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What is the income requirement of the Parent Visa of Australia?

Immigrants whose taxable income is $83,454.80 will only be eligible to sponsor their parents for the Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa of Australia.

The amount was specified in a new legislative document by the Immigration Minister, David Coleman.

Australia has started accepting Sponsorship applications for the new Parent Visa from 17th April. Once the sponsorship application is approved, the parents of the migrant can submit an application for the Parent Visa.

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

The Subclass 870 (Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa) allows parents and grandparents to live in Australia continuously for up to 5 years. They will also be able to renew their Visa for another 5-year term. Thus, this Visa will allow them to reunite with their families and live in Australia for up to 10 years.

However, the income requirement for the second 5-year term has not been clarified as yet.

The application fee for a 3-year Parent Visa is $5,000. The sponsorship fee for the same is $420. The income requisite of $83,454.80 can also be joint family income, as per SBS News.

However, many migrants in Australia are displeased by the new income requirement. They believe that the new Parent Visa already comes with many attached conditions. These conditions are far more stringent than a normal Visitor Visa. Also, it is mandatory to purchase health insurance to apply for this Visa. With the high price of this Parent Visa, many migrants feel that this Visa is discriminatory.

However, David Coleman has stood in defence of the new Parent Visa calling its price “reasonable”.

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South Australia announces the new occupation list under DAMA

South Australia has announced the new occupation list under the DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement). The DAMA aims to help employers and businesses in South Australia get access to skilled foreign workers. This will be applicable to sectors which are facing an acute shortage of workforce in the state.

There will be 2 Designated Area Migration Agreements for the state of South Australia.

The first DAMA will cover the Adelaide Metropolitan Area. There will be 60 occupations listed on the Adelaide Innovation and Technology Agreement. This will support the Adelaide City Deal. This DAMA will also provide a pathway to Permanent Residence to visa holders.

The second DAMA is called the South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement. This DAMA will cover the enter state of SA. There are 114 occupations listed on this DAMA. As per Migration SA, these occupations cover the below sectors:

  • Agribusiness
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Health and Aged Care
  • Mining
  • Construction

The South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement will also have the provision of Permanent Residency.

The DAMA includes some very popular occupations which will lead to Permanent Residence.  Occupations like Chef, Baker, Restaurant Manager, Accommodation and Hospitality Manager and Aged Carer are included in the DAMA.

Occupations like Dental Assistant and Dentist are also available on the DAMA, as per SBS News. These occupations will also receive concessions on language skills, age, experience and salary.

The Designated Area Migration Agreement happens to be an employer-sponsored program. Applicants may obtain the Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa under the Labour Agreement Stream. The DAMA allows employers in Australia to hire foreign workers for jobs which they are unable to fill locally.

Details regarding the application process under the DAMA will be released on 1st July 2019.

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What is the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa of Australia?

Australia has recently released the legislation for the Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa. The Visa will be introduced on 16th November this year. However, details like the occupation list for this Visa is yet to be released.

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa would have 2 streams:

  1. Employer-sponsored for Australian employers who hold Standard Business Sponsorships. Overseas business sponsors are exempted.
  2. Labour Agreement for Australian employers who are participants in a work agreement. The work agreement could have been negotiated between the company, its stakeholders or the government.

Irrespective of the stream that one applies for, the job location should be in a designated regional area in Australia. Regional areas are all areas which are outside the metropolitan areas of Perth, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Applicants also need to have a genuine full-time job offer for a period of at least 5 years. New provisions have been introduced which can cancel this Visa is the job is found to be fake.

To apply under the employer-sponsored stream, the nominated position should include a contract between the Australian sponsor and the employee. The salary offered should be according to the existing market rate for that particular occupation. Regional Certifying Bodies would need to provide confirmation that the salary offered is at the market rate.

Eligible applicants will also need to have a positive Skill Assessment and at least 3 years of relevant work experience. The health requirement under this Visa stream may be waived off.

The validity of the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa would be 5 years. However, the Visa would come with a number of attached conditions.

Subclass 494 Visa holders will be eligible to apply for a Subclass 191 Permanent Residence Visa after completing 3 years. They do not need employer sponsorship to apply for a PR Visa, as per SBS News.

