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Generation Relocation – A Fresh Approach to Millennial Moves

It's no surprise that Millennials are relocating at a higher rate than ever before. They bring with them benefits such as eagerness to learn and advance in the workplace, open-mindedness, updated qualifications, and company diversity. Oftentimes, Millennials are also a more cost-effective addition to the team.   At Expat International, we want to help you [...]

Why a move to Australia could be the right move for you

Here at Expat International, we’ve had a busy start to the New Year. With Sydney and Melbourne housing prices continuing to fall, and the demand for skilled workers increasing in Australia, we’ve been taking on many new assignees excited to move down under. It’s no surprise business is good for clients in Australia, considering the [...]

Expat is heading to the WERC Global Workforce Symposium this October!

SKILLING AUSTRALIANS FUND (SAF) levy to commence August 12, 2018

The long-heralded imposition of the Skilling Australians Fund levy will become effective August 12, 2018, and payable for employer-sponsored nomination applications for temporary or permanent skilled work visas. SAF will be managed by the Department of Education and Training, to underwrite skills development of Australians.  It replaces the previous requirement of nominating employers to prove [...]

Soaring bridging visas in sight – Immigration crackdown may not be the whole truth

The most recent Department statistics show that on 31 March 2018 there were 194,875 people in Australia on bridging visas, up by 41,066 on the same date last year and the number keeps on rising due to the government’s lack of action on finalising most substantive* applications already in the pipeline. While the Department of [...]

Timeline of the 457 Visa Cancellation and Changes

Following the Australian Government’s April 2017 announcement of the abolition of the 457 visa program and rem, Expat presents a detailed timeline of the changes applied and changes pending in relation to the relevant skilled visas. Why are the changes being made? The government has announced that changes are being made in order to better [...]

New requirements to obtain Australian citizenship

The Australian government has announced that reforms would be introduced to strengthen the Australian citizenship, and put the Australian values and Australian national interest at the heart of the process. What has changed? -               Applicants are required to have lived as a permanent resident in Australia for a minimum of four years (instead of the [...]

More news from our Visa team

Accredited Sponsor Status for Australian Subclass 457 Temporary Residence Visa Nominations Effective November 7, 2011, the Department of Immigration (DIAC) announced that Employers may apply for Accredited Sponsor status to qualify for priority processing of Subclass 457 visa nominations. Accreditation status is available for employers with a long and positive history of dealing with DIAC, [...]

Australian Visa Alert

AUSTRALIAN VISA ALERT  DIAC ANNOUNCES CHANGES FOR EMPLOYER SPONSORED VISA  APPLICATIONS EFFECTIVE July 1, 2010   Summaries of DIAC’s changes which are described in further detail below, became effective on July 1, 2010 are: Increase in the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) – Temporary Residence subclass 457   Increase in the Minimum Salary requirements [...]