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Immigration News
April Edition

Welcome to our April Newsletter

Dear subscriber,
Welcome to the April edition of the Migration Solutions newsletter, a publication that will keep you up to date with the changes in immigration. 
In this edition, our two feature articles discuss South Australia's results in the Immigration Department's annual Migration Program Report, and what the return of 18 new occupations to the State Nominated Skilled Occupations List really means for visa applicants.

We also have a case study on Kawardeep and Varinder, who we assisted with a string of applications (including Ministerial Intervention) in order to help them attani permanent residency, and as always, all the latest in immigration news.



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Message from the Director


Dear Subscribers,


What a busy, tumultuous and exciting four weeks it has been here at Migration Solutions! To all our clients and friends, we hope you enjoyed a relaxing Easter break, and are looking forward to doing the same on ANZAC Day, a very important date on the Australian calendar.  


This month we've welcomed three new staff members into the office, Claire Hall, who has taken over as Executive Assistant and Office Manager, Lauren Daly who joins our administration team, and Hayley Radfort who joins our processing team. All three have so far settled in well and are sure to make valuable additions to our Migration Solutions team. 


We also bid farewell to Pauline Burgemeister, a lovely woman who had been employed on a temporary work assignment here at the office. What started out as a 10-day contract turned into 5 weeks, and many of our clients commented on what a fantastic and positive presence she had behind the reception desk over the course of her time here. In an email she sent around the office on her last day, one paragraph in particular stood out to me where she mentioned how privileged she felt to have been able to assist us in our work, and share in the successful outcomes we are able to secure for our clients.


Sometimes, with all of the day-to-day challenges that we face when assisting people with the migration applications, it is possible to lose sight of the fantastic outcomes and the life changing assistance that we provide to our loyal customers. Pauline's message was a great reminder of the importance in remembering that our team have helped thousands and thousands of people successfully migrate to Australia and achieve permanent residency, and at the end of the day this is incredibly rewarding and we are very fortunate to be able to help people to achieve and live their dreams.


 All the best,

 Mark Glazbrook
Feature Stories


The state of our State - population growth and migration outcomes for SA
The Department of Immigration's annual Migration Program Report depicted a relatively positive picture for Australia's migration program. However a closer look at the statistics show that whilst the number of migrants being attracted to Australia is as high as ever, South Australia is continuing to fall behind as a state of intended residence. 

So in what areas is our share of the migration program declining in particular, and what can be done to fix the issue? Read on to find out.   

Cooking and Hairdressing return to SNOL - but what does it really mean?
The announcement of trade-based occupations such as cookery and hairdressing returning to the State Nominated Skills Occupations List sounds like great news for students of the two popular occupations, but is it really as beneficial as it seems?

As Migration Solutions found out, the return of these two occupations amongst 16 others has been somewhat dampened by new eligibility requirements introduced since they were last on the List. Read on to find out more, plus some possible solutions. 

Immigration News
Changes made to State Nominated Occupation List 
Hairdressing and Cookery headline a list of 18 new occupations added to South Australia's State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL), following repeated industry recommendations and internal government reports. 
Click here to read more. 

Government releases details on new credit card surcharge 

The DIBP has announced that the new credit card surcharge on Visa Application Charges (VACs) will come into effect from 19 April 2014, along with a breakdown of the extra fees determined according to the type of cards used. 

 Click here to read more.

Poland signs Work and Holiday visa arrangement

Senator Cash has announced a new arrangement between Poland and Australia that will allow 200 young people to travel between the two countries for work or study purposes.  

Click here to read more. 

Student visas to be simplified following government review
Good news for Student visa applicants from countries such as China, India and Pakistan, after the DIBP announced the removal of the Assessment Level 4 and 5 classification from their framework. 
Click here to read more.

Immigration Department continues trend of slashing red tape
The DIBP seem determined to reduce red tape within the migration sector, committing to around 1000 regulatory changes in an effort to ease financial and time pressures on businesses and non-profit organisations.  

Click here to read more.

More countries being considered for Work and Holiday visas
The Federal Government is considering thirteen new partner countries for Work and Holiday visa arrangements with Australia in an effort to expand its tourism sector to countries such as Greece, Spain, Vietnam and the Czech Republic. 
Click here to read more.

Successful Migrants
Kanwardeep and Varinder Case Study
Migration Solutions clients Kanwardeep and Varinder went through almost every visa application type there was in
order to attain their permanent residency.

The pair were affected by a string of mistakes by their former migration agent and the DIBP themselves, which in
combination left their migration status in an extremely vulnerable position, and with precious few options before

Fortunately for the couple and their young child, Migration Solutions staff were able to help them navigate their way through the mess and turn their application around
through the migration appeals process.
Click here to read more about how we were able to help.

Top stories

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


 - The Herald Sun                                                       


- The Australian                                            


 - The Australian
- The Australian


- Today Tonight
Vanessa De Pretis  
Our staff member of the month of February is Vanessa De Pretis.
Vanessa has recently been awarded her certification as a registered migration agent, after having been at the company for four years in a processing role. 
Prior to becoming a registered migration agent, Vanessa specialised in Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) and Ministerial Intervention submissions for clients of Migration Solutions. She considers her work to be very rewarding, as she loves the feeling of being able to secure a successful decision for a client who otherwise would be forced to leave Australia and start their life over again. 
See below to visit Vanessa's staff profile and learn more about her experience and professional background.

'Migration Solutions have now assisted us with numerous working visa applications and sponsorship applications.

We have 100% success rate in these applications and the speed of approvals has been great.' 

'The team at Migration Solutions are always helpful, efficient and the advice provided is excellent. We will continue to work with Migration Solutions for all our migration requirements.'


Garth Tierney, Trident Clinical Research Pty Ltd (457 and ENS Visas)


Click here for more client testimonials


N.B. The information provided in this newsletter is designed to provide an overview of various options that may be available to migrants, and is not meant to act as a substitute for specific immigration advice. For a more detailed overview of Australia's migration program and visa opportunities, including relevant eligibility criteria, please contact our office.


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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