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What are the health requirements of an Australian Visa?

The Migration Regulations 1994 outlines the health requirements for an Australian Visa. This is under Schedule 4 of the Public Interest Criteria.

As per the Govt, there are 3 major objectives:

  1. To ensure public safety and to safeguard Australians against infectious diseases like TB
  2. To safeguard access for Australians to medical supplies which are in short supply like organ transplants
  3. To limit the spending on community and health services

The present protocol for enforcing the policy states that it is crucial for the country and its visa programs. It is to ensure that public health risks and health costs do not spike due to incoming travellers and migrants.

Advocates have, however, been critical of the cost of health requirement. They believe that it targets those with a permanent disability. This is a breach of the international human rights that Australia is obligated to follow. This is under the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Australian Govt. decides if the health costs need to be increased or not on something called the “Significant cost threshold” policy. Visa applicants who have a disability or medical condition do not meet the requirement. This happens when a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth deems that the cost of the medical condition is higher than that of the threshold. Australia has currently fixed the “significant cost threshold” at $40,000, as per SBS News.

For a Temporary Australian Visa, the probable cost of services is assessed for the validity of the visa. For example, an Australian Student Visa is usually valid for a period of 4 years. Thus, the predicted health costs are calculated at approximately $12,000 per year. Someone who does not meet this threshold will not be able to fulfil the requirement.

For Australia PR applicants who are under 75 years, whether the cost is exceeded or not is calculated by the costs incurred over 5 years. For Australian PR applicants who are above 75 years, the cost is calculated by the costs incurred over a period of 3 years.

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Australia adds new occupations to the Skilled Occupation List

Benefits of studying in the Regional Universities of Australia

Australia is fast emerging as a popular study-abroad destination for international students. The Australian Govt. is currently prioritizing the movement of migrants to the regional areas of Australia.

If you aspire to study in Australia, here are the benefits of studying in the Regional Universities:

  1. Additional Points for Immigration

If you complete your studies from a Regional University in Australia, you are at an advantage. You get an extra 5 points on your PR application.

  1. More job opportunities

The Australian Govt. is prioritizing the movement of migrants to the regional areas of Australia. The Govt. had introduced DAMA which gives employers in the regional areas more access to high-skilled foreign workers. Also, the Govt. is working to create more job opportunities in the regional areas. Regional cities like Hobart in Tasmania have an unemployment rate of just 6.4%. Perth is facing a severe workforce shortage as there has been a decline in the number of local apprentices.

  1. Higher minimum wages

There is a huge skill shortage in regional areas. Thus, employers in these areas pay higher minimum wage even for part-time jobs. For example, a Sales Representative in Adelaide may earn anything between $26 and $38 an hour, as per SIEC.

  1. Low cost of living

In comparison to the big cities, the cost of living is much lower in the regional areas. The rent of a one-bedroom apartment in Sydney is $2,400. Whereas, the rent in Adelaide is $1,700, $1,500 in Perth and just $1,200 in Hobart.

  1. Relaxed lifestyle with big city amenities

The regional cities have the same entertainment hubs and facilities like big cities. So you get the same amenities as are available in a big city but with a much more relaxed lifestyle.

  1. Peaceful academic atmosphere

Regional Universities have smaller classes and also have cosy campuses. Thus, they provide a great learning atmosphere for international students.

Below are some of the Regional Universities that you could apply to:

  • Charles Darwin University
  • Tasmania University
  • University of Ballarat
  • Central Queensland University
  • Federation University Australia
  • Southern Cross University
  • James Cook University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of New England
  • University of South Australia

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What is the update on immigration after Australian elections?

The Australian elections are over and the Coalition party will hold office for the next three years. There has been no announcement regarding the change in the Immigration Minister.

With the Coalition Party once again coming back to power, here are the updates on Australian immigration:

  • Regional visas

The recently announced Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa will be available from November 2019. So will the Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Visa. Moving migrants into the regional areas of Australia will be on high priority of this government.

  • DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement)

More Designated Area Migration Agreements are being worked upon by the new Govt. DAMAs help businesses in regional areas address their skill gaps. The current DAMAs that have been introduced also have a pathway to PR for the migrants. A DAMA offers much more flexibility than the Standard Business Sponsorship Pathway.

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce in Northern Queensland is currently in negotiation for a new DAMA. This DAMA should be announced in the next few months.

