Labour Market Testing Introduced for 457 Visa Application

labour-market-testingFrom 23 November 2013, employers in Australia who are keen to sponsor for 457 visas are required to meet the requirements of the newly introduced Labour Market Testing (LMT) in order to employ workers from overseas.

This aims to ensure that the subclass 457 visa program will be used by businesses only when there is no suitable candidate that is available in the local labour market to fill a job vacancy.

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Number of Long-Term Immigrants in Australia Hits Record High

immigrants-in-australiaAustralia is continuing to experience a surge on the number of long term-immigration as arrivals from January 2011 to August 2013 increased by 55%.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals that in the year to August 2013, there were 680,200 arrivals into Australia where 308,760 are net long-term arrivals – a new record.

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Act Fast! Engineers and IT Professionals

it-engineersStatistics released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) indicate that quotas (Occupation Ceiling) for Engineers and IT Professionals are being filled up despite Australia’s new fiscal year having just began on 1st July.

DIAC has therefore announced that remaining places will be allocated on a ‘pro-rata basis” for the rest of the program year meaning that only a few places will be allocated each month in the highest demand occupations to make them last for the rest of the year.

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Australia Named the World’s ‘Happiest Nation’ – Again

happy-nationFor the third year running, Australia has been declared as the world’s happiest nation. The report is based from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Better Life Index 11 criteria which include income levels, education, health and work-life balance.

The happiness of Australians is considered greater than Sweden and Canada, countries also known for high standards of living. Norway and Switzerland rounded up the top five while United States stood at sixth position followed by Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, and the United Kingdom.

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NTRUST Celebrates 10 Years of Australia Immigration Service

NTRUST OfficeNTRUST (Singapore) Pte Ltd, the leading registered Australia migration agency in Singapore celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month of April. Established in 2003, the company has helped thousands of individuals and families in immigrating to Australia.

What makes a great migration agency?

“Trustworthiness taking up every case we come across, glossing over details.”

Immigration pieces of advice are given by people. Even the most experienced of registered migration agents cannot compensate for irresponsible and bad advice. That is why the NTRUST management takes as much care selecting registered migration agents and documentation specialists as you do choosing whom you work with.

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New Work Visa for Graduating Foreign Students Introduced

studentsA new work visa to allow foreign students work in Australia after completing their studies was announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Also known as Post-Study Work Visa, this will be an additional stream under the existing 485 visa subclass (Temporary Skilled Graduate) and will be renamed to ‘Temporary Graduate’.

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Australia Launches the Golden Ticket Visa

australia-golden-ticketAustralia has launched a new visa called ‘Golden Ticket’ which is intended to welcome wealthy migrants who are willing to invest millions in the country.

This will allow foreigners obtain permanent residency as long as they have at least AUD$5 million (SGD$6.4 million) to invest. However, the money must be invested in certain assets that are based in Australia including government bonds, managed funds, and infrastructure projects.

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