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. 

Showing 1 - 10 of 51
FEATURED
  • Greater flexibility for employers: six month 400 visas 28 Nov 2014

    ​Last month’s introduction of changes to the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) subclass 400 visa program are offering greater flexibility to employers who now, in some circumstances, have a potential alternative to a 457 visa. read more

  • 10 days to cancel 457 visa upon cessation of employment 03 Nov 2014

    If you are an approved 457 standard business sponsor, you are legally required to notify the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (“DIBP”) within 10 working days from when a 457 visa holder ceases employment with you. Failure to do so may result in an administrative sanction by the DIBP. read more

  • Subclass 457 Visa Reforms – Panel Recommendations and Compliance Measures 09 Oct 2014

    ​A review of Australia’s subclass 457 visa program for essential temporary skilled worker visas is now complete. Conducted by an independent panel, the review makes 22 key recommendations largely favoured by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and which are seen as positive steps towards a more streamlined visa program. It is expected that a formal government response, including the possible introduction of the necessary legislative changes, will follow in the coming months. read more

  • Five key points that could make or break your business trip 26 Aug 2014

    ​In our global economy, it’s become more common for employees to travel overseas for business. Business travel by its very nature tends to be urgent and short term, which means that important pre-departure considerations can easily be overlooked. Entry into some countries requires an appropriate visa and in some circumstances certain types of visas have become more difficult to obtain. At the same time, immigration authorities are increasingly scrutinising the use of business visas. read more

  • 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