Australian Immigration News – September 2019

Weekly Update on Australian Immigration News

The next update to Australia’s skilled migration occupation lists is scheduled to be announced in March 2020.

Further information is available on the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business website.

  • SBS News and Sky News lead widespread coverage that Australia’s annual permanent migration intake has fallen to the lowest level in over a decade, with a total of 160,323 permanent visas granted in 2018-19 under the Permanent Migration Program, which is down by 15%. The fall in numbers coincides with the government’s shift towards settling more migrants in regional Australia and the federal government is planning to address the issue of low regional employment by setting places aside for skilled foreign workers.
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 489 to be replaced with Subclass 491 from 16th November 2019- The subclass 489 visa will close from 16 November 2019. The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs have announced that the last day for states and territories to nominate and issue invitations for the subclass 489 applicants will be 10 September 2019. Some states are progressively closing their subclass 489 Skilled Regional state nomination program to new applications. Here are the latest state announcements. New visas from 16 November 2019
  • DAMA Skills Assessment processes: VETASSESS will be providing skills assessments for occupation for skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers for the following DAMA programs: SA – Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement
    SA – South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement
    WA – Goldfields
    VIC – Great South Coast
    NSW – Orana (opening late September)
    QLD – Far North Queensland (opening soon)
  • Wimmera Times Online reports Wannon MP Dan Tehan and Immigration Minister David Coleman have visited regional Victoria to discuss the roll out of the Great South Coast region’s Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) before Christmas this year.
  • Permanent Partner Visa cannot be refused until Temporary Visa is determined
  • Additional requirements for NSW nominations
    • The additional requirement is to be currently living in NSW, and to have been employed in NSW for at least one year, in your nominated occupation.
  • Canberra Matrix invitation round 2 September 2019
    •  Invitation date: 2 September 2019- Number of Invitations Issued: 111Matrix score range: All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • Working Holiday Visas: Increase to annual caps to a number of countries
    • changes to the WHM visa program which included: Expanding the regional areas where subclass 462-visa holders can work in agriculture
      (plant and animal cultivation) to qualify for a second year of stay in Australia
    • Increasing the period in which subclass 417 and 462 visa holders can stay with the
      same agricultural (plant and animal cultivation) employer, from 6 to 12 months.
    • The option of a third-year for subclass 417 and 462 visa holders who, after 1 July
      2019, undertake 6-months of specified work in a specified regional area during their
      second year
    • Offering an increase in the annual caps to a number of countries that participate in the
      subclass 462 visa program.
    • Increase the eligible age for subclass 417 visa applicants from Canada and Ireland to
      35.
  • High Income Threshold increased: The High Income Threshold under the Fair Work Act increased on 1 July 2019 from $145,000 to $148,700. Applicants relying on meeting this threshold for an ENS or RSMS age exemption must ensure that the relevant threshold is met for each of the three requisite years.

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