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TSS Labour Market Testing – Best Practice

Dear TSS Sponsor As part of your 2019 recruitment programme, you may be instinctively posting job advertisements the way you have always done. This would not usually be a problem, but many sponsors who attract the attention of successful overseas candidates may be forced to readvertise if their Labour Market Testing (‘LMT’) was not in […]


Visa considerations for prospective Franchisees

Australian Franchisors may be missing out on attracting offshore Franchisees due to trepidation around the necessary visa requirements. In short, the ‘self-sponsorship’ option under the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) programme is essentially closed to all but STEM based enterprises. Usually, this leaves only two purpose built visa options: Using the Master Franchisor’s business sponsorship ‘license’ […]

More professions set to be axed from skilled visas

While admitting that it is not an exact science, Alex Kaufman has outlined a number of impending changes that are likely to be made to skilled migration visas. Since announcing in April last year that the 457 visa would be scrapped, and it was ultimately replaced with a new and much stricter regime of short […]

The Lowdown on Employer Sponsored Visa Reform

Many will be aware that the 457 visa programme is now closed to new applications after being formally ‘abolished’ on Sunday 18 March 2018.   It has been replaced by the Subclass 482 Temporary Skilled Shortage visa programme (TSS), which – by and large – is a rebranded and remodelled version of its predecessor.  In […]

The False Economy of Contemporary Skilled Visa Reform

This article explores the shift away from demand-driven economic migration policy, and the likely consequences of the coalition’s blueprint for skilled migration from 2018. To say it has been a tumultuous year in the immigration space is no exaggeration.  Immigration Secretary Michael Pezzulo, Minster Peter Dutton, and Assistant Minister, Alex Hawke have superintended one of […]

Changes to Employer Sponsored Migration – Round Two: What You Need to Know

The second phase of the 457 (and related) visa reforms took effect from Saturday 1 July 2017. Despite some advance warning on the broader amendments, there are nevertheless some unannounced, but important changes which will impact sponsors, nominators and visa applicants alike. In summary, the changes include: 1. Creation of ENS occupation list/s (IMMI 17/080) […]

Recruiting Agencies Unite!

The Department of Employment is responsible for undertaking a regular review of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). These occupation lists are used for employer-sponsored and skilled migration to meet short and medium/long term needs for the Australian economy. The Department of Employment has today released a […]

ALERT: Transitional Arrangements Announced for Employer-Nominated Visas

Following DIBP commentary at the Migration Institute of Australia’s national conference in Melbourne last week, the DIBP has now officially shed some further light on the transitional arrangements that will apply to many people seeking employer-nominated permanent residence after the March 2018 round of legislative changes.   Specifically, the DIBP has now confirmed that people […]

Subclass 457 and Associated Visa Reforms: What you need to know?

The surprise announcement by the Prime Minister regarding the axing of the 457 Visa program has created a great deal of uncertainty for employers and foreign workers. While there has been limited regulations or official policy guidance notes released from the Coalition, our team at FCB Smart Visa has curated all available information to cut […]

ALERT: What you need to know about the abolition of the 457 Visa Program

    Following the Prime Minister’s highly publicised announcement today regarding the impending abolition of the 457 visa program, information has emerged of interim plans to replace the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) effective 19 April, 2017. According to the interdepartmental circular and the recently updated DIBP website, the Consolidated […]