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ATO Data Matching Program

Wednesday, August 05, 2015
On Tuesday 4 August 2015 the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) released a notice for the commencement of a Data Matching Program for visa holders. They will be acquiring names, addresses and other details of visa holders, their sponsors, and migration agents for the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 financial years from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Some of the data items that will be obtained are:
Address history for visa applicants and sponsors
Contact history for visa applicants and sponsors
All visa grants
Visa grant status by point in time
All international travel movements undertaken by visa holders (arrivals and departures)
Sponsor details (457 visa)
Education providers (educational institution where the student visa holder intends to undertake their study)
Visa subclass name.

These records are going to be electronically matched with certain information held by the ATO to identify and cases of non-reporting or non-compliance.

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Changes to General Skilled Migration

Thursday, July 02, 2015
As yesterday marked the first day of the 2015/16 Financial Year, a number of changes announced in the federal budget were implemented. The Government also released a new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for General Skilled Migration. The main changes to note are that Panelbeaters and Cabinetmakers have been added and Dentists and Urban Planners were removed – these are now listed on the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List (CSOL). 

The occupation of Primary School Teacher was also removed from the CSOL for GSM. It is, however, still possible to apply for an employer-sponsored RSMS visa in this occupation.

More from The Australian:

“Cabinet makers and panelbeaters make a valuable contribution to the Australian economy. Migrants with these skills will enhance the size and skill of the Australian workforce,” Senator Cash said.

“There is a gap between the skills of Australians and the work that needs to be done.”

Urban and regional planners, dentists and dental specialists will be removed from the list. And barristers and solicitors, accountants, occupational health and safety, medical laboratory scientists and petroleum engineers could be scaled back. The number of accountants was reduced this year and few barristers are admitted.

The SOL applies to Independent points-based skilled migration, Family sponsored skilled visa applications, and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa applicants in the Graduate Work stream.

To read the full article at The Australian, please click here.

Some State Governments also released new occupation lists for GSM State Sponsorship, with South Australia making changes to their English language requirements.

If you would like to speak with one of our Registered Migration Agents regarding your options for skilled migration, please contact us.

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English language standards for health professionals

Friday, June 26, 2015
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced that new English language standards for registration will come into effect for migrating health professionals from 1 July 2015.

These new standards introduce additional pathways for applicants to demonstrate evidence of their English language skills. 

These new standards apply to all applicants for initial registration, regardless of whether they qualified in Australia or overseas.

The new standards are different between dentists, medical practitioners, nurses and midwives, and other health professions. To check what the changes are to each individual profession, please click here

Frequently asked questions information for the above professions is available here.

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