“Immigrants’ elderly parents required to get private health insurance under new visa terms”

“The aged parents of immigrants in Australia will have to get private health insurance and financial backing from their children before being able to access a new temporary visa being introduced by the Government.
Key points:
Temporary sponsored parent visa to be in place by July 2017
New requirements aim to protect health system from extra costs
Program available to parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible NZ citizens
Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said the new temporary sponsored parent visa, which allows people to visit family in Australia for five years at a time, will be in place by July 2017.
Mr Hawke told reporters in Sydney the Government wanted the new visa program to be more affordable than current arrangements without burdening the taxpayer”

(c) Stephanie Anderson ABC News

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“New Visa Available to Foreign-Born Parents of Australian Citizens”

“The Turnbull Government in Australia has recently introduced a new visa in which will enable Australian citizens to being their foreign-born parents to Australia on a temporary basis.

The temporary sponsored parent visa will come into action on November 17th, with 15,000 visas available annually. The cost of these visas has not been announced as of yet, however it has been anticipated that they will cost between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the length of time that foreign-born parents wish to stay in Australia.

To be eligible for these new visas it is going to be imperative that those wishing to stay in Australia have private health insurance, as well as having financial support from their children. Other requirements may also have to be met.

Immigration minister Peter Dutton has said that these visas are being made available to help families reunite with each other without adding extra cost to the health system.”

(c) Hames Freeman SBWire

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New Zealand Citizens – 1 July 2017 – Skilled Independent 189 (Points-tested) Stream – Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand) Stream

An additional pathway to permanent residence for New Zealand citizens
On 19 February 2016, in acknowledgement of the special bilateral relationship between Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Government announced a streamlined pathway to Australian permanent residence, for many New Zealand citizens who have been living in Australia for at least five years and shown a commitment and continuous contribution to Australia.
The new visa pathway will be available as a new stream within the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa from 1 July 2017. The pathway is for New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa (SCV) holders who were usually resident in Australia on or before 19 February 2016 and who, at the time of lodging an application, have resided in Australia for at least five years. These new arrangements will give many New Zealand citizens permanent residence status, if they meet certain criteria, including:
contributing to Australia, demonstrated through income tax returns which show taxable income at least equivalent to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) for the qualifying period; and
meeting mandatory health, character and security checks.
New Zealand citizens who are granted this visa will be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship after a period of 12 months (in addition to the five years as an eligible New Zealand SCV holder).

From 1 July 2017, The Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa will have two streams:
Skilled Independent 189 (Points-tested) Stream
Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand) Stream.
The existing Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa remains open to all nationalities, however, from 1 July 2017 it will be renamed the Skilled Independent 189 (Points-tested) Stream. The application process is still by invitation through SkillSelect.

To be eligible for the Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand) Stream, at the time of application you must:
hold a Special Category (subclass 444) visa
have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of five years immediately prior to application, and have commenced that period of usual residence on or before 19 February 2016
have a taxable income at or above an income threshold for each income year in the five years prior to lodging an application (unless claiming an exemption).
meet mandatory health, character and national security checks
lodge a visa application and pay the relevant visa application charges.
You can include the following people in your visa application:
your partner
your child/step-child or your partner’s child/step-child.
These members of the family unit must:
meet mandatory health, character  and national security checks.
family members can hold any visa.

Like all nationalities New Zealand citizens seeking an option to apply for a permanent visa can explore the range of visa options available under the Family and Skill stream of the Australia’s annual Migration Programme.
New Zealand SCV holders who arrived in Australia before 1994 might also be eligible for a Resident Return visa (subclasses 155 and 157).
Note: If you arrived in Australia prior to 26 February 2001, you may already be considered a permanent resident for the purpose of applying for Australian citizenship.

(c) Border.gov.au

“‘They’re not flipping burgers’: Universities cry foul over axing of 457 visas”

(c) Michael Koziol smh.com.au

It’s the key question for universities grappling with the Turnbull government’s abolition of 457 visas: can they still bring in the big brains they often need from overseas?

