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Federal Budget update: visa application charges

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Following the federal budget which was released on Tuesday 12 May 2015, the government has announced visa lodgement fee increases will have the biggest effect on the following visa types:

Business Innovation and Investment (SIV stream)
Prospective Marriage and Partner (offshore)
Parent migrant and other family (offshore)

The SIV stream will see a 50% increase from $4,675 for a primary applicant to $7,010. 

The Prospective Marriage and offshore Partner visas will be increasing to align with the fees for onshore applications. This will mean an increase from $4,630 to $6,865. 

The offshore Parent (migrant), Aged Dependent Relative, and Remaining Relative visa fees will be increasing from $2,370 to $3,870, also aligning with the onshore application fees. 

All of these changes will take effect from 1 July 2015. 

To see all other visa application charges, click here

If you are looking to lodge an application for one of the affected subclasses before the fee increase, these must be received by the Department of Immigration before midnight on 30 June 2015. Contact us if you would like assistance.

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Changes to eligibility for second Working Holiday visas

Friday, May 08, 2015
Recently Senator Michaelia Cash announced that volunteer work will no longer count as eligible work to qualify for second Working Holiday visas.

More from Senator Cash’s Media Release: 

Currently, young adults aged 18 to 30 from partner countries may holiday and work in Australia for up to 12 months and may extend their stay in Australia by a further 12 months if they undertake at least three months work in certain agricultural, mining or construction roles in regional Australia.

Minister Cash said the changes address a concern that some employers are exploiting the second Working Holiday visa initiative by encouraging Working Holiday visa holders to work for less than the minimum wage.

“The current arrangements can provide a perverse incentive for visa holders to agree to less than acceptable conditions in order to secure another visa,” Minister Cash said.

“This Government is resolutely focused on upholding visa integrity and preventing exploitation - these changes will remove the incentive for visa holders to accept substandard conditions.

“The reform will require those seeking to apply for a second Working Holiday visa holder to produce an official payslip from their employer, demonstrating they have completed their regional work component.

To read the full media release, click here

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Changes to Standard Business Sponsorship

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
As part of the Government response to the 457 Integrity Review, the following changes were made on 18 April 2015 relating to Standard Business Sponsorships:

The term of standard business sponsorship has been extended to 5 years commencing from the date of approval.

The sponsorship period for start-up businesses has extended from twelve (12) months to eighteen (18) months. 

The notifiable period for sponsors has extended from 10 working days to 28 calendar days. 

It is also worth noting that the market salary exemption threshold for nominations has been reduced from $250,000 to $180,000 and this is now in line with the marginal tax rate. 

To read more about your sponsorship obligations, click here.

Contact us for further information on these changes. 

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