Everything You Need to Know About the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy

The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) came into effect on 12 August 2018. The SAF is now payable by employers who wish to sponsor temporary and permanent overseas skilled workers on a skilled work visa in Australia. The SAF payment will contribute to the skills development of Australian workers. It must be paid at the time of the nomination application and it is tax deductible.

Has Your Employer Satisfied the Labour Market Testing (LMT) Requirements?

If you are applying for an employer sponsored visa in Australia, your employer must conduct and meet the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirements BEFORE lodging a nomination application. Failing to do this may result in a refusal of your application. This is mandatory under the Act to provide evidence of the sponsor’s efforts to find suitably qualified and experience Australian citizens or permanent residents to fill the position.


Top 10 FAQs Transitional Arrangements for 186 Visa and 187 visa (ENS) Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream

Following the introduction of the new TSS visa subclass 482 that came into effect on 18 March 2018, it has raised many concerns to current 457 visa holders as to whether they will be eligible for permanent residency through TRT stream. This article looks at the Top 10 FAQs about the Transitional Arrangements for Temporary Residence Transition stream for current 457 visa holders who may be eligible.

50 percent of RSMS Applications being Refused by Department – WHY?

You may have heard and been aware that the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA; the new Department of Immigration and Border Protection), has been vigilantly refusing RSMS applications that have nominated managerial occupations; more specifically, Office Manager [ANZSCO 512111] and Retail Managers [ANZSCO 142111]. Kris Ahn, Accredited Specialist Immigration Lawyer, wrote this as a response to […]