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Skilled Training Fund (SAF)

A Skilled Training Fund was finally introduced into the Australian Immigration system on 12 August 2018.   A levy is payable into this Fund by employers who wish to sponsor foreign workers for a temporary skilled visa (subclass 482) and permanent employer sponsored visas (subclass 186/187). The levy amount for temporary visas is determined by […]

Health criteria

It is important for permanent (& some temporary visa) applicants to be aware that it is a requirement for all persons included in the application (partners & children) to be medically examined by doctors approved by the Australian government. This is to ensure that applicants or their accompanying families do not have any contagious diseases, […]

Police clearances

These are required by permanent visa applicants covering all countries in which each adult person included in the application has lived for 12+ months in the last 10 years.   The requirement has recently been extended to applicants for temporary work visas. As these clearances can sometimes take many weeks/months to obtain, it is important […]

Visa processing delays

Applicants for most sponsored work visas – both temporary and permanent – need to be aware that processing delays are currently quite considerable. This is a direct result of staff cutbacks by government and a cumbersome processing methodology. Average processing timelines for all visa categories are published on the website of the Department of Home […]