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UNITED STATES: Dramatic Increases to Visa Issuance Fees for Australian Nationals

Effective 23 December 2019, Australian citizens applying for certain nonimmigrant visa categories (L-1, L-2, E-1, E-2, H-1B, and H-4 visas) face drastically higher visa issuance fees. This is in addition to the standard visa application (MRV) fees that all nationalities must pay.

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AUSTRALIA: The New ‘Agricultural Visa’ – Horticulture Industry Labor Agreement

The Department of Immigration has announced that a new Labor Agreement template for the Horticulture Industry will be available from 1 January 2020.

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AUSTRALIA: Traffic Light Bulletin – Skilled Migration List Review

Following consultations with various stakeholders, including Newland Chase Australia (read our 28 November blog post here), the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has released its Traffic Light Bulletin outlining its proposed changes to Immigration's skilled occupation [..]

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AUSTRALIA: Skilled Occupation List Review

On 26 November 2019, Newland Chase met with two representatives from the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, regarding the upcoming changes to the skilled occupation lists used by Immigration.

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AUSTRALIA: New Regional Visas Now Available

The new Subclass 494 Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa opened for applications on 16 November 2019 for employers with roles in regional Australia (defined by postcode), which is generally anywhere outside the Brisbane, Sydney, or Melbourne metropolitan areas.

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NEW ZEALAND: New Version of ANZSCO Applies Transitionally to Current Migrant Employees

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced a targeted review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) job classification system, which has moved some lower-skilled occupations over to the medium skilled occupation group.

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AUSTRALIA: Perth and Gold Coast Added to Regional Areas With Immigration Benefits

The Australian Department of Immigration announced over the weekend that they will be including Perth, Western Australia and the Gold Coast, Queensland as ‘regional’ areas for immigration purposes from November of this year. 

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AUSTRALIA: New Employment Contract Policy for 482 Visa Applications Retracted [UPDATED 24 Oct 2019]

[UPDATE] The recent policy change requiring an end date for employment contracts for Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa applications has been dropped.  Visa processing officers have been notified that applications should be assessed in line with previous policy advice.

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AUSTRALIA: Skilled Occupation List Review

The Department of Employment has announced the start of their annual review into Australia’s skilled migration occupation lists, with new lists due to be released in March 2020.

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