- Five key points that could make or break your business trip
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.
- Training Benchmarks for Renewing Business Sponsorships
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.
- Five tips to avoid permanent residence pitfalls
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.
- 457 visa holders seeking permanent residence winners in the Budget
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.
- Rise in Tribunal applications by employers and employees
Impact of increased Departmental charges and processing times
- The Coalition’s New Independent Review of 457 Visa Program
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.