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What is the impact of foreign students on the Australian job market?

Data revealed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the impact foreign students have on the Australian job market. More than 40,000 international students depend on the hospitality sector for their income.

As per the 2011 Australian Census, 1 in 3 international students had jobs.15% of these students were working in the hospitality sector. 11% of the students were cleaners or worked in the laundry. 10% of the foreign students were working as sales assistants. 8% of them worked as food preparation assistants.

The work of foreign students is not tracked by the Dept. of Immigration. International students are allowed to work 20 hours a week. They may work full-time during holidays and semester breaks.

Researcher Henry Sherrell believes that it is likely that these students substitute for young Australians. However, it is a complex field of study and it may be too early to seek reforms. International students and backpackers often work for non-pay related incentives like residency. However, young Australians are driven by the wage factor.

The Productivity Commission reported last year that there was a lack of data on employment patterns for foreign students. Hence, it was difficult to assess whether there should be any limitation on work rights. But it is for sure that foreign students do make an impact on the labour market.

Dr Joanna Howe from the University of Adelaide feels that there is a need for increased focus on the work arrangements of foreign students. This will provide a better understanding of their impact on the labour market.

Traditionally, Australia has viewed foreign students as coming to the country purely for study reasons. However, foreign students have a strong desire and need to work. Thus, their work impact is pretty significant, as per SBS News.

Manling Zhu is a Chinese student at the Australian National University. She also works as a part-time tutor. She says that she would reconsider her decision to pursue studies in Australia if more restrictions were imposed on foreign students.

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Australia will now process Work Visas in just 5 days

The Australian Govt. is now expanding a new scheme which processes Skilled Work Visas faster. The scheme will now include more businesses that have made significant investments in Australia.

The new scheme is called the Accredited Sponsor Scheme. Under this scheme, TSS (Temporary Skill Shortage) Visas are processed in just 5 days. Generally, a standard TSS Visa is processed in around 42 days.

 The scheme will be expanded to include businesses that have invested a minimum of $50 million in Australia in the recent 5 years. The investments should have created jobs in Australia or created export activity.

The Accredited Sponsor Scheme currently includes 900 businesses and Govt. organizations in Australia. David Coleman, Immigration Minister, expects the number to increase to 2,500 by the end of the year.

Mr Coleman said that this scheme will provide access to skilled workers to businesses that have invested at least $50 million in Australia. These businesses can further continue to contribute to the Australian economy through

  • Job creation
  • Innovation
  • More investment

Mr Coleman also said that the Dept. of Home Affairs will put together a dedicated team to invite more eligible businesses to join the scheme. This will create more confidence in the businesses that they will get the necessary skilled workers for their operations, as quoted by SBS News.

To be eligible for this scheme, businesses should have a flawless track record of compliance with migration and employment laws. They will also need to conduct labour market testing to prove that they could not source skilled workers from within Australia. They would be able to sponsor foreign workers only if they meet the above conditions.

Visa applicants who are sponsored under this scheme will need to meet the health and character requirements of Australia. Also, they should be receiving a salary of minimum $53,900 annually on they start working for their employer in Australia.

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Parent Visa costs of Australia reasonable: Coleman

The new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa of Australia has been slammed by many as being overpriced. However, David Coleman, Immigration Minister, feels that the Visa fee is reasonable.

Applications for the new Parent Visa will be accepted from 17th April. The new Visa will allow parents and grandparents of Australian migrants to live in Australia for up to 5 years. However, concerns are being raised for those who are not able to afford the Visa fee.

As per the Dept. of Home Affairs website, parents would still be able to apply for the standard Visitor Visa instead of the new Parent Visa. People who apply for a Visitor Visa usually are granted a stay of up to 3 months. They may, however, be allowed a longer stay for up to 12 months depending on the circumstances. Usually, parent of Australian PR and Citizens are granted a longer period of stay.

The new Parent Visa costs $5,000 for a 3-year stay and $10,000 for a 5-year stay. This high cost has been criticized by many.

