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Changes to Standard Business Sponsorship

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
As part of the Government response to the 457 Integrity Review, the following changes were made on 18 April 2015 relating to Standard Business Sponsorships:

The term of standard business sponsorship has been extended to 5 years commencing from the date of approval.

The sponsorship period for start-up businesses has extended from twelve (12) months to eighteen (18) months. 

The notifiable period for sponsors has extended from 10 working days to 28 calendar days. 

It is also worth noting that the market salary exemption threshold for nominations has been reduced from $250,000 to $180,000 and this is now in line with the marginal tax rate. 

To read more about your sponsorship obligations, click here.

Contact us for further information on these changes. 

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Changes to minimum English language test requirements

Monday, April 20, 2015

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Sen Michaelia Cash MP has recently announced changes to the English language test requirements. The following instruments came into effect 18 April 2015. 

For a 485 Temporary Graduate visa the minimum overall score for the IELTS test is a 6.0 and the minimum score for each English test component is now 5.0. 

For a 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa the minimum overall score for the IELTS test is a 5.0 and the minimum score for each English test component is now 4.5.

The minimum score requirements have changed for other English language tests. If you would like to know what these are please contact our office. 

To read the DIBP statement, click here

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Introduction of three-year, multiple entry visitor visa for Chinese tourists

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Minister for Trade and Investment the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP has announced the introduction of a three-year, multiple entry visitor visa for Chinese tourists. 

More from The Australian;

Although Chinese visitors ¬account for Australia’s second-largest inbound market — after New Zealanders — their Australian visits were often hampered by the complicated visa approval process.

Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb yesterday outlined the extension of the multiple entry visa from 12 months to three years, noting that 47 per cent of arrivals from China in the year to September 2014 were repeat visitors.

In an interview with The Weekend Australian, Mr Robb said one of the government’s top tourism priorities was to establish Australia as a brand at the premium end of the market.

“We are a high-cost country and we need to target the premium end so we can get higher returns to justify significant investment,” Mr Robb said.

“This (visa announcement) just removes another competitive barrier,” said Mr Morris, who added that Chinese tourists were demanding high-quality accommodation in Australia.

To read the full story at The Australian, click here.

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