General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas were fast becoming a distant memory after Ministerial Directions gave priority processing to the Employer Nomination and Regional Skilled Migration Schemes.
On 9 March 2012 the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) to take effect from 1 July 2012.
DIAC are increasingly using infringement notices to penalise businesses for non-compliance with sponsorship obligations.
The Government has announced proposed changes to the tax treatment of living away from home allowances (LAFHA) that will have a significant impact on employers and temporary overseas workers.
Starting November 7, 2011, qualifying employers who have a positive history in their dealings with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), and an excellent record of compliance with workplace and migration laws may be able to apply for a new accredited sponsor status that will provide priority processing for subclass 457 nominations and visa applications.
Many Australian employers will need to hire foreign workers at some point, and understanding the rules around visas is vital. The English language skills requirements can be particularly confusing, and can lead to delays in recruitment and visa preparation. The information below explains these language requirements and the issues for some of the more commonly sponsored visas.
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