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As a part of the 2017-18 budget, the Australian Government announced various changes to existing Visa Application Charges (VACs) including the introduction of a number of new products. These changes will take place from July 1. See the new charges here.

If you have any questions or would like to apply for a 187 visa, contact Active Migration Australia on +61 8 9447 2226 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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We are getting people calling asking if they are eligible for citizenship, and the answer is actually more complicated than you think.
The reason being the departments website says this. 

Am I eligible?

The Australian Government is strengthening the requirements to become an Australian citizen. This includes:

  • Increasing the general residence requirement, which means an applicant for Australian citizenship will need to demonstrate a minimum of four years permanent residence immediately prior to their application for citizenship
  • Introducing an English language test, which means applicants will need to demonstrate competent English language listening, speaking, reading and writing skills before being able to sit the citizenship test
  • Strengthening the Australian Values Statement to include reference to allegiance to Australia and require applicants to make an undertaking to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community
  • Strengthening the test for Australian citizenship through the addition of new test questions about Australian values, and the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship
  • Introducing a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community
  • Strengthening the Pledge of commitment as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to refer to allegiance to Australia; and extending the requirement for individuals aged 16 years and over to make the Pledge to all streams of citizenship by application, including citizenship by descent, adoption and resumption.

Subject to the passage of legislation required to enact some of the measures, the changes will come into effect, and apply to applications made from the date of the Government's announcement on 20 April 2017.

The changes apply to citizenship applications lodged on and after 20 April 2017. The changes do not apply to applications made before 20 April 2017.

But the legislation - The actual law - has this to say

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As you can see there are no changes on the  20 April 2017 so "technically" we still playing under the 1st of January 2017 rules... So what does that mean?

The Government has the right to introduce changes to legislation, effective immediately. The changes must then be presented to Parliament as a Bill to be considered for change to be ratified. If the change does not pass both houses then the changes cannot be made.

So this is where we are at. We have a non binding website saying one thing, binding legislation saying another AND a bill that needs to be introduces and accepted to make the non binding website correct and the currently binding legislation incorrect. Got it? I don't blame you if you don't. 
To add to the confusion, there are likely hefty delays. The Government has indicated that the legislation will be put to Parliament by the end of 2017, and to top that off it is likely it will take some time for the legislation to be passed so we might not have answers for another year or more....
So what this means in short is. 
  1. If you apply today(after the 20th of April) applications which don't meet the 4 year requirement will likely be put on hold until the legislation is passed
  2. If it is passed then applications not meeting the new requirements will be refused
  3. If it is not passed applications meeting the old (current - if you want to be specific) requirements will then be processed. 
So the answer is not really an answer I guess. more of a general recomendation to be patient and wait unless you have the 4 years as a permanent resident. If you meet the new "enhanced" requirements then go ahead and apply. And if you need help, of course contact Active Migration. 
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Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has announced changes to Australia's citizenship laws. Prospective Australian citizens will now face a tougher citizenship test and increased English language and permanent residency requirements.

The current citizenship test will be altered in order to assess migrant’s commitment to Australia and their attitudes towards religious freedom, violence and equality. The test will also have a limit of three attempts and an automatic fail for applicants who cheat during the test. The test continues to assess whether applicants have a sufficient level of knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.

Applicants will now be required to pass an English language test equivalent to an IELTS level 6 or a “competent” English language proficiency level. Mr Turnbull stated that “the single best thing any person coming to this country can do is learn English and that’s why Peter’s department put such a big effort into it.”

Turnbull is also increasing the residency requirement duration. In order to be eligible, applicants must now be a permanent resident for at least 4 years prior to applying for citizenship. Previously, the residency requirement was only 12 months.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the new Australian citizenship laws, call Active Migration on +61 8 9447 2226.

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When ever I see 457 news I take it with a grain of salt. But it is the political hot potato and labor despite recording higher 457 grant numbers than the current government continue to berate the 457 and use it for political gain (or fear tactics).

So here is a breakdown.

Firstly the 457 has not been abolished. Yet. Anyone holding a 457 will continue to hold their 457. And you can still lodge a 457 under the new guidelines until the new visa is implimented (Estimated to be completed by March 2018).

