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Immigration News
January edition

Welcome to our January Newsletter

Dear subscriber,
Welcome to the January edition of the Migration Solutions newsletter, a publication that will keep you up to date with the changes in immigration. 
In this edition you'll find two feature articles, along with a case study of one of our most successful clients, a video interview with the Master Builders Association, and (as always) all the latest immigration news updates.



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Message from the Director
Hello, and welcome to our first company newsletter for 2014! 
The New Year has started off with a bang here at Migration Solutions, with the customary dip in workload around the holiday period all but disappearing as our case numbers remain high across a wide-range of visa types.
However, lately it looks like we're not the only ones excited about immigration.
Increased levels of skilled migration and population growth have been a hot topic of discussion throughout the media recently as a potential fix to South Australia's under-performing economy, and is shaping up as a key platform
for the upcoming State Election in March.
The economic benefits that skilled migrants and international students bring to the State are far-reaching and spill over into almost every sector, including retail, hospitality, construction and manufacturing, just to name a few. So far we are seeing positive signs that greater emphasis will be placed on South Australia securing a greater share of the national migration program in the future, which would be a fantastic outcome for both migrants and South Australians alike.
Many industry groups are also making the most of all the extra media attention surrounding migration to assist with various sectors that are calling for increased immigration levels in order to help businesses within their respective sectors recruit the skilled workers that are needed to help them grow and diversify, and compete for large projects that they otherwise wouldn't be able to secure.

If you would like to keep abreast of all the important policy announcements, media stories and interviews with industry stakeholders as they occur, don't forget to like us on Facebook in order to keep up-to-date.  

Best wishes, 

Mark Glazbrook


Feature Stories


GTE requirement
Student visa about to expire
GTE requirement hurting international students, economy
The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement was brought by the Government in order to stop the masses of non-genuine students from abusing the program to gain permanent residency. And it worked.
So with new stricter controls over who gains PR, why are we still making it so hard for international students to study in Australia?

Click here for the story.
Student Visa about to expire?
Each year, many international students wishing to work in Australia are forced to return home following the completion of their courses, despite being eligible to apply for permanent residency.
But how? Migration Solutions explores the little-discussed problem, and shows international students starting a new life in Australia how they can avoid being forced to leave.
Immigration News
DIBP cracks down on sponsorship obligation breach

The Immigration Department sends a stern reminder to employers that adherence to sponsorship obligations is vital if they are to utilise the Australian migration program.
Click here to read more.

Global Study reveals Australia as top destination for British expats

Australia has retained its number one ranking as the top destination for British migrants, who cite a multitude of reasons for what makes the Australian lifestyle the best in the world.
Click here to read more.

State Opposition announce plans to increase immigration levels to SA

With the March 2014 State Election approaching, Steven Marshall has announced the State Liberal party's plans to boost South Australia's economy through targeted migration.

Click here to read more. 

Aus population growth rate exceeds global average, but SA missing out
Latest data from the ABS shows Australia's population growth rate is booming, ahead of countries such as the UK, US, New Zealand and China. But where is SA's share of this economic boost?
Click here to read more.

New report shows South Australian economy worst of any mainland state


CommSec's latest State of the States report has shown South Australia to be lagging on a number of key economic indicators - including population growth.


Click here to read more.


Construction industry predicts skill shortages, calls for more migrants

The South Australian branch of the Master Builders Association has predicted significant skill shortages will be felt throughout the sector within two years unless red tape is slashed on skilled migration.

Click here to read more. 
Successful Migrants
Suman Vasantham
After a decade of living in Australia, Suman Vasantham has been through almost every aspect of the Australian immigration process with Migration Solutions and come out the other side smiling.
The owner of the wildly popular Indian restaurants British Raj, Suman is a testament to what a migrant can contribute to Australia when they are prepared to work hard and participate in Australian culture.
Click here to read about Suman's migration process.

An Interview with Migration Solutions

Migration Matters (Episode 2) - Master Builders Association
Migration Matters (Episode 2) - Master Builders Association
Master Builders Association

In our second episode of 'Migration Matters', we sit down with David Callan and Ian Markos from the South Australian branch of the Master Builders Association to discuss the effect skilled migration and population growth has on South Australia's residential and commercial construction industry. 

Both David and Ian highlight that a strong migration program is essential for employers to be able to address skill shortages that occur within the industry, and that the reinstatement of a regional 457 visa is vital to develop regional and country economies around the State. 

Click here for the article.
Top stories

Listed below are the top five immigration stories posted on the Migration Solutions social media platforms this month.


 - News.com.au                                                         


- The Australian                                            


 - ABC news
- Ninemsn


- Perth Now                                                 
Nam Hoang
Our staff member of the month for January is Nam Hoang.
Nam is our Business Operations Manager at Migration Solutions, and has been at the company for 7 years. 
Nam has an incredibly comprehensive knowledge of immigration policy and law which is an invaluable asset to the company, especially due to the collaborative approach our agents take to handling our client cases.
See below to visit Nam's staff profile and learn more about his experience and professional background.

'Migration Solutions approach was very straightforward & professional but personal at the same time. Migration Solutions helped us all the way through with the preparation & submission of documentation.'


'After the application was lodged, they kept us informed of the progress of the application. They helped with both the primary and secondary stages of the visa, which resulted in my wife getting her spouse visa and permanent residency a year later.'


We really appreciate the effort Migration Solutions put in the application and would recommend them any day.

One goes to the doctor when they fall ill, and to a professional migration agent when they need help with "migration". It is their job and that is why they do it well.'


- F. Master (Partner Visa)



Click here for more client testimonials


Sponsorship Obligationsobligations
If you are an employer sponsoring an international worker, you are legally required to comply with various sponsor obligations in order to be allowed to employ that worker. 
For details regarding these obligations, follow the links below.

  Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa - Subclass 457


  Temporary Work (Long-Stay Activity) - Subclass 401


  Training and Research Visa - Subclass 402



For details on sponsorship obligations regarding different visa types, please visit the DIBP website.



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