Archive - December 2019

Australia offers a pathway to PR for migrant farmworkers

Australia PR Visa

Charnamat Singh, a farmer from Victoria, says that retaining his regular employees to keep his farm running is his biggest challenge. To retain his employees, Mr Singh says that he pays them higher than other places. 

However, he feels that paying extra is not the solution. He also says that most migrant workers do not want to work on farms. They would much rather work in a low-skilled job in the city which pays them lesser than work in the farms. Working on farms is pretty tough. Every time a worker quits, it is a huge weight on Mr Singh’s time and expense. He not only has to recruit new workers but also train them, which incurs him huge costs. 

Farmers in Australia struggling with recruiting and retaining farmworkers have been asking for a standalone Agriculture Visa. Even though Australia has not introduced any such Visa, it has taken measures to make it easier for farmers. 

The Australian Govt. has announced a new horticulture labour agreement a few days back. The new agreement will help Australian farmers hire low-skilled and skilled foreign workers, where Australian workers are not available. 

The new horticulture labour agreement will become effective from 1st January 2020. The agreement will also provide concession in minimum salary and English language requirement to eligible foreign workers. 

Employers in the horticulture industry would be able to sponsor foreign workers in 31 eligible occupations under the new labour agreement. 

Senator McKenzie, Agriculture Minister, says that the new labour agreement will help address the desperate need for workers in regional Australia. The horticulture industry is well-developed in Australia and to keep growing, it needs a skilled workforce. 

The most motivating factor about this agreement, besides the low English and salary requirement, is that it offers a pathway to Permanent Residency. The charm of an Australian PR can be a huge incentive for migrant farmworkers to stick to their jobs in the farms. 

Under the new horticulture labour agreement, employers can sponsor foreign workers up to 50 years of age. Also, the English requirement has been lowered to just a score of 5 on IELTS. 

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Australia Skill Select update for December 2019

Australia conducted its latest Skill Select invitation round on 11th December. Invitations were issued under the Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) and Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)) Visa. 

The 11th December draw saw 250 invitations issued under the Subclass 189 Visa and 200 invitations issued under the Subclass 491 Visa. The minimum cut-off score was 95 points in both the subclasses. 

In the Skill Select invitation rounds, highest-ranked candidates are issued invitations. Candidates scoring equal points are issued invitations in the order of the date and time that they lodged an EOI. The candidate who lodged his EOI earlier gets invited first than the candidate who lodged the EOI at a later date. 

Skill Select first allocates all the available visa spots to the Subclass 189 Visa. The remaining visa spots are then allocated to the Subclass 491 Visa. If all the visa spots are taken up by the Subclass 189 Visa, then there are no invitations issued under the Subclass 491 Visa. 

The minimum required score for the pro-rata occupations in the 11th December draw were: 

Subclass  Occ. ID  Occupation   Minimum points score  Latest date of effect 
189  2211  Accountants  100  19/11/2019  9:53 pm 
189  2212  Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers  95  27/05/2019  4:07 pm 
189  2334  Electronics Engineer  95  30/11/2019  1:27 am 
491  2334  Electronics Engineer  100  4/12/2019  3:32 pm 
189  2335  Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers  95  29/09/2019  4:36 pm 
189  2339  Other Engineering Professionals  95  18/11/2019 10:50 am 
189  2611  ICT Business and System Analysts  95  27/11/2019  3:23 pm 
491  2611  ICT Business and System Analysts  95  18/11/2019  6:20 pm 
189  2613  Software and Applications Programmers  95  30/11/2019  1:27 am 
491  2613  Software and Applications Programmers  95  29/11/2019 10:10 pm 
189  2631  Computer Network Professionals  95  29/11/2019  9:55 am 
491  2631  Computer Network Professionals  95  2/12/2019  7:18 pm 

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Australia announces horticulture labour agreement with 31 occupations

horticulture

Australia has announced a new labour agreement for the horticulture industry with 31 available occupations. The new labour agreement will come into effect from 1st January 2020. This agreement with 31 occupations has the most number of occupations compared to any other labour agreement in Australia. 

Australia utilizes labour agreements to address skill gaps in a variety of industries. Employers in specific industries can bring in skilled employees who otherwise cannot be brought in through the Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) and Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa). 

