Migration

Fragomen is recognised internationally as the leading worldwide immigration services provider. In Australia our team of 130 staff, including solicitors and registered migration agents, are located in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.  Operating as a law firm, we are dedicated to advising both corporations and individuals in all aspects of Australian immigration law. 

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  • Training Benchmarks for Renewing Business Sponsorships 31 Jul 2014

    Maintaining Business Sponsorship status is crucial to businesses wanting to preserve their visa program under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). However, sustaining the DIBP’s set training benchmarks and retaining supporting documentation for each year of recent sponsorship approval can be challenging. read more

  • Five tips to avoid permanent residence pitfalls 02 Jul 2014

    Employer Sponsored Permanent Residence is attractive for many employees and employers, yet it can be a costly exercise for both if they get it wrong. As there are different schemes and eligibility pathways, the application process can be complex. read more

  • 457 visa holders seeking permanent residence winners in the Budget 28 May 2014

    Despite the controversy in this year’s Federal Budget, there was some welcome news for employers. The Budget included the release of the 2014–15 planning levels for the permanent migration program. The number of places allocated for next year remains steady at 190,000, maintaining the largest migrant intake since 1945. Skilled migration visas including employer sponsored, general skilled and business, innovation and investment visas continue to be the main focus of the program, comprising approximately 67 per cent. The Government also announced a reprioritisation towards employer sponsored visas with 1000 additional places for ENS and RSMS. read more

  • Rise in Tribunal applications by employers and employees 02 May 2014

    Impact of increased Departmental charges and processing times read more

  • The Coalition’s New Independent Review of 457 Visa Program 02 Apr 2014

    On 25 February 2014, the government announced the establishment of an independent review panel into the operation of the subclass 457 work visa program, to report in mid-2014. Part of the panel’s brief is to investigate the potential of the 457 program to contribute to productivity growth in Australia. read more

  • Labour Market Testing in Practice 27 Feb 2014

    Businesses that employ foreign nationals are being impacted by the new labour marketing testing (“LMT”) requirements, introduced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (“DIBP”) in November 2013. Here we provide an overview of how LMT is affecting business in practice. read more

  • Restructuring? How to avoid immigration headaches 30 Jan 2014

    Corporate restructures, sales or takeovers can be a turbulent time for organisations and it is easy for immigration compliance to be overlooked. Yet changes in a corporate legal structure can significantly impact Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa holders – and their employers. read more

  • Volunteer or Employee – make the right decision! 02 Dec 2013

    An unpaid volunteer can cost your company more than you might think. read more

  • Changing times: the Abbott government’s views on skilled migration 14 Oct 2013

    The election of a coalition government on 7 September 2013 not only changed the political landscape in Australia, but is likely to change the migration landscape too. read more

  • Labour Market Testing Update 13 Sep 2013

    On the last sitting day before the federal election was called, the Australian Parliament passed a raft of changes to the 457 program. Of all the changes introduced by the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Act 2013 (Amending Act), the one of principal concern to the business community is the introduction of Labour Market Testing (LMT). The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) advises this is likely to start in November 2013. read more

  • 457 Visa Reforms – Is Labour Market Testing a game changer? 12 Aug 2013

    One of the main features of the recent changes to the 457 visa regime, and the source of some trepidation in the business community, is the introduction of Labour Market Testing (LMT) before the end of the year. read more