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Immigration News

January Edition

Welcome to our January Newsletter! 


Dear Subscriber,


Welcome to the January edition of Immigration News, a publication that will keep you up-to-date with all the latest changes in the Australian immigration industry.


In this edition, we discuss why migration policy deserves greater coverage in the media and the importance of a well-designed migration program, and learn more about a landmark case that will give trade occupation students and their Australian employers new hope since the introduction of the two-year post qualification work experience requirement. 


We also chat to Terry Walsh from the Urban Development Institute of Australia about the importance of increased population growth to South Australia's local property industry, take a look at South Australia's latest economic ranking, and as always, feature all the latest in immigration news. 




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Message from the Director


Dear Subscribers,

Hello and welcome to the first edition of Immigration News for 2015!


The Christmas and New Year period is now behind us and the Migration Solutions office has returned to business as usual after a relaxing and well-earned break.


The end of January also marks the closing date for the second round of submissions to the Skilled Migration and Series 400 visa review - a significant audit that is set to shape the direction of the program for the next several decades. You can read more about the importance of this review and my recommended outcomes in our feature articles section below. 


I am also pleased to announce that a number of local industry bodies have contributed to our joint submission to the review, which will hopefully bring about improved migration and economic outcomes for South Australia as a result. By presenting a united front to the panel in charge of the review, it is our hope that South Australia and other low population-growth centres will be able to secure much-needed concessions to help make our State a more attractive destination to overseas migrants, and stimulate greater economic activity in our regional areas. 


We are also pleased to announce that Migration Solutions has signed up as a corporate partner of AUSVEG SA, the peak body for South Australian vegetable and potato growers. This industry represents around $500 million of revenue to the State's economy each year, and we are excited to work with both AUSVEG and their members to secure improved migration outcomes for South Australia in the future. 

Feature Stories


Migration policy can be complicated and dry, but as Migration Solutions Managing Director Mark Glazbrook explains, it's a subject that warrants discussion in the media, particularly for South Australia where skill shortages and poor migration outcomes are costing the State's economy. 

After the Immigration Department changed it's policy for trade occupation students requiring them to have 2 years post-qualification work experience in order to be eligible for an RSMS visa, all hope of securing permanent residency seemed lost. Now, all of that has changed thanks to a recent case at the MRT. 

Immigration News

Australian employers are being warned not to target temporary migrants at the exclusion of Australian workers after reports of online ads doing so were featured by Fairfax media.  

New statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics are showing that almost half of all states have recorded a decline in their overseas migration intake in recent months. 

A new pilot online lodgement program is being rolled out across selected travel agents in India as part of a a bid to increase tourism between Australia and the booming sub-continent. 

Two Australian employers have been featured in media reports for underpaying staff, prompting fresh warnings for working holiday visa-holders to ensure they are well-informed of their rights. 

Approximately 6.6 million Australian residents were born overseas, the highest proportion since the great Australian gold rush in the early 20th century, according to new data from the ABS. 

South Australia has slipped back into seventh place of the latest CommSec State of the States report on the back of underperformance in retail spending, construction and home building and buying. 
Migration Matters

Episode 9 - Urban Development Institute of Australia
Migration Matters Episode 9 - Urban Development Institute

In this Episode of Migration Matters, we sit down with Terry Walsh from the Urban Development Institute of Australia to discuss the importance of a flexible and responsive skilled migration program to South Australia's local economy. 

Terry discusses the importance of the South Australian property and construction industry to the local economy, and how greater population growth is needed to increase our tax base and stimulate greater economic activity. 

He also discusses the need for greater concessions to help attract skilled migrants to the State, such as the reinstatement of a Regional 457 visa to South Australia and other low-population growth centres. 

Top Stories
Listed below are the five top stories posted on Migration Solutions' social media channels this month:

1.  'Indian restaurant in Melbourne banned from hiring foreign workers on 457 visas after breaches'

- The Daily Telegraph

2. 'New TAFE SA boss to expand export of education resources to India'

- SBS.com.au

3. 'Easy entry for skilled foreigners'

- The Financial Review

- The Advertiser

- The Australian

Client Testimonial
'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.'

'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 is why they do it well.' 

- F. Master (Parent Visa) 

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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