1 July 2013 Australia Immigration Changes Summary

On 1st July 2013, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) released a number of changes.

Below is the summary:

1. New fees and charges

Additional Applicant Charge: for applications which include dependent family members such as spouses and children.

Nearly all the subclasses are affected. The main ones that may be relevant to you are:

  • Student Visa
  • 485 Temporary Graduate
  • General Skilled Migration (189, 190, 489)
  • 457 Temporary Work (Skilled)
  • ENS/RSMS (186/187)
  • Partner Migration (Onshore 820)
  • Partner Migration (Offshore 309/300)
  • 188 Business Innovation & Investment

Subsequent Temporary Application Charge: additional fees for certain visa applications lodged from within in Australia

Non-Internet Application Charge: additional fees where a visa application is lodged in paper format and there is an online lodgment option


2. Updates in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

The following are the five occupations which were removed from the SOL:

  1. Hospital Pharmacist
  2. Retail Pharmacist
  3. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
  4. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  5. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)

3. Paper application for 457 visa not any more accepted

All 457 visa applications (including nominations and sponsorships) can now only be lodged online through DIAC’s lodgement system.

Feel free to call us at +65 6299 0245 for Australia immigration advice or complete our free migration assessment if you want to find out your likely eligibility for Skilled Migration.


Australia Named World’s ‘Happiest Nation’ – Again

For the third year running, Australia has been declared as the world’s happiest nation. The report is based from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Better Life Index 11 criteria which include income levels, education, health and work-life balance.

The happiness of Australians is considered greater than Sweden and Canada, countries also known for high standards of living. Norway and Switzerland rounded up the top five while United States stood at sixth position followed by Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, and the United Kingdom.

Survey participants said they encounter more positive experiences daily, such as good life, pride in accomplishment and enjoyment without being stressed.

More than 73% of Australia’s 23 million people aged 15 to 64 are employed, which is above the OECD’s 66% average.

Life expectancy at birth is also higher, at almost 82 years, 2 years more than the average.

A Strong Economy

Australia’s economy of the natural resource-rich nation has been boosted by strong demand from China and many countries in Asia. Its strong financial sector on the other hand has helped the country to remain stable during the global downturn.

The Australian dollar, presently trading close to 30-year highs is reflecting the strength of the country’s economy.

“Australia performs exceptionally well in measures of well-being, as shown by the fact that it ranks among the top countries in a large number of topics in the Better Life Index,” stated on the OECD website.

Know the procedures in applying for permanent residency in Australia by calling us at +65 62990245 or register for our upcoming seminar. If you have plans to migrate to Australia, our consultants are on the best position to provide you with the best advice on how to take your application forward.


NTRUST Celebrates 10 Years Of Australia Immigration Service

NTRUST (Singapore) Pte Ltd, the leading registered Australia migration agency in Singapore celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month of April. Established in 2003, the company has helped thousands of individuals and families in immigrating to Australia.

What makes a great migration agency?

“Trustworthiness taking up every case we come across, glossing over details.”

Immigration pieces of advice are given by people. Even the most experienced of registered migration agents cannot compensate for irresponsible and bad advice. That is why the NTRUST management takes as much care selecting registered migration agents and documentation specialists as you do choosing whom you work with.

Our philosophy is to do it right, do it once. This way, instead of taking all free or offering highly discounted professional fees, our experienced consultants take time to listen, contemplate and offer advice as it stands. Whether you’ll qualify or not, you can be assured of upfront, honest advice and strategies.

We don’t just provide agency services – we inspect the registered migration agents. In addition to regular quality checks by our management team, all document submissions are regularly double checked by a senior documentation specialist. Both must be 100% satisfied with the quality of the progress before the next stage can proceed.

You will have direct communication and access to all registered migration agents and documentation specialists, as do your entirely family because we want everybody to be happy with the immigration process.

And once you’ve been successfully grated the visa, we’re not out of the picture. If you need our help with job placements, property acquisition or school placement advice, we’ll be there. We do everything in our power to preserve the trust you have in us.

See our reviews.


New Work Visa For Graduating Foreign Students Introduced

A new work visa to allow foreign students work in Australia after completing their studies was announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Also known as Post-Study Work Visa, this will be an additional stream under the existing 485 visa subclass (Temporary Skilled Graduate) and will be renamed to ‘Temporary Graduate’.

A graduate should have a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctoral degree from an Australian university to qualify and is only available to students who applied for their first student visa after 5th November 2011. This means that if a person has applied for a student visa before 6 November 2011, they will not be eligible. The visa will have a minimum validity of two years depending on the qualification of the person.

This visa however is not connected to skilled migration meaning it is not a pathway to becoming an Australian PR. Therefore, applicants will not be required to submit skills assessment or nominate a skilled occupation to qualify.

To know more on how we to migrate to Australia, ring us at +65 6299 0245 or try our free migration assessment to let our consultants provide you with advice on your immigration options.


Australia Launches The Golden Ticket Visa

Australia has launched a new visa called ‘Golden Ticket’ which is intended to welcome wealthy migrants who are willing to invest millions in the country.

This will allow foreigners obtain permanent residency as long as they have at least AUD$5 million (SGD$6.4 million) to invest. However, the money must be invested in certain assets that are based in Australia including government bonds, managed funds, and infrastructure projects.

The Significant Investor scheme will fast-tracked a visa application of migrants even if they fail the points system. Also, applicants do not need to pass the usual English requirements (IELTS), can be of any age, do not need to have business skills or specific education levels, and are only required to stay in Australia for 40 days a year for 4 years.

To know more on how we can help you migrate to Australia, call us at +65 6299 0245 or try our free migration assessment to let our consultants provide you with immigration advice.