Mr Coleman defends the costs of the Parent Visa calling it reasonable. He says that the Govt. should be able to run a sustainable immigration program where the running costs are not borne just by the taxpayers but also by the applicants.

Parent Visa holders would also be able to renew their Visas for a second term. The annual quota for the Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa has been capped at 15,000, as per SBS News.

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Know the latest Skill Select update for February 2019

In the latest Skill Select update for February 2019, the number of invitations issued dropped to 1,490. In the previous round, 2,490 invitations were issued.

For Subclass 189, the cut-off score for non pro-rata occupations remained at 70. Since the number of invitations issues have decreased, the most recently lodged EOI was for the month of November 2018. This has increased the wait time to more than 3 months.

For the Subclass 489 Family Sponsored Visa, 10 invitations are issued per month with a cut-off score of 80. The processing time is around 4 months from the time the EOI is lodged.

Here are the point scores for the pro-rata occupations in the February 2019 round:

Occupation ID Name Minimum points
2211 Accountants 85
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 80
2334 Electronics Engineer 75
2335 Industrial, Mechanical, and Production Engineers 75
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 75
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 75
2613 Software and Application Programmers 75
2631 Computer Network Professionals 75

The points for Accountant has increased to 85. Auditors remained the same at 80 points. The points for the rest of the pro-rata occupations have also increased to 75. This is most likely due to the decreased number of invitations issued in the February round. The minimum score could drop if the number of invitations increases in subsequent rounds, as per SBS News.

Australia updated the MLTSSL, ROL, and STSSL on 11th March 2019. Following the same, South Australia has also updated its occupation list.

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Australia adds 36 new occupations to its SOLs

Employer caught underpaying foreign students in Australia

underpaying foreign students

A takeaway food joint in Melbourne, Australia has been caught underpaying their foreign workers by $50,000.

A student from Nepal has been underpaid thousands of dollars by her employer in Melbourne. The employer threatened her to stay silent or have her Work Visa cancelled. The 27-year-old Nepali student lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman in Australia. She said that she was paid $12 an hour between September 2013 and March 2015. She was paid much lower than what she was entitled to. She also was not paid her due for working on weekends and public holidays.

She was told by her employer, Mr Herscu, that she would be paid less since she was not an Australian. Mr Herscu runs the takeaway joint Health Express.

 When she came in for her interview she was told outright that she could have the job but at lesser pay. While she was paid just $12 an hour, her Australian peers were being paid $20 an hour for the same job.

Another foreign student has also lodged a complaint against Health Express.

31-year-old Indian student had complained that she was underpaid almost $27,000 between June 2010 and March 2015.

Mr Herscu, on being caught, has agreed to pay $50,000 to both the students, as per SBS News.

Natalie James, Fair Work Ombudsman, said employers in Australia cannot underpay the minimum wage entitlement of their employees.

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Australia adds 36 new occupations to its SOLs

Australia has announced some significant changes to its immigration system. Changes have also been made to the occupations for permanent as well as temporary migration.

The Dept. Of Home Affairs has recently made changes to the Medium and Short-term Skill Shortage Lists. 36 new occupations have been included in the same. The SOLs have been updated to address the current labour shortage in Australia.

18 new occupations have been added to the Regional Occupation List. Mr David Coleman, Immigration Minister, says that the changes will benefit the regional communities, as quoted by SBS News.

The ROL allows Australian employers to sponsor foreign workers to live and work in specific regions of Australia. The sponsored candidates may be allowed to work in Australia for up to 4 years. The DAMA also paved a pathway to PR for such regional workers. Besides, they also get a concession in their language skills, work experience, and educational qualifications.

The new changes will be applicable to new applications being submitted. It will, in no way, affect older applications.

Changes to the Assessing Authorities for some occupations have also been made.