However, while applying for PR it is mandatory that they were compliant with all the conditions of the Subclass 494 Visa.

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Why are some Australian Universities lowering English standards?

Some Australian Universities are lowering their own English standards to try and lure high-paying foreign students.

ABC’s Four Corner Program has been told by academics that there has been a rise in the number of cases of academic misconduct. They are also seeing an increasing number of foreign students who are struggling.

These academics have pointed out incidents where foreign students have used phone apps to translate lectures. There are also many international students who struggled to use a computer or a USB drive.

To streamline the Student Visa system, the Federal Govt. gave more responsibility to the Universities in 2016. Universities in Australia, thus, had the responsibility to determine if a student had genuine intentions. They also had to ensure that the foreign students met the English standards.

Since then, international students need to convince the University rather than the Education Dept. that they can complete the course.

Universities in Australia are allowed to set their own English standards for international students. The right to waive the English requirement is also at their discretion, as per ABC News.

The Four Corner Program found that some Universities are accepting foreign students who fall below their own English standards. These students are granted admission through other routes instead of an English proficiency test.

Some Universities are also found accepting Medium of Instruction letters from foreign students of countries like Nepal and India. These MOI Letters state that the student had studied in English in their home country.

However, the Dept. of Home Affairs has stated that these MOI letters do not hold any legislative value. This is particularly true if the student is asked to furnish evidence of English proficiency.

Four Corners also found that Student Visa applications from some reputed Universities are automatically granted. Applicants do not need to provide English test results or funds documents.

The education industry in Australia is worth $34 billion to the economy of Australia. Thus, high-paying international students have become a valuable source of income for struggling Universities.

The Four Corners Program was also able to obtain some emails from Universities advertising waiver on the English requirement. The University of Tasmania and Southern Cross University were found to have provided a waiver on IELTS.

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Indians make up the 3rd largest migrant group in Australia

As per the latest data released by ABS, the Indian population in Australia has grown significantly in the last couple of years.

As of June 2018, there were 592,000 Indians calling Australia home. This was a 30% increase as compared to the census figures of 2016. In 2016, there were 455,389 Indians in Australia.

Indians have now overtaken New Zealand to be placed in the 3rd spot. There are 568,000 New Zealanders in Australia putting New Zealand in the 4th spot.

Indians now make up for 2.4% of the Australian population. The data from ABS also reveals that the median age of Indian migrants is around 34 years.

Below are the countries with the largest migrant population in Australia in 2018:

Rank Country of birth Total number Percentage
1 England 992,000 4.0%
2 China 651,000 2.6%
3 India 592,000 2.4%
4 New Zealand 568,000 2.3%
5 Philippines 278,000 1.1%
6 Vietnam 256,000 1.0%
7 South Africa 189,000 0.8%
8 Italy 187,000 0.7%
9 Malaysia 174,000 0.7%
10 Scotland 135,000 0.5%

India has been the largest source country for migrants for Australia since 2016.

There were 162,417 Permanent Residence Visas granted in 2017-18 by Australia. 33,310 out of these were granted to Indians.

In 2016-17, 38,854 out of 183,608 PR visas were granted to Indians.

2018 also saw a record high for the number of Indian students studying in Australia. As of November 2017, there were 70,000 Indian students in Australia, as quoted by SBS News.

It was also revealed in the 2016 Census that along with the Indian population, Indian languages also had grown in Australia.

Hindi topped the list with 159,652 speakers while Punjabi followed second with 132,496 speakers.

The other languages that saw significant growth were Tamil with 73,161 speakers and Bengali with 54,566 speakers. Malayalam followed with 53,206 speakers and there were 52,888 Gujarati speakers. There were 34,435 Telegu speakers and 13,055 Marathi speakers. Kannada also saw a jump with 9701 speakers.

Other notable Indian languages in Australia are Konkani (2,416 speakers), Kashmiri (215), Oriya (721) and Sindhi (1,592).

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Australia deports Indian tourist for abhorrent video on the phone

An Indian tourist was questioned by ABF (Australia Border Force) on his arrival from Malaysia. This incident happened at Perth International Airport last Thursday.

The 45-year old Indian man was denied permission to enter Australia after an abhorrent video was found on his phone. The video depicted child exploitation which is banned under Australian Laws. The ABF seized his phone and also cancelled his Visa as his act violated custom regulations.

