner Visa (subclass 801)

for applicants with a valid Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300)

Base application charge $1,170.00 $1,195.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $585.00 $600.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $290.00 $295.00
Partner Visa (subclass 801) Base application charge $7,000.00 $7,160.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $3,505.00 $3,585.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $1,755.00 $1,795.00
Resident Return Visa (subclass 155) Base application charge $365.00 $375.00
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

(Points-tested) stream

Base application charge $3,670.00 $3,755.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $1,835.00 $1,875.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $920.00 $940.00
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) Base application charge $3,670.00 $3,755.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $1,835.00 $1,875.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $920.00 $940.00
Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) Base application charge $7,000.00 $7,160.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $3,505.00 $3,585.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $1,755.00 $1,795.00
Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) Base application charge $1,500.00 $1,535.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $750.00 $765.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $375.00 $385.00
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) Base application charge $3,670.00 $3,755.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $1,835.00 $1,875.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $920.00 $940.00
Visitor visa (subclass 600)

onshore application

Base application charge $345.00 $355.00
Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

short-term stream

Base application charge $1,150.00 $1,175.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $1,150.00 $1,175.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $290.00 $295.00
Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

medium-term stream

Base application charge $2,400.00 $2,455.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $2,400.00 $2,455.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $600.00 $615.00
Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602) Base application charge $285.00 $290.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $70.00 $75.00
Student visa (subclass 500) Base application charge $560.00 $575.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $420.00 $430.00
Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) Base application charge $560.00 $575.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $420.00 $430.00
Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400) Base application charge $280.00 $285.00
Additional applicant (18 years old and above) $280.00 $285.00
Additional applicant (below 18 years old) $70.00 $75.00

In addition to the changes with the government fees, there will also be an increase in the credit card surcharges for Visa & Mastercard transactions from 0.98% to 1.32%.

For full details about the 1 July changes, please visit the official website of The Department of Home Affairs.

New visa pilot to attract the best of global talent to Australia

Highly skilled workers from around the world will have a new visa pathway into Australia as a part of the Government’s new Global Talent Scheme pilot program.

From 1 July all businesses will be able to sponsor highly skilled and specialised workers who will help to grow their businesses and create more jobs.

The pilot will run for 12 months and provide businesses with a streamlined process to sponsor overseas workers with cutting edge skills, where there are no suitable Australians available to fill the vacancies.

The Government has been consulting with industry, the start-up sector and tertiary institution leaders, who informed the initial design of the scheme and will provide additional advice during the pilot.

The scheme includes two streams – one for established businesses and one for start-ups.

All businesses sponsoring workers to Australia under the scheme will need to demonstrate that they have been unable to source suitable individuals in the Australian labour market.

AAT上诉成功豁免重大疾病Successful AAT case in health waiver

近日,Globalink众行留学移民成功代理客户在AAT赢得了Health Waiver。

该申请人在申请820配偶签证过程中,在体检时被检查出患有重大疾病,联邦医疗官员预计该疾病会消耗澳洲医疗资源大约62万澳元。移民局因此认为该申请人会对澳洲社会产生重大不利影响,根据PIC4007(1)(c)拒签该820签证。

Globalink众行留学移民代理该客户将此案上诉至AAT,并准备了充分详细的材料请求根据特别条款豁免PIC4007(1)(c)。 AAT也邀请了签证申请人,签证担保人以及Globalink众行留学移民注册移民代理Benny WANG出席了听证会。

最终AAT接受了我们提交的证据以及解释,认可了根据签证申请人和签证担保人的特殊情况,认定他们不会对澳洲社会产生不利影响,从而豁免了PIC4007(1)(c)。

此案件已经由AAT发回移民局,移民局需要根据AAT的判决重新审理该签证。