BSMQ temporarily suspends issuing new invitations for business applications

Queensland is temporarily suspending issuing new invitations for the following visas under the Business Innovation and Investment Program from 02/01/2019. BSMQ are not accepting any new EOI’s submitted from this date.

The visa subclasses suspended include:

  • 188 – Business Innovation (188A), Investor (188B)
  • 188 Significant Investor (SIV or 188C)
  • 188 Entrepreneur (188E),
  • 132 – Significant Business History (132 SBH)
  • 132 -Venture Capital Entrepreneur.

Investor Retirement Visa closes on 1 June 2018

The class UY Investor Retirement Visa is considered to no longer align with Australia’s economic priorities and will be closed.

The closure of the Class UY visa, which consists of one visa subclass, the Subclass 405 (Investor Retirement) visa, was announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget, as part of the establishment of a pathway to permanent residence for current holders of the Retirement (Temporary)(Class TQ) visas and the Class UY visa. 

Current visa holders can apply to renew their visas, however the UY class is now closed to new applicants.  No more new applications are permitted from 1 June, 2018.

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New Occupation Ceilings 2017-2018

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released the new occupation ceilings list for the 2017–18 programme year.

Occupation Ceilings refer to the limit of EOI’s that can be selected for skilled migration from a specific occupation group. These limits are applicable to Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) only and are a key element to understand why the minimum points required for an invitation may sometimes be higher than the pass mark of 60 points for certain occupations.

The below are the occupation groups with the higher values assigned:

2544 Registered Nurses: 16741
3411 Electricians: 9354
2414 Secondary School Teachers: 7910
3312 Carpenters and Joiners: 6968
2613 Software and Applications Programmers: 6202
3212 Motor Mechanics: 5980
3341 Plumbers: 5507
1331 Construction Managers: 5400
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists: 5330
2211 Accountants: 4785

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Govt announces new Temporary Sponsored Parent visa

The Government has announced enhanced temporary visa arrangement for parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or ‘eligible New Zealand citizens’ which will allow their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years at a time.

Under the new scheme, applicants could seek a three-year visa for $5,000 or a five-year visa for $10,000, with the opportunity of a single renewal for another five years at the same price.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke, said, “This new visa is designed to allow the parents of Australians to spend longer periods of time with their children in Australia. There will be additional social benefits through assistance in child minding as working-age parents can return to work while their parents mind the grandchildren. This will also reduce pressure on childcare places.”

“Sponsored parents will be required to hold, and maintain, adequate health insurance from an Australian provider for the duration of their stay in Australia. Their sponsoring child will act as a financial guarantor for any outstanding public health costs incurred by their parent – or parents – whilst in Australia.”

457 visas to be abolished

Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa – Government reforms to employer sponsored skilled migration visas
The Government announced today that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.
The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.
Changes to be made from 19 April 2017.

Longer processing time for Partner Visas

DIBP has announced a longer wait for processing of Partner Visa applications.

Average processing time
Temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) – 12 to 18 months from lodgement.
Permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) – 12 to 18 months from the date of eligibility.
If you require assistance with a Partner Visa application, contact us today on 0409 273 192 or complete your information in our Partner Visa Assessment Form for a free initial consultation.