Here’s what’s going on in Australia immigration in the period of June-July 2018.
- Visa application charges (VAC) will increase according to consumer price index (CPI). The increase is minor at best and seems too only effect first installments. It will affect applications made on and after July 1, 2018.
These regulations amend the Migration Regulations 1994 to make changes to visa application charges (VACs) for certain visas. In particular, the regulations increase first instalment VACs for a number of visas. On 1 July 2017, most VACs were indexed in accordance with the 2017-18 forecast consumer price index (CPI). The regulations increase the majority of VACs so that they are increased by the 2018-19 forecast CPI. In effect, this means that the relevant VACs are increased from their baseline 2016-17 amounts by the cumulative total of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 increases. It is intended that these indexation amendments will be made on an annual basis in the future.
2. New Stream introduced, Pacific Labour Scheme.
Legislative Instrument – F2018L00829 – Migration Amendment (Pacific Labour Scheme) Regulations 2018 specifies changes to the Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa, to implement initiatives to promote Australia’s international policy in relation to employment opportunities and pathways for Pacific Island Countries.
These amendments to the Regulations:
introduce a new Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) stream which will provide a temporary visa pathway for participants to work in Australia for up to three years
allow participants in the Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) to be granted, subject to conditions, a multi-year, multi-entry visa
amend the ‘visa in effect’ settings to benefit Subclass 403 visa holders by providing them more time to prepare for their entry and stay in Australia, while not impacting on the visa holder’s granted period of stay
strengthen integrity measures in the Pacific Labour and the Seasonal Workers streams by introducing a new condition that provides the visa holder must only work for the sponsor in relation to which the visa was granted, although changes of sponsor will be permitted in limited circumstances
3. The commencement of Global Talent Scheme
Simply put, it’s a visa scheme that enables companies to import skills the government doesn’t know they need as Business Insider puts it.
4. Arrangements for Work and Holiday and Working Holiday Visa Applications) Instrument 2018
This instrument provides for mandatory online lodgement of visa applications, with exceptions, for the following applicants for a Work and Holiday (Temporary) (Class US) visa: applicants who are, or have previously been, in Australia as the holder of a Class US visa, and applicants from Argentina, Slovak Republic, Spain, United States of America and Uruguay. The instrument provides for mandatory online lodgement of visa applications, with exceptions, for all applicants for a Working Holiday (Temporary) (Class TZ) visa. The instrument also updates the address to which applications must be sent for applicants from the State of Israel.
5. The fee for AAT will increase
6. Change of state eligibility for some occupations.
7. Citizenship approval is likely to continue its slowed-down trend.
As of the first eight months of 2017-18, the Department of Home Affairs only approved 54,419 citizenship applications, less than half of the amount of approval it made last year in the same time period.
8. The Department of Home Affairs and several other online government services (states/regional) will close their online services to enable legislative changes and system updates.
9. Applicants for TSS visas will be required to provide a good quality full-face view photograph with their application.
10. Bridging Visa E. From 1 July, Bridging visa E (BVE) applications can be lodged online.
11. Changes to lodgement arrangements for Family Stream visa applications.