• Bridging Visa Conditions (Subclass 050): Migration Amendment
There are certain bridging visas (Subclass 050 and Subclass 070) subjected to the specified visa conditions. These regulations are meant to allow the ministers to the imposition of the number of existing visa conditions related to the safety of the Australian Community. There are conditions imposed for the visa granted by the minister exercising his power under section 195A of the Migration Act for granting a visa to a detainee.
• Australia’s Brain Gain: Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce
Covid-19 has a huge impact on the world markets. It has prompted the government to launch a strong blueprint for financial growth. There is an effort for generating thousands of quality jobs for Australians by the PM that is termed as ‘Australia’s Brain Gain’.
This is an initiative from the cross-agency government for bringing the best business talent to the Australian lands. There is a focus given on the promotion of new technology, best research, and development for the Australian government. There is a fresh look made on the business models, futuristic markets, and business strategies. It is a way to take benefits from business models, futuristic markets, and strategies. It is a proactive action made by the government for gaining the advantage of entrepreneurial energy with the deep-skilled people.
The country is looking forward to making contributions to the economical development and long-term prosperity of the nation by building ecosystems of excellence and filling gaps in the supply chains. Australian industry is working for accessing global talent and promote competitive advantage. To know more about the global business and talent attraction program, go to the official government website www.GlobalAustralia.gov.au and get the details about the program.
• KPMG: New Moves for Australian Skilled Migration program
KPMG Australia has committed to the stakeholders to contribute to shaping the Australian economy by welcoming the submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the Migration Inquiry to the Australian Skilled Migration Program. The border closures have terminated the entry of the temporary visa holders that are restricted from entry borders. The shortages have been higher in the agriculture, tourism, and hospitality sectors in Australian regions.
There are temporary schemes valid for the entry of the seasonal and pacific work visa holders but there can be much more done looking at the wider range of concessions to be developed for handling the shortfall of workers in regional Australia. There could be the inclusion of temporary removal of labor market testing, lowering English language requirements, or making the older age limits to work for the required streams.
• BSMQ State Nomination Program (Subclass 491) opens
Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) opened its Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa Subclass 491 opened on 19 April 2021. No new EOI is required if it is submitted from 17 February 2021.
The amended requirements for 491-SBO will be implemented from 1 April 2021.
Subclass 190 will not open in this financial year till the nomination allocation is received by the Department of Home Affairs, and the EOIs submitted in February for Subclass 190 will be processed.
The business EOIs submitted till 24 February 2021 will be considered but the business program is closed at present.
o Air ambulance, medical technology, critical medical emergency
o Telecom, filming, and production
o Miling, financial technology, emerging technology
o Engineering, supply chain, critical infrastructure
o Agriculture and food technology
o Large scale manufacturing
BSMQ business program closed on 24 February 2021 at midnight. EOI submitted before this time will be considered for nomination.
Subclass 132 visa application must be lodged with the Department of Home Affairs latest by 30 June 2021.
Subclass 188 applicants receiving an invite to upload docs must submit them in 2 weeks given by BSMQ to avoid cancellation of the invitation. The last date to upload docs for this class is 18 June 2021. The last date for nomination by BSMQ under SC 188 is 30 June. The new subclass criteria will begin on 1 July 2021.
• EOI open for Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
Expression of Interest is now open for considering the appointments to AAT. The purpose of AAT is to conduct the independent merits reviewing of the decisions made under Commonwealth laws. The decisions made by government agencies, departments, and ministers of state government and non-govt bodies are undertaken by AAT.
16 May 2021 is the last date to send EOI for the appointment of a senior member in the Deputy Division Head role. The new EOI dates will be given for selecting other senior members as well.
• HAWKE Immigration Instrument
The Immigration (Education) Act 1971 provides the approval of English courses for the eligible migrants through AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program). This act changed the eligibility requirements for a person’s eligibility for an approved English course. At present, an approved English course provider can examine if a person has a ‘Vocational English level’ that was primarily just a Functional English mark.
Amendment of eligibility level means that the migrants will be able to stay in the program for a longer time with a higher level of English proficiency. The presently ineligible candidates will have to re-enter the program for raising the standards of their English.
• South Australia State Nomination Program processing times updated
Migration South Australia has updated the processing times for Skilled migration nomination applications. The time is 8-10 for normal applications and 2-6 weeks for critical sector occupations.
• Migration Instrument for grant of contributory parent visas and family visas
The purpose of the migration instrument is to determine the number of visas to be granted from the financial year 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. This tool will determine the contributory parent for temporary and permanent visas.
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