As part of the changes ushered in by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday, applicants will be required to show they have at least two years of work experience in their field to be eligible for a temporary work visa.

But confusion reigns in the higher education sector over whether university qualifications such as a doctorate (PhD) or high-level research will count as work experience.

The powerful Group of Eight universities wrote to Mr Turnbull on Wednesday complaining the new rules could be “extremely damaging” to academic recruitment.

University of Sydney vice-chancellor Michael Spence said he had “huge concerns” about the changes and warned they could have “unintended consequences”.

The research-focused university has more than 300 staff on 457 visas – about 5 per cent of its total – with more in the pipeline.

“They’re really not people flipping burgers,” Dr Spence told Fairfax Media. “If you are building world-class expertise in a cutting-edge area of science, you’re probably going to need to draw from a gene pool larger than 23 million.”

He pointed to Sydney University’s quantum computing unit, led in part by quantum physicist Michael Biercuk, who came to Australia on a 457 visa from the US in 2010.

Professor Biercuk estimated about a fifth of his fellow researchers were on 457s, and were hired straight out of their PhD program without any commercial “work experience”.

“Right now, on a strict interpretation [of the new law], we are not able to hire people who are coming out of their PhDs internationally,” he said. “We really need to sort out this issue.”

Without specialist hires from overseas, the capacity of the much-admired Sydney Nanoscience Hub would be kneecapped, Professor Biercuk said.

“Much of the strategic investment that Australia has made will be kind of wasted. We won’t have the technical staff to drive the work forward,” he said.

Fairfax Media put questions to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Wednesday but did not receive a response by deadline.

Astronomer and physicist Alan Duffy of Melbourne’s Swinburne University, who arrived on a 457 visa eight years ago to work on a flagship astronomical facility in Perth, said he hoped the matter was a bureaucratic oversight.

“We’re all a little alarmed but still hopeful this can be clarified,” he said. “We want the world’s best for this country, and that means it is a global search.”

The Group of Eight was also concerned about the message the move sent to the academic community worldwide.

In his letter to Mr Turnbull, Go8 chairman Peter Hoj said “the mere suggestion of Australia clamping down on academic mobility into Australia would be extremely damaging to academic recruitment in Australia”.

Dr Spence reminded the Prime Minister that recruitment of world-class talent was crucial to the government’s oft-touted innovation agenda.

“At one point [that] was very important to Malcolm Turnbull,” Dr Spence said. “I’d like to believe that it’s still important to Malcolm Turnbull.”

 

“HR, coders and manufacturing: The occupations most affected by 457 visa changes”

(c) Catherine Hanrahan abc.net.au/news

The Federal Government’s changes to temporary migration visas would have affected less than 10 per cent of the visas granted in the second half of 2016, official data shows.

The list of occupations eligible for temporary visa status has been cut from 651 to 435 job types.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the move is designed to put Australian workers first, though key industries have expressed fears about the difficulty they may face hiring top talent.

ABC News has crunched the numbers to see how many visas and which occupations are affected

Removed occupations account for less than 10pc of visas

Data from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection shows that 24,270 primary 457 visas were granted between June and December 2016.

Of those, 2,083 were granted to workers in the 216 occupations that have now been removed from the visa list.

This represents 8.6 per cent of primary 457 visas.

That means nine out of 10 workers who were granted 457 visas in that timeframe would still be eligible for temporary work status under the new scheme.

Which occupations on the removed list were most commonly used?

Of the 216 occupations removed from the visa list, human resource advisers, production managers in manufacturing and web developers will be most affected, based on the number of 457 visas granted in 2015-16.

The chart below shows the top 10 removed occupations granted visas in 2015-16.

