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At Migration Affairs we are professionals who understand the complexities of this changing area of law. You can be assured that we keep up to date with legislative and  policy changes and that we analyse how these modifications will affect you. 

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A Brighter Future: An Overview of Healthcare Professionals’ Migration Trends to Australia

Immigration News: AAT Fee Increases; 482/494 Visa Condition Changes; May 2024 State Nomination Statistics; WHV available to Philippines & more

Immigration News: AAT Fee Increases; Work Visa Condition Changes; May State Nomination Statistics; WHV for Philippines & more

Important Changes to Visa Conditions 8107, 8607, and 8608

Important Changes to 482 and 494 Visa Conditions – 8107, 8607, and 8608

Reunite with Your Loved Ones: How to Sponsor Your Parents on a Sponsored Parent (subclass 870) Visa

Reunite with Your Loved Ones: How to Sponsor Your Parents on a Sponsored Parent (subclass 870) Visa

A Reform to Skilled Migration Points Test: What you need to know

A Reform to Skilled Migration Points Test: What you need to know

Significant Changes Affecting International Graduates (Effective July 1, 2024, Subject to Legislation)

Major Changes to the 485 Visa: Everything You Need to Know

Federal Budget 2024/25: Key Takeaways for Migration

Federal Budget 2024/25: Key Takeaways for Migration

Residency Requirements for Citizenship

Understanding Australian Citizenship General and Special Residency Requirements

Student Visa changes

Student Visa Applicants Important Update and Changes to Financial Capacity Requirements

Get Ready to Apply: Pacific Engagement Visa Ballot Opens June 3rd!

Get Ready to Apply: Pacific Engagement Visa Ballot Opens June 3rd!

A Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) enables Australian businesses to sponsor overseas workers under the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) and the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494). These visas give the foreign worker the legal right to live and work in Australia for a specified duration. However, not all businesses are eligible to become an SBS. In this article, we'll look at the essential requirements for businesses to become an SBS, the application process, and the ongoing obligations that come with sponsorship. But is your business qualified to participate?

Can my business become a Standard Business Sponsor?

Australia’s Removal Bill: A Controversial Approach to Immigration 2024

Resident Return Visa: Understanding Compelling Reasons for a 5-Year Absence

Understanding Compelling Reasons for a 5-Year Absence – Resident Return Visa

Ballot for Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) (192 Visa) Set to Begin in Mid-2024

Ballot for Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) (192 Visa) Set to Begin in Mid-2024

State and Territory 491/190 Visa Nominations for February 2024 Released

State and Territory 491/190 Visa Nominations for February 2024 Released

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Harmony Day 2024

To sponsor a foreign worker, you must meet specific sponsorship obligations. The Department of Home Affairs has set out a number of key requirements that must be met when approved as a standard business sponsor (SBS). Failure to adhere to these obligations may lead to penalties.

Key Obligations for Standard Business Sponsors

Latest Changes to Work and Holiday Visas: Expanded 'Specified Work' Definition

Latest Changes to Work and Holiday Visas: Expanded ‘Specified Work’ Definition

Opportunities for UK citizens to Australia: Innovation and Early Careers Skills Exchange Pilot (IECSEP) Program Now Open for Applications

Innovation and Early Careers Skills Exchange Pilot (IECSEP) Program Now Open for Applications

Immigration News: Opening of NSW 491 Pathway 1; State/Territory Nominations for January 2024; New Mobility Arrangements for Indian Nationals; & more

News: NSW 491 Pathway 1; State/Territory Nominations Jan 2024; MATES for Indian nationals; & more

When you are granted a visa for Australia, your Grant Notification will list the visa conditions applicable to you while you are holding that visa in Australia. It is important that you understand your visa conditions, as the Department of Home Affairs may cancel your visa if you breach them. For all primary subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa holders, condition 8607 will always apply.

Understanding Condition 8607 (Approved Work Only) for TSS Visas

Australia introduces the Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV), strengthening connections between Pacific nations. Offering 3,000 annual places, PEV aims to unite families and promote cultural exchange. The fair PEV ballot process ensures equal access. Stay tuned for the 2024 ballot date announcement!

Strengthening Pacific Partnerships: Introducing the Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV)

Changes to Expect for International Students in 2024

Changes to Expect for International Students in 2024

Extended Employment Rights from 1 January 2024 for Certain Working Holiday Makers

Extended Employment Rights from 1 January 2024 for Certain Working Holiday Makers

We are excited to share the latest updates on the Australian Government's new Migration Strategy, with a particular focus on temporary skilled migration and overseas students. Essentially, the new strategy is a policy roadmap containing 8 key actions and over 25 new policy commitments and areas for future reform (you can read the 100-page document in this link). It points out the areas where changes will be implemented in 2024, as well as identifies future reforms for consultation in 2024.

Breaking News: Australia Reveals New Migration Strategy

Fast-Track Permanent Partner Visa for Long-Term Relationships (Subclass 820/801 and Subclass 309/100)

Accelerate Your Partner Visa Journey: Fast-Track Permanent Partner Visa for Long-Term Relationships

the Health Criteria for Australian Visas: PIC 4005 & PIC 4007

Understanding the Health Criteria for Australian Visas: PIC 4005 & PIC 4007

Navigating Labour Market Testing - Employer Sponsored

Navigating Labour Market Testing – Employer Sponsored

Expanded Pathway to Permanent Residency for All 482 Visa Holders from 25 November 2023

Expanded Pathway to Permanent Residency for All 482 Visa Holders

Australia, with its world-class education system, has become a hub for international students. But for many, graduation isn’t the end of the road. That’s where the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa comes into play. This visa allows eligible international students to live, study, and work in Australia temporarily after completion of their studies. The visa also gives international students an opportunity to utilise their time in Australia to gain valuable work experience, further their studies, and explore pathways to permanent residency if desired.

Understanding the Subclass 485 Visa: Graduate Stream and Post-Study Work Stream

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