Australia currently has seven industry-specific labour agreements for the following industries: 

  • Fishing industry 
  • Meat industry 
  • Pork industry 
  • Advertising industry 
  • Minister of Religion 
  • Restaurant (fine-dining) industry 
  • On-hire 

The on-hire labour agreement is unique in it that it allows the sponsoring employer to on-hire the worker to another employer in Australia. This facility is not available in any other labour agreement or under any other standard visa program. 

Here are the details about the new labour agreement as per the Dept. of Home Affairs website, 

  • This agreement will provide a 10% concession on the income threshold which is currently AUD 53,900 
  • This new labour agreement will also provide a broader range of monetary and non-monetary benefits. Workers may have access to benefits like overtime and accommodation, which they can use to meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold. Under normal business sponsorship, non-monetary benefits are not considered towards the annual income. 
  • Australia has reduced the English requirement for both the Subclass 482 as well as the Subclass 494 Visa. Applicants need to score an equivalent of 5.0 overall in IELTS with at least 4.5 in each module. 
  • Under the new labour agreement, workers can apply for the Subclass 186 or Subclass 494 Visa up to 50 years of age 
  • For occupations under Skill level 1 to 3, workers can apply for the Subclass 186 Visa after working for three years with the sponsoring employer. For occupations under Skill level 4 and 5, workers will need to work for four years. 
  • The skill requirement for some occupations will be varied under the new agreement 

All the available occupations in the new horticulture industry labour agreement will be eligible for concessions. All of the occupations will also have a provision for Australian Permanent Residency. 

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Upcoming Australia Occupation List changes for 2020

Australia Work Visa

The Dept. of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has released its Traffic Bulletin for the consultation period between December 2019 and February 2020. If the Dept. of Home Affairs accepts the proposed changes on the Traffic Light Bulletin, there will be significant changes to the Skilled Occupation Lists of Australia. 

Several skilled visas are governed by the Skilled Occupation Lists. They are: 

  • Subclass 407 (Training Visa) 
  • Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill ShortageVisa) 
  • Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa) 
  • Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme Visa) 
  • Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate Visa) 
  • Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa) 
  • Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent Visa) 
  • Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa) 

There are three occupation lists in Australia that could be affected by the Traffic Light Bulletin. They are: 

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List 
  • Regional Occupation List 
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List 

The Traffic Light Bulletin proposes the following occupations to be removed from the STSOL: 

  • 272111 Careers Counsellor 
  • 324212 Vehicle Trimmer 
  • 361199 Animal Attendants and Trainers nec 
  • 342311 Business Machine Mechanic 
  • 391111 Hairdresser 
  • 362211 Gardener (General) 
  • 411611Massage Therapist 
  • 394213 Wood Machinist 
  • 452311 Diving Instructor (Open water) 
  • 411711 Community Worker 
  • 452312 Gymnastics Coach or Instructor 

The following occupations may be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL or the ROL: 

  • 321111 Automotive Electrician 
  • 323313 Locksmith 
  • 321213 Motorcycle Mechanic 
  • 332211Painting Trades Worker 
  • 333411Wall and Floor Tiler 
  • 333111 Glazier 
  • 394111Cabinetmaker 
  • 312511Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson 
  • 142115 Post Office Manager 
  • 612115Real Estate Representative 

The following occupation may be moved from the STSOL to the ROL: 

  • 234411 Geologist 

The following occupations may be moved from the ROL or the STSOL to the MLTSSL: 

  • 231213 Ship’s Master 
  • 133612 Procurement Manager 
  • 599612 Insurance loss adjuster (salary caveat of minimum AUD 80,000) 
  • 224999 Information and Organization Professionals nec (salary caveat of minimum AUD 90,000) 
  • 135112ICT Project Manager (salary caveat of AUD 120,000) 
  • 131112 Sales and Marketing Manager (salary caveat of minimum AUD 120,000) 

The following occupations may be added to the STSOL: 

  • 221212 Corporate Treasurer 
  • 423313 Personal Care Assistant 
  • 423111 Aged or Disabled Carer 
  • 423312 Nursing Support Worker 

The following occupations may have salary caveats: 

  • 121312 Poultry Farmer (salary caveat of AUD 65,000) 
  • 452499 Sportspersons nec (salary caveat of AUD 120,000) 
  • 351111 Baker (salary caveat of AUD 65,000) 
  • 323212 Fitter and Turner (salary caveat of AUD 65,000) 
  • 361112 Horse Trainer (salary caveat of AUD 65,000) 
  • 351112 Pastrycook (salary caveat of AUD 65,000) 

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Australian Capital Territory issues 54 invites in the latest draw

Australian Capital Territory

ACT conducted the latest invitation round on 19th December 2019 inviting 54 candidates to apply for Australian PR. Invited candidates can apply for under the Subclass 190 or the Subclass 491 Visa categories.

