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Introduction of three-year, multiple entry visitor visa for Chinese tourists

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Minister for Trade and Investment the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP has announced the introduction of a three-year, multiple entry visitor visa for Chinese tourists. 

More from The Australian;

Although Chinese visitors ¬account for Australia’s second-largest inbound market — after New Zealanders — their Australian visits were often hampered by the complicated visa approval process.

Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb yesterday outlined the extension of the multiple entry visa from 12 months to three years, noting that 47 per cent of arrivals from China in the year to September 2014 were repeat visitors.

In an interview with The Weekend Australian, Mr Robb said one of the government’s top tourism priorities was to establish Australia as a brand at the premium end of the market.

“We are a high-cost country and we need to target the premium end so we can get higher returns to justify significant investment,” Mr Robb said.

“This (visa announcement) just removes another competitive barrier,” said Mr Morris, who added that Chinese tourists were demanding high-quality accommodation in Australia.

To read the full story at The Australian, click here.

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Suspension of Significant Investor visa (SIV)

Friday, April 10, 2015
Following a review of the Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) Significant Investor visa in October 2014, the Australian Government have decided to temporarily suspend all new nominations for the program from 24 April 2015 to allow changes to be made to the program.

This means no state or territory will be able to nominate under the Significant Investor Visa from 24 April 2015 to 30 June 2015 inclusive. Current applications and those who have already been invited to apply will not be affected by this suspension.

Important Dates – Queensland Sponsorship
The final date to lodge an Expression of Interest via SkillSelect is 17 April 2015 and all further information requested by BSMQ must be returned by 21 April 2015. All applications will be assessed and a nomination decision made prior to 24 April 2015. 

Important Dates – New South Wales Sponsorship
Applicants seeking NSW nomination before the suspension should ensure that they submit their application with NSW Trade & Investment by 5PM Thursday 16 April 2015. Applicants should ensure that they submit complete applications with all required supporting evidence.

Other states have not provided information on application procedures at this time.

New framework
Any applications lodged on or after 1 July 2015 will be subject to the new complying investment framework.  The framework is designed to target investments which are likely to deliver more economic benefit to Australia. 

If you would like to know any further information about this, please contact our team today. 

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Proposed 457 visa changes for the next 6-12 months

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Following an independent review of the 457 visa program held last year, the Australian federal government will implement most of the 51 recommendations. 

The following are a few of the proposed changes we can expect to see in the next 6-12 months. You can view the full list here.  

That it be made unlawful for a sponsor to be paid by visa applicants for a migration outcome, and that this be reinforced by a robust penalty and conviction framework.

That the current training benchmarks be replaced by an annual training fund contribution based on each 457 visa holder sponsored, with the contributions scaled according to size of business.

That the English language requirement be amended to an average score. For example, in relation to International English Language Testing System, the 457 applicant should have an average of 5 across the four competencies (or the equivalent for an alternative English language testing provider).

The government will not remove the current labour-market testing arrangements that require businesses to test employment markets first to find domestic skilled workers before turning to the 457 visa program.

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