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.
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