Tell us more about you. What do you do a SCA Connect? I am a Registered Migration Agent (RMA) at SCA Connect. Working alongside a team of professional and dedicated RMA's, I handle various visa applications for corporate and individual clients, from start to finish. Being an RMA is both rewarding and challenging. You must navigate through complex legislation and regulations and provide the right advice, however you can genuinely make a positive impact on other peoples lives.
Australia was a country that celebrated multiculturalism, difference, individuality and those that contributed to society. Somewhere along the journey, in the last decade, Australia stopped celebrating difference, we stopped being a leader in multiculturalism and the current debate around marriage equality highlights how out of touch Australia currently is with the developed world. Individuality and difference was the fabric of the Australian community and now our Government
As the dynamics of our society change, defacto relationships are becoming increasingly prevalent, including same-sex relationships. For visa applicants wishing to include their defacto partner in Permanent Visas, Business Skills (Provisional), Student Visas, Partner Visas and General Skilled Migration Visas, evidence of 12 months cohabitation is required. However, the Department of Immigrations and Border Protections policy provides that the 12-month cohabitation period can b
The Subclass 189 visa is the points tested skilled independent stream and is a popular visa pathway for skilled migrants. This stream was impacted by the 1 July changes. Previously, applicants that scored enough points but were over 45 years of age and under 50 years of age could still submit an Expression of Interest through the Skillselect, and be invited by the Minister to apply for a visa. However, on 1 July 2017, as part of the major changes implemented by the Department
Following the rushed changes to the employer sponsored visa programs in April, the 1 July changes has seen some reprieve, especially in terms of the occupation lists. Large organisations, industry bodies and other stakeholders have been vocal in demonstrating the significant impact the proposed changes will have on productivity, growth and expansion, and the changes in the occupation lists reflect that the Government was listening. Regardless, the 1 July changes have again re
There have been significant changes to the Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa program recently. Consequently, the lead time to lodge a decision ready 457 visa application has increased as a result of additional evidence required to meet the new criteria. One of the key changes introduced is that the visa applicant whose nominated salary is at least AUD 96,400 is no longer exempt from evidencing English language ability, unless working for an overseas entity. English c
Child education is a key issue for many migrants coming to Australia. In Australia, each state government manages the school system within their states, so the parents must be familiar with the education system. There are three main types of schools: government schools, catholic schools and private schools. Government schools are often called state schools or public schools. Non-government schools are usually called private schools. Public schools are accessible and free of c
Whether to reside or invest, real estate ownership remains a hot topic for everyone. For a person on a temporary visa in Australia however, approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) is required before any purchases of real estates can be made. Who does FIRB define as a “Temporary Resident”? A person who holds a temporary visa that permits them to remain in Australia for a continuous period of more than 12 months or A person residing in Australia, who has submit