Rod O’Donnell, Regional commander of ABF in WA, said that his officers were committed to preventing banned material from entering Australia. He also issued a statement saying any material depicting child exploitation is banned in Australia.

The ABF detained the Indian tourist and later transferred him to the Immigration Detention Centre in Perth. He was deported from the country on Sunday morning, as quoted by SBS News.

Commander O’Donnell also said carrying abhorrent material into Australia carries severe consequences. Such an act may lead to cancellation of your Visa. Heavy penalties will also be imposed on you if caught.

ABF has reported an increasing number of defaulters in recent times.

In January this year, an Indian tourist was caught carrying objectionable child exploitation material on both his mobile phones. He had to face court charges of carrying prohibited material in Perth. He was also jailed for 2 months for carrying the banned material. After completing his jail term, he got deported from Australia under Australian law.

What is prohibited under Australian law?

Under Australian Law, the below material is prohibited:

  • Child pornography.
  • Explicit sexual violence.
  • Bestiality.
  • Cruelty.
  • Degradation.
  • Non-consensual sex.

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Everything you need to know about the new Parent Visa of Australia

The new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 870)allows the parents or grandparents of an Australian PR or citizen an extended stay in Australia. They may live in Australia for up to 10 years on this Visa.

Australia started accepting sponsorship applications for this Visa from 17th April 2019. Visa applications for this Visa will be accepted from 1st July 2019.

What can you do on this Visa?

On this Visa, a parent or grandparent of an Australian citizen or PR:

  • Can visit Australia consecutively for up to 3 to 5 years
  • Can visit Australia for a cumulative period of 10 years maximum
  • They are not allowed to work in Australia

What is the cost of this Visa?

The cost of this Visa is:

  • $5,000 for a 3-year Visa
  • $10,000 for a 5-year Visa

The above fee has to be paid in 2 instalments.

Applicants also need to bear the costs of biometrics, health checks and police clearance certificates.

Is there an annual cap?

Yes, 15,000 Parent Visas may be issued each year from 1st July to 30th June.

Who can apply for this Visa?

To be eligible for this Visa, you must:

  • Be the biological, step-parent, adoptive parent, parent-in-law or grandparent of an Australian PR or citizen
  • Your child or grandchild in Australia must sponsor you
  • You should be over 18 years of age
  • You should meet the health and character requirement of Australia
  • This Visa does not require a Balance of Family test or an Assurance of Support

What are the requirements for a sponsor in Australia?

As a sponsor, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old or above
  • Be an Australian PR or citizen
  • Meet the character requirement
  • Have an annual income of at least $83,450. Your income could also be the combined income of your spouse or common-law partner.

What is the processing time of the Visa?

The Parent Visa is expected to be available after 3 months after applications start getting accepted on 1st July 2019.

Does the new Parent Visa provide access to Medicare?

No, Visa holders do not have access to Medicare. They will need to buy health insurance to cover the entire duration of their Visa, as per SBS News.

Can applicants who have submitted applications for a Permanent Parent Visa also apply for the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa?

Yes, parents who have applied for a Permanent Parent Visa can also apply for the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa. Applicants who have applied for either the non-contributory or contributory Permanent Parent Visa can apply for this Visa.

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Warrnambool in Australia announces new DAMA SOL

The Warrnambool City Council in the state of Victoria has released its new Skilled Occupation List under the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA).

27 occupations have been made available to cater to the business needs of the Great South Coast Area. Majority of the occupations belong to the hospitality and agriculture sector.

Here is the list of occupations released by Warrnambool:

  1. 721111- Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
  2. 311111- Agricultural Technician
  3. 321111- Automotive Electrician
  4. 121312- Beef Cattle Farmer
  5. 141111- Café or Restaurant Manager
  6. 351311-Chef
  7. 323211- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist
  8. 351411- Cook
  9. 070499- Dairy Cattle Farm Operator
  10. 321212- Diesel Motor Mechanic
  11. 721211- Earthmoving Plant Operator
  12. 323212- Fitter and Turner
  13. 141311- Hotel and Motel Manager
  14. 711211- Industrial Spray Painter
  15. 831211- Meat Boners and Slicers
  16. 831311- Meat Process Worker
  17. 322311- Metal Fabricator
  18. 121216- Mixed Crop Farmer
  19. 121317- Mixed Livestock Farmer
  20. 721999- Mobile Plant Operators nec
  21. 321211- Motor Mechanic (General)
  22. 312912- Non-destructive Testing (NDT) Technician
  23. 324111- Panel Beater
  24. 839312- Product Quality Controller (Meat Grader)
  25. 070499- Senior Dairy Cattle Farm Worker
  26. 831212- Slaughterer
  27. 733111- Truck Driver (General)