These changes affect a range of temporary and permanent visas, including:

  • The Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457);
  • The Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186);
  • The Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489);>
  • The Skilled Nominated (subclass 190);
  • The Skilled Independent (subclass 189);
  • The Training visa (subclass 407); and
  • The Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).

So why did they announce the 457 was dead - Political gain - attention... It's not dead but it is certainly dying.

The 457 will be abolished in a staged role out.

  • Stage 1 - 19th of April 2018 The skilled occupations lists will be renamed. The lists will now be called the 
    • the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) as the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and
    • the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) as the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
      • 216 occupations removed from the list of eligible occupations (see Below); and
      • Caveats added to 59 other occupations

What is changing for 1 July 2017?

Further changes to the subclass 457 programme are planned for 1 July 2017. These include:

  • possible further adjustments to eligible occupation lists;
  • an expansion of client cohorts for whom mandatory skills assessments are required;
  • minor changes to the training benchmarks for subclass 457 sponsors; and
  • subclass 457 programme no longer excluded from standard policy around penal checks –with police certificates required to be provided from countries a visa applicant has lived in as per current policy for other visa subclasses.

So the 457 is not dead - not yet, But it certainly on the way out - to be replaced by another visa to fill shortfalls for Australian business.

If you are or are concerned you may be affected by these changes contact Active Migration Australia to discuss possible options for your future in Australia.

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 The full list of removed occupations is below. 


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The Western Australian Labor Party has announced plans to remove Perth from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme should they win the upcoming State election - putting a stop to 187 visas in Perth.

Leaders Bill Shorten and Mark McGowan believe that WA’s economy is calling for a decrease in temporary work programs, noting the state’s high unemployment rate. Withdrawing Perth from the scheme will mean that there will be a significant decrease in overseas workers filling jobs in WA.

Although there is a chance that these changes will not happen, if you or someone you know is interested in a 187 visa in Perth, it is best to have your application lodged before the Western Australian State election on the 11th of March to avoid possible complications.

If you have any questions or would like to apply for a 187 visa, contact Active Migration Australia on +61 9447 2226 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) has announced a temporary suspension for the acceptance of all applications for Queensland Skilled Visa Nominations under the State Nominated scheme Subclasses 190 and 489, due to having reached their DIBP allocated ceiling.

  • Applicants who have a paid, unfinalised application with BSMQ can choose to either remain in the queue OR request a refund.
  • EOI's submitted with SkillSelect that have not yet been considered, will no longer be valid. Applicants will be required to resubmit an EOI once the application process has been removed.
  • There may also be changes made to the Queensland Skilled Occupation list. Only EOI's meeting new criteria will be considered.
  • BSMQ will advise shortly as to when the nomination process will reopen.

Click here to see BSMQ's full announcement. If you have any questions or would like to apply for a 187 visa, contact Active Migration Australia on +61 9447 2226 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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After being flagged for removal and the Department of Employment statistics showing no engineering skills-shortage in Australia since 2012-13, the government is still allowing Australian companies source engineers from overseas. Minister Peter Dutton has re-listed every engineering profession except mining on the Skilled Occupation List and The Association of Professional Engineers Australia (APEA) is not happy. CEO of APEA, Chris Walton explains that Australia is “increasingly seeing industry turn to cheaper skilled migration…rather than engaging in proper workforce development.”

The removal of engineering occupations from the SOL could affect anyone planning a 189 or 489 family sponsored visa as well as students who are considering or currently studying an engineering course at a diploma level, planning to gain experience on a 485 visa via the Graduate Work stream. Students studying at a degree level or higher will still be eligible for a 485 visa under the Post-Study Work stream as their occupation does not have to relate to their field of study.

For information and assistance with your visa process, contact us on +61 9447 2226.

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With the July 1 changes now in place (subject to a labour government) we can now look at how your business might be affected. 

This is also a good time for 457 sponsors to check and see if they are meeting the 457 training benchmarks. With the recent news about fraudulent sponsors we have no doubt the department will be cracking down on 457 sponsors. 