Here are the new occupations that have been added to the MLTSSL:

  • Arts Administrator or Manager
  • Music Director
  • Dancer or Choreographer
  • Artistic Director
  • Footballer
  • Tennis Coach
  • Environmental Manager
  • Statistician
  • Musician (Instrumental)
  • Economist
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
  • Engineering Professionals n.e.c.
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Chemist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Food Technologist
  • Environmental Research Scientist
  • Geophysicist
  • Environmental Scientists n.e.c.
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Life Scientist (General)
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Microbiologist
  • Zoologist
  • Life Scientists n.e.c.
  • Metallurgist
  • Conservator
  • Meteorologist
  • University Lecturer
  • Natural and Physical Science Professionals n.e.c.
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Horse Trainer
  • Software and Applications Programmers n.e.c.

Here are the new occupations that have been added to the ROL:

  • Aquaculture Farmer
  • Fruit or Nut Grower
  • Cotton Grower
  • Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus)/field crop grower (NZ)
  • Sugar Cane Grower
  • Crop Farmers n.e.c.
  • Mixed Crop Farmer
  • Beef Cattle Farmer
  • Mixed Livestock Farmer
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer
  • Deer Farmer
  • Pig Farmer
  • Goat Farmer
  • Sheep Farmer
  • Livestock Farmers n.e.c.
  • Dentist
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
  • Anaesthetist

These occupations have been removed from the STSSL:

  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
  • Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer
  • Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic
  • Chemical Plant Operator
  • Arts Administrator or Manager
  • Library Technician
  • Dancer or Choreographer
  • Music Director
  • Footballer
  • Artistic Director
  • Aquaculture Farmer
  • Fruit or Nut Grower
  • Cotton Grower
  • Sugar Cane Grower
  • Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower
  • Mixed Crop Farmer
  • Beef Cattle Farmer
  • Crop Farmers n.e.c.
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer
  • Pig Farmer
  • Mixed Livestock
  • Livestock Farmers n.e.c.
  • Sheep Farmer
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
  • Anaesthetist
  • Dentist
  • Tennis Coach

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South Australia makes significant changes to GSM

Australia launches 2 new routes to sponsor foreign workers

Australia has launched two new labour agreements that it claims will support the multicultural communities in the country.

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, launched two new labour agreements for the below:

  • Religious institutions in Australia
  • Aged Care sector in Australia

Aged Care Sector

The new labour agreement for the aged care sector will allow facilities for aged care in Australia to sponsor overseas carers. These foreign carers should have the relevant skills to care for the elderly of the communities. The occupation of “Aged Care Worker” is not on the Australian SOL. Yet, foreign workers can be sponsored under this occupation, as per the new agreements.

Mr Coleman said that Australia is in need of bilingual carers. That is because many elderly suffer from dementia. The condition, often, makes them revert to their first language or they may become unable to speak a second language.

Under the new agreement, aged care facilities can sponsor foreign carers for a TSS Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage). These carers can also be sponsored for an Employer Nomination Scheme Visa. However, the sponsors should be able to provide evidence that they could not find local Australians with the relevant skills.

Religious Institutions

Australia has announced the availability of a new occupation-Religious Assistant. Religious Institutions in Australia would be able to sponsor overseas workers nominating this occupation. It will also expand the scope of the already existing Minister of Religion occupation.

There are 23,000 Minister of Religion in Australia, as quoted by SBS News.

Mr Coleman also said that he expects steady growth in their numbers as well as that of Religious Assistants in the next 5 years. The new agreement will help address the shortage of religious workers in Australia.

Religious Institutions in Australia would be able to sponsor foreign workers under the new agreement. However, they would need to provide evidence of charitable status and should be under Migration Regulations.

Both the new Visa agreements come into effect from 11th March 2019.

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South Australia makes significant changes to GSM

South Australia has introduced concessions for international students residing in the state continually since March 2012. These include offering the nomination for the Subclass 489 Visa to students who fulfil the conditions. These changes are effective from 28th February 2019.

As per the changes introduced, any foreign student who has been living in SA since March 2012 will be offered state nomination. This will be applicable to both current and former students.

International students will be offered a state nomination in case they have been working in SA for at least the recent 3 months. The condition is to work for at least 40 hours a fortnight in any occupation in the state. Also, students who are completing a 1-year course in the state will also qualify for a state nomination.