To qualify for a state nomination through ACT, candidates must first file the Canberra matrix. The range of the matrix score in the 19th December draw was between 90 and 135 points. A matrix expires in case an invitation is not issued within six months.

ACT will start accepting applications for the Subclass 491 Visa from 1st January 2020.

The eligibility criteria for 2020 will apply to all matrices submitted after 1st January 2020.

Applying for a state nomination through ACT involves a two-stage process:

  1. Eligible candidates must express an interest in a state nomination through ACT by completing a Canberra matrix. You can either select the 491 nomination pathway or the 190 nomination pathway. Highest-scoring candidates in each stream are invited to apply for a state nomination through ACT.
  2. Those invited to apply for state nomination through ACT, you must submit your application and service fee within 14 days. You will also need to provide the required supporting documents. You will also need to submit your Matrix score that was claimed at the date of Matrix submission. If you do not validate the Matrix score or if you do not meet the eligibility requirement, you do not qualify for ACT state nomination.

ACT nomination guidelines effective from 1st January 2020 are now available on the official ACT immigration website.

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What are the different types of available Australian Bridging Visas?

Australia 489 Visa

To be able to stay in Australia legally while your visa application is being processed or you are preparing to depart the country, you need a Bridging Visa. 

Here are the different types of Australian Bridging Visas: 

  1. Bridging Visa A 

If you are already on an Australian Visa and you apply for another Australian visa category, you will be granted a Bridging Visa A. The BVA will allow you to live in Australia legally while your other visa application is under process. 

Key things to note about a Bridging Visa A: 

Travel rights 

  • You do not have any travel rights on a BVA. If you do leave Australia, you will not be allowed to re-enter Australia on the BVA. 
  • If you travel on your existing Australian Visa after lodging a different Australian Visa, your BVA stands cancelled if you leave Australia. You will have to reapply to reinstate your BVA once you come back to Australia. If you do not reinstate your BVA before your current visa expires, you stay in Australia will be considered illegal. 

              Work rights 

  • You do not generally have any work rights on a BVA. To work in Australia, you may need to apply for a Bridging Visa, which does not have a restriction on work rights. However, to do so, you need to prove that you are facing financial hardships. 
  • If you were in Australia on a substantive Employer-sponsored Visa and if you still meet the requirements of the same, you will automatically be given work rights 
  • You will be automatically granted work rights if you have applied for an onshore Partner Visa while your visa application is under process 
  1. Bridging Visa B 

If you wish to travel outside Australia but not have your BVA cancelled, you need to apply for the Bridging Visa B. 

Important things about the Bridging Visa B: 

  • The validity of the BVB is generally three months, so you have to come back to Australia within this time frame 
  • Since the BVB has a short validity, it is advisable to apply for the same only two to three weeks before you travel 
  • You can have a BVA and a BVB at the same time 
  1. Bridging Visa C 

If your visa status in Australia is not legal, but you lodge a valid substantive visa application, then you are granted a Bridging Visa C. This applies if you have overstayed your visa and have become illegal but then have lodged a valid visa application. 

Important things about the Bridging Visa C: 

  • The BVC does not have any travel rights. If you do leave Australia, you can not come back to Australia on this visa. You also cannot apply for a BVB to leave Australia. 
  • The initial BVC that you are granted does not have work rights. However, you may be allowed to work if the substantive visa that you applied for is Subclass 189, Subclass 188, Subclass 190, Subclass 186 etc. 
  1. Bridging Visa D 

If your substantive visa has expired, the Bridging Visa D allows you to live in Australia legally till you apply for another substantive visa. 

Important things to note about the Bridging Visa D: 

  • The validity of the BVD is just 5 working days. You have to use these 5 days to make a substantive visa application or prepare to depart from Australia. 
  • There are no travel rights on the BVD 
  • You do not have work rights on the BVD 
  1. Bridging Visa E 

If your current substantive visa has expired, the Bridging Visa E allows to legally stay in Australia while waiting for an immigration decision or preparing to leave Australia. 