This July Active Migration would like to offer a free health check to our currrent 457 company sponsors to make sure they understand the 457 visa requirements and are complient. To take this offer up please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Election

Ok, So the election hasn't really gone anyones way yet, But what can we expect if Labour get in. Obviously Labour work closely with the unions and we can see they have a tremendous problem with the 457 program. They tell us they support businesses with the need for skilled workers but they then make it increasingly difficult to get the workers we want. 

So, If labour get in we can expect that we will need to run advertisements for the position for at least 4 weeks before we can sponsor a worker, and with processing times of 40 working days, that is nearly three months before you will get your workers on board. More importantly if you want to extend a 457 visa holders visa, you will need to start the process 4 weeks earlier to allow for the advertising. 

It is also expect under labour that the 457 fees could increase by up to $1500 per applicant. 

Training benchmarks

If your business has been trading in Australia for more than 12 months, you must show you have contributed to the training of Australians.

You show this by meeting one of two benchmarks. This can be either:

  • Training benchmark A: recent expenditure to the equivalent of at least two per cent of the payroll of the business, in payments allocated to an industry training fund that operates in the same industry as the business 
  • Training benchmark B: recent expenditure to the equivalent of at least one per cent of the payroll of the business, in the provision of training to employees of the business who are Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.

You must provide evidence of expenditure relating to the training benchmarks when you submit your sponsorship application. Not providing evidence can cause a significant delay in processing your application.

Businesses that do not yet have an operating base in Australia do not need to meet the training benchmarks.


Streamlined nomination processing for accredited 457 sponsors

Under the new sponsorship accreditation arrangements for “streamlined nomination processing”, sponsors will be asked to provide more information ‘upfront’. For example, sponsors might ask for a copy of a template written contract of employment as part of the sponsorship process. Then:

Sponsors would not need to provide this information every time they lodge a new lower-risk nomination; and

Case officers would be able to largely assess certain relevant criteria as ‘met’ based on certifications in the application, without having to seek or consider additional information with each application.

This would be subject to no significant concerns arising when reviewing the case and agents still providing ‘assessment-ready’ applications where possible.

Applications lodged by Accredited Sponsors already get priority allocation, but DIBP are hoping the new arrangements will then also ‘streamline’ the assessment process for lower-risk nominations and applications being finalised more quickly after initial assessment.


Comparing the 187 visa and the 457 visa

Not really a change, but a very good idea for companies with 457 workers that might want to transition their staff to a more permanent soultion, Or sponsors not wanting the monitoring aspect of the 457 visa. 

The advantage of the 187 over the 457 are listed below. 


·  The 187 is a permanent visa, the 457 is a temporary visa, and it is likely the applicant will want to go for a permanent visa in the future so we are cutting out a step. 

·  The 187 is not monitored by the department (the 457 is, not that this is a problem).

·  The 457 requires the company to repatriate the person if required.

o This means if the applicant wants or needs to be sent home you are responsible for the flights

§ You do not have to sell their car or look after their cat, just the cheapest one way ticket to their home country

§ If they are killed you are responsible for sending their bodies back (not a nice thought and we hope this doesn't happen)

·  The 187 is permanent to sending them home is Australia - No repatriation is required

·  A 457 applicant can transfer their nomination to another sponsor

·  A 187 applicant cannot transfer their nomination to another sponsor

·  There is no training requirement on a 187

·  The 457 has a minimum salary of $53.900 plus super and must be a market salary.

·  The 187 has no minimum but must be at "least" market salary. 

o We recommend using job outlook to demonstrate a market salary, this can be below the $53,900. However if you have an Australian in the same role doing the same thing at the same level then they should be paid the same money.

·  The 187 must make a commitment for 2 years however ...

o If you let The applicant go for reasons outside his control such as a downturn in work they keeps his visa

o If the applicant leaves you within 2 years for reasons within their control (another job) their visa is subject to review and possible cancellation. 

§ This gives you security of retaining the applicant and the applicant and their family security of having permanent residence.

The advantage of the 457 is

·  Once the company is set up as a sponsor it is relatively quick and easy to sponsor more workers

o This is great if you want to trial people. A great strategy is to sponsor people on a 457 with a view to PR after a probation period.

