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December 6, 2019

The 494 visa, introduced on 16 November 2019, is a provisional visa with a migration pathway (via Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) which comes into effect on 16 November 2022.

See this link for further information on the subclass 191 specifica...

February 11, 2019

Australia’s annual permanent immigration intake continues to remain at the centre of political discussions and proposals are being put forward to send migrants to regional and rural Australia.

As a skilled migrant, you may consider the following pathways to apply for pe...

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 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...

The Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Act 2018 received Royal Assent on 22nd May 2018.


The Act is not yet in effect. The Act may come into effect by proclamation. If no proclamation is made within six months after the 22 May 2018 (i.e. 23 November 2018),...

In April 2017, the Government announced a series of significant changes to the permanent employer sponsored visa program, including the occupations lists. These changes are now in full effect from 18th March 2018.

Under the Employer Nomination Scheme there are now restr...

We are now entering a period of further significant changes to Australian immigration requirements which include a yet to be implemented skilled worker visa (TSS) as well as the changes to employer sponsored permanent residence (ENS). 

Changes to immigration requirement...

February 22, 2018

SCA Connect brings the latest update on the new TSS (Temporary Skills Shortage) visa to be introduced in March 2018.

The current 457 visa program will be abolished and replaced with the new TSS visa program which is likely to called subclass 482. However, the regulation...

January 18, 2018

This week the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) released an outcome of a biannual review of the Short Term Skilled Occupations List conducted by the Department of Employment.

This review entails addition of certain occupations to the lists of eligible skilled occupation...

January 17, 2018

The Department of Home Affairs have adopted a new approach commencing from 15 January 2018 to deal with incomplete applications for subclass 457 visa. This attempt is made to reduce the ongoing processing times and backlog of applications.

As per the new arrangements, a...

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