As part of a raft of changes already introduced and still to be introduced to Employer Sponsored Visas a training levy is proposed to come into force very shortly in 2018. We don't have the exact date yet for implementation. The training levy will replace the current "training commitment" which employers used to have to meet for 457 visas and 186 visas when sponsoring overseas employees. We are currently in a grace period where you don't have to pay the levy as it isn't law yet, but you do still have to continue to meet the previous training commitments for your existing sponsored employees as per the Sponsorship Obligations.
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One of the big changes that came in on the 18th March 2018 to the Temporary Skill Shortage subclass 482 visa is the requirement that labour market testing is required for all applications. This requirement has to be met by sponsors in virtually every case. Currently there are no exemptions to this except where International Trade Obligations could be affected for senior management.
Well 2017 was an interesting year for us. Lots of changes to visas & citizenship was not immune either. The government's proposed changes to the eligibility requirements for citizenship did not get through the Senate and so currently no changes have been made. This means you may be eligible to apply for citizenship if you:
The Four Corners team reflect on their favourite Australia day’s to date
Get your citizenship application in A.S.A.P
Calling all eligible citizenship applicants… Get your citizenship applications in now.
Don’t be fooled! - Fake Australian citizenship forms
“Fake” - it seemed to be the buzz word of 2017, and a word that is also proving to be particularly prominent in the world of migration at the moment.