·  It can be established to employ people for less than the 2 years if you cannot foresee two years’ work however on the 187 if you don't get the work and let the applicant go there is nothing you have to worry about. On the 457 you must consider the possibility of repatriation - so I don't know if this is a plus. 

·  The eligibility requirement for the applicant (generally) is lower for a 457 than a 187. 


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July 2016 Changes


Skilled Occupations

Unless your occupation was just removed from the SOL, Chances are the changes for this July will benefit you. 

Of course this is bad news for anyone with the following occupations. These have been removed from the skilled occupation list (SOL) mostly affecting recent graduates studying diplomas.  

  • Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO 233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO 233612)
  • Metallurgist (ANZSCO 234912)
  • Environmental Health Officer (ANZSCO 251311)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO 251312)
  • Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO 411211)
  • Dental Prosthetist (ANZSCO 411212)
  • Dental Technician (ANZSCO 411213)
  • Dental Therapist (ANZSCO 411214)

However it is good news for the following who have been added to the SOL

  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912)
  • Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711)

The Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) remains unchanged, So no changes for people applying for 190, 489 state sponsored, 402, 457 and 186 visas. 


The 187 list has also remained unchanged


Who has won this year


While it is to early to tell what will happen with all of the states there are some clear winners. 



The English level for Nursed has been lowered. And when you consider Australia was after 13872 registered nurses last calander year and only had 3252 applicant and we are seeking 16346 nurses this program year, Reducing the English might very well help out. IELTS 7 overall is still the minium but they will now accept a minimum of 6.5 in any one band making the score more achievable for those that keep falling short on one area of the test. 


Chinese Engineers

I am sure you are wondering why? its simple really, China this year signed up the the Washington accord - a minimum education standard - which engineers australia accept as equivalent to our own qualifications. So Engineers from China completing their degrees under the washington accord will have a simpler skills assessment process



Most notably this year, The previous student visa framework has been removeed and we now have 2 visas sublasses, 

  1. Subclass 500 - Student Visas
  2. Subclass 580 - Students Gaurdians

The big win here is a lowered financial evidence requirement, better English requirements and online processing. 

Active Migration Australia have also launched Active Migration Training - Specifically to help students and students studying with a view to further visa options. For more information go to or email James McNess on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


People heading to the Australian Capital Territory

The ACT has opened its migration program again meaning applications for state sponsorship to the ACT are now available again. 


I m sure there will be plenty of changes to come.

And if you are unsure of what you should do and want our help. Contact Us


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Why now is the best time to start planning?

Each year I get the same question, each year I give the same answer. Which visa is best? And the answer - well it depends on you and your circumstances.

What I do know is that certain times of the year are the right times to plan. Now, Today, is one of those times. Why? its simple. July 1 is notorious for changes. Now, 10 days later, all of the changes have likely been made, and most of those changes are fixed until July 1 2016. That means you can plan with more confidence than at any other time.

Here are some reasons to plan now and reasons for looking at permanent general skilled or permanent employer sponsorship.

  1. The Points tested general skilled migration visas (189,190, 489) are unlikely to change.
    1. The occupation cielings for 2015/2016 have been set.
      1. Dentists were removed
      2. Panel Beaters and Cabinetmakers added
      3. 18% more Metal fiters will be invited to apply, 15% more Plummers will be invited
      4. Less Accountants, ICT Business and Systems Analysts and Programmers will be invited
    2. The state nominations lists for the 190 and 489 state/territory sponsored have been updated.
    3. There are more options now for English
    4. There is an unlikely chance that the current rising unemployment will affect these visa subclasses. 
  2. Employers are looking to divest risk
    1. Rising unemployment is hurting businesses
    2. Employers may be uncertain of the future
    3. Employers sponsoring 457 workers have to meet certain obligations. 
      1. ensure  the visa holder  participates in the nominated occupation, program or activity
      2. ensure equivalent terms and conditions of employment
      3. pay travel costs to enable sponsored people to leave Australia
    4. Therefore this is an edeal time for employers to switch workers to a permanent sponsored visa.

This year, more so than any other year since the GFC, we have global uncertainty, rising unemployment and job instability. But we also have one of the most stable economies in the world, and lets face it, with the Australian dollar where it is, a potential exchange rate driven discount.

