IMPACT – HIGH
A host of changes to Australia’s immigration system took effect on 18 and 19 November 2016.
The changes include (1) an overhaul of the temporary activity visa framework; (2) reducing the amount of time subclass 457 visa holders can stay in the country after ceasing work with their sponsoring employer; (3) restricting the number of people who can qualify as a ‘member of the family unit’ to obtain dependent visas; (4) introducing a requirement for sponsors of certain family visas to complete a character assessment; (5) development of a frequent traveller stream for certain nationalities; (6) new checks to ensure visa holders’ information is correct and up to date and (7) a change that allows Work and Holiday visa holders to apply for new Work and Holiday visas in certain circumstances.
B·A·L Analysis: Employers and foreign nationals should familiarise themselves with the changes to Australia’s immigration systems. The changes that took effect on 18 and 19 November affect a wide range of Australian immigration programs. Contact B·A·L with any questions about how the changes might affect your immigration programs or recruitment efforts. B·A·L Australia will be holding a seminar in early 2017 on the immigration changes through 2016 and the recent amendments to Australia’s immigration programmes. Further details will be announced.
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