• Restructuring? How to avoid immigration headaches

    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.

  • Volunteer or Employee – make the right decision!

    An unpaid volunteer can cost your company more than you might think.

  • Changing times: the Abbott government’s views on skilled migration

    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.

  • Labour Market Testing Update

    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.

  • 457 Visa Reforms – Is Labour Market Testing a game changer?

    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.

  • Critical 457 visa reforms on 1 July

    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.

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