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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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Why is it a good idea to study abroad in Australia?

Australia is fast emerging as a population destination to study abroad especially among Indian students. Australia provides quality education and research opportunities topped up with global experience. Also, studying in Australia is a lot cheaper than studying in the US.

Here’s why it is a good idea to study abroad in Australia:

  1. Australia provides international students with opportunities to work while studying. Also, students who have completed 2-years of study in Australia are also eligible for the Post Study Work Visa. Transitioning from Student Visa to Permanent Residency is also a lot easier for international students in Australia.
  2. In the next few years, evidence suggests that workplaces would be very different. Worldwide globalization would make way for more virtual offices. Such office spaces would allow people from different time zones to work together. However, you will also need a workforce which can easily adjust to such a dramatic change. The Australian education system is currently doing just that.
  3. Australia provides international students to work in a multicultural environment. Most Indian students tend to study in the city that they were born in.
  4. More Indian parents now want their children to study abroad provided there are good opportunities for employment. Most Indian parents view the cost involved in studying abroad as an investment. Australian Universities have a high rate of employability. Hence, it is a good idea to invest in studying abroad in Australia.
  5. Australia also provides a plethora of research opportunities to international students. Australian Universities conduct some of the most breakthrough research in the world, as quoted by The Hindu.

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Australia shuts down its visa office in Iran

The Australian Govt. has shut down its visa processing office in Iran over possible corruption warnings. There were allegations that certain migration agents were illegally obtaining Australian visas through a contact in the embassy in Tehran.

The ACLEI (Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity) has been entrusted with the investigation. The visa processing of the Australian embassy in Tehran has been closed last July.

As part of the investigation, the ACLEI has questioned many Iranian citizens in Australia. Questions were raised over how they obtained their visas. These cases raised concerns over the integrity of the visa system of Australia.

A group of migration agents based in Australia brought to notice certain migration agents with Iranian clients. These migration agents were boasting of how they had a special connection with a contact in the Tehran embassy. These agents were also charging their Iranian clients a huge sum of money for visas that cost much less.

A letter from the AIMCA (Australia Iran Migration Consultants Association) pointed out there was a surge in the number of temporary visas granted to Iranians. Most of the recipients already had relatives in Australia on protection visas. Generally, in such cases, the likelihood of getting a visa is very slim, as per ABC News. That is because the family members who arrive in Australia have a higher chance of applying for protection.

Mohd. Reza Azimi, Head of AIMCA, has said that the Australian Embassy in Iran has asked for more information to look into the corruption charges.

Since the closure of the visa processing office, other embassies in the region are now handling the visa applications from Iran.

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An Indian man lost his Australian citizenship over fraud

An Indian man lost his Australian citizenship over fraud

An Indian man lost his Australian citizenship after the Immigration Dept. discovered that he has committed identity fraud in 2003.

38-year-old Mr Singh first came to Australia in 1997 as a foreign student. At 19, he married an Australia-born woman. He went on to apply for a Spouse Visa after his marriage. However, the marriage did not last long and they divorced in 2002.

In February 2002, Mr Singh went to India for his second marriage. He got married to an Australian national of Indian origin.

Mr Singh claims that his then Migration Agent told him that he would face problems going back to Australia due to his first divorce. He claims his Migration Agent asked him to obtain a new identity. Thus he committed identity fraud to get a new Indian passport. He used the same to obtain a Partner Visa and later the Australian citizenship in 2007.

The Dept. of Home Affairs, however, disputed his claims. The Dept. said that his divorce certificate was issued after he had left Australia. Mr Singh, hence, was not certain if his divorce had been finalized and hence embarked on his new plan.

Mr Singh got a new Indian passport under a new name and date of birth. He applied for a Partner Visa using the same and subsequently became an Australian PR in 2005. He also obtained Australian citizenship in 2007.

Mr Singh’s identity fraud was discovered after he applied as a sponsor for his father’s visa in 2009. The Dept. of Home Affairs conducted a forensic analysis which detected the fraud.

Mr Singh has been charged under the Migration and Citizenship Act with multiple offences. He was found guilty and charged with 500 hours of community service, as per SBS News.

 Peter Dutton, Minister of Home Affairs, also decided to cancel his citizenship after the discovery of the fraud.

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The no. of Indian tourists to Australia is fast growing

As per statistics released by ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics), the no. of Indian tourists to Australia is fast growing.

A comparison between December 2017 and December 2018 data revealed that India accorded a 13.3% increase in 2018. Japan recorded an increase of 12.4% while Singaporean tourists increased by 8.1%.

On the other hand, the number of tourists from the UK decreased by 3.4%. Germany saw a decline of 2.4%.

31,200 Indian tourists visited Australia in December 2018.

China had the highest number of short-term visitors to Australia at 121,100. New Zealand came second with 115,900 visitors to Australia. USA came in 3rd spot with 67,900 tourists while the UK came in 4th with 60,800 tourists.

41,400 Japanese tourists visited Australia in December 2018 putting Japan in the 5th spot. Singapore came 6th with 38,600 tourists in December 2018.

9.2 million short-term visitors came to Australia in 2018. December saw the most number of arrivals at 1.1 million while May saw the least at 609,450.

It was the first time that Chinese visitors (1.43 million) overtook New Zealand visitors (1.39 million) to Australia. China thus became the largest source country for short-term visitors to Australia in 2018.

There were 357,000 Indian short-term visitors to Australia in 2018. As compared to 2017, there was an increase of 18.2%, as per SBS News.

Myles Burleigh, ABS Director, said that Australia is a favoured destination for Chinese nationals. In recent times, there has been strong growth in the number of Chinese visitors to Australia.

There were 353,000 Chinese visitors to Australia in 2008. In the following ten years, the number has since tripled. In 1998, there were only 77,000 Chinese visitors to Australia.

ABS statistics also revealed that the number of women visiting Australia was higher than that of men. There were 4.8 million women visitors to Australia in 2018 as compared to 4.4 million men.

There has been extensive marketing in India by Tourism Australia in recent times. Parineeti Chopra, the Bollywood actress, has been appointed as Tourism Australia’s brand ambassador in 2017.

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