Important things to note about the Bridging Visa E: 

  • The BVE does not have any travel rights. The visa stands cancelled once you leave Australia. You cannot re-enter Australia unless you are granted another substantive visa. 
  • You visa grant letter will specify if you have work rights or not. If you are not allowed to work and still do so, you may be detained or deported from Australia. 

What is a substantive visa? 

A substantive visa is any visa which is not one of the following: 

  • Bridging Visa 
  • Enforcement Visa 
  • Criminal Justice Visa 

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Australia offers scholarships to study in regional areas

Australia offers scholarships to study in regional areas

Australia has started accepting applications for the Destination Australia scholarship program. This scholarship program will help international students study in regional areas of Australia. 

Australia is offering 40 scholarships worth AUD 15,000 per annum for four years. The scholarships would support education and living expenses for international students studying a variety of courses. The courses include both Bachelors and Masters courses. 

Prof Melissa Brown, Exec. Dean of Science of the University of Queensland, says that the new scholarship program will make it easier for foreign students to experience regional Australia. She said that it is an incredible experience to study in Australia. The generous scholarships will help foreign students see what life in regional Australia is like. 

The University of Queensland’s Gatton campus houses some of the best teaching, research and learning facilities. The Gatton campus is just about an hour’s drive away from Brisbane and is a leading hub for agriculture and veterinary science. The campus also has a working farm with over a thousand hectares of active livestock grazing. The campus also has greenhouses and post-harvest facilities. 

The Gatton campus of the University of Queensland is offering 40 scholarships under the Destination Australia scholarship program. The scholarships are available for 13 programs including: 

  • Bachelor of Science (Gatton) 
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science 
  • Bachelor of Wildlife Science 
  • Bachelor of Equine Science 
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences (Honours) 
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Technology 
  • Master of Veterinary Science 
  • Master of Animal Science (32 Units) 
  • Master of Animal Science (24 Units) 
  • Master of Agricultural Science (32 Units) 
  • Master of Agricultural Science (24 Units) 
  • Master of Agribusiness (32 Units) 
  • Master of Agribusiness (24 Units) 

Prof Brown said that UQ’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences had been ranked first in Australia and fifth in the world. UQ’s School of Veterinary Science is ranked among the top 40 in the world. 

Applications for the Destination Australia scholarship program closes on 17th January 2020. Details about the scholarship program are available on the Destination Australia Scholarship website. 

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Partner Visa backlog increases in Australia

Australia Partner Visa

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, has released the Migration Program Report for 2018-19. 

The key highlights from this report are: 

  • The backlog for Partner Visa applications have reached 90,000 and is expected to grow even more in 2019-20 
  • The backlog for Employer-sponsored Visas is fast decreasing 

The migration report also revealed that 6,209 New Zealand citizens received the Australian PR Visa. These visas, traditionally, have not been counted as part of the migration program, which makes the skilled stream appear larger than it actually is. 

84,260 PR Visas were granted to people who were already living in Australia. These visas were most likely counted as part of net overseas migration. 

Permanent migration program’s contribution to net overseas migration in Australia continues to decline. This is especially true after considering Australian PR holders who leave Australia permanently or long-term. 21,000 Australian PR Visa holders left Australia long-term in 2017-18. 

Partner migration 

Australia issued 39,918 Partner Visas in 2018-19. This was around the same number of visas issued in 2017-18 but 8,000 less than the number issued in 2016-17. 

The number of Partner Visa applications increased from 57,144 in 2017-18 to 61,884 in 2018-19. The backlog for Partner Visas has reached more than 90,000 at present. The number of visa places allocated for Partner Visas in 2019-2020 is 40,000. This means that the backlog for Partner Visas will increase further in the coming year. The wait time for Partner Visas is expected to exceed more than two years. 

Employer-sponsored migration 

Compared to the Partner Visa, the backlog for Employer-sponsored Visas has dropped significantly. The backlog has decreased from 54,673 by June 2018 to 29,513 by June 2019. The application rate has dropped from 71,327 in 2016-17 to 51,969 in 2017-18 to 32,385 in 2018-19. 

The decline can be largely attributed to changes introduced by Mr Peter Dutton in early 2017 and implemented from early 2018. 

