Costanzo Lawyers Australian Immigration News (September 2014)
- 1. Parents and Other family visas
A reminder that in June 2014, the Department of Immigration and Border protection (DIBP) abolished parent and other family visas. In short, parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents looking to migrate to Australia can now only be sponsored on the much more expensive Contributory Parent visas.
- 2. BUPA
In July 2014, BUPA became the new Migration Services provider for Australian immigration, replacing Medibank Health Solutions. If you are an applicant who requires an immigration health examination in Australia, you will now have to arrange an appointment through BUPA.
- 3. 457 Update:
ENS/RSMS Temporary Residence Transition stream policy changes.
In good news for 457 visa holders, there has been a major policy shift to the requirements under the Temporary Residence Transition stream. As of 1 July 2014, a 457 visa holder working for a business that has undergone a restructure, takeover or sale, may still satisfy the 2 year work requirement.
Statistics: During the 2013/14 financial year, Cooks were the largest occupation for primary visa grants (5.2%), followed by Café or Restaurant Manager (4.0%). The top 2 citizenship countries for primary visa grants were India (23.3%), then the United Kingdom (18.3%).
- 4. Spain
On 3 September 2014, the DIBP confirmed a Work and Holiday visa arrangement (Subclass 462) with Spain, but a commencement date is yet to be announced.
- 5. Registered Migration Agents or Lawyers
On 30 June 2014, the total number of Registered Migration Agents in Australia was 5212. Of this total, Agents who also held a Legal Practising Certificate was 32.1%. Please note that it is unlawful to provide Immigration advice to the public without being registered as a Migration Agent with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). On that note, apart from holding the mandatory MARA registration, the Costanzo Lawyers Migration team are also trained Lawyers. For any Migration enquiry, whether for yourself or your loved ones, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 9464 2449 or email: email@example.com
- The above information is not legal advice. Robert De Angelis: MARN 1278311