Two DAMAs will come into effect in South Australia from the 1st of July. These are the:

  1. Adelaide Technology and Innovative Advancement Agreement
  2. South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement
  • Nomination rejections-Subclass 457 and Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage)

Some data has been released under the Freedom of Information Act which showed the visa results of the Subclass 457 and 482 Visa. These outcomes were released between 1st November 2016 and 31st January 2019. Almost 10% of the visas were rejected while 7% were withdrawn or finalized, as per SBS News.

Customer Service Manager was the occupation with the highest number of rejections at 47%. Message Therapist at 40% and Web Administrator at 32% were the other occupations which received the most rejections.

  • The Government inquiry into the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

The Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee released a report in April 2019. The report assessed the effectiveness of the TSS Visa for addressing the Skill gaps in Australia. The Committee made the below recommendations:

  1. The minimum income threshold should be increased to $62,000 annually
  2. Review and update the health policies so that temporary migrants are not rejected on health grounds
  3. The Govt. should publish reasons for the addition and deletion of occupations on the SOL so that there is greater transparency
  4. There should be stricter requirements for Labour Market Testing. Also, there should be greater scrutiny into licensing and skills assessment.
  • Accreditation through significant investment

The Govt. has announced a new category to become an accredited sponsor for the TSS Visa. The business will need to show an investment of at least $50 million. For businesses who do not make a significant investment but can generate employment, the Govt. will consider on a case to case basis.

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Australia Skill Select update for May 2019

Australia adds new occupations to the Skilled Occupation List

Australia now has 36 more occupations in its present Skilled Occupation List as compared to the previous one. 32 new occupations have now been added to the Skilled Occupation List.

There is a high demand for professional occupations in Australia. The country is seeking more permanent immigrants in these sectors. It is also welcoming more international students to build upon these sectors in the future.

The inclusion of occupations like Botanist, University Lecturer, and Metallurgist implies that high-skilled people are in demand in Australia.

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, says that the Australian Govt. is focused on addressing the skill gaps in Australia, as per SBS News.

Here are the new occupations that have been added to the Combined Skilled Occupation List:

1. Horse Trainer

2. Software and Applications Programmer nec

3. Multimedia Specialist

4. University Lecturer

5. Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec

6. Meteorologist

7. Metallurgist

8. Conservator

9. Life Scientist nec

10. Zoologist

11. Microbiologist

12. Marine Biologist

13. Botanist

14. Biotechnologist

15. Biochemist

16. Life Scientist (General)

17. Hydrogeologist

18. Geophysicist

19. Environmental Scientist nec

20. Environmental Research Scientist

21. Environmental Consultant

22. Food Technologist

23. Chemist

24. Engineering Professionals nec

25. Petroleum Engineer

26. Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)

27. Economist

28. Statistician

29. Environmental Manager

30. Musician (Instrumental)

These two occupations have been added on the Regional Occupation List:

1. Goat Farmer

2. Deer Farmer

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Australia Skill Select update for May 2019

Australia Skilled Visa

Australia conducted the latest Skill Select Invitation round on May 9th. With the release of the latest Skill Select results, it is quite evident that the current financial year will not have a big finish.

Once again, only 100 invitations were issued under the Subclass 189 Visa. Also, the usual 10 invitations under the Subclass 489 Visa were also issued, as quoted by SBS News.

The pro-rata occupations have already filled up 71% of their quota ceiling. Now we need to wait and watch whether there will be leftover quota or June ends up as a big month.

There was no change for the points score for the pro-rata occupations. The minimum score for the pro-rata occupations under the Subclass 189 Visa remained at 80 points.

The points score for the Subclass 489 Family Sponsored Visa has increased to 85 points. The waiting time for an invite is 1 month at present.

Pro-rata occupations are defined as the ones for which the demand is much more than the number of visa spots available. Thus, they have a higher score requirement than other non pro-rata occupations.

Here are the scores for the May 9th Skill Select round:

Occupation ID Occupation Name Minimum Score Latest EOI date
2631 Computer Network Professionals 80 20/03/2019 6:53 pm
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 80 10/02/2019 3:58 pm
2611 ICT Business and System Analyst 85 03/05/2019 8:13 pm
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 80 18/01/2019 3:13 pm
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 80 22/03/2019 4:31 pm
2334 Electronics Engineer 85 02/05/2019 12:44 pm
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 85 28/12/2018 5:43 pm
2211 Accountants 90 01/05/2019 6:46 am

It is anybody’s guess whether the month of June will change the situation. However, the quota for the Subclass 189 will be reset on the 1st of July. Once the quotas reopen, there are higher chances of more invitations being issued.

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Indian woman cheated by a migration agent in Australia

An Indian woman had her Visa rejected due to the fraud of her migration agent in Australia. After fighting a lengthy court battle, she was recently granted reprieve by the Dept. of Home Affairs.

