Migration Plus

June 2016 - News, Views & Clues from Migration Plus

This month's issue takes a look at changes to the student visa framework that will come into effect on 1 July 2016, as well as the occupations that have been added to and removed from the Skilled Occupation List. We also focus on Work and Holiday visas this month - the countries that are now eligible to apply, as well as all the latest news on the proposed backpacker tax. There are changes to be aware of for those intending to migrate to South Australia, and finally, we would like to introduce you to the newest member of our team. Read on for this and other interesting migration news!

The new Student Visa Framework

From 1st July 2016, the Federal Government's Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) will come into effect. Students will apply for a subclass 500 student visa, and nominate the stream according to their study level. Guardians of international students will apply for a subclass 590 Student Guardian visa.

These changes are intended to simplify the student visa programme by reducing the number of visas from eight down to two, reduce red-tape and deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity.

There will be no change to the Student Visa Application Charge of $550.

Migration Plus will be running a seminar in Cairns on 22 June for those involved in International Education and interested Students. Click here for seminar details:

Please contact us if you have applied for (or are interested in applying for) a Student visa and would like to know how the changes may affect you

New addition to the team - Marney Richardson

We warmly welcome Marney Richardson to the Migration Plus team. Marney is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1576670) (Grad Cert in Australian Migration Law and Practice, ANU), Education Agent (QEAC L207) and Justice of the Peace (Qualified)(Seal of Office Number: 120425). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (UTS Sydney) and has an extensive work history in International Education (Navitas) in the areas of Marketing and Student Services.

Marney has a great love of the Cairns region, and as a former resident is excited about the opportunity to return and make a difference in the community. She is an avid scuba diver, international traveller, and is involved in several charitable foundations such as 'Act for Peace' Refugee Ration challenge, and Kiva, a microfinance non-profit, which connects people through lending to alleviate poverty.

She prides herself on exceptional customer service and finding creative solutions in complicated migration cases.

Marney specialises in a variety of visas, including Student, Partner, Regional Skilled Migration, and General Skilled Migration. Please contact Migration Plus to make an appointment for an initial consultation with Marney.

Please contact Migration Plus to make an appointment for an initial consultation with Marney.

Latest Immigration News: South Australia

Immigration South Australia will be publishing a revised State Nomination List (SNOL) on 4 July 2016. Further occupations are available for those who meet additional requirements on the Supplementary Skilled List.

Furthermore, if you are an ICT Professional, the minimum points requirement will be raised to 70 (replacing 60) on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection points test. This is for those applying offshore and relates to any occupation which requires a skills assessment from the Australia Computer Society (ACS). The 70 point requirement will be reviewed July/August and may be lowered depending on the number of applications received during this timeframe.

If you are interested in migrating to South Australia, please contact Migration Plus to discuss whether your occupation is on the list.

New Additions: Work and Holiday visas

Applicants from the State of Israel are now eligible to apply for the subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa. The visa can be granted to young people who have completed secondary education, and who have either completed or are legally exempt from completing military service in Israel.

5,000 young people per year from China who hold tertiary qualifications and English skills, are now also eligible to experience a working holiday in Australia. This new visa is now open for interview bookings. 

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has also advised that Singapore will be added to the list of subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa eligible countries. A date has not yet been announced.

The Work and Holiday visa allows people aged between 18 - 31 years to work for the 12 month duration of their stay, but for no longer than six months with any one employer. They can also choose to study for up to four months.

For assessment of your eligibility for a working holiday visa, please contact the Migration Plus team

 Changes to the Skilled Occupations List

From 1st July 2016, suitably qualified and experienced Audiologists (ANZSCO 252711) and Orthotists and Prosthetists (ANZSCO 251912) will be eligible to apply for temporary and permanent points-tested work visas. This change reflects a shortfall of suitable candidates in these occupations in the Australian workforce now, and projected shortfalls in the coming years.

Nine occupations have also been removed from the SOL, effective 1st July 2016. This means that if you are considering applying for a points-tested work visa in one of the following occupations, you have only until the end of June to submit your application! The occupations that will no longer be included on the SOL are:


* ANZSCO 233611 Mining Engineer

* ANZSCO 233612 Petroleum Engineer

* ANZSCO 234912 Metallurgist

* ANZSCO 251311 Environmental Health Officer

* ANZSCO 251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser

* ANZSCO 411211 Dental Hygienist

* ANZSCO 411212 Dental Prosthetist

* ANZSCO 411213 Dental Technician

* ANZSCO 411214 Dental Therapist

Please contact Migration Plus if you would like to apply for a points-tested visa in one of the above occupations before the deadline.

Proposed 'Backpacker Tax' postponed

Working Holiday makers currently pay tax only on wages earned above $18,200. The change due to take effect on 1st July this year meant that every dollar earned would be taxed at 32.5%. Due to pressure from the National Farmers Federation in particular, who expressed concern that working holiday makers would choose not to come to Australia if forced to pay tax on every dollar earned, the Federal Government has postponed the introduction of the "backpacker tax" by 6 months to 1st January 2017.

Both subclass 462 and 417 working holiday visas are currently under review. A final announcement about the introduction of the backpacker tax is expected in October this year.

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Client Testimonials

"What fantastic news indeed! My wife and I are overjoyed and I make it very clear that this would not have been possible without your extremely professional work in the entire process to the successful outcome we have received. Thank you also to Dr Chris. I am extremely satisfied and yes the outcome came exactly one year after you first lodged the claim application. Congratulations Tina! This result is the fruit of your hard work. My wife and I are grateful to you." Papua New Guinea - Dec 2015.

"I'm happy to say your team supported us every step of the way, as visa lodgement can be quite stressful event, it was so great to know we could ask as many questions as we needed to, and so far we have been successful! Thank you for your great team work, your honest advice and also your confidential manner in liaising with us." India, October 2015

See here for more feedback from our clients!

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Parent Visa Updates

There are only very few places left for Parent visa allocations in the migration year 2015 / 2016. If you are an applicant for a Parent visa, and have not yet been contacted by the department, it is unlikely that your application will be assessed this year.

Final processing of contributory Parent visas is currently occurring for applications received on the following dates:


-Offshore subclass 173 & 143: 16 May 2014

-Onshore subclass 884 & 864: 7 August 2015

-Temp 173/884 holders applying for perm 143/864: 6 November 2015 

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This newsletter is general information only.  Specific advice, taking into account your circumstances,
should be obtained before taking any action.
Dr Christopher R White MARN 9255749

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