The rejection rate for Employer-sponsored Visas is around 16%. With this refusal rate, the Australian Govt. will struggle to meet the intake level of 40,000 for permanent Employer-sponsored visas in 2019-20. 

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Temporary Visa numbers reach record high in Australia

Australia Visa

The Australian Govt. decided to cut down the permanent immigration numbers from 190,000 to 160,000 this year. The move intended to restrict population growth pressures on major cities, particularly Sydney and Melbourne. 

However, even though the permanent immigration numbers have been reduced, net long-term arrivals and net overseas migration are at a record high. 

The difference between the permanent immigration numbers and net overseas migration can be explained by an increase in temporary migrants. Migrants on Temporary Visas reached a record high of 2.33 million in September 2019. This indicated an increase of 640,000 over the past seven years. 

Hence, in September 2019, one in every 11 residents in Australia was on a Temporary Visa. 

Student Visas, as expected, drove this spike in Temporary Visas. There were 634,000 Student Visa holders in Australia by September 2019, increasing by 292,000 over the last seven years. 

The remaining Temporary Visas were mostly driven by Visitor Visas and Bridging Visas. Visitor Visas increased by 146,000 and Bridging Visas by 117,000 since 2012. 

The Federal Govt. projects that Temporary Visa numbers may increase even more as the April federal budget forecasts rising net overseas migration. 

A high net overseas migration could mean immense population growth for New South Wales and Victoria. It is estimated that the population in NSW will grow by 600,000 while Victoria’s may grow by 650,000. 

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Know Red, Orange and Green occupations in Australian immigration

The Traffic Light Bulletin has been released by the Dept. of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. The bulletin proposed revisions to the SOLs for Australian skilled immigration. 

Applicants should note that these are just “proposed” changes. There is no guarantee that all the proposed changes will come into effect. Changes to Australian skilled immigration may be formalized by March 2020. 

So what are red, orange and green occupations under the Traffic Light Bulletin in regards to Australian immigration? 

Red occupations 

Red occupations may be removed completely from the skilled occupation lists. Proposed occupations that stand out are Hairdresser, Community Worker and Message Therapist. These occupations have previously been popular among immigrants. 

Orange occupations 

Orange occupations are the ones that may be moved from one occupation list to the other. There are three occupation lists in Australia: 

  1. MLTSSL (Medium and Long-term Strategic  Skills List) 
  1. STSOL (Short-term Skilled Occupation List) 
  1. ROL (Regional Occupational List) 

Occupations like Automotive Electricians, Wall and Floor Tilers, Painting Trades Workers, and Motorcycle Mechanics may be moved from the MLTSSL to STSOL. 

Occupations like Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson and Real Estate Representative are flagged to be moved from the ROL to the STSOL. This may allow employers in designated regional areas of Australia to sponsor foreign workers. 

ICT Project Manager, Sales and Marketing Manager, and Information and Organization Professionals, may be moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL. This may help applicants on Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Visa to apply for PR under the Subclass 190 Visa. 

The occupation of Geologist may be moved from the STSOL to ROL. This will limit applicants to living in regional areas before they can apply for PR. 

Procurement Manager and Ship’s Master are occupations that may be moved from the ROL to the MLTSSL. 

Green occupations 

Green occupations are the ones that may be added to the STSOL after not featuring on the occupation lists for some time now. Noteworthy ones are Nursing Support Worker, Aged or Disabled Carer and Personal Care Assistant. However, a mandatory skill assessment has been proposed for these occupations. 

Salary caveat recommendations 

The Dept. has proposed a minimum salary of AUD 65,000 for occupations like Bakers, Pastry Cooks, and Fitters and Turners. For sportspersons, the minimum salary caveat proposed is AUD 120,000. 

New and Emerging occupations 

The Dept. has also identified a few new occupations which are currently not listed on the ANZCO. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has determined them to fit into the following definitions: 

Occupations not in ANZCO  ABS-determined occupation cod 
Blockchain strategist  261111 ICT Business Analyst 
Data Scientist  224999 Info & Org. Professionals nec 
Blockchain Planner/Manager  135112 ICT Project Manager 
Biosecurity Officer  311313 Quarantine Officer 
Irrigation Manager  121212 Fruit or nut grower 
Maintenance Electrician  341111 Electrician (General) 
Horticulture Farm Manager  121213 Fruit or nut grower 

The definitions can now be used for immigration purposes as they are now effective. 

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