Harpreet Kaur, the Indian woman, approached S&S Migration in March 2011. She had deferred her hairdressing course in Australia due to pregnancy. Thus, she was looking to get her Student Visa extended.

Jeetender Ajjan, who operated the Migration Agency, told her that he could get her a Work Visa instead of a Student Visa. He applied for a Post-Study Work Visa for her despite the fact that she had not completed her course. Ms Kaur paid Mr Ajjan $1,500 and gave him her passport for the Visa application.

Unknown to Ms Kaur, the migration agent claimed in his Visa submission that she had a positive Skill Assessment. He even mentioned a false reference number for the Skill Assessment. Also, he did not declare in the Visa application that S&S Migration was representing Ms Harpreet Kaur. Also, the email address which they mentioned on the application form did not belong to Ms Kaur.

S&S Migration was run by Jeetender Ajjan and an RMA Mahim Sodhani. Reetika Ajjan was the wife of Jeetender Ajjan and she was an officer with the Immigration Dept.

S&S Migration’s office was raided in October 2011 post which both Jeetender and Reetika Ajjan fled Australia. They had also transferred $1.2 million to an overseas bank before fleeing Australia, as per SBS News. It came to light that they were involved in hundreds of fraud visa applications involving millions of dollars. The Immigration Dept. even found Ms Harpreet Kaur’s file among other Visa applications.

The Immigration Dept. cancelled Ms Kaur’s visa application in May 2012 for providing false information. Her Visa application claimed to have a positive Skill Assessment whereas TRA had never issued her one.

She made appeals in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and later in the Federal Circuit Court. She claimed that she was unaware of any false information being furnished by her migration agent. She appeals were rejected twice.

The Federal Circuit Court felt that she was indifferent and wanted to see if she was lucky enough to get a Visa. The court also pointed out that when she was informed of fraud by her Migration Agent, she still did not withdraw her application.

Ms Kaur told the Court that she had engaged a new migration agent after Mr Ajjan fled the country. Her new Migration Agent did not tell her to withdraw her application. She was told to rather wait for her Visa outcome.

Ms Kaur was able to prove that the email address mentioned on her Visa application was not hers. Thus, she did not receive any correspondence from the Immigration Dept.

The Federal Court of Australia upheld the decision of the Federal Circuit Court last month. The Federal Court accepted that Ms Kaur was kept in the dark about the wrongdoings of her Migration Agent. It also accepted that the Federal Circuit Court’s decision to reject her appeals twice was erroneous.

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How should Australia PR aspirants prepare for 1st July?

The end of the current financial year for Australia immigration is nearing. It is a great time for aspirants to prepare for any changes that might crop up on the 1st of July.

Here are some of the things that potential Australia PR applicants should prepare for:

  1. Manage your finances

The visa fees for Australia are going to increase by 5.4% from 1st July. If possible, it is advisable to finalize your Visa forms and necessary documents by 30th June. However, if it is not possible, then you should start managing your finances right away. You will then not fall short of any funds while lodging your Visa.

  1. Consider applying for Regional Visas

Australia is laying more and more emphasis on encouraging migration to its regional areas. Due to this increased emphasis, migrants who are already in these regional areas have an advantage. With the Govt. coming up with new schemes and Visas for the regional areas, it is advisable to consider applying for Regional Visas.

International students who complete their studies from a Regional University also brighten their prospects of getting an Australia PR.

  1. Gather your documents

The State Nomination quotas and Skill Select quotas reset themselves on 1st July. Thus visa places will open up on the Subclass 189, 190 and 489 visas.

Getting an Invitation to Apply under the Subclass 189 is getting tougher day by day. Thus, Australia PR aspirants should look to apply for an EOI as soon as possible.

The states will also review their Skilled Occupation lists on 1st July, as per SBS News. Thus, if you are able to submit an EOI for a Subclass 190 or 489 before that, you would get an edge over the others.

So, Australia PR aspirants should try and have their Skill Assessment ready. They should also gather other documents like employer references ready so that they can submit their EOI well in time.

It is also advisable to complete your English proficiency test instead of waiting until the last minute.

  1. Be flexible

Australia, traditionally, makes most of its immigration changes on 1st July. Applicants should be prepared to face any last minute changes. Try and be flexible and do not panic due to some unforeseen changes.

  1. Get Expert advice

Your Visa success depends largely on the accuracy of your eligibility and your claims. Thus it is highly advisable that you speak to an Immigration Expert to provide you with the right guidance. It is always better to get your application right the first time. Redoing things will only cost you more time and money.

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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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