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100 Point ID Check Replaced from 1 July – Visa Checks Required

100 point ID check
Most are familiar with the traditional 100 Point ID Check. From 1 July 2018, Australian Governments will be applying new standards which are set out in the National Identity Proofing Guidelines. A key component of the new standards is verification of the person’s immigration status in Australia. Who Will Be Using the New ID Guidelines?

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ATO to Audit 20 Million Visa Holders through Data Matching with Immigration

ATO Data Matching with Immigration
The ATO has announced that it is enhancing data matching with the Department of Home Affairs and intends to audit approximately 20 Million visa holders who are granted visas between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2020. The ATO (Australian Taxation Office) is aware of issues where visa holders are not declaring all of their

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Abolition of the 457 Visa – What Does it Mean for the Hospitality Industry?

What does abolition of the 457 visa mean for the hospitality industry?
The 457 visa program has been used by hospitality businesses for many years to sponsor overseas workers. Some of the most frequently used 457 occupations are in the hospitality field – for instance chefs, cooks, cafe or restaurant managers. The 457 program was abolished effective 18 March 2018 and replaced with the Temporary Skills Shortage

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RIP 457 Visa Program

RIP 457 Visa Program
The 18th of March 2018 is the day we said goodbye to the 457 program. The new TSS visa has replaced the 457 program, but it will be more restrictive, more expensive and there are more hoops to jump through to obtain one. The change is reflective of an environment where both sides of politics

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457 Visa Applications Slump by 41%

457 visa applications slump
The latest quarterly statistics from the Department of Home Affairs indicates that the number of 457 visa applications lodged has reduced by 41% in the last year. From 1 July 2017 to 30 September 2017, only 8,160 applications for 457 visas were lodged compared to 13,880 for the corresponding period last year. There was a

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5 Reasons the TSS Visa will be Less Attractive to Employers than the 457 Visa

457 changing to TSS
457 visas are due to be abolished in March 2018 and replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) or Subclass 482 visa. The TSS visa will operate in a similar way to the current 457 visa, but will be more difficult and expensive to obtain. This article goes through the 5 main differences between the 457

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NZ, UK Top List for Character Visa Cancellations

Visa cancellations hit record high Statistics released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection indicate that visa cancellations are now at a record high. In the year ended 30 June 2017, 1,284 visas were cancelled on character grounds, up by 30% from the figure to June 2016. In 2010-11, only 137 visas were cancelled

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vSure Update – NSW MIA State Conference May 2014

The vSure Team attended the Migration Institute of Australia’s (MIA) NSW Conference 2014 in Sydney on 19 May 2014 sharing our message about managing your clients proactively. We  met many interesting people and were pleased to have the opportunity to engage with migration agents direct hearing their suggestions and feedback. Looks like we are well

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Credit Card Surcharge to Increase Visa Application Fees

Credit Card Surcharge
Effective from 19 April 2014 the Department of Home Affairs has implemented a credit card surcharge for all visa application charges paid via credit card. The new charges will apply to all applications lodged online, and any paper-based applications paid for via credit card. This fee will be taken at the time you lodge your

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Immigration Minister to fight illegal work practices, but encourage productive migrants

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison made one of his first public speeches as Minister at the Migration Institute of Australia Conference in October 2013.  This gave an interesting insight into the new liberal government’s priorities in the immigration portfolio. The overwhelming message was that whilst productive migrants were welcome, individuals and employers who do the wrong

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