Robert De Angelis
BEd (Melb), LLB (La Trobe) , Grad Dip Legal Prac
With Extensive experience in Immigration Law, Robert is well placed to assist with any Migration enquiries. His Italian background equips him with the ability to understand the challenges which people of all nationalities confront when migrating. Robert’s clear advice is based on providing people with realistic options, and if applicable, preparation of a thorough visa application. At all times, Robert acts in your best interests.
July is usually a very busy time in Immigration, as it is the period that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) changes occur. Some recent changes include:
- General Skilled Migration: Bricklayers, Wall and Floor Tilers and Chefs have been added to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), effective on 1 July 2014. These occupations were previously only available under the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL);
- Skills Assessment Validity: As of 1 July 2014, skills assessments issued by relevant skills assessing authorities such as VETASSESS will only be valid for 3 years from the issue date, unless a shorter validity period is specified on the assessment. This change will affect categories such as Direct Entry Stream of the Employer Nominated Scheme (Subclass 186) visa. It does not affect the Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa.
- 457 Salary Threshold- The minimum 457 salary threshold (TSMIT) has remained unchanged at $53, 900.
- Parent and Other Family Visas- on 2 June 2014, parent visas and other family visas were abolished. The affected visas include: Parent visa (Subclass 103) and Aged parent visa (Subclass 804). Parents may still apply for the Contributory Parent visas, which attracts a higher visa application fee (approximately $45,000 plus $10,000 bond for a single parent)
- Alternative English Tests- From November 2014, the Department will accept other forms of English language testing, such as Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
- Greece: On 14 May 2014, the Department confirmed a Working Holiday visa program with Greece - a start date is yet to be announced.