Australian Visa Categories and the Federal Budget 2014

Australian Visa Categories and the Federal Budget 2014

The Federal Over-Budget? The ramifications of the recently released Federal Budget has been widespread and there has been some impact on the Australian Visa categories as well. Despite the perceived harshness of the Budget savings measures and the majority of Australians expressing disapproval (and even downright anger!), PM Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey has remained steadfast in their support of the Budget. There hasn’t been much details released so far but from the information I have gathered, here is a summary of the 2 main points. No reduction in Australian visa numbers Firstly, the good news. The 2014‑15 Migration Programme is expected to retain the same allocated Australian visa number of 190,000 with the breakdown as follows: Skilled Stream – 128,550 Family Stream – 60,885 Special Eligibility Stream – 565 This means that the Skilled Stream (by far the most popular and covered in my recent blog post Moving to Melbourne – Australian Visa Categories) will continue to be the focus of the Migration Programme. Employer sponsored visas will be given a higher priority. Emphasis will be on Australia’s longer term skills needs and helping out with the significant skills shortages in regional Australia. So if you are willing to move to Australia and live / work in regional areas, your application might stand a better chance of being prioritized. Change in focus for the Family Stream visa The policy for the Family Stream will be adjusted to increase the number of Australian visa given to partners and child places – or “close family reunions” according to the Immigration department. The number of places in the contributory parent...
Moving to Melbourne – Australian Visa Categories

Moving to Melbourne – Australian Visa Categories

Emigrating to Melbourne Australia ? So you have done your research, probably even stopped by Melbourne for a visit as tourist and finally decided to make the big move and make Melbourne your new home city! So what’s next? Assuming you are not already an Australian or NZ resident, you will need a valid Australian Visa that will allow you to stay and work in Melbourne Australia! Most Popular Australian Visa Categories There are a MYRIAD of Australian Visa categories that you can target for but I will touch on the most popular categories. Temporary Work (Skilled) Better known as the Temporary 457 Working Visa. This is by far the most commonly used Visa category used by employers to bring in skilled workers from overseas As such it is Employer sponsored – that means you’ll need a job before you come here which is not easy. Internet job sites are your best places to start. Also, the Visa is tied to your job – so No job = Go home! Don’t laugh as it almost happened to me! The term can be anywhere between one day to 4 years. But it’s quite ridiculous for an employer to go through all the effort for 1 day! More likely than not, it will be for 3 or 4 years. This is a popular immigration stepping stone to the coveted Australian Permanent Residency status (and onto full citizenship later) Skilled – Independent This is will give you a Permanent Residency visa that is not tied to any employer or job This is the most common immigration path if you are applying for...

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