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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  • 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

  • Critical 457 visa reforms on 1 July 10 Jul 2013

    The first day of July saw many changes to the 457 visa take effect under the directions of the previous Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Brendan O’Connor. read more

  • New penalties for employing illegal workers 04 Jun 2013

    From 1 June 2013, employers engaging or contracting illegal workers face civil penalties of up to $76,500. read more

  • Five key immigration risks every business needs to know 06 May 2013

    Historically, human resources and global mobility teams have been responsible for managing a company’s immigration requirements, giving these professionals a good understanding of immigration compliance and what it means for their business. read more

  • New short term work visa 02 Apr 2013

    On 13 March 2013, the Government announced the introduction of the new temporary work (short stay activity) visa (subclass 400) which came into effect on 23 March. The visa is specifically designed to permit short term work, and will replace the subclass 456 visa and its electronic equivalents, the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and evisitor. read more