So for me, this is the time I beleive you should start planning, and in doing so follow these simple steps. 

  1. Determine you occupation.
  2. Check your points score
  3. See if you could pass a skills assessment
  4. Book an English test
  5. If you are employed, Talk to your employer about permanent sponsorship.
  6. Get professional advice.

And if you are unsure of what you should do and want our help. Contact Us


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To worry, or not to worry?

Remember these visas were restored after the passing of a disallowance motion in the Senate on 25 September 2014 restored.  The department CAN re-introduce the disallowed instrument after 6 months. 

  • Parent visa (subclass 103)
  • Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)
  • Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114)
  • Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838)
  • Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)
  • Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)
  • Carer visa (subclass 116)
  • Carer visa (subclass 836).

While there is no indication the department of immigration will reintroduce the instrument the safest way to be sure is to lodge the visa BEFORE the 25th of March. 

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Prison.jpg Tough new Penalties

    If you or a family member has a criminal history it is important that you see your migration agent to see if the new regulations affect you

Character and General Visa Cancellation Bill 2014


On December 11 there have been changes to the character test for all new applications, and provisions to cancel visas for people convicted of crimes against Australia. The changes that I suspect will be most noticeable are:


·         Previously you could meet the character test is you were imprisoned for a period of imprisonment where the total of those terms, when calculated as consecutive terms, total 24 months or more. The new legislation is 12 months or more when totalled and calculated as consecutive terms. 


·         There is also major change is for mandatory visa cancellation without notice for people who are serving a full-time sentence of imprisonment for an offence against the law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory, and who objectively fail the character test on of the following grounds:

·         sentenced to imprisonment of 12 months or more;

·         sentenced to death;

·         sentenced to life imprisonment; or

·         have a charge proven for or are found guilty of a sexually based offence involving a child.

Some non-citizens who are currently in prison and have already been sent a Notice of Intent to Consider Cancellation (NOICC) and will have their visa cancelled without notice.


Changes to the Character test

The amendments to the Act insert additional grounds on which a person will not pass the character test.  These include where:

·         the Minister reasonably suspects that a person has been or is a member of a group or organisation, or has had or has an association with a group, organisation or person and that group, organisation or person has been or is involved in criminal conduct;

·         the person has been charged or indicted with one or more of the following, or there is reasonable suspicion that the applicant has been involved in: people smuggling; people trafficking; the crime of genocide; a crime against humanity; a war crime; a crime involving torture or slavery; or a crime that is otherwise of serious international concern;

·         a person has had a charge proven for or been found guilty of a sexually based offence involving a child, regardless of conviction;

·         the person has been assessed by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to be directly or indirectly a risk to security (within the meaning of section 4 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979);

·         an Interpol notice in relation to the applicant, from which it is reasonable to infer that the person would present a risk to the Australian community or a segment of that community, is in force;

·         a person has been found by a court to be unfit to plead, however the offence has otherwise been proven and the person subsequently detained at an institution or facility.


 There have also been a number of amendments to the general visa cancellation provisions to provide the department with a better range of response mechanisms to incidents of fraud and criminality, and better manage risks to the community or individuals.




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If you hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia (see list of eligible countries on Immi website) you can do any kind of work over the course of your 12 month stay in Australia; however, all Work and Holiday visa holders are limited to a maximum period of six months work with any one employer. This limitation applies to all employers and all forms of work. The six month work limitation applies to full-time, part-time, casual, shift and voluntary work.

In order to continue working for the employer beyond the 6 months, the company might be able to sponsor you on a 457 visa as long as you meet the requirements. To be able to keep working, you must have either the 457 visa granted prior to your 6 months expiring or have an 'extension to work beyond 6 months' granted. As a part of our services, AMA will do this for you.

Extending the work limitation

Active Migration Australia will apply for this on your behalf as a part of our services.