For high performing students

SA will offer state nomination to international students who can obtain a skill assessment. They would also need to meet the setting for high performing graduates. Work experience requirement will be waived off if the student obtains a minimum GPA of 6.0.

The above requirement will remain the same for international students applying for the Subclass 190 Visa. These changes will help foreign students spend more time in SA as compared to other Visa routes, as per SBS News.

Changes to the Chain Migration Program

The Chain Migration Program was introduced by SA in July 2014. This program allows immigrants to join their families already residing in the state.

SA has removed the requirement of a Bachelor’s degree from its Chain Migration Program. Applicants who have a close family relative in SA have access to the occupations on the Supplementary List. However, to apply for any of these occupations, applicants needed a Bachelors degree. That requirement has since been removed.

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Know more about the new Parent Visa of Australia

The new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa of Australia will be available from 17th April 2019. This new Parent Visa will allow parents and grandparents of Australian sponsors to live in Australia for up to 5 years. The Visa also has the provision of extension for another 5 years.

Australian sponsors can begin lodging their sponsorship applications from 17th April. The Parent Visa application can be lodged once the sponsor has been approved.

The Parent Visa applications have to be lodged within 6 months of sponsorship approval.

Australia will start accepting Parent Visa applications from 1st July 2019.

The new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa (Subclass 870), however, is a temporary visa. It does not offer a pathway to Permanent Residence.

How many visa places are available?

15,000 visa places would be available to this program each year from 1st July to 30th June.

Sponsors in Australia will have to act as financial guarantors and would need to bear all the expenses incurred. They would need to buy health insurance for their parents and grandparents. Also, they would need to pay for any additional healthcare charges incurred.

What does the Visa cost?

Applicants can apply for a 3-year Visa at the cost of $5,000. A 5-year Visa will cost $10,000, as per SBS News. However, on a 5-year Visa, there would be a provision of extension for another 5 years.

The application charge of the new Parent Visa is payable in two instalments. The first one has to be paid at the time of application while the second one has to be paid before the Visa Grant.

The application fee for this Visa is $420.

What are the other features of this Visa?

The other features of the new Parent Visa are:

  • The “Balance of Family” test is not applicable
  • Applicants will not be allowed to work on this Visa
  • Applicants would need to obtain health insurance
  • Should provide evidence of having sufficient funds

What are the benefits of the new Parent Visa?

The new Parent Visa will allow grandparents and parents of Australian migrants to live in Australia for a much longer time. On this Visa, applicants would be able to live in Australia for up to 5 years at a time. In contrast, applicants on a standard Visitor Visa are not allowed to live in Australia for that long.

Parents on this Visa can also apply for Visitor Visas or Permanent Parent Visas.

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The new Parent Visa of Australia will be effective from April

The new Parent Visa of Australia will be effective from April

The new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa of Australia will be effective from 17th April this year.

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, announced that sponsors in Australia would be able to lodge their applications from 17th April.

The Subclass 870 (Sponsored Parent (Temporary)) Visa is a new pathway that helps parents and grandparents reunite with their family in Australia. This Visa allows parents and grandparents to live in Australia continuously for a period of up to 5 years.

The legislation for the new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa was passed in November last year.

The new Parent Visa also has a provision for extension for another 5 years. At the end of the first 5 years, parents and grandparents can apply for another 5-year term. They will, however, need to spend some time outside of Australia before they do that. Thus, parents and grandparents may be able to live in Australia for up to 10 years with this Visa.

Mr Coleman said that the new Visa will provide social benefits to a lot of families in Australia, as quoted by SBS News.

The quota for the new Parent Visa has been capped at 15,000 per year. This will definitely make a huge difference to many immigrant families in Australia.

Australia has put in a number of measures to strengthen the visa framework. The Sponsors in Australia will need to act as financial guarantors. They will need to meet any costs incurred by the Visa holder including hospitalization and aged care fees. This is to ensure that Australian taxpayers are not burdened by these costs.

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