Time limits and Schedule 3

What happens if your visa expires and you find yourself unlawfully present in Australia? Apart from leaving the country, the range of further visa options open to you are severely limited. The general rule is that you need to have a valid visa to make a valid...

New TSS Visa

The changes which were foreshadowed last April were finally implemented in the early hours of Sunday 18 March 2018 (after the regulations were released last Friday). There is now a new Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482) visa and there have also been changes to...

Character Cancellation

Visa cancellations based on the character grounds can often seem harsh in their application. Last week the High Court had to consider a case involving a gentleman from Malta who arrived in Australia as a 3 year old and who had lived here for 60 years. In that case the...

New Zealanders

Good news for NZ Citizens who were usually resident in Australia prior to 19 February 2017. There is now a special “New Zealand stream” in the skilled visa category. Full details are in the Minister’s press release. However,¬†at the time of lodging...

De-regulation

On 21 June 2017, the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2017 was introduced into the House of Representatives. One of the purposes of the bill is to remove the requirement that lawyers who provide migration advice have to be registered as...

Training Benchmarks

One of the changes made to the ENS (and temporary working visa) is the replacement of the training benchmark with a “flat fee”. Over the years collating documents to show compliance with the training benchmark has been a difficult task for many clients. I...