Moving onto 457 visa

Sometimes, at the end of the 6 months, the employer may wish to sponsor you, but your 6 months is about to run out. The commonly easier and faster way to become lawfully eligible to work full-time for your employer is to apply for the 457 visa at least 6 weeks prior to your 6 months expiring. To learn more about the process involving 457 visa sponsorship please go to our webpage:

If your potential employer has any questions or concerns about Sponsorship, we are very happy for them to contact us and we can explain the process and answer any questions that they have.

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Brumby’s - Northern suburb of Brighton

We understand that as an experienced baker, developing your skills is important to you.
That's why at Brumby’s, we've transformed our operations to equip you to excel. 
Here, you'll work with great people in a fresh and exciting working environment with one of
Australia’s fastest growing retailers. What more could you want? 
Brumby’s Brighton is looking for a Trade Qualified Baker to provide customers with an 
exceptional bakery experience. If you're a skilled crafts person who is passionate about 
quality product and great service, this is an opportunity you can't afford to miss. 
At Brumby’s, we aim to ensure our team represents the community we serve, embracing the 
richness of Australia's diverse population.

Please send your detailed Resume to:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Mobile: 0414 990 192
Address: Brumby’s Brighton, Shop 12, Brighton Village Shopping Centre, Kingsbridge Boulevard, Butler, Western 
Australia, 6036. 
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Everyone that has anything to do with the Australian Immigration process, knows that often, the 1st of July of every year, brings about some very crucial changes.

These changes can affect Visa Applicants and  Sponsors with some serious consequences.
Typically, each year we see Forms change (and they change throughout the year too), Fees Increase (these too increase during other parts of the year!) Occupations coming onto lists and others being dropped off.  
It is really important to be aware of the changes because from one day to the next, everything can change for a person.  You could be eligible for a certain visa on the 31st of June and then all of a sudden, on the 1st of July, you are no longer eligible.  
There are a few changes expected this July 2014.  We are anticipating:
1. Fee Increases – fees increases vary each year but could be roughly around a 5% increase.  Lodge your application before the 1st of July so you are not affected by the fee increase!
2. Increased Salary Levels for 457 Visa – We are expecting that the minimum salary will be increased from $53,900 to $56,500
3. Skilled Occupations List – there is rumour that Accounting occupations could be removed, however, as always, anything can change and you should lodge as soon as you are eligible for a Visa!
4. Subclass 190 and 489 State and Territory Sponsorship – New plans for State Migration will mean increase places available – Advisable to lodge as soon as possible to ensure your place
  • Non-contributory Parent Visas
  • Remaining Relative Visas
  • Aged Dependent Visas
  • Carer Visas
As soon as we have the actual changes, you will hear it from us at Active Migration Australia.  Like our Facebook page so that you are always kept up to date! 
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From November 2014, some visa categories will allow you to prove your English through more ways than just IELTS.

Which Visas will this positive change effect?

Distinguished Talent (Australian support) (subclass 124)
Business Talent (subclass 132)
Former Resident (subclass 151)
Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 160)*
Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 161)*
Investor (provisional) (subclass 162)*
State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 163)*
State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 164)*
State/Territory Sponsored Investor (provisional) (subclass 165)*
Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)
Business Innovation & Investment (provisional) (subclass 188)
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190)
Work and Holiday (temporary) (subclass 462)
Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)
Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
Skilled – Regional (provisional) (subclass 489)
Distinguished Talent (subclass 858)
Skilled – Regional (subclass 887)
Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) (subclass 888)
Business Owner (Residence) (subclass 890)
Investor (Residence) (subclass 891)
State/Territory Sponsored Business owner (Residence) (subclass 892)
State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Residence) (subclass 893)

What other test results will be acceptable?

Other English tests such as Cambridge English could be implemented in 2015.
At this stage, 457 visa holders can still only evidence their English through the IELTS result.

What Scores are needed?

english scores

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FAQ's from clients – How do I know what English proof is acceptable?

Our clients often ask us “What English evidence must I give?”  “What score must I obtain with IELTS?

What is IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System that assesses the English language skills of people who need to prove their English skills for a number of different situations, including Visa applications to Australia.

Who is exempt for from sitting IELTS?

This depends on the visa that you are applying for, however, generally, if you hold a passport from one of these countries, you can at times, be exempt from sitting the IELTS:
1. Canada
2. Ireland
3. New Zealand
4. United Kingdom
5. United States

What score do I need for my Visa?