Top 10 number of visas granted for removed occupations

Data are from Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification occupations; number of 457 visas granted in 2015-16

  • Human Resource Adviser
  • Production Manager (Manufacturing)
  • Web Developer
  • Training and Development Professional
  • Sales Representative (Industrial Products)
  • Market Research Analyst
  • ICT Support Technicians nec
  • Ship’s Engineer
  • Retail Buyer
  • Procurement Manager
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Australian Immigration Visas Health Insurance Information – Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) or Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (Subclass 457)

https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/Health-Insurance

“We encourage all prospective visitors and residents, whether temporary or permanent, to have adequate health insurance cover to meet their particular health needs while staying in Australia. Your health insurer can be in your home country or Australia, but if you are a student visa holder you must obtain health insurance from an Australian health insurance provider. The government’s Private Health website compares a range of insurance products so you can make an informed choice on which health cover works for you.”

“You must have adequate health insurance while in Australia. This is done by obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance in Australia. You must not arrive in Australia before your health insurance starts. If you are in Australia and do not have adequate health insurance, you are in breach of your visa conditions.”

“If you apply for certain temporary visa subclasses, for example a Temporary Work (skilled) subclass 457 or a Student visa you will be asked to provide evidence of adequate health insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia. More information on the health insurance requirement for temporary visa subclasses is available on the relevant visa page.”

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New Australian Student Visas information – Student Visa Financial Capacity Requirements

(c) border.gov.au

Student visa financial capacity requirements

You need to have enough money that is genuinely available to you to pay for your course fees, travel and living costs for you and your accompanying family members while you are in Australia.

You may need to provide specified documentary evidence of your financial capacity with your visa application. You can find out if you are likely to need to provide this evidence by using the Document Checklist Tool.

Documentary evidence of financial capacity
Where you need to provide evidence of financial capacity, you will be able to demonstrate this by providing one of the following:
evidence of funds to cover travel to Australia and 12 months’ living, course and (for school aged dependants) schooling costs for the student and accompanying family members
evidence that you meet the annual income requirement
an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES) form (secondary exchange students only).
a letter of support from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Department of Defence.
The type of evidence, where required, includes money deposit or loan with an approved financial institution, government loan, scholarship or sponsorship.

The annual income option requires students to provide evidence of personal annual income of at least AUD 60,000. For students accompanied by family members the amount is AUD 70,000. The income demonstrated must be the personal income of your spouse (who is not travelling with you) or parents. In circumstances where both of your parents are working, their combined income can be considered for this requirement. In all cases, the evidence of annual income must be provided in the form of official government documentation, such as a tax assessment.

Where our online application system indicates that documentary evidence of financial capacity is required, it is important that you attach these documents to your visa application prior to lodgement. Failure to do so may result in visa refusal.
Living cost amounts
From 1 July 2016, the 12 month living cost is:
student/guardian AUD 19,830
partner/spouse AUD 6,940
child AUD 2,970.
School aged dependants
Where school aged children are included in your student visa application, schooling costs of AUD 8,000 per year for each child will need to be added to the amount of funds that is required. This amount is the minimum required for a visa application only and you are responsible for researching schooling costs, which may vary widely between states, territories and schools in Australia.
Dependent children of PhD students are not required to demonstrate evidence of schooling costs if they provide evidence of enrolment in an Australian government school with exemption of school fees.
Dependent children of Australian Commonwealth Government scholarship recipients, including children of Foreign Affairs and Defence sponsored students, are not required to demonstrate evidence of schooling costs if they provide evidence of enrolment in a government school where the fees have been waived and the student is enrolled in a course as an Australian Government Commonwealth scholarship recipient.
Genuine access to funds
You and your accompanying family members must have enough money genuinely available to you for your use while you are in Australia.

When considering whether the funds shown will be genuinely available, we will take into account factors including:
the nature of the relationship between you and the person who is providing the funds, where applicable
your income, assets and employment or those of the other person who is providing the funds
your previous visa history and that of the person providing the funds.
Family members of students
Family members of existing student visa holders will need to apply for a subclass 500 visa if they do not currently hold a student visa and wish to join you in Australia.

Generally, the same level of evidentiary requirements of financial capacity applied to primary applicants (students) would apply to your family members, including subsequent dependants.

In all circumstances, our officers have discretion to ask for further evidence of funds, if required.

