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Important Information for Sponsoring Skilled Workers – What is the TSMIT, How is it changing, and What will it cost me?

As experienced immigration lawyers, our Hicksons Migration Assistance Service (H-MAS) team regularly advises businesses and their employees on how to successfully navigate the Australian migration system. In recent times, Hicksons has observed an increasing number of employers with critical skills shortages which has subsequently impacted business productivity. Many are turning to skilled visas to compensate for shortcomings in their staffing structure with the intent of increasing business certainty.

Changes to Partner Visas – Budget 2020

This year has been a particularly complicated one for people wanting to visit or migrate to Australia, forcing many to put their plans on hold or abandon them all together.

Regular international travel to Australia is forecast to recommence on 1 January 2021

Hicksons Partner and Registered Migration Agent, Najeh Marhaba, noted the budgetary assumptions contained in today’s Economic Update delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg that regular international travel to Australia will commence on 1 January 2021.

NSW nominations open on 15 June for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

Hicksons Partner and Registered Migration Agent, Najeh Marhaba, has welcomed the announcement of the opening of NSW nominations for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491). This visa is for up to 5 years and provides a pathway to permanent residency.

Recognising the Regions – Immigration changes create new visas and classifications to better respond to regional skills shortages

The Department of Home Affairs has recently introduced very welcome changes to the migration program, expanding the definition of “Regional Australia” and creating two new visas for employers and visa applicants outside the major cities.

Drowning in forms – Australian visas and the importance of lodging the right documents

A simple mistake, or forgetting to lodge even one small document, can have dire consequences for visa applicants.

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