The below 13 occupations will be given concession on the English Language requirement:

  1. 721111- Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
  2. 321111- Automotive Electrician
  3. 351311- Chef
  4. 351411- Cook
  5. 070499- Dairy Cattle Farm Operator
  6. 321212- Diesel Motor Mechanic
  7. 323212- Fitter and Turner
  8. 831211- Meat Boners and Slicers
  9. 831311- Meat Process Workers
  10. 322311- Metal Fabricator
  11. 321211- Motor Mechanic (General)
  12. 831212- Slaughterer
  13. 733111- Truck Driver (General)

However, there will be just 100 visa places for these 13 occupations in the first year, as per SBS News.

The DAMA will provide the Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Visa to eligible applicants. Once they meet the conditions of the DAMA, they can proceed to file for Permanent Residence in the future.

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Australia Skill Select update for April 2019

The latest Australia Skill Select round for the month of April 2019 was shocking. Only 100 invitations in the Subclass 189 were issued. 10 invitations were issued for the Subclass 489.

The drop in the number of invitations issued seems to be planned to manage the number of visas issued in this financial year.

The score for the non-pro rata occupations for Subclass 189 has jumped up to 80 points. The current wait time is 1 month.

There has been no change to the Subclass 489 Family Sponsored Visa. 10 invitations are issued per month and the score required is 80 points. The wait times, however, have increased to up to 5 months.

Pro-rata occupations are the ones where the demand exceeds the number of places available. Pro-rata occupations have a higher score required in comparison to non pro-rata occupations.

The score for pro-rata occupations in the 11th April round is:

Occ. Code Description Min. Required score
2211 Accountants 90
2212 Auditors, Company Secretary and Corporate Treasurer 85
2334 Electronics Engg. 80
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engg. 80
2339 Other Engg. Professionals 80
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 85
2613 Software and Applications Programmer 80
2631 Computer Network Professionals 80

In this round, the minimum score required for Accountants has increased to 90 points. The score for Auditors, Corporate Treasurers and Company Secretaries have also gone up to 85 points. The same is the case for ICT Business and System Analysts, as quoted by SBS News.

The required score for the other pro-rata occupations has also increased to 80 points. This can be attributed to the small number of invitations that have been issued in this round. The minimum required score can change if in subsequent rounds the number of invitations issued increases.

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Being single can increase your points for Australian PR

A new points system and a new Regional Visa have been introduced by the Australian Govt.

Here are the changes that have been introduced to the points-tested system:

  1. If you have a “skilled” spouse or common-law partner, you get 10 points
  2. If you are sponsored by a family member in a regional area or by the Govt. of a State or Territory, you get 10 points
  3. For having specific STEM qualification, you earn 10 points
  4. Applicants who are single (who do not have a spouse or common-law partner) get 10 points
  5. If your spouse or common-law partner can demonstrate Competent English you can earn 5 points

The new points-system gives extra points for single applicants. The earlier points-system gave married applicants an edge as they were able to claim points for their partner’s skills.

The points-system of Australia has been revised following the advice of the Productivity Commission. The Commission had recommended the revision of the same so that a partner’s skills could contribute to the points of the primary applicant.

The Commission pointed that 50% of the permanent intake of Australia consists of secondary applicants. Many secondary applicants have limited skills. However, a majority of them are well-skilled to be able to contribute to the Australian economy.

Immigration experts believe that the new points system will benefit skilled applicants with better English proficiency.

Also, single applicants and applicants with skilled partners will receive more preference, as quoted by SBS News.

Applicants whose partner’s are unskilled or who do not have the required English competency will be ranked lower than the others.

Australia’s new point system will come into effect from 16th November 2019.

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