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Data Matching to Enhance Compliance in SC457/482 programs

On 9 Jan 2019 the Department of Home Affairs issued a notice regarding SC457/482 visas. In the notice the Department announced it will start exchange data with the Australian Taxation Office (the ATO) to identify...

December 20, 2018

What is the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA)?

The RCHA is individual agreements between Australia and certain countries where visitors can get publicly funded medically necessary care.

What countries are covered in Australia?

Australia has agreements with Belgium,...

December 18, 2018

Are you an accredited or standard business sponsor? Are you aware of your sponsorship obligations as a sponsor of subclass 457/482 visa holders?

You have obligations as a sponsor. Sponsorship obligations include the following:

  • the Department of Home Affairs must be i...

What is a GTE?

“GTE” stands for “Genuine Temporary Entrant”. The criterion is applied to ensure temporary visa applicants genuinely intend to stay in Australia for a short period of time and for the purposes of relevant visa programs. If you are applying for a short-ter...

December 9, 2018

You may have recently received a refusal for an application.

Do not despair, you may have options available to you including the following:

1. Request for the refusal to be vacated

A refusal may only be vacated on limited circumstances such as where the Department of Home...

December 4, 2018

Major new partner and family visa legislation has passed and is now waiting royal assent to become law.

The final version of the bill is not yet available, however the bill originally included provisions to increase obligations on partner family sponsors, including the...

Recently we have seen a couple of cases where the Department of Home Affairs seemed ready to reject 186 Temporary Residence Transition stream applications just because the visa applicants and their employers appeared to have not got employees’ leave entitlements and ov...

November 26, 2018

Can I work for more than 6 months for the same business as a subclass 417 Working Holiday/Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa holder without prior permission from the Department?

This is one of the frequently asked questions from both subclass 417/462 visa holders and em...

Subclass 190 is designed for skilled visa applicants who have submitted an expression of interest (EoI) in SkillSelect and, after being nominated by a State/Territory government body, have received an invitation to apply for this visa. Subject to receiving an invitatio...

Are you planning to apply for a partner visa or preparing for an AAT appeal but for some reasons not actually living together with your partner?  What could you do to ensure you could still pass the “living together” check for a partner visa despite the fact you and yo...

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