Changes to the Skilled Independent 189 Visa

Effective 1 July 2017

The Skilled Independent 189 Visa is making a little change from 1 July 2017. It’s mostly just the addition of a the ‘New Zealand stream’ for New Zealand citizens who are already resident in Australia. The Skilled Independent 189 Visa that we know now, will henceforth be the ‘points tested stream’ under the Skilled Independent 189 visa. Continue reading “Changes to the Skilled Independent 189 Visa”

Skills Assessments for Teachers

 Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Requirements

Are you a teacher or perhaps aspire to have such a high demand occupation for migration to Australia? Sitting on the Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) are the following teaching occupations:

  • Early Childhood Teacher [241111]
  • Secondary Teacher [241411]
  • Special Needs Teacher [241511]
  • Special Education NEC Teacher [241599]
  • Teacher of the Hearing Impaired [241512]
  • Teacher of the Sight Impaired [241599]


Studying to be a teacher 

math-teacher-chalkboard.jpgHave you already completed your bachelors and don’t want to start again? Continue reading “Skills Assessments for Teachers”

Federal Budget 2017: New Foreign Worker Levy


Immigration into Australia has been frequently and heavily discussed in the recent years and whilst the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has been steadily tightening regulations, it has not enough been able to quiet the burgeoning crowd of unhappy voices.

Within a span of a month, the DIBP has dropped a few significant bombshells Continue reading “Federal Budget 2017: New Foreign Worker Levy”

16 Restricted Occupations

Only open to certain visa programmes

The new occupation lists are complicated. Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Short Term Skilled Occupation List. Some occupations on these lists face caveats under the 457 programme, which we’ve discussed recently.man_in_front_of_maze.jpg

What is not widely understood however is that some occupations on the Long Term list are not eligible for certain visa programmes, including the 457 visa. Continue reading “16 Restricted Occupations”