This really does depend on which visa you are applying for.  Each visa category that requires you to prove your English, will have different requirements.  Contact us and we will provide you with the specific information that suits your situation Contact Us

What are the different IELTS levels of English for an Australian Visa?

There are 4 different English levels that may be applicable to your situation
Superior English
Proficient English
Competent English
Functional English
Superior English: Score of at least 8 out of 9 on all four components of the IELTS
Proficient English: A Score of at least 7 out of 9 on all four components of the IELTS
Competent English: A score of at least 6 out of 9 on all four components of the IELTS
Functional English: A score with at least an average of 4.5 across the 4 areas of the IELTS
Active Migration Australia has an onsite IELTS tutor - let us help you to obtain the score that you need  AMA IELTS Tutor.
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The Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection (DIBP) have announced that in the VERY near future, they are going to cease all applications for:

  • Non-contributory Parent Visas
  • Remaining Relative Visas
  • Aged Dependent Visas
  • Carer Visas

If you are in the process of putting together one of these applications for your Family, please, do not delay any further - get it lodged!!  If you have all or most of your documents and need our services to get this lodged ASAP, then contact us now!  There are going to be a lot of very sorry and upset families out there, that are in the process of putting their applications together.  Please, don't let this be you.

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Our clients often ask us “What does it mean to have documents certified?” and “How do I get  my documents certified?” Here is a summary of how to have your documents certified and where to go to organise a certified copy.

What is a Certified Document?

A certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been verified as being a true copy after the original document has been sighted by an authorised person. Please note that not all visa types require documents to be certified copies. Please follow our checklist and instructions given to you by your Migration Coordinator.

Where to have your documents certified?

In Australia, the following people are authorised to certify documents:

  • Health professions: Chiropractor, Dentist, Medical practitioner, Nurse, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Psychologist Legal professions:
  • Legal practitioner, Patent attorney, Trademarks attorney
  • Court positions: Bailiff, Justice of the Peace, Judge, Magistrate, Registrar, or Deputy Registrar, Clerk, Master of a court, CEO of a Commonwealth court
  • Commissioner for Affidavits, or Commissioner for Declarations (dependent on jurisdictions)
  • Government representatives (elected): Federal, State or Territory or Local
  • Public servants: Federal, State or Territory or Local – employed for five years or more.
  • Permanent employees of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Bank officer, building society officer, credit union officer, finance company officer – employed for five years or more
  • Veterinary surgeon
  • Accountant (member of ICA, ASA, NIA or CPA, ATMA, NTAA)
  • Minister of religion, or marriage celebrant
  • Member of:
    • Chartered Secretaries Australia
    • Engineers Australia, other than at the grade of student
    • Australian Defence Force (an officer; or a non-commissioned officer with 5+ years of continuous service; a warrant officer)
    • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Notary public Holder of a statutory office not specified in another item in this Part
  • Police officer
  • Sheriff or Sheriff’s officer
  • Teacher (full-time) at a school or tertiary education institution

Outside Australia, the following people are authorised to certify documents:

  • Justice of the Peace
  • Notary public
  • Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer (within the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955)
  • Employee of the Commonwealth or the Australian Trade Commission who works outside Australia.

The most commonly used and easy way to certify documents in Australia is to visit your local pharmacy. (This takes usually a few minutes.)

Note that AMA Registered Migration Agents are authorised to certify your documents if you bring your original documents to our office. Please speak to your Migration Coordinator to organise a meeting upfront.

Finding a JP in Western Australia

Please refer to this database which lists justices of the peace in your area, with details of how to contact them. There are Justices of the Peace in most Western Australia's suburbs and towns, as well as in other states and some foreign countries. There are approximately 3009 justices of the peace of all nationalities and cultural backgrounds, living in all parts of WA, who volunteer their services to provide an integral link in the judicial system.

How to send your certified documents to AMA

Your certified copies of documents are best to be scanned and emailed to your appointed Migration Coordinator. Alternatively, you can bring your documents to our head office in Balcatta during office hours between 8am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

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This business model will be in great demand at $275,000 – all inclusive.

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