New Australian Student Visas information – Genuine Temporary Entrant

(c) border.gov.au
Genuine temporary entrant
The genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement is an integrity measure to ensure that the student visa programme is used as intended and not as a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia.
The GTE requirement applies to all student visa applicants. The officer assessing the visa application considers whether the individual circumstances of the student indicates that their intention is for a temporary stay in Australia.
You must satisfy us that you have a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily.
When assessing the GTE requirement, we will consider the requirements set out in Ministerial Direction 69 (700KB PDF). To assess this, we will consider:
your circumstances
your immigration history
if you are under 18 years of age, the intention of your parent, legal guardian or spouse of the applicant
any other relevant matter.
The GTE requirement provides a useful way to help identify those applicants who are using the student visa programme for motives other than gaining a quality education. The GTE requirement is not designed to exclude those students who, after studying in Australia, go on to develop the skills required by the Australian labour market and apply to obtain permanent residency.

New Australian Immigration Department Visa Fees 1st July 2016

New Australian Immigration Department Visa Fees 1st July 2016

Applicant outside Australia

All charges shown below are in Australian Dollars.
Visa subclass Note Base application charge Non-internet application charge Additional applicant charge
18 and over Additional applicant charge under 18
Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)
(Subclass 400) – all streams 9a $175 N/A $90 $45
Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity)
(Subclass 401) – All streams – $380 N/A $380 $95
Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity)
(Subclass 401) – Sport stream, Group Discount 9b $3800 N/A $380 $95
Temporary Work (International Relations)
(Subclass 403) – Government Agreement stream 9c $380 N/A nil nil
Temporary Work (International Relations)
(Subclass 403) – Foreign Government Agency stream 9c $380 N/A nil nil
Temporary Work (International Relations)
(Subclass 403) – Domestic Worker stream 9c $380 N/A N/A* N/A*
Temporary Work (International Relations)
(Subclass 403) – Privileges and Immunities stream – nil N/A nil nil
Special Program (Subclass 416)
Seasonal Worker Program – $365 N/A N/A* N/A*
Temporary Work (Entertainment) (Subclass 420) 9d $380 N/A $380 $95
Temporary Work (Entertainment) (Subclass 420)
Group Discount visa 9e $3800 N/A $380 $95
Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) – $1060 N/A $1060 $265

Applicant in Australia
All charges shown below are in Australian Dollars.
Visa subclass Note Base application charge Non-internet application charge Additional applicant charge
18 and over Additional applicant charge under 18 Subsequent temporary application charge
Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity)
(Subclass 401) – All streams 9f $380 N/A $380 $95 $700
Temporary Work (International Relations)
(Subclass 403) – Government Agreement stream 9g $380 N/A nil nil N/A
Temporary Work (International Relations)
(Subclass 403) – Foreign Government Agency stream 9g $380 N/A nil nil N/A
Temporary Work (International Relations)
(Subclass 403) – Domestic Worker stream 9g $380 N/A N/A* N/A* N/A
Temporary Work (International Relations)
(Subclass 403) – Privileges and Immunities stream – nil N/A nil nil N/A
Temporary Work (Entertain-
ment) (Subclass 420) 9f $380 N/A $380 $95 $700
Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) 9f $1060 N/A $1060 $265 $700

Temporary work sponsorship and nomination fees
Sponsorship

All charges shown below are in Australian Dollars.
Type of application Fee
Long Stay Activity sponsorship (Subclass 401) $420
Entertainment sponsorship (Subclass 420) $420
Special Program sponsorship (Subclass 416) $420
Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) $420

Nomination
All charges shown below are in Australian Dollars.
Visa subclass Lodgement of applications Fee
Nomination for Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 401) Where 1–20 nominations are lodged
(per nominated position) $170
Where 21 or more nominations are lodged together $3400
Nomination for Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (Subclass 420) Where 1–20 nominations are lodged (per nominated position) $170
Where 21 or more nominations are lodged together $3400
Where the nominated position relates to an entertainer, or a person supporting an entertainer, who is performing in one or more engagements that are for non-profit purposes nil
Where the organisation identified in the nomination is funded wholly or in part by the Australian Government and has the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection nil
Nomination for Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457) $330


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